Using bitcoin 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. Do this by not voting, paying taxes or using banks and government currency.

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 realise our energy was misdirected.

We should not blame companies for buying influence from the government we should blame the government for putting influence up for sale!

Companies putting profit before people are rational actors responding to the incentives in their ecosystem. Incentives that the government designs by setting the regulations, law enforcement and taxes. It is politicians who claim a moral high ground and are meant to be there for the greater good of society.

When major political contributors like HSBC get caught laundering money for murderous cartels and despotic regimes and are then fined an amount which is less than the profit they made committing the crime, they are going to keep doing it. The government is encouraging them to keep doing it by providing incentives or choosing not to provide any disincentive.

Why protesting and voting don’t bring change

So let’s protest the government and vote them out right? Well politicians are rational actors and they are only responding to the incentives that exist in their ecosystem. The 2 main incentives presented to them by the current multi-party democratic system are to win a short term popularity contest every 4 years 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. Even after governments that invaded Iraq had been voted out still nothing changed.

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

A study by Princeton University has found 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

What is needed to give better outcomes is to change the system. Any radical change for the better involves the powerful classes 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. They have the mass media and control of the monetary supply.

The answer is to have enough people ignoring, bypassing and undermining the system until it loses 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 help illegal immigrants or become one yourself somewhere. 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 vote against them.
  • Minimise the tax you pay, taxes empower the state and fund the war machine.
  • Don’t use banks or governmental currency, the answer here is bitcoin. Preferring bitcoins 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 you 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.

Society can be greatly improved by removing about 90% of government regulations, departments and functions. 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!

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

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5 Comments

  1. Adrian Childers 4 years ago

    Love the post James! 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.

  2. Adrian Childers 4 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!

  3. Stephen Heuer 4 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.

  4. Joshua Scigala 2 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.

  5. Thomas 2 years ago

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

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