Last month, I told my friend I was in Berlin at Room77, and he promptly asked for the bar's address, wanting to buy me a beer from Brazil. Success! http://i.imgur.com/BEbw1NG.jpg?1
I had a great chat with Mike Gogulski and the owner Joerg. Matonis was there earlier. I liked the atmosphere of the bar! http://i.imgur.com/7jgrWt1.jpg?2
When I asked to pay the rest of the bill in bitcoins, the bartender, seconds later, like it was the most common thing in the world, showed me a QR code with the address and the value: http://i.imgur.com/ur25e7k.jpg?1
It was great to pay for nachos and beer with bitcoins, and have a friend instantly buys me a beer from so far away!
So I'm dropping this here because I suppose it's futuristic and the only other sub I could think of for it was /technology
, but they don't allow text posts.
I've been reading about renouncing one's citizenship
, and stateless people like Garry Davis
and Mike Gogulski
They renounced their US citizenship as a means of political protest. Others have done it to avoid conscription, nationalize in other countries, etc.
With the internet, we're becoming more and more of a global society. A group of activists in Idaho can hear all about something like the protests in Turkey and post pictures of themselves holding a big sign showing solidarity and the Turks can see that and start shouting at Erdogan that the US supports them, all in a matter of minutes. With the internet and better transportation technology we're transcending the landmasses and oceans that once kept our individual worlds relatively small. Hackers and activists are merging together to fight corruption digitally and things like Bitcoin are emerging which eliminate the need for national banking systems.
I think that in the future, society will become global instead of national (think Futurama, sorta.) The petty differences between countries will begin to clear up as people gain better access to information technologies and become more accepting of all our individual differences. If we discover extraterrestrial life (or it discovers us/ approaches us) this will happen even faster as it seems likely that whatever "galactic council" exists won't accept delegates from all 196 countries here, but would rather have "the representative of the planet locally known as Earth".
So what I'm ultimately trying to get at is this:
There's been more or less failed attempts in the past to establish things like a world passport. I would like to band together with other redditors, futurists, hackers, activists, programmers, engineers, creators, etc. and establish an organization that would basically function as a global, catch-all, free-thinking, peaceful country without a specific landmass. The nation of the internet per se.
It's all just ideas right now, but it'd have an official currency and language. Maybe Bitcoin and Esperanto in order to be totally neutral. No official religion because that shouldn't have jack shit to do with "government." We'd issue passports so people could freely travel around the world, and I suppose we'd have to have some sort of legal protection of our "citizens." Citizens would be free to maintain citizenship in other countries, not just ours. Maybe set up a secure online poll so citizens could vote directly on our issues. We'd probably want some sort of run-off election setup like CGPgrey explains in this video
. Of course, direct democracy can have its flaws, so we'd want some sort of constitution to outline certain things. Maybe instead of saying what we want for our people in the constitution, we could outline what we don't want, that way we have a more solid basis of historical examples. We could establish aid to peoples in need, sorta like the UN does and we'd definitely support the sciences. We'd probably try to get recognized by the UN as an official country, but I think this is bigger than the UN. They should be absorbed into our nation of the world, we shouldn't be absorbed into them. As far as our views on human rights, they should basically be as liberal and open as possible. LGBTQIA rights, humanism, anti-rape, easy access to contraception and abortion, general pacifism, etc. We would definitely have a strong focus on education, but we would not now or ever have a need for a defense department for two reasons; war sucks, and as a nation comprised of free-thinking, accepting people from various traditional nations throughout the world, there's no specific target that potential enemies could attack. We might need cyber-defense, but that's actual defense, not America's idea of defense which seems to be "attack."
That's all I've got for now on it. Lemme know what you think and if you want to help. Start telling people about it and researching ideas. I might create a subreddit for it soon so we can easily discuss things. TL;DR huckingfipster
wants to create a global, internet-based "nation" with an extensive focus on humanism and freedom and all that good stuff in order to fight the inherent problems of our current nation states.