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Crypto Anarchy, Cyberstates, and Pirate Utopias


Though the topic of virtual communities has been thoroughly explored elsewhere, the possibility of spaces free from terrestrial jurisdiction- called "Temporary Autonomous Zones" by Hakim Bey - has not yet penetrated mainstream thought. Strong encryption and essential qualities of the Internet--like portability--ensure that such utopias will remain theoretically and practically tenable through the foreseeable future, and Ludlow's visionaries want to see them flower.

The penultimate section on experimental governing systems and the appended interview with Noam Chomsky demolishing widely held beliefs about anarchy crown the book with deep thinking about issues vital to the future of freedom - online and off. It's exciting to see this work get the widespread attention it deserves - with any luck, the iconic Net user will soon trade in the pocket protector for an eye patch.

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