“The terrorist constituency [are] the people we’ve got to reach out to..”

I found this slightly unsettling at first, but it gets more interesting as it goes on. Jason McCue’s performance at TED (which is what most TEDs have to be, tbh) is not the most sure and verges, at times, on the tricksy…

But there is some very interesting content, not least the claim that the threat of civil lawsuit wasa powerful asymmetrical weapon against dissent Republican groups who struggled less against the potential monetary loss than keeping the core sympathy of their own constituency.

The end is better than the beginning, when he posits a provocative propsition that actually in order to provoke necessary change in society we may sometimes actually call out otherwise indefensible terrorist acts in order to become better and more fit societies.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty