The Social Singularity’ Author Shares Thoughts On Crypto And Creating A “Decentralist Culture”


A recent piece written by Max Borders, author and director of Social Evolution shared the possibility of creating a decentralist culture. The entire piece revolved around a system that is governed by the people and completely free from political parties and central figures. The post also shares different perspectives of influencers who have promoted the notion of decentralization.

The Need For A “Decentralist Culture”

News.Bitcoin.com shared the piece and it starts off by quoting author of Holacracy, Brian Robertson, where the main topic of discussion involved giving up of control and handing it over to the people. In particular, the quote reads as follows:

“Perhaps it’s time to allow the centralized power of current governments to give way and dissolve and allow new methods of achieving order to emerge from the ashes – one that don’t have legislators and regulators to buy or the power to make aggression legal or peaceful exchange illegal.”

From this quote, comes the need for a decentralist culture, as Borders sees trading as a participation,

“in a great open source project that will forever change our relationship to power.”

Borders mentions a little about how his book, ‘The Social Singularity’, which also holds a strong stance on the need for decentralization. The reference made of social theorist, Marshall McLuhan was compared to the likes of cryptocurrencies. The latter is known for saying, “we shape our tools and then our tools shape us.” Borders takes this into consideration and considers cryptocurrencies as the “tool” that will one day “shape us”, especially with respect to user adoption and culture.

The Essential Facets Of A “Decentralist Culture”

Borders argues that any culture needs a foundation, and hence has listed what he considers are ideal values to consider. By the looks of it, it is closely related to what the crypto sphere represents. Here are some that are very comparable:

  • Ensuring that ‘the individual’ has full control
  • Creating models that allow individuals to self-govern calmly
  • Increasing mass adoption through “simplicity, security and low transaction fees”
  • Creating value as opposed to giving benefits to higher officials

A Few Words On Politics

When it comes to politics, Borders sees it as “dying” because “decentralists are killing it”. He defines politics as a “zero-sum system” and the Democratic Operating System (DOS) as simply one that keeps people believing in something.

According to the author, socio-economic systems have nothing to do with politics because they focus more on,

“creating a market of governance models and communities”. Ultimately, he concludes that decentralization is “post-political”,

deeming this to be the reason why many ex-progressives and libertarians support cryptocurrencies.

In wrapping up, Borders makes the case that the crypto sphere is not entirely just about making money, but rather the way we perceive those in control and the relationship we have with them. This is what he thinks Satoshi Nakamoto went after: questioning the necessity of such power and changing the relationship we have to one that is decentralized.

What are your thoughts on this very detailed take on a “decentralist culture”? Did Borders voice Satoshi Nakamoto’s belief?

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