Ben Shacrypto

in Deep Dives5 months ago

We've got to give credit where credit's due. So, even when I often criticize the right wing YouTuber Ben Shapiro, and even if I still believe he's a terrible human being because he's the mouthpiece of the capitalists that keep us down, today I take my hat off to the fast talking "cool kid's philosopher".


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I'm not going to spend a whole lot of words on this post; you can watch the video to see with your own eyes and hear with your own ears why I was so pleasantly surprised, for a change, with what mr. Shapiro has to say. For once he doesn't whine about Dr. Seuss, mr. Potatohead or some other "culture war" meme the political right whines about and hides behind. For once he acts like the libertarian he professes to be and gives praise to bitcoin, blockchain technology and other cryptocurrencies. And he even does it all in an intelligible way, explaining why decentralized currencies are preferable over government-issued fiat currencies.

I'll even say "thank you, mr. Shapiro", for he's one of the most successful YouTubers with a large following. That's something I can't really grasp, for most of the time he gives his audience blatant misinformation, but I'm opportunistic enough to be grateful for that on this occasion; the more people are convinced of bitcoin's and cryptocurrencies' many benefits, the sooner we arrive at mass adoption and the sooner we can begin to realize a much fairer economy. It won't solve any of the problems inherent to capitalism itself, but it will transfer a lot of the power invested in governments and multinational corporations back into the hands of regular people. It will give access to the economy to the many millions of "unbanked" people all over the world. Well, we're all here on a blockchain-based social platform, so I don't have to explain all this to you, dear reader.


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So, I invite you to feast your eyes and ears on a Ben Shapiro that makes sense for once, even if this is also a subject he flip-flopped on as he has been known to talk badly about everything bitcoin. This is a recent development, with people who previously didn't want to know anything about cryptocurrencies, who vilified them as being the preferred method of payment for criminals now joining us. It's almost as if they're starting to realize that the fiat money Ponzi scheme is coming to an end. In fact I'll link another video above of a recent interview with Michael Saylor. He explains exactly why major businesses and institutions will now join us here in the crypto-sphere. Also, keep an eye on that space, as tomorrow part two of that interview will be published on the same YouTube channel. Enjoy! :-)


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How would any libertarian not be disgusted by cancel culture? We're in the middle of a cultural revolution: previous ones France in the 1790s; Russia in the 1920s and 30s and China in the 1950s and 60s didn't work out very well.

"Get Rid of the Four Olds" shouted the Chinese Red Guard. Cancel culture, the disgusting bigotry of CRT is this generations version of it. Let's hope we can avert the ish that came the last few times.

But this would imply that there is such a thing as "cancel culture", that it's real... It's not. Cancel culture is a meme used by the political right to make people angry, to cultivate in them a victim mentality, to convince white straight males that they're the victim. This started a long time ago when Nixon started campaigning with the slogan "the silent majority", which was a reference to that same white, straight, male majority. There is no cancel culture my friend; there's only the corporate-backed upper class that wants to use the politically correct diversity tactic to maximize their customer-base.

  • Cancel culture is using the hecklers veto to disrupt speeches. (Do I need to post links?)

  • Cancel culture is protesting speakers, preventing access by attendees; causing property damage; threatening violence so that venues don't lease the space or increase insurance fees to a ridiculous amount. (Do I need to post links?)

  • Cancel culture is part and parcel of the current incarnation of the left which has adopted Herbert Marcuse's viewpoint that any ideas that contradicts or prevent the rise of a socialist state is to be met with animosity - that tolerance of contracting ideas is counter-revolutionary.

  • Cancel culture is pressuring companies to deplatform opposing viewpoints. (Do I need to post links?)

Everyone who wants to live in an open and free society should be actively defending free speech; which means, by definition, speech which you are opposed to.

Everyone who wants to live in an open and free society should be actively defending free speech; which means, by definition, speech which you are opposed to.

That's a nice sentiment to have, but it doesn't work in practice. In reality not one freedom is absolute, so freedom of speech isn't absolute. For example: should we defend the freedom of expression of the intolerant? Should we defend racists or fascists? I don't think so, not in a democracy. Some speech should be discouraged, especially the kind that is averse to democracy itself, or we risk losing what freedom of speech we have. Look up Karl Popper's "tolerance paradox".

