Butler Shaffer (in 2006)

Our vertically-structured world is collapsing into horizontal networks of alternative, autonomous, and spontaneous systems of order. It is, I believe, a desperate effort on the part of the ‘old order’ to forcibly resist its collapsing fate that is the underlying purpose of the ‘war on terror.’ The political establishment–well aware of the decentralist trends confronting it–has been busy trying to reinforce the crumbling walls of its citadels.