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I remember about 20 years ago arguing that because means determine ends rather than being justified by them, then authoritarians must end up undermining their longer term goals if they organize using decentralized means. In hindsight, that was naive.

@strypey they start with the goal and do everything to get that. stephen covey wrote this as, "begin with the end in mind."

although you are partly right in that federated systems have a disadvantage (corpo speaking) that while its easier for them to grow at first (no network effect problems) its hard to centralize later (for the same reason.)
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