I have been a full time Agorist since October 2012. That means I set my own hours, I don’t answer to an employer, and I have no one to blame for my failure but myself. I have jokingly called it, “bootstrapping through life.” Agorism is a species of market activism where people trade voluntarily in an untaxed, unregulated barter economy to avoid faceless corporations and intrusive bureaucracies. Agorism holds all coercion and fraud as moral evils, and aims at manifesting a society where all coercive systems are replaced by consensual competitors. Being an Agorist combines the skill set of an entrepreneur with the sensibilities of a radically anti-establishment political activist.
One of the advantages of being a teetotaler is that when liberty-minded people get together and have brilliant ideas, I’m often the one who remembers them. The idea of a Keynote Robot is not my own. It was borne out of the frustrations among some of the attendees of PorcFest X that keynote speakers like Gary Johnson didn’t really reflect their ideas. Similar frustrations surrounded the selection of Naomi Wolfe as a keynote at this year’s Liberty Forum. The problem is it’s becoming increasingly difficult to secure more like-minded speakers like Larken Rose, or Ben Stone, because more principled speakers are refusing to fly. The liberty movement in general is losing a lot of great speakers to the TSA. Plus, a number of international speakers won’t set foot in the US. So, it’s time to take the idea of a Keynote Robot more seriously. And you know this is a viable idea because it recently made it possible for whistleblower-in-chief, Edward Snowden to speak at TED2014.
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.”
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.
I’ve been playing this game called Tiny Death Star. It’s an 8 bit game published by LucasArts. In it you manage the Death Star from Star Wars, but you can’t just fulfill all your Imperial ambitions for free. You’ve got to earn “Imperial Bux.” It’s a market simulation game. It’s basically a simplified version of Sim Tower, but unlike most other market simulation games, all the races of the Star Wars universe are represented, and even though the game makers did not intend it, that fact teaches a powerful lesson about free markets and discriminatory hiring practices.
On Friday the 13th a variety of well intentioned activists, immigrant rights groups, and government sociocrats participated in a 24-hour fast to try to pressure Congress into approving a “comprehensive immigration reform” bill. Even Rahm Emanuel contributed his hunger pangs to the cause saying, “On the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we join people from all over the country who are making an incredible sacrifice to remind our leaders what is at stake in the fight for immigration reform.” At first I found the whole thing sort of incomprehensible. How does some kind of distributed hunger strike put pressure on Congress? But as I read the “Faster’s Declaration” posted at Fast4Families.org I realized there’s an awkward marriage to be arranged between undocumented immigrants and the Sovereign Citizen Movement.
When I was in high school the faculty was trying to push through a mandatory school uniform at the same time they were inventing rules against wearing gang colors, which they defined as three or more students wearing the same color in the same place. Ignoring for the moment that imposing a school uniform mandated that large groups of students wear the same color, making the school itself the biggest gang on campus, resisting my school’s gang colors doctrine has made me keenly sensitive to something I’ve come to call “contingency crime,” which is when one permitted action becomes prohibited, contingent upon another permitted action.
In “Renegade Psychological Experiments” I announced my winning of the Agorist Pitch at PorcFest X and outlined my plan to proceed with the experiment. In “Authoritarian Sociopathy” I explored previous relevant research on obedience and authority. Now, I am in the design phase of my Agorist Pitch. This is the first draft of the design for a renegade psychological experiment on obedience to authority, specifically on police brutality.
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