Using crypto drives more social and political change than protesting and voting

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For real change don’t fight the system, bypass the system by not voting, paying taxes or using banks and government currency. Use crypto instead.

Like most of the occupy movement, I used to protest big business doing harmful things that we thought caused poverty. We railed against corporations buying influence with lobbyists. Now I realize our energy was misdirected.

We should not blame companies for buying influence from the government, we should blame the government for selling it!

Companies putting profit before people are rational actors responding to the incentives in their ecosystem. Incentives that the government designs by setting regulations, law enforcement and taxes.

When major political contributors like HSBC get caught laundering money for murderous cartels and despotic regimes, they are then fined an amount which is less than the profit they made committing the crime.

This is the government encouraging them to keep doing it. Politicians then claim moral high ground and pretend they are serving society as a whole.

Why protesting and voting don’t bring change

So let’s protest the government and vote them out right? Well politicians are also rational actors responding to the incentives that exist in their ecosystem. Their 2 main incentives in the current democratic system are to win a short term popularity contest every election cycle and to advance their personal interests.

We had the biggest day of protest in the history of the world to stop the Iraq war. We did not stop it, the next war or the war machine in general. We even voted out the governments that invaded Iraq but still nothing changed.

This is because the politicians they were replaced by were put into the same system with the same incentives and so they give the same outcomes.

A study by Princeton University finds that the will of the people has almost no influence on policy and that the US is in fact an oligarchy rather than a democracy. Voting and protesting won’t bring change, technology will.

How to change the system

We need to change the system to give better outcomes. Any radical change for the better involves the powerful giving up power, so the changes will not come from within the system or by voting new politicians into the same system.

It is equally pointless to openly fight the system. It is not a fair fight, the government has

  • A monopoly on violence with armed enforcers and jails.
  • Large influence on the mass media with the ability to censor media.
  • Control of the financial system and monetary supply.

The answer is to have enough people ignoring, bypassing and undermining the system until it loses funding, legitimacy and relevance.

Wherever possible do not cede power and control of anything in your life to the government. For example if you don’t like immigration laws limiting freedom, then help illegal immigrants or become one yourself. Wherever possible do not even acknowledge the system and its laws exists.

Powerful ways to do that are

  • Don’t vote. A vote for anyone gives legitimacy and support to the system and to whoever wins, even if you voted against them.
  • Minimize the tax you pay, taxes empower the state and fund the war machine.
  • Don’t use banks or governmental currency, use crypto instead. Preferring crypto to the government’s currency undermines their power in the most fundamental and all-encompassing way. It damages their ability to print and borrow wealth and fund all the things that we don’t want them to do.

What changes?

What changes or what replaces the current system is not for any individual or small group to decide, I will just present some ideas.

Removing about 90% of government regulations, departments and functions would greatly improve society. The majority of what government does is either harmful or could be better done by free people voluntarily cooperating with each other.

What I believe should happen is open borders and ending the discrimination of nation states. Borders should only be dividing lines between law and order jurisdictions and everyone within them should be treated the same regardless of government issued permission documents. This would double the world’s GDP making everyone, on average, twice as rich!

Let us know your thoughts on my proposals or what you propose and what people can do to bring it about in the comments.

8 Comments

  1. Thomas 3 years ago

    100% agree. But we’re far from having the critical mass. Yet.

  2. Joshua Scigala 3 years ago

    The most important part of bitcoin is not the small bit of centralisation that might occur once they are created but that they are created without intrinsic debt attached. Bitcoins are spent into existence and not lent into existence. Gold is also found and spent into existence. This changes the game completely.

    • Scott 1 year ago

      Yes it does 🙂

  3. Stephen Heuer 5 years ago

    I like the thinking here of bypassing the government. I’ve thought about what would make for a successful and happy society and here it is. Get rid of all laws and teach and live by this one law, treat others the way you want to be treated. Create rules only for orderliness of society, but do not allow those rules to be your master, only your guide. Teach everyone that the physical creation comes from the spiritual dimensions and to make life enjoyable here, we all need to live life from this spiritual vantage point. We all need to be taught and live by the laws of karma. We all need to realize that anything you do that is egregious to someone else will be done to you in time. We need to be self motivated to live a life of virtue because it is in our own best interest to do so. We also need to take to heart that all the physical pursuits and pleasures that we can have in these physical bodies will come easily if we seek the proverbial kingdom of God first. If we seek to find Heaven within our mind, body, emotions first, and find it, then all the physical desires will easily come afterwards. It is really much simpler if we live life from a spiritual vantage point.

    • Scott 1 year ago

      Amen brother

    • Scott 1 year ago

      I don’t look at it as ‘bypassing the government’ but instead look at it as bypassing the ‘few’ ideas of others in order to progress in the the edict of my individually evolving soul’s view of the Golden Rule. Peace

  4. Adrian Childers 5 years ago

    Totally agree. I have been seriously dropping out of the system for years now. I get almost no mail, have no bank account etc…and I now make 100% of my income in bitcoins and cash in as little as possible. As for your last part, the mechanism of the blockchain itself could eventually lend itself to a foolproof voting system!

  5. Adrian Childers 5 years ago

    Love the post BitEdge! Just found it browsing r/bitcoin. Try writing posts on other blogs also so these ideas can go beyond the libertarian/bitcoin crowd as well.

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