Why We’ll Win

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A free, post-scarcity world will not be prevented by archaic systems scratching and clawing to retain their domination. We will evolve freely, unburdened by an unfortunate past. This will happen, and today I’m going to tell you why.

But more than that, I want you to understand that we deserve to win, and that the future – the world of our children, grandchildren, and so on – very much needs us to win. Our culture stands for – and supports in action – the things that make life thrive on Earth.

Let me make this point very clear:

We believe in the Golden Rule… as in actually believe in it, all the time. Our culture takes it seriously and acts like it’s the only healthy way to live.

The easiest and most gutless life is to follow the crowd. What makes the world better, on the other hand, is to live by what’s right. Making unpopular choices – developing and trading crypto, homeschooling your children, ignoring brain-locked regulators, pursuing unapproved cures, changing religions where it’s forbidden, pursuing what is disliked by the powers that be – these things require strength of character and dedication to real principles.

Regardless of our occasional stupidities and errors, our way of life clearly deserves to win.

How We’ll Win

“To change something,” said Buckminster Fuller, “build a new model and make the old obsolete.” And we’ve been building a new model considerably more than we may realize.

A new model is precisely how the personal computer came to be and how the Internet came to be. Regardless that computers and the Internet have been recaptured by the status quo, the model remains and has also spawned encryption and Bitcoin, technologies that are ephemeral and a lot harder to conquer.

Moreover, the cryptosphere is growing tremendously. When I started pursuing such things back in the 1990s, there were very few of us, and far between. Now I run into crypto advocates in grocery stores, not to mention in general business circles.

Likewise there are dozens of VPN providers these days. When we started Cryptohippie, few people outside of technical circles had any idea of what we were selling.

Furthermore, there are tens of thousands of people working to develop, improve, and spread cryptocurrencies every day, often at their own expense and with considerable uncertainty. Because they believe in them. Because they believe they’re building a better world.

Homeschooling makes another fine example. When I started my involvement, parents had recently been arrested for homeschooling in the US. We had to get busy supporting a legal defense fund. Now there are a few million homeschooled kids in the US alone, and everyone knows that homeschooling produces excellent results.

We’ll win by doing these things, followed by others like them. Little by little, step by step, planting seed after seed, we’re moving toward our goal faster than we’ve appreciated.

Once human action of these types account for enough of our activities, it’ll be almost unstoppable, and the legacy system will begin shrinking. We can expect screaming, threats, and even bloodshed from the obsolete system, but over time it will give up its operations piece by piece.

This isn’t to say that our new systems will be immaculate, but they’ll be far better than the Bronze Age relics that currently dominate mankind.

And if Not…

If, for whatever reason, we fail to continue what we’ve begun, our new civilization still wins in the end. For one thing, human evolution continues. We are notably better than we were a few thousand years ago – qualitatively better – and we’ll be still better in the future.

More immediately than that, however, the next cycling of rulership will finish the job for us. As we covered back in FMP #18, civilizations always cycle. They always have and almost certainly always will, until violence-backed hierarchy ends. When the next cycle comes along, it will do so in a rich technological environment. Because technology does not cycle. Rather, it accretes… it builds up.

So, once the present hierarchies break up and vanish for a few hundred years, tech will be free to come out and play. We’ll be free to reorganize in innovative new ways. Things simply will not be rebuilt according to the same old model. That’s how history works.

But while it’s nice to know that the insanity will pass one way or another, I think all of us would like it to be sooner rather than later. For our own sakes and certainly for those of our offspring, time is important. And so we need to believe in what we’re doing and to do it with vigor.

“The fashion of the present world,” says the Bible, “is passing away.” Let’s help it along.

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Why People Won’t Protect Themselves

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I’ve been promoting encryption for quite some time, and one of the things you can’t miss in this business is that most people have a psychological aversion (and a strong one) to protecting themselves.

