No need waiting until June. Overstock didn’t want the competition to get the jump on them. If you’re in the U.S. you now have a ton of new consumer items to purchase with Bitcoin, thanks to Overstock.com.
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In a recent article at The Independent Political Report, James Gray perpetuates the fairy-tale of the police as heroes to be looked up to. He writes, “One of the most noble public servant positions in our society is a police officer. These men and women often have difficult jobs, and frequently do not get the credit and appreciation they deserve.” If police were these heroes, then stories of botched drug raids would not be a standard news story. People would be outraged every time they heard about an officer killing a family pet, or an innocent human being, because it would be so unusual. Instead, these stories are routine, because the image of police as heroic public servants is a myth.
Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg provide the star power and Paula Patton the curves to keep the attention of any red-blooded anarchy-loving summer action movie fan seeing ‘2 Guns.’ Don’t expect to gain any profound message from the summer shoot ‘em up movie. For that, read Murray Rothbard (who, by the way, in my educated guesstimation, would have loved this film).
How would justice work in a free society? I imagine there would be more justice than there is now, it would be difficult to have less. Most advocates of a truly free society agree that anyone found guilty of violating the rights of another individual should be required to pay restitution in order to make the victim whole.
I wish I lived in a more rational world. In Alabama a mob of 20 black aggressors used chairs, pipes and paint cans to send white Matthew Owens from his front porch to a hospital bed the hard way. As they left they remarked “Now that’s justice for Trayvon!” It’s part of a string of black-on-white retaliation related to the Trayvon Martin shooting including Mikhail Muhammad of the New Black Panther Party announcing a $10,000 bounty for the capture of George Zimmerman in 2012. When asked if they were inciting violence he told the Orlando Sentinel “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” Keep in mind, George Zimmerman is Hispanic. It’s as if the world has gone mad.
On July 4, 1845 – a full 69 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia – Henry David Thoreau moved to Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts, where he would ultimately pen what, along with “Resistance to Civil Government,” would prove to be his literary coup de grace.
In this alone, Thoreau’s actions on that day probably did more for the cause of liberty than anything which took place in that Pennsylvania meeting hall almost seven decades earlier. (more…)
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.
Exciting news from the world of Bitcoin this Tax Cattle Day. Today is the day, with fear in our heart, we submit to the human farmers who fleece us under threat of violence. But today Fr33 Aid is making the courageous move of declaring their financial independence by willfully and publicly severing their ties with the IRS, forsaking all the banking privileges that entails, and announcing themselves as an entirely bitcoin based organization. As far as I know they are the first charitable organization to do this. I hope you can appreciate how radical this is.
The Washington Post recently reported on the monthly boom-and-bust cycle that has supposedly kept Woonsocket, Rhode Island afloat for the last several years after the closure of the local textile mills. Eli Saslow reports, “At precisely one second after midnight, on March 1, Woonsocket would experience its monthly financial windfall — nearly $2 million from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. Federal money would be electronically transferred to the broke residents of a nearly bankrupt town, where it would flow first into grocery stores and then on to food companies, employees and banks, beginning the monthly cycle that has helped Woonsocket survive… The local unemployment rate was 12 percent. The shuttered textile mills along the river had become Section 8 housing. The median income had dropped by $10,000 in the last decade.” The Post claims this cycle is happening across the country for two reasons: “So many people are forced to rely on government support. The government is forced to support so many people.” I’m not going to say that the writer of the article is lying so much as I would say that he is unwittingly espousing government propaganda.
The right to “press freedom” is supposed to be a fundamental right. It was deemed so important, that the 1st Congress under the (current) constitution, recognized freedom of the press in the same amendment as free speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly & the right to petition for redress of grievances. Over the years, governments have placed restrictions on these rights to the point that they have become “privileges” in most jurisdictions.