How Cryptography Has Revolutionized Revolution

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Feature Article by Paul Rosenberg
I am no fan of violent revolution, yet I have to admit that John Kennedy had a point when he said, "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." The forces that drive revolutions push themselves to the surface one way or another. If they can find a peaceful path, they transform the world slowly and beneficially. If they are repressed, violence occurs sooner or later.

The old regime, however, never gives up power willingly. It makes no difference whether the regime is a monarchy, democracy, theocracy, republic or whatever. Once entrenched, power-holders fight to the last gasp. This is not a function of the system; it is a function of power itself, and the humans who become addicted to it. And so we've seen a long succession of violent revolutions.

The good news of our time – the transformative news of our time – is this: Cryptography displaces violence. However much cryptography we use, real change will req
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