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where cryptocurrency, gaming and capitalism co-exist

To understand why Mark Zuckerberg thinks the metaverse is the next frontier, consider the case of Sam Peurifoy. The 27-year-old, who holds a doctorate in chemistry from Columbia University in New York, left his job at Goldman Sachs at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and is now seeking his fortune in cryptocurrency by playing video games.He has recruited dozens of people from Mexico to the Philippines to a “Guild” that plays under the command of “Captain” Peurifoy. In exchange, he contributes to the funds needed to enter Axie Infinity, a game where players collect Smooth Love…

The elites who have corrupted capitalism are stoking a crypto revolution

So by criminalising cheap energy, capital markets are now making a moral judgment, which at its extremes means energy must become expensive and unreliable for everyone. And in turn, this creates revolutionary conditions, I believe, not so much on the scale of 1848 or 1917, but with the profound repercussions that followed the Reformation.
In their own way, the DeFi advocates are responding just as the first Protestants did to the sprawling and corrupt Roman Catholic magisterium. The first Lutherans only wanted to practice Christianity. DeFi’s capitalists just want to practice…

DAOLaunch is changing Venture Capitalism with NFT Utilities

This era has brought new projects in the crypto sector that alleviates day-to-day problems or improve life in a variety of ways. NFTs are an excellent example of this because they created a space for artists, musicians, gamers, and others to express their art and get recognition for it.
But who would have predicted that NFTs and DAOs would join forces one day? Well, this is exactly what happened. This collaboration introduced the voting tools to allow individuals to influence organizations through a crowd-sourced basis. One of such platforms is DAOLaunch, which…

Trabajo a destajo y la vuelta del proletariado

Para bien o para mal estamos viviendo una ola de solo-preneurs en cuanto a trabajo y estilo de vida. Esto ocurre a medida que el trabajo físico o repetitivo está quedando atrás y siendo reemplazado por robots.

El trabajo virtual distribuido será posible a una escala inimaginable en unos años. Los trabajadores serán accesibles y “empleables” en tiempo real sin importar su ubicación, que irá siendo cada vez más irrelevante.

Lo interesante es que este sistema es como empezó el capitalismo hasta que las grandes corporaciones, aliadas con los sindicatos, se convirtieron (provisionalmente) en una fuente de estabilidad y prosperidad.

A principios del XX los trabajadores especializados trabajaban cuando se les llamaba, y el resto del tiempo estaban deambulando por ahí o en las propias instalaciones de la compañía gastándose las pagas en juegos y alcohol.… Read more...

The Central Banks Intend to Lay Claim to Bodies and Minds – Silkthreads

The virus ushers in the proposed plans of Human Capital Bonds; modern digital slavery.We are reaching a point where it is no longer sustainable in our present trajectory, in terms of consumption of material goods. This “Great Reset” that is being framed as stakeholder capitalism, like the newer kinder version of capitalism, will essentially mean conditioning people to “live” within smaller physical footprints & virtualized spaces in digital environments. We are being pushed into the virtual world. That is where the new economic model of capitalist growth is happening.

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What is ‘the West’?

When asked what he thought of Western civilisation, Gandhi apparently responded that he thought it would be a good idea. While this celebrated statement is taken to be an ironic dismissal, Gandhi had in fact given the matter of Western civilisation much thought. In his manifesto of 1909 called Hind Swaraj or ‘Indian Home Rule’, the future Mahatma had described imperial Britain’s desire to spread Western civilisation not as hypocritical so much as suicidal. For he thought that this civilisation was threatened by the very effort to replicate it using the means of industrial capitalism, in much the same way as European commodities were mass-produced for colonial markets. ‘It is a civilisation only in name. Under it the nations of Europe are becoming degraded and ruined day by day,’ he said.

