The world is changing; freedom is replacing servitude. Society is collapsing; but civilization is rising. The world is evolving beyond the realm of meat, muskets, and mayhem. New stories are emerging and replacing the old ones: stories of technological advancement and paradigmatic breakdown. This is ushering in new ways of living and being. However, it is also inspiring people to shift their view of human interaction and connectivity. Humanity is overhauling each aspect of its existence.
Anarchy and technology represent the center of this shift. Both components are combining to weave themselves through the artery of the land, unleashing a host of new ideas for maintaining life. The anarchist community is roaring, and the technological breakthroughs are abundant. Servitude is dying and techno-anarchism is bursting into the light of mainstream consciousness.
Anarchy and Technology
For anyone who is unwise to it, anarchism is the idea that people want to be free from rulers. People don’t believe they should be the playthings of politicians anymore. They don’t want the institutions of society acting as the controllers of life. People now acknowledge themselves as beautiful, free, adaptive beings—not as spokes on a vast wheel of servitude.
To clear the air, anarchy is not about shooting up Muslims in a mosque. It’s not rampant chaos, and it’s certainly not punk rockers clad in ridiculous leotards. Anarchism is beautiful loving order; it’s the natural state of things prior to the meddling of humans, whose actions clog the arteries of society and unleash the drama of violent government on the stage of reality.
Technology is the vehicle toward achieving this anarchy by bypassing the meddlers. People seek technological solutions to problems revolving around control. Generally speaking, control is inefficient and violent. Free folks want efficiency, peace, and freedom. In this sense, technology naturally drives itself toward these goals, even if the goals are subconscious or unspoken.
Technology is no longer just a description for fancy tools handcrafted by engineers. Technology is synonymous with cultural freedom. It is by definition a philosophy of liberation given life by toolcraft and motivated by a deep and abiding drive for freedom in the human psyche.
McKenna and the Eschaton
Let’s assume all I said above is a lie. Let’s assume people are actually dumb, stupid animals vying to be led to the slaughter by tyrants.
Change is happening regardless; beautiful, poetic, powerful change is happening…and no one can stop it, not the meek nor power hungry, not the liars or the cheaters…not the dumb or the drunk. Change is happening regardless of the urge to stop it. The game is up and it’s a matter of time before freedom spills over the causeway and knocks down the pillars of power. Change toward freedom is on the doorstep and all the sycophants and puppeteers can do nothing to prevent it’s emergence. All they can do is observe.
The great psychedelic explorer, Terrence McKenna, spoke of such a zany idea slightly outside the context of freedom.
He talked about this notion called the eschaton, or the divine end of the world. He said this eschaton is a strange attractor at the end of time. This attractor is a force that is pulling humanity toward it, and all of history is the pathway the attractor chose for the human species.
History is thus a a development toward decentralized technologies; peer-to-peer tools, artificial intelligence, and censorship resistant monies. McKenna didn’t precisely state the role of technology in the Eschaton, but the freeing of the human spirit along with human connectivity is a giant leap toward freedom, and it’s happening even to humans who don’t understand the scope of the situation.
The Construction of God, but not the End of Times
Other thinkers also postulated similar ideas as McKenna. The great futurist Ray Kruzweil surmised that humanity was moving toward something greater than itself, even to the extent of building God. In his book, The Age of Spiritual Machines, he hinted at the idea that an intelligence explosion is about to occur, and it would cause intelligence to dot the universe in its entirety. This would be akin to the construction of God, or another name for what McKenna called the Eschaton.
Personally, I don’t know if what’s happening represents “the divine end” or “the construction of god,” but it certainly suggests a vast paradigmatic change and the dissolution of servitude. It suggests the incumbency of freedom over the land; it implies that humankind will finally give itself absolute sovereignty of its life.
In this sense, humanity is entering into a stage of maturity, and the technological advancements that are cropping up indicate that this maturation process is underway. Indeed, Kurzweil said technology is nothing more than “evolution by other means.” And what can this evolution represent if it’s not absolute freedom of our species? The technology is here, and it is beginning to eat away at all the powers structures which everyone previously thought were indestructible edifices of human action.
Servitude is dying. Freedom is burgeoning. The age of techno-anarchy has arrived.