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I'm kinda tired of seeing so many leftists railing against crypto, or GMO products, or guns, or gene modification on humans, or any number of technologies. Even though the arguments against these things often also bring in the fact that it's culture that turns these tools into destructive forces, the arguments often end in a Luddite-level dismissal of the technology. (1/_)

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I think at the root of these arguments is a deep resentment of capitalism and the fact that it corrupts everything under its spell. Even art and language and relationships are polluted by their relation to capitalism/colonialism, but people aren't giving up all art or relationships for their politics, just the "bad" stuff. (2/_)

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Regarding crypto specifically, there are people in Iran whose use of crypto to escape the effects of US sanctions is worth considering when dismissing the tech as a whole. Same with sub-Saharan African folks, who are extremely innovative with mobile tech payments and general phone tech, and for whom crypto is just another tool in their arsenal. (3/_)

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And if one considers global warming, the extinction event, massive poisoning, and a poisoned social sphere as an outgrowth of capitalism and colonialism, and the fact that crypto is under the spell of capitalism as much as anything else, one could expect crypto's negative environmental and social effects to largely disappear after COVID destroys global capitalism (an outcome I'm hoping for; admittedly a pipe dream).

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I guess all of this is to say, I would really like to live in a future where indigenous/ancient wisdom healthily co-exists alongside innovation and experimentarion and curiosity. Where new technologies actually improve our social relationships and and our relationships to our bodies and the rest of the living world. As someone whose opinion on crypto, GMOs, etc has become more nuanced over time, I'm saying this as much to myself as anyone else. (5/5)

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