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If You Fear High Tech Debates, Stay Away From COSM 2021

Recently, George Gilder and Jay Richards enjoyed a wide ranging discussion on the topics and people converging for the COSM 2021 Technology Summit: From Life After Google to Life After Capitalism. In the first portion, they discussed life after capitalism. Who can still innovate? In this portion, they talk about innovations that will make a difference:

Kai-Fu Lee, 2018

This portion starts at about 10:30 min. Here is a partial transcript and notes:

George Gilder: Kai-Fu Lee will be there to talk about his new book, Ten Visions, about artificial intelligence. We hope that he can give us some ideas that are relevant to the new environment for US-China relations… But people like Kai-Fu Lee are keeping world of knowledge and wealth, then learning going.

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The Covidian Cult (Part III)

CJ Hopkins

In The Covidian Cult (Part I) and (Part II), I characterized the so-called “New Normal” as a “global totalitarian ideological movement.”

Since I published those essays, more and more people have come to see it for what it is, not “insanity” or “an overreaction,” but, in fact, a new form of totalitarianism, a globalized, pathologized, depoliticized form, which is being systematically implemented under the guise of “protecting the public health.”

In order to oppose this new form of totalitarianism, we need to understand how it both resembles and differs from earlier totalitarian systems. The similarities are fairly obvious — the suspension of constitutional rights, governments ruling by decree, official propaganda, public loyalty rituals, the outlawing of political opposition, censorship, social segregation, goon squads terrorizing the public, and so on — but the differences are not obvious.

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What Do We Need To Know About Life After Capitalism?

Recently, George Gilder and Jay Richards enjoyed a wide ranging discussion on the topics and people that will converge for the COSM 2021 Technology Summit: From Life After Google to Life After Capitalism. They cover the paradoxes of the future of technology.

Here is a partial transcript of the first ten minutes:

Jay Richards: The theme of COSM 2021 is Life After Capitalism, which is also the name of your forthcoming book. What does that mean exactly? What are you referring to, this idea of life after capitalism?

George Gilder, 2019

George Gilder: In the last few months, literally trillions of dollars of new money has been printed. Money has been deprived of its informational content. It’s now merely an expression of government power, rather than a vehicle of knowledge for entrepreneurs creating new technologies and economic progress.

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Jeanette Winterson's vision of the future of AI is messianic – but unconvincing – New Statesman

Why should we care what Jeanette Winterson has to say about artificial intelligence? The answer is that Winterson is never boring. She can be brash, didactic and hectoring, but she is always passionate and provocative. On subjects ranging from late capitalism to Greek mythology, she comes across a little like an over-caffeinated teacher determined to drum some sense into Year 10 on a wet Friday afternoon.

Winterson’s manic energy can have mixed results. It can produce work that is porous and mutable in its structure, forward-looking and ambitious in its themes, such as Sexing the Cherry (1989) and Written on the Body (1992). But it can also produce wacky high-wire performances full of stylistic gimmickry, as in Art & Lies (1994), Gut Symmetries (1997) and The Stone Gods (2007).

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La Escasez es un Estado Mental

La “mentalidad de escasez” es un estado de ánimo inducido en la población:

  • Cuando hay prosperidad, la escasez se canaliza a través de la ambición: el capitalismo.
  • Cuando hay ruina (fin de ciclo) la escasez se canaliza a través de la venganza social: el socialismo.

La mentalidad de escasez se crea por personas especializadas en parasitar al resto de la sociedad: para las que no hay escasez alguna, pero que necesitan del resto del mundo para mantener sus privilegios.

La dualidad capitalismo – socialismo a nivel fundamental es solo una ilusión: siempre hay escasez, y por lo tanto esclavitud. Pero las personas a cargo son las mismas.

A fourth globalisation

If globalisation were to have a meme, the maritime shipping container would be a likely choice. Piled high on the decks of vast oceangoing ships and stacked deep in their holds, these simple steel boxes, typically 40 feet long and eight feet high, emblemise an era in which massive quantities of stuff move around the world at negligible cost. Shoppers everywhere can choose among merchandise in unprecedented variety. Whether they sip a Californian chardonnay or an Australian one, or lace up Indonesian-made running shoes rather than footwear imported from India, the cost of transporting the goods over thousands of miles barely figures into consumers’ decisions about what to buy.

