Balaji Srinivasan has the distinction of being a non-nervous fountain. Ideas and analysis flow from him, even on bad days. He sweetly entertains interlocutors with acronyms and anecdotes as if on a Modafinil drop. Once he melted Tim Ferriss’ face for four hours, which is this podcast’s work week. Recently, Srinivasan ran a seven-hour marathon with sleepy Lex Friedman.
If you haven’t heard of Srinivasan before, you’re either not on Twitter or living in a bubble. This is not to say that Srinivasan is immune to criticism, nor that his intermittent style of communication couldn’t, at times, use a little more finesse. Instead he is recognizing his genius.
Srinivasan is the best thing that has ever been said about Silicon Valley. creativity. Cooperat. leading businesses. His talents as a founder/implementer may be less obvious to those who know him only from his tweets. Srinivasan has co-founded three acquired startups. He has served as CTO of Coinbase and General Partner at Andreessen-Horowitz. But since Silicon Valley is gone all decadence and social justice, let’s just say Srinivasan now represents the antithesis of what author Michael Gibson refers to as the “paper belt.” This unfortunate passage stretches from Washington, D.C., to Boston, dealing in “newspapers, advertisements, money, testimonials—all papers, all fading into power.”
Balaji Srinivasan stands over this part of the world with a lit match.
For those who have been in the startup community business for decades, the out-and-out dynamics are nothing new. Bob Haywood, for example, has done more to make special jurisdictions a reality than any living person, having a hand in creating Shenzhen, Dubai, and many others. But Haywood is quietly efficient, so he may never get the Nobel Peace Prize he deserves.
Balaji Srinivasan has become the startup community’s most outspoken hero, a rogue intellectual spreading the gospel of competitive governance. Srinivasan’s main contribution to the space is his insistence that new jurisdictions must begin with communication between people in the clouds About a moral mission (Satoshi smiles).
This brings us to network status.
regarding his best-selling bookAnd the Srinivasan says he wrote a guide, not a manifesto. I’d like to think too social exclusivity or decentralization It can be considered as a supplementary statement. However, the moral and political argument for societies based on consent can get lost in memes, culture war politics, and horse racing.
Manuals like me have more to do.
With that said, dear reader, I assume you are on board with this great editorial project of the Declaration of Independence, because it contains a key To the future of governance:
To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, and their just powers are derived from the consent of the convicts— that whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is right for the people to alter or abolish it, and to establish a new government, laying its foundations on these principles and organizing its powers in such a form, that they should seem more likely to affect their safety and happiness.
Perhaps you also see that America’s other secular text, the Constitution, is in tatters. The formation of a network state could be an important way to revive the global tent of true liberalism, albeit with important upgrades. Because Srinivasan intends network status To function more as a content-free specification for shaping network states, even illiberal ones, let’s leave aside our ethical and political premises for the moment.
To activate any Jefferson Fire, we must consider starting a network state. Srinivasan sets out a seven-step program to do just that.
- Founder of the Startups Association. Forming an online community around a set of ethical obligations.
- Organize them into a group capable of teamwork. Coordinating members to achieve mutual benefit, mutual assistance and mission focus.
- Building trust offline and the crypto economy online. Meet in person, but build your inner crypto economy.
- Crowdfund physical contract. Crowdfund’s physical assets – from land trails to cities – to shape community ‘archipelago’ bases on terra firm.
- Connecting physical communities digitally. Connecting members to physical nodes in the archipelago through digital passports and mixed reality technologies.
- Perform an enumeration on the string. Keep a running tally of member growth, income, and real estate, on-chain, through cryptographic means.
- Get diplomatic recognition. Negotiate diplomatic recognition from neighboring legacy countries until you have a viable network status.
Because the formation of the network state means the reshaping of the mutual aid sector, despite all the headwinds, it will not be easy.
Critics have pointed out, justifiably, that this seven-step program means that network states will continue to be nested within the jurisdictions of the powerful. Moreover, the people of the world already have to pay for their predatory states, leaving meager surpluses to fund the development of new institutions or mutual aid arrangements. Remember, New Deal programs, World War II, and the Great Society displaced America’s powerful mutual aid sector. Today, a belligerent welfare state means that the richest countries on earth are dog-earing in a sea of red ink. The authorities will soon have no choice but to default or tax us more, leaving citizens with fewer resources.
