International Journal of Inactivism (now supplanted by Decoding SwiftHack)


You are in a little maze of twisting think-tanks, all different

cite as: F. Bi. You are in a little maze of twisting think-tanks, all different. Intl. J. Inact., 1:166–167

I’m now convinced that the walls of the Internet maze of free-market think-tanks are wrought with magic, because they’re starting to look like Escher’s paintings of impossible constructions. Consider these:

  • Doing a reverse lookup of the IP address yields the canonical domain name However, doing a forward lookup on yields a different IP —
  • resolves to, which in turn resolves to
  • resolves to, the name of the Fraser Institute web site. This name resolves to
  • resolves to, which resolves to (Nexus Tennessiæ).

Now, and don’t seem to have anything. However, the web page gives something interesting:

I don’t know what a web site for the Atlas Foundation is doing on a server whose canonical name belongs to the Acton Institute… but their membership directory is probably worth checking out.

And finally, the URL leads to a sort of login-only area for the FCPP.



  1. There is no requirement a forward (name-to-address) mapping corresponds 1 to 1 to a reverse (address-to-name) mapping. In fact, with virtual web hosting, it’s actually a bad idea. If you have (say) 100 virtual hosts hanging off one IP address and you try to put those virtual host names into the reverse mapping, you will get back all 100 names when you query for the address. This has a bunch of negative effects, not least of which is the program doing the reverse lookup has to pick one of the 100 to display.

    A better way of figuring out the Internet service/hosting provider is to use “whois” (almost certainly to, that is, on a Unix-based system “whois -h

    Hope this helps,

    Comment by Theobroma Cacao — 2008/11/03 @ 01:28 | Reply

  2. There is no requirement a forward (name-to-address) mapping corresponds 1 to 1 to a reverse (address-to-name) mapping.

    That I know, but the odd thing about what I found is that the mappings don’t correspond at all. I suspect that some of the bogus reverse mappings are detritus from earlier times when the named web sites were indeed hosted at those addresses: e.g.’s reverse lookup service shows that corresponds to and, a project which was under the Fraser Institute (but now probably moribund).

    Thanks anyway. 🙂

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/11/03 @ 03:24 | Reply

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