The Cypherpunk Bitstream podcast hosted by cryptoanarchists @thefrankbraun and @TheRealSmuggler has just released its second episode. The show compassionately reaches out to those listeners tired of the coercive “statist-quo” and explores how anyone can use cryptographic technology and philosophy to reclaim the vital and precious privacy hijacked by an ever-expanding surveillance state.
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Cypherpunk Bitstream 0x01: Cryptoanarchy
The second episode of the new Cypherpunk Bitstream podcast, Cypherpunk Bitstream 0x01: Cryptoanarchy, is where the hosts get down to brass tacks and begin discussing the nitty gritty of the cryptoanarchist philosophy, its technological background, and its uses in fighting invasions of privacy and avoiding the coercion of the state. Broadcasting from a self-made temporary autonomous zone in Berlin, the pair introduce the philosophy and movement with @TheRealSmuggler stating:
Anarchy is the absence of coercive rule for me. So it’s not the absence of rules and it’s not the absence of hierarchies or whatever. But it’s the absence of hierarchies and rules that you didn’t agree to. Anarchy is really about having a system of consent where every participant has agreed on how things should be going, and is at any time more or less able to leave and change his affiliations.
Contrasting what his grandmother’s view of anarchy likely would be, which is “everybody kills each other and there’s violence in the streets and blood running,” Smuggler points out that he is simply talking about non-coercion. He argues that while coercion and violence can never be totally eliminated from society, there are better systems for addressing these issues than governments’ current method of employing the exact same tactics of violence to force people to agree with them.