Commerce: The Permanent Rebellion


Commerce, by its very nature, is born free. And more than this, it forever fights to remain free. At almost every time and place, commerce evades regulations and controls; it serves its own will, not the wills of rulers. Markets spontaneously emerge at every opportunity, even when they are outlawed and punished. Commerce seems to have an existence of its own, like an independent organism. Even under the worst oppressions, commerce  has continued. This was true in the USSR, it was true in Nazi Germany and it remains true now, even as the Western world runs headlong into a surveillance state abyss.



In addition to explaining the nature of commerce (especially as distinct from industry), this issues continues into deep history, rogue commerce and some early coverage (2012) of the Silk Road marketplace, including an explanation of why it inevitably involved drug sales.