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Reduced Capital Outlays
The Systematic Stupidity of Hierarchies
Hierarchies vs. Networks
Networks vs. Hierarchies
Transition from Hierarchies to Networks
The Question of Repression
The Question of Collapse
The Regulatory State: Myth and Reality
The “Long Tail” in Regulation
Networked Resistance as an Example of Distributed Infrastructure
Informational Warfare (or Open-Mouth Sabotage)
A Narrowcast Model of Open Mouth Sabotage
Attempts to Suppress or Counter Open Mouth Sabotage
Who Regulates the Regulators?
Networked, Distributed Successors to the State: Saint-Simon, Proudhon and “the Administration of Things”
Heather Marsh’s “Proposal for Governance
Michel Bauwens’ Partner State
Bruce Sterling: Islands in the Net
Phyles: Neal Stephenson
Phyles: Las Indias and David de Ugarte
Bruce Sterling: The Caryatids
John Robb: Economies as a Social Software Service
Medieval Guilds as Predecessors of the Phyle
Transition Towns and Global Villages
Modern Networked Labor Unions and Guilds as Examples of Phyles
Virtual States as Phyles: Hamas, Etc.
Eugene Holland: Nomad Citizenship
The Incubator Function
Mix & Match
What Money’s For and What it Isn’t
The Adoption of Networked Money Systems
Examples of Networked Money Systems
Introduction: Whom Do Present-Day Schools Really Serve
Potential Building Blocks for an Open Alternative
Open Course Materials
Open Learning Platforms
Legibility: Vertical and Horizontal. Graeber, Scott, etc.
Networked Certification, Reputational and Verification Mechanisms
Ostrom, Commons Governance and Vernacular Law
Networked Labor Struggle
Protection Against Non-State Civil Rights Violations
When the State is the Civil Liberties Violator
Circumventing the Law
Circumvention: Privacy vs. Surveillance
Seeing Like a State, and the Art of Not Being Governed
Exposure and Embarrassment
Networked Activism and the Growth of Civil Society
The Industrial Model
Open Source Journalism
The State as Cause of the Problem: Blowback
Active Defense, Counter-Terrorism, and Other Security Measures
The Stateless Society as the Ultimate in Passive Defense