Meditation, why do I only draw stick-figures

Meditate

In the mornings, I’ll find my self asking, “How do I maximize my time right now, and throughout the day?”

The first thing that my mind does is list off all the things that CAN be done with time.

But what can be done is not what is best to do with that time.

So we either:

  • Waste our time on what we can, worrying about all the things we can’t
  • Or we prioritize doing what matters, and throw out the rest

What The Sovereign Individual Is About, or Why Should I Buy Cryptocurrency

Listen along

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’ve written about this kind of stuff before.

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?

Unstoppable Messages

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:

You can lock messages with it and I will be the only person who can open it.

Let’s look at another example.

Uninterruptible & Untraceable Money

Let’s say that you sent me an encrypted message (thank you by the way).

In that encrypted message is an order for something that the nation-state doesn’t want you to buy, but I want to sell you.

As with any transaction, there needs to be an exchange. To fulfill your encrypted order I want to be paid in a way that follows these rules:

  • No outside party can interfere with the funds in your wallet, my wallet, or in transmission
  • The funds can be programmed to dispense once your order is filled
  • The funds cannot be traced by any outside party
  • And the communication of that money must be encrypted as well

As you’d imagine, that sounds like a tall order for you to fill. As a suggestion, a good example of money we could use is DERO.

Here is a wallet address you could send funds to:

dERoiy11j2QBJ8Uc7MRcSUNw8ywPdWezHXKBNjb1kWLTc1q9unFRPCiiRcHt1FrLCmJkLTSumDL8dAFnqW8jCEJJ6dnci9BB6T

What I think of the book

The most fascinating part of this book is the survival list they give for how to survive the death of the nation-state.

I re-wrote the list in my own words:

  • Become a customer of government, and go where you are best served
  • Cease and desist being an American Citizen, they are going to tax and regulate you into poverty
  • Live as a luxurious refugee, traveling the globe
  • Do not leave money in any country that seeks to conscript you or your family
  • Reside in a country other than where you have a passport
  • Travel widely to countries that want you and your business
  • Reside in physically secured places, safe from violence (guards, walls, security systems)
  • Hire protection, physical and legal
  • Avoid jurisdictions that were once industrial era giants
  • Keep your focus on the southern hemisphere
  • Get your business on the internet
  • Use encryption
  • Domicile your business in a tax haven/off-shore trust
  • Focus on countries with high income inequalities
  • Earn income as an “agent”, or as a gig worker; think: piece work
  • Study how and where tech is going to replace your skills
  • Generate an income by adding knowledge to products and services
  • Work for the rich, the brilliant, and the skillful – not the State
  • Divest time, money and energy from high consumption countries; trends will change
  • Clearly anticipate the concept of debt deflation
  • Invest in cybermoney (Crypto)
  • Avoid debt
  • Look at the P&L and Balance Sheet of the countries you want to do business in or live in
  • Bring innovations to countries that don’t have, or ever used, those products/services
  • Improve your thinking, communicate your ideas on the internet
  • Stop thinking conventional thoughts or using conventional sources of information
  • Make the very wealthy your customers by bringing them products and services
  • Develop and practice a code of honor from a core set of deeply held values (honor, honesty, etc…)

What I think you will get out of this book

Ultimately, I think that you will enjoy the history stuff. Really captivating how logical the history of it all fits together.

I also think it will give you a reason to think deeply about where you live, and the direction your nation-state is going.

Possibly rethink how you use the internet to your advantage and not your detriment.

But if for nothing else, I would hope that you would consider what having a peer-to-peer (P2P) form of money means for humankind.