It’s been quite frustrating following the coverage of the PRISM scheme to monitor internet activity. I see again how people at the top of any hierarchy seem to think the answer to all issues is for them to have more power and control. The foolish objections of the citizenry are met the with almost contemptuous disdain: why can’t you just trust us to take care of this? These people can often talk the language of networks and freedom it’s just that they walk the walk of something altogether different.
The trouble with having centralised power is that you just can’t see how corrupting it is. The answer to the inherent defects of centralised power is… to centralise more power. All very spider vs starfish.