We’re less than two weeks away from the election, and things aren’t looking good. We have one of the most corrupt candidates in US history somehow coasting to an easy victory while fighting off an army of skeletons in her closet, while her only opponent is a bigoted caricature of everything wrong with America who seems determined to do everything in his power to lose the election. Meanwhile, while third party candidates are performing better than ever, they are still far from striking distance of political influence. It’s a sad day for liberty.
Or is it? What if I had a cure for your election season depression? What if I told you that there were other ways of fighting for a freer, better world outside of electoral politics? What if I was going to give you one great nonpolitical way to advance liberty every day from now until the election? Because that’s what I’m about to do. I’m giving you 13 ways to advance liberty better than voting.
A big (biggest?) part of government’s continuing power over its citizens lies in its control over money. Government forces you to use their money, which they in turn can track through banking regulations and make sure you pay taxes. Even worse, they can just print more money to pay for stuff, making your savings worth less all the time. And, if the government ever collapses, so does your entire wealth, and the financial system you use. In short, you will continue to fund all the horrible things you voted against, like it or not.
Bitcoin allows you to escape from all that. It’s not controlled by any one entity, is unaffiliated with governments, and is not attached to any real-world identity. Having to deal with inflation, bank bailouts, excessive taxation, and highly restricted financial activity is now optional. You control your money. In a world where the government silences and shuts you down by going after your wallet first, that’s huge. So make some steps towards using Bitcoin as much as possible.
Here’s what you do: Get a Bitcoin wallet (Blockchain.info is a good, easy-to-use staple) and go buy some Bitcoin. Make sure your password and private keys are safe, because your funds are your responsibility now. Then find places to use it. Your local economy (landscaper, farmer’s market, gas money for friends) is a great place to start. Also don’t forget that you can use it to buy stuff off Amazon, sometimes at a significant discount, with Bitcoin by using Purse.io, and Overstock accepts it directly.
Tired of waiting for voting to make change? Stop waiting. Start using Bitcoin.