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.
Saturday, April 6th, 2013   Submitted by
This was one of my favorite speeches at Liberty Forum. Unfortunately, it happened towards the end of Sunday, which meant there were far fewer in the audience than deserved.
I really think Thaddeus Russel brings a lot of original ideas to the liberty movement. This can be a hard thing to do since we’re often left regurgitating the same ideas over and over. After listening to him speak I think it’s clear we need a paradigm shift in our behavior if we’re going to change the world. We need more than a philosophy of freedom. We need to live a culture of freedom. Enjoy!
Tuesday, March 12th, 2013   Submitted by
Finally a well written and detailed expose on the vulnerabilities of laptop webcams! I’ve had a strong hunch for a long time that spying on laptop users is not only an easy feat, but commonplace. Of course, my biggest enemy is the state, mainly because with the amount of resources they wield, even daunting tasks can usually be overcome. But by the looks of it, spying on laptop users isn’t daunting at all.
Monday, February 25th, 2013   Submitted by
I’ve just returned from the 2013 Liberty Forum in Nashua, NH hosted by the Free State Project. Let me tell you, it was amazing! To be honest I went in with low expectations, but came out a bigger fan of Liberty Forum than Porcfest. I’d like to share with you some of the highlights of my trip.
Friday, December 28th, 2012   Submitted by
LRC seems to be having a donation drive right now. I hadn’t planned on given them any money until I found out that they are now accepting Bitcoin donations! This is huge news, because for too long a large number of libertarians have balked at Bitcoins. It’s only a matter of time before LRC starts pumping out pro-Bitcoin articles and gets the rest of the libertarian crowd on board. This is a major victory! Please show your support by donating some Bitcoin today, even if it’s a small amount.
Saturday, November 10th, 2012   Submitted by
Russia Today may not be a 100% media fount for anarcho-capitalism, but they sure do have a lot of voluntaryists on their shows. Case in point, the Free State Project‘s very own Ian Freeman exposes the state’s hypocrisy and sneaks in a quick shout out for the going’s on in New Hampshire. Enjoy!
Thursday, November 8th, 2012   Submitted by
I have a gambling success story I would like to share with all of you. It highlights another strength of Bitcoin that may be overlooked by many skeptics.
A little over one year ago a Bitcoin gambling website came out called BetsofBitcoin that allows users to engage in a prediction market much like the famous Intrade. In November of last year somebody created a prediction over whether or not Barack Obama would be re-elected President. Well, this just happened to be something I had been confident about since 2008. Barack Obama would be a two-term President.
Friday, November 2nd, 2012   Submitted by
You’ll note I used the plural form of “anarchist” in the title. That’s because both I and Daily Anarchist author Davi Barker were guests on the radio show Declare Your Independence today. It’s a three hour show. Davi Barker was in the first hour and I came on in the third hour. The episode can be listened to here.
I want to thank Ernie for having us both on. It was a lot of fun. Enjoy!
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012   Submitted by
The other week a lady from the Department of Labor decided to audit the restaurant I worked for. I say “worked” for because I recently quit that job for a completely unrelated issue. Anyways, my employers were freaking out just a little bit. And can you blame them? Even though they do everything by the book, there is always something the state can trump up to extort money from you.
In the course of her audit she felt it was necessary to interrogate all of the employees. She walked into the kitchen one day, flashed her badge, and said she’d like to ask all of us some questions. She turned to me first. I politely said “one moment please.” Then I walked off and left the room. So, she began her questioning of others before she got to me. I made a B-line for my smart phone because I had zero intention of answering any of her questions. I also wanted to record the encounter.
You’ll note in this video how uncomfortable she is in front of a camera. No penalties were levied against me as a result of my refusal to participate. My employers even stayed cool. Their attitude was to just go along to get along. I made it clear to them and all of my colleagues that her job is to build a case against us to extort money, plain and simple. I think a lot of my colleagues were surprised that one could refuse to talk to the “authorities” and get away with it. I definitely see this as a victory since my colleagues have been shown, from somebody they know, that the state really is a paper tiger. Enjoy the video!