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Death of a libertarian fantasy: Why dreams of a digital utopia are rapidly fading away

Death of a libertarian fantasy: Why dreams of a digital utopia are rapidly fading away | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There is no mystery why libertarians love the Internet and all the freedom-enhancing applications, from open source software to Bitcoin, that thrive in its nurturing embrace. The Internet routes around censorship. It enables peer-to-peer connections that scoff at arbitrary geographical boundaries. It provides infinite access to do-it-yourself information. It fuels dreams of liberation from totalitarian oppression. Give everyone a smartphone, and dictators will fall! (Hell, you can even download the code that will let you 3-D print a gun.)

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Utopia on the Horizon (2012) | Watch Documentary Free Online

Utopia on the Horizon (2012) | Watch Documentary Free Online | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In May 2011, hundreds of thousands of Greeks swarmed into Syntagma Square in Athens to protest against the firesale of their country, their labor rights and their livelihoods to corrupt domestic elites and foreign financial interests.

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Secession Lecture - The Build

Secession Lecture - The Build | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

UMMON THE BREATHTAKING IMAGE of the multitude pouring into streets and plazas around the world in millions to demonstrate against tyranny. Now imagine instead they’re demanding a free and open internet. The likelihood of that is almost zero, we would agree. But why is that?  What would have to happen to make that utopian spectacle reality? What insurgent algorithm would get us from here to there?  That is the subject of this lecture.

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Lori Anderson: Utopia is an idea, not a place - Scotsman

Lori Anderson: Utopia is an idea, not a place - Scotsman | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The ability of men to both construct a utopia and then tear it apart was a lesson that Robert Owen, the Welsh industrialist who founded New Lanark, was soon to learn. After setting up New Lanark he became disenchanted with his dealings with the local authorities in Scotland and headed west to set up a new utopian society, uncluttered, he hoped, by the intransigence of others. He was a man of the noblest intentions, as a letter, dated 1 January, 1816 made clear: “I know that society may be formed so as to exist without crime, without poverty, with health greatly improved, with little, if any misery, and with intelligence and happiness increased a hundredfold: and no obstacle whatsoever intervenes at this moment except ignorance to prevent such a state of society from becoming universal.”

 
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Bitcoin Evangelists See Path to a Cashless Utopia - MoneyBeat - WSJ

Bitcoin Evangelists See Path to a Cashless Utopia - MoneyBeat - WSJ | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Mr. Allaire’s analogy, which compares the projected expansion of digital currencies to the past development of Internet technology, is enticing. When the Mosaic browser, a forerunner to Netscape Navigator, was launched in 1993 its capabilities were limited. But it soon gave rise to more powerful competitors that pushed web access out to all corners of the globe.

 
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The Collective Intelligence: The Man Who Lives Without Money

The Collective Intelligence: The Man Who Lives Without Money | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation