The pinnacle of entrepreneurship is “Uberizing” your respective industry. Grab surplus-value and create a new business out of it. Airbnb is the Uber for sleeping. There’s an Uber for dog walking. It’s a pretty clear formula, that, if done right, is clearly profitable. Libertarianism has an analogous formula for producing a freer world. No, it isn’t Gary Johnson. It isn’t even Ron Paul: it’s WikiLeaks.
Paul Joseph Watson is a popular political YouTuber who covers topics ranging from gay pride to women’s rights, BLM, and traditionalism. His views generally run counter to all libertarian values and instead stink of religious authoritarianism.
The one thing he presents which someone could see as anti-authoritarian is his position on free speech—or rather, “free speech”. In Watson’s Twitter bio, he references a magazine who dubbed him a “free speech extremist”. He does, of course, take this as a compliment and a badge of honor. But in reality, Watson is anything but a free speech extremist. His values fly in the face of not only free speech, but also the very reason we human beings have rights in the first place.
In the 2002 Steven Spielberg film Minority Report, a special police unit prevents crimes before they happen based on the premonitions of psychics. Once again, reality imitates art. But instead of psychics, police are using artificial intelligence (AI) to predict future crimes. This won’t decrease crime, though. Rather, it’s a police state nightmare in the making.
On Wednesday, July 17, the United States finally put away Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, for good. The drug kingpin had an extensive criminal history, with convictions ranging from mass distribution of cocaine to conspiracy to murder 26 people and groups. Since a judge found him guilty in February, he has been in detention in Manhattan. At the hearing, he complained about the inhumane treatment that the feds gave him while awaiting his grim fate. He specifically noted that he was “denied access to air and sunlight and was “forced to drink unsanitary water”. But compared to the peaceful libertarian entrepreneur and Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht, El Chapo got off easy.
I was put in handcuffs for the first time when I was 29 years old. I was labeled a prisoner that day and have since spent 2,096 days and nights in the captivity of the U.S. federal government. I’m still in prison, condemned to die here with a life sentence and no parole. Prison is nothing if not boring, so I’ve had many hours to think about all sorts of things, including who, if anyone, really belongs here.