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The Case for Authoritarianism | Vitalik Buterin & Noah Smith

Downfall of Liberalism?
Jun 25, 202401:39:58

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What if the information anarchy of the internet spells the downfall of liberalism?

Economist Noah Smith and Ethereum Founder Vitalik Buterin join us for a fascinating discussion on why Authoritarianism might be the answer to the current information warfare. Yes, you heard that right.

We start the episode by defining liberalism, how it has brought excessive polarization and why totalitarianism might be the only solution left. We then steelman the case against this same argument and how blockchains and crypto could play a role in all this.


0:00 Intro

8:53 Defining Liberalism

21:50 Information Warfare

42:17 Summarizing the Argument

55:09 Could the Thesis be Wrong?

1:11:12 Information Leviathans

1:34:13 The Role of Blockchains

1:38:22 Closing & Disclaimers


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