(The following is from our updated “Vision” page.)
CCL works like a voluntary association. What’s a voluntary association? Clubs, churches, academic societies, etc.
Consider the American Economic Association, an academic society for professors of economics. The Association has its own board, different types of membership, different rules, policies, and procedures for governing everything related to the association. Certain people can join (e.g., professors), and they can leave at any time for any reason (can’t afford it, don’t like it, etc.). Members agree to pay an annual fee to receive the association’s benefits (e.g., a hard-copy journal, free access to annual conference, voting privileges, etc.).
The CCL Network works the same way, only instead of being applicable to academic publications and a few conferences once a year, it applies to an entire person and their property, 24/7. It also allows disciplinary action (i.e., law-breaking or “aggression”) to involve physical force (e.g., detainment for trial involving theft). Furthermore, with CCL the association itself is decentralized. There is no governing board or democratic law-making bodies. Individuals specifically pay for Adjudicators and Enforcers to receive whatever level of benefits they want or can afford. The CCL text is the “law” – just like any other terms and conditions of a contract.
Changpeng Zhao is one of today’s most courageous and accomplished entrepreneurs. He is the CEO of Binance, the fastest growing, highest volume, and arguably the most successful cryptocurrency exchange today. When China cracked down on blockchain technology, he packed his bags and moved to Japan. And when Japan cracked down on blockchain technology, he packed up again and moved to the island of Malta, where he has been since early this year. The message to governments is clear: if you want to be left in the stone age of technology, fine, but you can’t stop the world from changing!
In his most recent interview, the popular interest in stateless societies emerging from cryptocurrency once again arises to the surface. His response is filled with important counsel about all of the “stateless society startups” and “DBVN”s (Decentralized Borderless Voluntary Nations). But, if only he was aware of how far along CCL is in this endeavor!
Dreams of a blockchain-powered state
While the idea of blockchain-powered state sounds enticing, CZ says the logistics of such an endeavor is far more complicated than it sounds:
CZ: I think it is definitely possible, but it’s not easy. Establishing a country is not an easy feat. Establishing a company is among the last. Making a new country, and having all the foreign affairs is a lot of work. Establishing legal systems, establishing community service, public service systems, education, hospital, roads – that’s just a lot of stuff. I think most people, when they think about the concept, they think about a very symbolistic, idealistic view of it. When that rumor was circulating that Binance or I have already bought an island, even Justin Sun from Tron asked me, “Hey, is that real?” A lot of other very famous people asked me. That also shows that people are seriously interested and thinking about it. But currently I have no plan to do so, it’s too much work.
Cointelegraph, one of the most popular media outlets in the blockchain/cryptospace, recently featured an essay called “Bitnation, Liberland, Puertopia and Other Micronations Are Gaining Independence via Crypto, but Crypto Alone May Not Be Enough.” As this title indicates: cryptocurrency has geopolitical implications, and yes, cryptocurrency is not enough! (Creative Common Law, anyone?) At the very least, this brief article highlights that stateless societies are becoming a reality, and are anything but a “libertopia” a half century away.