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9 Jun

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June 9

The late John Hospers, first Libertarian Party presidential candidate, birth date (June 9, 1918).

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June 9
Dover, Delaware

Jury Rights Outreach
8:30 am

Hand out jury rights information to prospective jurors!

We attempt to inform juries of their right to vote with their conscience to nullify bad laws.

We will meet outside the Strafford County Superior Courthouse in Dover at 8:30am, in time to hand out jury rights information to incoming jurors.

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June 9
Dallas, TX

Libertarian Happy Hour

  • 7:00 PM
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    Sambuca – Uptown

    2120 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX (map)
  • Our regular general meeting — 2nd Tuesday of every month. Everyone invited!
    We have a private area set aside. No fee, but we strongly encourage you to eat dinner here to support Sambuca!
    Come have dinner, talk about politics, give the LPDC feedback and suggestions, and just have a blast with fellow Libertarians! 🙂 See you there!

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June 9
Liberty on the Rocks

6:00 PM
The Café at 2011
2011 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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June 9
New York City

The New York Libertarian Party Meetup Group
7:00 PM
Big Daddy’s
239 Park Ave S
New York, NY

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June 9
Baltimore area, Maryland

Rand Paul fundraiser
6:00 pm
(listed in libertarian calendar for informational purposes only)

Dinner with Presidential Candidate Senator Rand Paul

Tuesday June 9, 2015

VIP Reception – 6:00 – 7:00
Dinner at 7:00.

Register: https://causes.anedot.com/dinner-with-senator-paul

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June 11
Washington DC

Cato Institute

Property Rights on the 10th Anniversary of Kelo v. City of New London

Conference

9:00AM

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Hayek Auditorium
Featuring Ilya Somin, Author, The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain, and Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law; Scott Bullock, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice and Plaintiffs’ Counsel, Kelo v. City of New LondonWesley W. Horton, Partner, Horton, Shields & Knox, P.C. and Defendants’ Counsel, Kelo v. City of New LondonDana Berliner, Director of Litigation, Institute for Justice; Jeremy Hopkins, Waldo & Lyle, P.C.; moderated by Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; and Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs, Cato Institute.
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In 2005 the Supreme Court ruled that the city of New London, Connecticut, could condemn residential properties and transfer them to a private developer for a planned office park (which never materialized). Although the Fifth Amendment permits taking private property only for “public use,” the Court held that transfers to private parties for economic development were a sufficiently public “purpose.” This unpopular ruling triggered an unprecedented political and judicial reaction, with 45 states limiting their eminent domain law. But many of these changes impose few or no genuine constraints.

In his detailed study of this controversial case — the first book-length analysis of Kelo by a legal scholar — Ilya Somin argues that the ruling was a grave error. Economic development and “blight” condemnations are unconstitutional under both originalist and “living Constitution” theories of legal interpretation. They also victimize the poor and the politically weak, and often destroy more economic value than they create.
Despite the case’s outcome, Kelo shattered what many believed to be a consensus that virtually any condemnation satisfies the Fifth Amendment. Kelo thus led to significant progress, but there is much work to be done. Please join us for a discussion of the state of property rights in America 10 years after the Supreme Court’s most notorious ruling on eminent domain.
9:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks (Recorded)

Richard Epstein
Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, NYU Law School and Author, Takings (1985)

Keynote Address:

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY)
Founder and Chairman, Congressional Private Property Rights Caucus
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Panel 1: The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain
(University of Chicago Press, 2015)

Moderator: Ilya Shapiro
Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

Ilya Somin
Author, The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain, and Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

Scott Bullock
Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice and Plaintiffs’ Counsel, Kelo v. City of New London

Wesley W. Horton
Partner, Horton, Shields & Knox, P.C. and Defendants’ Counsel, Kelo v. City of New London
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Panel 2: The Grassroots and Political Response to Kelo

Moderator: Roger Pilon
Vice President for Legal Affairs, Cato Institute

Dana Berliner
Director of Litigation, Institute for Justice

Jeremy Hopkins
Partner, Waldo & Lyle, P.C.

Hilary O. Shelton
Senior Vice President for Policy & Advocacy, NAACP
12:30 Lunch
If you can’t make it to the Cato Institute, watch this event live online at www.cato.org/live and join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #Kelo10Years. Follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute.

Attend in Person

To register to attend this event, click the button below and then submit the form on the page that opens, or email events@cato.org, fax (202) 371-0841, or call (202) 789-5229 by 9:00AM on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.
Luncheon to follow

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June 13
Birmingham, AL

1:30pm
Linn-Henley Research Library BirminghamAL35203

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June 13
Washington, DC

Libertarians at Pride Parade
Noon

Soho Tea and Coffee corner
22nd and P Streets NW

Wear any libertarian button, hat, tee shirt, or poster (Rand, Ron, Gary, LP, voluntaryist, ancap, we don’t care) and meet as a visible block.

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June 14
Washington, D.C..

Libertarian booth at Capitol Pride
7th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
11:30 am to 5:30 pm

Volunteers needed

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June 18
Arlington, VA

Libertarians at NoVa Pride

  • 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
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    Freddie’s Beach Bar

    555 S. 23rd St, Arlington, VA (map)
  • Join LPNOVA and celebrate Pride with your fellow Libertarians and karaoke! LPNOVA will be holding LPNOVA Pride 2015 at Freddie’s Beach Bar on Thursday, June 18th at 7pm. Please come out and feel free to bring guests!

