Category: Voluntaryism

Crypto Secularizes Wealth by Returning Power to the People

Crypto Secularizes Wealth by Returning Power to the PeopleSecularization is the process of converting something from a religious status to a nonreligious one. In its usage here, the word “religious” has no necessary connection to a deity. The word refers to the mystification of a thing in order to elevate it to the status of the divine where it becomes unquestionable. Also Read: […]

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Andrew Yang’s ‘Freedom Dividend’ Is Not Only Unnecessary, It’s Unethical

Andrew Yang’s 'Freedom Dividend' Plan Is Not Only Unnecessary, It’s UnethicalAndrew Yang has taken to Twitter in dynamic fashion as of late, advertising his universal basic income (UBI) proposal known as the “Freedom Dividend.” While throwing money at people out of pocket always generates a buzz, there’s a mathematically and ethically broken side to the plan few are talking about. Also Read: Do You Know […]

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Argentina’s Example Shows That You Don’t Own Your Money

Argentina's Example Shows That You Don’t Own Your MoneyCash shortages, bank closures and ATMs running out of funds seems to be the new norm for many countries, and recently increased capital controls in Argentina are further testament to this unsettling trend. Sunday’s election of president Alberto Fernández has resulted in Argentine account holders being limited to USD purchases of $200 via bank account […]

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Lyn Ulbricht Speaks Out Against Unfair Silk Road Sentencing, Facebook and Government Hypocrisy

Lyn Ulbricht Speaks Out Against Unfair Silk Road Sentencing, Facebook and Government HypocrisyU.S. representative Ann Wagner noted at a recent hearing that child pornographic material has been reported on Facebook more than any other site. Lyn Ulbricht, mother of currently imprisoned Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, spoke out in a video livestream Wednesday against her son’s unfair sentencing and the hypocrisy of allowing sites like Zuckerberg’s to […]

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Bad for Business: How KYC/AML Makes Everyone a ‘Terrorist’

Bad for Business: How KYC/AML Makes Everyone a ‘Terrorist’Two reports from risk solutions group Lexisnexis assert that anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) policies can negatively affect a business’s bottom line and customer service significantly. A recent trip to the local post office for a money order certainly had a negative effect on my own experience, thanks to the same regulations, […]

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‘Why Are You Afraid?’ – Watch Roger Ver Debate Nouriel Roubini on Cryptocurrency

'Why Are You Afraid?' - Watch Roger Ver Debate Nouriel Roubini on CryptoStarting a debate by calling nearly everyone in the room “economically illiterate” doesn’t usually end well for someone attempting to persuade an audience, but that’s just what American economist Nouriel Roubini did on Tuesday, in his debate with Bitcoin.com Executive Chairman Roger Ver. The 40-minute, high-energy volley of arguments and ad homs is as entertaining […]

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IMF Has Another Trick Up Its Sleeve When Fiat Fails – Its Own Coin SDR

IMF Has Another Trick Up Its Sleeve When Fiat Fails - Its Own Coin SDRVirtually everybody knows what a dollar is, but not as many know about the SDR. The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Special Drawing Rights is an international, monetary reserve system created specifically to address limitations of gold and standard fiat currencies such as the USD. In short, should these fail, central banks and their governments retain […]

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No Victim, No Crime: How the Darknet Drug War Is Ruining Young Lives

No Victim, No Crime - How the Darknet Drug War Is Ruining Young LivesThere aren’t many areas of modern society unaffected by the draconian war on drugs, and non-violent crypto exchange is no exception. Two San Diego men in their twenties reportedly pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of money laundering conspiracy, for selling cannabis on the darknet for bitcoin and operating an unlicensed crypto exchange service. The […]

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Without Disobedience, Bitcoin Is No Better Than Gold

Without Disobedience, Bitcoin Is No Better Than GoldWith the launch of Bakkt’s bitcoin futures market and Binance’s revamped U.S. exchange, there’s been a lot of talk in the space about institutionalization and traditional money flowing into crypto. It’s almost as if some believe that Bitcoin can’t scale as a purely peer-to-peer electronic cash system and that third parties and regulators must be […]

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McAfee Hints Institutional Money Won’t Bring Bitcoin Revolution

McAfee Hints Institutional Money Won't Bring Bitcoin RevolutionIn a tweet posted Monday, September 23, Libertarian presidential candidate and crypto rebel John McAfee wrote: “BAKKT goes live today. It is institutionalized and monitored … if you are “initiated” into crypto, then you certainly won’t use it and will spend time luring the new users into the Unlimited Crypto World.” The maverick anti-politician raises […]

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How Did You Get Into Bitcoin? Crypto Twitter Responds

How Did You Get Into Bitcoin? Crypto Twitter RespondsEverybody loves a story. When it comes to how people first got into cryptocurrency, there’s no exception. Crypto Twitter (CT) is full of humorous, thought-provoking, and unexpected tales of diving down the Satoshi rabbit hole, and the reasons for entering the space are as diverse as the people themselves. Also Read: North Korea Plans to […]

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Government Hates Crypto Because It Empowers the People, Not Because It’s Used for Crime

Government Hates Crypto Because It Empowers the People, Not Because It's Used for CrimeA recent article from MIT Technology Review has leveraged a somewhat sensationalist headline to stir up fear about bitcoin and crypto. The article, written about a “hidden” government weapon to be deployed against Bitcoin, references September 3 senate subcommittee testimony by Washington D.C. consulting firm Financial Integrity Network. In the testimony, Vice President of the […]

