Which comes first : Centralisation or Decentralisation?

This post is a reaction to Charles’ video, “Why We Fight,” which was prompted by the SEC’s decision to categorize Cardano as a security while imposing restrictions on exchanges that facilitate the transition between the crypto and fiat worlds (see “The SEC Comes For Crypto!”).

In summary, Charles’s message can be understood as follows, and I agree with it: Essentially, we are good, but there are also those who turn to evil. Consequently, the majority must fight against the few to prevent them from transforming our world into a place of evil, affecting everyone, including themselves. This viewpoint takes a Manichean perspective, pitting decentralization and centrifugal forces (those of the periphery) against central and centripetal forces.

This perspective assumes an ideal and necessary utopia where decentralization and true democracy reign. However, shouldn’t our focus be on finding a balance between these opposing forces? We are bound by and mirror our natural environment, as reflected in the embodied cognition paradigm. Our resources are not evenly distributed; therefore, we cannot be evenly distributed or decentralized. Throughout our evolution as a species, we have migrated from the ocean to the land, and the uneven distribution of resources on Earth’s crust has led to the development of powers that control access to scarce yet valuable resources like arable land, workforce, salt, copper, silver, gold mines, and trade routes.

While I wholeheartedly agree that money and identities should be managed in a more democratic manner, I don’t believe it’s possible to do so without some form of central force. Even within our decentralized systems, we rely on common infrastructures and mines that cannot be operated without centralization. Any organization built on top of Nature is adding some centralization. Think of the example of the way we want to manage ID in a decentralized manner. How could it be less decentralized than the system we had before the First World War, where most people just didn’t have IDs? They used unique reference letters on need.

If we want to keep the benefits of an efficient way of handling IDs and money at scale, we need to develop a narrative that allows space for everyone, even those few who may wish to take full control. Rather than framing our discourse as a fight that can be lost, we could present it as a process where a naturally gifted being (the good majority) explains to himself (the evil few) why, how, and where he could find a new and better equilibrium. The framing of the discourse is crucial, as highlighted by George Lakoff’s theory on “conceptual metaphors.”

Note: I did use a LLM to help me polish the post, but the ideas are mine.

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The Internet is not a centralised concept at all.

And the first decades it was very decentralised. The centralisation of power at a few giant corporations was not a feature of the technology, but of economy and only started in the early 2000s.

And very much the same economic drivers for centralisation will play out in crypto.

We can already see them: Only very few marketplaces and DEXes are relevant, centralising power at them, not only on Cardano, but everywhere. NFT trading on Ethereum basically is OpenSea, on Cardano it basically is jpg.store. Services like ADAHandle are even worse. 300 decentralised competing handle services won’t work at all. We have to give it to one, centralised entity profiting of it.


However, it is important to note that the original goal of the Arpanet was not to decentralize power. On the contrary, its purpose was to create a command and control system of such scale that even a powerful local attack, including a nuclear one, would not be able to bring it down. The Arpanet aimed to achieve this by connecting multiple computers spread over vast geographical areas and making them function as a unified machine. This concept aligns with the principle of atomicity, where a system is treated as a single, indivisible unit.

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