Solving Wikileaks’ Problems


December 13, 2010

I can’t find a better example than Wikileaks as to what Libertarian Socialists have in mind when they describe states of non-bureaucratic and non-hierarchical organizations that hold no private property. The fact that the identity of the original founders of Wikileaks are still unclear and inconclusive not only support this notion but demonstrate the original libertarians’ theories’ real world applicability.

The supposed acquired role of Assange is remarkably made up and was assumed so uninhibitedly by him. We have witnessed and will continue to observe how an institution which claims to belong to no one and yet serves everyone intelligently self organizes within a realm of ‘anarch-digitalism’ to survive and maintain its long term goal.

It is also ironic in nature that this is the organization which aims to disrupt authoritarian institutions and transfer control out of the controlling class as it pertains to informational guardianship and secrecy. Wikileaks and its supporters see fit to call those who are in possession of guarded information as illegitimate authority in every aspect.

It, until recently, was merely a back log within the depths of the intranetworks that is the internet, their progressive actions have in recent however propelled them onto the forefront of the world media. They have now found themselves within a circle of isolation and shunning with the likes of Amazon, PayPal, MasterCard and Visa having discontinued to provide anymore services.

Without getting into the legality or the ethics of it all, the proposed solution may be of help in the future for organizations who find themselves in similar situations: The whole affair drives home how dependent we are on a few corporations to make e-commerce function, and how little those corporations guarantee us anything in the way of rights.

Even worst, it is ironic to the fact that the founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel’s, aim and vision was to free people ‘from all government control’. There may seem not much one could do currently but in the long term, quantum money could be of help in solving the problem by providing a secure currency that can be used without resort to a broker.

Physicist Steve Wiesner first proposed the concept of quantum money in 1969. He realized that since quantum states can’t be copied, their existence opens the door to unforgeable money. Here’s how MIT computer scientist Scott Aaronson explained the principles:

Heisenberg’s famous Uncertainty Principle says you can either measure the position of a particle or its momentum, but not both to unlimited accuracy. One consequence of the Uncertainty Principle is the so-called No-Cloning Theorem: there can be no “subatomic Xerox machine” that takes an unknown particle, and spits out two particles with exactly the same …