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Protocol, Networks, Law, and Anarchism

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013   Submitted by Seth King

protocolI 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.


Bitmessage May Replace E-Mail

Sunday, May 26th, 2013   Submitted by Seth King

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!

Who Are the Runaways?

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013   Submitted by Seth King

missingchildrenAfter 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.


Thaddeus Russell Speaks at Liberty Forum

Saturday, April 6th, 2013   Submitted by Seth King

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!

Your Webcam May Be Spying On You

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013   Submitted by Seth King

Hal2001Finally 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.


Liberty Forum 2013

Monday, February 25th, 2013   Submitted by Seth King

LibertyForumI’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.


LRC Donation Drive Makes Big Announcement

Friday, December 28th, 2012   Submitted by Seth King

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.

WordPress Is Now Accepting Bitcoin!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012   Submitted by Seth King

Official WordPress Blog Announces Bitcoin Acceptance!

RT Interviews Ian Freeman

Saturday, November 10th, 2012   Submitted by Seth King

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!

Gambling With Bitcoins

Thursday, November 8th, 2012   Submitted by Seth King

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.


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