The author of ‘The Cypto Anarchist Manifesto’, a document published in 1992 by Timothy C. May on the future of technologies that could endanger governmental regulations and economical interactions, has passed away.
In a social media post, Cypherpunk (an activist advocating use of cryptography and privacy-enhancing technologies as a route to sociopolitical change) Lucky Green informed the world:
‘Word has reached me that my dear friend, co-conspirator in many things and for many years, fellow Freedom Fighter Tim May passed away earlier this week at his home in Corralitos, California.’
Anarchy, a revolt against force-fed doctrine of society, has always been a part of human history. This word might cause visual flashes of blood and gore before your eyes but anarchy is not always the horrors of lawlessness and graphic episodes of viciousness and cruelty. Not always do the heads of emperors and mangled bodies of their dedicated forces litter the floor. Sometimes, it’s an educated, thought-through and conscious mutual effort against subservience to authoritarian and totalitarian beliefs.
Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, the technologies that abolish the need of governments and controlled financial structures, are an effort against centralization too.
Timothy C. May, in his manifesto, puts this connection more eloquently.
‘A specter is haunting the modern world, the specter of crypto anarchy.’
He goes on to further explain this term that he coined ‘Crypto anarchy’ as the usage of computer technology to bypass the regulated channels of economic communications that could render third-party financial institutions obsolete.
‘Computer technology is on the verge of providing the ability for individuals and groups to communicate and interact with each other in a totally anonymous manner… These developments will alter completely the nature of government regulation, the ability to tax and control economic interactions, the ability to keep information secret, and will even alter the nature of trust and reputation.’
May also predicted a move against widespread use of these technologies that is becoming more and more relevant today.
‘The State will of course try to slow or halt the spread of this technology, citing national security concerns, use of the technology by drug dealers and tax evaders, and fears of societal disintegration. Many of these concerns will be valid; crypto anarchy will allow national secrets to be trade freely and will allow illicit and stolen materials to be traded. An anonymous computerized market will even make possible abhorrent markets for assassinations and extortion. Various criminal and foreign elements will be active users of CryptoNet. But this will not halt the spread of crypto anarchy.’
This approach might be a great justification against the use of these technologies but we have to keep in mind that every coin has two sides. If the achievement of the highest level of collective good and individual freedom is to be attained, this (crypto accommodation) is the way.
Historically, there are multitudes of advancements that clashed with the control of governmental organizations but proved so useful in the collective elevation of social understanding that ultimately they had to be accommodated. Independent literature publishing is a fine example.
Crypto may not be the perfect answer, but it may lead to something that could be. As a gesture of admiration for those who stand against the tide, let us mourn the demise of one fallen warrior.