The Logical Anarchy Today Show Episode 210 – Personal Property vs Private Property


Logical Anarchy Today – Logical Anarchy Today Episode 210 – Personal Property vs Private Property

Well, I’m back! Or atleast I’m attempting a comeback. On this episode, I try and detail, through rambling, the Left Libertarian Position on personal and private property and how it is an arbitrary distinction used in sophistry.

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Vault7 and the Choice Before Us

“JUDGES: At this grave crisis in the history of our country, you have been offered a peculiarly desirable gift, a gift almost too opportune to be of human origin: it almost seems heaven sent. For you have been given a unique chance to make your Senatorial Order less unpopular, and to set right the damaged reputation of these courts. A belief has taken root which is having a fatal effect on our nation — and which to us who are Senators, in particular, threatens great peril. This belief is on everyone’s tongue, at Rome and even in foreign countries. It is this: that in these courts, with their present membership, even the worst criminal will never be convicted provided that he has money… … Let us imagine, on the other hand, that this great wealth succeeds in undermining the conscience and honesty of the judges. Well, even then I shall accomplish one thing. For the general conclusion will not be that the judges failed to find a guilty defendant — or that the defendant lacked a competent prosecutor. On the contrary: the deduction will be that there are no good judges in the land” 1.

I open with this poignant quote from Marcus Tullius Cicero because we seem to be at the same point today. We are faced with the same choice. Turn a blind eye or confront and condemn evil for what it is. In Cicero’s time, he was confronting the corruption of Gaius Verres, a governor in one of Rome’s oldest provinces. Sicily. Verres was brought to judgment for complaints brought against him by Sicilian communities under his rule. Large amounts of money were demanded in restoration from Verres, so his case dealt with extortion and other accusations of abuse 2. Some (the reactionary left) may think that our modern-day “Verres” is President Donald Trump. Perhaps. But if that is true, then these same people need to likewise condemn Obama, Bush, Clinton, the older Bush., Reagan, Carter, Ford, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy, and so on down the line. For all of these men have put the citizen’s rights in danger through their executive orders and actions. All of them are guilty of the same crimes as Gaius Verres. Indeed, anyone with any government authority is party to some immoral crime in some way. All deserve to be prosecuted by a skilled orator like Cicero. Cicero was successful in convicting Verres for his crimes, though unfortunately for Cicero, his love of freedom and posturing against tyranny would eventually make him a martyr. But the “Verres” confronting us today is something larger and more insidious than anything Cicero could have dreamed of. The extortion and abuse of power is beyond that of anything Verres could have ever hoped to achieve. Our modern-day “Verres” is not a single man, but government. The CIA and the “deep state” specifically.

What is Vault7?

Vault7 is the Wikileaks code name for the largest release of leaked information on the Central Intelligence Agency that has ever occurred. It details a frightening arsenal of Orwellian like weapons used to spy on… well… everyone. Wikileaks notes:

“The first full part of the series, ‘Year Zero’, comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virgina. It follows an introductory disclosure last month of CIA targeting French political parties and candidates in the lead up to the 2012 presidential election… ‘Year Zero’ introduces the scope and direction of the CIA’s global covert hacking program, its malware arsenal and dozens of ‘zero day’ weaponized exploits against a wide range of U.S. and European company products, include Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are turned into covert microphones” 3.

Essentially, Vault7 contains information to make you apologize to your tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy theorist friend for all the grief you gave him.

You’re TV and other Smart Devices are a Microphone

EDB (Embedded Development Branch) is essentially a piece of malware the CIA used to attack smart televisions and other devices and allowed the microphone on these items to be used as a listening device 4. This sounds so insane that it just couldn’t be true, but the leaked information shows otherwise. You have “Pterodactyl” which was a project designed to be a “custom hardware solution to support media copying” 5. “Gyrfalcon” collected user information and passwords. “Sparrowhawk” logged keystrokes. Wikileaks notes:

“The attack against Samsung smart TVs was developed in cooperation with the United Kingdom’s MI5/BTSS. After infestation, Weeping Angel places the target TV in a ‘Fake-Off’ mode, so that the owner falsely believes the TV is off when it is on. In ‘Fake-Off’ mode the TV operates as a bug, recording conversations in the room and sending them over the Internet to a covert CIA server” 6.

This is some really creepy privacy and property invading criminal activity. As an Anarcho-Capitalist, I put no stock in the US Constitution as a useful document. But there are many big “L” libertarians and Conservatives that worship the document. What happened to the 4th amendment?

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized” 7.

