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"If there’s an international power vacuum, someone will fill it. The alternative to the capitalist liberal democracy championed by the West isn’t a decentralized utopia where individual freedom flourishes. It’s the centralized authoritarianism of Russia or China."

(Apologies for the shitty Medium-like site.)

arcdigital.media/why-are-inter

@GeoffWozniak
I hate to admit it, but sometimes I fear this is true. At least, if our current system fell too quickly, or without robust alternatives already in place.

I think change is possible, but authoritarianism itself is going to need to be aggressively examined in our psychology first, not just specific economic or political systems.

@erosdiscordia Fast, radical shifts in large, established social systems is not a good thing. It creates confusion and chaos. You have to play the long game on this sort of thing, which is exactly what Russian meddling is all about.

Those with anti-establishment streaks who just want to "burn it all down" are completely missing the point. You can't design or envision your system as drop-in replacement. That's too much disruption. You have to think in terms decades, generations, or even centuries. Immediate changes breeds resentment and anger. Lots of bad comes from that.

This is why I have no faith in Bitcoin and AI. They're trying to replace working, established systems by ignoring what is already there, simply because they don't like how it's currently done.

@GeoffWozniak
I agree with all your points.

I think there's room for quick, disruptive changes, but they almost always lead to periods of steady refinement, not total restructuring. Some things do need to change relatively fast. But "relatively fast" is how things have been changing for decades now, so I do think there is some hope.

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