Everyone knows I hate Moldbug’s ideas, right?
Good. Let’s criticize his ideas.
It’s too bad Anomaly UK isn’t blogging any more, because he kicked off some criticism:
Moldbug’s method of guaranteeing shareholders’ rights is to have a computer system which can sabotage the management’s control if authorised to do so by a majority of shareholders voting via a secure automated cryptographic protocol. I never considered that practically workable. If you change the software, or even cause some change in the way the software operates, then you can modify who has rights over the state. I do not envision a system made so reliable and secure that that could not happen.
There may be other mechanisms that would work. Bitcoin is a promising example: as in Moldbuggian Neocameralism, the software says who has what rights under the system. However, the software is not running in a sealed untamperable box; it runs on my PC and yours, and it can be and has been changed. However, it is in the interests of everyone who uses the system that rights be protected and maintained according to the common understanding of the users of the system.
Bitcoin might not be the answer, but there are various crypto techs that might evolve into the solution that we want.
The problem with making the State into a killer juggernaut is that when little boys can aspire to having the job of deciding who lives and who dies, all the psychopathic boys will gravitate to the State.
So don’t build a Moldbuggian state where the leader controls the killer drones and the citizens can cryptographically break his control over the drone fleet.
Instead, arm the citizens and disallow professional state service.
The first part shouldn’t be a hard idea. Planet Earth has seen various armed societies for untold centuries. Transitioning a modern society to panpherohoplocracy shouldn’t be too hard.
The second part might seem harder. We need to go back to simpler social structures wherein a common warrior could serve as chieftain for a brief time and then return to obscurity. We need Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus.