The lesson Lao Tzu taught 2,500 years ago has still not been learnt:
“Governing a large country is like frying a small fish.
You spoil it with too much poking.”– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 60
The seeds of the current discontent were sown by the government response to the 2008 Global Financial Crisis but the first hints of trouble only became visible to many in 2016, with Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Ordinary people were growing tired of “the system” increasingly interfering in their lives and enriching only a select few. Brexit and Trump were the predictable results. The subsequent retaliation by the Establishment (on both the left and right of politics), supported in fascistic fashion by the Silicon Valley oligarchs, has only served to worsen the situation. Pearl clutching commentators on mainstream media despair at the threat posed by non-existent Nazis in the streets of the USA (at the same time ignoring the criminal gangs that have continually rioted and looted in those same streets for months) but miss the point that the more they call for crack downs on wrongthink, the more wrongthinkers there will be.
The more prohibitions there are,
The poorer the people will be.
The more laws are promulgated,
The more thieves and bandits there will be.Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 57
There is bad news for the Davos elite. The building populist revolution will not take the form that they expect. Their old 19th century tools of rules and centralised control are proving less effective – requiring more rules and even greater centralisation of authority. They will try with greater force to cling to power (a Great Reset) but their efforts will be futile. In the 21st century, the true source of power is decentralisation, which is rooted in the understanding that people are capable of controlling their own lives.
The perverse financial measures implemented to bail out the Elite in 2008 gave rise to bitcoin and blockchain.
The increased censorship and thought-policing by social media companies is giving rise to decentralised, censorship resistant social media platforms.
The creeping increase in censorship and regulation of the internet will fail in the face of open, trustless and permissionless networks (Web 3.0).
For a brighter future, hope for a dystopian government.