But nothing worth doing is ever easy.
The financial ruin of the US government and its people could help spur a renaissance. This time, we will have disruptive innovators to help us unite in mutual benefit and mutual assistance as we refocus our efforts on creating an order rooted in peace, prosperity, and pluralism.
As promised, I return to this commercial statement, which we can think of as a suitable source for it ExpeditionAnd the MoralAnd the And the the meaning.
The Expedition It is the formation of a truly consent-based system in which individuals can choose their own systems of governance according to their concept of the good. Moral It is the way we justify an order based on consent. The essence of liberalism is to reduce collective coercion. The group of societies and associations that flow from the consent of the governed are granted the meaning, very. When people unite around shared values, common needs, and togetherness, they will participate in a truly pluralistic society: what John Stuart Mill called “experiences in life.” Many will fail. Few will succeed.
Now I want to focus on the first 3 steps in the program to generate the network state:
- Create a startup community.
- Organize them into a group capable of teamwork.
- Building trust offline and the crypto economy online.
There is a lot to do in these first three. We should not bite off more than we can chew. Below, I want to outline a vision of what this startup community is up to and doing.
- Shadow constitution
Our first order of business is to bring in the most amazing, talent and alignment People together to craft a mission statement and shadow constitution. The Shadow Constitution may take the best of what Americans currently have, but it brings greater clarity and removes some of the passages that have fooled the Living Constitution. After all, this opened the door to illiberalism and misinterpretations that rendered the most important protocols inert. For example, the General Welfare Clause was a terrible loophole for the powerful, while Amendments 9 and 10—designed to empower the people—are as good as dead. I suspect that our task may be to encode an eventual shadow constitution so that the members of society may finally be citizens living with the welfare they have chosen.
This is the essence of “consent of the governed”.
I envision bringing together the most amazing people, from industry leaders to liberal philosophers, constitutional scholars to brilliant influencers, who will work in cross-functional teams to reimagine the constitutional system and its protocols. In time, this group would coalesce around, and effectively ratify, the shadow constitution, as founding members.
- Shadow Society
With the shadow constitution finalized, a team of implementers will put together the core membership infrastructure in the cloud. Such an infrastructure would provide a sense of solidarity and modest benefits to members. Upon launch, new members will sign a new shadow constitution as a condition of membership. Otherwise, the signatories pledge allegiance to this new pillar of governance and its embedded values.
Founding members will use their significant influence to attract more members. New members will immediately see the value they owe and the effectiveness of the link, all within a framework that facilitates community engagement and personal growth. Freemasons are not bad companies. The key here is effectiveness. Can the organization get things done? Do members feel that their participation is valuable? Teamwork can be hard, but technology can help.
- Temples and icons
Although he advises us to start in the cloud, Srinivasan knows that personal intimacy is irreplaceable. It’s hard to imagine freemasons or audiophiles hunched over smartphones for very long. Community is possible online, but members must earn a deep love and trust through the personal interactions they have with each other, sanctifying them in their commitment to mission. Thus, a series of centres, perhaps a concession to the “temples”, could represent the first seeds of the archipelago. These may function as meeting places financed by prevailing guarantee contracts.
but that is not all.
As a descendant of Satoshi Nakamoto, Srinivasan emphasizes the use of cryptographic tools and tokens to represent the Shadow Society’s internal value streams. This is wise when fiat currencies are devalued by and for the old authorities and, at the same time, retooled for centralized monitoring and control. We can imagine tokens that can only be used between members. Or members may choose which technology is Not Built on a blockchain, like Holochain.
One giant leap
Since about 2008, I’ve been promoting the idea that we ought to Building a social system based on consent. I knew it would involve techniques that split power relations laterally, but protocol designers had to share some obligations. with network status, Balaji Srinivasan wrote the Getting Started guide. These two different but overlapping domains (ought to And the How) It may seem confusing at first. But together, they’re a one-two punch against the Legacy powers.
Just as the bitcoin white paper was the guideline for starting a peer-to-peer decentralized currency network, it held important ethical political assumptions. In network state plotting around a basic commit to the consent of the convictsSrinivasan How supposed to ought to For statement connoisseurs like me. Implementing the first three steps of the shadow society would be a giant leap for the future of consent-based governance.
But I can’t do it alone.