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Ethereum the supranational coordinator - Market Monday (07/13)

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Ryan Sean Adams Ryan Sean Adams Jul 13, 20208 min read

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Dear Bankless Nation,

I recently watched a lecture from Carlota Perez recommended to me by Chris Burniske. In it she compared the past 4 tech revolutions to the current information technology revolution.

  1. Industrial revolution (started in 1771)
  2. Steam & railroad revolution (started in 1829)
  3. Steel & engineering revolution (started in 1875)
  4. Mass production revolution (started in 1908)
  5. Digital revolution (started in 1971) 👈we are here

According to Perez they all go through the same cycles. And despite how far we’ve come we’re actually only half-way through the cycle of the digital revolution.

We’re somewhere in the turning point now.

That means we’ve yet to experience the best part of this revolution—the golden age of the digital technology. A time of reduced inequality. A time of wealth expansion for everyone—especially the little guy. Maybe just around the corner.

Does that sound crazy?

Imagine telling someone in the middle of the 1930s depression that in 20 years blue collar workers would have lifetime jobs and fully equipped suburban houses.

Impossible!

And yet it happened.

How?

The exponential technology of the mass production revolution—fueled by oil.

We think we’ve come far with digital tech but we’ve just scratched the surface.

But there’s a problem to overcome

Perez walks through some of the harbingers of the golden age of the digital revolution. One of the most essential: we’d need to move further toward global economies and away from the limitations of individual nation states.

But for this we’d need something new.

“We need some global entities to control some things which are global, for instance the movement of finance, which is no longer possible to control on the national level because finance just responds to any regulation against it by moving out. So you can’t have an economy that works on a global scale without having some sort of global regulation." - Carlota Perez

👉Watch the clip here. (16:00—17:18)

Before we can usher in the golden age we’d need an entity for global rules, one that transcends nation states. A settlement layer for global finance and economic activity.

But the nation state can’t scale to this Perez says.

For this we’d need some kind of supranational economic coordinator.

One world government?

Supranational economic coordination

There’s a hidden gem in the Vitalik conversation we released today. It came after I asked him “Is crypto on a collision course with nation states?”

👉Listen to clip here. (1:33:02 to 1:36:00)

Vitalik believes centralized systems are finding it hard to escape the reality of being inside the nation state they happen to be based in. They can’t serve the world neutrally if they’re merely pawns of their national government.

This is the balkanization of the centralized internet.

We’re seeing companies bounded by their nation state hosts. A stalling of progress.

But crypto provides hope:

Crypto is standing strong as one of the few remaining things that’s genuinely international and that’s a position we should be very happy we’ve been able to maintain and stay inside. - Vitalik Buterin

DAOs, DeFi protocols, algorithmic stablecoins. These aren’t companies boxed inside a nation state. These are global, permissionless, digitally native protocols.

Ethereum itself is a supranational protocol—an economic coordinator. It transcends nation states. It’s a settlement layer for global finance and economic activity. It’s a base layer for the economic rules of everyone—even nation states.

And it’s native to the digital revolution era.

Crypto and the golden age

We may have chaotic times to deal with first, but ultimately I believe Perez is right. The golden age of digital technology is still in our future.

Humanity will have a supranational economic coordinator.

But it won’t take the form of a “one world government” that’s prone to corruption and tyranny. It’ll take the form of a credibly neutral digital protocol like Ethereum.

Ethereum…the supranational economic coordinator.

What else can be trusted?

- RSA


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