If you didn't read Part 1, you can do it here.
Lysander Spooner believed that it was beneficial for people to be self-employed to enjoy the full benefit of their work rather than share it with an employer. His life passed in the 19th century before the madness of industrial civilization began.
At the beginning of the 21st century, the term "collapsology" appeared, a neologism to study the collapse of industrial civilization. Collapsology is transversal to practically all disciplines known to the human being, from economics to biophysics, from demography to history. Its best-known theorist is Pablo Sevigne. The depredation of the planet by private and state corporations causes the effect of collapse.
The “cooperation” developed by Robert Axelrod is based on the investigation of people who pursue their personal interests, without the existence of a central authority that forces each one to cooperate with the others.
The three authors base their theories on morality and peaceful coexistence, and consider that the regulatory authority is a mere figure used by elites to legislate in favor of corporate entities whose sole purpose is the profitability of shareholders, in the case of the right, of private shareholders, in the case of the left, of a band of bureaucrats housed for life in the government with their party that seeks "the welfare of the people."
Anarchy is reviled by these elites as "chaotic and terrorist." It is logical, the loss of power that the installation of anarchy entails has to scare the regulators. As elites run the mass disinformation media, the idea that is passed on to the herd is that anarchy is chaos and destruction.
Throughout the history of these last 100 years, there have been several attempts to establish an anarchist system, some of which subsist, such as Freetown Christiania in Denmark. Interestingly, Trotsky wrote in his memoirs that he and Lenin seriously considered the establishment of a separate anarchist society to experiment with the idea of the stateless society.
Many of you would be surprised to see how common anarchy is in the countryside, far from the big cities, considered these last ones as the paradigm of "progress."
When I accidentally came across the idea of Bitcoin, in 2011, for the first time in my life, having fought many years against windmills, trying to explain the concepts of anarchy to ultra-conservative dinosaurs, I saw for the first time light in the background of the tunnel. For the first time, someone had been able to plant a seed that could pave the way to an anarchic society, eliminating third parties. My life was a before and after.
I imagine some 64 million years ago, a gigantic brontosaurus, master of the world for millions of years, realized that something was happening in the sky. He saw something like a stone approach. At first, he was not concerned, but as the stone began to get closer and larger, he began to fidget. He told smaller dinosaurs who depended on him not to worry, that it was just a grain of sand. But it was too late. Although he began to prepare all kinds of defenses, the misinformation was useless. The meteorite hit the Earth and dinosaurs became little birds today. The smaller and more agile bacteria managed to hide in a hole in the ground until the collapse was over.
This same situation is what I find today with the large international organizations such as the IMF, World Bank, and the BIS, and also with many countries, banks and corporations, given the evidence of their status as ZugsWang (a chess term that implies that the player who has to play can only make his/her situation worse). First, they try to ban everything from mining to trade, then they try to regulate it and they don't know how to get started, because there is really no way to start, and finally, seeing that they can't do anything, they are advised by traditional unscrupulous financiers who just see a possible business, to mint their own cryptocurrencies (CBDC) and distribute them among the population, taking us all for idiots.
I show you below a note from the once-prestigious magazine The Economist. Such a note can only cause laughter among intelligent people.
It is a huge structure created in the last 100 years that has to defend itself. A structure created around large cities to homogenize consumption and thus increase economies of scale, a theory that is still taught in universities so that graduating “professionals” can defend this theory with their university degrees, to make us believe that they are superior for having studied idiocy like that.
The disinformation media defending the currently accepted system must line up, so as not to disappear, at least that quickly. That is the only explanation I can find for that note from The Economist.
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Intelligent men and women use critical thinking and are not misinformed by the mainstream. As soon as we use critical thinking, we realize that we do not need the food corporation with its foods made from preservatives and additives, wrapped in poisonous plastic packaging, to satisfy our nutritional needs. Nor do we need the pharmaceutical corporation disguised as "science" to cure us of diseases that until recently did not exist. (I grant that this discussion would take years). Nor do we need the energy corporation to have energy. Nor do we need the transportation corporation to transport us or the goods. Nor do we need corporations that manage entertainment and free time and think for us what we have to do to have fun and take advantage of our leisure.
All this corporate swarm, planned for one corporation to feed the other, through bank financing that is managed in conjunction with a central bank that prints debt papers that are devalued every day, and, ultimately, guaranteed as a whole by a government with useless parliaments that were all brought to power precisely by those corporations that elected the candidates and publicized them as the desideratum of honesty, only makes sense if you live in crowded cities, the great agglomerating and homogenizing figure.
The crypto-sphere rips apart this corporate fabric, and there is nothing the monster can do to defend itself without making its situation worse.
