The Crypto-Anarchist Revolution: The Imminent Death Of Politics In The Era Of Decentralization & AI… PART ONE

in politics •  last year

Every once and a while, an article or story gets thrust into one's awareness that must be shared. This morning, a good friend - the man who introduced me to the world of cryptocurrency, nearly three years ago as we journeyed together through other realms in an ayahuasca ceremony - randomly shared the following news story with me via Facebook:

"Forget far-right populism – crypto-anarchists are the new masters"

While it's a great read I'd recommend, herein I'll be summing up a few points that stood out for me with some commentary. To begin...



"After decades of exaggerated prediction, the internet is finally transforming politics, but not in the way the digital prophets expected. The 90s, you may recall, were awash with optimism about our online future: limitless information and total connection would make us more informed, less bigoted and kinder citizens. But the internet is an overwhelming mess of competing facts, claims, blogs, data, propaganda, misinformation, investigative journalism, charts, different charts, commentary and reportage. It’s not the slow and careful politicians who have thrived in this busy environment, it’s the people with the shareable cut-through messages. Donald Trump might very well be the first truly social-media politician: his emotion-filled, simplistic blasts are perfect for the medium.

"As a result, society is currently gripped by a curious consensus: that the internet has conspired with rightwing populists to sew up the future of politics. Noting the emergence of populist strongmen and demagogues, who seem to be digital wizards like recovering Twitter addict Trump, and violent opponents who seem only to bolster their support, many are comparing – with a certain grim fascination – our current turbulence with the 1930s. That is a very short-term view of things. The supremacy of the populist right is not the inevitable future. The rise of the right is better seen as an early skirmish in a much longer, and far more significant, technology-led restructuring of our politics and society. Digital technology has helped the populist right for now, but it will soon swallow them up, along with many other political movements unable or unwilling to see how the world is changing.

"Consider for a moment how your life has changed thanks to digital technology. You can become friends with 2 billion connected people, chose your own news, and watch/date/order whatever you want, on demand. Infinite choice and control is now the norm, and yet formal politics has barely evolved since the days of Robert Peel. Our modern political system came of age in the industrial revolution, which was a time of massive organisations and centralised control. We are now, however, firmly in a new industrial revolution, characterised by endless choice, digital technology, data, automation and artificial intelligence. The economy, identity, political allegiances, perhaps even the essence of what it is to be human, are all starting to change, and our politics will have to change with it. The current set-up, including the populist right, will cling on for a while, like a legacy IT system that’s too pricey to update, but it will shortly become redundant."

Indeed, times are changing.

As the author, Jamie Bartlett addresses - our world's entire political system was born out of an age that's well-past. Both politics and government have not adapted along with technological development, human consciousness, and cultural evolution. Huge institutions are playing the same old games, struggling to maintain control and do they're best to keep relevant - but let's face it: they're dinosaurs.

Granted, there are components of governmental infrastructures that may be vital to leverage as we move forward in the progression of organically-developed societal & economical organizational models that effectively serve us in this rapidly-transforming world. However, it's more likely we're overdue for some serious radical revisions in the way governance is conducted. *And of course, we're all familiar by now with the outlook that increasing decentralization is a big part of the picture."



In researching for his new book, Radicals, Bartlett has been travelling the globe connecting with all kinds of groups forging new ways of living reflecting a shifting consciousness away from the outdated systems, towards forward-thinking innovation and shaking up the status quo.

Parts of his story come from attending the Decentralized-themed Hackers Conference, whose website states:

"The concept of authoritative state is gradually becoming obsolete. The rise of sharing economies with reputation models, digital contracts and cryptocurrencies makes the role of central governments useless."

Whether he'd been influenced prior or had his eyes opened at the conference, it seems Bartlett sees "crypto-anarchists" as quite the force in bringing about this (needed) change in the evolution of politics...

