Richard Thieme is a former priest who became a commentator on technology and culture (thiemeworks.com). He has spoken about security issues for the National Security Agency, the Secret Service, and the FBI and at the security/hacker conference Def Con for 19 years.
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Friday, December 19, 2008
The Betrayal of The Commons
The cornerstone of capitalism, it has been said, is a handshake. The legal embellishments that constitute the law books lining the shelves of any lawyer, those laws are footnotes to the many ways people have betrayed trust, betrayed the letter of the law, the spirit of the contract, the meaning of the handshake. Trust, not money, makes the world go around. Money is an emblem of the exchange of trust. It doesn't exist except as an invention. And trust has been broken.