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Getting away from the bankers and Feds

How I missed the point of bitcoin

No, the key thing about bitcoin is its censorship-resistance — something that I only obliquely touched on in my original post, when I mentioned that the currency could be used to purchase drugs on the dark web or send donations to WikiLeaks, which was then operating under a blockade by the major payment networks.

Censorship-resistance solves a real problem, and not just for drug dealers or ransomware attackers. Centralization may offer certain efficiencies, but it also creates single points of failure that are vulnerable to political or social pressure.
     — Marc Hochstein



Congress considers bill greatly expanding feds’ power to seize your money, Bitcoin, and property

Four U.S. senators have proposed legislation that would significantly expand the power of the federal government to seize citizens’ money when traveling in or out of the United States.

On May 25, Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced in Congress the Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Counterfeiting Act of 2017, legislation that makes it much easier for the federal government to seize assets transported overseas or into the United States.

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The Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Counterfeiting Act would expand “monetary instruments” covered under current law to include “prepaid access devices, stored value cards, digital currencies, and other similar instruments.” This is particularly problematic because digital currencies, such as Bitcoin, are theoretically always transported by the owner of the digital currency account wherever he or she goes, which means digital currency owners with accounts valued at $10,000 or more must always report their funds or risk having them seized.

Even more troubling is the law treats all blank checks as though they are financial instruments valued in excess of $10,000 if the checking account contains at least $10,000, which means if a traveler accidently fails to report a blank check floating around in his or her luggage, the account holder could face stiff penalties — even if there is no suspicion of criminal activity.
     — Justin Haskins

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“Blockstack: A New Internet That Brings Privacy & Property Rights to Cyberspace”

“Meet the developers behind Blockstack, who are using blockchain technology to reconfigure the web.”

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“Isaiah's Job” by Albert Jay Nock

For length reasons, this entry appears on it's own page.

This first appeared in the Atlantic Monthly in 1936. It was published by William Morrow & Company of New York in the now out of print Nock's own Free Speech and Plain Language in 1937.

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“Five Clichés Used to Attack Free Speech” from ReasonTV

“We live in perilous times when it comes to free speech, and the threats are coming from both the left and right. The president has threatened legal action against the media, and progressive activists have used violence to shut down campus speakers they don't like.”

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Roaming Millennial on Oppression

“People of Color: You Are Not Oppressed”

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George Washington's Farewell Address

For length reasons, this entry appears on it's own page.

Penned by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and Washington himself. This was read annually to Congress on Washington's Birthday until the 1970s. If you haven't read or heard it, you should take the time.

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“What Is an American?” by Edward L. Hudgins

This 1998 classic was published by the Cato Institute

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“Me Is Mine, You Is Yours” by Nick Sibley

Another classic that I've used in the sidebar for years.

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“The Philosophy of Liberty” by the International Society for Individual Liberty

“The Philosophy of Liberty is an informative video animation based on the prologue of Ken Schoolland's book, ‘The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible.’ It is available on the ISIL website at no cost for non-commercial distribution in over 14 languages.”

Yes, I've featured this one in the sidebar for years. It's still an American classic.

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“Why They Attack Us & Why We Let Them” by Roaming Millennial

“What do the Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin and Stockholm attacks all have in common? Not a dang thing according to apologists.”

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“Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”

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“Your Brain On Drug Policy” featuring Rachael Leigh Cook

“Rachael Leigh Cook explains that the war on drugs is a war on people in a remake of her iconic spot”

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Roaming Millennial on Berkeley Lies!

“DaddyOFive Faking It? + Berkeley Lies!”

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“Resistance to Civil Government” (“Civil Disobedience”) by H.D. Thoreau

Thoreau wrote in protest of slavery and the Mexican-American War to reveal great truths. He places the individual over the state.

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DEA pushing drugs

“DEA Just Admitted It Lets Drugs Into Communities & Pushes Them on Citizens”

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“On Women's Right to Vote” by Susan B. Anthony

After she was arrested, Susan B. Anthony showed just what a woman could do.

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See truth with your own eyes

r/libertarian vs r/socialism

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Still think libertarians are paranoid?

This is where we start getting into legalisms. Because Trump and associates were not the direct targets of surveillance, intelligence officials say that Trump was not under surveillance. Technically true and absolutely false.

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Legal theft

Maine is poised to make it a lot harder for police to steal your stuff

Civil asset forfeiture is a national problem, and a big one. In 2014, for the first time in recorded history, police in the United States seized more money and property through civil asset forfeiture than all burglars and thieves combined. Making matters worse, civil asset forfeiture has been known to disproportionately impact African Americans and Latinos, creating significant barriers to opportunity in their communities. According to a study in Oklahoma, nearly two thirds of seizures come from racial minorities, representing a significant disparity.
     — Payton Alexander

Emphasis added. H/T reddit

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Repeal Obamacare with just one sentence

Rep. Mo Brooks files bill to repeal Obamacare

Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.
     — U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks

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Roaming Millenial on Trump's Ties to Russia

What We Know So Far

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Emma Watson on feminism - “I really don't know what my tits have to do with it.”

“Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom. It’s about liberation. It’s about equality. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it. It’s confusing.”

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“The Drunken, Pagan History of Christmas” by Adam Ruins Everything

It's not what you think it is

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“Should We Trust the Media?” from Roaming Millennial

Biased Journalism & Creative Reporting

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How Prostitutes Settled the Wild West - Adam Ruins Everything

Surprising history

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Penn & Teller on flag burning

Freedom to offend

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Uncle Sam says Stop Being Afraid

“You're Americans First"

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Roaming Millenial on the Alt-Right

“What is the Alt-Right?"

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“Instead of Famine — Thanksgiving!” by Henry Hazlitt

This 1968 Henry Hazlitt op-ed quotes William Bradford to tell you how it really was

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Roaming Millennial on allegations

“Should we listen and believe?”

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“The Racist Roots of Gun Control” by Clayton E. Cramer

This overlooked 1995 classic reminds us about freedom

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“Scrooge McDuck and Money”

Animated classic from 1967 shows the evolution and role of money in society. Money is only useful if it circulates.

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“Make Mine Freedom (1948)”

Animated classic from 1948 shows the politics of disunity

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Roaming Millennial on the Election Aftermath

“Anti-Trump hysteria”

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CGP Grey on the Electoral College

“The Trouble with the Electoral College”

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“The Nature of Liberty” by H.L. Mencken

H.L. Mencken is always worth your time.

This version is from Prejudices: Third Series (1922)

For length reasons, this entry has it's own page.

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Roaming Millennial on Social Justice and Universities

“Social Justice & Universities”

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“If Congress was your co-worker” starring Chris Pine

Entirely too funny.

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“The War Prayer” by Mark Twain

This 1905 Mark Twain piece has lessons for today.

It was not published until after his death.

For length reasons, this entry has it's own page.

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“Not Yours to Give” by James J. Bethune

This classic 1867 piece has lessons for today.

For length reasons, this entry has it's own page.

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3 Rules for Rulers video

CGP Grey strikes again

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Forbidden

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