Ross Ulbricht once posted the following on his LinkedIn profile (emphasis mine):
Now, my goals have shifted. I want to use economic theory as a means to abolish the use of coercion and aggression amongst mankind… The most widespread and systemic use of force is amongst institutions and governments, so this is my current point of effort. The best way to change a government is to change the minds of the governed, however. To that end, I am creating an economic simulation to give people a first-hand experience of what it would be like to live in a world without the systemic use of force.
The statement above, which I have emphasized in bold, could not be truer. There is no better way to change a society’s philosophy on government, than by changing the minds of the governed and as a result, alter behavior of individuals. But how many minds did Mr. Ulbricht’s economic simulation, Silk Road, actually change?
Claiming that Ulbricht’s Silk Road paved a path to libertarian enlightenment is tantamount to arguing that Mexican drug cartels have been waging the same intellectual battle for a much longer time. This is an irrational assumption.