During yesterday’s WRSA roundtable, I noted that there’s a lot of crossover of interests between gun owners and hackers, and that similar crossovers could lead to surprising freedom alliances (or at least complementary efforts).
A commenter was kind enough to find that a brilliant observation (thank you). To me, though, it was just something that’s … there.
Though only a minority of gun owners are likely to be serious freedomistas, my guess is that the majority of serious hackers are libertarians or anarchists. And they either own guns, support our right to do so, or at least understand the role guns can play in guarding against tyranny.
So on one end of the spectrum you have hackers who are bent on defending gun rights — their own and everybody else’s. But even on the “weaker” end of the hacker/gun-rights spectrum, you have people who are capable of … say, for example … screwing up government gun-registration databases just for the jolly, black-flag fun of it.
Without needing to envision any grand, formal “hacker/gun owner alliance,” that’s some pretty powerful stuff, right there.
It got me wondering what other natural crossovers the Commentariat might envision being out there. So I’m tossing the question out for you-all. What are some other natural crossovers? Not necessarily factions that might work in a coordinated way on freedom causes (though that, too), but ones whose work might complement each other?