California is arguably one of the best places in the world. The state is brimming with great weather and great geography, not to mention that we have some of the smartest residents living here. We are technology leaders around the world and in doing so we are changing the way people live every day. But are we currently on the right track, or have we lost our way?
I would argue that we lost our way.
For the past decade, California has been going the wrong way—one that leads to greater social control over the general population. The companies that reside here are turning to the “thought police,” telling people we love that their own opinions are wrong. While most developers see themselves as doing good, collectively they are destroying California.
Furthermore, there appears to be a trend of California government mismanagement of taxes and the financial system as a whole. California’s GDP is among the highest in the country, yet our taxes remain constant On the rise and debt is constantly expanding. **
One of the things I’ve learned during my three-year Bitcoin journey, is that Bitcoin and Bitcoin love transparency. The open source code that anyone in the world can verify, the private nodes that anyone can set up and verify all aspects of the network if they choose too, are all part of the soul of Bitcoin.
Where should California go?
California should build an open source world, where people can check the code for bugs and exploits, and make sure the infrastructure is secure and nothing is done without a review process. This should be applied to all aspects of our local, state, and national government one day. Only through transparency can you restore people’s faith and trust.
As for the tech companies residing here – they should work to advance the personal liberties and rights of their fellow men. Once personal liberties are restricted, people will always either resist or leave the country peacefully.
California may currently be on its way to destruction, but that doesn’t have to be the fate of the Golden State. The average person who lives here wants to live in a better world than the world they grew up in. Californians are actively trying to make a difference for the greater good. We all have vastly different opinions on how to make this change. But one thing is certain, the current course will only lead to more social control and financial disappointment.
Duplicating the open source transparency of Bitcoin is the way forward for California and any country that wants to thrive.
This is a guest post by California Hodl. The opinions expressed are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of BTC, Inc. or Bitcoin Magazine.