I originally wrote this blog post in 2008 for the Free Digital Universe, but I think it is just as useful today (13 years later), so people understand what is happening. I’ll let you be the judge of its educational value.
Generally speaking, humanity claims to be “in” the Information Age, and for the most part it is true, but not completely. It may be that we are still in the “transition” or pressurization period that comes just before a new age is born. The period we are experiencing today is a transition between the Industrial and Information Ages, we call this period “Globalizaton.”
We will be fully immersed in the Information Age once there are global commerce spaces where everyone is treated equally, compensated equally (without harming the planet,) and can better his or her lives – starting with nothing but access.
What we lack is an appropriate global law forum with a commercial model that can benefit everyone, including the poor to trade their way out of poverty, and which addresses our long-term environmental responsibilities. We need an Information Age economic (commercial) model that is globalized to the benefit of the individual (versus corporations) if we wish to complete the transition and thereby truly enter the Information Age.
Ages are defined by their commercial models, each Age is distinguished by 3 core-comprising elements of the commercial model, these are:
1) Governing Element (Who “enforces” the Rules and how? – Can we do it differently?)
2) Currency Type (Who’s money do we use? What is it? Can we use our own?)
3) Law Forum (Who “makes” the rules and laws to be enforced? Can we make our own?)
Together, these three elements create a unified or holistic system called an “economic,” “commercial,” or “social” model. The previous Agricultural and Industrial Ages models reflected the socio-economic structures of their places in man’s evolution, appropriate to their time periods. As compared below, the new age of information will be truly something different. One purpose of the SPADES Community & Token is to help direct that change towards something more sustainable, equitable, and prosperous for the individual people of our planet.
Government “Governing Body Politic”
Monarchs ruled in one form or another until The Church (post 50 AD).
Nation States provide infrastructure, and law forums for its citizens.
Individuals will gain more control through market mechanisms and decentralized cryptos.
Currency “Consideration Sets the Law Forum”
Gold / Silver coins – Substance – Essentially a common global exchange system to hold and transfer “value.” Backing for Industrial currency to come.
“Debt” money, fiat. Competing currencies globally Provided via Nation States via loans from private corporations (such as the Federal Reserve) and which is inflatable at will.
Choice of public fiat or decentralized cryptocurrencies. Communities over the Internet where private currencies are earned and exchangeable for basically anything.
Law Forum “Who’s Law are you under?”
“Kings Law” and then Churches Law enforced on the people through Agents. This is called Roman Civil law and is an extension of Roman Ecclesiastical Trust Law.
Nation State laws use an Admiralty Law forum to regulate inter-state and inter-personal commerce via the UCC, Treaties, and contracts.
Private associations, or communities in cyberspace based on the terms and conditions of the site. Users join affinity communities as Individuals and participate in the decision-making.
Commercial System: “Who is prejudiced – is it equal” “Cooperative or competitive” “What constitutes VALUE”
Exchange: Gold or silver as value earned through use of skills.
Coin has intrinsic value.
Needy are supported by the Church or their Monarchs (when they actually were).
Value comes from farming earth’s resources in a generally sustainable fashion.
Exchange Paper as a representation of some alleged backing like gold.
NO Intrinsic Value.
Needy are supported by the Welfare State.
Value comes from people’s labor to extract natural resources of oil, iron, ores, food, water, land, and individual labor.
Exchange of Cryptos or Credits earned online, or off.
Value is fungible, can be traded on exchanges.
Needy can better support themselves, but are helped by community Members and the remaining welfare state.
Value comes mainly from the elements of being human: knowledge, art, time, and trade jobs in physical space.
Before industrial nations, it was difficult to count the number of ways people exchanged (barter, various coins), or the number of jurisdictions, that existed in the world because they overlapped. Each power base (jurisdiction) had its own coins, laws, and exercise of power. They will do so again in the Information Age as new cyber jurisdictions (community websites) are created to meet the needs of our global population.
More and more coins, cryptocurrencies, become available every day. Some relate to specific communities (like SPADES), having certain specific uses, and applying their own rules of use (jurisdictions) through programming. Only those communities that support their users will survive, unlike the agricultural and industrial ages where overt use of force coerced people, in the information age anyone can simply leave an online community if they don’t like the rules coded by the creators.
As we grow, SPADES Community creators and stewards will put new functions and rules of the site out for a vote to the Members, the community members themselves should have a voice in how this jurisdiction evolves. From all of us at SPADES Community, we invite you to join us in this grand experiment, and we hope that along the way you will prosper economically, and socially, from your participation.