How And Why To Get To Silk Road

June 21st, 2011   Submitted by Seth King

I’m sure by now many of you have heard about Silk Road. It is the anonymous marketplace. It is the Amazon.com for all things illegal. And as anarchist activists we owe it to ourselves to at least understand its potential and browse its goods and services. I am going to give you the directions to Silk Road. I am also going to tell you where it leads.

Silk Road is not easy to get to, for various reasons. If you want to get there you are going to have to anonymize yourself online first. This is something you should have done a while ago as a self-respecting anarchist. If you haven’t yet taken the necessary steps to do so then we need to play some quick catch-up. There are two main ways to anonymize yourself online, Tor and VPN’s. Both have their pros and cons. To connect to Silk Road, however, only Tor will do.

Although Tor is amazing technology and continues to improve over time, it is not fail safe. To be sure, nothing is. This is why I encourage you to take every necessary precaution you can to protect yourself while online. I have said it before and I will continue to say it; if you are running a Windows operating system you need to switch to Linux. The future is open-source software and the sooner you make it your way of life the better off we will all be.

Even though I highly recommend running Linux full-time when online, it is not necessary in order to visit Silk Road. But you will need Tor. The full installation of Tor, however, can be confusing, especially for non-techies. Fortunately, running Tor has now been made extremely easy with the advent of Tor Browser. Simply follow the directions pertaining to your operating system and you will be running Tor in moments.

Once you have Tor running successfully you will need to direct your browser to the Silk Road URL. There you should be able to create an anonymous profile. But when you do so, please choose a username and password that you have never used before. It is better to be safe than sorry when visiting the internet’s red light district. [Editor’s Note: As of December 2011 it seems that Silk Road has changed its address. Please visit the supposedly new Silk Road URL. Update: Silk Road has decided to remove the sale of weapons from the site and moved it to a new location called The Armory. Second Update: The Armory has been closed for lack of a healthy market. Third update: For those unaware the Silk Road has been shut down and the F.B.I. has captured the alleged proprietor. Silk Road 2.0 has been created by a completely new proprietor. It is very new and has not been visited by myself. Fourth update: I just visited the Tor Hidden Wiki which uses a different link to Silk Road 2.0. I have no idea which is the correct one and which is a phishing scam. Beware.]

After you finish creating your profile you should be able to browse through a wide selection of illegal goods and services. For many people, myself included, this may be as close as they will come to trading in the first online free-market. If, however, you are eager to buy and sell on Silk Road, you will have to come into possession of Bitcoins. Although I have been, and continue to be, critical of the Bitcoin currency, I must admit that it has been an amazing facilitator of trade in the online black market, and for that I am happy to be wrong. Again, if you are going to start trading in Bitcoins you are far safer doing so on a Linux operating system. [Editor’s Note: I no longer dislike Bitcoin and am actually a huge proponent of the alternative currency. Read I Was Wrong About Bitcoin to understand why I changed my mind.]

So, now that you know how to get to Silk Road I encourage you to do so, but with the utmost safety in mind. Silk Road, and its future competitors, will come under severe attack in the coming years. At the moment, the goods and services to be found on Silk Road are limited. But this is only because it is in its infancy. While psychedelic drugs and fully automatic rifles may seem wonderfully shocking at the moment, we must not limit our imaginations.

I fully suspect that other, more revolutionary, services will come about in time. Surely, professional assassins will offer their services as well. I believe this could open the door to contracts being put out on the lives of corrupt politicians, judges and police officers. After all, the idea of assassination markets has been floating around in anarchist circles for some time. Regardless of whether or not you condone violent insurrection against the state or state officials, these markets seem to me to be very likely to happen in the near future.

What other goods and services do you think are likely to pop up in an anonymous marketplace? I would love to read your ideas below.

510 Responses to “How And Why To Get To Silk Road”

  1. xelaNo Gravatar says:

    I have spent hours trying to get Tor to work. I get “Your firefox profile cannot be loaded. It may be missing or inaccessible”. I ran firefox -P and created another profile. That didn’t do anything to help. Any ideas anyone??

    • xelaNo Gravatar says:

      btw.. I do get the Vidalia control panel.

    • trip2themoonNo Gravatar says:

      Yeah, do as Seth says. Google search the TOR browser then select the version for windows. I don’t think there is any way to access Silk Road on any of the main browsers: Chrome, IE or Firefox. I have a look round Silk Road found what I want and set up a bit coin wallet. What I want is £200 in our money so I’m still wary about purchasing. My biggest worry is me package being intercepted. I’d like to know how they’d pack some powder so I sniffer dog would miss it.

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  3. Eileen EulichNo Gravatar says:

    American Bitcoin totally ripped me off.. for $500!!! DON”T USE AMERISCAM BITCOIN!!!

    • insurgentNo Gravatar says:

      You’re a noob. Why would you send some random TWAT your money?

      Never mind , dont answer that.

  4. AMERICAN BITCOIN IS A FUCKING RIPOFF I JUST GOT ROBBED FOR $500!!!!!! Fuck You AMERISCAM®™© BITCOIN.

    Props and the name AMERISCAM Eileen Euilich!

  5. billNo Gravatar says:

    gotta agree with insurgent…y on Gods green earth would u send sum random person $500 over the internet? Good Lord….

    that being said…im still curious if what marino was talking about is real, and if so, whats the url?

    ne1?

    merci… :)

  6. samNo Gravatar says:

    Can they spy on you through your phone?

  7. pooballsNo Gravatar says:

    please, can someone post an active silk road url? i have got TOR and it works, but none of the URLs i have found for silk road, and there are many, none work/.

    • XxxKNo Gravatar says:

      Silkroadvb5piz3r.onion and its active I’ve had over 50 transactions and for the fastest most reliable bitcoins service go through bitinstant I’ve sent probably 40k no problems.

  8. leeNo Gravatar says:

    Bitmit auction site has substances for bitcoins, just seen some DMAA for sale

  9. jimboNo Gravatar says:

    americanbitcoins@tormail.org tried to get here to buy coins need help??? Old guy here (58) love to get to silkroad!! Partied before you guys were born LOL but cant use a computer for hell.Live in Jacksonville fl willing to pay for help too? NO I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT!!!!!!! Whatever happened to Mesc.???

  10. allenNo Gravatar says:

    Jimbo I’m near ocala..would be happy to help..give me a way to contact you

  11. leeNo Gravatar says:

    I sell DMAA for Bitcoins no Silk Road needed, free samples available to UK customers!

    http://www.bitcoinclassifieds.net/ad/3621_Sent_Worldwide1_Gram_of _DMAA_Powder_For_025BTCFree_Samples_For_UK_Customers/

  12. Seth KingNo Gravatar says:

    Considering that this post is no longer generating worthwhile discussions in the comments section, I am now disabling comments for this article. Thank you to all who have posted something of value.