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Episode-1428- Libertas a Virtual Nation

What Would a Virtual Nation be Like

What Would a Virtual Nation be Like

In Episode 1421 I discussed both the Estonian E-Citizen Program and Ecuador’s new Digital Currency and asked a simple question, could digital currencies and the concept of E-Citizenry be used to create a virtual nation.

I think this is a valuable thought experiment and I have some ideas I want to share today.  The goal is to get a discussion going about what can be done, vs. what can’t be done.  What might work vs. why nothing can work.

As part of this I created a forum thread to discuss a Virtual Nation’s Constitution would be like.  There has been some interesting discussion and in particular some clear examples of limited thinking demonstrated in it.  Part of this is my fault, for calling it a constitution.  That framed it in the world of Statism vs. Nationalism.  A better term would have been a Technical Specification.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • First I don’t want to be in charge, this isn’t my thing it is a thing
  • Why we really should consider this
  • Why we would not need, presidents, senators, etc.
  • What makes a nation accepted by other nations and where VNs have an advantage
    • Land
    • Hard Force
    • Money
    • Population
    • Soft Force
    • Defensive Force
    • Defined Borders
  • What is a nation vs. what is a state
    • Nation – a large group of people who share a common language, culture, ethnicity, descent or history.
    • State – an organized community living under one government
  • How the economy might work
    • A set amount of contribution to the national reserve is established
    • A new citizen buys something like bitcoin
    • The bitcoin is exchanged for the nations currency
    • The bitcoin or other currency is held as a reserve
    • The two currencies are pegged to a fixed exchange rate
    • Citizens do business in the virtual nation with the nations currency
    • The reserve is a vault that citizens can buy currency from or convert it to an outside currency
    • The action of buying currency is what creates it
    • Yes Bitcoin already does a lot of this, sort of
  • Why do it?
    • As an example
    • As peaceful revolution and protest
    • To assert individual liberty however we can
  • Replacing roles of the state
    • Conflict resolution (courts)
    • Education
    • Security
    • Privacy
    • Leadership
    • Commerce
    • Product Quality Assurance
    • What Can You Add
  • Final Thoughts

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Episode-1199- Personal Libertarian Living Can it be Done

Many Are Actually Terrified of Freedom!

Many Are Actually Terrified of Freedom!

I call myself a personal libertarian.  What do I mean by that?  I mean that I simply accept society isn’t ready for some of the changes I have experienced in my life, they are not ready to be responsible for themselves.  Many people do want the governmetn to solve their problems.

I have seen it and not just from people living on welfare and off government jobs.  I have had intelligent and fairly successful people look me strait in the eye and say things like, “well if the government isn’t there to pass laws and solve our problems why are they there”.  That is indeed a great question, one we will answer today.

We will quickly though move from looking at how things should be to understanding how they are, from there we can determine how we can carve our own piece of libertarianism into our own lives.

Some might ask, “is this a survival topic”, I would say indeed.  Firstly, it is a fact that many of us know what lies ahead, many of the things provided by government are going to fail in time, math says it is invertible.  The middle class is being systematically slaughtered.   At some point much of what we take for granted will not be available.

When this happens a year of rice, beans and freeze dried food is a great asset but a finite one.  The reality is we all must begin a path to self sufficiency now, not wait for failure and then hope we have enough stuff stored up to make it until things return to normal.  There have been countless shifts in society, stabilization always follows eventually but thing never “return to normal” as that would mean returning to the way they were.

There is no philosophy that leads faster to self reliance than libertarianism.  There is no time to wait for others on it either, the time is now, today’s episode discusses my steps to attaining a personal libertarian life.

The Personal Libertarian Lifestyle

  • Believe and do as you please (with in the law)
  • Spread your belief by example, never with force
  • Create independence from the systems
  • Solve your own problems when ever you can, especially with neighbors
  • If you vote, vote for what you believe in, not who you think can win
  • Know why you believe what you believe
  • Accept challenges to what you believe but require facts
  • Never submit to government authority voluntarily (legally resist)
  • Create your own systems, your own networks, etc.
  • Value education and be a self directed learner at all times
  • Let no man speak for you or put words in your mouth
  • Accept that others many ignore, demean or attack you
  • Debate ideas, do not ague the validity of the individual
  • Remember no matter what anyone says, what you do matters

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1176- Shawn Hipskind – Libertarian Candidate for Arkansas Governor

Shawn Hipskind and Family

Shawn Hipskind and Family

I am joined today but the first ever political candidate on TSP.  Shawn Hipskind my long time friend is running for Governor of the State of Arkansas as a Libertarian.  Shawn’s real goal isn’t so much winning but to bring awareness to problems in our political system, how votes are bought and paid for and the concept of zero dollar campaigns.

I want to warn some of our audience that today you are likely to hear many things you disagree with.  Specifically on many libertarian issues like the use of force, the war on drugs and gay marriage.  Note that no one is trying to convince you of anything, frankly no one is trying to tell anyone here how to live their lives.  What we are simply asking is that you at least consider some of these concepts in a new light.

