The scientific study of authoritarian sociopathy really began with the Milgram Experiment, which found that 65% of otherwise psychologically healthy people would administer a lethal 450-volt shock to a complete stranger based upon nothing but the verbal prodding of an authority figure in a lab coat. What’s seldom pointed out is that Stanley Milgram designed his experiment in response to the chilling testimony of one Adolf Eichmann, a Nazi officer convicted in 1961. Adolf Eichmann oversaw the logistics of kidnapping and forcefully relocating people deemed enemies of the State to prison camps, and death camps in Nazi Germany. When people joke that the trains ran on time, they can thank Adolf Eichmann.
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.
On September 10, Bitcoin Not Bombs launched a crowd-funding campaign through BitcoinStarter.com to raise 47btc to give hoodies to the homeless in time for Winter. There are only 10 days left in that Bitcoin Starter campaign, but there are a variety of other ways to contribute to the project. One of the often unspoken goals of Bitcoin Not Bombs is good PR for bitcoin, to make it more difficult for the enemies of monetary freedom to characterize the currency and the community as solely concerned with illicit activities, and to do a little guerrilla marketing for Bitcoin in a downtrodden demographic that could really benefit from this new technology, and would make natural Agorists.
From time to time some political organization decides to try to conquer the nearly insurmountable task of motivating a million activists to march on Washington DC under a single unified banner, but I have a better idea.
Many anarchists and libertarians eagerly study the psychology of tyrants in an effort to know their enemy in the battlefield of politics. Getting into the minds of our enemy is regarded as a strategy, a means to our political ends… which is an end to political means. However, I would suggest that the mind of our enemy is the battlefield itself, and politics is merely one of many strategies. We cannot fight the State with votes, or with cameras, or even with rifles, because factually the State only exists in the mind.