The migration of the Catallaxy readership to new sites has highlighted the crisis created by big tech de-platfoming, the polarisation of society and the question of “Who can I trust with my online identity”. There is an urgency to build what have come to be known as parallel institutions. As the long march through the institutions has ended, triumphant, and the new occupants of those institutions begin to show their teeth, we must act to preserve our beliefs if not our sanity.
For those of us who depended on Catallaxy as one of those parallel institutions, thankful for the libertarian ethos: tolerance of dissent, this has been a worrying time. The little group of sites spawned by the imminent ending have raised more questions than answers. Concerns about security, functionality and whether we could recapture the lightning in a bottle. ..
Three things occur to me:
1. The need to create many robust alternatives to the berks, thugs, stooges and prigs that make up so much of the new blue checkmark mainstream drones.
2. That those of us who can’t watch much of that mainstream media without becoming dejected, infuriated or even fearful, should turn that shit off and seek out our fellow dissidents.
3. We are at a point of inflection. The future is being created here and now. Colossal forces have been unleashed. I doubt we are returning to a familiar world anytime soon.