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Alex Jones, Big Tech, and the Deep State

deepstate They finally got to it. Alex Jones has been banned from Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, and I’m not sure what else… all within 24 hours or so, as I hear it. And he was not alone – others have been banned too. What I want you to understand is this: There’s only one reason this was done now: because they might get away with it. I see very little of Mr. …

Good Things in the Bible

theBible The Bible has been loudly, publicly, and repetitively criticized for a long time, and it’s most vocal defenders have been those who demand that it be treated as a divine oracle. In other words, the public has been given a binary choice: Either the Bible is horrible, or else it’s divine and you’ll go to hell if you don’t think so. I think that’s a silly choice, but it’s the …

RIP Andrea Rich

RIPAR I’m sorry to report that Andrea Millen Rich, proprietor of Laissez Faire books and many other things (see here) has died. More or less every obituary you’ll read about Andrea will point out that she helped unknown people get a decent start. This is true, and I was one of them. When I was finished with my first complete draft of A Lodging of Wayfaring Men, I sent it to …

The Monopolization of Heroes by the State

Monopolization Television and movies are full of heroes. Drama could hardly exist without them of course, but have you noticed that nearly every hero in modern dramas is associated with the state? Here are dramas playing on TV in my town tonight, with the heroes following: Hawaii Five-0 – Police; Blue Bloods – Police…

The West Has Lost Its Sense of Meaning

180724image001 Please consider the wall hangings in this photo from a remote village in Belarus: And please note the plaque over the door in this painting of a home in Delft, in 1658: In both of these cases we see people inserting meaning into their lives. This is something very few people do in the modern West, and it illustrates a fundamental change in our civilization. Consider, as a further illustration, …

The Eruption of the Shills

Shills shill: A person paid to endorse a product favorably, while pretending to be impartial. If ever you wanted confirmation that ruling structures are biased toward conflict, you got it over the past two days. If ever you wanted confirmation that public intellectuals jump to obey power, you got it over the past two days. As much as I avoid the bullhorns from New York and DC, I couldn’t escape them …

Humanity Crucified on a Cross of Iron

CrossIron A few people remember President Dwight Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, where he warned Americans about the rise of a military-industrial complex… a warning that was stunningly accurate and almost fully ignored. What almost no one remembers was Eisenhower’s speech in 1953, when he said that under the pressures of fear and war spending, humanity was “hanging from a cross of iron.” Bear in mind, this was said by Dwight David Eisenhower, …

Why Does the Law Not Warn?

LawWarn Everyone who has children, or even nieces and nephews, understands that you have to warn a child before punishing him or her. If not, you teach the child a rash of bad lessons, like these: Punishment can rain down upon you at any time, with no warning. The world can’t be predicted. There are two kinds of people: those who order and punish and those who obey or suffer. The …

How Cryptoanarchy Saved the World

Cryptoanarchy The things that actually change the world are very often kept out of view. The stronger the mainline culture, the more the things that will change it are portrayed as weird, stupid, naive, and even dangerous. And so it has certainly been with cryptoanarchy. But however much ignored, cryptoanarchy has already changed the world and will continue to change it. It is, in fact, the future taking root. For those …

A New Day, a New Chance to Be Wonderful

NewDay Most people fail to appreciate the fresh opportunity that each day brings them. Their programming requires them to snort derisively at concepts like the one above. After all, the systems of this world are built upon the assumption that mankind is weak, stupid, and generally inadequate to a moral existence. As a result, most people have become addicted to bad news. Nonetheless every day is a fresh start, a situation …

The Foolishness of a Consumer Society

Foolishness Do custom-embroidered powder room towels actually make your life better? If you think so, and if you’re not of the very few who care about towels as an art form, you’re getting your kicks from other people being impressed by you. You’re buying the approval of others… and you’re all being foolish together. Quality food makes your life better. A reliable car makes your life better. Good medicine makes your …

Bitcoin and the Beatles

Beatles I’ve been involved with cryptography since the mid-1990s. That’s when I had my “aha” moment and realized that cryptography creates a terra nova the lords of force can’t penetrate. Progress, however, was disturbingly slow. We had great ideas, brilliant people, and even some impressive projects. But nothing really stuck. Disheartened, most of us gave up on our world-changing dreams. Then, to our great surprise, Bitcoin stuck. And now, finally, I’m …

9/11: The Greatest Gift the Status Quo Ever Got

911 I’m not saying that 9/11 was anything but a sick, evil disaster. Nor am I placing blame for it on any person or group; I’m not interested in wasting time in that quagmire. What I am saying is that the status quo in America – compliance without question, shutting our eyes to abuse, and forever finding reasons to believe – was aided by the 9/11 event more than anything else …

Bitcoin and the Power Grid

BPowerGrid “Bitcoin is evil” articles exist in profusion, and these days I pretty much ignore them. But one of the recent types – raising awareness of Bitcoin’s environmental unsustainability – has engaged me. As it turns out, I have an unusual background to bring to this topic, and I think I should contribute. So, here we go: Another Apocalypse? Let’s be honest and admit that most of the “environmental movement” sells …

More Revolutionaries Are Coming

Revolutionaries The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. – Princess Leia, Star Wars

Assange, Ulbricht, Manning, Snowden… we’ve seen a slow stream of revolutionaries over the past decade or so, a few of whom became well-known. More will be coming.

How Science Became an Idol

ScienceIdol I do not oppose science. In fact I advocate for it. But it’s also clear to me that science has been turned into a social weapon. More than that, it has been turned into an idol, and today I’m going to explain (briefly) how that happened. But before I do, I want you to understand what idolatry really is. Whenever you hold something above critique – above reality – you …

Google’s Mendacity: The Selfish Ledger Decyphered

google Few things repulse me more than someone born with a genius brain who then uses it to befuddle others and turn them into tools. A leaked video from Google showed up on my screen this morning. At first I was thrilled that we’d have evidence from the inside, showing what’s really happening at the home of “Don’t Be Evil.” But as I watched the video, my emotions changed dramatically. This …

So, You Wanna Get Involved with Crypto… Here’s What You Need to Know

InvolvedCrypto After several quiet months, I’m hearing of more and more people who want to get involved with cryptocurrencies, and not just buying and selling. I’m hearing about people who want to start crypto-related businesses, even things like crypto-themed bars. These people need some orientation and most long-time crypto advocates are simply too overwhelmed to help much. So, if you’re thinking of getting involved with cryptocurrencies, I’d like to give you …

Justice Condemned: The Ross Ulbricht Case

RUJustice I’ve been in and around the US justice system for most of my life. I’ve always had relatives and friends who were lawyers, and I worked as an expert witness for more than 30 years. And however much I may disregard the state as an institution, I hold great regard for the common law, upon which the US justice system was based. So, when I tell you that Ross Ulbricht’s …

The Status Quo Is Deathly Boring

QuoBoring Most young people know nothing but the world as it is. Their teachers assure them that this is the best form of human organization, all authority agrees, and their parents toe the party line. The system is geared to keep them shuffling forward quietly unto death. What a waste. What a crime. What a bore. “Live dangerously and you live right.” This line comes from the great author Johann Wolfgang …