Tip of the Week #8 – "Free on Craigslist"

So excited about this week’s Tip. It’s so important to stress that when getting off the grid you need to maximize your potential by reusing and recycling. It will not only save you money, but it helps our environment. It’s so easy and rewarding to find furniture and other household items for free online through Craigslist or by the dumpster after a big move-out. People are usually thrilled to get the “junk” off their hands. I know I’ve been that person before!

I know it’s so cliche and over-used but there’s no doubt that one man’s trash can be another’s treasure. Treasure this Tip of the Week and share with friends, encouraging a day-out to find some awesome additions to your household or farm through Craigslist and garage sales! Some people find it as tacky…but we at the farm find it savvy and resourceful so dumpster dive on!

Anyone have any awesome finds from Craigslist? Share on our Faecbook.com/SovereignLivingTV page!

Celebrating Bitcoin as it empowers small farms!

Bitcoin is empowering small farmers and there is no limit or boundary that can stop this currency revolution. Smaller farmers can now sell their products without bureaucracy getting in the way and eating their profits through fees by using Bitcoin. It’s a beautiful step for gardeners around the world. The decentralized nature of farming goes hand in hand with Bitcoin. Watch this short-documentary about an entrepreneur and farmer in Argentina building up business through Bitcoin:

This is just one of the many reasons why currency competition will drive us into a revolution. You are transcending the powers that be, that have always been. This business doesn’t need the government and more and more will uncover this as time goes on.

50 Ways to Leave Leviathen [re-post from The Freeman]

As always Max Borders and Jeffrey Tucker bring some incredible wisdom and commentary to those of us looking for ways to escape this ugly rule of government. This time they bring it into a simplified list that’s easy to read, understand, and well…just start going down the list and checking items off. I promise you won’t regret it!

Here’s a sneak-peek. Follow the link at the end to keep learning more ways to “Leace Leviathen”:

1. Airbnb: This service allows people to rent out their homes for a couple of days. It offers competitive prices compared to hotels and gets around the whole of the regulatory apparatus, zoning control, union monopolies, and other barriers to entry. Of course, in some states, hotel cartels aren’t happy.

2. Uber: Taxis have their licenses, which drive up fares. It’s a cozy and well-protected cartel. Uber lets you get around this system, finding great rides in clean cars for better fares—all while checking (gasp! unlicensed) chauffeurs with reputation ratings.

3. Bitcoin: Government ruined money long ago. The market has made an end-to-end crypto currency. It could mean death for the euro, the dollar, and other fiat currencies. The implications are awesome and inspiring.

4. Private power generation: Big companies like Google are tired of dealing with regulated utilities. They fear outages and need more reliable power. They’re generating their own power. There are only a few, but then again there used to be only a few rich guys using cellphones. That’s where innovation happens. Then, the price goes down and the quality goes up. Moore’s Law kicks in. Someday this trend could challenge the grid.
Keep reading the list at: http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/fifty-ways-to-leave-leviathan#ixzz2gsRExP91

The Rise of "Mesh Networks" May be the Answer to the NSA

Much like Diasapora took on the challenge of making social media free of corporate overreach, communities across the country are building small pockets of government-free internet. This small but promising effort in cities like Athens, Ciaro, Capetown and more, is providing a means of communication for those who can not afford internet services and those who want to keep their communication private.

The biggest roadblock in the way is the FCC, because they control all the most efficient frequencies. Building the back end and apparatus for a free network is more than a reasonable goal (though timely goal) for those who want to communicate freely.

Read more on the development and reality of having a truly free internet.

Max Borders, editor of The Freeman, says "I sure couldn't do it…unless I had to."

Meet the Blush family. They represent a growing faction of libertarians that mix the rugged individualism of Spooner with the self-reliance of Thoreau. And they’re making a reality show.

You might think they’re crazy. After all, they’re weaning themselves from the grid in order to opt out of the structures they believe have been corrupted by state control and corporate cronyism. That means giving up plentiful energy, convenient food, and economies of scale.

But is it crazy?

I sure couldn’t do it—not unless I had to. I’m totally dependent, as most of us are, on regulated monopolies to feed our appliances and big boxes stocked full of cheap goods. I like economies of scale. I also like manufactured pharmaceuticals, wireless gadgets, and air travel—despite the fact that all of these industries are corrupted to varying degrees.

