Monthly Archives: January 2015

Liberty’s Lady of Stalingrad

I’m a nobody in the general sense of the word. Got a regular job, work as an editor and vlogger for tips, fire dance in my spare time, and write for free on this little blog. I have no illusions that any of it will have any profound, lasting change–I do these things for fun because I find them personally fulfilling. In fact, I’m certain that my bitching doesn’t change very many minds at all.

That being said, there have been a couple more prominent folks in the libertarian milieu that have punched down at me in futile attempts at snark. I don’t abide fools well and when this happens I call them out, naturally. It results in more attention from their detractors and this is the opposite effect they likely want. Punching down is an act of futility.

Most recently, my biggest fan Chris Cantwell tried to bully the hosts of popular libertarian radio show Free Talk Live into not saying my name when I called in to challenge his most recent article of filth. Chris makes his living writing half researched articles with barely baked premises and harassing meter maids for liberty. He’s so successful he recently added pr0n ads to his site and sits by his computer refreshing his Google Analytics page obsessively, but don’t take my word for it, listen to him admit it in this dandy little recording. Skip to 1:25:00 for the juicy parts and the confession follows shortly after I jump off air.

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h/t Stan Ancapi and anonymous anarchist troll for their combined efforts

I openly admit it is a petty thing to do to feud with another unknown anarchist, but I don’t like being lied about and I like it even less when bullies exploit tragic situations for clicks under the guise of a “philosophical” discussion. And I’m doing specifically because Cantwell is someone who loves to write clickbait, pick fights, and push buttons. If I write a clickbait headline it is meant to be taken ironically and is used to mock his own love of clickbait headlines.

No one can argue I’m a leftist feminist if they are familiar with my work, which is something this manchild has lied about in other articles. But it takes a special kind of douchenozzle to kick someone when they’re down which is what Cantwell did in his article titled “The Worst Thing Brad Spangler Put in His Daughter Was Bad Philosophy” “I’m a Bad Person and Should Feel Bad”. It was a reference to a recent controversy surrounding a prominent libertarian who insensitively outed his daughter as a victim of sexual assault by his own hand. Cantevenwell goes on to say that leftist philosophy will scar everyone it touches immeasurably and the only cure is to fight it when and wherever it rears its ugly head, even if it is a 20 year old kid who wants to be left alone. Or something like that.

The whole situation and response is awful and disgusting and I called in to simply ask what the point of attacking the survivor was. The discussion (or lack thereof) followed one about tactics for spreading ideas of liberty so what I had to say was very relevant considering Cantwell was giving tactical tips out.

Ostracizing is one way to peacefully resolve problems in a hypothetical anarchist community and it appears I have been ostracized by King Menses. He’s been known to hate on the womenfolk quite a bit so I thought he would revel in taking down one of them. Guess he’s still afraid of a girl. If ostracizing someone for wanting to have an on air philosophical conversation is okay but not at least questioning their attack on a young survivor of sexual assault from a tactical perspective isn’t, Libertopia has a fucked list of priorities.

The outcome of his attempt at ostracizing is an interesting case study for libertarians. Most would agree black markets thrive when the state tries to prohibit something and the same applies when bloggers try to silence dissent. By screaming, “DON’T SAY HER NAME!!1!11!!1” it prompted others to ask, “Who is this woman that big, bad brutalist is so afraid of facing?” It also resulted in mockery and gems like this silly video a friend of mine made:

Cantdoanythingwell pulled tried to pull the ole Stalin, but we all know what happened to him. You can’t suppress information, drugs, content, or names without generating more interest. By punching down, you elevate who you are trying to silence. I’d say this is true especially of people with differing ideologies. It’s typically a bad idea to try to censor people see: the Streisand Effect. Oh and our old friend Josef Stalin.*

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*There was a disclaimer here but if you don’t get it, you don’t get it.

Update: It was brought to my attention that this easily triggered grown man has been angry with me since Porcfest Idol 2013; he recently admitted it 30 minutes into his Some Garbage Podcast. So for people trying to say I started this, it actually started when he refused to shake my hand after losing to this spoken word piece. I found this admission particularly hilarious.
 

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Crypto Convos Episode 13 with Brian Sovryn of Sovryn Tech

I had the pleasure of sitting down with my friend Brian Sovryn of the awesome podcast Sovryn Tech for episode 13 of Crypto Convos. We talked bitcoin, broader tech, the future of tech, and alternative nets that could compete with the internet we’re used to. Brian always has an interesting perspective and check out sovryntech.com to listen. Sex and Science Hour with Brian Sovryn and Stephanie Murphy is another great show.