By their own laws, they are not allowed to do this and yet here they are doing it. They are spying on you and me with the ability to enter our respective properties through our electronic devices and gain information outside of the legally proper way as outlined by the US Constitution. I hope this historical point can serve as a reminder and I suggest understanding what Lysander Spooner meant when he said, “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist” 8. My dear limited government friends, your precious document has done nothing for you!

Other Uses of EDB and “Russian Hackers”

One of the most frightening revelations in the CIA leaks is the ability to hack a modern cars computer. Wikileaks again notes, “As of October 2014 the CIA was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks. The purpose of such control is not specified, but it would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations” 9. It’s very clear in some leaked notes how a branch meeting was set up in applying this malware to things like vehicle systems 10. Think about that for a minute. That is terrifying. Also consider this:

“The CIA’s Remote Devices Branch‘s UMBRAGE group collects and maintains a substantial library of attack techniques ‘stolen’ from malware produced in other states including the Russian Federation.

With UMBRAGE and related projects the CIA cannot only increase its total number of attack types but also misdirect attribution by leaving behind the “fingerprints” of the groups that the attack techniques were stolen from.

UMBRAGE components cover keyloggers, password collection, webcam capture, data destruction, persistence, privilege escalation, stealth, anti-virus (PSP) avoidance and survey techniques” 11.

What this means is that what the former Obama administration and the left are calling “Russian Hackers” may not actually be “Russian hackers” but the CIA pretending to be Russia. If the CIA can tamper with evidence like this, any accusation that Russia “hacked” the election is questionable and the narrative the left is trying to sell should be taken with a very healthy dose of skepticism. Perhaps the whole “Trump is a Russian puppet!” narrative was a set up by the CIA in the first place? It certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibilities.

But I Have Nothing to Hide!

I have already had multiple people say, “It’s OK, I have nothing to hide so who cares if they are spying on me?”. That’s fine if you think that way, but your preferences are not shared by everyone else. Some of us like to be secure in our “persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures” and your silly case of Stockholm syndrome is not shared by others (such as myself). So it is absolutely a violation of my person and property and your apathy to having your rights infringed has no business being forced on me. Nor is such a perspective an argument. You’re preference for being spied on through all of your electronic devices by some jerk in Langley Virginia does not count as a sound refutation of the outrage felt by people like myself.

My property is mine and no one else has the right to improperly access my property. You don’t get to set permissions about my privacy or my property.

This brings me back to the beginning and Cicero. He brought up an important question to the Roman Senate and other government officials of his day. He gave them a choice. The Senate could continue to believe that its own were above the law and they could continue to let special interest rather than justice prevail. By doing so, the perception of the Senate would continue to decline in the eyes of the civilian population. The populations both domestically and abroad would understand how “there are no good judges in the land”. Or they could save face and serve justice. What has all of this done for us? Has it made us safer? Obviously it has not.

As an anarcho-capitalist, both of these options can work in the favor of true liberty. Ideally, we want people’s delusions regarding government to be shattered and discarded. The other side, that of “good guys in politics” actually holding the CIA responsible (and maybe by some divine miracle abolishing it), is a shrinking of governmental power. Both option can be used to further liberty. But keep one thing in mind:

If this was 1776 and King George was doing this, it would mean war.

Notes:

  1. Cicero, M. T., & Grant, M. (1965). Cicero: selected works. Harmondsworth, England: Penguin Books.
  2. Ibid.
  3. W. (2017, March 7). Submit documents to WikiLeaks. Retrieved March 08, 2017, from https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/
  4. Vault7 Analysis. (2017, March 7). Retrieved March 08, 2017, from https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/#ANALYSIS
  5. EDB Projects. (2017, March 7). Retrieved March 08, 2017, from https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/cms/page_524313.html
  6. Vault7 Analysis. (2017, March 7). Retrieved March 08, 2017, from https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/#ANALYSIS
  7. The Bill of Rights: A Transcription. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/bill-of-rights-transcript
  8. Spooner, L. (2006). No treason: the Constitution of no authority. Homewood, IL: ABC Zine Distro.
  9. Vault7 Analysis. (2017, March 7). Retrieved March 08, 2017, from https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/#ANALYSIS
  10. Application of EDB. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/cms/page_13763790.html
  11. Vault7 Analysis. (2017, March 7). Retrieved March 08, 2017, from https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/#ANALYSIS

The Logical Anarchy Podcast EP 56 – The EPA and Other Statist Questions


The Logical Anarchy Podcast – The EPA and Other Statist Questions

Tonights episode is all about defending Anarcho-Capitalism from the critiques of statists. How would capitalism handle pollution? We answer this question and others in this episode.

