Incrementalism

IncrementalismIt’s time to start incrementally establishing a market in law.

Take easy ground. Legitimize the market. Don’t refer to it as “the law”, it’s, ‘a’ legal prescription; one of potentially many legal prescriptions.

Any pontification about what the rule “is”, may or may not be based on valid assumptions. The rule itself, may or may not help some people, other people, or may even hurt everyone. There is no reason to suggest any one prescription is somehow “the” legitimate solution to anything. Just because people wrote it down and votes on it, doesn’t mean it’s “the law”. It’s just one legal service firms opinion – their offering of a legal code that you may or may not have any justifiable reason for feeling bound to.

Legitimize the market.

It’s the easiest ground to take. Don’t like a law? Maybe it’s not legitimate. Maybe something else is legitimate in that context. You can be your own entrepreneur in setting legal precedent, offer you own legal prescriptions… if you’re a buyer, you got one buyer. If people like what you offer, you might get more buyers.

“A” legal ruling was issued against me. They said I was in violation of the rules, that they had already ruled that I was violating the rules, and if I didn’t comply with their demands, they would have the local legal monopoly impose punitive pain upon me.

But, unlike some anarchists, who think anarchism is hard to achieve because they don’t understand incrementalism, and have gone to jail because they don’t understand the social dynamics behind “law”, I had better results. I went in with the expectation that there were probably numerous different rules that would serve us better, a buffet of market solutions, and walked out having had “the rules” changed.

That social exchange yielded profit for many. It profited me, the community, and my family. That’s capitalistic activism.

That’s incrementally establishing a market for law.

That’s market anarchism.

I urge everyone to seek solutions that serve humanity better than what exists now, and free ourselves from this monstrosity of a political process that forces rules down everyone’s throat. Whoever said that process should “be” law , that one process should be “the” process we create law by, was simply wrong, ill informed, or selfishly, sinisterly opportunistic. Anyone who knows “the” process we should create law by is wrong – on the grounds that it should be different for people in different situations, and change tomorrow after someone different learns anything new.

He’s a prescription for anarchism: Incremental is the rule. Break it when necessary. Make a new law when you see it suits your situation better. But you won’t start to see opportunities to even creep forward until you legitimize the market in your head. Only then will you see market opportunities appear in the woodwork.

Some people will excel in the area of law creation and succeed in the market. Some are going to suck at it. But then we can see who is good at producing marketable law rather than everyone sit around arguing over ‘what if “the” lawmakers were different’ because we have no competition, and no pricing by which to evaluate the order of our preferences.

 

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Adding Google Authenticator to Ubuntu

It was remarkably easy to add Google Authenticator to my Ubuntu login, so I wanted to share. First I installed the packed with this:

sudo apt-get install libpam-google-authenticator

After it installed, I ran the set up with this command:

google-authenticator

This provided me with the QR Code to add to my iPhone’s Authenticator app, my secret key, verification code, and emergency scratch codes. (Emergency scratch codes are one time use verification codes than can be used in case you loose your phone.) I saved this information in a text file that I then encrypted with PGP for safe keeping.

Then I answered the following questions Google Authenticator asked like this:

Do you want me to update your "~/.google_authenticator"
file (y/n) y

That’s kind of a no-brainer. That’s why you are doing this.

Do you want to disallow multiple uses of the same authentication
token? This restricts you to one login about every 30s, but it
increases your chances to notice or even prevent man-in-the-middle
attacks (y/n) y

Probably a good idea… if someone can sniff out what you are entering, they can quickly log in from another location within the time allotted without the Authentication app or your Key.

By default, tokens are good for 30 seconds and in order to
compensate for possible time-skew between the client and the
server, we allow an extra token before and after the current
time. If you experience problems with poor time synchronization,
you can increase the window from its default size of 1:30min to
about 4min.
Do you want to do so (y/n) n

Probably don’t need this unless you know you have time sync issues.

If the computer that you are logging into isn't hardened against
brute-force login attempts, you can enable rate-limiting for the
authentication module. By default, this limits attackers to no
more than 3 login attempts every 30s.
Do you want to enable rate-limiting (y/n) y

Definitely want this on. You should always have this on.

So far you have only set up Google Authentication. Now you must connect this to your login process. For SSH modify /etc/pam.d/sshd and this the line to the bottom:

auth required pam_google_authenticator.so

Then edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config and set it to say this:

ChallengeResponseAuthentication yes

The ChallengeResponseAuthentication line may already be there. Mine was set to “no”, so I just changed it to yes. You may have to add the line if it’s not there, or you may need to uncomment it out. The “#” are the comment lines.

