Thinking about how to express this quantitatively, but mass pseudonymity is a stable equilibrium in the internet age in a sense that mass publicity is not.
If you're familiar with the inverted pendulum from control theory, the equilibrium is unstable. The pendulum will swing all the way to one side or the other without constant, costly balancing.

This is a metaphor for the real name internet environment. Too hard to stay balanced.
Here's a visual of getting a pendulum up into the inverted position, and then keeping it stable despite the gravitational force that keeps swinging it to one side or another.

That stabilization is expensive. Eventually energy runs out.
In a real name environment, where everyone surveils everyone, we seem to swing to either wokeness or Xi Jinping Thought, to socialism or nationalism, or some unholy fusion of the two.

Thesis: there are strong incentives for tribal behavior in a zero-sum, real name environment.
One alternative to a real-name, zero-sum environment (like Twitter, unfortunately) is a pseudonym-friendly positive-sum environment. Something like Mirror, Bitclout, Ghost, Substack, Locals, and the new generation of decentralized media.
Pseudonymity is symmetric privacy, like the opposite of asymmetric information.

As AI improves, we can get realtime avatars that look like anyone and can speak in any tongue or accent. No one can then cancel *or* discriminate against someone else online.…
There are models for how asymmetric information & adverse selection can cause markets to collapse (eg Akerlof, Rothschild-Stiglitz)

What about the converse: symmetric privacy enabling markets that symmetric surveillance inhibits? The pseudonymous economy.…

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If this is true, then a small country like Tuvalu (which gets a big chunk of revenue from the .tv domain name) could declare #BTC (and ETH!) to be legal tender.

The benefits would easily be worth billions.

So: could we legally crowdfund a prize for the first country to do this?
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“Under the current deal…Verisign pays Tuvalu around $5 million per year for the right to administer .tv. For a nation whose annual domestic revenues tend to hover around $60 million, this is a substantial benefit.”…
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Two years later, headquartering in Silicon Valley and incorporating in Delaware is now the old school choice.

The new model is full remote with the protocol as the parent. That’s Ethereum, that’s Bitclout, that’s DAOs.
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What’s the right base of the space elevator? Where do you set up that legacy terrestrial entity? Switzerland and Wyoming stand out.
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Buy Miami, short SF.

Or, if you believe in the turnaround, go long SF.

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The concept of municipal equity, or a natively digital cognate thereof, is new.

What if city residents, working together, could build value & share upside?
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National stacks for domestic trade & communications.
Neutral protocols for international access to the same.
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A network that cannot be shut down by any state can be relied upon in time of conflict.…
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You can read it online for free if you sign up at the Internet Archive, though there may be some kind of rate limiting in terms of the number of simultaneous users.…
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