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Using Paris for Politics: Tools of Liberation the Government is Determined to Take From You

Michael Hudson
27 November 2015

Well, it certainly didn’t take them long, did it? With the news practically still breaking, Facebook profile pictures turning to shades of red, white and blue, and #prayforparis trending the world over, government officials quickly seized the opportunity to turn yet another tragic event of terrorism into a strategic political play. One that, quite frankly, makes my blood boil!

Within hours of the Parisian attacks, governments had reignited their denunciation of encryption and launched a scathing attack on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, touting them as tools of terrorists.

Something must be made crystal clear here. In this digital age of surveillance states, we, as humanity, have very few tools of civil liberty and privacy at our disposal. The likes of the Internet, encryption and Bitcoin are these tools - and they’re under threat as a result of fear and ignorance.

The Internet

Trace back to it’s conception in the early 90s and the Internet was branded as a den of thieves, pornographers and pedophiles. A branding enthusiastically portrayed to the general public by corporate owned mainstream media in an attempt to delay its adoption. An adoption feared to threaten their business model and certain to topple them from the top of the food chain.

As our tool for the unimpeded exchange of information, the Internet’s power to liberate humanity keeps the globalist up at night. It’s constantly under scrutiny and being monitored by surveillance states. It’s evolution is paramount to preserve our rights to free speech and to interact on a global scale, without permission. Projects such as TOR and I2P that allow for anonymous and unhindered Internet usage are primary steps in this evolution and tools of liberation that should be encouraged. And yet, we’re subjected to ongoing attempts by mainstream media to demonise them with the term ‘dark web’, a world of criminals and terrorists. Rather reminiscent of the ridiculous ignorance shown in the early days of the Internet, wouldn’t you say?

Encryption  

Encryption is the technology that allows anyone to store and transmit data securely, with the understanding that it’s free from prying eyes. You use encryption on a daily basis, probably without even being aware of it on most occasions. Your iPhone or Android phone. Your Whatsapp messages. Your Facebook data. Your online banking session. Even your Playstation. All protected by varying levels of encryption code. In order to be viewed, the interceptor would need to break the code. If they don’t have the code, the data is unreadable and will look scrambled at best. Although very strong levels of encryption are, in theory, technologically unbreakable, low levels are hacked on a daily basis.

Herein lies the problem.

Although government agencies such as the NSA can hack most codes, the information they currently obtain is done so covertly. This isn’t information that would stand up in a court of law. But if they ban encryption, agencies will have the right to monitor your private information - legally!

Think about that for a moment.

They’ll be well within their rights to view all your photos of little Jack and Susan on your smartphone. They’ll be allowed to read your intimate messages with your loved ones. And they’ll have the power to use your conversations to build a character overview - without context. Remember that time you joked about ‘killing your Mum-in-law’? Heaven forbid the old dame passes and you land up in court - with legally accepted ‘evidence’ against you because of a heated rant with a mate.

Bitcoin

In a world of 7.3 billion people, roughly 1 billion have the benefit of a bank account, and the ability to access the best the financial world has to offer. Not one of those 1 billion earned that right, it was an accident of birth. Being born British means you inherited the great British Pound and the flexibility our system provides. The reason the other 6.3 billion people are cut off from formal financial systems and are limited to cash based societies comes down to needing permission from the masters - the banks.

Do you think HSBC is going to set up a branch next to a tree in rural Ethiopia for the local villagers to transact? Definitely not. And even if they did, how would a rural Ethiopian with no passport or recognized physical address pass AML/KYC validation? Does not being able to provide this information make you a criminal? No, it certainly doesn’t. But it most definitely excludes you from the private members club of the scam we call banking.

Bitcoin on the other hand, allows for free financial inclusion. It’s not owned by any company, bank or government and therefore there’s no central body looking to profit from permission. It completely levels the playing field and represents the closest thing we have to a financial system of liberty.  For us, Bitcoin is the candlelight at the end of a long, dark tunnel of oppression. Oppression that we call fractional reserve banking.

This triad of tools - the Internet, encryption and Bitcoin - are the technological path to true privacy and liberation. Liberation that unravels the government’s core of control. Not surprising then that they’d rather have you believe that these are the tools of terrorists.

This, my friend, is fear at its worst, and ignorance at its best.

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