The “dark net” is a kind of alternative internet where people can conduct business anonymously and without government oversight. The technology behind the dark net is amazing. Yes, it’s used to sell illegal drugs and pornography. But it could sell almost anything. Maybe cars. Maybe stocks. Guns. Gold coins. Perhaps even legal services from people who aren’t licensed to practice law. Anything the government wants to control, restrict, prohibit or tax might be found on the dark net. More, the dark net may be able to sell all those products and services anonymously and tax-free.
One of the great ironies behind the internet is that it was devised by the US government when computers were the size of your living room, no one dreamed that it would be accessible to the public, and it was designed without central controllers in order to survive even a nuclear war. Result? The current internet can be exploited by government but is, so far, beyond government’s ability to control.
Here’s a second irony. The dark net is based on a US Navy secret communications program named “Tor” that was eventually abandoned by the Navy and made available to the public as an open access program. That Navy intelligence program laid the foundation for the dark net. Again, the US government created a technology that was presumably intended to empower the police state, but ultimately tended to enhance freedom and defy government regulation.
How cool is that?
There’s a dark net revolution brewing that threatens most government regulations, taxes and government power. You may be able to do whatever you want on the dark net and do it anonymously. Privacy is being restored.
But the dark net is dangerous because it relies on the crypto-currency “Bitcoin”. Insofar as people on the dark net use Bitcoins, they don’t use fiat dollars. Insofar as people use Bitcoins, they threaten the value and survival of the fiat dollar. If the dark net continues to grow, it will therefore contribute to the decline of the fiat dollar.
The Powers That Be won’t like that and can therefore be expected to react just as violently against Bitcoin and the dark net as they did against Saddam Hussein when Iraq started selling crude oil for euros rather than dollars. Sooner or later, the forces of big government and even the New World Order will engage the anarchistic dark net in mortal combat.
It’s going to be interesting to see if governments and central banks can defend themselves against the dark net’s manifestation of freedom. It’s going to be interesting–and important–to see if the dark net can survive, or whether the dark net (which is in a constant state of evolution) is technologically invincible. It’s going to be interesting to see if the dark net can play a significant role in reestablishing freedom.