One objection to the cryptosphere… to free cyberspace… is that it’s only for super-smart people, and not for average people. And that’s flatly false. Building the cryptosphere requires technical expertise, but populating it – filling it with people and commerce and human decency – is for all who will. And by daring to enter, you [...]
I’ve recently completed a book I never particularly expected to write. It covers subjects we’ve touched upon in some of the columns, but my guess was that the book would wait for quite some time. It’s called Discourses on Judaism, Jesus & Christianity, and it rather forced its way out of me, regardless of what [...]
It seems that right on the heels of a beautiful new vision, old fears come charging back to our minds, defending their positions. And so this episode explains why and how we will succeed. There’s really no doubt about the general outcome. The only uncertainty is the timing.
I was back in bed an hour after arriving and starting my notes, as 2016 caught me again. I got up a little late the next morning and spent a long time explaining the experience to my wife. She wasn’t sure what to think but encouraged me to write about it.
It’s no secret that Bitcoin has enemies. There are those who’d like to kill it outright and there are those who’d like to subvert it. And, of course, Bitcoin has its fair share of the usual human problems. The more overt attacks have pretty well failed thus far. Bitcoin, after all, is just a computer [...]
The boy never noticed me, thank God. I don’t know how it would have affected me if he had. I sat there for several more minutes, alternately letting myself cry and seeing how well I could suppress it.
Cryptography has changed the world over the past few decades. Without it there would be no Internet commerce, no VPNs, or Tor, or Bitcoin, or Wikileaks, or the Snowden revelations, or BitTorrent. But however impressive the results, it’s the power of the crypto vision that has driven them… and a revelation it is. Those who [...]
I stayed home Friday and Saturday. Part of it was lying low in case someone had somehow tracked me, and part of it was simply to unwind. I read the first half of another John le Carré novel I had picked up. It wasn’t as good as The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, but it was entertaining.
A few years ago I wrote an article on status, to rather mixed reviews among the online commenters. Today I’m going back to status, “doubling down,” as people like to say these days. The proximate cause of this return to status is a set of studies I’ve been doing on Jesus. One of the things [...]
I walked down the stairway toward chaos, which was useful. From the stairway I spotted Dorothy. And while I did my best to look like a confused businessman, I made my way almost directly toward her. I looked at my watch along the way. It was 11:59.
Buckminster Fuller’s advice for building a better world was to create a new model that makes the old model obsolete, and the Parallel Society podcast is dedicated to just that. We cover cryptocurrency, biohacking, private space flight, homeschooling and much more.
The next day I moved all my photos out of Mike’s apartment and put them back in a safe deposit box. I also told young Mike that I’d be out of town for a few weeks. I had to be prepared for the FBI to crosscheck the likely arrival dates of Dorothy’s material to flights in and out of New York.
Beginning next week we’ll be moving to podcasts. We’ll be producing them every other week for the indefinite future. I think you’ll like them and I’m enjoying working on them. The podcasts will be replacing our weekly articles… more or less. I’m an inveterate author, of course, and I’m quite sure I’ll have things I [...]
I spent the next two days enjoying Manhattan. I went to the Second Avenue Deli (when it was still on 2nd Avenue), the Metropolitan Museum, and took a train to the Natural History Museum in Brooklyn. I even ran into the father of one of my 2016 friends. It was fun.
It seems that almost every political or religious philosophy holds to what I call the Unity Ideal. This is the idea that if we could all just be completely unified, every problem would wither away, all our needs would be met, untapped power would spring into action… or something along these lines.
“The Road Trip” was mainly a disappointment. Indianapolis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Gainesville and Orlando (what there was of it) were all worse than in 2016. It was useful to see some of the places, but the places were dirtier and the people were colder, crueler, and in general darker than in 2016.
Culture has always been the antagonist of conscience. Once we see ourselves as part of a larger entity – once we identify with it – we feel a necessity to conform to it. If we don’t, we begin to lose the existential crutch that larger entities offer us. And, partly as a result of living [...]
The next morning I called Mike’s doctor and discussed his case. Then I made a list of things that had to be done every day: Morning, noon and evening pills, no caffeine, no fried foods, and gentle walks every day, weather permitting. We set up my room, drove to the supermarket and back, ate lunch, and then took a nap.
This is a set of questions and answers that I included in A Lodging of Wayfaring Men and later removed because the book worked better without them. And even though I’d write it quite differently today (I wrote this 20 years ago), I still think it’s a meaningful discussion. And so I’m passing it along. * [...]
Robert was late. At first we did pretty well at not worrying, but after an hour it was getting hard. Jim and I were packed and ready to go; we even had all Robert’s things packed. But there was nothing to do but sit and wait.