Jury Nullification to Fight Victimless Crimes: Interview with Kirsten Tynan

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A victimless crime is where a person breaks the law while harming no one. These can range from failure to pay fines, registration and paperwork mixups, morality laws, and more, however the most common and egregious example of victimless crimes is drug prohibition, where a person could potentially spend a lifetime locked away for perusing recreational substances in the privacy of their own home.

To combat this, activists have taken steps to inform jurors of their right to vote “not guilty,” even in cases where the defendant has clearly run afoul of the law, thereby nullifying an unjust law. In New Hampshire in particular, jury rights activists informed over 3,000 jurors of their right to nullify last year.

I interviewed Kirsten Tynan, executive director of the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA), about the importance of jury nullification in a free society. [Read more…]

Civil Disobedience for Entrepreneurship? Interview With Christopher David

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Arcade City, the much-hyped ride-sharing app which promises to be the “Uber-killer” and the new face of the industry, is a company born out of conflict with authorities. Rising from the remains of the Free Uber campaign, Arcade City’s CEO Christopher David set to work spreading the company’s “regulations-be-damned” presence across the globe. This resulted in the police in Austin, Texas coming for him for ostensibly operating an illegal ride-sharing company. Now, the city of Portsmouth has a warrant out for his arrest for a no-show to a court date hailing back to the Free Uber days, when David recorded a taxi-friendly bouncer who was being hostile towards Uber drivers.

I interviewed Christopher David on the usefulness of civil disobedience’s nexus with business, as well as the long-term viability of an “outlaw ride-sharing” company. [Read more…]

Podcasting for Peace and Liberty: Interview with Rodger Paxton

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Libertarian ideology, that of respecting people’s freedom and property absolutely and only employing force in self-defense, is still a relatively fringe philosophy when applied to government. As such, media outlets generally tend to stick to disseminating views more in line with those of mainstream political parties. Because of this, liberty media oftentimes resorts to more underground and decentralized media platforms. Podcasting, with its flexible format and uncensored nature, is a natural fit for libertarian and anarchist ideas.

I interviewed Rodger Paxton of the LAVA Flow Podcast about using podcasting as a medium to advance the ideas of liberty. [Read more…]

Startup Societies : Interview with Thibault Serlet

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The United States has traditionally been viewed as a bastion of freedom. Unfortunately, that ranking has slipped over recent years. According to Reporters Without Borders, the US freedom of the press ranking has slipped from 17th in the world to 49th since 2002. In regards to economic freedom, the US scored 81.2% in 2006 according the the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom, and has since fallen to 75.4%. During that time, however, Hong Kong’s economic freedom ranking remained constant at 88.6%, the disparity between the two growing from 7.4% to 13.2% over those 10 years. With the current US presidential contenders both seemingly vying for the position of worst on trade, economic protectionism, and taxes, that trend only promises to increase.

Thankfully, alternative approaches exist to the circus that is modern electoral politics. One of these ideas is the startup society, an experimental nation on a micro scale. The basic idea behind the startup society is to create a new system of order on a micro level as a testing ground for new ideas for societal structure. By starting small and focusing on creating something new rather than focusing on something old, the chances of failure vastly diminish, especially in corrupt countries and iron-fisted dictatorships.

I interviewed Thibault Serlet, co-founder of the International Coalition for Human Action, about the concept of startup societies, and what role, if any, they will play in the ever-changing global scene of geopolitics. [Read more…]