If that headline seems shocking, read it again. It does not say what you think it says. The legal concept of the precedent, whereby judicial decisions in one case are binding upon future cases, is utterly flawed, and should be abolished. In fact, the entire way Voluntaryists think about Stateless justice needs to change if we ever want our ideas about restitution to reach more than forum trolls. But if that headline still offends you, just pretend it says “Bitcoin, Pizza, and the Future of Justice.”
Children who are accidentally born in the artificially segregated region known as “The United States of America” are forced to attend an institution against their will for 12 years of the most impressionable part of their young lives. This alone is a glaring violation of the Non-Aggression Principle. It matters not whether one thinks it is in the best interests of a child to attend school. The basic principle is that we must allow children to make their own decisions as to what they want to pursue and learn. To interrupt this most natural progression of ideas is to invite intellectual disharmony and a lack of self-confidence in one’s own deep inclinations. The sooner we treat children as rational human beings with valid desires, the sooner we can have a just and peaceful world. Not even President Barack Obama is willing to send his two girls to public school. Isn’t that an indication of the quality of education that is acquired at such institutions?
I recently asked Daily Anarchist author Roman Skaskiw several questions concerning Ukraine. I had hoped he would write an article on the subject, but instead he proposed me simply publishing the question/answer format. Enjoy!
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Campbell Robb, the Chief Executive of the homelessness charity Shelter, recently commented on the housing crisis in the UK, saying: “Astronomical house prices mean that millions of people are finding themselves trapped in our broken rental market with little chance of ever finding a stable place to call home.” As the government continues to slash benefits to those most in need and rent continues to rise more than earnings, 2014 will bring a wave of evictions across the UK and the whole of Europe, leading to thousands of vulnerable adults and children being forced into overcrowded hostels, temporary accommodation, friend’s sofas, and on to the streets. 18,000 people are evicted from social housing alone each year – the equivalent of the entire population of Stamford. In the UK, bailiffs are the guys who turn up to enforce those evictions. They are comparable to ’repo men’ in the US.
Most of you, if you know or have heard of me at all, are aware of my nonfiction writings online and elsewhere – most notably, perhaps, at Strike the Root, Daily Anarchist, the Center for a Stateless Society, The Voluntaryist, and even – once – Lew Rockwell.com. I’ve also been known to be a poet from time to time – in fact, that was where I got my first serious start as a writer – but I’d like to set that aside for a moment and talk about my first literary love, and that’s speculative fiction. Call it genre fiction, if you want: Fantasy, science fiction, and yes, horror. The Holy Trinity…at least, as far as I’m concerned.
“Those who assume (often unconsciously) that it is impossible to achieve their life’s desires-and, thus, that it is futile to fight for themselves–usually end up fighting for an ideal or cause instead. They may appear to engage in self-directed activity, but in reality they have accepted alienation from their desires as a way of life. All subjugations of personal desires to the dictates of a cause or ideology are reactionary no matter how ‘revolutionary’ the actions arising from such subjugations may appear. ”
-The Revolutionary Pleasure of Thinking for Yourself by Anonymous
It seems like every time I fly I have an interesting interaction with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). I make it a point to always opt out, and if possible always strike up a conversation with the man molesting me. But yesterday was by far the most frightening, as well as cautionary for Bitcoin users. I’m going to begin simply by relaying the facts as observed, including some that will seem insignificant at first. Then I will provide some analysis, as well as speculation what’s going on here. What’s absolutely clear is that the TSA is looking for Bitcoin, and Bitcoin users need to be conscious when they travel, especially internationally.
Josh LeCash from Don’t Tread on Media reached out to me for an interview after taking an interest in a number of articles here on Daily Anarchist, especially You Are A Slave by Daniel Hawkins. He wanted to know, “Is Anarchy The Answer?” I would say, yes. JoshLeCash focuses primarily on conspiracies, but saw a confluence with anarchists because, as he puts it, “Most conspiracies are rooted in the concept of those in power withholding or manipulating information being consumed by those without power.” Can’t argue there.
Genghis Khan: I am Genghis Khan. Not the actual one, but the author’s imperfect allegorical reflection. I like to rape, pillage, loot, and in general, be the flail of God.
Libertarian Villager: You shouldn’t do that stuff.
GK: Why shouldn’t I?
LV: It violates self-ownership. Every person owns themselves.
GK: No they don’t. I own them. Don’t you see me deciding who gets raped or killed? Those who live do so by my mercy.
LV: Okay, I stated that incorrectly. Everyone is the rightful owner of their body. You should respect that.
GK: Hahahahaha. I am Genghis Khan. I make my own “should” with warriors and horses.
LV: Rights are not created by force of arms.
GK: <brandishing sword> Yes. They. Are.
LV: No. Self-ownership is a universal. It’s a natural right given by nature or nature’s God. It does not and can not come from violence. Read the rest of this entry »