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1  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Finally an article that brings up Julian Assange's political beliefs on: December 09, 2010, 10:51:31 PM
Yea it definitely wasn't anything to do with actual rape or assault, so far as I can tell, because apparently the lady went out the next morning, bought breakfast, brought it back, cooked it and ate breakfast with Mr. Assange. That doesn't sound like the victim of a crime to me.
2  Videos / Anarcho-Capitalist Videos / Re: Starving The Monkeys with Tom Baugh on: November 30, 2010, 02:19:47 AM
I watched that speech sometime earlier this year but need to watch it again. Thanks for the post. He's definitely got some very useful ideas.
3  General Category / General Discussion / Re: converting folks... on: November 15, 2010, 05:12:47 PM
Seth, I don't know of a video that directly addresses this issue in any detail, but his basic premise is that all adult relationships are (or at least should be) voluntary. As such, no adult has any moral obligation to engage in a social interaction with another adult.
4  General Category / General Discussion / Economy as a Service (EaaS): A developing idea for Anarchists/Agorists to follow on: November 13, 2010, 10:30:18 AM
I'm still trying to wrap my mind around and fully digest the details/implications of this idea:

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What is an EaaS?  In a nutshell, it is a complete economy -- soup to nuts -- as a software service. 

These new economies will...

    * be bootstraps and new ventures.  Self-organizing structures.  Top down efforts, even from established social networks won't work.
    * in most cases fail.  Fortunately, there will be lots of them and those that do succeed can grow  very, very quickly (scaling to hundreds of millions of participants in a matter of years).
    * be very diverse.  Lots of different rule sets will be tried (way beyond the classical *isms).
    * operate within the current economy and against it at the same time.  Competition with the current economy for participants.  Opt-in to the one that suits your values.
http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/globalguerrillas/2010/11/eaas-economy-as-a-service.html

(Btw, the Global Guerrillas blog has quickly become one of the more interesting blogs I follow. He often presents very forward-thinking ideas that I think could be rather helpful for our communities)

Basically, the idea of EaaS (from what I can tell) is to development a software suite which allows people to create economic communities quickly, easily, and cheaply. It's basically an "economy in a box" which only needs to be put into use by producers/consumers/trading partners.

I think that these tools have been around for a little while but the idea is to, ultimately, gather them together and package them in such a way to allow basically anyone to create a trading community. I'm not sure yet how much privacy/encryption is built into the model as it stands but with the right technical resources such things should be able to be included. One example I've found (haven't played with it at all yet) is: http://drupal.org/project/mutual_credit . That particular example is based on the idea of mutual credit but I'm sure any currency could ultimately be used.
5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Welfare survivors? on: November 12, 2010, 01:47:27 AM
My biggest concern is that I'm within 100 miles of a couple different major population centers but I doubt I'll be able to bug out for a couple different reasons. My family owns several large tracts of land and 500-600 head of cattle and I will need to be here to try to defend our property. Luckily we've got a decent network of people who will be willing and able to assist us in that venture, but I'm sure it will still be rather ugly.
6  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Front page regulars on: November 11, 2010, 11:03:30 PM
We need someone who is a legal expert and can point out loopholes to dodge the state in both personal finance and business. And/or someone who can give us illegal ways to sneakily bypass the state. You mentioned this somewhere else, but now I can't find it. It's a good idea though.

I'm working on fleshing out the best ways to use loopholes of the current legal system to avoid state regulation. It might take me a while due to other commitments, but wanted to let you know I'm working on it.
7  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Welfare survivors? on: November 11, 2010, 11:01:19 PM
Government most likely will be able to control enough resources by force to maintain supplies for police/military (which will become wholly interchangeable, IMO) for quite a while. The "salary" for those staffing said police/military forces will be the resources they need to survive that are largely unavailable otherwise.
8  General Category / General Discussion / Re: I'm back, (sort of) on: November 09, 2010, 03:46:32 AM
helio, if you need any sort of unofficial, off the books, grey market sort of legal "ideas" (can't call it "advice" after all hehe) about any hypothetical situations you may be thinking through, let me know.

I'm professionally trained and can likely point you in the right directions....and if I can't and it's out of my depth I've got no problem admitting that.

Just a random offer. Send me a msg if you have any questions that are stumping you when it comes to "the law" and I'll see if I can send you in the right direction to find what you seek.
9  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Re-Elect Nobody? Yeah Right... on: November 08, 2010, 11:02:01 AM
I should also say that Global Research, so far as I can tell, isn't really anarchist at all but I can def see how some of their articles would be useful or interesting to anarchists.
10  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Re-Elect Nobody? Yeah Right... on: November 07, 2010, 08:21:14 PM
Global Research is def a legit site that has tons of good articles. Can't speak for this poster in particular, but that site is one that I've read a good bit from in the last few years.
11  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Welfare survivors? on: November 06, 2010, 08:15:46 AM
At first when I read Intuition's post I thought "no way, that is completely absurd." But then I read somewhere that 81% of the US population lived in cities or suburbs as of 2005. Now I don't know exactly how suburbs were defined, but regardless, Intuition could be right....those are staggering numbers.

