Well I could go on all night lol. We'll probably get shifted to off-topic at this point though lol.
Yes I agree, decentralised technology alone isn't enough, no matter how 'decentralising'. Power is an issue that must be dealt with if we want an interconnected, decentralised, holistic and free society. Once you decentralise power through accountability everything else naturally follows imo. The first step to that end has to be the freedom to act and organise in a way that's private and can't be censored.
Andreas was right, power will always attack any points of control, and power gets its way (), so only a truly decentralised system can withstand it by avoiding those weak points. Decentralised technology like SAFE can help us take the first step, giving us the freedom to take more and more creative and subversive steps to redesign and replace the failed systems we use today. We can disrupt it all eventually, but the freedom to act and organise is the first big obstacle.
I think the second big leap needs to come in the form of decentralised accountability, as you can probably tell from the number of times I've used that word already .
We know the legal system doesn't really work. Laws written by groups of like-minded white dudes don't reflect real moral or ethical standards, and they don't change with social expectations and ideals. Nor is the punishment usually constructive, rehabilitative and appropriate. Besides, from your lobbying budget to the quality of your lawyers and your social capital, 'justice' is really all under the thumb of money and power. This is why I was so anti Clinton even in the face Trump as an opponent.
Removing the weak points and redesigning the justice system is our best bet for making concentrations of power undesirable imo. Who wants power that they're accountable for? And if they do, no worries, they can't do any harm or they're directly accountable for it. This naturally discourages power without impinging on freedom. We don't need socialism to solve the wealth gap and we don't all need to have the same amount of money, nor do we need to be told what to do by anyone else; we need a feedback, a disincentive for anyone to want too much power as they become more likely to do inadvertent harm and be held accountable for it.
Decentralised accountability is our Frodo Baggins imo, that's how we get the rings into Mount Doom for good . No easy challenge though. It's another huge project that will require a dedicated group of people to problem-solve their way through for many years. I'd love to be railing and supporting that project in my old age and adding my 2 cents to the debates there too.
Ahhh, feels cathartic to get it out, the wife is sick of listening to me talk about this kind of thing and since I moved to the sticks I don't have anyone else around to vent it at.
Couldn't agree more. I feel viscerally wound up from not talking about it enough recently lol. This forum is my only outlet... ahhhh, feels better.