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Let me Stop you at “Post Scarcity”

Communists, socialists, and leftists are generally confused on what “scarcity” is. This isn’t surprising considering the fact that language has been one of the first things these kinds of people have attempted to poison with their confused and emotive rhetoric. 1 Words mean nothing until they do mean something and that line is decided arbitrarily by the leftists emotions of him/her/”ze”/”zir” self. The problem with the perspective of some communists and socialists is the denial of scarcity as a real problem.

Let me clarify (I’m not a leftist so I think solid definitions are important).

Many do acknowledge that scarcity is a problem but the catcher is that they believe that scarcity is a problem for the capitalist only. Recently, an Anarcho-Communist told me in a debate group that “scarcity is artificial and caused by capitalism.” I fail to see how this is so. If I want to do X with good G and you want do Y with that very same good (and X and Y are both mutually exclusive), there is scarcity in regards to good G if there is only one available to us. 2 We either need to come to blows over the resource (the Communist solution via the proletariat or working class “seizing the means” from the bourgeoisie class), or adhering to a first user homesteading principle (the Anarcho-Capitalist solution). But let us dissect this concept that scarcity is artificial and caused by capitalism. If this is an accurate and true assessment of reality, then there should be archaeological evidence of a time when, prior to capitalism, man lived in a world with no scarcity. We should be able to look at primitive cultures and see how their ideology magically willed scarcity out of existence, creating plenty for all.

Plains Warfare in the Americas

It is safe to say that the natives of North America did not practice capitalism. This is why Anarcho-Primitivists (essentially communists who take communism to one of its many moronic but logical conclusions) praise primitive cultures and that way of life. If capitalism is the cause of scarcity, rather than a tool in managing it, then how do Anarcho-Primitivists and Communists explain the following:

“Human skeletons from as early as the Woodland Period (250 B.C. to A.D. 900) show occasional marks of violence, but conflict intensified during and after the thirteenth century, by which time farmers were well established in the Plains. After 1250, villages were often destroyed by fire, and human skeletons regularly show marks of violence, scalping, and other mutilations. Warfare was most intense along the Missouri River in the present-day Dakotas, where ancestors of the Mandans, Hidatsas, and Arikaras were at war with each other, and towns inhabited by as many as 1,000 people were often fortified with ditch and palisade defenses. Excavations at the Crow Creek site, an ancestral Arikara town dated to 1325, revealed the bodies of 486 people–men, women, and children, essentially the town’s entire population–in a mass grave. These individuals had been scalped and dismembered, and their bones showed clear evidence of severe malnutrition, suggesting that violence resulted from competition for food, probably due to local overpopulation and climatic deterioration…

…Archaeological data on war among the nomadic Plains hunters are few, but some nomads were attacking farmers on the edges of the Plains by at least the 1500s. By the eighteenth century, war was common among the nomads, apparently largely because of conflicts over hunting territories.” 3

Somehow, scarcity still existed for native cultures in north America in regards to arable land, food, and hunting grounds. So much so, that warfare among the indigenous tribes was commonplace. But wait, I thought that scarcity was caused by capitalism and yet here we see cultures that did not practice such an economic system still killing each other over “scarce” resources?

Plymouth Colony and 1621

Some may find this example hard to grasp at first, but once the true history of Plymouth is understood, socialism and scarcity are also understood in a better light. The official story of Thanksgiving is that the colonists arrive and half of them die to starvation. But they learn some valuable agricultural techniques from the natives and have a bountiful and full harvest in 1621. As thanks for this bounty, the tradition of giving thanks at harvest for the bounty God has blessed us with is created called “Thanksgiving”. Except, this isn’t what happened at all.

Officially, there was nothing going on but death and famine in 1621 and 1622. Things didn’t actually change until 1623. 4 Richard Maybury notes the following in regards to the economic changes of 1623:

“But in subsequent years something changes. The harvest of 1623 was different. Suddenly, ‘instead of famine now God gave them plenty,” Bradford wrote, ‘and the face of things was changed, to the rejoicing of the hearts of many, for which they blessed God.’ Thereafter, he’wrote, ‘any general want or famine hath not been amongst them since to this day.’ In fact, in 1624, so much food was produced that the colonists were able to begin exporting corn.

What happened? After the poor harvest of 1622, writes Bradford, ‘they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop.’ They began to question their form of economic organization.

