Tuesday, December 4th, 2012   Submitted by
A handful of articles have entered my head this week, and as we speak they are mixing together like volatile chemicals about to explode. I’ve been on the Bitcoin bandwagon for less than a year, but I am constantly blown away by the innovations made possible by what is fundamentally a very simple idea. In the beginning I pretty much only used it to buy baklava. Now I’m buying gold and silver bullion with Bitcoin, and accepting it as payment for the various things that I sell. So, I have a pretty good sense of how the system works and I’m just starting to really get the economic ramifications of a digital peer-to-peer currency. I theoretically understand the impact it could have politically, at least domestically, but I’m just starting to get the first inkling of what the international political ramifications of Bitcoin might be.
This rabbit hole begins with US sanctions against Iran.
Thursday, May 17th, 2012   Submitted by
If you believe that agorism is required to replace the state with market anarchism, then it behooves you to immerse yourself in the world of Bitcoin. Bitcoin is spearheading the voluntary marketplace in ways never before seen. Consider the Global Bitcoin Stock Exchange.
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012   Submitted by
I’ve been thinking about this since Ofer Nave spoke in the Agorist Panel at the New Hampshire Liberty Forum this year. He drew a distinction between sustainable and unsustainable counter economic activity, but predicted a series of tipping points when more unsustainable activities become sustainable as the counter economy grows. He also made an economic point that in the current market it makes more sense to spend dollars than silver currency. Greshem’s Law suggests that when legal tender laws exist, if a merchant accepts silver and paper it’s in the customer’s best interest to spend paper and horde silver. But, agorists still spend silver against their economic self-interest out of what Ofer called “irrational exuberance,” or passion for liberty. I have a similar concept that I call the “entertainment premium” on activism.
Thursday, May 10th, 2012   Submitted by
You’ve heard the defense uttered many times before: “I was just doing my job.” It’s a quote that infuriates lovers of liberty and justice and is often the refuge of scoundrels. But it tells us something important about human nature that should not be missed by activists; jobs are more important to people than freedom. And if you think that is only the case for corrupt police and military, think again. It is true for the great many of us, including anarchists. The sooner we understand this near-universal human characteristic the better we can focus our activist energies.
Monday, April 30th, 2012   Submitted by
It’s true that Daily Anarchist has seemingly transformed into the Daily Bitcoin blog. I’ve begun migrating my sponsors to Bitcoin advertising platforms. I’ve kicked out Paypal as an accepted form of payment for my store’s merchandise, choosing to only accepting Bitcoin. I pay my contributors in Bitcoin instead of the Dollar. And many of our articles focus on exciting developments in the Bitcoin economy. But it’s all for good reason. Bitcoin is the global currency of the future. It empowers the market in a way like never before and has afforded me a great deal of independence. I look forward to the day when I have completely replaced the Dollar with Bitcoin.
I am sure Daily Anarchist has many readers who are not tech savvy. And I am sure that upon first glance Bitcoin looks overwhelming. The effort put into learning about Bitcoin far outweighs the benefits. Fortunately, there is a new set of very short videos that will not only break down Bitcoin for the lay person, but will help him or her understand how great the benfits of Bitcoin are. These are a work in progress and I will attempt to add new videos to this article as they are created. Consider using this page as an outreach tool. Enjoy!
Monday, March 26th, 2012   Submitted by
Forbes has also run a series(1,2,3) of articles extolling the virtues of Bitcoin.
I’m always pleased to see Bitcoin receiving mainstream attention and bringing traditionally opposed parties together in the economic realm. Most Bitcoin users aren’t anarchists(and sadly most anarchists are not Bitcoin users). But many of its enthusiasts are being exposed to the Non-aggression principle in Bitcoin forums where other anarchists are quick to defend the natural consequences of private and anonymous money transfers – increased civil and economic liberties and the necessary breakdown of the state.
If you consider yourself an anarchist Bitcoin is arguably the most efficient way to convince die-hard statists that government is on the endangered species list. And this makes sense. Money is what makes the world go ’round. If we can convert the planet to free-market money the rest will follow suit.
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011   Submitted by
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.
Sunday, June 5th, 2011   Submitted by
I’ve been scouring the internet for the last year and a half looking for a truly free banking system without any success. All of them either play ball with the feds in one way or another, or their entire economic model is flawed and doomed to fail as soon as the liberty community recognizes it for the waste of time that it is.
But I think I may have just found what I’ve been looking for. It is still in its infancy so I cannot vouch for the specific business in question. But if I understand him right then I believe he is marketing a free, decentralized, and anonymous banking system that allows the trading of real assets. This is something to be very excited about, for it is this alone that will end the fed.
Alex Wied is the brains behind Porcloom.net. He explains in explicit detail the theory behind, as well as the machinations of, Porcloom. He is clearly a genius, but only time will tell if he is a good businessmen. Agorists attempting to compete with the major establishments have their work cut out for them. They not only need to have spent years fine-tuning their philosophy to arrive at the voluntaryist conclusion, but they must also be tech savvy enough to build a highly sophisticated website, entrepreneurial minded, and do it all on a shoestring budget, often passing up higher paying corporate work. Whew!
This video was created for the Agora I/O conference a few months ago and I am surprised I missed it. I only discovered it a few hours ago after stumbling upon Alex’s call for help on Free Keene’s Forum. He’s trying to decide whether to pursue this course of action, or another. Will you do Alex a favor and watch this video presentation that he made? If you get as excited as I am about it please comment below and give him the encouragement he needs. I’ll make sure that he sees it. Thank you.
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011   Submitted by
I have to thank Debbie Harbeson for turning me onto Agora I/O. I’m kind of surprised I hadn’t heard about it earlier than a few hours ago. I also have a sneaking suspicion that more than a few of you have known about it for some time. I cannot stress enough my desire to get others to post for this website. This simply cannot be the Seth King show. I’m only one dude and can only cover so much.
To be honest, my idea for this website came directly from The Daily Paul. I love how quickly breaking news gets reported to that website and all of the niche interests that get blogged about by the Daily Paul community. Web 2.0 offers superior journalism than conventional hierarchical media. So, if you stumble across something of interest to the anarchist community please do not hesitate to post it in the forum section. If you’ve got something you think is front page worthy contact me and ask to be made a contributor. Let’s make Daily Anarchist a one-stop shop for everything anarchy related.
And good luck to George Donnelly. May his internet (un)conference be a success and lead to many more to come!
Monday, February 28th, 2011   Submitted by
There are many enterprises desperately needed in order to smooth the transition to a stateless society. Among the most important of them are agorist banking, insurance, arbitration, and defense. Yet, there are countless others that are often ignored. Most of these require little start-up capital and come with a lesser amount of risk to be borne by the entrepreneur. One such example of this kind would be an underground courier. Prospective customers will easily be able to see the benefit, feasibility, and cost effectiveness of this service. Furthermore, they need not necessarily understand, or even subscribe to, anarchist philosophy.