Decentralize Everything: How To Avoid the Technocratic Nightmare

01/15/201714 Comments

The metaphorical ink was hardly dry on last week’s “2017: Year of Technocracy” editorial when a flood of stories twittered their way across the newswire to confirm my predictions in spades:

Sigh.

It may seem like a hopeless situation. Caught between the rock of our increasingly technological lives and the hard place of total tracking, surveillance and control, it’s easy to simply throw in the towel and resign ourselves to the boot stamping on the human face forever.

But as bleak as things seem in the short term, I’m equally convinced that in the long term we are going to see a world of uncontrollable, uncensorable, irrepressible technological innovation, a world where decentralized, peer-to-peer communities of interest are the norm and the idea of centralized surveillance control grids are a thing of the past.

Believe it or not, there are already people working on the forerunners to this world of decentralized, peer-to-peer freedom solutions. The technocrats would obviously prefer you not know about them. So today let’s examine a few of these technologies and what they’re helping to achieve…

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  1. calumn says:

    Maybe Im punching below my weight here, but as part of the ‘revolution’ I would like to shine a light on some media out there.

    Immortal Technique (nsfw) – Musician/Artist [ https://youtu.be/3u3JSEqNtlg ]

    The following are 2 documentaries I would recommend you sit through:

    September 11 – The New Pearl Harbor [ https://youtu.be/8DOnAn_PX6M ]
    J.F.K. to 9/11 – Everything’s A Rich Mans Trick [ https://youtu.be/U1Qt6a-vaNM ]

    And if you enjoyed 1984 by George Orwell:
    Go check out Swilliamism!
    [ https://www.youtube.com/user/swilliamism ]

    And if you don’t know about 1984, Get a copy!
    Or check out the 1984 release of 1984 with John Hurt as Winston Smith.

  2. Sam says:

    Follow the dots. Even Steemit, where this article is posted, wants to confirm your real ID before you are allowed to post. Do you think they really care? No. The Deep State wants to know who you are when you speak up.

    Eventually, on-line access without a physical ID will be illegal. Then you will have to choose: Become a data serf, with your every comment monitored, or stay free by becoming anonymous and, by that act alone, become an outlaw.

    There’s a great book that explores this conundrum. Thieves Emporium by Max Hernandez. The Daily Bell thought it was soon good they ran it as a serial, which you can still get on-line for free if you look for it.

    Or you can buy it from Amazon (where it averages 4.6 in over 115 reviews), Nook, Smashwords, or IBooks.

    A must read if you want to know the next step in this cyber war for your freedom.

    www(.)amazon(.)com/Thieves-Emporium-Max-Hernandez-ebook/dp/B00CWWWRK0

    www(.)barnesandnoble(.)com/w/thieves-emporium-max-hernandez/1116498383

    www(.)smashwords(.)com/books/view/346807

    • Sam says:

      James: I have mentioned this book to you before. It’s right down your alley, I hope you will take a few minutes to investigate it by, if nothing else, looking at some of the Reader Comments on Amazon.

      If you want, I can get you a Smashwords coupon code for an evaluation copy, without, of course, any obligation on your part other than to glance through the work.

      I know you are busy, but this novel really is, as one reviewer said, the first serous political fiction of the new digital age.

    • Briar Fox says:

      Yeah, quite upsetting. I tried to make an account on Steemit, but I do not own a cellphone/smartphone, so I am unable to participate… and gladly so I presume. Don’t know why a smartphone is needed in order to validate your existence.

      • Sam says:

        Ownership.

        Government can’t own you unless they know who you are. So there is a concerted effort by TPTB and those they control to establish who you are at all times. You can’t, for instance, get a cell phone in most countries in the world without providing proof of ID. Which means tracking your account back to a phone connects your ID to your account.

        I have had some luck with renting an SMS number. Those numbers can be obtained without providing traceable ID and allow you to get confirmation information through them. Free numbers seem not to work, though. Maybe because they have been used multiple times and so can be detected this way.

        If you want to take a shot at that technique, I paid via Bitcoin for a private US SMS number with receive-sms.com for a one-month number for $6 and it worked well.

      • mkey says:

        I guess it’s an “alternative” to having an e-mail. Not exactly the same, regarding privacy concerns, is it?

  3. It time we realize that in order for any of these solutions to be viable, we have to take action on them. I would encourage everyone that reads this comment to take action on SOMETHING! Open your ‘toolbox’, examine your personal strengths, and find ways to leverage it. You have something to offer your community, and that voluntary exchange of goods/ideas builds the future.

  4. HomeRemedySupply says:

    BOOKS
    I once owned more than a million books.
    Here is some information about the book industry. Some aspects might be outdated.

    In 1996, a friend (who I had once partnered with in the apparel industry forming a huge wholesale operation) and I took $2,000 seed money, my cube truck and folding banquet tables to enter into the retail book industry. No more seed money was added. By the year 2000, we were doing more than 3.5 million dollars a year in book sales. In 2000 my partner and I parted ways. By 2001, I had a wholesale warehouse and online book ordering operation along with some large and small book stores.

