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.
The days where people could freely mine and use cryptocurrencies in India may be over. According to reports, a committee has advised the Indian government to ban the use of cryptocurrencies inside their territory. Without a doubt, dark days lie ahead for Indian enthusiasts.
I can vividly remember learning about Bitcoin for the first time. It had become just popular enough to reach my bubble of the Internet. Like many others, it was first presented to me with the typical gloom and austere that a plague primed to unleash a hoard of criminal boogeymen across the globe should carry. Also similar to the experience of many others, I felt a “click” with each idea I read, and each dismissive criticism I heard rebutted. This was not a byproduct of the short-life high-noise startup scene that had been running rampant, I thought, this was different.
Facebook is currently creating its own cryptocurrency, Libra. But before deciding whether to use it, we should first look at the big picture and think carefully why the Silicon Valley monopoly wants a piece of the cryptocurrency market. Are there good intentions? Or does Mark Zuckerberg only want to increase his profits while furthering his control over us? Those are important questions to ask before deciding if you should trust Big Tech with your hard-earned money. Ultimately, Libra doesn’t make the cut and doesn’t deserve our trust.
The government is often touted as an entity that guarantees the freedom of its citizens. But the United States’ incarceration rate continues to soar. Today, the country hosts nearly 25% of the world’s prisoners despite having less than 5% of the world’s population. Meanwhile, privacy has become moot as location tracking and unmarked police vehicles become the norm. The government has done nothing to stop this, often passing laws to further restrict freedom.
Luckily, there are some individuals who took it upon their own shoulders to fight for the rights of free people to do as they please. In the past ten years alone, these three individuals have done more to guarantee your freedom than the entire United States government has done in 50 years.