Cyberlibertarians’ Digital Deletion of the Left. Technological innovation does not inherently promote the Left’s goals.
Fidelis / Flickr The digital revolution, we are told everywhere today, produces democracy. It gives “power to the people” and dethrones authoritarians; it levels the playing field for distribution of information critical to political engagement; it destabilizes hierarchies, decentralizes what had been centralized, democratizes what was the domain of elites.
Code your own utopia: Meet Ethereum, Bitcoin's most ambitious successor. The IRS issued a telling statement of metaphysics in March.
A few weeks before tax day, it ruled that bitcoin, the first and best-known Internet-based cryptocurrency, is not to be considered a currency at all but an investment, subject to capital-gains tax. While this is a rather clumsy adaptation of antiquated regulations to a field they were never designed to encompass, there is also a basic truth in it. The IRS decision hints at why cryptocurrencies are about to get a whole lot more disruptive as well as a great deal harder to ignore: They can be used for much more than just payments. Bitcoin appeared in early 2009 as a new kind of money that, thanks to sophisticated mathematics, guarantees the security of transactions within a decentralized, peer-to-peer network. Just a few months into a catastrophic financial crisis, the pseudonymous inventor, Satoshi Nakamoto, presented bitcoin as an insurgency against the mismanaged big banks and state monetary regimes. The Economics of Star Trek — Medium, Long.
I promise this is about Star Trek.
Sort of. Bear with me a moment. I’ve been reading a lot about robots lately. When I read about robots, and the future, I can’t help but think about it in economic terms. And that inevitably turns my mind to the branch of economics called post scarcity economics. The thing that never sits quite right with post scarcity economics, though, at least the very little that I’ve read, is that it’s always sort of an all or nothing affair: you either don’t have enough of anything or you have enough of everything.
What is needed is some sort of interim-, or proto-post scarcity economics. More and more I find myself thinking we are, as a race, constrained by the economic models we have. The key here, to me, is to start thinking about how economics would work when we decouple labor from reward. So, then, take that journey. Yes yes, of course. Parecon does have some awesome concepts, though, by the way. Then I got to thinking. It’s called Star Trek. Stay with me here. Introduction to Principia Cybernetica. Cubistro. Cultural Fragmentation, Globalization and International Morality The arrival of the millennium has brought the world new dramas of international conflict.
As the world becomes smaller and we all bump into each other more frequently in the process called globalization, we begin to feel our differences with greater force. PopCulture. Creation of Direct Democracy in Switzerland « Activating Democracy. The people are no longer willing to be governed from above; they demand their share in the making of laws and the exercise of power (…) they demand that self-government finally means what it says, wrote Florian Gengel, editor of the Berne newspaper “Der Bund,” in August 1862.
In Switzerland, the liberal movement succeeded in achieving what it failed to achieve elsewhere: the creation of a nation-state and modern democracy. The half-century between 1798 and 1848 – full of conflict and occasionally descending into chaos – can be seen as a period of foundation. Pirate Party. Pirate parties logo History Parties in other countries, such as the Pirate Party of Austria (founded in July 2006) and the Pirate Party Germany (September 2006), were inspired by the Swedish example. In October 2006, Pirate Parties International was founded as an umbrella organization. Peaceful Societies. Hikikomori. Complementarity & Reality. Articles Alistair MacFarlane has complementary ways of looking at things.
In Boswell’s biography we are told how Dr Johnson, a naïve Realist, sought to refute the Idealist Bishop Berkeley’s claim that everything exists in the mind. He did so by kicking a stone, exclaiming: “I refute it thus!” But there are more enlightened things to do with stones than kick them. Neo-Luddism. A novel written by Edward Abbey which concerns the use of sabotage to protest environmentally damaging activities in the American Southwest.
Neo-Luddism or New Luddism is a philosophy opposing many forms of modern technology. According to a manifesto drawn up by the Second Luddite Congress (April 1996; Barnesville, Ohio) Neo-Luddism is "a leaderless movement of passive resistance to consumerism and the increasingly bizarre and frightening technologies of the Computer Age. "  The name is based on the historical legacy of the British Luddites, who were active between 1811 and 1816. These groups along with some modern Neo-Luddites are characterized by the practice of destroying or abandoning the use of technological equipment as well as advocating simple living. Neo-Luddism stems from the concept that technology has a negative impact on individuals, their communities and the environment. Neo-Luddites also fear the future unknown effects that new technologies might unleash.