Right now, affairs in just about any activity, any place on the globe, are contentious to say the least. It may be difficult for even an optimist to see, but the shift of multiple paradigms, brings with it the potential for transformative and lasting benefit to those willing to rise and accept the challenge. And it’s doing so even as the model of the state moves toward its own re-defining moment.
Matthew McCaffrey, former Mises Institute Research Fellow, writes about how the Web is dealing a (long-overdue?) death blow to the idea of centralized, top-down-revolution, opening up a new universal energy of change…from the bottom up. Add to this the ubiquitous power and reach of what might be called the “Bitcoin-Blockchain Revolution”, and the potential goes off the charts. McCaffrey writes,
The World Wide Web is conducive to individual change, and perhaps local community change, but there are so many competing voices with so many competing programs that it will prove almost impossible for any centralized movement to take over anything larger than a county. I don’t see how the religion of revolution can ever produce the equivalent of the Communist revolutions of the 20th century. Communications are just too decentralized…
This is why I see the end of anything remotely resembling socialism or communism. When the nation-state’s money runs out, the grand experiment will be over. Really, it ended on December 25, 1991. But it lingers in the background. People with grandiose schemes of top-down political transformation are articulating a pre-Internet worldview of centralization. If one video can go viral, so can another. This is good news for liberty.
Wendy McElroy is currently “live-publishing” her new book The Satoshi Revolution: A Revolution of Rising Expectations, exclusively with Bitcoin.com. Each Saturday, another installment appears, wherein the entire volume will eventually be made available. In her current segment, Chapter 7, “The Political Dynamic of Decentralization” she compares Civil Law (essentially government control, laws passed by legislature) to Common Law (law based upon precedent derived from real legal disputes). She notes that although the later is imperfect, and may on occasion be arbitrary, it nonetheless embraces standards of justice and the non-initiation of force.
McElroy believes that cryptocurrency does need to be regulated, with a caveat. “But it should be private regulation that responds to a fast-moving world of real people, not the needs of bureaucrats. That’s common law. Ideally, it is the private policy of the decent human beings who have always dominated crypto but who need to stand up and shout “ENOUGH!” at those who are treating freedom as a free pass to crime.
One can argue that, due to the Bitcoin-Blockchain Revolution, the reinstatement of the individual – motivated and growing internally – in concert with collective effort the group is upon us. This moment in time offers those who would seize it, the chance to do both good and well on the path of introspection and self-improvement.
Zen in the Art of Archery was written in 1953 by Eugene Herrigel, a German professor of Philosophy in Tokyo, who took up the study of archery to help him understand Zen Buddhism. Training for six years as a student of one of Japan’s great archery masters, he came to appreciate new truths and ways of seeing the world around him. He acknowledged the value of continually moving forward through study – honoring, yet giving up the old for the new – accepting paradigm change and shift with alacrity.
In his last meeting with the Master, Herrigel was told:
Your arrows will carry if you act as though the goal is infinitely far off. To unleash this spiritual awareness, perform as a good dancer dances; your movements will spring from the center – created under the inspiration of the moment – the dancer and the dance are one and the same – free yourself from pleasure/pain – rejoice as though another had shot well…and let no day go by without performing the ceremony (practice) even without bow and arrow, or at least breathing properly…
Things will no longer harmonize as before. You see with other eyes and measure with other measures. (In farewell, the Master handed me his best bow.) When you shoot this bow, you will feel the spirit of the Master near you, and when you have passed beyond it, do not lay it up in remembrance! Destroy it, so that nothing remains but a heap of ashes!