The Influence Politics Still Has on the World

in LeoFinance4 months ago

The earliest forms of governments have been with us for a long time, ever since the first small city-states emerged, around 5000 years ago. So, it's not wrong to think of politics as one of the oldest professions in the world.


The modern governments - as we know them today - started to spread out in the 17th century, as republics became more prevalent.

If we check the definition of government, according to Wikipedia, Columbia Encyclopedia says it's "a system of social control under which the right to make laws, and the right to enforce them, is vested in a particular group in society". Actually, this is the full definition.

Governments - Bounded in the Physical World

Most often, we talk about government at the national level or its regional/local subdivisions.

Sometimes, governments do take a form above the national level, like in the case of the EU.

In all cases though, they are limited geographically. to a country or a group of countries, at most.

And governments were quite effective in exerting "social control" when all they had to do was to apply it within physical borders.

Of course, super-powers somehow feel within their rights to export control outside their borders.

Physical Borders Become Obsolete

The world moved way past those days though.

We now have:

How do you contain those? How do you control them? How do you build physical borders in the digital realm? How do you control a corporation or a bank that does business around the globe?

The answer is you can't. Not effectively. And the war is lost long time ago, it's just a matter of time until the conclusion is reached.


Let's take immigration, for example. What are the current solutions on the table?

In the US, Trump wanted to build a wall. A physical wall, much like the Romans or the Chinese built thousands of years ago! Ok... After the democrats mocked that idea during the elections, now I read somewhere they aren't so much against it.

Guess what the EU is doing? Right! Building a wall. Or at least there were talks that the EU should help Bulgaria build a wall to stop immigration coming via Turkey.

One problem though... Walls can't be moved. People can. Anyone care to guess how did Chinese get to America? They didn't cross the Rio Grande. They used ships. Just an example, that works perfectly fine for Europe too.

Here's a real solution: let them live in good conditions in their own countries and they won't need to immigrate! Here's where cryptocurrency can help much more than banks can.


The internet is global by nature. Other than having assigned some national extensions for businesses that want to have a domain name with a national flavor, there's nothing national about the internet. Yes, some major ISPs can be controlled, same with hosting companies, but in the end, there are too many ways to have access to the internet at least in the western world, and for some of them the physical borders are nonexistent.


I remember cases when governments used the antitrust law against corporations because they were becoming too dominant. Microsoft was accused using this law, rightfully. In the end, they settled. And that hasn't stopped Microsoft from remaining one of the top tech companies in the world.

A more recent case where government backlash succeeded in killing a project of a mega-tech company, is the Diem (initially Libra) project proposed by Facebook.

In both cases, the government(s) reactions were able to influence the outcome, but corporations will continue to throw things against the wall. Some will stick, others won't. As long as their net result is positive and they keep growing, they don't care some of them get terminated or are complete failures.

As the globalization became prevalent throughout the world, multinational corporations use that to their advantage. Using the cheapest qualified labor, accessing the best/cheapest raw materials in the world, having strong lobby, "exporting" profits, promoting a unified culture, they are all techniques used to increase profit or to have the upper hand compared to local producers. That type of behavior also generates tensions and anti-globalization movements.

But. when we talk about politics, while there are politicians with an anti-globalization discourse, in reality there's little they can do, except maybe in a dictatorship.

Consumers on the other hand... they hold the true power - if they are united - because there's nothing a corporation loves more than profit.

Digital Assets with Real Value

Digital assets (among them, cryptocurrencies) have a life of their own now, expanding even further the power of the internet.

Maybe this is the nightmare of many politicians, but people can now earn something with real value from anywhere in the world, collaborating with others from different corners of the world, and they don't even need to meet.

There are businesses started by people who never met in the real world, only by their online interaction, and which go on for years. Many of these businesses are not and will never be registered in any country because they don't need to. They transcend that world. It's the world of nations that needs to catch up with times, if it can.

Inexpensive and Quick Traveling / Digital Nomads

Low-cost airlines and speed trains have made long distance traveling affordable and preferable when you don't want to waste time (maybe less so recently). But, overall, people are moving around much more than before, unconfined by borders or lack of means.

It is more difficult to "socially control" a population with such a great capacity of movement and of coming in contact with other cultures.

Let's keep in mind not even Putin in his autocracy, hasn't closed down the borders (as far as I know). Once people experience the freedom of movement, it is very difficult to take it back.

Even more, when people start working and earning their living online via digital assets and cryptocurrencies, they can and some do become digital nomads. Traveling the world and earning their living with a laptop, a smartphone, a camera, a microphone or any other small gadget they need.

Can Politicians Still Influence the World as It Is Or As It Will Be?

They still can!

Wars - oftentimes started and fueled at the influence of industries that profit from them - are a way to change a local, regional, sometimes even global status quo drastically. Threat of war too, if the threat is credible.

You saw they did have their way with Facebook's Diem. They convinced Microsoft to take it easy with their monopoly practices some decades ago.

And, if we want to take it to the extreme, when they arrogate more rights then they are given by Constitutions, something like Covid lockdowns can happen. During which everything we talked about above was suspended, except the internet and digital assets / cryptocurrencies. That's something we should keep reflecting on...

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Great post and a great wake-up call for the people...
Your topic was politicians and governments, but behind all that you wrote is just one thing... MONEY... immigration, wars, extortion, globalization, control...
Times have changed, books aren't burned, people have access to more information than ever, and the old systems of control still work, but not for a long time...

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Thanks, man! Appreciate it!

Yes, that's true, I used the pretext to cover a few more sensible topics, a few of which currently have hilarious proposed solutions when there are real solutions that can exist.

It's so clearly written, there's nothing to add...
As it turns out, the propaganda in my land is still quite strong, and the television hasn't even left half the houses yet... But it's only a matter of time. Although I think they'll move to the Internet soon).

Propaganda and brainwashing will always try to follow the masses. The means of delivery will change over time, but it's as old as politics, I guess, and has found resources to adapt to changing times.

There is no doubt that politicians can still influence the world but I don't think it will happen like it used to. There will be some limits now because a lot of us do not depend on them anymore

because a lot of us do not depend on them anymore

That must be a scary thought for them.

I think the issue is that the people in charge of the government want to maintain their cozy lives. They don't care about the average person so they also won't try to improve things for the average citizen. I hope that crypto or something can change that in the future but it's tough when most people just run with the narrative.

I agree. All they want is to perpetuate in their positions or get higher and they will do pretty much anything for that.

it's tough when most people just run with the narrative.

It's tough to change that when most people only see a main narrative and ignore alternative ones. They are being trained to do that, to consider alternative narratives toxic, lies, manipulation, sources untrustworthy, etc. All that while main narratives have all these traits in most cases.

Once a person takes interest in politics, it never ceases throughout his life and he continues his efforts even if his life seems to be ending.

Well, that must be why so many politicians are living fossils.

Because people get into his words and vote for the same person every time.

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