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The 3 Top Drivers of Crypto Adoption – BCH City Wrap-Up

The 3 Top Drivers of Crypto Adoption - BCH City Wrap-UpWith Townsville, Australia’s Bitcoin Cash City conference and related post-conference events now all wrapped up, participants are heading home to get back to the grind. As such, it stands to take a look at the conference as a whole and BCH adoption in and beyond the land of Oz, which is fueled by three critical […]

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Crypto Needs Less Government Regulation – Not More

Crypto Needs Less Government Regulation – Not MoreA recent opinion article by Peter Lin, “Why Regulation Is The Best Thing For Crypto,” presents common arguments on why the state and state-affiliated institutions should administer cryptocurrency. Underlying the arguments is an assumption: the free market cannot provide necessary standards for crypto and the state must step into the void. Also read: Why the […]

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‘We’re Going to Find You’ – How Undercover Agents Trade Prison Time for Bitcoins

'We're Going to Find You' - Undercover Agents Continue Trading Prison Time for BitcoinsAn Australian national living in Boulder, Colorado was slammed with a one year and a day prison sentence last month for trading bitcoins. An August 23 statement from the Colorado U.S. District Attorney’s Office states that Emilio Testa, 32, was charged with money laundering, and claims Testa knew the funds he was acquiring had been […]

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Agorism and Bitcoin: Free People Don’t Ask Maxine Waters for Permission

Agorism and Bitcoin: Free People Don't Ask Maxine Waters for PermissionAnti-agorism Congressional Representative Maxine Waters still has misgivings about Facebook’s proposed Libra digital currency, even after meeting with Swiss government officials to discuss the tech last week. The sustained reservations echo the message of July’s open letter from the House of Representatives to Facebook, calling for a halt on Libra’s ongoing development. While many view […]

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Fiat Lite vs. Freedom Maximalist: The Two Types of Bitcoiner

Fiat Lite vs. Freedom Maximalist - Regulations Highlight Two Types of BitcoinersAs regulation continues growing exponentially for cryptocurrencies worldwide, a chasm is yawning ever deeper between supporters. On the one hand, many yearn for massive adoption and clear regulations so they can get on with their trading, and get on with their lives – not to mention the lucrative value gains attendant to such ubiquity. This […]

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From Spartacus to Satoshi: A Brief History of Economic Rebellion

A Brief History of Economic Rebellion: From Spartacus to Satoshi NakamotoGovernment dominance of human beings via slavery and violent economic oppression is as old as government itself. For thousands and thousands of years kings and rulers, usually held to be “appointed by God,” have used free, non-violent individuals as their tax farm livestock to exploit for economic gain and political power. Without individuals with the […]

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From Booze to Bitcoin Mining – Why Violent Prohibition Is Always Harmful

From Booze to Bitcoin Mining - Why Violent Prohibition Is Always HarmfulStories continue to emerge about newly discovered illegal mining operations being busted by state and corporate authorities. Just last week Iranian media reported the seizure of 177 Bitcoin mining units worth over $270,000 being smuggled via truck in the Arak region. On July 31, Russia’s Kraskom power company reported illegal siphoning of power from municipal […]

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The Modern Era of Free Range Slaves: How Bitcoin Breaks the Mold

The Modern Era of Free Range Slaves: How Bitcoin Breaks the MoldIn a string of recent Tweets, 2020 Libertarian presidential candidate and fugitive from the law John McAfee has been talking about slavery. Urging people to “wake up” and assuring them that neither compliance with the status quo, nor stacks of riches, can set them free. Indeed, when the current state of the world is examined […]

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When Cash Is Banned, Centralized Cryptos Are Not Going to Save You

When Cash Is Banned, Centralized Cryptos Are Not Going to Save YouAustralia is now moving forward with its proposed legislation to ban cash purchases over 10,000 AUD ($6,900) for business purposes. According to the treasury website: “The Black Economy Taskforce recommended this action to tackle tax evasion and other criminal activities.” While many Aussies are celebrating Bitcoin’s exclusion from this clause, others find the move away […]

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Reddit Roasts the IRS: Have America’s Tax Collectors ‘Gone Crypto Fishing’?

Reddit Roasts the IRS: Have America's Tax Collectors 'Gone Crypto Fishing'?In a juicy little chunk of news from the Redditsphere, a user claiming to be a former IRS employee has called the agency’s new crypto compliance letters “broad and very error-prone fishing expeditions.” The throwaway account details the “really bad data” used by the agency, saying they’re operating mostly from guesswork, casting broad nets and […]

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Money and Democracy: How the Elite Manipulated Ledgers and Created a Social Ranking System

Money and Democracy: How the Elite Manipulated Ledgers and Created a Social Ranking SystemMoney is one of the most important but least understood manmade tools in existence. For more than 5,000 years humans have used a tool of exchange called money to facilitate trade. During this timespan, the evolution of money has evolved into a system of information, a social contract, and a ranking system. Also Read: IRS […]

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Bitcoin and Voluntaryism – Where Libertarian Philosophy Meets Crypto

Bitcoin and Voluntaryism - Where Libertarian Philosophy Meets CryptoFor the uninitiated, voluntaryism is a philosophy based on consent. In the simplest terms it says: “If it’s not voluntary, it’s not moral.” This basic statement is often countered with “Yes, but not everyone agrees on that, some people use violence to get what they want.” This is 100% true. And this is why voluntaryists […]

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