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Crypto Convos episodes and earlier interviews

Most of my video interviews are on my Youtube channel, but I thought I’d add them here too so you can see the progression. I started out just interviewing people in the space as being from Bitcoin Not Bombs but decided to develop my own show called Crypto Convos. In order of newest to oldest.

 

Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne agreed to an interview a second time and this time he really got feisty. He may or may not have condoned hanging the bankers.

 

Jeffrey Tucker interviews me this time on scams in the bitcoin space. Informative and to the point.

 

My fellow Bitcoin Not Bombs comrade and me discuss his fascinating new project Bitcoin Authenticator.

 

As a follow up to the Bitnation debacle, two former team members talk to me about what happened and why they left.

 

I appeared on a panel of women active in the bitcoin space during Porcfest 2014. Stephanie was an excellent moderator and we focused on mostly subjects outside our genders.

 

The sound quality is pretty bad on this one but I am adding it anyway. Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof and I talk about her project Bitnation. Very soon afterwards, the project came under intense scrutiny and several team members resigned.

 

This long interview wasn’t nearly long enough for me. One of my best interviews to date, Thomas Hunt of MAD Bitcoins! and The Bitcoin Group and I talk crypto, 9/11, and all sorts of topics. This was a wild and fun conversational ride.

 

A special weekend edition of Crypto Convos gets to know Mike Kimberl of Sean’s Outpost better.

 

I’ve followed Andrea Castillo’s writings for some time now and she always has a unique and grounded perspective on a variety of topics.

 

Michael Goldstein is someone to keep an eye out for in the coming years. His organization The Satoshi Nakamoto Institute is an excellent resource for understanding bitcoin.

 

Chris Ellis drops some knowledge bombs in his appearance on Crypto Convos. Another insightful discussion.

 

Julia Tourianski (Brave The World) returns the favor by coming on Crypto Convos. Such a radical, needed voice in bitcoin.

 

The hyper-intelligent Stephanie Murphy of Let’s Talk Bitcoin and Fr33 Aid came on the show to talk freedom and crypto. Dr. Murphy has a wide range of abilities and her sultry tones have been heard on numerous shows.

 

I made a brief appearance for my friend Julia Tourianski’s (Brave The World) Declaration of Bitcoin’s Independence video along with Patrick Byrne, Charlie Shrem, Andreas Antonopoulos, Roger Ver, and many other heavy hitters. Julia’s work is brilliant.

 

My good friend and fellow Bitcoin Group panelist Will Pangman of Tapeke joins me from his car for the second episode of Crypto Convos.

 

The imitable Jeffrey Tucker was my first guest on Crypto Convos and we had a lively discussion.

 

I had to add this one of The Bitcoin Group live at Porcfest. What an amazing time with some of the best people out there.

 

Lafe Taylor and Lamar Wilson are two awesome guys who developed a co-op and the Pheeva bitcoin wallet. It was such a pleasure to interview these two.

 

Pamela Morgan runs Empowered Law, a Chicago based law firm that accepts Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for their services. They specialize in smart contracts, contract negotiation, and dispute resolution. I wish the off air stuff was recorded because Pamela is an amazing person and we had a great discussion afterwards.

 

Overstock CEO Dr. Patrick Byrne took time away from his busy schedule to hang with the Bitcoin Not Bombs crew in Phoenix, AZ. A very philosophical interview.

 

Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed agreed to talk to me during Freedom Summit in Phoenix. Cody is known for the 3D printed gun The Liberator and his work on Dark Wallet.

 

A destructive storm hit Pensacola and Sean’s Outpost helped several homeless people who were caught in the middle of it. Mike Kimberl describes how in this interview.

 

Michael Malice goes for the jugular with his book Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il and doesn’t disappoint. It was one of the most fascinating books I read in 2014.

 

This discussion with Chris Ellis is one of my favorites. Technically we were interviewing each other and I’m trying to keep up (as is the case with most of my older videos).

 

I interviewed security expert Kristov Atlas, author of Anonymous Bitcoin Book and host of Dark News on the World Crypto Network.

 

Bitcoin expert Andreas Antonopoulos sat down with me while he was in London. Apologies for the poor audio quality.

 

Mike Kimberl of Sean’s Outpost discusses recent events in which Escambia County Commissioners voted to petition for an injunction against Sean’s Outpost.

 

I sit down with Jason King of Sean’s Outpost during The North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami, FL.

 

Tatiana Moroz was my first video interview where we discussed bitcoin. She’s a talented musician and this interview was very fun.

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