State-Based Escapes from Restrictive National Labor Laws

The free market works. The top safest, most prosperous nations in the world employ some variant of a free market system, and the United States’s success is often held up as symbol of the success made possible by economic liberty. However, there are a few flies in the soup of American prosperity, one of which is federal labor regulation.

What’s wrong with federal labor law?

The regulations surrounding labor enacted in the 1930s before and as part of the New Deal are far too many to summarize here, but include provisions such as wage and overtime requirements. Most importantly, they include a plethora of strict rules regarding collective bargaining and union power. While many of these infringe on the right of employers and employees to make whatever arrangements they see fit, the worst part is mandatory union membership. This is bad for businesses because it limits hiring arrangements that may be necessary for the company’s business model, such as keeping costs low by hiring inexperienced, elderly, or disabled workers in order to keep prices low (Walmart, for example, which actually shut down a store to avoid unionization in order to preserve their model). It can be even worse for workers, who can be forced to pay dues, face layoffs or hiring freezes by an employer no longer able to afford to pay them under new conditions, or be forced to support and contribute to political causes that they may personally find reprehensible.

Unfortunately, if you live in one of 22 US states that have not enacted right-to-work laws, forced unionization passed down from the federal government is a sad reality. Fortunately, there’s a few potential ways of dealing with this issue.

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Debt-Weary Millennials More Likely to Have Emergency Cash

More than other age group, millennials are more equipped to have funds available to use for unexpected expenses, indicating a generation weary and leery of debt.

According to a survey from Bankrate, 69% millennials were prepared to deal with emergency expenses by either dipping into savings or cutting back on spending, compared with an average of 61%. Among baby boomers, that number dips down to 56%, meaning that 13% of young people are better at dealing with unexpected financial responsibilities without going into debt than their parents. [Read more…]

The Principled Libertarian’s Guide to Using Food Stamps

Taxation is theft. Living off of tax money is leeching from productive workers. So, naturally, I’m going to teach you how to use food stamps and still keep all your libertarian cred.

No, this isn’t some convoluted rationalization for people looking to be parasites while pretending they’re not. This is how taking government assistance can actually help preserve, and expand, liberty. Think about it: if taxation is theft, and tax money is stolen from the people, taking it from the government is okay as long as it’s returned to its rightful owners. Just using it for your own benefit doesn’t cut it, though. There’s a process to make sure you use funds reclaimed from the state in a moral and responsible way.

So if you’re going to go on food stamps, but don’t want to lose your libertarian soul, here’s what to do: [Read more…]

There’s No Crying in Agorism

Proponents of liberty have always sought ways of reducing government’s size and scope. One of the best ways to go about this, and at the same time build a society that isn’t reliant on the current corrupted system, is agorism, or purposely doing business in a grey or black market environment. This is done in order to withhold money from government without having to wait for tax cuts to be enacted, which is slow and inefficient at best and nothing but a dream at worst.

Unfortunately, some people seem to be under the impression that agorism is a walk in the park. I’ve heard numerous complaints from people whose expectations of the agorist vendor experience haven’t been met. Well, I’m here to offer a dose of reality on what to expect as an agorist business, and set the record straight on some bizarre misconceptions.

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Legislators Take Heat from Americans for Prosperity for Anti-Liberty Votes

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This year, state-based grassroots issue advocacy organization Americans for Prosperity (AFP) flexed its muscle, both in New Hampshire and nationwide, causing a significant political shakeup among legislators who voted for more government spending and regulations.

According to Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire (AFP-NH) Grassroots Director Ross Connolly, the organization employed a dedicated army of grassroots activists to influence issues of economic freedom:

“Our efforts to hold politicians accountable for supporting Obamacare Medicaid expansion or being against pro-job growth initiatives such as Right to Work all centered around a large, local and dedicated volunteer base doing the hard work of talking directly to citizens about these issues. The end result of thousands of doors knocked and tens of thousands of phone calls, was these issues becoming a top concern for citizens across the state, and also legislators who realized how important these issues were to their constituents.”

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13 Nonpolitical Ways to Fight for Liberty – Use Bitcoin

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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. [Read more…]