A few days ago, one of the great thinkers of the twentieth century, Dr. Edward De Bono, known precisely for his main activity which was teaching to think, passed away.
Dr. Edward De Bono Source
I always remember a story by Edward De Bono from his book The Use of Lateral Thinking, which helps me to explain the foundation of the crypto-sphere. It turns out that about 100 years ago when a debtor could be thrown in jail, a poor man who lived with his beautiful teenage daughter was in debt without being able to solve his situation. The moneylender was a disgusting old man who gave the man an ultimatum. But the latter could not pay, so the moneylender, seeing the debtor's beautiful daughter, proposed to decide his situation by chance. They were on a stone path. The moneylender told the father “I am going to put a white and a black stone in this bag, and we are going to ask the girl to take out a stone. If she takes out a black stone, I forgive your debt, but you give me the girl. If she takes out a white stone, I forgive your debt and you keep your daughter. But if the girl refuses to take out a stone, then I will execute your debt, you will go to jail and I will keep the girl ”. Then the old man bent down to pick up two stones, and the girl discovered to her horror that the man took two black stones and put them in his bag. The girl did not dare to denounce the trickster for fear that he would become angry and send her father to jail. Her luck seems to be black like the two stones inside the bag.
What would you have recommended to the girl?
A short time ago I read here on Publish0x a post from a man who was very angry with cryptocurrencies, because, as he confessed, he did not understand anything, because they were very volatile and, of course, the main song, because they did not have any "intrinsic value", and then, he trusted absolutely his bank, because, in case of inconvenience, it would return his money ...
Well, sir, you don't understand anything and your solution is to trust a bank.
The girl in Edward De Bono's story was very clever. She reached into the bag, took one of the stones, and pulled her hand out of it with a violent movement, causing the stone to fall from her hands, losing itself among all the stones in the path. And she said very innocently, "Oh, how clumsy I am, the stone I took fell, but it doesn't matter, it's very easy, looking at the color of the stone that remains inside the bag, it is very easy to deduce what color was the one I took out ”.
The old usurer had no choice but to accept that he was defeated, otherwise, his scam would have been exposed. An excellent example of how to turn a threat into the best possible opportunity.
Here is the difference between traditional thinking and lateral thinking. For traditional thinking, the problem had no solution and their dilemma was the stone that had to come out of the bag. On the other hand, the stone that remains inside the bag ¡is much more important for lateral thinking!
If you try to explain anarchy and the crypto-sphere with traditional thinking, the solutions will not appear and will always be based on the systems in operation. The revolution happens to think in a totally different system of thought. That man who hates cryptocurrencies is thinking with traditional thinking, that's why he doesn't understand anything.
How can you think of an anarchist society?
I am going to show my vision of an anarchist society from now on, in a series of posts, starting now with this one. I will set some rules. We will be dealing with issues like property, money, education, power generation, Internet, food, health, tool and machine making, clothing, logistics, leisure, culture, and many others. Discussion among pairs will guide the development of a possible theory of anarchy.
But before we start, I want to clarify two things.
A- It is highly unlikely that mankind will coordinate a system without regulators in the next, say, 500 years. (could have said 200 or 1,000). The pharaohs reigned for more than 4,000 years, the Greco-Roman period lasted about 1,000 years, the Middle Ages lasted 1,000 years in Europe. As that man who does not understand cryptocurrencies and therefore gets very angry with them showed us, there is still a huge number of people who prefer to trust banks, corporations, and international control and indebtedness organizations, to live their lives calmly. You cannot think of an anarchic society if you have a strong DNA-level foundation of the last 100 years of industrial society’s madness.
B- The revolution is a process, not a specific event. Those of us who believe in a more egalitarian society know that we must plant seeds over time, and not accelerate any event, until the dinosaurs can no longer breathe due to the atmospheric changes caused by a meteorite that, at first, they took for a grain of sand. For us, satisfaction is the sowing, while we base our morals and our culture thinking about the stone that was inside the bag, and not about the one that had to be taken out. Bitcoin sowed the first seed of the revolution, by making everyone think about how he/she was being used and enslaved by industrial society, whether they live in a capitalist or communist country. Cryptocurrencies cannot be an end in itself, but a mere tool to start the process of eliminating the brontosaurs that created centuries of hierarchies, through pharaohs, religious authorities, kings, feudal lords, conquerors, and bankers feeding the industrial society.
Any rule of an anarchic system must be designed to ensure the freedom of the individual so that each individual can enjoy life without being told what to do, and allowing him/her to exercise his/her responsibility for the better functioning of the community as a whole. In the industrial society, most people live roughly 85 times the same year.
Let’s start with the rules. Let's imagine a Metaverse called TAR. (The Anarchy Revolution).
