[Noisebridge-discuss] why cointelpro2.0 kills community

Al Sweigart asweigart at gmail.com
Thu Mar 27 05:15:05 UTC 2014

Is there a Godwin's Law except with COINTELPRO instead of Nazis?

On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 7:14 PM, Jacob Appelbaum <jacob at appelbaum.net>wrote:

> Hi,
> I didn't vote in the last election because I was told that I was no
> longer a member in good standing. I was told later that this was
> because I hadn't added some nonsense text to my wiki page about being
> a member. The person informing me didn't bother to add the text but
> they did take the same amount of effort to blame me for having not
> done it myself. I didn't agree with adding that text to my wikipage,
> as I don't feel it is reasonable for anyone to have to out themselves
> as a member.
> As a result, I was left with the understanding that I shouldn't vote.
> I didn't bother - the vote counter had informed me that my ballot
> wouldn't be considered valid, after all.
> I didn't bother to fight this because I didn't want to give the
> impression that any of this process is legitimate. It isn't.
> I'm really heartbroken to see that Noisebridge has been taken over by
> petty tinpot dictators who basically hijacked our little non-profit
> because they were too incompetent and lazy to start their own. The
> worst is that some of the best Noisebridge folks were played by some
> really awful folks with awful intentions.
> In a sense, I think it is sad: Many people have poured their hearts,
> their wallets and their lives into Noisebridge.
> In a sense, I think it is deserved: We failed to stop informants,
> infiltrators and other jerks from ruining our community. We failed to
> ensure that the board represented the consensus of the Membership.
> Apparently, "we" have even failed to keep consensus as far as that
> worthless board is concerned.
> As usual, the ladder climbers ruined it and they did it from the top
> down. I'm sorry that our structure wasn't able to handle them. I feel
> personally responsible for not helping to build a more resistant
> structure.
> The community was beautiful for a time and that time has long since
> passed. Like Tibetan butter sculptures: all things come to an end.
> This monochrom art project has run its course,
> Jake
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