"Crypto-anarchists are mostly computer-hacking, anti-state libertarians who have been kicking around the political fringes for two decades, trying to warn a mostly uninterested public about the dangers of a world where everything is connected and online. They also believe that digital technology, provided citizens are able to use encryption themselves, is the route to a stateless paradise, since it undermines government’s ability to monitor, control and tax its people. Crypto-anarchists build software – think of it as political computer code – that can protect us online. Julian Assange is a crypto-anarchist (before WikiLeaks he was an active member of the movement’s most important mailing list), and so perhaps is Edward Snowden. Once the obsessive and nerdy kids in school, they are now the ones who fix your ransomware blunder or start up unicorn tech firms. They are the sort of people who run the technology that runs the world.

While the masses turn to the boob-tube viewing the men in suits with government titles as "our leaders," Bartlett paints a different picture here. While politicians chase their own tails and compete for attention and votes within a broken system, there is an entirely new generation of leadership emerging from the realm of cyberspace.

Satoshi Nakamoto just didn't create some simple cove. He dropped an atomic bomb into the existing system whose ripple effects have spurred millions of others sharing a vision of a better system into action to forward the decentralization movement. While government continues to fail, new systems are being built digitally.

And, no doubt - seeing the threat blockchain technology poses to incumbents, enterprise and government has been quick to pounce in, desparate to understand this new "trend" and stay competitive through the technological shift. Though as Bartlett outlines, they may be fighting a battle they can't win...



" That governments, businesses and friendly liberal types are falling over themselves to import exciting new tech that has been explicitly designed to undermine them is a bit of an inside joke. Most of us chase their latest shiny toys and have no real understanding of what we’re doing.

"The rise of crypto-anarchism might be good news for individual users – and there are plenty working on ways of using this technology for decent social purposes – but it’s also bad news for governments. It’s not a direct path, but digital technology tends to empower the individual at the expense of the state. Police forces complain they can’t keep up with new forms of online crime, partly because of the spread of freely available encryption tools. Information of all types – secrets, copyright, creative content, illegal images – is becoming increasingly difficult to contain and control. The rash of ransomware is certainly going to get worse, exposing the fragility of our always connected systems. (It’s easily available to buy on the dark net, a network of hidden websites that are difficult to censor and accessed with an anonymous web browser.) Who knows where this might end.

The psychology of collective minds is an interesting thing - how planetary entities such as governments and corporations take on a life of their own, exercising their dynamics through their constituents. i.e. The "bad news for governments..."

T'is quite possible. Yes, governments shall soon be forced to relinquish much of their power. And it's odd to think of how often we refer to governments as "they" - as though these entities are antagonistic structures run at the whim of some elite puppet masters - which there may be some element of truth to. It's a complex web of underlying factors giving rise to this perception of an us-against-them war, in which "political leaders" are viewed more as enemies than fellow human beings with whom to cooperate in adapting to ensure the survival of the human race.

Yes, "technology tends to empower the individual at the expense of the state." And perhaps, so it should. What is "the state" if not merely a man-made construct from hundreds of years ago, which did serve a purpose in organizing aspects of societal progression during a certain time period? Who says "the state" is relevant in any of the ways it used to, when the world has changed so drastically since its conceptual inception?

Of course, not all humans are smart. Nor are all flexible enough to abandon played-out ideological identities for the sake of evolution. "Old habits die hard." And so too, may many - literally or metaphorically - who choose to remain rigidly fighting for outdated systems and ideologies rather than open to new ideas and innovations that truly are shaping a future for the greater good of the whole through the underground…

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Wow!

I loved this one even more, what a great piece of writing as a whole, powerful.

Thanks you so very much, namaste :)

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The Imminent Death Of Politics....? Oh, I like that already :)

Reactionism is a natural opposition to every revolution. Just imagine Ned Ludd and his movement. They tought that new tech was undermining workers and society but actually it was making so many things easier. The same way I see nowadays bankers and those opposed to the cryptos - they are not aware of the fact that cryptos are going to make our financial composition much much faster, safer and private, above all making it a pillar of a new world freedom not "order". Like posts like this, I upvoted.

