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I have decided to move this blog and expand its scope to include more culture and technology posts, as well as inspiring stories of individuals making a difference. Please join me at recreationalthinker.com!

Bitcoin Growing Pains

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Bitcoin Growing Pains

One of the original Bitcoin exchanges, Mt. Gox, seems to be history and everyone is wondering what is next for BTC (click through image for more info).

“Newspaper chain plans ‘state-by-state’ concealed weapon databases”

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“Newspaper chain plans ‘state-by-state’ concealed weapon databases”

Newspaper conglomerate Civitas may be planning to publish a database of every concealed carry permit holder with identifying information.

This is so slimey… First of all, why is it public record who has a permit? How is it anyone’s business outside the permit holder, their state, and possibly state law enforcement?

While the plan is despicable, it would be legal; so while we can blame Civitas for wanting to compile the information, we can blame the government for handing it over. This demonstrates a total lack of respect for the privacy and rights of permit holders by both parties. This dangerous and irresponsible act could endanger folks who have active restraining orders, or would suffer political consequences from certain parties finding out they have exercised their right to self-defense (a natural right which is sorely out of fashion today).

Finally, guess who “has the right to carry a concealed weapon”: Everyone who is not a felon. This includes you, even if you haven’t applied for a permit yet. Are they just going to print a list of all non-felons in each state? And what about states which do not require a permit to carry a concealed weapon? Please… This is nothing but a smear campaign and a target map for burglars.

Your Religiosity Is Incompatible With Your Libertarianism

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Pro-Life Christian website LifeNews has published an opinion piece on the recent firing of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson for comments denigrating homosexuality in an interview:

http://www.lifenews.com/2013/12/19/like-phil-robertson-its-time-for-christians-to-speak-up-against-sin/

Firstly and most importantly, in the author’s opinion Robertson absolutely has a right to free speech and should not have been terminated for his opinions, especially since they were expressed in a personal interview totally outside the production of the show. But in this case it was A&E’s decision, not the author’s and it is unknown what were the contents of Robertson’s contract with the network.

The subject of this post is the response to the incident. This article moves the frame of reference to a completely different context (homosexuality to abortion) and sounds self-serving. This article could have been all about free speech, an issue important and common to all human beings, but instead changes the frame of reference and brings out the Christian/Pro-Life flag to wave it high once again.

This is a problem for the liberty movement. Choosing sides in religious conflicts does not help unify different groups in an appreciation of human freedom; it helps perpetuate divides between them along the lines of scripture and dogma (both of which are open to vastly different interpretations and resulting conflict). With a proper understanding of the universal principle of non-aggression, one can leave behind the quagmire that is religious scripture and seek the real, natural, universal truth of the human condition. One becomes less inclined toward hateful speech about a non-violent practice like consensual homosexual relationships, and when one hears such speech one becomes less inclined to react by drawing battle lines and immediately entering intellectual conflict. Increasingly, thanks to technology, there is only one collective on the planet: the Human collective.

Put succinctly, it is disingenuous or even hypocritical when Libertarians/Voluntaryists practice collectivism in the form of organized religion. We don’t get a free society by continuing to take such universal issues of human freedom (of speech, of association, of sexuality) and making them into tribal conflicts. This dynamic has even been harnessed by governments and religious institutions throughout history to justify all manner of atrocity in the name of God or Yahweh or Allah or whatever you call the divine eternal. There are few things less productive for the liberty movement today. If one waves the flag of the either the state or of one’s particular God, one makes the same mistake. We should build bridges between different traditions, not draw battle lines.

Libertarians and Voluntaryists should be less like TV preachers and more like Rush’s Tom Sawyer:

No, his mind is not for rent
To any God or government.
Always hopeful, yet discontent,
He knows changes arent permanent,
But change is.

We Have The Technology

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Gentlemen, we can rebuild it. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first free society. Planet Earth will be that society. Better than it was before. Better…stronger…faster.

Don’t run drugs. The government hates competition.

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http://cir.ca/news/ex-army-snipers-murder-plot

Ex-military snipers from the US, Germany, and Poland have been arrested for conspiracy to run drugs and kill anyone who got in their way (like the DEA). Silly boys, running drugs is the CIA’s job!

Novus Ordo Liber

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Novus Ordo Liber

“Own yourself”

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