This is an opinion editorial by Aleks Svetski, author of The UnCommunist Manifesto, founder of The Bitcoin times and host of the “Svetski Wake Up Podcast”.
Part 3, Chapter 4 of the JBP series.
Tyranny cannot feed on the truth, for it is poison to its system of lies. In this sense, Bitcoin is “poison” to the “rat” known as the state. – Warren Bitfet, Warren Buffett’s bitcoin alter ego
The series continues. If you haven’t read chapters one through three yet, you can find them here and of course read part one and part two of this chapter.
Quotations without a source will be Dr. Attributed to Jordan B. Peterson.
In part two, we explored how bitcoin can help you improve your purpose and focus your attention on what matters most. This is the only real and lasting antidote to the hopeless helplessness of nihilism.
In part three we will talk about truth, tyranny and the moral obligation we have as sovereign individuals in emerging from this nihilistic world.
The unholy trinity of the state.
In the fourth chapter of 12 Rules for Life, Peterson informs us about an evil psychological triad that we as humans are subject to: arrogance, deceit, and resentment.
When a person operates within such a paradigm or exhibits behavior driven by these emotions, their outcomes and individual orientation are suboptimal.
“It’s part of an evil triad: arrogance, deceit and resentment.”
They may feel they have been successful in the moment, but in the long run they have compromised their position, standing, integrity, or moral compass.
As described in Part 2, since we are largely blind, we cannot know what demons or monsters lurk behind each such decision or action.
This meta idea applies to the macro scale. The state is an apparatus that is blinder than the individual, but has more influence on the lives of more people than any one individual ever could.
His “Unholy Trinity” consists of:
- monopoly on money,
- monopoly on violence,
- Monopoly on Morality / Justice / Law
Taken together, this “evil triad” ensures that a territorial operator is isolated from market feedback and thus unaware of the consequences of its actions and behavior.
Such an ignorant and static structure will slowly but surely turn a territory or society into a tyranny, just as deceit, arrogance and resentment will turn a person into a tyrant towards himself and those around him.
How does one encounter this unholy trinity?
By telling the truth.
Speaking up takes courage, and having courage takes faith.
Knowing when to say something takes wisdom, and wisdom takes maturity.
The path to adulthood requires responsibility.
Bitcoin is a responsibility go up technology.
“Resentment always means one of two things. Either the resentful person is immature, in which case they should shut up, stop whining and move on, or tyranny is afoot – in which case the oppressed person has a moral obligation to speak out.”
Bitcoin is our way of speaking.
We are no longer satisfied with the lot that the state prescribes for us. As free, mature individuals, we seek to shoulder the responsibility for life on our own shoulders. We want to be sovereign.
Technically, we’re mature enough to no longer ask big bureaucratic nation-states to tell us what to think, do, eat, believe, or say. As a diverse species, we have the ability to solve problems that no bureaucrat or committee could ever hope to solve if We are left alone to solve them.
The computer I am writing on is one such example. Think of the complexity required for the circuitry in this device’s hardware to fire up to not only visually represent the thoughts I have in my head by tapping plastic keys on a keyboard, but to express them over time and to transmit space in an ephemeral network we call “the Internet”. It’s amazing.
None of this came from the state apparatus. It arose Nevertheless. There was no central planner, organizer or panopticon. It happened because we all aimed for things that we individually valued.
Humans are capable of so much more when we are not treated like fools in a cage or rats in a maze.
Speaking up is the moral obligation of those of us who understand this, and Bitcoin is that voice in action.
tyranny versus truth
Tyranny feeds on lies.
Tyranny is a card that ignores territory, and when the tyrant is reminded of it, it first ignores the signal and then actively censors it.
Tyranny is a pilot who removes the plane’s altimeter when it warns of low altitude or imminent danger.
Tyranny is the concealment and renunciation of economic consequences arising from central planning and its imposition on the populace through overt and covert theft (taxes and inflation).
Tyranny is the systematic theft by central planners and bureaucrats who bail each other out with the wealth of the people they supposedly represent.
Tyranny is willful ignorance and coercion despite market feedback.
Tyranny wants silence. It develops mechanisms to censor signals, speech, and actions so it can have them.
