How Your Stolen Money Makes Other People Rich

This article in Business Insider talks about how some of our most popular – and lucrative – new technologies come directly from US Military research.

Capital intensive research and development created LCD displays, lithium-ion batteries, signal compression, multi-touch screens, GPS and cellular technologies, to name a few.

What the article does not illuminate is how this is the greatest rip off of Joe Taxpayer since the creation of the Federal Reserve. In my book, The Freedom App, I talk about an alternative to taxation as a means of funding large scale projects. In short, there is no reason these projects cannot be operated as investments.

If the funding of these ‘capital intensive’ projects were not funded coercively it would open the possibility for anyone to simply make an investment in these types of research and development and receive a financial return on that investment under terms and conditions that are mutually agreeable to all parties.

Instead, Joe Taxpayer put billions of his own dollars into research that big companies receive at zero cost then go on to build massive wealth for themselves without any return to those who made it possible. This is rather like the way certain banks borrow money free from the folks who print it, then charge 18% interest when Joe Taxpayer wants to borrow some of that same money. How nice for the banking sector. And how nice for the tech sector to get a similar deal.

It’s easy to see who the big winners are in this coercive system of finance. It’s also easy to see that every taxpayer is the big loser. A system based upon coercion always creates more losers than winners.

There is a better way to organize a social system – so that nobody benefits from coercion.

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DIRECTION OF FREEDOM

Please Stop Voting To Hurt Other People

DIRECTION OF FREEDOM

I get so tired of people waving national flags and bragging about how they live in Freedom. Because they don’t.

Freedom is the condition of every individual having complete control over his or her life and property.

Therefore,

– if somebody can successfully vote to have your money taken from you, you don’t live in a Free country

– if somebody can successfully vote to prevent you from marrying a person or several people simultaneously, you don’t live in a Free country

– if somebody can successfully vote to make you perform a job like soldier or sailor, you don’t live in a Free country

– if somebody can successfully vote to put you in a cage for smoking a plant, you don’t live in a Free country

– if somebody can successfully vote to make you pay for someone they have sympathy for – including themselves – you don’t live in a Free country

– if somebody can successfully vote to restrict your travel, you don’t live in a Free country

– if somebody can successfully vote to restrict anything that you and another consenting adult do, you don’t live in a Free country

– if somebody can successfully vote to keep you under unwanted surveillance , you don’t live in a Free country

– if somebody can successfully vote to make you accept a mandatory “service,” you don’t live in a Free country

If you live under a social system where other people can control your life and property by voting, you don’t live in a Free country. You don’t live in Freedom.

Democracy is not Freedom. Democracy is generally better than other coercive social systems – but it’s lightyears from satisfying a definition of true Freedom.

The first step in building something better than coercive Democracies is to stop waving flags and bragging about having Freedom that does not yet exist.

And for the love of all humanity –  please stop voting to hurt other people!

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Your Government At Work

Government Job Creation

In their never-ending quest to garner enough votes to stay in power politicians have several time-proven tactics. One of these tactics is to promise that initiatives will “create new jobs” for the community. This is how a pure government program works. They announce there will be a new $100 annual tax. However, that tax will […]

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Who Needs “Equality”?

This is a guest post about fairness and equality by Richard Paul Sprague, who lives in Hawaii and is a lifelong student of Freedom. Richard is happy to respond to comments below. If you would prefer his direct e-mail address to correspond just ask me. Copyright © 2014 Richard Paul Sprague. All rights reserved. The […]

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Passport To Freedom Conference

Well, it’s the Monday after the Nomad Capitalist conference, Passport to Freedom. It was a blast and one of the best things about attending was the ability to meet and network with so many people doing their part to move Freedom forward. Andrew Henderson and Matt DuBiel put together a superb conference and kept it […]

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Building Personal Freedom

Do you consider yourself to be free? Are you more free today than you were ten years ago? Twenty years ago? Do you think our society is moving toward more individual freedom, or away from it? What I see is steadily increasing regulation of every individual’s activities and what he is ‘allowed’ to do with […]

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Do You Own Your Life?

I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine in Canada. He was talking about downsizing everything in his life so he could have more time and money to do some of the things he’d prefer to do. What struck both of us was the proportion of a person’s expenses that are directly or […]

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What Really Matters to You?

In our culture we don’t spend much time thinking about happiness. It could be argued that happiness is the most important thing in life. It’s a universal good. Nobody has a personal definition for happiness that is a negative or something they want to avoid. Everyone wants happiness, however they define it. What is amazing […]

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TheVoluntaryLife Interview

Many thanks to Jake at TheVoluntaryLife blog and podcast for interviewing me about life as a permanent traveler. Jake is an excellent interviewer and in a short time we covered many topics including; Taking kids out of school Why travel is great for a family Encouraging kids to be individuals Living with coercive immigration rules […]

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Freedom App Interview At Freedom Lovin

Many thanks to Kevin over at Freedom Lovin‘ for interviewing me about The Freedom App and living with personal Freedom. Our discussion was eclectic and, I hope, very interesting. Kevin is another person encouraging people to build their own Freedom without waiting for some government to provide it to them. (Cuz’ that’s a looong wait.) […]

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Author, on Crete and thinking about personal Freedom and Ancient Greece.

How Can I Achieve Personal Freedom?

When you spend time talking to people about Freedom it becomes apparent that there are at least two perspectives among those who have a deep desire for it. Firstly, there is social Freedom that gets discussed (sometimes ad nauseum) by politicians, paid spokespeople and other manipulators of the populace. Their’s is the ‘freedom’ we will […]

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Interview With Nomad Capitalist

Andrew Henderson over at NomadCapitalist.com interviewed me for his radio and podcast program. We talk about living life as a permanent traveler, the contrast between countries where prospects are improving rather than diminishing, how weaker countries actually offer greater freedom because they have less ability to coerce and related issues. I hope our discussion stimulates […]

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