Heading Toward Technocracy

Our Future Rights Depend on Decentralization

The need is crystal clear — we must build new systems immediately

Justin Honse
The Dark Side
Published in
14 min readJan 23, 2021

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A blue sphere on a black background, with multiple lines connecting icons of people to illustrate a decentralized network.
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

There are two powerful opposing forces battling today: the government and corporations, who have increasingly enlarged themselves and are seeking to consolidate even more centralized power and control; and opposite, a force we’ve only just begun to see the power of: Decentralization.

The Internet is a decentralized system, or at least, it’s supposed to be. We may have had a few years where it was relatively free-range while we dealt with pop-up ads, but today, it’s widely acknowledged that big tech has taken over, and the Internet is now firmly in the grasp of these semi-monopolistic companies. The problem now is that a difference in ideology, even if fairly tame, can result in censorship, or even loss of a platform.

The success of systems like the Internet, and more recently cryptocurrency, shows us the flexibility, resiliance, and promise of what decentralized systems can do for society if implemented. This is of utmost importance — because this movement toward increased centralization isn’t just affecting the Internet, but rather threatens to affect nearly every facet of our lives.

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Justin Honse
The Dark Side

I write about Economic and Social issues that affect us all, because my country, America, has problems and change is needed now.