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1  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Software for the Cause: Ideas? on: November 22, 2013, 07:50:17 PM

1) Anyone have any new ideas?

2) In case anyone was interested, ixquick's email service (startmail) is in testing right now. When it comes out it will be for pay.
2  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Only the government would be this asinine on: November 22, 2013, 02:15:19 AM
This is a joke right?
That's what I thought back when they were talking about the trillion dollar coin. I really thought it was a piece from the Onion. I was wrong.
3  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Should we migrate away from SMF version 1? on: November 22, 2013, 02:11:12 AM
If v2 is open source, the conversion should be possible.
4  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Assassination market coming to life on: November 22, 2013, 02:04:57 AM
A Cartel is a group of businesses that work together to regulate their market. The Federal Reserve is a banking cartel however the Drug cartels are not cartel's. I don't know why people call them that.
More than one person in the gang gets to sell. They cooperate to become the sole suppliers. If you bring anything to market without the permission of the gang, you can get attacked. What happened to Kuwait when they overproduced?
5  Questions And Challenges / Questions About Anarcho-Capitalism / Re: Industry Cooperation could lead to monopoly? on: November 19, 2013, 06:46:45 PM
Use search terms like "oligopolistic collusion unstable" or get your hands on a microecon book (this is a classic textbook subject) for a detailed answer.

Short answer: Game theory says it's not likely to work. Price is fixed by controlling supply. Each company then has the incentive to break the agreement and sell more at the elevated prices. So the scheme unravels.
6  General Category / General Discussion / Re: What Do You Do For A Living? on: November 17, 2013, 01:46:09 PM
No apology needed.
7  Questions And Challenges / Questions About Anarcho-Capitalism / Re: Too many fees in an Ancap society? on: November 17, 2013, 01:42:57 PM
Government charges 10x as much for everything and you get 1/10 of the service. Based on empirical evidence, it's reasonable to think that paying fees in the ancap society will leave you with so much money left over (compared to taxation) that even the poor will be rich. Prices on so many things would plummet without the barriers to entry. The reduction of costs, the collapse of fees is exactly what will make ancap so nice.
8  General Category / General Discussion / Re: We Need to Stop Avoiding Politics on: November 17, 2013, 01:02:41 PM
FUCK THE POLITICIANS. Anarchists live to be free and to avoid rulers. Nobody will believe our cause is true if we go against everything we say is true.

Agreed. It's why I stopped voting.

"Anarchy is righteous and government is bad and we don't need politicians. Oh, by the way, vote for me in November."

Something is wrong with that.
Yes. It's a trust issue. I could start to feel that back when I supported Ron Paul. Telling people government was all bad and the candidates all sucked, but vote for this one guy. How does that make me any different than someone else who has their own candidate of choice? It didn't. I could influence people much more by saying "I don't vote" than I could by saying "vote Ron Paul".
9  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Anarchism happening on Reddit on: November 17, 2013, 12:50:18 PM
Thanks for sharing. The part I read was surprisingly intelligent, cool, calm, collected, and absent of flame. Impressive.
10  General Category / General Discussion / Re: I can't believe I'm saying this. on: November 17, 2013, 12:46:21 AM
I caught bits and pieces of this story. He reportedly walked up to people in the airport and asked if they were TSA. When they said no, he would continue on. The reason for discrimination here was because he "didn't want to hurt any innocent people."
11  General Category / General Discussion / Re: The Tryany of Work on: November 17, 2013, 12:42:39 AM
For some reason I'm getting flashbacks, and it makes my head hurt. Oh yeah, I'm just recalling banging my head against a brick wall. I'll pass this time. Thanks for the Deja Vu though.
12  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Should we migrate away from SMF version 1? on: November 17, 2013, 12:38:28 AM
For historical reasons I like having the old posts, and I think some of them are really valuable.  We've had some good conversations here. We even have classics that we link back to all the time (Syock seems to have a very good memory).

I find it very hard to believe we have to lose all posts to upgrade. Worst case we recruit programmers here to convert the data to some intermediate representation that can be put into the new forum.
13  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Charting Politics on: November 17, 2013, 12:23:53 AM
I would love to watch the reactions of ancoms when they see the circle A in the Authoritarian camp.
14  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Obamacare on: November 16, 2013, 02:13:29 AM
The Obamacare website is the result of typical cronyism.
15  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Cody Wilson now working on an easy-to-use Bitcoin wallet on: November 16, 2013, 02:09:10 AM
For some reason you believe it is hard to send and receive a CAD file than to move an actual firearm around.

For some reason you keep trying to compare apples to oranges.  If all you want are plans, they are out there.  When it comes to moving an actual firearm, plastic or not, it is the same.  

Give me some examples and explain why they are simpler to pull off without anything that relies on 3D printing.

Cheap, common tools, rather than a 3D printer.  People have been making guns for a very long time.  The tech is simple.  It isn't some miraculous accomplishment to make a weapon.  

I think you have lost sight of this discussion and my initial objection to your original claim.  
As much as I hate to reignite this thread, I need to comment. I think the difference of perspective here may come from difference in backgrounds. I believe the work of Defense Distributed has changed the world. Sure, people could make arms before this if they had the skill...but most people don't know this. It seems obvious, but if you didn't grow up around people who worked with metal or did crafty things with their hands, the idea of building your own firearm seems absolutely impossible. Go read the youtube comments for the new metal gun. People are blown away at the idea of a gun coming from some place other than a factory. This knowledge alone is enough to make a difference in my opinion. The state has been defeated on the issue of gun control (whether DefDist deserves credit for the victory itself doesn't matter), the point is that it's out in the open for many more people to see, and DefDist definitely helped there.
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