the Machine

Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Thu Dec 9 05:43:08 UTC 2010

One of the senses of the word "machine" in the OED is this: "10. orig.
U.S.  [Compare sense 6b.] The controlling organization of a political
party or similar body; any organization or group displaying impressive
or ruthless efficiency." But I don't think that's quite what The
Machine means here (see below). Or is it?

WikiLeaks vs The Machine
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