More than 5,000 containerships sail the oceans today, and they are in no danger of vanishing from the scene.

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The divine Dante

Dante Alighieri was early in recognising that our age has a problem. He was the first writer to use the word moderno, in Italian, and the difficulty he spotted with the modern mind is its limited capacity to relate to the whole of reality, particularly the spiritual aspects. This might sound surprising, given that his masterpiece, the Divine Comedy, is often described as one of the most brilliant creations of the medieval imagination. It is taken to be a genius expression of a discarded worldview, not the modern one, from an era in which everything was taken to be connected to the supreme reality called God. But Dante was born in a time of troubling transition. He realised that this cosmic vision was being challenged, and he didn’t seek to reject it or restore it, but to remake it.

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Whitney Webb on Macroaggressions with Charlie Robinson

Our “Tech Overlords” have a plan for humanity but not everybody will be advancing to the next round in this game. The way they see it, there are just too many of us taking up space on their planet.

As the authoritarian crackdown begins with a new digital version of the 1940s “papers, please” paradigm, people are waking up to the slow creep of technology into their lives. As artificial intelligence growth explodes into the mainstream, we find ourselves in the unenviable position of hoping that those running the projects remember their humanity and prevent this process from spiraling out of control into a science-fiction dystopia.

Investigative journalist Whitney Webb questions whether privacy will become a relic of the past, or can we reestablish our rights as sovereign citizens of this world and take back what is rightfully ours?

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Idiotas y parásitos al servicio del Gobierno

El recurso más valioso del capitalismo son los idiotas. La degradación de la educación que se inició en occidente a mediados de los años sesenta del siglo pasado finalmente ha dado sus frutos, dando lugar a verdaderas multitudes de necios.

La digitalización y virtualización de los últimos años además han reforzado esas multitudes con tontos-sociópatas que no pueden adaptarse a la vida en sociedad (incluido el realizar cualquier trabajo o esfuerzo), y por esta razón se convierten en parásitos y chupadores de sangre de la sociedad o de sus propias familias.

Pero si las personas más o menos mentalmente normales socializan de alguna manera, incluso en condiciones de “trabajo remoto”, entonces esos sociópatas desarrollan un colosal complejo de inferioridad; culpan a los demás de sus males, y defienden a muerte postura del Gobierno, que cada poco tiempo les “señala” por sus terminales mediáticas a los causantes de esos males.

Capitalismo catabólico: el Sistema se devora a sí mismo

El capitalismo hace ya años que se comporta como un virus que se auto-destruye, y la pandemia sólo ha acelerado este proceso, llevándolo a un estado general de saqueo.

Fursov escribió sobre la ultima etapa del capitalismo como un sistema que se comportaría como Saturno, devorando a sus propios hijos, que en este caso son las clases medias.

Años de globalización, tecnificación y dinero gratis han llevado a que el crecimiento cero sea algo crónico. Para poder generar beneficio de algún sitio el sistema devora la propia sociedad que lo sostiene. Y por eso va de desastre en desastre, camino de la ruina final.

Cualquiera que crea que un modelo económico basado en el crecimiento permanente es sostenible para el Planeta y para la gente está loco, o es un economista.… Read more...

The 2 sided collectivism

Many people assume that capitalism is still ongoing, but we are now living in a 2 sided collectivism, which gets more powerful day by day:

1) The public collectivism which regulates and taxes our lives more and more,
2) and the corporate collectivism, which manages natural resources and workforce all around the globe.

The idea of capitalism as the paradigm of personal freedom and opportunities for everyone is quickly dying.

The plan is to make it impossible to have liberties, health or wealth without permission, or ‘certification’ from those 2 big masters. Will it succeed? still unclear.

¡Da Vinci Vive!

