Freedom Fest 2016

After a red-eyed overnight flight from Las Vegas back to the Twin Cities, a seat covered in dried vomit, guy sitting next to me who couldn’t sit still, and a twenty dollar Lyft ride, I am back home safe and sound.

As exciting as all of that sounds, Freedom Fest was–in all seriousness–probably the coolest experience that I have ever had in the liberty movement, if only for the very fact that I was surrounded by people who knew Ludwig von Mises. I guess I don’t get out much.

I had a lot of good conversations with a lot of very interesting people–including listening to an Objectivist Randian bash Murray Rothbard extensively during the first day of the conference. (Didn’t enjoy that so much, but gave me perspective).

All things aside, while I still identify as an Anarcho-Capitalist, I have gained some very keen insight to the practical aspects of bringing about a stateless society–that may involve some small participation in the political process. (Voting is still aggression).

Quick side note: this topic makes me think about a Mises Weekend podcast in which Jeff Deist interviews Michael Boldin from the Tenth Amendment Center about grassroots activism (with a touch of Agorism). Check it out here. It is very hopeful and an all-around good listen.

In other news, I got to meet economists Bob Murphy and Peter Schiff as well as senators Ben Sasse and Rand Paul. There were many other big figures in attendance whom I didn’t get a chance to meet personally, including: Reason Magazine’s Nick Gillespie, Steve Forbes, Austin Petersen (not a big fan), Gary Johnson (who’s festival exploits I heard some gossip about), Bill Weld, Judge Napolitano, and Jeffrey Tucker etc . . .

Of all the figures I met, Ben Sasse and Bob Murphy were by far the most friendly and personable. Although I am still a big fan of Peter Schiff, the few words that he said to me involved investing with EuroPacific Capital. (I am enjoying his book “The Real Crash,” but am finding that it is blemished with grammatical errors and typos). Rand Paul was also distant, but not outright rude. I’ve heard that he is just a very reserved guy.

Although I have mostly been involved with Young Americans for Liberty at the University of Minnesota, I attended the conference with Students for Liberty, an international liberty organization, and found them to be a genuine pleasure to work with.

I was able to leave the conference with a sense of community, new friends, and a literal tote bag full of books, all of which I should eventually discuss on the blog as I read through them.

Most encouraging at all, Liberty Weekly has seen a huge jump in subscribers and traffic in the last week as a result of networking, a retweet from Bob Murphy, and continued support from my friends at @Catoletters and @AnarchoNerdist! Thanks guys for the support.

Yet another note! I received news on Friday that I have been accepted as a writing associate with my law school’s public policy journal. My write-on submission has now taken the form of the anti-minimum wage E-book that I give to every new subscriber. Subscribe and check it out if you haven’t already.

As always, thanks for reading, and I will be in touch later in the week!

 

 

 

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Tom Woods Podcast Spot and Freedom Fest Update

Welcome to all new Liberty Weekly readers!

Yesterday, Tom Woods was kind enough to feature Liberty Weekly in episode 694 of his podcast (Liberty Weekly is featured around the 30 minute mark). The episode featured Michael Malice and discussed the prospect of an American secession in the wake of the great Brexit vote.

In other news, I have just arrived at Freedom Fest and will be providing coverage through my twitter account @LibertyWeekly. I am here representing Students for Liberty through a great scholarship opportunity and will be simultaneously promoting the blog.

Among the many great speakers presenting here at Freedom Fest, I am most excited to cover economists Peter Schiff and Bob Murphy from Euro Pacific Capital and the Mises Institute, respectively. So stay tuned for that!

If, in the future, you are reading this post through a conversation that I’ve had with you at Freedom Fest, thank you so much for checking my site out.

That’s it for now, my opening conference starts in seven minutes.

Shoutout here goes to Tom Woods for the free publicity. Thanks Tom!

