Four Nations of Ethereum
Kevin Hill

Crypto-Anarchists vs Crypto-Libertarians

I think you’ve smeared two sub-groups together (sorry if it messes with the Avatar metaphor).

You’re right that we’ve got Anarchists, and that they value dismantling and de-legitimizing power structures, particularly coercive ones. However, most of your descriptions you refer to as Anarchist I think are more descriptive of Libertarians, and a big hint is how often you use the word “freedom” when referring to their ideals.

In particular, Ethereum Classic is mostly populated by people who believe that any control, even one performed by the consensus of the group, is a violation of the freedom of the system, which will perform good if only left alone.

This faith in the good-nature of the system itself is a very Adam Smith “invisible hand” kind of belief, and his is the kind of lassez-faire economic policy that Libertarianism and even Neoliberal economic policy are built on.

Anarchists tend to value horizontal, peer to peer consensus and communication, and that’s the kind of decision making process we saw lead to the fork. We had a lot of ideas heard, we had bad ideas thrown out, and as a group we found a peaceful path to something we saw as fair.

If anything, I think Anarchists belong to your Pacifist category, since Anarchists tend to believe in the power of people to work together to solve problems without a central authority. In this view, Blockchains are useful as far as they serve our collective wellbeing, and beyond that, it would be a violence against ourselves to overly respect their supposed immutability.

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