Categorized as: Engineering the Future

First World Crypto, Third World Liberty

 

“When you look at 19th century America or 18th and 16th century Europe, all of a sudden it’ll become clearer that … the thing that broke the back of poverty and privilege in developed countries in the past was when property rights came around and destroyed feudal title. Now, two-thirds of the world’s population – four billion people – are locked out of the capitalist system. It’s important to let them in.”Hernando De Solo Polar, author of The Mystery Of Capital

It’s become a well-known Internet cliché to compare first world problems to third world problems

It’s a sign of the times that global perspective has found its way as much into our humor, as it has our social commentary. Through our networks, we hear moment-to-moment …

The Protocols Of Governance

 

“The reason written laws were such a breakthrough is that they permitted lossless digital replay over distance . . . Orally communicated laws were limited by the travel radius and the memory of the speaker. Subject to a game of telephone when repeated. [Now we can] communicate what we see/hear – digitally, losslessly, over great distance . . . for photo/video, not just characters.”

Balaji Srinivasan, making a parallel between the effects of King Hammurabi’s Code and those of the internet.

This notion started a long chain of thought…

Unsustainable Losses

The earliest forms of government appeared when societies began to use writing to create laws and decrees for mass distribution.

To monopolize this knowledge was to claim the authority that came with it. One of history’s …

Evolving By Network

 

“But somewhere, beyond Space and Time, Is wetter water, slimier slime! And there, they trust, there swimmeth One Who swam ere rivers were begun, Immense, of fishy form and mind, Squamous, omnipotent, and kind.” Rupert Brooke, Heaven

When embarking into unfamiliar territory, the wise and prudent will prefer to consult those who have gone before

So, if networks had been put to use for billions of years before humans “invented” them, wouldn’t it be foolish not to seek guidance from their creator?

It isn’t a rhetorical question…

Nature’s Network Architects

Research into the behavior of Slime molds has raised questions about the real nature of intelligence. (See: How Brainless Slime Molds Redefine Intelligence – Scientific American). Despite lacking a central nervous system, their methods are …

The Avenues Of Exodus – Part 2 Of 2

 

“Following her immutable law, nature, having changed the form of competition, proceeded to select a quality of mind to correspond with the new conditions of life.” – Brooks Adams, The Law Of Civilization And Decay

Nature Abhors A Vacuum

The end of a monopoly leaves a void that must be filled. (See: Part 1)

Some assume the fourth monopoly will end with an economic collapse – returning large parts of the world to the second monopoly. Though some are quick to paint members of the prepper movement as kooks, their strategy could serve as a strong hedge against such a scenario.

Fate may intervene. Some politicians, already supporting a return to violence, have found themselves …

Breaking The Fourth Monopoly – Part 1 of 2

 

“The evolution of this centralized society was as logical as every other work of nature. When force reached the stage where it expressed itself exclusively through money, the governing class ceased to be chosen because they were valiant or eloquent, artistic, learned, or devout, and were selected solely because they had the faculty of acquiring and keeping wealth.” – Brooks Adams

Something Runs In The Family

Brooks Adams was the grandson of a U.S. President, and the great grandson of another. Perhaps not surprisingly, he shared his ancestors’ distrust of excessive wealth and power in the hands of an elite.

His best known work, The Law of Civilization And Decay, discusses the predictable cycles by which civilizations rise and fall:

“At first, commercial activities flourish in

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