But people who engage in sovereign living are often happy people. They have tight communities and are not worried for a second about brownouts or the crash of the dollar. If the zombie apocalypse comes, they’ve already practiced being truly free. They are more resilient. And most importantly, they are participating in the construction of the counter-economy.

Keep reading at TheFreeman.com – and thanks Max for covering the project!

Neither Bullets Nor Ballots by: Wendy McElroy

 

Check out this classic essay on voluntaryist strategy by philosopher and liberty advocate, Wendy McElroy.

My favorite line – “It is ironic that a movement which uses the free market as a solution for everything from roads to national defense declares that political means, the antithesis of the free market, are necessary to achieve freedom.”

Neither Bullets Nor Ballots

by Wendy McElroy
Number 1

From Voluntaryist.com

 

The Voluntaryist seeks to reclaim the anti-political heritage of libertarianism. It seeks to reestablish the clear, clean difference between the economic and the political means of changing society. This difference was well perceived by the forerunners of contemporary libertarianism who tore the veil of legitimacy away from government to reveal a criminal institution which claimed a monopoly of force in a given area. Accordingly, early libertarians such as Benjamin Tucker maintained that one could no more attack government by electing politicians than one could prevent crime by becoming a criminal. Although he did not question the sincerity of political anarchists, he described them as enemies of liberty: “those who distrust her as a means of progress, believing in her only as an end to be obtained by first trampling upon, violating, and outraging her.” This rejection of the political process (by which I mean electoral politics) was a moral one based on the insight that no one has the right to a position of power over others and that any man who seeks such an office, however honorable his intentions, is seeking to join a criminal band.

Somewhere in the history of libertarianism, this rejection of the State has been eroded to the point that anarchists are now aspiring politicians and can hear the words “anarchist Senator” without flinching. No longer is libertarianism directed against the positions of power, against the offices through which the State is manifested; the modern message — complete with straw hats, campaign rhetoric and strategic evasion — is “elect my man to office” as if it were the man disgracing the office and not the other way around. Those who point out that no one has the right to such a position, that such power is anathema to the concept of rights itself, are dismissed as negative, reactionary or crackpot. They are subject to ad hominem attacks which divert attention from the substantive issues being raised, the issues which will be discussed in The Voluntaryist.

The Voluntaryist is unique in that it reflects both the several centuries of libertarian tradition and the current cutting edge of libertarian theory. The tradition of American libertarianism Is so inextricably linked with anarchism that, during the Nineteenth Century, Individualist-anarchism was a synonym for libertarianism. But anarchism is more than simply the non-initiation of force by which libertarianism is commonly defined. It is a view of the State as the major violator of rights, as the main enemy. Anarchism analyzes the State as an institution whose purpose is to violate rights in order to secure benefits to a privileged class. For those who believe in the propriety of a limited government it makes sense to pursue political office, but for an anarchist who views the State as a fundamentally evil institution such a pursuit flies in the face of the theory and the tradition which he claims to share. Thus, the political anarchist must explain why he aspires to an office he proclaims inherently unjust. Perhaps one reason for the erosion of anarchism within the libertarian movement is that many of the questions necessary to a libertarian institutional analysis of the State have never been seriously addressed. A goal of The Voluntaryist is to construct a cohesive theory of anti-political libertarianism, of Voluntaryism, which will investigate such issues as whether moral or legal liabilities adhere to the act of voting someone into power over another’s life. Perhaps by working out the basics of this theory the unhappy spectacle of “the anarchist as politician” can be avoided.

Another major goal is to examine non-political strategies. In constructing anti-political theory and strategy — which was assumed by early libertarians without being well defined — we will be labeled as merely counter Libertarian Party by those who innocently or with malice are unable to perceive the wider context which leads to a rejection of the political means itself. The myriad of non-political strategies available to libertarians will be dismissed or will be accepted only as useful adjuncts to electoral politics. It is ironic that a movement which uses the free market as a solution for everything from roads to national defense declares that political means, the antithesis of the free market, are necessary to achieve freedom.