Not interfering with another individuals natural rights does not mean your endorsement of their decision as to how to exercise said rights.  If you want to learn more about official positions of the Libertarian Party you can do so at LP.org.

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-1097- How A Libertarian Society Would Function

We have had some pretty good discussions about libertarian concepts on the blog here in a very old article I posted almost 4 years ago.  I guess something  happened a lot of new people found it.  What I am coming to understand is many see libertarianism, objectivity and anarchism as the same things, they are not the same things.

Many how would ______ get accomplished questions about libertarianism don’t actually apply to minarchist libertarianism.  So today I am going to discuss how a society that is at least moving in the direction of libertarianism would function and how things would get done and how our lives would be better for it.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • On Libertarianism
    • What is a libertarian
    • How do we differ from democrats, independents and republicans
    • What do libertarians really want
    • What is the libertarian view of social issues like marijuana and gay marriage
    • Is there any room  for any form of taxation in a libertarian system
    • Could an “income tax” ever be fair
    • How would we run a food system in a libertarian system
    • How would we run a banking system in a libertarian system
    • How would we “build schools and roads” in such a system
    • What safety net would exist for the truly disadvantaged
    • How is this related to self sufficiency, self reliance and independence

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-1035- How I Would Personally Design a Sustainable Community

We just had Brian Newhouse on with a discussion on Permaville.  Since then I have been reading his book and while I like a lot of it, there are some compoenents I don’t agree with.  Such as having land “where no human may step”.

Though my view is if anyone buys land individually or collectively it is their land to do with as they please.  Hell there are definitely some parts of my heavily wooded 5 acres I haven’t stepped on, at least a few square feet of thick brambles or two.  Of course it is by choice, not decree.

This got me thinking that I have often described in pieces and parts what my vision for what we could call my own version of Permaville would be like but I have never described it deeply.   So I am going to do that today.  If you hear anything you think is “totally wrong” remember that anyone could build a community anyway they choose if you can find others to willing do it with you.

Just to be clear my ideas here would be for my community and any rules or ways of things confined to the borders of a privately held piece of land.  It is in no way how I think others should live.  When it comes to my day to day life I am a libertarian, but when it comes to my ideology, I am a voluntarist, please keep that in mind today.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • My community would be started from scratch so all involvement is voluntary
  • There would only be 5 main rules
    • 1st rule would be individuals may use personal property as they choose, period
    • 2’nd rule would be people must attempt to solve problems directly first
    • 3’rd rule seek community arbitration before “contacting authorities”
    • 4th rule no one may harm another or take their property
    • 5th rule common areas have their own rules
  • The concept of private property and collective ownership
    • Each land unit is one “share” of the whole
    • Common areas are managed for community and commercial use
    • Community needs before commercial gain
    • Commercial gain is distributed based on share holdings
    • Expenditures and purchases are voted on by share holders
    • All “community dues” are voluntary
    • Community dues can be sweat, commodity or monetary
  • Functions, Goals and Operations
    • Individual home sites in the 1 acre range
    • Approximately 20% of total land should be common or infrastructure
    • Property should be as off grid as possible (about regulations not polar bears)
    • Lots are privately held and common areas are in a land based trust
    • Common areas are use for community production, education and commercial production

This isn’t a full picture just the basic components but I feel a society run this way would be tight nit, highly resilient and solve almost all of its own problems.   Someday I may formalize this into a book and call it Perma Libertyville.

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Episode-849- Liberty is Alive and Well

I spend a lot of time on “individual liberty”.  I do so because I think the tide to turn government is so deep that it will take decades or longer to really change things.  Until such time I refuse to live in oppression so I have and will always teach that when it comes to liberty like many things, what you do matters is the number one component to success.

However being in New Hampshire for a few days with the crazy, radical, libertarian folks that call themselves the “Free Staters” has given me renewed hope as I watch how they are making progress at the personal level as well as at a systemic level.  Each member does their own thing, some are inside the system, some fully outside and others such as myself are working a bit in both worlds.

Join me Today as I Discuss…

  • Yes I am still a minarchist but have no further need to debate anarchists
  • You really can make a change at the state level
    • Over 12 State Reps are Freestaters
    • Many more backed by the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance
    • Over 1,000 people have moved as part of the FSP
  • Competing Currencies are Alive and Well
    • Lots of AOCS currency was in place
    • I understand bitcoin a lot better now
    • Shire Silver is onto something
    • TSP Copper will be back soon with even more options
  • People are waking up
    • Photography and video are making LEOs accountable
    • The local/real/etc food movement is hitting a critical mass
    • Many Free Staters were really taken in by “modern survivalism”
    • People in the FSP have each others back – BIG TIME
  • The impact on me
    • I likely won’t ever move to NH, but it could happen
    • My determination to fight is stronger than ever
    • My receptiveness to competing ideas is more open than ever
    • My view on currency isn’t different, it has however, expanded
    • The FSP is not “sponsored by” TSP
    • I will be back in NH next year

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Episode-845- Ben Franklin on Modern Survivalism

Reat Franlin's 8 Tenets at ArtOfManliness.com

Reat Franlin's 8 Tenets at TheArtOfManliness.com

Recently I get a ton of emails on an article called. 8 Personal Finance Lessons from Benjamin Franklin that was published on the very cool blog, The Art of Manliness.

