Does Cypherpunk need a Church?

Alfie John alfiej at
Tue Jan 13 14:15:48 PST 2015

On Wed, Jan 14, 2015, at 08:08 AM, grarpamp wrote:
> Many people have a need to identify with, participate in, and derive
> support from, a formal structure or at least a well defined meme...
> before they can independantly or collectively deal with issues. Even
> if what they follow ends up being Invisible Discordia.

Isn't this antithesis to idea of cypherpunks in general? Once there is a
formal structure, it can be controlled.

> Who are its priests? What are its idols?

Priests can be discredited and marginalised leading to abandonment by
the followers. That's why Anonymous has it right - with nobody at the
top to take down, you can't collapse the group. Their power comes from
shared idealism, not a dogmatic religion.


  Alfie John
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