“The Nation State is Not Prepared for Something Like This” - Jeffrey Tucker Interview
Jeffrey discovered Bitcoin only in February of 2013, and has written some 20 articles on the topic since that time, mainly because its emergence challenged much of what he thought he knew about money, banking, and entrepreneurship. Jeffrey has been a vocal supporter of Bitcoin and is the CEO of Liberty.me.
Jeffrey discovered Bitcoin only in
February of 2013, and has written some 20 articles on the topic since that
time, mainly because its emergence challenged much of what he thought he knew
about money, banking, and entrepreneurship. Jeffrey has been a vocal supporter
of Bitcoin and is the CLO of Liberty.me.
Coin Telegraph: As you mentioned in Liberty.me’s IndieGoGo
campaign, the wants of liberty-minded people have finally found a convergence
point with available technology. How much do you imagine this technology will
nudge others toward liberty-minded pursuits?
Jeffrey Tucker: In the last 15 years, an entirely new
world has been created out of the template of liberty. It is the global
file-sharing network, the app economy, the world-wide peer-to-peer connectivity
for two thirds of humanity, the amazing reality that most of us carry in our
pockets a portal to all that is known or has been known.
The digital cloud we use every day is
an incredible thing. This new world was neither imagined nor created by any
government. No political establishment made this possible. No nation state
alone manages it. It is a product of anarchy and it is beautiful. The nudge
toward understanding this and its meaning comes only from a consciousness of
the relationship between cause and effect.
How has Liberty.me’s
first few months gone? What has the reception been?
JT: We are officially live for one week now, and the reception
has been amazing. Every member gets a publishing site. We decided to see what
it would be like to have software serve as the editor.
The results are impressive. The
quality is very high. I like being surprised with what is going to appear next.
Mostly I’m just happy that our customers are
happy. By inbox is overwhelmed right now. If we can keep this up, we’ll
be fine. I really want Liberty.me to set a new standard.
What do you have planned for the future of Liberty.me?
JT: We are scheduling more and more classes in this really
wonderful technology that allows live feeds and interactions with absolutely
nothing to download. People love them, both as teachers and students. So we
want to build on this.
We are also looking at new forms of
affiliate relationships, new P2P tools, an expanded range of topics in the
forums, more integrations between sections, and, mostly, just getting the word
out on what a great product we have to offer and how it will guide people
toward being part of a global network of liberty-minded individuals.
What roles do you see national governments trying to assume within crypto-currency
JT: They obviously want control, but it is rather amazing how
this is taking place. They can’t decide if it is property, currency,
math, a terrorist tool, or another chance to channel funds to politicians. It’s
all been rather amusing. The apparatus of the nation state is not prepared for
something like this. States are uniquely suited toward managing (however
poorly) the physical world; the digital world, not so much.
In your latest article on Liberty.me about the peer-to-peer economy, you note
how Thomas Jefferson and others of his time believed agriculture was a powerful
counter to the centralization of government. But, as you said, most people don’t want to be
farmers. Could a similar fallacy be lurking behind our excitement for crypto-currencies
and decentralization? Is it possible that the majority of people would simply
rather let the state worry about the value and supply of their money?
JT: That is very possible but in the same way that people once
thought it was fine to let the state deliver their mail, keep limits on
television channels, own and control our telephones and keep them bound to the
wall, and provide for our security needs.
the job of entrepreneurs to reveal how life can be better. Entrepreneurs shake people
from their stupor and show them a better life. It is up to people finally to
embrace it. It took 20 years for email to go from obscure to ubiquitous. The
world is moving at a much fast pace now. It won’t
take that long with crypto-currency.
Jeffrey is the executive editor of the
Laissez Faire Club and Laissez Faire Books, Distinguished Fellow of the
Foundation for Economic Education, and Research Fellow of the Action Institute.