Identity, Optionality, and Leo Strauss

I always shelve books together when they’re about the exact same topic.

In Neal Stephenson’s Fall: Or Dodge In Hell, Stephenson imagines a near future where people have cryptographically-secured identities and can spin up alternative ones, which they can verifiably link to their real-world identity, but which can’t be linked back. Since it’s a Neal Stephenson novel, he imagines several thousand other things, some of which will be implemented soon. But the PURDAH (“Personal Unseverable…



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