Amir Taaki, the crypto-currency-revolutionary, has recently emerged from a period of silence from where, it has been revealed, he has spent the last few months in Northern Iraq. The time in Northern Iraq seems to have changed him, but it hasn’t changed his conviction to use technology to render coercive enterprises a moot point in human history. Here is an excerpt from an interview he did with news.bitcoin.com. After the excerpt, there is also a segment from The New Radical, a documentary by Adam Bhala Lough set for wider release in December. The documentary focuses on Cody Wilson, but this segment is about Amir Taaki. Both me are leading the way in exploring the tech solution to rendering coercive enterprises obsolete.
Amir Taaki: Dark Wallet will happen. It’s not about creating a single product, but about a community guided by a mission. That creates sustainability long term to continue advancing an idea.
Currently I’m reviewing a lot of literature to formulate a new body of ideas. This set of teachings will question fundamental ideas and provide a new road map for this hacker movement.
Many of our ideas about technology don’t sufficiently explain our situation now or are misguided. We used to believe that universal internet access would liberate society. People would have easy access to a global store of knowledge.
Instead technology is serving the opposite role of suppressing humanity rather than pushing it upwards. We seriously need to re-evaluate our work.
news.Bitcoin.com: You sort of fell off the map for a while after a rush of very mainstream media coverage. I found out you ventured to Rojava. What compelled you there?
Amir Taaki: I remember reading this huge news article saying I’d quit Bitcoin because I realized I couldn’t win against the inevitable push for government ownership over Bitcoin. Imagine reading that garbage in a war. Garbage a journalist just made up.
Here’s the truth, I discovered about the movement of Rojava and started to study it’s ideas on economics and society. I dismissed it before as a communist movement but when I read closer and studied the history, I realized it was an anarchist movement. Their aim is to challenge modernity and create a locally autonomous economy.
Then when Rojava came under heavy attack by ISIS in Kobane, I felt duty bound as someone who has committed themselves to struggling for anarchist ideology. That if I would not lend my help in whatever capacity is needed during this most crucial moment of their survival then it would make me a hypocrite forever regretful of my cowardice.
Of course I was sure I was going to die. I saw and experienced a nation undergoing a huge social transformation in the middle of a war where your friends die. It’s brought me a deeper understanding of life, and enriched me to have more power in my work.