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Paradigm Shift

The old guard built this movement. Without them, it’s unlikely any of us would be aware that a liberty movement even exists! This alone is an accomplishment. And the history books will look favorably upon them for it - & justifiably so. Their preference for a political approach however, has been ineffective at bringing about liberty (just take a look around, if you’re still permitted). Progress hasn’t just stagnated, we’ve been losing ground rapidly. It’s time for a paradigm shift. One that moves away from the old way of thinking & instead focuses on teaching people how to opt out of corrupt systems & to build competing, market-based alternatives to state institutions. Like sports teams, ideas also get tired & worn out, old players retire, & new, fresh ideas take their place. In the world of ideas, when paradigm shifts occur, the old guard resists the change at first, but eventually comes around to seeing the benefits and virtues of the new way. This is how progres

Hardware, Software and Anarchowear.

As the digital world added a layer on top of our physical one and cyberpunks and pioneers of this new world hack away on keyboards and touchscreens, pulling the future towards us instead of us going to it. Code gets put into machines, machines build other machines and the entrepreneurial spirit of mankind gets an ever increasing toolbox to turn its wonderful fantasies into reality. Not everything is a straight digital highway to freedom, there is many roadblocks and bumps in the road, as the vulnerability of the old world gets exposed when its standing face-to-face with the new one. It defies its rules and forces it to react as an afterthought. The European Union scrambled together article 11 and 13 in an effort to stave off rampant infringement of copyrights that nobody but lawyers are concerned about and even though we don't know the full effect it will have on the internet as a whole, there is already counter-measures available that will spread like wildfire from the da

Limits to self-defense?

Where do we draw the line for what is acceptable self-defense? When can we start acting in self-defense? That, plus recollections of an interesting conversation at a local pub over the subject of a brightly yellow book and some ponderings on physical removal-memes is on today's menu. Bon Appetit! | Alex Utopium One of my dearest hobbies is reading books and one of my preferred spots to read them is in a local pub- There is something very special with the ambient noises of the pub, to me: The clinking glasses, bar stool scraping, low-volume conversation. Its harmonious to me. The atmosphere can turn a trashy book to at least a readable experience by the virtue of the surroundings. This one time a guy sat down next to me and started asking questions about the book I was writing down notes from, in the company of a huge cup of coffee. It was the color of the book (extremely yellow, screaming for attention) that drew his eyes in the first place, but it was the title of the book t