Bear with me while I finish editing the content for this page. What you will find here are the essays describing the basis for “Out Of The Cave”:
…is that the defining struggle of our age is not a class struggle, or even a political one, but a contest between centralization and decentralization.
Centralization is typified by bureaucracy, monopolies and oligopolies, sucking up all the oxygen in all segments and consolidating all economic and even civil activity into a top-down control structure where individual autonomy is penalized, and where absolute dependence on this centralized system is cultivated.
Left unchallenged, the logical end-game is a globalized world with a very small cadre of ‘haves’ which own pretty much everything, and everybody else – the “have nots”, who live more or less as debt serfs and owe everything. There would be no more small-to-medium independent companies. There would be no more “mom-and-pops” or family owned businesses. In fact there would be no more middle class.
The forces that drive this structure, what I call the Centralization/Consolidation/Control Paradigm (CCCP) are highly resistant to anything that seeks to diffuse control and capital out to the edges.
Decentralization by contrast, does diffuse this control. It optimizes from iterations of “competitive/cooperative/consensus”. This dynamic is cybernetic in nature (self-correcting, mistakes-as-feedback) and reclaims economic and civil sovereignty back to individuals and the communities they form. The Internet as we know it was built largely out of a similar process and was the prime mover of the decentralized revolution.
The core premise behind Out Of The Cave is that the companies we build and customers we serve can themselves form parts of these decentralized communities, can successfully compete with the 800 Gorillas who threaten to consolidate everything. It is through building these kinds of companies and organizations that we can prosper beyond the coming crescendo of a Debt Supercycle which is what makes the CCCP possible. The debt-supercycle, and it’s accompanying structure is in the early innings of its terminal phase, which will mark the end of this age and the beginning of the Decentralized Era.
The Transition Company
Last year I started writing “The Transition Manifesto” which described the kind of company that would operate along the lines of long term viability. I was encouraged by early readers to expand it out to a book, but time constraints have made that difficult, I present it as a starting point here as “The Transition Overview”.
Bitcoin & Blockchain
Crypto-currencies are more than just a tactical instrument in the toolkit of communities/companies looking to thrive in this environment. Where the Internet was the prime mover, decentralized crypto-currencies and the blockchain revolution is the catalyst that is making an alternative endgame to the end of the Debt Supercycle even possible.
Thank-you for investigating Out Of The Cave.
Mark E. Jeftovic <email@example.com>