Facebook also demonstrated its “multiverse” version of online meetings this week. In all of this it is clear that global communications are going to be private and encrypted, outside of the ability of governments, or platforms, to “see” what is being said. Surveillance Capitalism is not a possibility in this world. And as audiences supported by these tools grow to millions of viewers it is clear that all points of view will be able to organize and gather an audience free of interference.
The good news is that this will prevent “banning” from being an effective tool against ideas. It will force us all to acknowledge that the only real way to combat a repressive, backward-looking ideology is with open debate and a more convincing free and open future proof alternative. Clearly, that is what Afghans need. Better ideas, and leadership of those ideas. Without that the only organized idea will inevitably win. A decades-long US military presence was never going to produce that. Only real people with a real stake in the future can do so.
This week’s newsletter has two sections that are peripherally related to the discussion of the future. The first - Capitalism, Communism, and Freedom - has articles covering attempts by economic and political forces to shape the future. Some in China (the attack on “billionaires” by the CCP), some in South Africa (the attempt to introduce a form of Universal Basic Income), some here in the US (Apple’s surveillance plans and the EFF’s opposition), and some global (the flood of private equity cash into private companies). Any idea that we could simply say that capitalism is good and communism is bad is very challenged by these stories. They force us into the details of what kind of world we want. In my opinion, that question is always front and center and defies simple answers. But for me, it has to include an open debate between competing views. More in this week’s video.