Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Technology is Liberty, Part V: A Decentralized World



In the last couple of posts in this series we have spent a lot of time going over money and how a decentralized currency like Bitcoin can be quite beneficial. Money is, after all, the basis of almost all economic activity. In this post I want to discuss other areas of life that can be improved through decentralization. Not all of the things I will discuss here are completely decentralized, but any amount of decentralization can help people better avoid the state (any coercive government).

Commerce

For online shopping we currently have eBay and Amazon. At the end of this year we will see the release of OpenBazaar (currently in beta). OpenBazaar is a completely decentralized online marketplace that can facilitate anonymous commerce. Sellers will be able to list anything they want to sell. Buyers will be able to use Bitcoin to purchase anything that is for sale, with any degree of anonymity that they care to use. There will be no censorship and there will be no way to shut it down without shutting down the individual computers of every single buyer and seller.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The World's Most Obvious Conspiracy



Who are the Illuminati? What happened to Tower 7? Was the moon landing staged? What is the New World Order? Did TWA Flight 800 get shot down? Are airplanes poisoning us with chemtrails? Is the world secretly ruled by the Rothschild family? Who shot JFK? What really happened at Sandy Hook? These are the questions posed by countless conspiracy theorists. While significant historical events always deserve more scrutiny, I am not overly concerned with any of these alleged conspiracies. Instead, I focus on the most dangerous, insidious, and obvious conspiracy the world has ever known: The enslavement of every man, woman, and child on Earth.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Police: Public vs. Private



In a completely free society, there would be no public provision of law enforcement. Justice would simply be another service provided by the free market. Some might object by saying, "Justice sometimes requires violence and a market for violence is not moral and cannot be tolerated". Unfortunately for any such skeptic, there is already a market for violence and the state has given the public police a monopoly in that market. Additionally, the private provision of justice has always been around and is still around today. Therefore, I find it prudent to compare public police and private police in various relevant areas.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Best Sandwich for Everyone

Do you have a favorite sandwich? If so, then it must be the best sandwich in the world. No other sandwich can satisfy like your sandwich can, right? Everyone should enjoy the best sandwich in the world and no one should be exempt. By golly, we have to make sure everyone gets that awesome sandwich because otherwise there would be no justice in the world. We had better get the word out.