There is a lot of talk about using technologies to increase our freedom. But how does this work? How does some encryption software or anonymous cryptocurrency actually increase my freedom.
In this episode of the Option Plus podcast, I delve into the world of cypherpunk technologies and cryptoanarchy. Using insights from my book “Cryptocurrencies: Hack Your Way to a Better Life,” I demystify how these innovative technologies can bolster our personal freedoms.
Focusing on the immense possibilities, I touch upon the essence of freedom and the non-aggression principle, emphasizing personal responsibility. I discuss strategies to combat surveillance and dismantle the power that hierarchical structures have over us, which is essential for truly embracing freedom. Beyond social media debates and manifestos, I introduce the OODA loop, highlighting its role in conflict navigation and especially conflict prevention.
I explore the differences between reform movements and cryptoanarchy, which has the ability to obscure actions for swift conflict resolution. Cryptoanarchy offers the power of selective visibility, letting us decide what parts of ourselves we reveal.
Drawing from James Scott’s works, I underscore the freedom of not being bound by land or state. Venturing into the “cyphersphere,” I suggest the benefits of a nomadic persona in maintaining privacy.
Recognizing the intricate power dynamics, I urge listeners to focus on their positions and situations rather than the motives of the powerful. I champion peer-to-peer communities, like Bitcoin, and stress the importance of nurturing meaningful relationships within the cyphersphere and pursuing a purpose-driven life, away from politics and power plays.
Join me as we chart a path towards genuine freedom and empowerment.
- My books Cryptocurrencies – Hack your way to a better life and Cypherpunk visions and trends 2023-2025 talk about ways to use crypto/cypher technologies to increase your freedom. Get yours with a discount by using the code OPTIONPLUS. Start with Cryptocurrencies – it has very actionable content that you have probably not seen before anywhere else. Also available in Spanish and Slovak.
- For becoming a gamma (being outside of a dominance hierarchy and winning the game), I recommend my blog Searching for gamma.
- Talks from Web3Privacy Summit Prague 2023
- Rise, anon Lunarpunk and memetic warfare by Rachel-Rose O’Leary