13 Nonpolitical Ways to Fight for Liberty

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Like many before it, this election season has underscored the futility of American politics. Never before in recent memory have we been presented with choices so hostile to liberty. Politically speaking, we’re in for a rough, divisive next four years, with plenty of government expansion of power.

Thankfully, we have alternatives to politics. There are much better ways of effecting change for good than through voting. So don’t despair: get to work. Here are 13 of the best ways to advance the cause of human liberty outside of the political system.

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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…]

Ron Paul: Whoever Wins the Election, Gold Goes Up

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According to Ron Paul, whoever wins the election in November, gold will be the real victor.

The elder statesman of the libertarian movement and former Republican presidential candidate has remained apathetic about which major presidential candidate claims victory next month. However, he remains convinced that uncertainty will result no matter the outcome of the election, as he told CNBC in an interview:

“Politically speaking, there is going to be a lot more uncertainty and that may go into the markets. If people are depending on political stability to get the market going I don’t think it’s going to work out.”

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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…]

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…]