“Because the consequence of silence is worse. Of course, at the moment it is easier to remain silent and avoid conflict. But in the long run it’s deadly. When you have something to say, silence is a lie – and tyranny feeds on lies.”
Holding fiat money, cryptocurrency, or any other form of sanctioned and “approved” monetary property or property issued by the government and its attachments is simply a participation her Game.
It is a form of docility and therefore silence. Tyranny feeds on it.
Bitcoin is the antidote.
Tyranny cannot feed on the truth, for it is poison to its system of lies.
Bitcoin is that “poison”.
Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger are right when they say “Bitcoin is rat poison” only they fail to realize that the “rat” poisoning it is the tyrannical person and the tyrannical state.
Both need cleaning.
#Bitcoin fixes this
Peterson argues that the quality of our values and morals are indicators of our sophistication.
I am here to argue that a bitcoin standard can increase our level of interpersonal and social sophistication by allowing individuals and the world around us to be organized in accordance with clearer, more precise, and more functional priorities.
In other words, Bitcoin can help us increase the maturity of humanity.
That’s why I believe it’s the most important invention (or discovery) of our lives, and perhaps for centuries.
“Our values, our morals – they are indicators of our sophistication.”
Bitcoin will bring about the merging of the studies of matter and what matters.
We covered this in chapter two of the series.
It will once again open the door to the now taboo non-empirical realm of value and quality. It will give us the opportunity to improve and increase our moral sophistication and thereby become better people.
And no – that will not happen in a straight line either. As humans, we will make mistakes along the way, lots of them. But fortunately, with a bitcoin standard, we are subject to faster feedback loops and a stronger signal, allowing us to correct course more accurately.
In the absence of a controlled money-issuing apparatus, the difficulty (cost) of hiding or socializing losses is too great. One must learn the lesson and be more careful or precise in one’s aim in the future.
That brings me to my next point, which we’ll explore further in part four of this miniseries.
Bitcoin enables honest in-game feedback that 8 billion hairless monkeys are playing on a bright blue dot floating around in space.
There will never be a perfect utopia and what Bitcoiners, at least those whose words mean shit, mean when they talk about a better world is not a panacea for all ailments, so that everything is always good for everyone.
This is not a Marxist fantasy with Ethereum unicorns.
In fact, Bitcoin’s most important impact on society is the reintroduction of economic consequences. This will mostly be painful and ugly, but necessary.
“We can’t just get what we want right now along with everything else we normally want, because our desires can create conflicts with our other desires, as well as with other people and with the world.”
On a bitcoin standard we get a mix of what we want, and much more important what we actually need, which are often two different things.
We will have conflicts, but we will have no choice but to resolve this on fairer terms. At least the possibility inherent in the system of one player cheating to the detriment of the other without their knowledge or consent is dissolving. That alone is worth fighting for.
These conflicts will force us to prioritize and consider the market of values, which reminds me of John Vallis’ masterpiece Money Messiah, in which he argues:
Hierarchies as prioritization and aggregation of values.
The market as an aggregate and prioritization of hierarchies.
This sounds profoundly true to me, and I suggest you read this article when you have finished.
Socially, we’re playing a game with a score, and that score is determined in large part by how well you “play” the “market.”
I don’t just mean the quantity of money. Winning takes place in several dimensions. A stay-at-home mom can win the game of life with far less money than a stressed-out, childless, menopausal CEO millionaire, having traded her youth for the illusion of “career success.”
Therefore, the game of life is like an aggregate of goal, focus, attention, consistency, feedback and adjustment in the context of internal and external hierarchies of values.
It’s complex, but the more sophisticated you become as you play, the better your scores, or the better your overall score.
“We are successful when we score a goal or hit a target. We fail or sin when we don’t (as the word sin means to miss the mark). We cannot navigate without attaining something, and while we are in this world we must always navigate.”
In order for this sophistication to enhance the system and not distort and confuse it, it is critical for a society to have rules to which all participants are subject, with a functional scoring mechanism (unit of account) that is transparent and un-fuck-mit-able.
This is the case with Bitcoin.
On that basis, on that standard of truth, we will get better with each succeeding generation. See you in part four to wrap up this chapter.
This is a guest post by Alex SvetskiAuthor of “The Uncommunist Manifesto“,” Founder of The Bitcoin times and host of The wake up podcast. The opinions expressed are solely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.