In the last couple of posts in this series we have spent a lot of time going over money and how a decentralized currency like Bitcoin can be quite beneficial. Money is, after all, the basis of almost all economic activity. In this post I want to discuss other areas of life that can be improved through decentralization. Not all of the things I will discuss here are completely decentralized, but any amount of decentralization can help people better avoid the state (any coercive government).
For online shopping we currently have eBay and Amazon. At the end of this year we will see the release of OpenBazaar (currently in beta). OpenBazaar is a completely decentralized online marketplace that can facilitate anonymous commerce. Sellers will be able to list anything they want to sell. Buyers will be able to use Bitcoin to purchase anything that is for sale, with any degree of anonymity that they care to use. There will be no censorship and there will be no way to shut it down without shutting down the individual computers of every single buyer and seller.