June 26th, 2012

Semiformalishmaybe

Prudence and Radicalism

There's someone I generally respect whom I've gotten to know on G+. A former CMUer (but a few years before my time), a former Netscaper, a former prominent Wikipedian, and nowadays an active commentator on politics. His politics are, as far as I can tell, not nearly as radical-left as mine (I like to joke that I have radical politics reached from mainstream reasoning) in their desired ends, but I'm coming to see and be bothered by the means he's willing to use to reach those ends. Part of this is that they seem knee-jerk/imprudent/not-big-picture-aware enough; this is the bigger criticism, and the smaller part (for me, possibly bigger for my readers) is that it closes the door on something I'm not absolutely committed to but would like to have if possible: democratic change.Collapse )