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NullifyAndSecede 1 point ago +1 / -0

I've not heard Hoppe speak specifically on crypto either way but I wouldn't be surprised.

The idea of hard money as gold/metals is hard to shake and I can't really blame people for having trouble believing in crypto as an alternative given the much longer track record of metals.

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NullifyAndSecede 2 points ago +2 / -0

Coercion does not convince, nor is it any kind of argument. William Godwin pointed out that force “is contrary to the nature of the intellect, which cannot but be improved by conviction and persuasion,” and “if he who employs coercion against me could mold me to his purposes by argument, no doubt, he would.. He pretends to punish me because his argument is strong; but he really punishes me because he is weak.” Violence contains none of the energies that enhance a civilized human society. At best, it is only capable of expanding the material existence of a few individuals, while narrowing the opportunities of most others.

― Carl Watner

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NullifyAndSecede 3 points ago +3 / -0

Our best bet is to do what we can to instill a quasi-religious fervor for freedom as the source of America’s greatness.

There is a lot of love and respect for Ron Paul here and that keeps the hope alive for me.

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NullifyAndSecede 1 point ago +1 / -0

I'd argue it's still immoral, but likely to be to have less negative impact on economic incentives than other forms of taxation.

Also it has less potential to be abused as a means of controlling/directing people.

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NullifyAndSecede 4 points ago +4 / -0

The State is an inherently illegitimate institution of organized aggression, of organized and regularized crime against the persons and properties of its subjects… a profoundly antisocial institution which lives parasitically off of the productive activities of private citizens.

― Murray N. Rothbard

The state — or, to make matters more concrete, the government — consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get, and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time it is made good by looting ‘A’ to satisfy ‘B’. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advanced auction on stolen goods.

― H.L. Mencken

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NullifyAndSecede 2 points ago +2 / -0

r/goldandblack is the only decent ancap sub left on reddit.

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NullifyAndSecede 2 points ago +2 / -0

Let's assume that it isn't. (The arguments that it would are more complicated than I can get into in a comment, I recommend reading "Chaos Theory" by Lew Rockwell for a brief introduction to the concepts of polycentric law)

Will there be more or less slavery than exists now in America's prison system?

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NullifyAndSecede 1 point ago +1 / -0

The market is quite adept at making inefficient or annoying things more efficient and less annoying.

EZ Pass tolls exist, as do in-car breathalyzer systems. It's pretty easy to imagine connecting the two to automate such checks.

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NullifyAndSecede 3 points ago +3 / -0

You don't get there until enough people are convinced that the idea of rule by government is illegitimate, otherwise you only have a minority willing to fight hamstrung by the prisoner dilemma.

For the success of liberty, the most vital condition is the desanctification, the delegitimation of government in the eyes of the public.

― Murray N. Rothbard

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NullifyAndSecede 1 point ago +1 / -0

I just realized I posted the wrong video for this title (still great as all her videos are)

This was the video I meant to post:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZJPjWJcXbQ

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NullifyAndSecede 4 points ago +4 / -0

Would be up to the owners of the roads you're using.

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NullifyAndSecede 2 points ago +2 / -0

Alot of stories end up having libertarian themes if you examine them through such a lens. Ghostbusters is another example.

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NullifyAndSecede 2 points ago +2 / -0

This is the approach favored by Eric July. Focus on culture and politics will follow

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NullifyAndSecede 5 points ago +5 / -0

Point out that their vote obviously doesn't matter at all and that their favored once in a lifetime candidate failed to secure any lasting meaningful change to a system that has been fucking them since before their birth. Don't pass judgment of them and be a considerate commiserator.

Point out that the constitution has completely failed at restraining the power of government despite being the noblest and best thought out attempt to-date.

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NullifyAndSecede 4 points ago +4 / -0

Government doesn't deal with this well. Cats are an invasive species that fuck up many ecosystems and are essentially uncontrollable.

Exotic pets are less likely to be an issue since they are less likely to find breeding partners.

A key thing to keep in mind is that voluntaryism/anarcho-capitalism is NOT a utopian vision. Nobody suggests that eliminating government will fix all the problems of humanity and nature.

Some ancaps are of the mind that EVEN IF government is a better solution to any given problem, it is immoral and thus should be eliminated.

Others are of the utilitarian belief that we will on the whole have less problems and more prosperity if we cut government out of our lives.

Both agree that top-down solutions are not desirable, so you're unlikely to get the sort of top down solutions commonly proffered by Statists.

Neither suggests that eliminating government is a panacea.

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NullifyAndSecede 3 points ago +3 / -0

All governments eventually go bananas.

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yeild, and government to gain ground.

— Thomas Jefferson

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NullifyAndSecede 6 points ago +6 / -0

It would be disastrous under our current framework where their presence leads to more welfare expenditures and effects on democratic representation (the main reason the AOC's and Pelosi's want open borders).

If on the other hand you eliminate the forceful redistribution of wealth through welfare, the forced healthcare in emergency rooms and all other forms of non-voluntary welfare the lazy and incompetent are not at all incentivized to come here. Only those who seek freedom and are willing to pay their own way have a reason to at that point.

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NullifyAndSecede 2 points ago +2 / -0

Rights are not granted by government, at best they are protected by government.

Somalia is not anarchistic:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/States_and_regions_of_Somalia

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NullifyAndSecede 2 points ago +2 / -0

Let's assume that Ancap is effectively equivalent to the State in all the ways you suggest.

How many people do you think will voluntarily fund aggressive wars?

How many people do you think will voluntarily fund domestic dragnet spying?

This is IMO the most important thing about eliminating taxation (even if you keep the State) it puts a significant limit on what the State is able to do. If there is ANY way to keep government limited it's to keep the funding voluntary.

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NullifyAndSecede 7 points ago +7 / -0

There can be no tolerance toward democrats and communists in a libertarian social order. They will have to be physically separated and removed from society.

― Hans-Hermann Hoppe

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NullifyAndSecede 1 point ago +2 / -1

What have been Trump's lasting accomplishments for Liberty?

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NullifyAndSecede 1 point ago +1 / -0

Anarcho-Capitalism is a form of Libertarianism, Rothbard is generally regarded as the originator of the concept.

https://lpmisescaucus.com/murray-rothbard/doyouhatethestate/

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NullifyAndSecede 1 point ago +1 / -0

Libertarianism holds that the only proper role of violence is to defend person and property against violence, that any use of violence that goes beyond such just defense is itself aggressive, unjust, and criminal.”

– Murray Rothbard

https://mises.org/library/anatomy-state

Don't hurt people, and don't take their stuff.

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