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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. 
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The Practicality of Anti-Politics

The Zero Sum Game of Parliamentary Seats

The idea of democracy, and the idealistic sculpture its supporters have carved out of that idea is nothing short of a bootleg & a fraud. The propaganda surrounding the idea is so strongly rooted in the public DNA that it has become alien to question the institution of democracy itself. If you follow the norms and codes of the day, you might have permission to nibble on the corners of individual ideas from the institution, but don't you dare touch the structure, that one is built on sacred land!

It isn't hard to see why the idea is protected and nurtured by willing participants in the fraud. It's promoted, packaged and marketed neatly - but when there is no correlation between the product & it's description, you are just buying into the trailer's glamour and special effects, not the movie.

You get one vote. If your idea (vote) is part of the majority, you win, otherwise your side lose.[1]

The reality outside of parliament, however, isn't that binary or direct: You have several choices in almost anything. The parliament on the other hand removes choice. One can argue that it might not be the whole point, but for sure a great part of the point. If I decide on a purchase, or pick a different road to take home than I did yesterday, it doesn't mean the other options vanishes.[2]

I'm not particularly interested in removing choices for others that aren't directly opposing me. What if theirs was the best choice? Or the only one they could afford? What if the choice of others evolve to something I don't want to miss out on in the future?

It isn't in my best interest to restrict options, but rather to expand them, and that is strike one against participating in parliamentary politics. For me; voting and hoping to win is force. The system is set up in such a way that if my side wins an election we are restricting others for participating in something they believe in. Parliamentary seats are limited, there is a zero sum game being played. Something I take removes something from someone else under such conditions.

I'm not interested in doing that, I'm interested in building something completely different. Let those democratic worshipers go to their temple and do their business.

Print your own Permission Slip

"What is a more effective way of protecting your privacy rights: Giving your money to Bill Weld or downloading Tor?" - Sal The Agorist [3]

One common stance on the insistence on using politics is "If you don't partake in politics, you open yourself up to become a victim to the decisions of others". Which looks like a fair position to take, until you realize the vast amount of time and money you need to pool together to protect yourself.

In the last Swedish election the participation was a staggering 87%, last American had 61%. Granted, not everybody is going to vote against your particular idea, but to get your idea from your head and onto a government paper and getting it stamped and filed into the states ledger will still require an insane amount of money and energy. Elections are a billion dollar industry in America. It is a finely tuned and sophisticated business you need to elbow yourself into & good ideas alone aren't going to cut it. Even if you gather the resources to do it - you're still not guaranteed that it will work in an acceptable manner.

The power is far removed from the people, contrary to popular democratic propaganda. That single vote you have in your back pocket isn't going to buy you anything but a piece of a representative.

If you have millions of dollars to dedicate to a political cause, you can build an industry instead. If you have the ears of millions of people ready to listen to your ideas, you have a customer base. If you have neither, what do you think you will accomplish in politics except wasting your time?

"But the state will send its foot soldiers, tax you or shut you down!" - That might be, but that is nobody's fault but my own. The camouflage was weak, precautions weren't taken, I didn't trade with trusted parties, the trace could be followed straight back to me and so on.

Instead of spending time on a political vote that could get overturned come next election, it's more productive to work on solutions to the problem at hand. If there is no solution to a particular problem, hack the problem. Print your own permission slip. Build your network of like-minded people.

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[1] The negative 'lose' part is hardly ever spelled out in the official programming.

[2] To be precise, the choices doesn't vanish when government bans something either, but make the opportunity costs higher, artificially, which is hardly ideal.

[3] From Sal's Article: Against the Partyarchy


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