You are not alone if you have found your self asking, “Why should I buy cryptocurrency?”
While I was searching for why I should, I discovered a book that eloquently, and correctly, hypothesized what the world would look like after the year 2000 from the perspective of 1998. I imagine it was much like looking over a chasm’s edge.
The Sovereign Individual was written by James Dale Davidson & Lord William Rees-Mogg. I imagine writing with a partner is difficult, but these two pulled it off nicely.
How I came by the book
It is difficult to pinpoint in memory where I found this book suggestion. I don’t use goodreads or other review/recommendation websites. Most times it seems that books are looking for me.
As for The Sovereign Individual, I came across the book while digging through some cryptocurrency forum. The subtitle, “Mastering the Transition to the Information Age” seemed interesting enough.
I grabbed a copy from Lib Gen on my personal phone and had Librera Pro read the text to me (TextToSpeech, TTS). That’s right, I did not read the book. I listened to it, which just lends to the validity of this book in my eyes… or ears.
What the book is about
The Sovereign Individual is about how impactful technology is on the mega-political structures of humankind.
They, Davidson & Rees-Mogg, examine three major historical turning points:
The End of the Roman Empire
The End of the Roman Catholic Church
The End of the Iron Curtain
With each of these historical turning points, they look at:
The context for why these technologies were revolutionary
How each new technology fueled changes in human quality of life (for better and for worse)
How currency has changed with each era of mankind on account of these technologies
They elucidate that with the invention of the micro-processor humankind has transcended the need or use of the nation-state.
What does their argument look like?
Computational encryption and communication empowers man to write messages that the nation-state can’t stop. And thusly, be able to exercise sovereignty over their liberty.
Need a couple examples?
I can lock a message with OneKeyChain on my phone that only you can unlock. Or a group of people can unlock. In that encrypted message could be anything. And the desirous-to-be-all-seeing nation-state doesn’t like that.
If you wanted to lock a message that only I can open, here is the pgp public key I generated as an example: