|douglas adams in a shirt|
|money is power|
today, the one dependency that all ‘power’ revolves around is money, or wealth in some form. (i may be increasingly sounding like alvin toffler about the rising quality of power stemming from violence, money and knowledge, but yes, i do draw some inspiration from him when expounding this hypothesis). the actual power of wealth is vested within those that guarantee the value of money. this means that though the intrinsic value of the dollar bill i hold or the digitised funds my bank account has may be as close to zero as possible, the guarantee of the government that it is worth something is what holds the economy, and my existence, together.
|violence sustains power|
so, the real power is concentrated in the hands of those who can guarantee the buying power of the money in my pocket. the governments of states, due to their monopoly on THIS power, in addition to (or because of) their monopoly of violence, are therefore the ones that wield the real power over my life. my decisions on what i can do and what i cannot, who i need to please and who i need not, is based on who holds this power, the power to guarantee the value of money. in fact, even in historical times, sovereigns have declared their independence by minting/printing their own money and this has always been a very well understood phenomenon.
now, consider the internet. there are various issues and assumptions that crop up here and the best way to put them is in a point by point form:
|are we already controlled by these people?|
|trans-border micro-transactions will become norm|
|smaller countries, weaker countries|
|an offer you cannot refuse|
|is this what we are expecting?|
i know you did not expect me to pose questions in this manner or come up with this harebrained idea!! i myself have been thinking how badly i put it even after 10 years of thought. maybe it has to do with my writing or communication skills. but i am sure you can see the germ of the idea there somewhere. what do you think? you really feel the world will contract into small countries run by private entrepreneurs and then go through another process of violent upheaval and revert to the way things were 100 years ago? or would there be a different path the world might take? what do you feel?