Why do those who know the least about technology often have the most power to misuse it? We try to answer that question this week in a discussion of the debate over mandated security backdoors currently raging between media outlets and technologists. We also discuss the role of historical revisionism and examples of how a decentralist critique can add to our understanding of the role of power and freedom in the past.
Our guest this week is Steve Dekorte, creator of decentralized marketplace BitMarkets and lead developer at Voluntary.net. We discuss the challenges and promises of uncensored trade, the proper place of anonymity and identity, and the philosophy driving the work of the Voluntary.net team.
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Check out these links from this week's show:
Technology, Ignorance, and Control
The Triumph of Conservatism by Gabriel Kolko [PDF]
"Generalissimo Washington: How He Crushed The Spirit of Liberty" by Murray Rothbard
Against Intellectual Monopoly by David Levine and Michele Boldrin [PDF]