In a world of increasing danger to those who crave true freedom, the desire to somehow separate or shield your life from authoritarianism in its corpostate form, where “private” firms with quasi-monopoly powers control discourse, is great. A “gap for freedom” is anything that allows you to remove some part of your life and your means of survival from the detection, and thus the control, of corpostate authoritarianism.
If we speak of an enclave, a Freedomist Enclave, you may see a cluster of buildings. This is a form of an enclave or sanctuary, but it isn’t the only kind. An enclave is a place or group that is different in character than the surrounding groups or society. The surrounding society has largely fallen prey to the influence and control of a corpostate authoritarianism that doesn’t seem authoritarian because it doesn’t use laws and violence so much as soft controls and manipulation through non-state actors, e.g. the platforms or Wall Street.
A Freedomist Enclave is a small group of people or an individual person connected virtually to others whose character is distinct from the surrounding society and that is largely out of its direct influence or control. It isn’t a political state, but it is, rather, a shared state of mind that becomes the basis of intentional connections between people who seek freedom from the reach of corpostate authoritarianism.
Credit card processors banning people who are rightly or wrongly branded as guilty of thought-crime violations for not towing the desired lines or limiting their opposition to the controlled narrative is an example of corpostate authoritarianism. It is not the “law” that controls you but, rather, opaque “community standards” that are enforced in an arbitrary and biased manner.
Those who think this is purely ideological may be missing the boat. It is atavistic in a sense: reverting to forms of “the divine right of kings” with this corpostate ruling class being “kings” by dint of their alleged superior “wokeness”, which is really just self-serving virtue-signaling to gain power and wealth at your expense. These people think they have a right, even a duty, to shape society through the power they gained. All the heads of all the platforms, for instance, make messianic statements about themselves and their platforms trying to make the world a better place.
It is doubtful this authoritarian mentality is even CONSCIOUS on the part of these modern lordlings sitting in Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and the halls of power in DC. This virtual cabal of corpostate hacks who imagine that only they have all the answers and the right to rule is barely conscious of their own corporate existence and similarity to one another.
In short, the lordlings of Silicon Valley, Wall Street, and DC don’t generally sit down for coffee and plan our enslavement nor do they see one another as of the same class: the others are useful tools, not partners per se.
These modern petty tyrants and their corpostate are not all-powerful. People have been finding gaps for freedom and creating freedom enclaves here and there, sometimes underground, against the petty or severe tyrannies of their day for millenia. In fact, in the seesaw battle between freedom technology that empowers individuals and small groups versus tyranny technology that concentrates power and wealth in a few hands, freedom tech is growing stronger.
Freedom tech is high technology that can be accessed and used by individuals without the need for centralized systems. Bitcoin is freedom tech.
Tyranny tech is high technology that can only be deployed at scale, is expensive, and lends itself to central control. Most platforms are tyranny tech, they are expensive to duplicate, and lend themselves to central control.
To create a Freedomist Enclave, whether in your personal life, your virtual life in connection with people around the world, or your neighborhood, requires both a Freedomist mindset and freedom tech of some kind. The idea is to remove your own thinking from the influence of the corpostate as much as possible and to use or pursue technology that is decentralized, affordable, and accessible on an individual to small group scale.
We are not going to develop platforms on par with the corpostate platforms that will compete with them unless we have serious capital in the hundreds of millions of dollars. But small groups can create their own structures and use open source technology to allow different mini-platforms to create a global mesh of connected mini-platforms that can all communicate with one another.
This leads to the concept of a “trust community”, a small virtual and/or local group of people with deep organic cohesiveness stemming from strong shared beliefs, values, conviction, and goals. To counter the platforms, which emphasize wide and shallow connections centrally moderated, we need mini-platforms that engender narrower and deeper connections that are moderated mostly by their participants and that can connect with other trust communities on a broader basis.
This doesn’t just apply to apps or web communities, it also applies to physical groups and to communications systems. To create a private cellular network using a wifi mesh system in your locale isn’t expensive or out of reach. If or when such private nodes and mesh nets emerge, they can connect to the ones a few towns over until larger regional, decentralized, nodes and mesh nets emerge that are owned mostly by users.
Thinking in terms of finding gaps for freedom requires a combination of rugged individual self-reliance as much as possible and connecting to mostly self-sufficient trust communities both in the virtual space and in your own locale. It is a mindset you must have before you can even see opportunities for exploiting gaps for freedom.
Making war on platforms, Wall Street tycoons, and politicos is generally a bad idea. They exist because of structures that tend toward large-scale central control which reflect the industrial age mentality of the 20th century. All three technology lords, from Apple to Facebook, have essentially built industrial age platforms and technologies that are ill suited to the decentralized world to come.
It will not be a new Google that replaces Google, it will be a thousand to a million decentralized apps and web communities that do what Google did, only better, and that connect to each other and never again allow one small group to set “standards” for everyone else. The same goes for all these other corpostate tech firms and e-commerce platforms. Amazon, eBay, and PayPal are all going to face millions of decentralized but connected platforms that will outperform them.
To create a Freedomist Enclave in your life, change your thinking. Become conscious of all forms of influence over your thinking by the corpostate. Then begin connecting with your own trust community and begin exploring concrete ways you can remove parts of your life from the detection and influence or control of the corpostate.