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…]

Bitcoin Debit Card: All You Need to Survive on Digital Money

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About a month ago I wrote about my decision to take the plunge and ditch my bank account to go all Bitcoin. I got a bunch of responses, mostly either telling me I’m crazy or wishing they were hardcore enough to quit banking cold-turkey like I did. Among the dozens of questions I received was the big one, likely the very issue holding back cryptocurrency lovers and central banking haters alike from dumping the banks for good: how do you pay for stuff if very few places take Bitcoin these days?

Now, there are some places that take Bitcoin directly, especially in New Hampshire. Purse.io allows you to buy anything off of Amazon.com for 5% or more off with Bitcoin, which covers an enormous spectrum of stuff, including some groceries and gas cards, meaning you can fill your car up on Bitcoin. For most of the rest there are gift card services that take Bitcoin for instant gift cards you can use at chains all over the country. For everything else there’s Bitcoin debit cards. [Read more…]

You Can Now Use Bitcoin At Dunkin Donuts

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Bitcoin enthusiasts rejoice: you can now use it to get your coffee fix just about anywhere.

Ubiquitous coffee and breakfast chain Dunkin Donuts, which you can find just about every few blocks in New England, can now be patronized with Bitcoin, thanks to a recent gift card integration through eGifter. This allows customers to effectively pay with Bitcoin, even though the chain itself doesn’t yet take it directly.

According to 2014 figures, there were a total of 2,243 Dunkin Donuts locations in New England, 215 of those in New Hampshire. Massachusetts is the clear heavyweight in the Dunks game with 1,151 locations, more than half the total of New England, and 10% of the global total of 11,500 spanning 40 different countries. [Read more…]

Twitter Cracks Down on Terrorism, Bullying

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Twitter has axed another 235,000 accounts for promoting terrorism.

Over the last six months, the social media giant has added hundreds of thousands of banned accounts to its 360,000 ban total since about this time last year. This cleanup move has earned praise from the Anti-Defamation League, an organization protesting antisemitism and bigotry against the Jewish people.

Alt-right troll Milo claims credit for the Twitter terror purge [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…]

Why I Closed My Bank Account and Went All Bitcoin

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A negative balance? Just when I was about to withdraw rent money?

Yes, it appeared that someone had attempted to steal from me. And, in the short term, they had succeeded. Someone had written a check in my name for a couple thousand dollars to try to buy a car. Now, mind you, I can’t remember ever using a check in my eight-plus years since opening that bank account. I barely used the account at all since I had started making all my money in Bitcoin. The only reason I was using it this time was to liquidate some cryptocurrency for rent, since I had procrastinated about selling it for cash. But that one small interaction with the banking system was all it took to somehow make me feel its worst inefficiencies. I called the number provided on the website, was on placed on hold for a half-hour, then transferred to another number and another half-hour hold time, until at last I was sent to the third and final banking representative… complete with another 30-minute hold. They agreed to reverse the charge, but said it would take until the end of the business day. After the bank closed, of course.

To summarize: Someone tried to buy a car by scribbling something on a piece of paper I never touched, said it meant that my money was behind it, and some bank just went and gave them more of my money than I had in my account. And I spent almost 100 minutes on the phone and had to wait until the next day to get it reversed. For $12 per month. When I was already using cryptocurrency and getting more functionality than a bank for free. [Read more…]