If esr is the right-wing nutjob, then Miguel de Icaza is his left-of-center counterpart. Actually, from appearences, Miguel seems to be the stronger developer. Fetchmail? meh… But Mono? Wow! Anyway, the point is that the both say politically provocative things. Most often, I look at what they write, shake my head and think “Why do they do this to themselves?” But they do occasionally say something that makes me sit up and take notice. For example, de Icaza comments on a conservative columnist Paul Craig Roberts in which Roberts writes:
Consider the no-fly list. This list has no purpose whatsoever but to harass and disrupt the livelihoods of Bush’s critics. If a known terrorist were to show up at check-in, he would be arrested and taken into custody, not told that he could not fly. What sense does it make to tell someone who is not subject to arrest and who has cleared screening that he or she cannot fly? How is this person any more dangerous than any other passenger?
de Icaza ends that post claiming that the U.S. will be a third world economy within five years. That’s the part that makes him such an endearing wacko. Of course, I thought Max Mayfield’s warnings about Katrina were a little extreme at the time, too.