by Brian Hunt
George Orwell once wrote, “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”
Not exactly a cheery thought, and one I don’t agree with.
While the forces pushing for centralization of power have been prevailing for decades, they haven’t won a total victory yet. Technologies that empower the individual and that tend toward decentralization—including the Internet, encryption, 3D printing and cryptocurrencies—offer a powerful ray of hope, and reasons to be optimistic about the future.
So the tug of war between the collectivists and the rest of us continues.