After a while, I forget how barking mad Eric S Raymond is. Then he does something to remind me, like proposing the abolition of the GPL, eating an endangered puffin, praising the Fascists who fought the Spanish Civil War, writing that black people commit violent crime because they have lower IQs, or sending out his blog postings as press releases.

This time, he’s drawing on the wisdom of the Roman Emperor Caligula and modeling his idea of good US foreign policy on the Roman Empire. Because, you know, the hardline policies of Caligula, Claudius and Nero were such a great success for Rome.