And yes, you're free to provide links on whatever topic you believe may be helpful. I can guarantee you though that for every link you provide I'll be able ti find one that shows the opposite; so I don't know if that's very productive.

I'll provide links - but absolutely all speech except that which calls for the immediate call for physical violence is to be considered free political speech.

Communism is considered evil by many people. I find it disgusting that the hammer and sickle isn't considered as repulsive as the Nazi swastika. By that logic I would be within my right to shout down DSA meetings.

Christian and Muslim fundamentalists consider many things to be outside the bounds of the tolerable should they be allowed a hecklers veto.

This "out-of-bounds" stuff does not lead to a cohesive Republic. It leads only to a totalitarian state - which is why the left is completely fine going down this road.

...but absolutely all speech except that which calls for the immediate call for physical violence is to be considered free political speech.

There are no simple answers here; simple answers lead to the absolutism you speak of. So, no, I don't agree. Speech has consequences and the right wingers who complain about "cancel culture" seem to want there to be no consequences at all. If some influential people are free to spread the lie, for example, that "those darned foreigners are stealing our jobs", that leads to the belief that those foreigners hurt us. Using violence against those foreigners, especially when the lie is compounded by calling them all "rapists, drug-dealers and murderers", then becomes a righteous act of self-defense. I hope you've seen, as we all have, the stupendous rise of far right domestic terrorist attacks, not just in America but in many western countries.

Communism is considered evil by many people. I find it disgusting that the hammer and sickle isn't considered as repulsive as the Nazi swastika.

This belief, unfortunately, is the product of ignorance about what communism is and what the Nazis were. Hitlers party wasn't a socialist party. His biggest adversaries were the communists and socialists; he killed them first before going after the Jews. And you are in your right to shout down DSA meetings, but there will be consequences...

Christian and Muslim fundamentalists consider many things to be outside the bounds of the tolerable should they be allowed a hecklers veto.

Well, Thank God for the separation between Church and State then ;-)

This "out-of-bounds" stuff does not lead to a cohesive Republic. It leads only to a totalitarian state - which is why the left is completely fine going down this road.

This is the extremist reaction to ANY impediment on ANY freedom. Again, I repeat, no freedom is absolute. Never has been and never will be. You're part of a society and all freedoms are granted by that society; that's always been the case. For absolute freedom you'll have to emigrate to an uninhabited island.

I have read Marx, Trotsky, Lenin and Lukács and the underdevelopment marxists like Wallenstein. My opposition to Marxism has nothing to do with ignorance. It is a complete and utter rejection of the concept - the evil of equity - so to speak.

The difference between Marxist hatred of the bourgeoise and Hitler's hatred of Jews and CRT's hatred of whiteness stem from the same philosophical root - an opposition to the concept of individuality. You are "wrong" because you belong to a particular group.

One reason our Republic survived is because of the concept that a person could speak his mind. To be opposed to this is to say that we do not tolerate "wrong think" and will root it out.

Welcome to the world of 1984.

There is no political speech that should be banned. Are you going to ban the Black Israelites from preaching? If not why not? They argue that one race is genetically superior and other races are the cause of the world's ills and should be removed.

Reminiscent of a mustached German from the 1930s isn't it?

I've only read Marx and Smith, but I suspect you haven't, or if you did, you didn't understand. Marx wrote, not about the evil, but the sheer fantasy that is "equity"; like cancel culture, it doesn't exist in the real world. Furthermore, Marx was a great admirer of what capitalism had accomplished in his time. And lastly, he understood and loved individuality, but he also understood that it arises from interaction with the community.

Marx was a materialist, and saw human history through the lens of man's interaction with the objective material world, and saw that capitalism, just like feudalism, creates and maintains a class division that's unnatural, one that didn't exist in our tribal roots. The trick is, my dear friend, to enlarge the tribe so that it encompasses all of humanity; we're a long way removed from that still, and maybe we'll destroy ourselves before we even have a chance to reach that goal. But in the meantime it would serve all of us best that you understand that there's no such thing as an individual without the community that shapes the individual, and that therefore every single freedom of every single individual is the product of the community they're part of. The most important of those freedoms is, like Marx said, economical freedom, material freedom. That can't be realized in a system where some own all the means of production with the rest only selling their time, brainpower and muscle-power. There's no such thing as "equity"; we're all unique, uniquely talented and with our unique interests. And we'll always have natural leaders and a lot of followers; that's only human. But... leaders and followers is something quite different from rulers and the ruled. Capitalism creates those rulers and ruled, creates the class division Marx saw to destroy. But, again, that's not "equity".

