Haidt: “We argue that the social conditions that promote complaints of oppression and victimization overlap with those that promote case-building attempts to attract third parties. When such social conditions are all present in high degrees, the result is a culture of victimhood in which individuals and groups display high sensitivity to slight, have a tendency to handle conflicts through complaints to third parties, and seek to cultivate an image of being victims who deserve assistance.”
Bitcoin: “What is needed is an electronic payment system based on cryptographic proof instead of trust, allowing any two willing parties to transact directly with each other without the need for a trusted third party.”
(XS emphasis in both.)
Insignificant coincidence? Or a key to the crucial conflict nodes of the 21st century?
This is the thesis I’m tempted by:
… Abject dependence on "third parties" is the general form of civilizational decay.
— Outsideness (@Outsideness) September 9, 2015