Once this is done, all you have to do is restart the ssh service:

sudo service ssh restart

For the local login, add “auth required pam_google_authenticator.so” to which ever service you use, “/etc/pam.d/gdm”, “/etc/pam.d/lightdm”, or “/etc/pam.d/kdm”. This option isn’t as important to me because if someone were physically at my machine, they could use a startup disk to login and even obtain my keys to later authentication from a remote location (which is important to keep in mind).

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Right to Education; AKA Compulsory Propaganda

UNESCO LogoAn international treaty, signed by the United States, defines “right to education” as a universal entitlement to education, which includes “the right to free, compulsory primary education for all”. It is also a mandate of the United Nations General Assembly’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights also adopted by the United States. Now do you understand why no matter who is elected president, the same agenda persists?

Of course education is extremely important to an individual’s and their community’s success, but nobody knows what is best for any individual to learn, and how much he should trade learning that particular things for other opportunities that are are important to their individual and communities success. Honestly, I think anyone who things learned that whatever the “United States Government” says is law is “the rules” we should live by, probably got their education “free and compulsory”, and was wasting time that could have been better spent elsewhere.

If your education didn’t provide you with the insights to make your own choices about what services serve you best, then your education failed you. Any service that needs to coerce you to participate, and trick you into paying for, is failing you. If you don’t understand that, your government education failed you, you should have picked a different service provider, and the results in the voluntary sector demonstrate it’s superiority.

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Stockholm, NSA

A class action lawsuit against the NSA, like the one Rand Paul suggests, may at first seem like a good idea, but I believe it would be counter productive.

I believe that distributed “choice making” networks are more powerful than centralized ones. So, I believe it would be more effective if people made their own safety choices by choosing electronics providers that provide the safety and security they desire. Many choices can co-exist in the market, including the one to have your internet provider share all your information with some central hub. Those who don’t want that service don’t need to choose it, but those who do shouldn’t be deprived of it by lawsuits.

My frustration is that there are not enough electronic providers who offer the service of “protecting peoples information” actively marketing to me. The reason is, I believe, because everyone who wants that service is begging government (a central decision hub) to provide that service. How can that be effective? You don’t want the central hub service, but you are begging THAT SAME central hub to be your service provider? Something smells logically contradictory here!

If you don’t want the government to be your nanny, stop asking it to protect you. And help me create a market for such services! Then we will discover who is better at protecting people, free markets, or 18th century style centralized governments.

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Big Bang Baloney: Real Science is Suppressed

This is The International Committee on Scientific Ethics and Accountability’s denunciation of The Astrophysical Journal (by unanimous vote) for suppressing Prof. Santilli’s work on IsoRedShift’s, proving the universe is not expanding, and that the big bang, dark matter, and dark energy are all bogus. (http://www.scientificethics.org/Astrophysical-Journal.html)

Below is my “too intimidating; didn’t study physics” simple guid to cosmological redshifts, why it’s elementary to understand that redshifts don’t suggest an expanding universe or Continue reading

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Ⓐ Is For Anarchy

Ⓐ is a symbol for anarchy.

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Cooperative Free Markets

Cooperative MarketWhat benefits the consumer is choice, not competition. In a free market firms don’t compete as much as simply offer different choices. And while lower price sometimes “win”, lower prices are created by Continue reading

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Multiplier Effect Multiplies Your Suffering

Man chasing money, stepping on and breaking golden eggEveryone is familiar with the tale told to us in High School about when you spend money on groceries, the grocer then has money to buy shoes. And now the government tells us that for every $100 dollars they spend, they can create $150 in GDP growth. But where do the resources to make groceries and shoes and anything else the government buys come from? Isn’t it fascinating that this popular economic fable ignores the most important part of the economy, production? Continue reading

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Forget the Pie, I Hate Taxes!

Tax Pie ChartI doubt any upcoming tax increase that doesn’t cover current spending levels will make any marginal difference in the economy. It’s the SPENDING that confiscates real resources from the market. Taking fiat paper money out of the market doesn’t hurt the economy as a whole. Continue reading

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Hiring Liars to Protect You from Fraud

 

Building TrustIf the corporate atmosphere is so bad you need a consultant to guide you from making bad consumer choices, then the answer is not to steal from your neighbor to hire a ‘consumer protection czar’. If you don’t know if you can trust a company, don’t do business with them.

If you need a consumer protection agency because you’re too bewildered to make sound consumer decisions, then you’re to bewildered to figure out that ‘consumer protection’ is a scam, and really it’s a ‘protection racket’. They steal your tax money, to put someone in charge of putting their competition out of business. If you can’t see that, I agree you need some help… But that adding someone else you don’t know if you can trust isn’t the solution.

Instead, try dumping everything you learned in your government schools, and tasking yourself learning again from the ground up. Start with things you can prove to your self… things you can trust. Then build up, never passing a point where you are uncertain. Never build on uncertainty – and thats sound for your education, as well as business, and your education.

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