Not only are the products I sell affordable (less than a dollar a day for serious, professional-level protection), but I repeatedly tell people how they can get free encryption if they’re willing to work at it. And yet, just a small percentage ever choose to protect themselves. They will allow themselves authorized protection, sometimes even protection from major corporations (semi-authorized), but they will not protect themselves on their own volition.

Until they get hurt of course.

Truth from Diverse Sources

One of my early lessons was to take truth wherever I found it. I took it as a proud moment when I once learned something from a smelly, drunken bum on a train platform. (I’ve never been able to do that since, but it did happen once.)

So, let’s look at a couple of diverse sources on this. First, this passage from the 1974 film, Death Wish:

Kersey: What do you call people who, when faced with a condition of fear, do nothing about it?

Son-in-law: Civilized?

This is precisely what has happened to the “civilized” people of the West. They have been trained never to protect themselves, much less defend themselves. That’s the job of the state, the police… the authorized. You and I are not permitted to do those things, and over time this has set down deep, unconscious roots.

As a result, “civilized” people have a mental block against self-protection. Something in them will not permit it.

I began to grapple with this in 1982 after reading a passage in the Psalms. The passage talked about executing judgment… but about an individual executing judgment, not God. As I read the passage and applied it to myself, I had a strong reaction and realized that I was emotionally blocked from doing what the passage called for.

That got my attention, and over time I’ve worked to remedy the problem.

A third source was a passage from Marshall Rosenberg (no relation I’m aware of) that we used in FMP #72:

[W]e have inherited a language that served kings and powerful elites in domination societies. The masses, discouraged from developing awareness of their own needs, have instead been educated to be docile and subservient to authority.

This brings us closer to a solution. Now let me adapt this quote to our subject:

We have inherited language and expectations that serve the elites in our dominance-based societies. We have been educated to be docile and subservient to authority… to hand all judgment to authority and not act on our own volition.

That’s a sick, twisted set of concepts, but that’s also the way most people think. Western man has been trained never to use his or her own judgment. And by our generation, it’s gone so far that a large percentage of people are trying to remain permanent adolescents.

And to be clear about it, this “hand all judgment to the ruler” training has been imposed upon us since there have been rulers. Rulers by definition monopolize the use of force. And to do that well, the populace must, in the name of security and order, be trained never to protect themselves. As historian Will Durant put it,

[T]he state, in order to maintain itself, used and forged many instruments of indoctrination – the family, the church, the school – to build in the soul of the citizen a habit of patriotic loyalty and pride. This saved a thousand policemen, and prepared the public mind for that docile coherence which is indispensable in war.

So, let’s admit that we’ve been conditioned to be docile… then let’s do something about it.

Ignoring Snowden

We’ve been conditioned to be eager to run for help but unwilling to protect ourselves. And that’s just stupid, because evil does exist in the world and because our “authorized protectors” are neither benevolent nor omnipotent. (They are, in actuality, the most common threats.)

Granted, violence is stupid, barbaric, and often solves nothing. But cryptography isn’t violence. Yet people are still afraid of it. This is, if we’re to be honest, why so very many people found ways to ignore the revelations of Edward Snowden.

If they took Snowden’s revelations seriously, they’d have to face a lot of threat, and that would rationally require them to protect themselves… and they have been trained never to do that. So, rather than accepting such discomfort, it was easier to follow the distractions fed through mainstream media and ignore the truth.

So…

So, we’ve been trained not to protect ourselves. And I understand this all too well, because it probably affected me as much as or more than it did you. But we don’t have to stay that way.

So, if something doesn’t make rational sense, we should go about to change it. And the way to do that is to act.

Talking and complaining get us nowhere. Only acting changes us.

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The Day Bitcoin Was Hacked

In the ninth year of Satoshi, at 9:30am UTC on a cold February morning, Bitcoin was hacked. The hacker (or hackers) found a way to take advantage of a command in Satoshi’s original code. Then, using some very impressive number-crunching power, they played man-in-the-middle and intercepted transactions as they approached the big Bitcoin miners.

