Interesting take on Sanjuro's Assassination Market

alex wright wrightalexw at
Thu Nov 28 03:30:15 PST 2013

Not to mention all the horrific typos.  The pain grammar school teachers
suffer as a result of anonymous, uninhibited and over caffeinated
anarchists is one of the silent tragedies of our times.

On Thu, Nov 28, 2013 at 3:17 AM, David Vorick <david.vorick at>wrote:

> I hadn't though about it this way until now, but having the ability to
> achieve full anonymity on the internet enables things like this, and
> assassination markets might not be the first or most viscous thing enabled
> by anonymity.
> I can imagine that if assassination markets were to take off, you'd see
> some large bounties (in excess of $100k) on every major politician in the
> world. Pretty much any figure of high popularity would probably have some
> sort of assassination bounty on their head, because the more popular you
> are, the more haters you have.
> What other sorts of unacceptable things could you do given fully anonymous
> money coupled with a fully anonymous internet identity? I can think of:
> website takedowns
> funding murder, rape, arson, etc.
> bombing certain buildings
> funding smear campaigns (say, tear the clothes off a popular celebrity or
> something)
> bounties for drugs, child porn, etc.
> kidnappings
> doxing
> You could basically attempt to crowd fund any illegal activity.

"On two occasions I have been asked, 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the
machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able
to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a

-Charles Babbage, 19th century English mathematician, philosopher, inventor
and mechanical engineer who originated the concept of a programmable
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