Participating in a society’s economy is essential to everyone’s livelihood. But what happens when the ire of Cancel Culture, or an increasingly oppressive government, sets its crosshairs on a large section of society? A Parallel Economy is born.
By Citizen Xero
A Parallel Economy is an economic system which functions outside the purview of the sanctioned, legal economy. Other names for this are: The black market, the shadow market, or the underground. Parallel economies not only emerge from the desire to profit from illicit activities, they also spring from necessity when a portion of society is shunned from participating in the mainstream economic system.
Considering the current socio-political climate, one in which “vaccine passports” are being implemented in countries around the world, people are “de-banked” for expressing heterodox ideas, and careers are terminated for refusing to acquiesce to medical fascism, the need- and demand- for a true parallel economy is becoming ever clearer.
Let’s take a closer look at what we should do to build- and engage in- a new parallel economy.
Be Your Own Bank
The monetary system is quickly becoming weaponized by big banks and governmental alphabet agencies. Primary methods of creating a second class citizen tier is to deny certain people access to the financial system, including closing their bank accounts without discussion or recourse, and barring access to participating in the mainstream economy.
During any other time in history, financial blacklisting and de-personing from the sanctioned economy would have been the kiss of death. But, now we have Bitcoin.
We don’t need their corrupt financial system anymore.
Bitcoin is a direct, peer-to-peer digital currency; it’s decentralized, immutable, and uncancellable. Neither banks nor third-parties can prevent people from transacting with one another anywhere in the world. Bitcoin is financial freedom. To understand the magnitude of Bitcoin’s affects on individual, fiscal sovereignty, read Why Bitcoin Will Succeed. To purchase Bitcoin while retaining your privacy, read How to Buy Bitcoin Anonymously.
Detaching from the current economic system is a necessary step toward a new parallel economy.
Other notable cryptocurrencies to use:
PirateChain: The most anonymous cryptocurrency to date.
Monero: One of the first privacy coins in the cryptospace. Private, but not anonymous.
Join New Tech
During the early aughts, the internet was just beginning to pick up steam. Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter joined the Wild West of online life; it was glorious bacchanalia. Millions of people worldwide joined the global conversation, there were no gatekeepers, and the online space was open and free.
Sadly, it took less than a decade for these platforms to curdle like bad milk; Ultimately becoming controlling, censorious, and rabidly ideological extensions of the government.
But, while the dinosaurs of Old Tech overplay their hand, New Tech is creating another digital Wild West, bringing the internet back to its original form: Decentralized, online spaces where creativity flourishes.
It’s time to leave old tech behind, and join the New Tech revolution.
Odysee.com : A YouTube competitor, Odysee is a video platform which runs on its own decentralized blockchain (LBRY). Users earn LBRY cryptocurrency for watching videos, and these credits can be saved, used as tips to their favorite creators, or even exchange them for other cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin. Content creators on Odysee can accept tips in the form of LBRY credits or cash; Their videos will never be removed, censored, or shadow banned. With over 30 million users on its platform, Odysee is a serious contender in the New Tech space.
Gab.com: Originally a Twitter alternative, Gab is now becoming a force to be reckoned with. Starting from the ground up, Gab runs on its own private servers, shielding itself from being “cancelled”. The platform is also branching out from a Twitter-like social media site; Now, Gab has its own advertising (“Gabvertising”), has GabTV (it’s YouTube competitor), and is currently creating their own in-house payment processor, bypassing censorious PayPal, Stripe, and banking institutions.
Other notable New Tech platforms to check out:
Rumble.com: YouTube competitor
BitChute.com: YouTube competitor
Minds.com: Facebook competitor
Protect Your Digital Privacy
When society began embracing the internet in the early aughts, no one could foresee just how much of our personal privacy we were giving away. Names, birthdays, credit card info, browser history, social security and phone numbers, email contents, text conversations, DMs, photos of friends, family and children… all of this has been continuously collected, stored, and sold to large corporations, and filed away by Big Government.
Threats posed by relinquishing control of our personal data aren’t some tin-foil-hat-wearing conspiracy theories. Edward Snowden tried ringing the alarm bell by whistleblowing against his employer, the National Security Agency (NSA), when he uncovered the government’s mass surveillance program targeting all American citizens. From social media posts to text messages, phone conversations to online purchases- all this data is being collected and stored by one of the most powerful governments in the world… without probable cause, or the Constitutional authority to do so. When governments collect information on its citizens secretly, en masse, it’s always for the consolidation of power, and never for the protection of the People.
For a vibrant, functioning parallel economy, we must leave behind these systems of surveillance and control.
Get off Gmail and any other email service that reads your emails, and migrate to services that prioritize privacy. Here are some of the most popular options:
Protonmail: A Swiss-based email service, Protonmail boasts end-to-end encryption, meaning the sender and receiver’s email contents are encrypted, and even the servers hosting the emails cannot read them. However, Protonmail is far from perfect: In order for emails to be encrypted, both parties must use Protonmail; and when the data is flying through the ether en route to its receiver, an interested third party could- potentially- grab that packet of information before landing on the other side, encrypted. Also, it’s important to note that email subject lines are always visible with Protonmail, they’re never encrypted.
Tutanota: A German-based end-to-end encrypted email service which provides slightly more privacy than ProtonMail. Unlike ProtonMail, Tutanota maintains user’s anonymity by not requiring a phone number to register, as well as encrypting email subject lines, has Two-Factor Authorization, and offers an encrypted calendar all on open-source, transparent software.