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Banning Cash: Serfdom in Our Time

BanningCash Over the last few months a stream of articles have crossed my screen, all proclaiming the need of governments and banks to eliminate cash. I’m sure you’ve noticed them too. It is terrorists and other assorted madmen, we are told, who use cash. And so, to protect us from being blown up and dismembered on our very own street corners, governments will have to ban it.

Plan B for the Internet

planb I’ve been a wild advocate for the Internet since the beginning, and I still believe in it as a massively liberating technology… but not in the current, popular form. The Internet that we know has been recaptured by the power mongers with a massive assist from hucksters. It is, to be very honest about it, all but finished. And considering the massive inertia and mindless obedience of the dominant 9/11 culture, it won’t be saved.

What Rulers Believe

RulersBelieve I’ve been working on collections of quotes lately, and I have one more that I’d like to present… this one on the thoughts of rulers. For a number of years I’ve been telling people that the incentives faced by productive people and the incentives facing rulers (of whatever stripe) are very, very different. This list, I believe, will make that point.

What Genius Thinks of Education

education As I compiled the thoughts from geniuses last week, one group of thoughts that I left out – simply because there were so many of them – were the thoughts of geniuses on the subject of regimented education. Thus, today’s list.

What Geniuses Come To Believe

quotes It recently struck me that the people we think of as “geniuses” tend to arrive, over time, at surprisingly similar sets of conclusions. It further struck me that a simple list of such thoughts might be of value to my readers.

Moritz’s Journey

MsJourney It was in 2013 that I first encountered freedom philosophy, after randomly stumbling upon this weirdly beautiful term, “libertarianism,” on a blog in some lonely corner of the Internet. An iTunes search later I was listening to a podcast explaining what is now the cornerstone of my personal ethics: the non-aggression principle.

Status, Evolution, and Human Nature

HumanNature As we move into a new year, I’d like to post something that I feel has fundamental importance. I hope you can take the time to read it carefully. Status is generally defined as a person’s condition, position, or standing relative to that of others. Please read that definition again and consider this: Status automatically creates division and conflict. Status forces us to think in terms of position, hierarchy, and dominance, and …

Our Future Has Been Commandeered

FutureCommandeered We should be living in the time of humanity’s greatest flower. But we’re not. Instead, we’re stuck in a condition of permanent war, rising xenophobia, endless fear, perpetual distraction, and suffocating conformity. Worse, we’re living inside of a surveillance state that is morphing into something truly, truly evil. I’m here to tell you that nearly all of this is artificial. We have more than enough technology to be living among …

News Channels Are Terror Delivery Systems; Politicians Are Terror Exploitation Specialists

news Terrorists need news channels and vice-versa. Politicians need terrorists and vice-versa. There’s a symbiosis between these three that works like this: Terrorists create and feed off of fear. News channels deliver fear to the masses. Politicians use fear to get what they want. Some people may object to these facts being specified, but they’re true just the same. Private and Public Opportunism In this symbiosis, we see the rapacious natures …

The Millennials Have Been Dumped Upon

Millennials I’ve recently seen a lot of people kicking the ‘millennials,’ the generation born between roughly 1983 and 2001. The complaints suggest they don’t want to work, they still live in their parents’ basement, they are overly sensitive, they are morbidly self-involved, and they’re zombified with iGadgets. Such commenters prattle on about the virtues of the baby boomers and the so-called “Greatest Generation,” …

We Don’t Really Know What’s Happening

ReallyKnow And, believe it or not, this is rather good news. I’ll explain. We all like to know what’s happening in the world, and for good reason… understanding our surroundings is essential to survival. We instinctively seek information… we need information. There is, however, a problem that we face: No matter how much “news” you consume, you won’t really know what’s going on in the world. We can’t know, because ‘the …

Golden Disobedience

GoldenDisobedience This week, we’d like to post a fun article by our friend, Sandy Sandfort. Sandy is a wealth of interesting stories, and he has a new website in the works. If you’d like to be notified when it goes live, send a note to: sandy@privilegedcommunications.net. Inertia is a human frailty. Too often, we go along to get along. We conform. Because of this, those who claim authority can get most …

The Right Time Will Never Come

righttime Lots of good people are frustrated with the world, and I understand that only too well. They are, furthermore, eager for the world to improve, and I respect that a great deal. Their problem arises, however, right on the heels of these desires, when they ask the question, “What should I do?” And that’s where the wheels fall off. All the Popular Answers Are Wrong The world is full of …

Slayer of Empires: How Bitcoin Could Become Far Bigger Than You Think

SlayerofEmpires Paul Rosenberg was recently invited to the Bitcoin Investor’s conference in Las Vegas as a keynote speaker. This is the recording of his speech, given October 30th, 2015, at the D Hotel & Casino. We think you’ll enjoy it. You can find other videos from the conference here.

Bitcoin: Let It Fork!

bitcoinfork There has been a lot of commotion in the Bitcoin world lately. A few of the core developers (an informal group that maintain the program) made a big splash by saying that the “block size” (a technical issue) had to be increased or else horrible problems would ensue. They’re calling their plan “Bitcoin XT.” What I Learned At first, I simply didn’t want to be bothered with this. Just about …

The Necessity of Transnational Warfare

warfare A new type of warfare has sprung up in our era: transnational warfare. These are not wars between states; that was the old model: Germany attacks France, France takes Egypt, and so on. These, rather, are wars conducted only incidentally through states. And they present a serious threat to the future. By now we’re all familiar with the four big transnational wars: The War on Drugs The War on Terror …

How to Gain Confidence and Courage

courage For more than two years I wrote a free monthly newsletter called Individual Virtue. Recently I’ve received some interest in those articles, so I thought I’d republish some of them (with light editing). This is the first. Confidence and Courage All of us enjoy feeling confident, or at least we dislike feeling confused and weak. We also like feeling that we’ve been brave and not cowardly. But how do we …

A Cancer on the Liberty Movement

LibertyMovement I can’t believe I actually have to write this article… and I’m deeply disappointed that no one else has. Where are all the other adults? I don’t want to wade into Internet crapstorms; I have better things to do with my time. But there is disease in the liberty movement, and if no one else will call it out, I guess I’ll have to. So be it. Old poisons are …

A Saturday Night at Starbucks

Starbucks An unusual set of family events found me sitting in a Starbucks last Saturday night. It had been a reasonably decent day, but there are, as we all know, plenty of things in this world to be depressed about. And those things, as we also know, are massively amplified by the attention-seeking class. (Bad news sells.) Somehow, the parade of negativity had its effect on me. Sitting in the Starbucks …

More Government, Less Manners

mglm I really don’t like complaining about government. I find it a waste of time, as well as bad strategy. I’m convinced that it’s far more useful to leave the whole mess behind and move on to better things. Still, most of the human race is emotionally chained to government, and it can be helpful to point out that they’re in an abusive relationship. So, today I’d like to cover something …