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Anarchy is pretty much the best antonym for the Rule of Law.


The early proponents of the World Wide Web (WWW) were attracted to the possibilities it provided for Anarchy. Even when they admit the need for Ethics.

  • Information wants to be Free. John Perry Barlow perhaps quoting Stewart Brand.[1] But the people that create information want to be paid for their efforts. A Movie can easily cost $100 Million Dollars, who pays for that?
    • In the absence of the old containers, almost everything we think we know about intellectual property is wrong. We're going to have to unlearn it. We're going to have to look at information as though we'd never seen the stuff before.
    • The protections that we will develop will rely far more on ethics and technology than on law.
    • Encryption will be the technical basis for most intellectual property protection. (And should, for many reasons, be made more widely available.)
    • The economy of the future will be based on relationship rather than possession. It will be continuous rather than sequential.
    • And finally, in the years to come, most human exchange will be virtual rather than physical, consisting not of stuff but the stuff of which dreams are made. Our future business will be conducted in a world made more of verbs than nouns.
  • What Is It About Peter Thiel?
    in 1998, met a young cryptographer, Max Levchin, and invested in his startup. Within a year, Thiel was the C.E.O. of Levchin’s company, Confinity, which offered a money-transfer service called PayPal. For Thiel, the service had revolutionary potential: a digital wallet, he said, could lead to “the erosion of the nation-state.”


  • Ethics certainly appears to be necessary to human society to stabilize, but it only works to constrain behavior when there is something like shaming in a small town to enforce it.
  • It has become evident that Ethics is not effective on the World Wide Web.


  1. John Perry Barlow The Economy of Ideas Wired Magazine (1994-03-01) https://www.wired.com/1994/03/economy-ideas/