I sometimes use it as a stand-in or catch-all for those people who act dishonestly, unfairly, or immorally at the expense of others, knowingly or not. There are perhaps many ways Gigi’s ‘Us’ answer could be interpreted, but I see one as the inevitability of everyone being a ‘they’ (pejoratively) to someone, mostly by ignorance. For example, I might consider those who knowingly and selfishly perpetuate an unfair monetary system, at the expense of those coerced (legal tender laws) to use it, to be a ‘they’. Similarly, the mother of a young boy ‘forced’ to work in cobalt mines in response to my demand for the phone I’m writing this on, may consider me a ‘they’. Ultimately, though I sometimes (lazily) use it myself, I think if we are to criticize anyone or anything, it is not only more accurate, but far more useful, to be as specific as possible when we do so. This allows us to isolate the issue, and devise a solution, without catching in the net of our condemnation those who aren’t deserving of it, and de-legitimizing our capacity and reliability for identifying the true cause and culprits of problems in the process. Of course, one may go even further and simply come to the conclusion that even being specific with one’s criticisms is a sub-optimal (and again, lazy) approach, and one ought to focus entirely on the solutions (to perceived problems) which are within one’s capacity or control - basically just adhering to Bucky Fullers advice regarding building solutions which make problems (be they people or systems) obsolete. I see the latter as being the most legitimate and effective, and try to use the former less and less.
The bitcoin circular economy is not just about transacting in bitcoin, it’s also about transacting with people who share a similar set of values, which inevitably influences the products and services which they offer, and the manner in which they do so.
@RemnantMd is one such example. A medical doctor & bitcoiner, he is pushing back against ‘fiat medicine’, by exploring an approach to health which is more consistent with ‘bitcoin values & principles’.
He was also on the front lines during ‘the hysteria’, and shares with me his take on the many ‘shenanigans’ that took place, the distorted incentives that led to the misrepresenting of facts, treatments which harmed rather than helped, and his arc from hero to villain at the hospital where he worked, ultimately being dismissed for his resistance to mandates.
It’s a wild and important story / perspective to hear.
Myself, @npub15dq…lm5m, @npub1hk0…20pf, @npub1rtl…jtfs & @npub15vz…k4um got together in Miami for a discussion about the novel form of property which bitcoin represents, and the significance of that for how one understands and engages both themselves, and the world.
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While I do believe certain values were ‘built in’ to bitcoin, which when taken together and beheld by our minds does represent a kind of ‘ethic’, what I was referring to here was speculating as to what would ‘come through’ our minds, when it is no longer (or much less) influenced by the various algorithms/incentive structures of our digital environments (and beyond) today. When information, identity and transactability are ‘set free’, what happens to our minds? Among other things I expect it too will experience a type of liberation, or at a minimum a far greater degree of clarity. In this state, what ‘comes through’? What is the experience of the mind unshackled by ‘illusion’ or absent the co-option by the will and ends (‘corrupting incentive structures’) of others? In the extreme, what IS that force of pure awareness? Is it ‘closer’ to god? Does it permit a ‘more fundamental’ force to emerge in our minds and manifest through our actions? Seems like it to me. I’m not saying that the manner in which nostr might ‘set information and identity free’ will directly result in such a circumstance or state, but it’s seeming more and more apparent to me that it could serve as a powerful or useful contributor or catalyst to such a state (more and more as it develops), in both conscious and unconscious ways, over the course of time, in a manner that scales to a huge number of people, by virtue of the incentives involved.