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Against the IFP

Centralizing control over a currency’s infrastructure is a seemingly obvious mistake.

One would think any Austro-libertarian worth their salt would be able to see thru such a charade. Yet here we are, again. Face to face with economic illiteracy. Not garden variety lefist economic illiteracy, but one far more stinging and painful - one which comes from within our own community, rather than from without. 

First, Bitcoiners faced the economic illiteracy of maximalism and small blockers. Attempts to masquerade money’s primary function as value storage (Ammous) or rejecting Menger’s Regression Theorem altogether (Szabo) are luckily demonstrably false. Nevertheless, the shock of our fellow Bitcoiners illiteracy was like an unexpected slap in the face. Suddenly, we were forced to confront the fact that the ignorance of our allies in the fight for sound money, had led them astray. Yet, thru BCH we were thankfully able to keep Satoshi’s dream of peer to peer cash intact. 
Well, crypto anarch…

Alyssa Milano: All Dried Up

So, apparently this past Friday (May 10) there was a sex strike. What? You didn’t hear about it? Oh. Well then you must have been busy being a toxic, patriarchal bigot, enslaving women with your male dominance.

Or maybe you were just being a normal human being having sex. If not, don’t worry (you’re not alone). You were most likely too busy going about life and enjoying your weekend, or maybe even scrambling together last minute Mother’s Day plans.

Whatever you were doing, I’m sure you weren’t doing what actress Alyssa Milano was doing. Apparently, she called for some sex strike in response to restrictive abortion laws, which is a contradiction if I’ve ever heard one. As if her blue Metropolis stomping grounds is preventing women from seeking abortions. Maybe not, but the state of Georgia is, which happens to be where the film and TV industry shoots a lot of projects. Milano had urged the industry to leave GA if it indeed became law, and since governor Brian Kemp signed the bill, there have been at least three production companies to claim they will no longer film in the state.

GA Gov. Kemp, signing Heartbeat Bill

Good riddance. If they want to take the economically illiterate hit, I could care less. Who even watches TV these days? I know, I know. Many have yet to “cut the cord.”

Anyhoo, Milano stated, ”until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy," Milano tweeted Friday. "JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back.”

Now like me, you may not care at all what this woman has to say, and it might only be on your radar because your friends on twitter were saying how crazy she is. For all we know, this could just be a desperate attempt at a PR stunt. Whatever the case, that’s not the point. There’s something deeper to this hullabaloo. Something constitutional, perhaps?

What are these femi-nazis really fighting for? No one had control over your body in the first place, sweetie. People who want abortions, legal or illegal, are going to do it one way or another.

This is silly. What are these femi-niazis really fighting for? No one had control over your body in the first place, sweety. People who want abortions, legal or illegal, are going to do it one way or another.

Just like the war on drugs, or the prohibition of anything at all, there will be a market for anything and everything. Markets will always prevail. Black or grey, or even white markets. Demand will be met no matter how gross of an act it is. And the infringement of the state won't help the matter, only exacerbate it. At the end of the day, it’s about self-ownership and what you believe.

However, I understand that many of these Milano supporters are merely over-sensitive, modern-day progressive nut jobs who feel victimized and need coddling.

Despite whether or not one thinks abortion is galvanizing your individual rights as a woman, or you think it’s murdering babies, you could have prevented yourself from getting pregnant. Can’t these women stop being babies and find some self-ownership and responsibility?

In regards to my previous “progressive nut job” statement, despite whatever progressivism is or what progress of any kind happens to look like to you - this collectivist mindset of playing the victim and demonizing the opposite sex is dangerous in itself. Dare I say, it’s toxic feminism?

Milano is being way too radical about this, to put it lightly. And by radical, I don’t mean the cool Rothbardian/Lord Acton way via a “revolution in permanence”, and radically embracing the free market to combat the encroachment of the Old Guard (providing the proper supply for the demand of abortions in this grotesque case).

No, I mean the modern-day “complaining to complain and play the victim by getting attention anyway possible” radical. To Milano, or any other modern-day progressive “radical” and defender of “social justice”, it’s all ONE specific way and if you disagree then you’re “the problem.”

This very mindset IS the problem, because once again, that collectivist mentality is dangerous. If people push hard enough for it, that “you’re the problem” attitude will become law, and more of our constitutional liberties will be infringed upon. Giving up your rights to the state for your selfish intentions of punishing those who disagree with you, is ironically counterproductive and makes you less free. There will actually be a thought police (there could arguably already be one considering the onslaught of content creators becoming de-platformed for “wrong think”). The state is always happy to take people’s freedom away, even if on the surface it looks like they’re really helping the people and are doing it in "their best interest.” Nothing the state does is in the best interest of the people. Period.

That goes for both domestic AND foreign policy. They hate you. They don’t care about your rights. There are some that do give some what of a hoot like Rand Paul and Mike Lee. Heck, they even care about the genocide in Yemen, but Alyssa Milano probably can’t even point to Yemen on a map. Unfortunately, most politicians are just there for power, and are parasites that use the government to feast off the American people. The entrepreneur. The tax payer. Me. You. Us. (Sorry, that sounds a bit collectivist doesn’t it? Don’t worry, I meant well).

This really is NOT a Left v.s Right issue, or progressive v.s conservative. It should be and IS a “The American People v.s the state” issue.

Coincidentally, Lila Rose, president of the anti-abortion organization Live Action, had a similar take:

"I'm totally with you, @Alyssa_Milano, on not having sex. But the issue isn't 'reproductive rights.' The issue is reproductive responsibilities & fidelity. No one should have sex until they're ready to embrace the privilege & responsibility of lifelong commitment & raising a child.”

Now, Rose didn’t go on a Rothbardian tangent and bash the state like yours truly, but she made the wonderful decision to focus the issue back to self-ownership and responsibility. Life is about choices, and nothing is more liberating and empowering to be the driver of your own ship and dictate your future. Whining and complaining about it is the least empowering thing you can do. It makes one look weak, and the state will feed off that subordination and happily take away your rights.

Now, I’m not a big Constitution guy, per-se. However, a Ron Paul-constitutionalist would have this be a state issue. And ultimately, that’s exactly what happened in the case of the state of Georgia where Governor Kemp signed a bill banning abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected.

As the liberty doctor Ron Paul so eloquently put it in his book The Revolution: A Manifesto,

“Ultimately, law or no law, it is going to be up to us as parents, as clergy, and as citizens - in the way we raise our children, how we interact and talk with our friends and neighbors, and the good example we give -to bring about changes to our culture toward a greater respect for life.”

In short, the state of Georgia had the authority to vote on such a law by exercising their 10th. Amendment right. For once, the Constitution was recognized. That’s a win for Americans if you ask me. Alyssa Milano has the right to voluntarily express her first amendment by expressing her opinion on the legislation. However, it’s important to realize how potentially dangerous it is to play the victim.

I may be beating a dead horse here, but ultimately the issue comes full circle, back to self ownership. Specifically in this case, the authority of the Georgians and emphasizing their self ownership and understanding the values they share in their community.

It is up to us as Americans, both in our community and individually, to realize which values are dearest to us. Maintaining as much self ownership and freedom from the oppressive state as possible is what will keep us free. Although they may be rare, when small victories like this happen in Georgia, I can still be hopeful for a domino effect.

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