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The Not-For-Profit Government Model – Concurrent Policies in Reshaping America for Liberty

The Not-For-Profit Government Model – Concurrent Policies in Reshaping America for Liberty The following is further discourse on the not-for-profit government model in advocating for concurrent policies to reduce violence. The original article of discussion can be found here: https://volcomic.liberty.me/from-tyranny-to-liberty-a-practical-solution/ In applying the not-for-profit government model, it is essential to hone in on the policy changes that must be made to bring American government into a more Voluntaryist structure. The policies laid out here are recommendations to help reduce institutional violence by ensuring that the government’s only chief functions are to enforce laws which have actual human victims and to remediate historical harms due to government theft. LAND GRANTS AND DEED ISSUANCE FOR RESTORING INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY The total amount of land exclusively controlled by the Federal government amounts to approximately 635,600,000 acres. In order to restore individual sovereignty, the Federal government must divest this land into private hands in the form of allodial title. A policy of making land grants to individuals will help to remedy historical losses and foster a form of modern equality so that everyone who is living has a chance at having a secure home. With this in mind, each natural person alive at time of enactment in the United States should be granted approximately 2-3 acres of allodial title land so that everyone has some form of real property. The land grant options should be made in order of priority of proximate harm, with those who have been notably displaced being remediated first. For example, those who are decedents of natives displaced by the U.S. government like the Cherokees should have priority as to which tracts they receive, followed by those who have had lands taken from them via eminent domain. Other groups who have been historically disenfranchised should also receive a priority selection. While it can be argued that everyone has been harmed due to taxation, the remediation method serves the purpose of correcting some past injustices in a manner that does not absolutely exclude others because everyone will receive an equally-sized land tract. In delivering the property, the government should create adjacent public-use trails for traffic so that no property is landlocked. Doing this will ensure that everyone’s parcel will at least have the opportunity for use access without the need to buy special easement rights from the onset. PUBLIC ROAD TRUST The government should place all roads and sidewalks under public trust to ensure that people will continue to have uninterrupted travel. In doing so, the government should ensure that there is a means of no up-front cost access for all while permitting means to road funding in special access lanes. The special access lanes can be funded through tolls and help to provide funding for the maintenance of roads. This model of road development already exists in most states and, thus, should not be difficult to expand. The government may also use other forms of revenue generation that are non-violent such as billboard/advertisement rental. CRIMINAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ONLY FOR CRIMES WITH VICTIMS Criminal law enforcement should be brought into Voluntaryist ethical norms by eliminating any law and which has no victim, with “victim” meaning one person intentionally causing harm to another’s person or property without consent. The chief laws that will be affected will be those which ban possession of something without a victim harmed, such as is with drugs laws. Individuals should be held accountable for their own risk-taking when they actually harm another. CRIMINAL PUNISHMENT The prison-industrial complex must be brought to an end as prison is a burden on society that does not fix the underlying harms or remediate the victim. Prison, as defined as incarceration for over a year, should completely cease to exist. Any punishment that requires a holding cell should be brought to an end within a year. If the crime is severe enough in harming the bodies of other people, then the punishment should be banishment, not an extended stay behind bars. Criminal justice studies demonstrate that persons who are incarcerated for 5 or more months become acclimated to the environment of being behind bars and begin to lose the ability to adjust to a criminality-free life after release. Crimes with victims should generally lead to sanctions that help remediate the victim as much as possible and only punish the offender with removal from society as little as needed. During the time of punishment, the focus of the criminal justice system should be on helping the offender learn from his or her mistakes and helping to ensure there is no recidivism afterward. This has been accomplished already with different types of criminal diversion programs where convicted persons are able to get educational and job training from mentors to help them be more productive and peaceful upon release. BANISHMENT MODEL Crimes of severe harm to others such as murder, serial rape, or serial aggravated battery should be punishable by banishment. The government should establish a remote island where those who have been convicted of such crimes are sent to live in a primitive state with no outside help. The purpose for this is to offer a means of retributive justice without having to pay for upkeep of the offender which, in some states, is upwards of $40,000 per year. Before banishment, an exoneration period of 1 year should be permitted to allow for exonerating evidence. Alternatively, those who are sentenced to banishment should have the opportunity to choose to work with a mental health institute for research and remediation study purposes, but they should have the option to reject the mental health commitment and go to the banishment island. Perimeter security of the island should be solely for the purpose of making sure no one unauthorized makes access or escapes. REFUNDING GOVERNMENT ENTITLEMENTS All mandatory entitlement payments shall cease and the government shall refund all persons the funds that they have paid into mandatory entitlement structures. CUTTING THE MONEY SUPPLY WITH DIVESTMENT To curb inflation and restore wealth to the people, the U.S. government should begin selling off all buildings and goods it maintains that are no longer demanded by the people or are no longer used due to the changing of laws to Voluntaryist norms. The government should sell off these goods and buildings for US dollars and then proceed to destroy the paper currency gained to restore wealth to the people’s remaining dollar power. DEMONOPOLIZATION The government should no longer hold monopoly over any good or service and should allow failing agencies to close. For example, the United States post office should no longer be subsidized and should only receive money given to it through its business transactions or other voluntary means. END COMPULSORY PUBLIC SCHOOL Public school should no longer be compulsory. Public schools may receive funding voluntarily through charging students and parents for attendance and through gifts and grants. DEMILITARIZATION 10-YEAR PLAN The U.S. military should be brought into a purely defensive, non-interventionist position. To accomplish this, all military members and bases in countries with no active conflict should be brought to a close and returned home within 5 years of implementation. Those countries with active hostilities should have all members and bases brought to close within 5 years after the non-hostile personnel return home. At the 10-year mark, there should be no military presence active overseas with encampments or installations in foreign countries. DEBT REPAYMENT The U.S. government should begin to pay off all debts through the sale of surplus goods and buildings. Excess military goods can be sold or traded from the demilitarization to help pay down the national debt. While there can be more policies enacted to align the U.S. government into a more Voluntaryist nature, these are the chief policies that can bring the U.S. government into a mechanism for peace and prosperity.

