Stephen D. Williams
sdw at lig.net
Tue Mar 26 17:01:40 PDT 2019
On 3/26/19 4:48 PM, Kurt Buff - GSEC, GCIH wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 4:35 PM coderman <coderman at protonmail.com> wrote:
>>> Or the global cost of decentralized abuses. Which could be, and used to be, worse. Name your abuse of choice: it's worse when it's being done everywhere to / by everyone.
>> let's play a game: centralized power to redress cultural wrongs.
>> assuming that Stephen is speaking of social concerns; a centralized action designed to redress cultural norms could be righteous, right?
>> who can say "Brown v. Board of Education" was not the arc of history?
>> these are the seductions of centralization - when they accomplish easily what is hard fought directly.
>> to think that centralized power is only utilized for righteous ends is to succumb to the fallacy.
>> no, decentralized malicious actions are not as bad as centralized ones. they are, by definition, limited. e.g. within the realm of direct intervention.
Each may seem limited, but in aggregate, their available bandwidth exceeds the restricted bandwidth of centralized failures.
Debugging is much easier in your scalable Docker app stack running in AWS then a million individual IoT programs running
autonomously distributed and uncoordinated.
>> best regards,
> Three quotes from a man of wisdom, which seem apropos here:
> The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every
> class is unfit to govern. - Lord Acton
> It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be
> oppressed by a majority. For there is a reserve of latent power in the
> masses which, if it is called into play, the minority can seldom
> resist. But from the absolute will of an entire people there is no
> appeal, no redemption, no refuge but treason. - Lord Acton
> There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of
> it. - Lord Acton
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