Bitcoin Should Get Ready For an Attack

bitcoin Bitcoin – poorly understood and frequently talked about ignorantly – is a wonderful new financial tool… and a very timely one. But because of its virtues, it is about to be attacked. But before I explain how, why, and my recommended responses, let me get everyone up to speed on what this stuff really is: Bitcoin is digital cash. You do not get an account, you get a wallet. Holding …

Christianity and War: Do they go together?

christianity and war Yes, I know that there are some churches and individual Christians who don’t approve of war, but a huge wing of Christianity in the US has put itself in service to a warfare state. Listening to them, you’d think that Christianity and war were natural bedfellows. If you’ve spent time in Red State America, you know what I mean. Please understand that I am not endorsing the Blue State line …

Death by Government 20x More Common than Death by Criminal…

Death by Government 20x More Common than Death by Criminal - Freeman's Perspective Before I shock you with disturbing “Death by Government” facts, let me ask you a question: How important is reality to you? That’s a strange question, I know, but think about it for a second. If reality makes you uncomfortable, what should you do? Should you ignore it? Should you face it anyway? Should you find reasons to get rid of it? Should you attack the person who showed it …

Will Government Tyranny Be Completed Before Humanity Wakes Up Again?

government tyranny All of our lives have occurred in an era of peak somnambulism (aka sleepwalking), and those of us who enjoy being awake have suffered mightily because of it. Using your mind has come with a price in our time, which is pretty sick, really. You can thank growing government tyranny for that. Humanity, however, does not sleep forever. Eventually humans get tired with the permanent suspension of thought. I know …

Westphalia’s End Part 4: What Comes Next?

The Westphalian Order of States is in Trouble If you have not read the first three parts of this series, please do that first: They are a necessary prelude: Westphalian Orders’ End Part 1 Westphalian Orders’ End Part 2 Westphalian Orders’ End Part 3 I have thus far made quite a few arguments why the Westphalian order of states is in trouble. Presuming that I am correct, and that the current state model fails, the great question is …

Westphalia’s End Part 3: Death From a Thousand Cuts

Westphalia's End If you have not read Westphalia’s End Part 1 and Westphalia’s End Part 2 of this series, please do that first: You’ll need them to understand properly. I have thus far made two primary arguments that the Westphalian order of states is in serious trouble. I’ll now continue with a large number of small arguments. The order of presentation is somewhat arbitrary, so the first point may not be more …

Westphalia’s End Part 2: Legitimacy & Information

Westphalian Order If you have not read Part 1 of the Westphalian Order series, please do that first: You’ll need it to understand what I cover here. Now, having (I hope) established that the Westphalian order of states is in some trouble, I will proceed to another reason for my pessimism. The Obedience Game All states of all periods share a common foundation: a group of subjects who accept rulership. Without this, …

Westphalia’s End Part 1: The Sovereignty Trap

Westphalia's End: The Sovereignty Trap The current world order of nation states is in trouble. In fact, it may be doomed. In this series of articles, I will explain this arrangement (briefly) and then how it is being broken, for reasons both good and bad. Westphalia The agreement that created sovereign states as we know them was called the Peace of Westphalia. This agreement was made between churches and rulers as the Divine Right of …

Why is it So Hard To Save Money Nowadays? The Problem With Thrift

why so hard to save money Thrift is far more important than is commonly understood, and I will be explaining why in a future dispatch, but first we need to dispel the guilt many of us feel about the topic. There is actually a very good reason why it’s so hard to save money nowadays. I think most of my readers will recognize the feeling I’m referring to: You read great books on success, such as …

Does Religion Cause War?

Does Religion Cause War? There’s an opinion among some people that “all wars are caused by religious belief.” But is that actually true? Does religion cause war? Very seldom. Wars are about control and ownership of physical territory. The winner gets to impose his or her laws, steal what is easy to steal, and to reap the taxes of the populace. Sometimes the conqueror will go further, using their power to require new behaviors …

Myth: The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons. – General Douglas MacArthur Engage brain. You’re alone in a field. A large, snarling man is running at you with a long, steel sword raised above his head, and he’s getting close; are you feeling confident with only that Bic Quad-color pen in your hand? “Okay,” you say, “the pen isn’t mightier in that situation. But …

Are Taxes the Price of Civilization?

Are Taxes The Price of Civilization? Just about every time some trouble-maker like myself wants to question the practice of taxation, someone will ask: But aren’t taxes the price of civilization? This is how people hope to get rid of us with a single shot. Usually, they do it in some sort of cocktail-party setting, where they can throw out their line, then move away before a proper response is made. (And while the other “right-thinking” …

Personal and Online Privacy: If you have nothing to hide, why do you care?

Personal and Online Privacy: If you have nothing to hide, why do you care? We’ve all heard the insulting, tyrannical cliché about privacy: If you have nothing to hide, why do you care? The comeback, if not that it would fall on deaf ears, should be this: Because I value myself. The real value of privacy is not because it allows us to hide things, it’s that privacy allows us to develop independently – according to our own natures. In other words, privacy is …

Myth: President (Whomever) Was Better for the Economy

Myth: President (Whomever) Was Better For The Economy Presidents usually end up as symbols. That’s rather silly, but that is what has generally happened. Presidents are human beings; they have certain abilities and lack others. They are, like all of us, complex beings, not monochrome symbols. And they are most certainly not super-heroes or demons. They are just other humans doing a very unusual job. Hopefully they are of a good character and high ability, but this is …

Political Slogan: It’s Time for Change!

Political Slogan: It’s Time For Change! It’s Time for Change! Can there be a more classic political slogan? I imagine it has served almost every political movement at some point or another. Until the world gets a lot better than it is now, it will always be time for change. Does that mean that the politician’s “new plan” is the right thing to do? Not hardly! After all, setting up a socialist dictatorship would be change …

Freedom in America: Real or Not?

Freedom in America You’ve probably heard the phrase: “It’s a free country”. But does freedom in America actually exist? If you believe so, you need a better definition of free. Mind you, I’m not jumping on the America is Evil bandwagon. That’s just as brainless and possibly more destructive. Nonetheless, the truth is the truth, and “a free country” is not a terribly accurate way to describe the United States. “More free than …

Capitalism and Greed: Do they go together?

Capitalism and Greed: Do they go together? - Freeman's Perspective Capitalism and greed: Do they really go together? Absolutely not! Capitalism rewards ideas that make people’s lives better. In fact, that’s the ONLY thing it can do. Get this: Under capitalism, no one is required to do anything that they don’t want to do! Isn’t that a good thing? Under capitalism, if you want someone to buy your product, you have to convince them that it’s in their best interest …

We Do NOT Have a Federal Government

us federal government What was “Federal”? Nearly all of us use the word federal to refer to the United States national government, as distinct from the state governments. This has been an error on our part. Federal was a description, not a name. It would be fair to use federative in its place. It described a type of government, not a particular organization. For example, when we say “my friend has a fast …