A Qualified Defense of Terrorist Tactics

Terrorism has been defined in several ways, but the general consensus is that terrorist tactics are violent acts performed either by or against non-combatants whose symbolic significance is greater than their death toll.

Terrorism is a modern bogey-man — a term that can be applied to any crime in order to make its consequences multiply (even beyond the realm where ‘civil liberties’ apply) without popular push-back — and we have even begun to see the term “terrorist states” applied unironically. But, even so, ‘terrorist’ is always a term that applies to the…



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John Ohno

Resident hypertext crank. Author of Big and Small Computing: Trajectories for the Future of Software. http://www.lord-enki.net