There's no political speech that should be banned by a dictator. Like Hitler's book-burning for example. Speech that's banned in a democracy however, is just society deciding what's best for itself. This whole "culture war" and "cancel culture" is just a by-product of this eternal class-warfare that's waged against you and me by the capitalists who decide what's "politically correct" and what's not. I wish you would see that...

Re: " I can guarantee you though that for every link you provide I'll be able ti find one that shows the opposite; "

What opposite is there? The claim is that there is cancel culture, which is the preventing of speech that people find offensive. The "opposite" of cancel culture is tolerating said speech.

It's always nice when we can find COMMON-GROUND with those we might otherwise disagree with.

DECENTRALIZATION = ANARCHY PRAXIS.

Hmmm. Interesting point. But it's not just anarchy that it's putting into practice - I guess that depends upon your definition of anarchy :) - It's putting into practice any philosophy that is opposed to centralized control.

The only philosophy that is opposed to centralized control is anarchy.

Well, as a Classical Liberal, I see limits to anarchism - especially those that oppose the private ownership of property. I consider a state, with severe limits to what it can do, is useful and ultimately necessary (provided we're talking about a society of millions).

People make a compact (a social contract) where they say, in effect, "I promise not to kill you and take your stuff if you promise not to kill me and take mine."

Do you think that perhaps the function of government could be replaced by open-source software?

All government? No. But some yes. And this is one of those things, like all computer systems, where we're going to have to start with small issues and work out the bugs there before moving on.

The issue is not in "can" we create such a system; the issue will be removing the power from politicians. They will object and will attempt to cause as much FUD as possible.

Artificial Neural Networks are already acting as consultants to JUDGES in bail and parole hearings.

I don't think it's unreasonable to believe that a politician will very soon promise to manage the resources under their purview purely by evidence based, PROCRUSTEAN algorithms.

Well. Such a system certainly would ignore individual differences. It would have to be up to the appellate court to examine this.

We kind of have this now with red light cameras. The camera says you did a no-no and now the owner of the car is fined. 99+% of the time the camera is correct (assuming that it's programmed honestly) but a small percent of the time there would be an extenuating circumstance.

Artificial Neural Networks are already acting as consultants to JUDGES in bail and parole hearings.

I don't think it's unreasonable to believe that a politician will very soon promise to manage the resources under their purview purely by evidence based, PROCRUSTEAN algorithms.

The pandemic thing is already one of those things where people believe in mathematical models and projections.
Personally, I don't believe in DNA, I'm not even sure it "exists". At least not in the form that people like to use or think they can influence. Of course, to tamper grossly or crudely with living cells and then make it look as if you have accomplished something virtuoso, mice with ears and other things, that makes an impression on all those who believe in the godlikeness of human beings. And of course, tampering with and in humans definitely has consequences. But no one can say or know exactly which ones.

In the same way, there are also really funny mishaps in the prosecution of crimes with DNA. I'm afraid I've lost the example, but it's a nice absurdity.

People make a compact (a social contract) where they say, in effect, "I promise not to kill you and take your stuff if you promise not to kill me and take mine."

You've just described anarchy.

I wouldn't call John Locke, Montesquieu, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson anarchists - but all agreed with the above social contract.

The question then became putting into practice. And, as everything in real life, there are pre-existing conditions; there are people that disagree with you to an extreme that you may need to make compromises with. ... Or nothing get's done.

"don't kill your neighbor" is a pretty low bar.

How to enforce "don't kill your neighbor" is where they diverge.

Replying to: "don't kill your neighbor" is a pretty low bar.

It may be a low bar but it's an essential first step. Your neighbors are Jews, or Muslims, or Christians or the wrong sect of those religions therefore they're evil and must convert or die.

Let's add race, language and cultural difference to the mix and now ish gets even more complicated. Even in places where everyone "looked" the same different tribes would scar and brand themselves of "this" tribe in order to distinguish themselves from "those other" tribes.

So, I think that "don't kill your neighbor" is an essential first step.

Thanks for the links!

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