The State vs. the Internet
by Paul Rosenberg
The power of the state has always rested on two pillars: Force and legitimacy. The Internet subverts them both. As for force, think about encrypted commerce, as for legitimacy (the more important part), think about the following:
It used to be that 98% of all news came out of two zip codes in Manhattan, produced by a more or less homogenous group of people. Now, it comes from everywhere. “Guys in pajamas” brought down the mighty Dan Rather.
When I began to wander among liberty people, not too many decades ago, the people who “got it” were mostly hyper-studious types in the largest American cities. Now they are found almost everywhere.
Events are recorded and can be verified across the globe in moments. The life-span of bad information is collapsing, and plenty of what used to be easy manipulation with it.