Globalized – And Stateless!?

by Erik Vollstädt

 

Lines on maps called borders are just a geographic fiction, this is what we all at Bitnation have learned already. They are artificial barriers for our innate freedom of movement, creating conflicts and lack of prospects amongst peoples and cultures that were meant to trade and flourish side by side – not separated by barbed wire.

 

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We only have one world, restricting international exchange and the mix of cultures is tantamount to letting civilization rot behind the iron curtains. Fortunately, worldwide communication has become borderless thanks to the internet revolution, and the nation-states’ obstacles are slowly dissolving. Moreover, they are being replaced by supranational institutions like the U.N. , and international treaties are steering the world towards global economic integration and regional equalization.

Some of the most striking examples of such developments are NAFTA, TTIP and the E.U. As seen in the E.U.’s recent history, economic trade zones are being used as an excuse to slowly merge all participating nation-states into a political union – ultimately leading towards a one world government.

Such a world government poses the ultimate threat for individual freedom, there won’t be a way to vote with your feet anymore, every law or policy would be enforced on a global level. Don’t take me wrong here, I’m not endorsing any of the anti-globalization slogans. What I’m trying to say is, our world is too precious to leave it to the hands of rulers – be they autocratic, theocratic or democratic.

 

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If you want to see true world peace, it’s got to be global anarchy. As contradictory as it might appear, anarchy is not the absence of order AKA chaos, but the absence of rulers. Everyday life shows us that it is possible to have a stateless, natural order, as long as the majority of a society respects private property rights. In fact, every improvement of humanity’s standard of living has been due to pockets of anarchy, not because some noble wise rulers have imposed their will on the rest of society. Good ideas don’t require force, they win through persuasion.

 

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The question is, who will take care of all the things only the government used to do?

The answer is easy, the same people who used to build the roads, educate the children or provide defense services for a monopolistic service provider (the state) can still do so on the free market. The difference is merely that they’ll have to consider the wishes of their customers, else they’ll lose to competitors who are better at doing so.

We at Bitnation aim to provide a platform for all of these governance services – voluntarily and in open competition. We are reaching out globally to make sure our international customers enjoy high quality insurances, defense and law services where ever they choose to live, making geographic restrictions a thing of the past.

Instead of hoping that the central planners of a world government make the right decisions, we could have hundreds of different providers, either focusing on a specific field of governance services or utilizing the “one-stop shop” strategy to give customers convenient package solutions. Nothing of this requires the violent imposition of a code of law or the collection of protection money AKA taxes. All we need to trust in is our common sense and rational self-interest. Peace and prosperity are key business factors in a society that despises rulers. Let’s have one world for all humans – not divided by borders nor rulers.

 

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Erik Vollstädt

Bitnation Lead Ambassador and Community Director. Born 1993, aspiring entrepreneur and champion of voluntary societies & private property ethics. Proponent of counter-economics and competing market currencies, such as cryptocurrencies. Represented Bitnation as Lead Ambassador since 2015 at the Riga Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies Meetup, the iBGEk basic income stage discussion in Klagenfurt (Austria), the Cointelegraph Blockchain Conference in Helsinki, the Zündfunk Netzkongress in Munich, at itnig for the Barcelona Bitcoin Community during the Mobile World Congress 2017 and at the Bitnation DevCon 2017 in Amsterdam. Author of the Bitnation blog. Media appearances include Shift (Deutsche Welle), Der Fehlende Part (RT Germany) and Zündfunk (BR2). Coordinates Bitnation's ambassador network globally and organizes meetups all over Europe. Graduated in Business Innovation & Technology Management (M.Sc.) in Girona (Catalunya, Spain). Wants to live an international lifestyle.

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