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April 24 2015

c3o
16:26
The cryptocurrency space increasingly feels like a bunch of white libertarian bros sitting around hoping to get rich
Dogecoin Founder Exits Crypto Community Citing 'Toxic' Culture
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October 02 2013

c3o
19:33
I want to use economic theory as a means to abolish the use of coercion and agression amongst mankind. Just as slavery has been abolished most everywhere, I believe violence, coercion and all forms of force by one person over another can come to an end. The most widespread and systemic use of force is amongst institutions and governments, so this is my current point of effort. The best way to change a government is to change the minds of the governed, however. To that end, I am creating an economic simulation to give people a first-hand experience of what it would be like to live in a world without the systemic use of force.
— Alleged SilkRoad founder Ross Ulbricht

Allegedly, he later tried to order the assassination of someone blackmailing him. (It might have been a bluff, though.)

Hacker News user kaonashi: "Seems like he found out exactly what would happen: The use of force would be wielded more readily by private actors instead."

(PS: I find ridiculous this line libertarian utopians draw between "use of force" by the government, ie. laws, taxes = bad vs. "use of force" by privilege, discrimination, social pressures, wealth etc. = not an issue.)
Reposted byMerari Merari

July 23 2013

c3o
00:40
[Libertarians] like to [speak] about their adherence to the principle of "the non-initiation of force" while [...] demonstrat[ing] little to no awareness of the extent to which contractual arrangements made and maintained in societies stratified by irrational prejudices and inequitable distributions of reliable knowledge, indispensable resources [and] infrastructural affordances are always inevitably contracts made under duress, and attest to the very force the [libertarians] presumably disavow.
amor mundi: American Libertarianism Is Racist
Reposted byppplordminxMerari

September 27 2011

c3o
18:41
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on the drug war, trusting individuals vs. the government and how humanitarian a free-market system can be. In Part 3, they continue to talk about markets vs. regulation.

Stewart is even a little less convinced of the practical workability of Paul's libertarian ideas than I am, but there's a lot of mutual respect – I'd really love to watch a full-hour discussion between those two.
Reposted by02mydafsoup-01 02mydafsoup-01

September 11 2011

c3o
18:59
If you sent me to an alternate universe where politicians were honest, bureaucrats cared, and voters weren’t so irrational—a world where good-idea policy initiatives tended to actually accomplish their stated goals without unexpected negative side effects—a world where the clear and visible end result of getting governments to do more and more was that economies grew faster and faster and people became happier and happier—then, in that world, I wouldn’t be a libertarian.
Eliezer Yudkowsky | Cato Unbound
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