The Non-Aggression Principle

Let’s clarify.

(NAP = Non-Aggression Principle)

The NAP is violated when you initiate or credibly threaten the initiation of force on the life, body, or property of another.

Initiating force and causing harm are not the same thing.

If you go up to somebody and punch them you initiated force and it resulted in causing harm. This violates the NAP. Retaliatory force is appropriate (does it mean you have to hit back? Nope, just that you can justify it).

You defend your self from someone punching you by punching them you did not initiate force but if you landed the punch you caused harm and it’s totally justifiable.

You don’t mow your lawn and your neighbors property value drops you did not intiate any force upon their property but you did cause harm. Since you did not initiate force the NAP would say it’s inappropriate to initiate force to resolve this problem.

Saying that force should not be used to resolve a problem does not mean there is no problem and that there can’t be mechanisms to resolve them, just that it should not involve initiating force.

The point of the NAP isn’t to say what’s good and bad just when is force appropriate and inappropriate beyond that it’s up to you to figure stuff out.

Immigration Archetypes

It’s not so simple as open vs closed Borders here are your different immigration archetypes, my descriptions can be satirical and tongue in cheek at times but you get the idea.

Idealist Open Borders – Everyone should be able to go anywhere anytime

Radical Libertarian Open Borders – Governments should not say who goes on my property, if I don’t want you on my property I’ll make you clearly aware myself.

Pragmatic Libertarian Open Borders – People outside of a health and criminal checks should be able to travel between nations, cultural and economic concerns should never be a reason to trap people. I understand safety concerns but this is the ideal we should working towards gradually.

Welfare Open Borders – The welfare state needs more taxpayers so let people in and tax them till they can’t take it so we can pretend the system isn’t collapsing.

Economic Open Borders – More people mean more entrepreneurs and innovators, cheap unskilled labor makes some businesses more globally competitive and access to skilled labor makes the US an easier place to park your business since you have access to the global labor market.

Economic Closed Borders – More unskilled and skilled workers reduce MY… I mean our wages, I can’t really stop people here from having kids but I can keep people from outside coming in and taking my… I mean our jobs.

Cultural Closed Borders – People from other places have different cultures and having them come here challenges the dominance of my culture which to me is the right culture.

Pragmatic Closed Borders – I’d like to let more people in but I’m pretty scared of terrorism and crime.

Trump Closed Borders – Trump said it so build a wall, but if he changes his mind I’m sure there is good reason so I’ll go with it.

Libertarian Closed Borders (Libertarian Nationalism) – A nations land is the private property of its citizens so they should be able to dictate who comes and goes. I believe the current culture is more liberty friendly than outsiders so I want to keep them out because… liberty.

Political Closed Borders – I just really hate Democrats so I don’t care how nice these immigrants may be I will not take the overstated risk that they may vote Democrat.

Moderate Closed Borders – I don’t want there to be less immigration but I don’t want more and I want current law to be Enthusiastically enforced.

Radical Closed Borders… (Super Nationalism) – No more immigration, let’s send some of the people here back. We can also just dump them all

In California and New York and kick them out of the Union.

Thoughts on Institutional Pluralism

Bottom line outside of our physical self (our ability to speak to think), our ability to define what is mine and yours and when one has caused damages to another requires legal, moral and cultural frame works with broad tacit consent to exist and be upheld. Government like in anything makes things constant and stagnant when it assumes universal and involuntary provision of a good or service and in property rights and legal frameworks even many libertarians feel this is a proper place for the government to impose its static and stagnating barriers.

*Not an unreasonable view, if you believe property rights have one perfect immutable definition why would you want to let people challenge it, though as we can see in the issues that plague our criminal justice system the devil is in the details and angels always come in the form of alternatives and competition.

My view is nothing is ever perfect but can always get better when you leave room to develop and try alternatives in small voluntary experiments. (Nothing voluntary will ever be on a universal scale and that’s a feature not a bug). I apply this same thinking to legal, moral and cultural frameworks… allow innovation to occur.

*On that I generally see legal, moral and cultural conflicts as the mechanism from which innovation occurs because conflicts like prices are signals of a need for innovation.

Smart Contracts and Marriage

Technology opens all sorts of the doors. Smart Contract technology opens door to all sorts of new possibilities.

Instead of having the government in the marriage licensing business, an entrepreneurial person can design a dApp (decentralized application) on a Blockchain that allows people to create a marriage contract on the Blockchain that will self execute and terminate based on the terms of all parties involved creating a more robust, flexible and evolving method to create the legal arrangements for individuals to form a household.

Let’s explore solutions that empower people and possibilities and stay away from government solutions.

Do libertarians hate schools and libraries?

Learning moment.

Libertarians are not against parks, schools, libraries, defense, quality control, etc.

Libertarians to different degrees are against the state providing them through tax funding.

