Archive for the ‘liberty’ Category

“Legal encapsulation is not effectively possible,” declares Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed, makers of the world’s first gun made via 3D printing technology. “So it’s fun to kind of challenge the state to greater and greater levels of its own hyper-statism.”

Last year, Wilson and crew unveiled The Liberator, a plastic pistol they created on a 3D printer that fired a shot heard around the world. Then they put the 3D-printing files (or CADs) up on the Internet for free. To folks interested in cutting-edge technology and decentralized experiments in living, Wilson’s gun symbolized an age of uncontrollable freedom. To lawmakers, it symbolized a threat that moved faster than, well, a speeding bullet. The State Department, in fact, shut down Defense Distributed’s ability to disseminate the gun files on the Internet, claiming the nonprofit was violating federal rules about exporting munitions.

A self-declared crypto-anarchist, the 26-year-old Wilson is fighting the situation in court—and relishing every minute of his battle with the government.

While he’s aggressively challenging restrictions on 3D-printed guns, Wilson is also working on an innovative Bitcoin project called Dark Wallet, which would further anonymize financial transactions on the Web, and a book intended to inspire a new generation of digital libertarians.

Reason TV’s Todd Krainin sat down with Wilson at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

via Cody Wilson: Happiness is a 3-D Printed Gun – YouTube.

The Philosophy of Liberty

The Philosophy of Liberty The PoL is a flash animation based of what is now the epilogue of Ken Schoolland’s book, “The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible.” It began in 1992 as a Russian translation of the book was being published. The publisher Dmitry Kostygin informed Ken that few people in Russia even knew what ‘property’ or ‘taxes’ were, and Ken responded by writing an introduction that described the philosophy of his book. It became so popular that it now appears as the epilogue in every language edition 40+ and counting, and it inspired Kerry Pearson aka Lux Lucre to turn it into a flash animation. Kerry passed away in 2004, however the animation has continued on, being translated into numerous new languages and converted to video to make it as easy to share with as many people as possible.

If you like The PoL, please share it with others. Make a DVD and play it for friends and family, submit it to video streaming sites, or share it any other way you can think of!

via The Philosophy of Liberty – YouTube.

\”I kind of like the way Ron Paul thought. I\’m a libertarian, no question about it, just like John Stossel,\” says Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch brothel, famously featured on HBO\’s Cathouse. In 2008 and 2012, he began raising money to donate to the Ron Paul presidential campaign under the banner \”Pimpin\’ for Paul.\”

\”States rights, make your own decisions. [Paul] doesn\’t want the Feds dealing with the states, and that\’s what Nevada\’s all about,\” he says, in this Reason TV excerpt.

You can watch ReasonTV\’s full in-depth interview with Dennis Hof here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUMheD…

via Dennis Hof on Why He Started "Pimpin' for Paul" – YouTube.

Tom risks his life smuggling ideas into countries that bar speech and press. But hes just one man in a league of lionhearts. Hes here to tell us about his unsung heroes. “Liberty is Personal” is an experiment in education based on what really shapes us— real life experiences. Learn Liberty provides learning resources from top-notch educators and aspires to inspire.Special thanks to Students for Liberty. This story series was filmed at the 2013 International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, DC. Learn more about Students for Liberty at https://www.studentsforliberty.orgWhen did liberty become personal to you? Tell us your story and you could win a $100 amazon.com gift card. Details here: http://bit.ly/16ErKjn

via Liberty is Personal – "Unsung Heroes" told by Tom Palmer – YouTube.

Markets are much more than multinational corporations, banking firms, and stock brokerages on Wall Street, though all of those things are the result of a market system.Sound economies, from the biggest multinational banks to a childs sidewalk lemonade stand, operate on the principles of private property and exchange. These concepts are the building blocks of free societies, and it is the system of countless small trades, taken as a whole, that we call “the market.”It is important to note that these trades are positive sum win-win situations: each party agrees to a trade because they value what theyre getting more than what theyre giving up.And when those trades are voluntary–when nothing is preventing people from making trades or forcing people to make trades–that results in a free market, which makes everyone healthier, wealthier, more peaceful, and more technologically advanced.Thats what libertarians mean when they defend the free market.

via What Libertarians Mean By The Free Market – YouTube.

Obama Supporters Petition to Repeal the FIRST AMENDMENT. Seriously! Watch! – YouTube.

This week, we explain what NOT to do when talking to people about liberty… with special guest, Libertarian Girl!

The Libertarienne Show is hosted by Cathy Reisenwitz and produced by Sean W. Malone of CitizenA Media, LLC

via How NOT to Talk to People About Liberty – YouTube.

Across the Atlantic, Americans see European economies faltering under enormous debt, overburdened welfare states, governments controlling close to fifty percent of the economy, high taxation, heavily regulated labor markets, aging populations, and large numbers of public sector workers. They also see a European political class that is unable — and, in many cases, unwilling — to implement economic reform. This timely and sobering video explains why Americans cannot ignore the “canary in the coalmine” across the pond in determining our future. We must ask the question: “Is America becoming Europe?”To learn more read Dr. Samuel Greggs Becoming Europe: Economic Decline, Culture, and How America Can Avoid a European Future: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1594036373/

via Is America Becoming Europe? – YouTube.

Bill Whittle gives you a history of the Fourth of July. Hear about the brave men who fought to protect our freedoms and preserve the union, and the historical challenges America faced on each Independence Day.

via Afterburner with Bill Whittle: The Glorious Fourth – YouTube.

“I think there’s every reason to believe that Seattle will be the capital of social entrepreneurship in the next ten years,” says Brian Howe, an adjunct professor at Seattle School of Law and founder of Hub Seattle , which rents space to social entrepreneurs.

Reason.tv sat down with Howe and Michael “Luni” Libes, a “serial entrepreneur” who has helped build five technology start-ups, to talk about #SocEnt Weekendan an event modeled on the very popular Startup Weekend that endeavors to offer an environment for entrepreneurs to collaborate and bring their ideas to fruition.

Libes and Howe discussed the idea of the “social enterprise,” which involves using for-profit enterprise to solve social problems.

“Business men and women think about, ‘How am I going to take this small thing and create leverage? How is this going to scale?’” said Howe.

via Will Seattle Become the Capital of Social Entrepreneurship? – YouTube.