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P2P Demonstrations vs. Big Hierarchy

John Robb on the failure of centralization and the rise of connected people

JULY 09, 2013 by MAX BORDERS

John Robb gets it. 

And there is a massively important lesson in here for libertarians, which I’ll be discussing at length with Jeffrey Tucker at FreedomFest this week:

Governments, particularly governments of big countries, are finding it harder and harder to deliver meaningful results to citizens (particularly economic). As big as these states are (politically and militarily), the global, communications and financial system is MUCH bigger. Political and military power got stuck at the national level, and the rest went global and it integrated (people often miss this important fact).  

This imbalance of power is made worse by the fact that citizens are directly connecting with the global economic, financial, and media system. A direct connection between individuals and these global systems, turns governments into expensive/corrupt overhead/middle-management that provides less and less value with every year, rather than necessary leadership, protection, and support.   

It might have been easier for big countries to deliver leadership, protection, support, and opportunities to citizens if they were actually economically and socially cohesive. But big countries aren't. They are extremely arbitrary economic and social containers, since the boundaries were set by warfare/politics rather than organic economic growth.  Further, in a world where economic and social connections are network overlays, citizens bound together merely by geography is not only archaic, but increasingly ineffective at certain scales.

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Max Borders is the editor of The Freeman and director of content for FEE. He is also cofounder of the event experience Voice & Exit and author of Superwealth: Why we should stop worrying about the gap between rich and poor.

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