Digital City Dwelling
I’ve been somewhat MIA, at least by my standards, over the past 30 days or so. I did all the big life tingz. Moved, got hitched, and making a career transition for my 9-5 that keeps the lights on for now. Expect more bible, language, and politics from me soon as I slowly get back into my stride.
In the mean time, let me leave you with this seemingly small but powerful political gem. Urbit. Follow the link and really do your research on the company. My quick research on a resignation letter from their org led to my most viewed (21K as of the writing of this post) youtube video published last June 2020. Now, I own a digital estate in the digital city. You can have a planet, a star, or a galaxy.
Urbit is digital land ownership, and land ownership is good. Urbit is a different way of doing the internet. It relies more on individuals and less on more easily corruptible systems. It is the politest middle finger toward corporate conglomerates that control the conversation. After all, these are not bad people. They’re functional. They’re malfunctioning in the status quo, because they are weak-willed and the democratic and aristocratic spirits are putting more pressure on them than Tony Allen would put on you if you tried shooting from the perimeter.
I genuinely admire Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey. A decade later I just watched the Social Network (Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue is top-shelf), and it stands the test of time. At least, the mini test of time. Check back in ninety years, and again in nine hundred. Dorsey wanted to live in Africa in 2020, before the lockdowns, and I was sure he would have chosen Ethiopia after his most recent visit.
Urbit claims it is nonpartisan and apolitical, as many in this crooked generation do, but it is against the idea of one-size-fits-all when ramming down throats, and that is an independently verifiable political polarity. Speaking of politics,
If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.
The governments of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap, Youtube etc. control the governed. No doubt. We saw this most plainly in the ousting of Alex Jones. And btw he’s always 50%-80% right, and he says a lot of crazy shit, so that’s impressive. The heads of these entities, let alone the middle management, are not in control of themselves.
Urbit renders control back to the user. Back to you. See you there.