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Edit: they are aware, that's the main reason why cryptos are still marginalized as a safe way of conducting financial relations. They would rather take transaction fees and interest than make a world a better place.

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The freedoms allowed can be much deeper than simple economic freedoms. Take a look at my TL comment, futarchy is interesting.

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Economy has becomed the basis of human being , and it's in that position for a very long time, evolutioned through centuries of human development. Every time something big happened in the human history you can most certainly connect it with - money. Wars, battles, peace, architectural wonders or successful merchant republics? Art? Philosophy? French revoltion? Well, I'm sure everyone knows that. But making money flow through civic relations more freely is something new and revolutionary. Finally we are on a doorstep of having an financially uncontrolled or part-controlled society which will be having many benefits for civilization if accompanied by a humanistic cause. :)

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I don't disagree, I am not discrediting the influence of money. I believe there is more to the picture.

I saw the article and was also meaning to add some of my comments but you took to the strong points very nicely.

The crypto-anarchic future we are possibly heading towards will be characterized by vigilantism as new tools allow decenteralized bounty structures emerge.

The traditional governments will strongly oppose the 'legislation by the people' granted by these new crypto technologies. The new anarchic politics will only emerge due to support by the people. Think of this as a sort of ad-hoc policital system. Laws are decenteralized from the government - elected by the citizen stakeholders. Decenteralized bounties exist to support an independent vigilante force.

I don't believe this will happen quickly, or even that it will happen at all. I just know these crypto economics can support new types of governance structures only dreamed about in science fiction.

Take a look at futarchy as an example of a society where decisions are made based on prediction markets. The citizens vote on the metrics to be optimized by the markets.

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Excellently-articulated outlook / contribution to the dialogue.

"Decentralized bounty structures"

The potentials... :-)

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I have several articles in the work around my ideas here. None are close to being done. I have to articulate some of these things correctly - writing is not my strongest trait.

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Stoked to read as they come together & out...

And it's odd to think of how often we refer to governments as "they" - as though these entities are antagonistic structures run at the whim of some elite puppet masters

Quite right. Governments may at times be slow, inefficient or even plain stupid, but it's not institutionalized maliciousness.

  • Most people that get a government job do it for safety, not out of power hunger. Some just do it because their parents or friends did.
  • Most just do their job, though some will abuse their 'power'
  • Gov. workers follow their guidelines 'blindly' not out of stupidity but because they'll be fired if they dont. And even stupid guidelines may have had good intentions. Like corruption prevention rules make the process of acquisition really slow and inefficient. And dont prevent all corruption, just the overt one.
  • While the ability to set the guidelines may be abused to some extent, you cant just go all puppet master on a mature republic and turn it into an autocracy. That will take you decades (not pointing fingers, you know your own examples).
  • Bureacracies are really slow to change course, just like mega tankers. Or bitcoin (just a joke, dont throw rocks ;). But depending on the new direction that can be a good thing.

So, while some parts of government will fight decentralisation, others will embrace it. Or simply not give a shit. Just like the rest of humanity.

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Excellent points / addition to the dialogue. 👌

Great read indeed!, many interesting ideas here... The possibility of decentralization and it consequences are huge, this is a really game changer for humanity!

Excellent post (y)

This is a brilliant piece of work. Kudos.
I hope you're right and we finally see an end to this paradigm in my lifetime.

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He is right. it's coming THIS YEAR. You folks better wake the fuck up, you're gonna get caught with no food soon. This is no joke, and it's gonna collapse shit this year 100% THE US DOLLAR IS ALREADY DEAD. 23+ countries don't accept it. Bonds are being bought by THEMSELVES to prop up the economy. It's already here. GUNS FOOD WATER AMMO BITCOIN GOLD SILVER..

You will need ALL TO SURVIVE. (most)

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You're preaching to the converted dude. Hopefully those in the dark will see our interactions and take the red pill. If not they'll be waiting on line for a handout that ain't coming.