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Liberty Weekly–Freedom Fest Update

I have to apologize for not being super active in posting to the blog this week.  I’ve been pretty busy in my personal life planning my upcoming wedding and spending vacation time with my family.

I have a few pieces coming up in the “Money: The Basics” series that will deal with fractional reserve banking, central banking, and the Federal Reserve.

In more recent news, I have received a scholarship from Students for Liberty to attend Freedom Fest in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood! The conference starts on Wednesday afternoon and runs through Saturday night. I will be moderating a couple speaking events and also doing some tabling. If, by chance, you will be in attendance, send me a direct message through Twitter and maybe we can meet up!

In yet more news, I am waiting on some free publicity from Tom Woods as soon as he gets finished moving his family across the country. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out his podcast at www.tomwoods.com.

Alright, that is all from me for now. I will try and pound some blog posts out during the conference this week. I am currently reading some Bastiat and making progress on Rothbard’s “The Mystery of Banking.” I hope that this post finds you all well.

Best,

Patrick MacFarlane

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“Total War” and Anatomy of the State

In one of the most seething criticisms of government, “Anatomy of the State” exposes government for what it is: a mafia shakedown racket with a virtual monopoly on institutionalized violence.

In its natural, parasitic form, the State seeks only to leech more and more resources from productive members of society using what esteemed German sociologist Franz Oppenheimer called: the political means of acquiring wealth. That is, coercion through asset seizure and taxation, or legalized theft.

In order to see these concepts illustrated, one need only look to the realm of video games.

I have been a long-time fan of the “Total War” series published by SEGA and The Creative Assembly. Inherent in these games (as their title would suggest) is the idea that war is the modus operandi of the State. For anyone who has played “Total War,” or games like them, it is clear that war is the only path to accumulate real wealth–that is, the enslavement of new tax livestock.

These concepts may also be seen in games such as Cities: Skylines, in which a player may create, control, and manage an entire city with godlike dominion over zoning, private property, and taxes. Once you think about the implications of the game, the overall concept is quite alarming, because it is a simplified version of the truth.

Sure, in real life, city planners have political processes and various other hoops to jump through before violating property rights, but in the end, the process gets done and “the will of the people” is carried out. In the game, the process can be as simple as clicking the bulldozer icon and deleting someone’s home or business.

Once the veil is lifted and government’s true purpose is exposed, it is very easy to see through the illusion of government. While it is true that a video game cannot entirely capture its real-life intricacies, Rothbard’s concept of what the State inherently is, is conceptually communicated even at these very basic levels.

That being said, the popularity of these games may partially be derived from the fact that, for once, one of us little guys can get in the control seat and orchestrate some of humanity’s longest running criminal syndicates.

Once again, thanks for reading, and try not to knock yourself out cold from all the facepalms associated with social media and the 4th of July today!

 

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Soundtrack to the Creeping Dystopia

Shhhh—–can you hear it?

It’s the grinding mechanization of perpetual warfare. It’s the cacophony of societal collapse. It’s the wail of air raid sirens in the dark. It’s the crawling consolidation of shadow government. It’s the fleshy crunch of a boot stamping on a human face–forever.

