There is a trend to be seen amongst the anti-bitcoin crowd that I feel needs to be pointed out, even at the risk of sounding insensitive. I’m throwing this out there because I believe that once a person better recognizes the cause of the problem, they can better address it. I would like to preemptively make the disclaimer that there are always exceptions to the rules, however, I feel the generalization is true enough that it should guide our actions.
As time goes on I become increasingly frustrated by email. There are simply too many downsides to traditional e-mail for me to continue its use long-term. There currently exists a superior alternative. All that’s left is for individuals to start boycotting e-mail and make the switch. Unfortunately, as we’re all heavily vested in e-mail, it’s going to take some pioneers.
It’s been one year since Daily Anarchist’s last fundraiser and I’d like to give you all a head’s up as to what we’ve accomplished in these past 12 months. For starters, since July 2012 Daily Anarchist has received well over 600,000 unique visitors. Granted, those aren’t DailyKos numbers, but for an overtly anarcho-capitalist website, they’re tremendous. A very large portion of that traffic was directed towards our most viral post to date How and Why to Get to Silk Road.
I’m very proud of that piece because it has exposed hundreds of thousands of individuals to Tor and Bitcoin; two vital ingredients for modern anarchism.
At last! The freestateproject.org has updated its website to reflect the 21st century. I think a lot of the reason the signup rate has been so slow for so long is because the old website looked abandoned, as if the project had also been abandoned. But no more! Now new visitors will see a vibrant movement that is alive and well. One the of the best features about the new website is the focus on the blog, and the ability of early movers to be able to contribute content. Shared blog articles can bring in thousands of visitors, easily. With the old website, there was never any new content to share, so naturally people didn’t share the same, tired, old website to their friends over and over. This way, a lot of new eyeballs are going to discover the Free State Project which means an increased rate of new participants. It sure has been fun seeing all the new movers arrive lately. I can’t wait until the day new movers are arriving at the rate of 10 or so per day. Wow! Anywho, check out the new site!
It’s been a while since I’ve watched a Freedomain Radio video, but the title of this one intrigued me. It’s called Finding Your Tribe. If you’re somebody who lives in an area that is completely devoid of a libertarian presence, except for yourself, please consider how important it is not only for you, but for the tribe waiting for you, to come join them in New Hampshire where our numbers abound. Enjoy the video!
Today I became a member of Shield Mutual. Shield Mutual is the first implementation of a modern voluntaryist defense agency. It is a gray market company that is not incorporated with the state. The defense agency is owned and operated by well-known libertarian activist George Donnelly, whose mission is to be your greatest advocate should you be abducted by state, or non-state, affiliated criminals.
There are a lot of anarchists, particularly of the capitalist variety, that know or understand very little about the free software movement, why it’s happening, and why it’s so important. For those of you who fit that description I present you with this entertaining documentary. It’s a bit dated – 2002 – but completely valid as it’s a history lesson as well as a civics lesson. Once you finish this film you, too, will be excited to start delving into free software, especially when you consider how much further the movement has come in the last decade since this film was made. Enjoy!
I imagine long ago there was a time when neither verbal nor written language existed for humans. Hand gestures and other physical cues were as good as our ancestors had it. Perhaps the sign for thirsty meant pinching one’s own tongue. Or the sign for hungry meant stuffing one’s hand in one’s own mouth. Misunderstanding was rampant. Quality communication was scarce. And productivity was low.
If you’re a frequenter of the Bitcoin forums and chatrooms as I am you’ve likely heard of Bitmessage. It’s a new p2p distributed mail server that is completely free and open source software. I had first heard about it a few months ago but paid little attention. In the free software movement there are tons of ideas that come and go and are soon forgotten. Only after something stays around a while or a friend gets into it am I likely to give a project a closer examination. That happened last night when fellow bitcoiner and free stater Joshua Harvey announced that he had installed the software and was impressed.
After reading the Bitmessage wiki I, too, began to get excited. The software is very similar to a type of email protocol that I had found totally revolutionary in the past called i2p-Bote. The problem with i2p-Bote, however, is that it only existed on the i2p network, a very cumbersome onion network that isn’t yet accessible to non-techies. What Bitmessage has done is allow easy access to ground-breaking email software to the technophobe.
What is so revolutionary, though, about Bitmessage? It provides easy message encryption by default. It anonymizes both the sender and recipient of messages. It fights spam like no other, and because of its distributed nature it cannot be shut down. In other words the spam ridden, DDoS vulnerable, corporate data mined, NSA spyware called e-mail is eventually going to get replaced by Bitmessage. So, the next time I get a “Constitutionalist” in my face complaining about how the government is reading all of our emails, I’m going to direct them to Bitmessage and tell them to put up or shut up.
But enough from me. Here’s a nice video that will better explain what Bitmessage is. Enjoy!
After hearing about the news of three missing Cleveland women being found alive it inevitably got me thinking about the state’s role in this.
Naturally, as a market anarchist my initial thoughts were along the line that private detectives would have done a better job, and that police waste countless resources going after victimless criminals instead of real criminals. But that’s not really outside of the box thinking, at least not for somebody well steeped in libertarian philosophy. No, it wasn’t until I started thinking about children’s rights that I discovered a nuance in the statist reaction towards missing children.
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