Jeffrey Tucker was interviewed at the Corbett Report. The primary topic was the blockchain. I was sent the link to this interview by email; after listening for a few minutes I was torn between two completely irreconcilable positions:
1) I can’t listen to this nonsense anymore
2) I have to force myself to listen to this nonsense until the end
I ended up choosing the latter.
I will offer several of Tucker’s statements – as is my usual practice when commenting on interviews / podcasts, I will paraphrase as best as I can but do not promise perfect accuracy.
First, to understand Tucker’s reverence of the blockchain:
Blockchain is greatest technological advance ever, maybe since the printing press or papyrus.
The blockchain can eliminate the boom-bust cycle:
If we had blockchain in 2008, financial crisis would never have happened…
You see why I almost quit listening to this nonsense.
The blockchain will replace and improve upon the United Nations:
The blockchain is going to bring peace…
From my limited understanding, this next one may very well be true:
The blockchain allows us to better document our rights-claims.
The community can observe our rights-claims.
The community can observe my rights-claims today. Observing and respecting are two entirely different things. Is the blockchain going to ensure that the community respects my rights-claims as well? If not, how is the blockchain going to bring peace?
If you have been living in a house for twenty years and someone knocks on your door and says get out of here, this is my house – how are you going to fight against that claim?
I don’t know. Do you think if I show them my blockchain it will scare them off? Seriously, isn’t this problem pretty well solved already?
It is “embarrassing” to Tucker how the states are trying to regulate blockchain. But, he says, this isn’t going to last. I don’t know…I’m not so sure. Somewhere, somehow, we will need blockchain courts to settle blockchain disputes – you know, like when the guy knocks on the door of the house you have lived in for twenty years and says it is his.
Will state adjudication mysteriously disappear? Will congress fear the blockchain? Just how many divisions does the blockchain have? (More on this shortly)
A telling exchange:
Corbett offers what he says is one regularly mentioned criticism: when these systems become developed, they become tools of control, what say you?
Tucker admits this could be true enough, but…but…well, Tucker has no answer – his only answer is “the alternative is not to progress…” In the end, he says – we have to get rid of states.
Wait a minute! If blockchain doesn’t achieve getting rid of states, why all the messianic claims? If blockchain doesn’t achieve this, blockchain will achieve very little of what Tucker prophesizes – and certainly none of the truly important prophecies.
Two-thousand-seven-hundred years ago, Isaiah offered messianic prophecies as well – his prophecies came true seven-hundred years later. You tell me if you think Tucker is a plagiarist (in form only , certainly not in function):
Isaiah 9: 6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.
Isaiah 42:1 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen one in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will bring justice to the nations.
2 He will not shout or cry out,
or raise his voice in the streets.
3 A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
4 he will not falter or be discouraged
till he establishes justice on earth.
In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”