Perhaps I am being a tad dramatic, but there currently seems to be a national sense of unease–as if the entire country can sense that we are on the precipice of a societal paradigm shift. Perhaps it emanates from an openly laughable presidential election, or the weariness that Americans feel after eight years of an economic “recovery” that has seen more people deeper in debt and without savings.

It may still be unconscious, but Americans can feel the country teetering on the edge of economic abyss–a Lovecraftian Vale of Pnath where fiat currencies go to eternally lie.

What better way to celebrate our imminent descent into authoritarianism than by listening to Immolation’s 2013 effort Kingdom of Conspiracy?

Whether or not you are a fan of death metal, this album perfectly captures the Orwellian tone of the country. In fact, if you are not a fan of this style of music, you may find the album particularly more abrasive and frightening than you otherwise would.

From the album’s uncanny, lurching rhythm patterns, to its lyrical subject matter, Immolation breathes unholy life into the shadow government. To me, vocalist Ross Dolan’s muddy growl specifically personifies our conspiratorial overlords–like a real-life embodiment of the monster from Jekyll Island.

As a whole, Kingdom of Conspiracy is a concept album inspired by George Orwell’s influential novel, 1984.  The lyrical content, while at times a little clunky, tackles the hallmarks of totalitarianism: thought control, perpetual war, suppression of speech, and government indoctrination. All things that are becoming more and more prevalent in our daily experience.

For instance, check out the lyric video for my favorite track, Indoctrinate:

http://www.youtube.com/embed/2j8nwPTaDrg?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent

As we sit an watch the world collapse, we might as well have some killer theme tunes. You could do much worse than listening to Immolation’s 2013 masterpiece (that’s right) Kingdom of Conspiracy.

Check out a full track list with lyrics here.

Once again, thanks for reading and if you like what you hear, be sure to get their CD through my Amazon affiliate link:

Immolation: Kingdom of Conspiracy [2013]

 

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Money: The Basics– Part III: “Currency Debasement”

In the first installment of this series, we discussed what money is. In Part II, we analyzed why historically, gold and silver make the most stable forms of money. In this installment, we will begin to discuss how governments ruin money.

Currency Debasement

Throughout the history of civilization, governments have sought control over their civilization’s money supply. In practically every case that they have achieved this monopoly, catastrophe has followed.

In the days before fiat currency and central banking, governments primarily used a process called currency debasement in order to raise money for their state projects–usually warfare. In this process, the king/emperor/czar (pick your poison) called for a re-coinage of all the kingdom’s money supply.

Throughout the process of reissuing the currency, the state reduced the precious metal content of the coins and added it to the treasury. They then gave the same amount of debased coins back to the populace with a new stamp on them. Theoretically, everyone received the same amount of coins as they initially had given. The king then used the gold he stole to mint extra coins for his own use. Through spending this coin, he essentially increased the overall supply of money.

Because the king was the entity that first introduced the new coins into the money supply, he was able to enjoy low pre-inflation prices. Once he spent his stolen loot however, the effects of this increase in the supply of money then drove prices up for everyone to the tune of whatever percentage that he stole from the populace during the debasement process. As you may imagine, this process affected the middle class and the poor most of all because they were the last to get their hands on the new money.

As the money inflated, the lower classes continued to become destitute. The value of their money (or savings, if they had any) depreciated because the number value of their holdings did not increase in accordance with the increase in the money supply. Rinse and repeat this process ad nauseam  and people began to lose faith in the value of the kingdoms money. Pretty soon no one would accept the money and the kingdom would collapse from internal or external means.

Thankfully, the process of currency debasement was a relatively inefficient way to steal from the public. The process was long and tedious and therefore only performed once or twice in a generation. Unfortunately, governments have wised up since then.

In this installment of our series, we discussed the process of currency debasement. In our next issue, we will begin to tackle the horrific evils of central banking.

As always, thanks again for reading and check out the source material through my Amazon affiliate link:

The Mystery of Banking; Murray Rothbard                                          Chapters I-IV

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Shielding Assange first sneak peek!

Hello friends!

Those who ordered solely non-printed comic perks had their goodies shipped out over a week ago. Hopefully they all have arrived safe. If not, please let me know at mr.voluntary[at]gmail.com. Those who ordered a printed comic perk along with anything else will get everything they ordered all at once once production is complete.