Several dozen of you told me that this article sounded like 8 things I say often on TSP.

So rather than read the article at all I decided to do the show based just on the 8 tenets of Franklin and see how much in sync we really are or are not.  One thing for sure old Ben’s advice seems quite timeless to me.

Join Me Today as we Discuss these 8 Pieces of Advice from one of Our Founders

  • Understand the true value of things
  • Be self-sufficient
  • Invest in yourself
  • Surround yourself with friends who share your values
  • Don’t compromise your integrity for money
  • Steady diligence is the way to wealth
  • Time is money (I have changed this to time is value)
  • The accumulation of money is an means to an end

Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-842- Listener Calls for 2-17-12

So it is Friday and we have some calls today on some great stuff.  Today we hear about permaculture, data encryption, non intervention, the reality of poverty, libertarianism and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK.  The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details.  Also call from a quite area with a good connection and speak up so you can be well heard.  I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get most of them on.

Join Us Today as we Discuss…

  • Establishing perennial plantings on remote unoccupied property
  • Some fun rants and practical advice from “Carson from Canada”
  • Protecting chickens while you are away
  • More on what real poverty is like from someone who has seen it
  • When is it time for to declare bankruptcy
  • No you don’t “make money” with credit card programs
  • Prep with food or save cash, making the decision
  • Judge Andrew Napolitano asks, “what if elections don’t matter”
  • A listener tells us how TSP has changed his life and world view
  • Designing a home business based on creating tax write offs

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-751- Common Sense vs. Consumerism

Today I wanted to take a moment to take a look at the concept of consumerism and how it directly conflicts with the preparedness lifestyle.  Now don’t get me wrong I am a capitalist libertarian, I believe in the free market but I also believe in making informed consumer decisions.

Consumerism is the opposite of that, consumerism is a heard mentality where providers and producers spend time competing for existing market share and replacing products that are still functional.  An informed consumer market requires producers and providers to innovate and create better longer lasting products and services.

Join me today as I discuss…

  • Early Retirement Extreme – a book that got me thinking this way
    • Are we in a “climax stage” as in Permaculture
    • Are companies innovating or competing in existing markets
    • Working Man v. Salary Man v. Business Man v. Renaissance Man
  • How our grandparents evaluated a purchase of a product
    • Do I need it
    • Does anything I have fill the role now
    • How long will it last
    • What will it do for me and my family
    • How long must I work to pay for it
    • If I don’t buy it what difference will it really make
  • How companies market products today
    • Can we create a fad/cult following around it
    • What existing market share can we capture with it
    • Can we build a market to sell subsequent products to
    • Is it a consumable or designed to fail
    • How cheaply can we manufacture it
    • Can we outsource most of the work
    • Will it last long enough to avoid returns
    • Can we sell it for less than the competition
    • Or can we justify a premium at little to no internal cost
  • How do we avoid the consumerist trap and still have fun and cool stuff
    • Avoiding debt solves most of the problems
    • Have a 48 hour waiting period on major purchases
    • Ask the questions our grandparents did

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Episode-680- 14 Steps to the Personal Libertarian Lifestyle

Every day it seems I get information from people about more encroachment by government on individual rights, wide spread government and private sector surveillance etc.  As I look around sometimes it feels that liberty is dying and on some levels the average person couldn’t care less.   It is a depressing thought and one I don’t allow to take root because I view it as an emotional cancer.

Liberty isn’t a life form it is a way of life!

Liberty cannot die, it can only be forgotten, ignored, scorned or attacked but an idea can never die as long as one person has the courage or even the potential to remember it.  So my belief is while our population is not currently interested in liberty as a whole, there is hope and there are many of us who are.  It is up to us to live in liberty in spite of the system around us.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • The real beauty of libertarianism
  • The current threats to liberty
    • Debt/Taxes
    • Surveillance/Intrusion
    • Apathy
    • Libertarians living in defeat
  • The Personal Libertarian Lifestyle
    • Believe and do as you please (with in the law)
    • Spread your belief example, never with force
    • Create independence from the systems
    • Solve your own problems when ever you can
    • Vote for what you believe in, not who you think can win
    • Know why you believe what you believe
    • Accept challenges to what you believe but require facts
    • Never submit to government authority voluntarily (legally resist)
    • Create your own systems, your own networks, etc.
    • Value education and be a self directed learner at all times
    • Let no man speak for you or put words in your mouth
    • Accept that others many ignore, demean or attack you
    • Argue ideas, do not ague the validity of the individual
    • Remember no matter what anyone says, what you do matters

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.