RULE NR. 1- TAR is a planet made up of several islands surrounded by sea. Only up to 10,000 people can live on each island. There is no type of discrimination, not by sex, age, race, or religion, only by the number of inhabitants. The islands are not countries because the concept of Nation-State does not exist. As a consequence of this, there are neither police nor armies. Anyone can choose which island to live on, respecting two things: a- that the limit of 10,000 people is not exceeded, and b- that his/her profession is useful for the coordination-collaboration scheme necessary to make life on the island sustainable by centuries. This brings us closer to the Kropotkin model, small communities made up of individuals who coordinate actions for harmonious functioning among themselves. Although he called this scheme anarcho-communism, I prefer the term anarcho-syndicalism, because the system is based on professions.
RULE NR. 2- For the worshipers of private property, in TAR there exists private property, although with very different characteristics from those it has in the industrial society. The first principle of private property in TAR establishes that each person or family group has the right to own a piece of land (only one) of 10 ha (25 acres) on which they will build their house and factory (work area for their specialty). Neither the land, nor the house, nor the factory can be sold, since there is no trade-in TAR. All lands have the same dimensions, and on them, the owner can build the house he/she wants, without any aesthetic restriction or any corruption promoting architectural code. Each new child that is born in TAR is assigned a 10 ha property that he/she can use when he/she feels ready to do so. On the island, the area for individually owned land is a small percentage of the total area. The rest of the island and all its resources belong to all the inhabitants of the island. The construction of a house or a factory has no cost. The materials are produced by the respective professionals with resources from the island, and the labor is part of the community work. The spontaneous coordination process selects the professions needed on each island for its sustainability, and, among other things, to ensure that each owner can build his/her own facilities. In TAR there is no right to inheritance. When the last inhabitant of a house dies, the property becomes available for a new foreigner to occupy it. If he/she doesn't like it, he/she can tear it down and build a new one. All this response to Spooner's principle and the theory of collapsology is mentioned at the beginning of this post. By the way, I know many people in the world today who would consider themselves "rich" if they owned a 10 ha property on planet Earth.
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The second principle of private ownership in TAR is that of NFTs produced by individual talent. As there is no trade on TAR, NFTs are only for personal enjoyment. They cannot be bought or sold. They can be works of art of any kind, they can be inventions to improve the functioning of society, they can be games, they can be electronic devices, that is, they can be any expression of human talent, to rejoice in creation, not to accumulate fortunes. The concept of NFT is the natural evolution of what we now call a “crypto-sphere”, basically made up of cryptocurrencies that nowadays in 90% of cases are used to speculate financially and thus accumulate fortunes and power. A remnant of capitalist and communist societies.
I can hear the famous sophistry "Human beings are competitive by nature!" Nobody forbids anybody from competing in TAR. He/she has many ways to do it, from minting NFTs as a result of his/her intelligence to games, sports, fishing contests, the list is endless. Or is competing just about seeing who has the most money?
RULE NR. 3- There is no hierarchy in TAR, and all inhabitants have the same rights and the same status, with the responsibility that this entails. There are no tax collection agencies of any kind, and the needs of the community are resolved voluntarily by the stakeholders. For example, if a path is needed to get from A to B, it is built by the interested parties, and the non-interested do not have to participate if they do not want to, nor entrust the construction to a State that collects (steals) money from citizens to "build roads." There is no type of government, no corporations designed to homogenize consumption, no banks that create money to favor those corporations, no international organizations that regulate debt, hunger, health, and wars in favor of the highest bidder.
RULE NR. 4- Within each island and, by extension, throughout the TAR metaverse, there is no trade of any kind. Resources of any nature are available to any inhabitant of the community completely free of charge and when needed. Therefore, there is no concept of "money". Therefore, you don't have to live your life rushing to pay off debts on products that financial corporations made the herd buy with "personal loans" and credit cards. In TAR, nobody has money, nor needs it. Since there is no money, no one can accumulate it to buy property or goods that enrich him/her, so no one can corrupt anyone. In any case, the enrichment will be intellectual and will come from people’s talent, which can easily be verified by the NFTs that they have coined. In terms of real estate, all the inhabitants of TAR have the same. For example, in terms of personal property, boats, carriages, and the like, each inhabitant can build and have whatever he/she wants, always knowing that he/she will not be able to trade with them because it will not be in their conscience to do so. As a matter of fact, living on an island, it is very likely that one of the most required professions is that of a boat manufacturer. All nautical activities are highly likely to be favorites, surfing, windsurfing, diving, and others.
Let us remember, once again, that anarchy is not the absence of rules, but regulators.
(To be continued)
As usual, none of the things written in this post are financial advice and are not intended to replace personal research.
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