Will Bitcoin End the Nation State?

“There’s this fantasy that many writers talk about,” said David Veksler, “of some magical technology that can magically give the individual some power over the state. Some way to evade the authority. Maybe it’s a space ship, or maybe it’s a force field . . . and then there’s bitcoin.” David Veksler is a Chief Architect at the Foundation for Economic Education, and also works at Liberty.me. He blogs at https://veksler.liberty.me/. He gave his presentation on Bitcoin and the Nation State at the 2015 World Conference on Market Liberalization in Bali, hosted by the International Society for Individual Liberty, now renamed Liberty International. View the talk here:

How Oliver Porter Created a Privately Run City

Oliver Porter has done the impossible.  He led the movement to incorporate his town into a privately run city.  Oliver gave a talk at the International Society for Individual Liberty World Conference on Market Liberalization in Bali about the town of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Oliver was instrumental in incorporating his town of about 100,000 people, which allowed the town to privatize almost all of it’s government services.  The town has outsourced it’s parks, traffic, 911, permitting department, call center, and even city hall — all run by a private company. How did Oliver Porter privatize his town?  And how can you privatize your town?  Find out, in the video! For a good manual on the steps Oliver took to incorporate his town, check out his book Creating the New City of Sandy Springs: The 21st Century Paradigm: Private Industry.

I, iPhone

Hello.  I am an iPhone.  To many people, I might seem quite simple.  Yet take a closer look, and you may discover a whole world of complexity.   Not a single person on the face of this earth knows how to make me.  Not even Steve Jobs, if he were still alive — he could not put me together all by himself.  Even if Steve Jobs had all the plastic, aluminum, glass, the rare earth metals all lying on a table in front of him, he could not put all of the components together by himself to create a fully functioning iPhone 5s.   So how does something so unlikely as an iPhone just pop into existance?   Well, my story starts with a man who was shooting at some food, and up through the ground came a bubbling crude.  Oil that is.   That oil was refined into plastic pellets in a factory.  The plastic pellets were shipped to . . . actually to tell you the truth, even I, the miraculous iPhone – I don’t even know how to make me!   You can google for days and weeks, and you would be completely lost in the complicated chain of production needed to make a single iPhone.  It takes millions of workers from all around the world, all working together in harmony.  It seems very unlikely then, that iPhones would ever exist at all.  Just listen to all the nay-sayers who laughed at me before I was made:   In 2007, one blogger wrote that at $600, “Can the average American afford this?  I think not.”   Another person wrote, “What people want in a phone is a phone, they don’t want all of these extras.”   Still another blogger wrote, “If it brushes up against something in your pocket, …

Doug Casey on Opting-Out: from the state, formal education, and standard employment

Today we are launching a series on “Opting Out” of the system, where we will explore actionable methods of enhancing our individual liberty. To start the series off, we have with us today Doug Casey, the Chairman of Casey Research, who is not only a highly regarded authority in investment, but also in “internationalization”, which he believes is key to protecting oneself, as it keeps one from being dependent on any single government. His latest book Right on the Money, written together with Louis James, one of ISIL’s directors, has come out recently to give readers actionable advice on building and safeguarding their wealth. (Interview conducted on 28 Feb, 2014) Kenli Schoolland [KS]: Hi Doug, it’s great to have you with us. Doug Casey [DC]: Likewise, Kenli, thank you. I guess you’re in London as we speak? KS: Yes, how about yourself? DC: I’m in Punta del Este, Uruguay, which is a fashionable international beach resort in the backward little socialist country of Uruguay. It’s actually quite pleasant. But then I spent a couple of weeks in the Congo between wars and thought that was quite pleasant too. So perhaps I’m not as discriminating as some… KS: Sounds very nice. How do you choose your locations? Is there a trade off between sunshine and socialist governments? DC: Actually it’s hard to find a non-socialist, non-fascist or non-statist/collectivist/ progressive government anywhere in the world today. There’s almost no place you can go to escape them. They cover the face of the earth like a skin disease. And they’re all becoming more virulent and aggressive, which is disturbing. KS: So you might as well take it with sunshine? DC: Governments that are located in tropical areas do tend to be more overtly socialist, they’re mostly undisguised kleptocracies… that’s the bad news. The good news is that they also tend to …