Todos los seres humanos nacen pioneros. El ascenso del corporativismo (opuesto al capitalismo) ha metido a la gente en cubículos en lugar de hacerla salir al mundo, explorar, inventar y manifestar.

Cuando dejas de buscar nuevas fronteras terminas estancado. El éxito viene de estar expandiendo tus fronteras de forma continua en cada dirección: creativa, financiera, espiritual, y física.

A las personas se las considera y valora en función de cuan profundo han sido capaces de llegar en su nicho correspondiente. Pero su valía real para el mundo es al revés, ya que su punto de vista se hace más y más miope.

Hemos regresado a un punto parecido al pre-Renacimiento. El conocimiento se ha verticalizado en categorías rígidas, con expertos predicando en su correspondiente gueto de números.… Read more...

El Capitalismo no causa la desigualdad actual

Vivimos en un sistema económico que sobre-recompensa a unos pocos, e infra-valora a todos los demás. El hecho de que la riqueza del planeta se está dirigiendo cada vez más a una minoría ínfima en la cúspide de la pirámide es un problema.

La deuda tiende a hacer aumentar las desigualdades entre los que ‘tienen’ y los que ‘no tienen’. Muchos de los que tienen lo hacen de los medios de producción, obteniendo beneficios y dividendos de estos medios. Les siguen los ejecutivos de alto nivel y burocracias internacionales con sus elevados salarios.

En contra de lo que la izquierda política piensa, las desigualdades no son resultado de una economía capitalista, sino de los privilegios y oligarquías que se han apoderado de la política y economía mundiales.… Read more...

Mass Inequality IV: Debt

La tecnología y el capitalismo, que hasta ahora eran considerados los grandes artífices del bienestar de la especie en los últimos 200 años son ahora acusados en támdem del estancamiento económico, de la desigualdad y de la injusticia en el mundo en desarrollo.

La deuda tiende a hacer aumentar las desigualdades entre los que ‘tienen’ y los que ‘no tienen’. Muchos de los que tienen lo hacen de los medios de producción, obteniendo beneficios y dividendos de estos medios. Otros cerca son los ejecutivos de alto nivel y el gobierno que obtienen elevados salarios.

La inflación beneficia a aquellos con acceso inmediato a dinero: los bancos y los que ya son ricos. La desigualdad es consecuencia directa de establecer tipos bajos.… Read more...

Cripto Anarquismo, Software y Democracia

Necesitamos aumentar la participación de las personas, luchar por su derecho a tener voz y tener el control de su propia vida. En el caso de internet hay que crear las herramientas para que eso se haga posible.

El software va a pasar a todas las capas de la sociedad, y no estamos preparados. Si tu no decides en tu propia vida algún burócrata lo hará por ti. Y no te va a gustar sus decisiones teniendo en cuenta que las prioridades del Estado hace mucho que no son las tuyas.

El cripto-anarquismo tiene su propio manifiesto: el Cyphernomicon, deTimothy C.May, cuya última actualización es de 2011. En este documento se define el cripto anarquismo rescatando la acepción propuesta por el escritor de ciencia ficción Vern or Vinge quien lo define como la realización ciberespacial del anarco capitalismo, una ideología con mayor recorrido histórico.

Anarco Capitalismo y Profesionales Liberales

Los anarco-capitalistas creen que el Gobierno es un mal no necesario, creen que la pertenencia a cualquier sociedad debe ser voluntaria.

Y que el uso de la fuerza, la coacción y del adoctrinamiento hace ilegítimos conceptos como los impuestos directos, que son básicamente un robo. Un robo que además se utiliza para financiar burocracias gigantescas al estilo comunista, pagar favores, parcelar a la sociedad en grupos clientelares, o financiar guerras (que son asesinatos legales).

Es interesante pensar en las posibilidades de un partido anarco-capitalista entre colectivos como los autónomos en España y otros países del entorno: un colectivo tratado sistemáticamente a patadas por todas las Administraciones por falta de capacidad de lobby.… Read more...