The Internet Is The Underground Railroad Of Our Age
We are living during a revolutionary time. Up until this most recent chapter in human history, the people of the world had been segregated from many elements of the world that lay outside the boundaries of technological capacity. Vital information regarding economics, politics, history, philosophy etc. was in many ways inaccessible to the average layperson. If it was accessible at all, it was disseminated by self-interested organizations that would alter or omit certain pieces of information that did not serve the interest of the publishers.
A revolution of thought that has begun to stir the sleeping giant.
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In a sense, humanity has been mentally incapacitated by the deficiency of quality information. Through manipulated information channels such as schooling systems, mainstream news networks, etc., people have been indoctrinated en masse to a point where nationalism went unquestioned, collectivist ideologies like socialism have been embraced by the well-intentioned, politicians were voted in by an unsuspecting public, central banks were thought to be endowed with economic wizardry and so on.
However, over the last few years, all of this has changed quite dramatically. Since the explosion of the use of the Internet as an alternative source for knowledge, there has been a revolution of thought that has begun to stir the sleeping giant.
A very skeptical and disgruntled public is now putting what were once presupposed truths in the spotlight of warranted critique:
- Who controls and funds mainstream media?
- What does the Federal Reserve do?
- Do we really live in a capitalist system or corporate fascism?
- Why are we really fighting in the Middle East?
- Is taxation theft?
- Is the State ultimately necessary for the good of society?
All of these questions which were ordinarily unasked by society are now being put into serious consideration. And as expected, the State is as afraid of this free-flow of information, just as slave masters were afraid of the free-flow of escaped slaves through the Underground Railroad.
The rise of blockchain technology and other decentralized means makes the web nearly impossible to control through a centralized apparatus.
This fear on the behalf of the State comes from the recognition that information can hold great power in exposing incompetence and deception. Take for example the great effects of Wikileaks in recently exposing the inner corruption of the DNC and Hillary Clinton . Or take as another example the multitudinous individuals and organizations that have publicly denounced the validity of the Federal Reserve. A pernicious institution that thrives upon deception is directly threatened by the unfiltered flow of authority-eroding information. It is because of developments such as this that Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Germany’s Minister of Propaganda notoriously commented that, “Truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
Interestingly, before the recent controversies surrounding Twitter and censorship, Twitter’s Isaac Stone spoke of great passion about the power of free-flowing information. He spoke of Twitter as “ not only a triumph for technology, but a triumph for humanity .” Even further, Stone mentioned how Twitter was “a tool for times of revolution and strife, a service that can break news, bring down tyrants, and salve the wounds of the forsaken.”
If those in power wish to maintain their control, the only way that can be done now is by taking control of the Internet and using it to its own advantage. However, the rise of blockchain technology and other decentralized means makes the web nearly impossible to control through a centralized apparatus.
Decentralized free-flowing communication networks are showing the way to freedom and prosperity in the new Digital Age.
It is inevitable that the Internet will spell the erosion of all centralized institutions. Digital and decentralized cryptocurrencies are novel alternatives to centralized fiat currencies. People who wouldn’t be granted platforms by centralized institutions are now making their own platforms in decentralized digital networks. Educational options from independent sources within decentralized domains are becoming ever-more attractive to parents who don’t want to have their children indoctrinated by incompetent state centralized institutions and so forth.
The Internet really does represent the New Underground Railroad in the sense that immoral and domineering institutions of control are now being thwarted. These decentralized free-flowing communication networks, similar to those in the original Underground Railroad are showing the way to freedom and prosperity in the new Digital Age. It is important that we as a people striving for individual sovereignty and human freedom take advantage of this opportunity, for it is mankind’s greatest chance for liberation.
Matt Ryan writes about liberty and legal issues.
This article was originally published on FEE.org. Read the original article.