This had required that ‘all profits & benefits that are got by trade, traffic, trucking, working, fishing, or any other means’ were to be placed in the common stock of the colony, and that, ‘all such persons as are of this colony, are to have their meat, drink, apparel, and all provisions out of the common stock.’ A person was to put into the common stock all he could, and take only what he needed.

This ‘from each according to his ability, to each according to his need’ was an early form of socialism, and it is why the Pilgrims were starving. Bradford writes that ‘young men that were most able and fit for labor and service’ complained about being forced to ‘spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children.’ Also, ‘the strong, or man of parts, had no more in division of victuals and clothes, than he that was weak.’ So the young and strong refused to work and the total amount of food produced was never adequate.

To rectify this situation, in 1623 Bradford abolished socialism. He gave each household a parcel of land and told them they could keep what they produced, or trade it away as they saw fit. In other words, he replaced socialism with a free market, and that was the end of the famines.” 5

How, pray tell, was scarcity such a problem for such a pure socialist economy at Plymouth? Surely, the moment they abolished private property and shared everything in common, a golden age devoid of scarcity should have taken hold. Yet, starvation and death was all they knew of in this new world until they adopted a form of private property and capitalistic economy. Surely, the outcome of events would be the other way around if the communist and socialist was accurate in blaming capitalism for scarcity and maintaining that all we need to do is abolish private property and capitalism in order to reach this heaven on earth known as “post scarcity”.

Human Action Refutes the Communist

Not only are socialists and communists terrible students of history, they also do not understand logic and economics. Let me provide a scenario to explain. Say you are washed up on a deserted island with nothing but the clothes on your back. You are the only one on this island therefore “capitalism” is simply not possible. Does this mean that you will magically have all of your needs met or will you still have to engage in economic action, be it labor or anything like that, in order to satisfy any needs you may have? You have to labor in order to survive. You have a desired end, continuing to live, and so you take action by applying the scarce means and resources in your control towards this end. You use your labor, energy and time (all scarce resources available to you) in order to hunt, fish, and gather the food and resources you feel you need to survive. If scarcity was not a natural factor of reality, all of our wants would be met instantly and there would be no need to act. So either the communist or socialist has not really thought about their ideas, or they are engaging in some kind of secular religion were salvation and paradise will arrive the moment we all abandon property and live like the colonists at Plymouth before 1623.

Humans engage in action by applying their scarce means towards their varying ends. This is the action axiom and it is obviously problematic for collectivists of any stripe. So, these collectivists attempt a refutation and fail to understand that they are falling into a performative contradiction. This is because the action axiom is a “synthetic a prior proposition” and any refutation requires the action axiom to be true in order for it to be shown false. Such “refutations” can then be easily thrown out as the axiom cannot both be true and false at the same time. Recently, one of these collectivists types tried to refute this point by saying the following:

“Your ‘a priori’ proposition is not a priori. The system we derive a priori we know will either be incomplete or self-contradictory. Even if we could rely on a priori reasoning (if it is possible), we could not know that 1. There are individuals, 2. Individuals act, 3. Individuals have means, 4. Means are scarce, 5. Individuals can control means, 6. Individuals have ends, or 7. Individuals vary.”

This person has just engaged in action by attempting to refute the action axiom by applying the scarce means in their control towards it (their time, mind, body, computer/phone, etc).

“[T]he proposition that humans act … fulfills the requirements precisely for a true synthetic a priori proposition. It cannot be denied that this proposition is true, since the denial would have to be categorized as an action — and so the truth of the statement literally cannot be undone… This also implies that the action axiom is a statement about a fact of reality. Even though an individual might try to deny the axiom, his real behavior attests to its existence. Action is the deliberate employment of means for attaining ends. In this case, the actor’s end is the denial of the action axiom. His attempted means is the statement, ‘Humans do not act.’ While his endeavor is bound to fail, he still acts so long as he thinks that the means he employs will arrive at the end he seeks.” 6

The mere fact that we take action implies scarcity and there is no way to refute this observation without contradicting one’s self entirely. It’s safe to say that the communist and socialist lives in a fantasy world. Any acceptance of their stupidity in regards to philosophy, ethics, and economics is death a sentence.

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Logical Anarchy Today Episode 197 – Two Property Owners and a Well


Logical Anarchy Today – Logical Anarchy Today Episode 197 – Two Property Owners and a Well

This episode is inspired by a question tweeted to me about property ownership and a well or water source. It was asked by a socialist intending to entrap me in my words. Unfortunately, they are the ones that trap themselves.

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