Libertarians are also skeptical that the state can run any of these things effectively which can be illustrated by endless examples of the state providing something versus non-state actors. (Google when government provided cellphones)

You can have schools, parks and libraries that are open to the public without them having them to be run by the state or funded by taxation. We can find creative ways to provide these services (user fees with sliding scales, subscriptions, bundling, sponsorships, donations of land/resources/Money, tokenization) for everyone’s use that are lower cost and better run, it just requires experimentation and imagination.

That’s what libertarians want, not to eliminate the ability for services and goods people want to be provided but to take it out of the realm of the state so individuals and communities can discover better ways to fund and run them that involve their buy-in, their consent.

Libertarians want the accountability, the efficiency and value that consent brings to all aspect of our lives where we let it.

Crypto Kitties and Cryptomon

A lot of people like to make jokes about crypto kitties but when you look at what they did, it’s quite genius.

Essentially what they did is create a standard for non-fungible token issuances. (The Kitties)

So many of these kitties where issued in the ICO and the only way to make more is to breed male and female tokens. (Different cats look different so you have to find out who owns the male and female versions of your favorite kittens and pay them to breed their kittens)

Essentially you have people breeding digital cats for a handsome profit. This totally nailed people’s desire to collect things. I hope Nintendo does something similar with Pokémon where you can actually transfer them into the game.

Can you imagine kids breeding their own cryptomon and doing battles. (It works this way now but if your game gets erased you lose your Pokémon now they’d exist forever on the Blockchain)

Not every new technology brings has to make our lives productive sometimes it just enhances or creates new methods of leisure.

Buying Crypto is a Libertarian Virtue

Buying crypto should be done not only for investment purposes but as a libertarian in principle.

Why? When you buy and hold crypto and its price rises it creates an incentives for developers to develop and discover new applications of the technology. This decentralized tech will prove to be a godsend when the burden of government taxation and regulation makes it impossible to make living or run traditional centralized enterprises.

Supporting crypto matters because the hope that people can freely exchange and do commerce with each other Matters.

What we do to coexist

Sometimes it seems to be over people’s heads that extreme movements are a response to failures of moderation. Those who push the SJW message way too far are often a response to those who vocally wouldn’t even tolerate a moderate step to more diversity and inclusivity prompting a borderline totalitarian extreme to manifest.

The same can be said about the most unsavory parts of what’s become known as the Alt-Right right which are a response of people asking for too much societal/changes too quick creating a sometimes dangerously anti-social evolution movement. (If you make people feel their way of life is under threat they will respond)

Should people understand social moors change and it’s not a bad thing to let more variety of people participate in society in more ways despite differing values and cultures, sure. On the other hand should people understand people value their traditions and are hostile to the idea they should unilaterally abandon them to give others an impression of accepting and embracing trends they don’t, sure.

No one should force anyone to do anything but we should respect each other and try to meet each other where we can. We should be open to changes but also be more open to people who change slowly and avoid always being judgemental to the other side.

Point is, if we CHOOSE to understand each other we might get somewhere better. Although, even if we choose not to get along the resulting struggle will result in us still discovering ways to coexist.

Whether we all get along or not the only way to discover how to coexist is to coexist.

Jeff Sessions and the Drug War

So many of you have been talking about Jeff Sessions opening the door on clamping down on States that have legalized marijuana. This goes to show you the problem with expecting the central government to have too much executive power. (The left, are you listening?)

So let’s first reiterate the problem with the drug war:

– It creates black market demand strengthening the revenue streams of organized crime which brings violence domestic and abroad in the form of street gangs, drug cartels, and terrorist organizations.

– It makes overdoses more likely as black market drugs have very little quality control resulting in people taking drugs with ingredients they didn’t anticipate.

– Addicts are less likely to look for assistance due to social stigma of making it a criminal issue.

– More addicts, since black market dealers will use more unethical and aggressive sales tactics than would transparent open markets due to social pressure.

Point is the drug war is a mess that’s filling up our prisons and costing the taxpayer in actual enforcement costs and loss productivity in jailing a large portion of the population. Sessions compounds this problem by empowering Federal government power over state power.

Governments not only spend a lot of resources but often spend them poorly distorting the economy overall (poor incentive structures). Since Federal Government can run almost endless deficits their incentives are especially poor leading to almost no substantive attempt to optimize use of funds. Essentially, empowering the feds to fight a useless drug war also allows the federal government to take a bigger role in distorting the economy.

In summary, Jeff Sessions is a douche.

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Blockchains that are Platforms for ICOs, Tokens, and Dapps

I personally think Platform blockchains have the brightest future as they have endless use cases.

Here is a list of the ones I’m aware of, please add more in the comments.

Jason Christie

– NXT

– Ardor

– Waves

– Ethereum

– Ethereum Classic

– Expanse

– Burstcoin

– Counterpunch

– RSK

– Omni Protocol

– Lisk

– Bitshares

– EOS

– Ethereum Classic

– Waves

– Bitshares

– NEO

– Stratis

– Zen

– Crypti

– Openchain

– NEM

– SEQ

– UQB

– ARK

– Counterparty

– Factom

– Shift

– Soil

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