BitcoinHacked

In the ninth year of Satoshi, at 9:30am UTC on a cold February morning, Bitcoin was hacked.

The hacker (or hackers) found a way to take advantage of a command in Satoshi’s original code. Then, using some very impressive number-crunching power, they played man-in-the-middle and intercepted transactions as they approached the big Bitcoin miners.

But this required more than impressive number crunching – it required world-class intelligence, as well as access to dozens of major routers. This, however, didn’t become clear for a few hours. During that time, tens of thousands of bitcoins were stolen.

Whoever hacked Bitcoin had access to secret backdoors in the big commercial routers – backdoors that weren’t supposed to exist. A few ex-employees of the big router company had once tried to speak out on this subject, but they had been quickly silenced. (This wasn’t known till later either.)

By the time dawn broke in New York, bitcoiners in Japan, Korea, and all across Europe were in a panic. A couple of dozen key Americans were being roused as well. The old cypherpunk channels were busy for the first time in many years.

A hasty meeting was called in the oldest darknet chat room, and a moratorium was called on all Bitcoin mining (transaction processing), beginning immediately. Only two significant miners refused to acknowledge the move, but they were just being asses on principle. In any event, they joined the moratorium half an hour later. No transactions would be recognized.

Bitcoin had stopped.

It took just over an hour for the big financial sites to figure out what was happening, followed by a roar of victory that crossed continents. Central banks, Wall Streeters, and gold bugs joined together, rejoicing that their joint enemy… the curse that they all wanted to bury… the upstart that had thrown confusion into their lives… was dead. Many of them literally jumped, screamed, danced, and stomped their feet.

Comment boards erupted with glee. “Buttcoin is dead!” “Buh-bye TwitCoin losers!” and much worse were posted, over and over and over.

Several thousand neophyte bitcoiners panicked and tried to dump every coin they could on the exchanges, but the exchanges closed as well. The result of this was that the price for Bitcoin, was, for all practical purposes, zero.

At this, the enemies of Bitcoin let out an even bigger cheer than before. Their world view had been restored. Whereas they had been looking like fools – repetitively pronouncing Bitcoin dead as it inexplicably refused to die – it was now the bitcoiners who were the fools. The haters spewed a river of venom, with vigor and with glee.

A couple of dozen cryptocurrency scam artists emptied their bank accounts during that day, cleared out of their apartments, and headed to unknown addresses. They knew an opportunity when they saw one. And so they took advantage of the confusion, getting away before anyone could call the law down on them.

But it wasn’t just the scammers; at least as many Zuckerberg wannabes started looking for new ways to get amorally rich as quickly as possible.

The old chat room, however, remained choked with traffic. Literally dozens of Bitcoin developers, enemy miners, and altcoin developers had been sharing their findings. New information was deposited in the main chat room, while an old cryptographer summarized it all in a second room (where solutions were being discussed) and cross-posted conclusions between the two. In a third room the best programmers divided the code between themselves and hunkered down to find the vulnerability.

It took them all four hours.

An hour after that, a patch was being tested.

Three hours and four versions of the patch later, all agreed that it was ready.

At midnight in London (0:00 UTC), every major Bitcoin miner turned back on, and by agreement (an agreement they all kept), they restarted from block number 684273, which was the last complete block before the hack.

Bitcoin – to the shock and horror of the crypto-hate community – was back. In the end, only a handful of people lost money (mostly by providing products during the hack), and only one of those businesses failed. Bitcoin’s price (as measured in dollars, etc.) lagged for a few days and then returned to its previous trajectory.

Many of the altcoins remained shut for a day or two more, simply because they had less skilled manpower to throw at the problem. But soon enough they came back too, with the exceptions of the scammers who had run away and the get-rich-quickers who had wandered away.

The haters went right back to hating.

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  • There were so many points where it was hard to read, I was so choked up.
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Paul Rosenberg
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