As Voluntaryists we reject the Libertarian Party on the same level and for the same reason we reject any other political party. The rejection is not based on incidental evasions or corruption of principle which inevitably occur within politics. It is based on the conviction that to oppose the State one must oppose the specific instances of the State or else one’s opposition is toward a vague, floating abstraction and never has practical application. Political offices are the State. By becoming politicians libertarians legitimize and perpetuate the office. They legitimize and perpetuate the State.

If libertarianism has a future, it is as the movement which takes a principled, resounding stance against the State. Those who embrace political office hinder the efforts of Voluntaryists who are attempting to throw off this institution of force. It is common for libertarians to view anarchism and minarchism as two trains going down the same track; minarchism simply stops a little before anarchism’s destination. This is a mistaken notion. The destination of anarchism is different from and antagonistic to the destination minarchism. The theory and the emotional commitment are different. Murray Rothbard captured the emotional difference by asking his famous question in Libertarian Forum, “Do you Hate the State?” Voluntaryists respond with an immediate, heartfelt “yes”. Minarchists give reserved, qualified agreement all the while explaining the alleged distinction between a government and a state. Political anarchists are in the gray realm of agreeing heartily in words to principles which their actions contradict. It is time to have the differences between Voluntaryism and political libertarianism clearly expressed and for non-political alternatives to be pursued.

It is time for The Voluntaryist.

A Message to Our Brothers and Sisters in Egypt, From SovereignLiving.tv

448509-egypt-protestsMessage to Egyptian protestors – give self-governance a try! It is likely that the next ruler will be just like the rest of them. It may take a while but as Lord Acton said, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. You may not be able to have total liberty all across the country, but at least take a couple million of you and create a sustainable and autonomous region or two. What better opportunity than now do you have a chance at experimenting with a radical new way to organize society. Give mutually beneficial voluntary association a try and abandon the old way of coercion, hierarchy, and despair. If democracy is what you desire, explore direct democracy, where the individual chooses if he or she wishes to participate. You may not get another shot at it in a while. Why not try something new? We’ll be watching. Good luck. Peace and Freedom for ALL.

How Bitcoin Will End the Nation State – Jeffrey Tucker

 

Published on Apr 5, 2013

http://NextNewsNetwork.com | What is bitcoin, and why is it suddenly the hottest thing in global currency markets?

As the European banking and currency crisis unfolds, the emerging digital currency has rapidly become a refuge for people fleeing from the euro and seeking to protect their savings and assets from confiscation.

In Cyprus, where thousands of businessmen have seen nearly all of their operating capital siphoned from their accounts, Bitcoin ATMs have suddenly appeared. Investors and businessmen in Spain and other countries that may soon fall prey to the “Cyprus Model” are likewise fleeing to the bitcoin.

Some analysts believe that Bitcoin, which allows for unmediated fund transfers between individuals, poses a potentially lethal threat to conventional banking. It is certainly exposing the weakness of the world’s incumbent reserve currency, the US dollar.

As of April 2, it took 115 U.S. dollars to purchase a single Bitcoin. Is this a speculative bubble? After all, Bitcoin is a virtual currency without precedent in human history.

Does Bitcoin offer promise, or peril? We’ll examine this issue with economic analyst Jeffrey Tucker. Mr. Tucker is the head of Lassiez-Faire Books. He is the author of “It’s a Jetson’s World: Private Miracles and Public Crimes” and “A Beautiful Anarchy: How to Create Your Own Civilization in the Digital Age.”

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What is BitCoin?

Uploaded on Mar 22, 2011

More information on http://www.weusecoins.com

This video is a short animated introduction to Bitcoin, made possible with donations from the Bitcoin community.

We’d like to thank:
– Donators for the Bitcoin Animated Movie Bounty
– Bitcoin users and miners around the world
– Everyone from #bitcoin-dev and #bitcoin-otc on Freenode for help with the technical side and history of Bitcoin
– Gavin Andresen, Mike Hearn for reviewing the script
– Greg, Steve, Dan and Jasmin who provided their professional help and insights for free
– All of our friends, family and random strangers who took the time to read the script and provide feedback

Credits:
Voice – Chris Rice (www.ricevoice.com)
Motion Graphics – Fabian Rühle (fabianruehle.tumblr.com)
Music/Sound Design – Christian Barth (www.akkord-arbeiter.de)
Production – Stefan Thomas