Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Are You Waiting for Superman?

Let's pretend there is a type of product that almost everyone wants. It's in very high demand. Multiple businesses compete in order to provide this product to all the people who want it. Businesses who can deliver a quality product are rewarded with more customers and they grow. Businesses who deliver a poor quality product cannot attract customers and they fail. The product itself, through this competitive system, gets better and better with each iteration. But then the state comes along. The state decides to adopt one particular version of the product and mandate that only that version is legitimate and all other versions have to be abandoned. Then the state decides to provide this product itself and make it illegal or almost impossible for most people to obtain the product any other way. The state's version of the product has many flaws but the state continually fails to actually improve it. And now most everyone is stuck with a poor quality product and they have no other options.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Political Hypocrisy

One thing that I have learned to do very well as a libertarian is to identify the inconsistencies that are inherent to politics. The entire system is organized to support the people who are in power. To accomplish this objective the elite need the masses to support ideas that actually do not make any sense. In this post I want to give several examples that point out the hypocrisy of common political positions. Not every example will apply to every person but I hope that, after reading this, everyone will put a little more thought into the ideas that they hold concerning government.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Liberty on the Big Screen: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Welcome to the first installment of "Liberty on the Big Screen". In this series I examine specific films as they portray and advocate the principles of liberty. This week we are going to take a look at Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (WARNING: SPOILERS!)

In this sequel, Captain America must save the world from SHIELD's own giant flying aircraft carriers as the evil organization Hydra has infiltrated SHIELD from within. To make matters worse, Hydra has brainwashed Captain America's old friend and turned him into an evil super soldier. This movie, by the directors' own admission, is meant to make a political statement. Let us analyze and interpret that statement.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I Want You to Hoard Bitcoins

Bitcoin has been going through some interesting times lately. A year ago, the price of a bitcoin was about $120. A short time later, a period of rapid growth began, and on November 29, a record high was reached at $1,242. That was when a lot of people suddenly started paying attention. Since then, it has been highly volatile and it is now hanging around $340. Should I be worried?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Technology is Liberty, Part VI: What Comes Next?

Let us go over the first five parts of this blog series for a moment. We know that, to increase our personal liberty, we must have more choices that cannot be interfered with. We know that technology will help us do that. We have seen examples of such liberty-enhancing technology throughout history. We are currently in the midst of a decentralized technological revolution as we learn to use the internet, peer-to-peer networking, and Bitcoin. What comes next?