“Cryptoanarchy.” It is not a new term, but it has truly evolved over the years as the rise of the sovereign, personal reserve currency began to take over the financial system and attract more and more investment capital from major institutions.
However, the term will eventually be hijacked if the sovereign individuals emerge because of the powers conferred on them by their monetary reserve. This will ultimately lead to problems that many are currently trying to counter by considering the creation of modern citadels and protective social groups.
The idea of Bitcoin citadels is based on the idea of self-preservation, achieving isolation from the masses and those in power who can potentially harm Bitcoiners. This process of possible harm has already begun and it will be impossible to stop, as some individuals recognized the underlying dangers that these newly acquired freedoms can bring. Freedom is absolute in this sense because Bitcoin grants absolute freedom. In fact, when you hold Bitcoin, you are in control of your own personal nuclear missile launch codes. This gives sovereign individuals ultimate power on this planet.
Essentially, libertarian ideology is a contributing factor to the need for citadel thinking, as the no-offense principle often fails to resolve situations involving violence. As the future looks unstable, others may rely on input from anarcho capitalists who are more willing to use their “launch codes” as weapons of mass destruction. This potential threat of violence is so great that the creation of citadels has become a necessary consideration for many.
Future aspects of the monetary transition and its effects are hardly predictable in the current Bitcoin era and it takes at least five more years to have a clear visual picture of what could happen and what the emergence of millions of sovereign individuals will cause in the social hierarchical structure. .
Bitcoin opened Pandora’s box, all you need to do is attend Hacker’s Congress Paralelní Polis agree to understand that. But if you still don’t understand what I’m talking about, I’ll try to make it clear.
The inevitable future of anarchy
It remains to be seen whether it is possible to achieve a full transition to Bitcoin sovereignty without a potentially destructive process taking place. The outcome of the future will depend solely on our ability to enforce our core principles, unwritten code of honor and ethics on others to make the radical ideology unsustainable and unprofitable in the long run. (As I said, those “launch codes” come with a great deal of responsibility. Using them irresponsibly leads to total personal destruction, whether in terms of reputation, reverence or ethics.)
Today’s world has already been marred by widespread corruption and underground organizations that are clearly criminal in their behavior. Mafia organizations, motorcycle gangs, armed cartels and terrorist organizations (and more) will still exist in the future. With the emergence of decentralized marketplaces and the continued presence of darknet markets, some individuals or criminal organizations may become intrigued by the limitless potential of these markets to achieve less ethical and moral goals.
This is a problem because it is a cold, harsh reality that is inconsistent with the ideals of the majority of Bitcoiners, who think the state will always be there to protect them. (This is a major misconception of state dependence.) This is why it is becoming inevitable that self-defense groups with shared interests will emerge. (It’s been happening since #FreedomMaximalists on Matrix is a thing now.)
Armed violence will be present and an increasing danger for tomorrow. It is therefore unwise to live in bubbles and not talk about these issues openly, such as treating the subject as a quasi-taboo. It is very likely that the future will breed hatred and extreme suspicion, which will end in violence among Bitcoiners as they expand the playing fields of power structures. Most of these cases will bear very clear parallels with today’s organized crime groups, operating in a similar way to the Sinaloa Cartel or Hell’s Angels motorcycle club.
During my research into social organization, the question about the future of violence has lingered. Anarcho capitalists are unlikely to shy away from using force to achieve their end goals if they feel their presence and future operations are in jeopardy, especially if business goals are hindered by adversaries. Murders will unfortunately be a possible event in the future. Well-known Bitcoiners will face high costs for personal security and physically armed protection. (This has been proven by the recent Ledger customer list leak, since many of those customers were threatened with kidnapping and murder.)
Privacy-minded Bitcoiners who don’t meet in real life are likely to be better protected than those who actively organize in the open. Extensive circles of friends with a high level of trust will serve as a more effective layer of protection, but the problem is that we are running out of time – the influx of newcomers has begun and it will be potentially difficult to build strong enough connections without having negative effects motivated by greed or financial prejudice. (I should note that this is still being observed and is a predicted possibility in the present. I personally hope it will not hinder the formation of interpersonal relationships between Bitcoiners.)
It’s normal for Bitcoin to boost Deterrence distributed and that 3D printed firearms will play an important role in the defense of private property in countries that restrict the possession of firearms. It now rests on the ability of legislators to effectively hinder the ability of individuals to protect themselves or to introduce new legislation to enable their citizens to bear arms. However, it seems unlikely that such rights will be granted to anyone in the future in countries that are very restrictive.
Choosing the Bitcoin path
It is normal for Bitcoiners to face aggression and it is up to each individual to determine how they deal with it. There is essentially no right or wrong way, but exactly what we can tolerate or allow based on our own beliefs.
But this shouldn’t disappoint people to fully participate in Bitcoin – the future is still brighter than ever and we need to stay strong. We must not sacrifice our ability to participate in neighborly behavior (by retreating to citadels or otherwise) while upholding our code of honor and ethical standards. We must not give room to those who wish to sow hostilities among us, as that will hasten us directly on the path of violence. We must support our friends, brothers and sisters as we seek a path as Bitcoin slowly changes the world for the ultimate better. Bitcoiners are ultimately diverse and united in their goals; small agendas should not serve as the basis for long-lasting hostile disagreements.
Ultimately, some governments will likely make desperate efforts to halt Bitcoin in its final progress toward fulfilling its destiny, and if that were to happen, Bitcoiners will have to unite for the last time before their social organizational structure becomes obsolete . That would then become part of human history as the greatest revolution humanity has ever managed to unleash despite overwhelming opposition.
So remember: Bitcoin in the wrong hands can be a dangerous weapon, but in the right hands, it is a tool that can bring about lasting peace that will serve as the foundation of the future.
This is a guest post from Karo Zagorus. The views expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.