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Costa Rica And Defense

July 21st, 2014   Submitted by Anthony Caprio

CostaRicaIf you have never visited the tropical, Central American paradise that is Costa Rica than I highly recommend that you make it your next vacation stop. I have been twice, once with my wife, and again with my wife and infant child. I felt completely safe the entire time I was in the country, and was treated with kindness by the locals. The landscape is beautiful, the people are peaceful, and there has been no standing army since 1948.

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Defense and the State

July 13th, 2014   Submitted by Anthony Caprio

TalkBreakOne of the most common objections to a stateless society is “Who will provide the defense?” Doesn’t any nation with a weak military or no military suffer the same fate as Poland in WWII, subjection to a larger force bent on looting wealth, and enslaving the native population? It turns out the answer is “no.” There are a number of examples of states (just to be clear I am talking about sovereign nations) with no military. These are places that exist today in the 21st century, and many have been around for quite a while. They happily go about their lives with no standing army.

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When Should You Shoot Chris Cantwell?

July 11th, 2014   Submitted by Davi Barker

Cantwell2Is that title too provocative? Well, my intention is to provoke, not because it’s my style but because it’s his. In some circles he is known as “He Who Shall Not Be Named,” in part because when people discuss him by name he apparently demands equal time, or so I’ve heard. I invite such demands. Chris is free to comment, and also to submit a rebuttal, or a clarification if I’ve got the facts wrong. As the editor of Daily Anarchist I can say with relative certainty that we will publish it (No special treatment. It would have to meet our submission guidelines). But before there can be a rebuttal there must be a proposition, and I would put forward that according to Chris Cantwell’s ethic (not mine), Chris Cantwell has already committed a capital offense, and it may well be time for him to put a gun in his mouth to prevent his own future aggression.

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Dire State of Affairs

July 9th, 2014   Submitted by Scott Thomas Outlar

BeginningIsNearAs a species we have arrived at the crux point. There are two parallel paths before us that will soon veer off in totally different directions. One leads toward Heaven on Earth, the other toward Armageddon. We stand at the cusp of either apotheosis or extinction, and we each have a choice to make. I do not speak specifically on behalf of any particular race, creed or ethnicity, nor any political, social or religious sect. I’m speaking on behalf of all humanity and feel no presumptuousness in doing so.

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The Greatest PorcFest Ever Stolen

July 7th, 2014   Submitted by Davi Barker

BitTheft

I just got back from a highly successful east coast tour which included both speaking at Bitcoin In The Beltway, and vending at the eleventh annual Porcupine Freedom Festival, both of which were highly lucrative. I’ve said many times that Bitcoin is a tool for personal freedom, and I’ve also said that freedom requires personal responsibility. So, when Bitcoin goes missing while I’m at the helm I have no one to blame but myself.

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Fair and Final Warning

June 11th, 2014   Submitted by Scott Thomas Outlar

WarningIn my day to day contact with people I tend to trust those that are decent, honest, upright and pure, while I do my best to shun the creeps, murderers and thieves. Psychopaths, sociopaths, pathological liars, and narcissists aren’t on the list of people I’d like to sit down and have a drink with. So why would I let such Evil people assume positions of power that influence the society I live in? It would be absolutely ridiculous, completely contemptible, absurd and asinine!

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Agreeing Has Consequences

June 9th, 2014   Submitted by Jim Carigan

Handshake The best agreements leave two happy participants. Good agreements leave one or more participants feeling that they have made an honest effort at fulfilling wants or needs. But far too many agreements leave one or more participant holding the bag, unhappy about the exchange, and not knowing how to remedy it.

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Godwin’s Law is Fascist

June 7th, 2014   Submitted by Davi Barker

GodwinYou can’t debate online for long before tripping over a specious little adage that anyone who makes a comparison to Germany under National Socialism has automatically forfeited the argument. This is often referred to as “Godwin’s Law” or “playing the Hitler card.” Some people even refer to it by the mock Latin, “reductio ad Hitlerum,” as if it qualified as some kind of formal logical fallacy. Quite the opposite is true. Godwin’s Law, when used as an argument, is dangerously fallacious, and using it to break down legitimate bulwarks against fascism can only escalate totalitarian trends in the modern era.

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Piercing the Status Quo

June 4th, 2014   Submitted by Scott Thomas Outlar

StatusQuoIn this world of spiritual blindness and decadent madness, the dharmic path of the individual can become muddled by the mediocrity of the mob. The mindless masses, however, are not representative of a true societal movement. It is the forward-thinking entrepreneurs and innovators that spur evolution. The voice of the majority, despite what the advocates of democracy may try to persuade us into believing, is never the be-all end-all of any meaningful discussion. In fact, the screeching sound they make is naught but noise pollution generated by an unthinking, scared herd. It is critically important to pierce through the static of the status quo and realize that the stagnation it represents is not worth saving.

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Brians Williams Interviews Ed Snowden

May 29th, 2014   Submitted by Seth King

Ed Snowden does an even greater job at damning computing devices in this interview than he ever has in preivous interviews. He specifically mentions how easy it is for state spy agencies to read everything we type, take pictures and video at will, and also audio record even when we’re not using our devices.

Now he doesn’t specifically delve into the free vs. non-free software issue, frankly because there are so few people that run 100% free software. He simply says they can do these things against all of us. The lesson to be learned from all of this is that if you are running any non-free software on your computing device, it is not really your computing device.

Because of these revelations, and others, I have long since given up my smartphone and run only 100% free software on my computer. Recently, also, the company I work for sent all of its remote employees new Chromebooks to do all of our work from. The day I received mine in the mail I completely disassembled it and removed the built in webcam and microphone. I do nothing other than work from the Chromebook. I know that everything I type and every movement of the mouse is non-private. But at least I have no fear of being audio/video recorded while in the comfort of my own home, be it from the government or Google or my own employer.

Enjoy this interview and please rethink what sort of Orwellian intrusions you’ve allowed into your life, likely for no reason other than the sake of convenience.