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Or most likely not. People been screaming the sky is falling like this for a long time... more likely there will be some speedbumps, with the same folks shouting the same thing same time next year, and the year after...

This aligns with certain posts on the following site: http://greatestinstruments.net

Are we witnessing the end of an era?

Great piece.

Probably the kind of thing that would have gotten you arrested for reading a few decades ago.

Thanks for reminding those of us who are unhappy with the current system, that there's still a light at the end of the tunnel.

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And that light seems to be getting brighter and brighter, just as the train we're on heading towards it keeps speeding up... ;-)

We are stronger than them!

Great post. Followed!

Once the masses realize they can earn a decent income on the blockchain it will set in motion some interesting events: The gamification of everything. Irrelevance of the central banking model. The shopping retail mall implosion. Irrelevance of state taxation model. I could on but I have to finish my coffee.

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First they have to survive the shutdown. When the central banks fall this year, it's gonna take a good year to boot up. You must fend for yourself during that time. Are you ready?

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YES. Exciting prospects ahead indeed...

Excellent article, I share the same ideas as you do.I truly believe that in the next decade we will see a totally different society, possibly this is the beginning of a stateless society without government currency intervention. At the moment this is only a very distant dream however, the reality can change quickly.

Have you seen https://humaniq.co

Also don't miss Byteball A I R D R O P! Just register your btc address to get coins
https://steemit.com/crypto/@yestur/how-to-get-byteball-for-free-by-just-linking-your-bitcoin-address

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Yes, i have a bit of HMQ in my portfolio.

Will pass on Byteball...

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Good please spread the news as ppl don't know about this fair distribution attempt, not ICO marketing pumped propaganda

Really new to this. It was all really great information

not sure why you have a freemasonic image as opener.
are you hoping for the collapse of the current Freemason Empire? cos that's what's ruling over us now and in control of world's politics . every single "political leader" on the world stage (appropriate word) is a Freemason.
all the staged fake terror attacks to bring in tyranny are organized by Freemasonry at the highest level (they don't even hide the footprints anymore.)
the 2 party system , aka hegelian dialectic, is pretty much the masonic duality in play. even right wing populists like Trump are freemasons playing their part in the dialectic to enslave the masses (the synthesis goal). left and right are the 2 hands of the same beast.
btw the article is good for newbies I suppose but there's nothing new in this article for anyone who's been in the cryptosphere for a few years or attended some bitcoin conferences in the past
there are already some political movements riding on new technologies: the Pirate Party and the 5 star movement which could win in Italy, and which btw doesn't allow freemasons in its ranks (the freemasons in italy have been caught with their pants down cospiring, in corrpution scandals and even falseflag terrorism in the 80s)
I think you're too focused on"masters", "leaders" . this new decentralized revolution relies a lot on collective intelligence and decisions requiring consensus. you'lll even see wisdom of the crowds becoming pivotal. be your own master or let only the algorythm be the arbiter, do not put your faith in people as masters or leaders. power corrupts people with no exception. thousands of years of history should be sufficient evidence.

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Maybe you're just projecting your entire belief system into one possible interpretation of a single image, the reasoning which it was selected having absolutely no relevance to any of what shpeal your conditioned responses sent you into - your own judgements accumulated through your memory of what you've "learned" about it completely cutting you off from a wealth of perspectives available should you look beyond your own preconceptions of a single small piece of a much larger presentation of ideas...

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then "enlighten" me why you inserted the Freemason symbol into your article. cos that's what it is.
what I posted is all factual. freemasonry, which might have had a positive role between 1700-1900 , now it is a global mafia , and just like the mafia it relies on the oath of secrecy. I see you have other posts filled with masonic symbology...if you're part of the gang good luck.

Goodness, what a great read to start my day with! Thank you for putting this together, and for your insight. Really enjoyable read. :-)

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your welcome. :-)

What a great read... thanks for sharing

interesting