Provincialism, was Re: Extropians in NY Times Book Review

From: Michael M. Butler (
Date: Mon Jan 15 2001 - 23:21:13 MST

(Attention, NYTIMES person: PLEASE FORWARD to Scott McLemme. Thanks.)

So he's confused cypherpunks with extropians. From a "New York state of
mind", I'm sure they blur together--remember the old New Yorker map of
the US. And certainly Tim May and others have been both, no?

A Google search of "Scott McLemme" turns up not much, one reference from
a rather rabid sounding person who writes: "Also, as you may well now,
the pigs monitor thoroughly the groups with presence of Scott McLemme."

Has anyone here had any contact with this Mr. McLemme? wrote:
> Scott McLemme, reviewing Steven Levy, Crypto, writes on p. 30 of the New York
> Times Book Review, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001: "[C]ryptographers here [qua
> hobbyists] simply enjoy the challenge of getting inside a system and
> reconfiguring it. Others are driven by a counterculturalist distrust of the
> government. Blossoming at the farthest fringes, there is the lush wierdness
> of a group called the Extropians--for whom high-power encryption (combined
> with information technology) will yield revolutionary social changes, with
> the total collapse of the nation-state for openers."

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