I hope those numbers turn out to be completely wrong, believe me. And when I first started thinking/reading about the risks associated with a collapse of the dollar I'd have agreed with your first inclination as well. But think about how many people rely entirely on the trucks rolling in to replenish the grocery store/gas station/Wal-Mart/etc. every day. And if we have a true collapse of the dollar (where it happens over a single weekend or something like that), I struggle to imagine a scenario which will keep those trucks running in a consistent manner.
12  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Front page regulars on: November 05, 2010, 08:11:10 PM
Hi landstander. Welcome to the forum!

I don't think there has been very much written about it and what has hasn't been put into practice. I don't think we're going to get something to wrap our heads around until somebody creates a free-market court as an enterprise and markets it to the world. I intend to do just that and hopefully will in the not-too-distant future. Until then you're going to have to wait, I think.

I look forward to competing against you my friend.  Cheesy
13  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Front page regulars on: November 05, 2010, 08:10:39 PM
I'm interested in anarchist legal theories. While I understand the basics about how it would work, I still have a hard time really wrapping my head around it.

One thing I'd suggest is to study the practices of medieval Iceland and today's Somalia as societies which practice (or practiced) polycentric (free market, competitive) legal systems.
14  Videos / Anarcho-Capitalist Videos / Re: Proof of Anarchy on: November 03, 2010, 12:14:05 AM
Either, I did not make myself clear, or you are being disingenuous. The state effectively draws property boundaries using "metes & bounds" and "lot & block" survey methods. Then counties make those property boundaries available as public records in deeds recorded in files at the county seats. As a previous property owner of several properties in more than one state, I know for a fact that finding property boundaries are as simple as locating the property boundary pins, and/or measuring, thus verifying that they correctly represented in the deed. In the event of a dispute, I would never use a lawyer to help me find property boundaries. I use surveyors. If it is not accurate, I don't buy the property.

The state very effectively and efficiently clearly defines property boundaries. While nothing is perfect in this world, to claim that the property boundaries are not drawn clearly in America is disingenuous.

My sincere apologies--I misunderstood what you were saying. I certainly wasn't intentionally trying to be disingenuous. In the narrow case of defining clear boundaries to real property, I see what you're saying. However, given the generally prevailing libertarian theory of real property rights, I don't think this issue raises any damning criticism of the voluntaryist ideology. Real property boundaries posed issues precisely because they were arbitrarily drawn by the State, going all the way back to the original royal land grants in the colonies. I think physical boundaries of real property ownership are more clearly (and ethically) defined through the homestead principle. While not perfect the concept is consistent with the non-aggression principle.

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I like predictability. Somalia is not a society I embrace. I like order. Chaos sucks. Each of us having an opportunity to be heard before our peers is justice in an orderly society.

One of my great-uncles "wild west" (California gold rush) watched a man hang in 1850 for a crime he did not commit. A couple of days later, when they found the true criminal, they were so mortified by what they had done that the real thief was spared. Voluntary societies fail in justice, too.

I don't really see how any of this is a criticism of voluntaryism. In the first place, State-monopolized justice and order is certainly not perfect in any practical sense. And State-monopolized justice and order, which is necessarily based upon the initiation of force, is fundamentally flawed in a moral sense. That moral flaw cannot be overcome by any perceived utility offered by any potential (or real) enhanced order or "justice".

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And I don't have faith that people will somehow automatically voluntarily respect each other and their property anytime soon.  If you do, then leave the keys to your car in the ignition. Or leave your bicycle unlocked.

Voluntaryists are likely the most honorable individuals on Earth, but they are too quick to give up their privacy for my tastes. And they are also the most naive of the human behavior of others.

I, for one, want a state for order and justice.

Oh, I know there will always be people who refuse to respect others' property. That's why basically all voluntaryists posit ways to create and enforce legal systems. The important aspect we care about is that an aggressive monopoly on the provision of any good or service is immoral from the start.
15  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Welfare survivors? on: November 02, 2010, 02:57:27 AM
My conservative estimate is 40-60% of the population dead within 9 months of the dollar's inevitable collapse. It ain't gonna be pretty. And I'm not some pie in the sky kind of guy who thinks I'm prepared--I'm counting myself in that group of dead, truth be told, considering where I'm currently living. In that situation my main goal will be to try to maintain some semblance of society for my nieces/nephews and other younger folks.
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