    These were new books, not used books. They were all priced at 75%-90% off the normal retail price. Yes, a normally priced $20 NEW book would cost $5 or less from me. In fact, there were many times I sold normally priced $50-$75 books for $5. High priced IT books were very popular at $5. Many days I would literally sell tons and tons.

    Here are some things about the book industry during this era.
    I could purchase these new books for 2 to 10 cents on the retail dollar. So, a $20 retail book might cost me 40 cents.
    “Returns” are new books which places like Barnes and Noble would return to the publisher. When books don’t sell in the store, the store ships them back for credit. “Hurts” are new books which have a bruise or some minor flaw. “Overruns” are when the publisher prints too many of a book. “Overstock” is when the publisher has too many of a book in their warehouse. Often yearly I would go to the trade show in Chicago. Publishers and “Book brokers” would display their off-price samples and take orders. Essentially, they are trying to liquidate their left overs.

    Example: “Mass Market Paperbacks” are those small paperbacks you often would see at the grocery store checkout lane. These might be your best sellers, like Stephen King or John Grisham. These books are destroyed so there is no “aftermarket”. At a book distributor, I personally have witnessed a crew of a dozen people opening brand new cartons of these books, tearing off the covers for credit, then throwing the book into the roll-off dumpster.

    Small time publishers have the system rigged against them. I watched many go under. It is a tough business. I saw the same thing in the 80’s with the apparel business. At that time, there were thousands of American independent clothing manufacturers. No more.

    I should explain how my book business evolved, because I am just a regular guy. In the beginning with the $2,000 seed money to buy some inventory from a local warehouse, I drove to a street corner vacant gas station, set up some banquet tables and sold books. Sales were weak, but I knew we had a winner. In the weeks and months following, I would line up temporary sales at old malls or at events or at the American Airlines Headquarters cafeteria. Lots of heavy lifting with literally tons of books loaded on dollies. (I well remember chatting with the CEO of American Airlines, Robert Crandall, about mowing the lawn and yard work.) Deep discounted new books was a very popular draw. Customers got extremely excited buying armloads of books. Eventually, I negotiated a very, very, very sweet lease at an old mall because I was a draw card for public traffic. Rents can be negotiated, even opting for month to month. There are a lot of things you learn along the way.

    Integrity and Literacy
    By 2000 with sales in my large stores over 3 million, about one million was from checks. My stores did not have the electronic check verification. We just wrote down the driver’s license number on the check. I had less than $300 out of a $1,000,000 each year in uncollected bad checks. If a check bounced, I had an office worker write a handwritten note to the person “Oops! The check bounced. These things happen. Please mail a money order in the return envelope.”
    I used to joke: “Thieves don’t read.”

    In early 2001, I contacted a broker to help me sell my business. I knew the internet was gaining momentum. Also, think about a person’s house and their bookshelf space: A person could fill a 6 foot tall bookshelf from my store for less than $200. Books are not consumables, like food or vitamins. I had customers telling me about the tall stacks of computer/ IT books in their garage that they had purchased from me. There is only so much space in a person’s home for books.

    However, 9/11/2001 happened. The economy started to tank. There was a lay-off of 10,000 people in the local telecom industry (these people read books). Pretty soon, my huge stores were sitting by themselves in the vacant shopping centers after the grocery store, the Comp USA, the K-Mart and other anchors left. I got very creative and tried to wait it out, but by 2004 I had to go bankrupt. My many employees loved their job because I didn’t require the “conventional rules”. Sidenote: I knew bankruptcy law would not necessarily pay the small publishers who I owed money. So, I made it a point to pay these guys while not paying certain Federal taxes during the year prior to bankruptcy. Ha! The tax man would come into my office/warehouse looking for me every month or so, “but I would be gone”. Finally, I did the bankruptcy filing. I called the IRS, scheduled an audit, and then went down there with a large dolly of well-organized bookwork. It took me many years to pay off my IRS debt.

    Ha! I like to read and I love to study a variety of different topics. During my working 7 days a week for years in the book business, I never read a complete book. I didn’t really have the time.

    • Corbett says:

      Thanks for the story, HRS, but please do try to limit comments to 500 words (or split them into two) in the future.

  5. Octium says:

    More of a new year project than a new years resolution but my aim is to draw up a birthday calendar of the many people who have been murdered in the info war.

    It would be nice to remember them and celebrate their birthdays as a reminder that there there are still many good people in the world.

    Some to start it off…

    Michael Hastings (Jan 28, 1980)
    Deborah Jeane Palfrey (March 18, 1956)
    William Cooper (May 6, 1943)
    David Kelly (15 May, 1944)
    Mae Brussell (May 29, 1922)
    Gary Webb (August 31, 1955)
    Aaron Swartz (Nov 8, 1986)

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