Cryptoanarchism or cyberanarchism is a political ideology the aim of which is to achieve the protection of privacy, political freedom and economic freedom through the use of cryptography and crypto assets. Cryptoanarchism sees itself as a reaction to the overreach of governments and the state into the private and financial lives of citizens and asserts the need for so-called total freedom.

  • Total anonymity of individuals in the digital spaces
  • Total freedom of speech without censorship or moderation
  • Total freedom to trade without regulation or protections

The idea revolves around the politics that individuals are self-sovereign and that the internet or cyberspace as a whole is an independent territory outside the remit and regulation of governments. This is outlined in the seminal writing by cryptoanarchist leader John Barlow in his writing A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace.

The ideas behind bitcoin can be traced to another seminal work, The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto.

See also anarchocapitalism, libertarianism and post-state technocracy.


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