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.
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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.
I’ve been reading and listening to Peter Schiff lately, the popular radio personality and CEO of Euro Pacific Capital. Schiff is well-known because he’s one of the few financial pundits who properly called the 2008 meltdown. YouTube search “Peter Schiff was Right” or “Peter Schiff Mortgage Bankers”, and you’ll see him calling the bubble popping in 2006 and 2007.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.