The production of the comic is underway as scheduled. As such, I have the first sneak peek teaser for you to share. Enjoy this clip from our upcoming release Shielding Assange: The Voluntaryists vs. the NSA 2!

Shielding Assange Sneak Peek 1

 

 


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SUCCESS! Shielding Assange: The Voluntaryists vs. the NSA 2

Hello friends! WOW! That’s what I have to say to what has become the second-highest supported Voluntaryist comic of all time! Shielding Assange: The Voluntaryists versus the NSA 2 is now set to become the longest issue to date, beating the record 14 pages from last issue. We managed to raise $2,833- an INCREDIBLE FEAT! I’m the most excited for this issue out of any because the page space will allow for major developments on all fronts: character, narrative, action, and liberty! The funds will be disbursed to me in the next 2 weeks. Afterward, I will be working to make sure the story is set just right to the budget raised. The script will then go to our primary artist for review. He will then work with me on the storyboarding and hash out the inked pages. After inking, the pages go to the colorists and letterers and then back to me for final approval. If all goes as planned, we should be getting out the digital comic just into the fall months and the physical comic just before winter, if not sooner. Those who ordered non-comic perks will begin to see those sent out within the next month in June. If you ordered the latest issue bundled with a perk, you will receive your comic and your perks together. Check the estimated delivery date on the Indiegogo.com campaign to see when it will be complete as well as our updates here. If you will be moving in the coming months, please make sure to update your address for any perks. I will be posting updates through Indiegogo.com to remind you, but can always let us know via e-mail at mr.voluntary[at}gmail.com If you have any questions or comments, please always feel free to reach out on the Website at http://volcomic.com on the Facebook page at http://facebook.com/volcomics or again directly via e-mail at mr.voluntary{at}gmail.com. While working on this issue, I will be also preparing plans to make the full origins graphic novel. The origins story of Voluntaryist has been about 4 years in the making, but I never built a campaign around it because I felt that the fandom wasn’t large enough to rally support. After seeing Captain America: Civil War’s success and the 3,000+ fans now on the Voluntaryist facebook page, I think the time has finally come to create the foundation masterpiece. Thank you again for believing in this comic series. It’s great to finally have something of substance in the entertainment world that truly embraces free markets, free minds, and voluntary living. With humble appreciation and love, -J ( :

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SUCCESS! Shielding Assange: The Voluntaryists vs. the NSA 2

shielding assange successHello friends!

WOW! That’s what I have to say to what has become the second-highest supported Voluntaryist comic of all time! Shielding Assange: The Voluntaryists versus the NSA 2 is now set to become the longest issue to date, beating the record 14 pages from last issue. We managed to raise $2,833- an INCREDIBLE FEAT! I’m the most excited for this issue out of any because the page space will allow for major developments on all fronts: character, narrative, action, and liberty!

The funds will be disbursed to me in the next 2 weeks. Afterward, I will be working to make sure the story is set just right to the budget raised. The script will then go to our primary artist for review. He will then work with me on the storyboarding and hash out the inked pages. After inking, the pages go to the colorists and letterers and then back to me for final approval. If all goes as planned, we should be getting out the digital comic just into the fall months and the physical comic just before winter, if not sooner.

Those who ordered non-comic perks will begin to see those sent out within the next month in June.

If you ordered the latest issue bundled with a perk, you will receive your comic and your perks together. Check the estimated delivery date on the Indiegogo.com campaign to see when it will be complete as well as our updates here.

If you will be moving in the coming months, please make sure to update your address for any perks. I will be posting updates through Indiegogo.com to remind you, but can always let us know via e-mail at mr.voluntary[at}gmail.com

If you have any questions or comments, please always feel free to reach out on the Website at http://volcomic.com on the Facebook page at http://facebook.com/volcomics or again directly via e-mail at mr.voluntary{at}gmail.com.

While working on this issue, I will be also preparing plans to make the full origins graphic novel. The origins story of Voluntaryist has been about 4 years in the making, but I never built a campaign around it because I felt that the fandom wasn’t large enough to rally support. After seeing Captain America: Civil War’s success and the 3,000+ fans now on the Voluntaryist facebook page, I think the time has finally come to create the foundation masterpiece.

Thank you again for believing in this comic series. It’s great to finally have something of substance in the entertainment world that truly embraces free markets, free minds, and voluntary living.

With humble appreciation and love,

-J ( :


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