(This article appeared in Unbelievably Bad Magazine)
An introduction to cypher-punks, crypto-anarchists and buying drugs on the darknet.
“Just as the technology of printing altered and reduced the power of medieval guilds and the social power structure, so too will cryptologic methods fundamentally alter the nature of corporations and of government interference in economic transactions.” – Timothy May, The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto, 1992.
“We the cypherpunks are dedicated to building anonymous systems. We are defending our privacy with cryptography, with anonymous mail forwarding systems, with digital signatures, and with electronic money.” Eric Hughes, A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto, 1993.
Are you buying your drugs off dark net markets (DNMs) yet? If you aren’t, there are some good reasons why you should be. Government exists to ensure liberty, and drug prohibition represents a gross violation of government’s sole purpose and intent. Don’t be fooled by the ‘medical marijuana’ thing, it will be decades before the War on Drugs is over – just look at the current media hype in relation to ‘horror drug’ ice. With prohibition, governments have set themselves up as our baby sitters, to ‘protect’ us from ourselves and in doing so have incarcerated millions worldwide for non-violent crimes. It is a philosophy that sees the state as the dispenser of rights and social discrimination. It is a catastrophic failure on all levels.
Prohibition still exists today in its debased form because once power is given to government, it is astonishingly hard to take back. You can wait for the slow grinding wheels of bureaucracy to hand feed you your freedoms (medical marijuana), or you can do what Ross Ulbricht did with Silk Road (one of the first DNMs) and reject their insane laws. He set up Silk Road as a free-market which if used properly was completely encrypted and anonymous.
“Now, my goals have shifted. I want to use economic theory as a means to abolish the use of coercion and aggression amongst mankind. Just as slavery has been abolished most everywhere, I believe violence, coercion and all forms of force by one person over another can come to an end. The most widespread and systemic use of force is amongst institutions and governments, so this is my current point of effort. The best way to change a government is to change the minds of the governed, however. To that end, I am creating an economic simulation to give people a first-hand experience of what it would be like to live in a world without the systemic use of force.” R.Ulbricht, 2008.
So what does this all mean for punters who just want to get high? Let’s just say I wanted to get some MDMA for the weekend – I usually get 350mg of high-purity MDMA for a good night (plus weed and nitrous of course) Here is how a convo with a fuckwit selling ‘pingers’ usually goes:
Me: So how many milligrams of MDMA are in it?
Dealer: Maaaaaate, they are really strong.
Me: How do you know they are strong if you don’t even know how many milligrams are in it?
Dealer: Don’t worry, these are strong.
Me: What percentage is the purity?
Dealer: Do you want it or not?
‘Pingers’ are made in pill presses by organised crime scum. Sure, they might have some shitty MDMA of 40-60% purity in them and if you are really fucking lucky you might get 60-70mg of it. Or maybe it will be PMA. Or bk-MDMA. Or MDA. Or nothing.
Then there are the financial considerations – I am sure you wouldn’t want to support a terrible company like Monsanto by buying their products, yet when you buy street drugs you are supporting the worst criminal organisations in existence. They make Monsanto look conscientious.
Now if I were to score MDMA off a DNM, here is how it would go. The highest purity of MDMA is 84% so I would find a domestic vendor with this type of quality (they have pics of their product next to reagent test kits). Then I would read the feedback that customers had left and based on this make an informed decision whether or not to buy off him. Then I transfer bitcoins into his wallet, send him my address via an encrypted message and a day or two later I will receive an express post envelope with my MDMA in it. All this is done without fear of violence from the dealer or the police (if op-sec is followed).
The thing that really gets up the nose of governments about DNMs is the fact that we are communicating privately (PGP encryption cannot be cracked by NSA), are using anonymous crypto-currencies for transactions that are not taxed, and that unregulated/free markets work and thrive on the darknet. Collectively, this represents a huge threat to their power base. And that is why Ross Ulbricht received life without parole for what amounted to a crime without violence – the stories about him hiring hitmen is complete fucking bullshit that prosecutors used to prejudice the jury.
The Ulbricht case set a precedent for all the wrong reasons and is extremely concerning for anyone interested in freeing themselves from governmental control on the internet. The FBI hacked Silk Road servers without a warrant – the ‘evidence’ they obtained from this formed the basis of their case. If this was a residence they had searched without a warrant, the evidence would be inadmissible. If you care about due process, protections against illegal searches, the limits of government surveillance, and internet freedoms – this case sets a very worrying precedent. This is the birth of law as applied to our digital future.
The government’s heavy handedness with Ulbricht shouldn’t come as a surprise because the darknet is where power slipped out of their incompetent hands. And yet for every darknet libertarian they jail, others pop up like gold-tops on cow shit. Like the cypherpunks (people who build anonymous systems) from London called uNsystem. They have created Dark Wallet – an anonymous Bitcoin storage and transfer platform which has guided Bitcoin back to its anti-establishment, decentralized roots. What this means in laymen’s terms is that if you transfer Bitcoins (which can be traced through the blockchain) into Darkwallet, the coins are instantly laundered. Because why the fuck should governments be able to monitor our private financial transactions? Predictably, a journalist who is a big fan of state control asked one of the creators, “Aren’t you concerned that pedophiles and terrorists will use Darkwallet?” His reply was classic, “Liberty is a dangerous thing.” And it truly is.
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