THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 634, August 28, 2011
"Casinos are like a neon-decorated IRS"
Special to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise
The insidious systems by which the big government benefits the big fascist corporations and those big corpses feed back benefits to the politicians and bureau-rats are based on hierarchical structures that are as full of fail as client-server, Napster, and the like. What killed Napster as a client-server based file sharing scheme cannot kill bitTorrent.
We live in revolutionary times, whether any people get out in the streets to protest or not. We live in a time of great changes because of the very important work done to miniaturise circuits in the 1960s, 70s, and thereafter; because of the work to develop robust inter-networking systems beginning in the late 1960s; because of the development of open source cryptography in the 1970s which paved the way for open source software in the 1980s and beyond; because of the continuing development of David Chaum's ideas for even more robust peer to peer systems (mixmaster/meshmx/onion routing, etc.).
Possibly the most revolutionary fact of today is economic. I can now engage in trade and commerce anywhere in the world with any other individual on a totally private basis. Using encrypted communications (including, today, open source e-mail encryption, voice encryption, video encryption) and private exchange networks (notably Loom, Voucher Safe) two people can have a private exchange of value which cannot be detected by anyone else. What government cannot detect, it cannot regulate, cannot tax, and cannot prohibit.
These simple yet penetrating facts change everything. The world is shifting, becoming ever more out of control. My suggestion is that persons seeking to thrive in the future withdraw in the present. Avoid getting ground up in the death throes of the massive central state dinosaurs.
Yes, there are efforts to smash the state. As I have repeatedly written ("Smashing Fail, Withdrawing Epic Win;" and "Half Measures Are Full of Fail" among others), I don't think these efforts are going to succeed in the short run in a manner sufficient to justify the vast effusion of blood involved. Moreover, efforts to bring down one state currently still lead for the most part to the establishment of some new replacement statewith the banking gangsters protected just as much by the new state. Somalia is one example of how that didn't work out, and Iceland appears to be making impressive efforts to avoid being the chattel of the banksters.
However, there are also ongoing efforts to withdraw from the system, to deny it more and more of our lives, our wealth, our income, our neighbours, our friends, our family, our children. Keep people out of the hands of the state would be my first suggestion, and go get our people out of their hands when they fall into custody would be my second.
For the latter purpose, some friends of mine and I conceived of (mostly in a series of essays in L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise which publication has been incredibly valuable in promoting new ideas for freedom) a sovereign mutual aid response team (SMART) which has already been emulated by a Mutual Aid Shield (MAS) and a Lone Star Mutual Aid Response Team. I gather that a new site promoting Love, Light, Learning, and Freedom (L3Free) is coming soon.
Our own particular "brand" of this diverse and increasingly distributed "resistance" network and underground rail-road service is "the University Association" of Individual Sovereign University found in the "services" section of the "store" link at IndSovU.com (look for the top horizontal menu). You can join up with coupon code LEES001 to get a 1% discount. Or you can become a membership recruiting contractor with a coupon code of your very own, and earn 20% commission on sales. Hurrah!
During revolutionary times, things change rapidly. Fortunes rise and fall. Empires are shattered. Lives are snuffed out. Everything changes. Everything is changing.
What I ask you to do is very simple, advice you should already be following. Prepare. Prepare for change by setting aside some things of valuegold, silver, ammo, food, water, other resources. Network with others in your area. Stay in communication so you can help one another.
We're building more and more tools to help with this work. Eventually, the state supremacists and their systems are going to be weaker, and we are going to be far stronger. When it comes time to free the slaves, stop the wars, and end the state, those of us who are most prepared are most likely to be on the front lines.
What we've seen in the last fifty years is the fact that central planning cannot work. It cannot work in a confiscatory state-ownership system like the Soviet Union. It cannot work in a "kinder gentler" state socialism like Western Europe or the USA. And since it cannot work, it cannot be the foundation for a stairway to the planets and stars.
I mean to go to Mars, and beyond. Which means, to me, that I need to build on a much more solid foundation than these shifting sands of political expedience, corruption, and greed that I see all around me. Having searched the world for a free country, I am now determined to build free countries. And I believe the ground in the Western USA is very fertile for free people, free communities, and free societies.
When you are ready for it, please join us. Thank you.
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