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June 18 – 21
Nashua, NH

Atlas Summit 2015

Get tickets to The Atlas Summit today! http://goo.gl/cN58d4

We will hold our annual conference of open Objectivism, the Atlas Summit, June 18-21, 2015, in the elegant and convenient Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua, New Hampshire (or call 603-886-1200).

The Crowne Plaza will host all the events and meals and offers free parking and a free shuttle from Manchester, New Hampshire aiport (MHT).

Registration is now open. Early bird discounts are available through May 17 for most registrants and June 1 for commuters. Register early and save! http://goo.gl/cN58d4

Don’t miss the conviviality, the ideas, the passion, and the inspiration of the Atlas Summit!
http://www.atlassociety.org/as

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See videos of previous Summits:
http://goo.gl/ElWgLS

Schedule: http://www.atlassociety.org/as/atlas-summit-2015-schedule

Information for students (scholarships available!):
http://www.atlassociety.org/as/information-students

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June 20
Oxford, MS

9:00am
Oxford Convention Center

102 Ed Perry Boulevard

OxfordMS 38655

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June 20-21
Austin TX

Voice and Exit

The Age of Cryptocurrency

23 Apr

A new book, The Age of CryptoCurrency, on bitcoin and other crypto-currencies by mainstream journalists Paul Vigna and Michael Casey, who began their research thinking bitcoin was a scam.

Here is some very bad quality video of a talk and Q&A they gave this April before the Consumer Research group (turn up your audio).

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Bitcoin – New book pt 2
Posted by Bruce P. Majors on Thursday, April 23, 2015

Must See Kingsman: The Anarcho-Capitalist Secret Service

23 Feb
A very libertarian movie in so many big and little ways they pass by and most reviewers don’t even notice them.  Peter Suderman, the reason magazine/Washington Times reviewer, called it a conservative movie, because of its shoutouts to Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan’s Star Wars.  Between his Washington Times review and its repackaging at reason he realized that President Obama’s head blows up in the film.

Here are the other libertarian elements no one seems to notice:

1) The Kingsmen are a non-governmental entity funded by a private trust fund (just as the criminal played by Samuel L. Jackson is an internet billionaire, Valentine).  The bad guys can’t actually figure out who is interfering with their scheme for the first half of the movie, as it is not the CIA, Mossad, Russia, MI6, or China.  As the Kingsman keep saying, in reference to Bond movies, “this is not that kind of movie.”  The Kingsmen aren’t there for PR or the honor of the state; they are there to get a job done.  (It’s warfare with non-state actors, except unlike the ISIS beheadings, the good guys aren’t prevented by their government defense monopolies from arming the Kurds privately.)

2) The villain is a Tom Steyer/George Soros enviro-fascist billionaire in the persona of Russell Simmons, who plans to repair mankind’s environmental damage not by raising coal, electricity and other energy  prices so people have smaller families and houses, but by actually eliminating most of the world’s greedy, resource hogging middle and working classes.

3) The plan to eliminate 90% of the world’s population, leaving behind the politically connected hand picked by the soi disant philosopher king proglodyte billionaires, involves micro-chipping people, pace every conspiracy theorist you’ve ever met.

4) At one point Kingsmen Harry Hart (Colin Firth), adopts an alias as a billionaire supporting Valentine’s schemes, a Mr. de Ver.  And a libertarian multi-millionaire in the press this year for giving up his American citizenship is Roger Ver.

5) The hero, Eggsy (young Welsh actor Taron Egerton), begins life in government housing on the dole, in a welfare state with no employment opportunities, which seems to generate criminality and domestic abuse for most of his community.

There are lots of other things that are great in this movie (Suderman was right to “kind of love it”).  It has a slightly pop art visual vocabulary, like an Austin Powers movie, deriving probably from the fact that the story comes from a  graphic novel.  (Exploding heads and other gore get a floral and choreographed comic book/music video presentation).  This is combined with a general James Bond, or actually The Avengers, flavor of a slightly anachronistic looking London, and English country mansion scenes much like those in Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn’s earlier X-Men: First Class (the Kingsmen aren’t actually trained at Professor Xavier’s school for mutants, but it looks like it might be just across the road.)

Jack Davenport and an aging Mark Hamill both have cameos. Rosa Kleb’s lethal footware (From Russia With Love) plays a pivotal role.  Sofia Boutella is scary and beautiful as an update of the Richard Kiel villain (Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me) whose inhumanity is signified by the fact that their bodies have been partially replaced with metal.  Besides Ms. Boutella, bespoke suits, and English country estates, the eye candy sampler box also includes plenty of tasty (though very pale) fit young guys with no shirts, and an assortment of cute puppies.

Peter Thiel does DC

24 Sep
(There are 4 videos, Thiel’s remarks and 3 of Q&A covering bitcoin, The Social Network, Facebook, charter cities, and seasteading.  I’m busy today so come back tomorrow for all videos here, or check out YouTube directly.  I don’t know that anyone else recorded it.)

On bitcoin:

On charter cities and seasteading:

BitCoin – Western Union at the Speed of Light

1 Aug

Last night at a party without smoking pot and I think before I even had a drink I had my weekly original thought: if Bitcoin can be transferred by radio wave that means one could have interstellar trade between two or more sentient species or civilizations (or far flung colonies of the same one) who can’t ever physically meet because of distance, where they sell each other information and intellectual property and use BitCoin as a medium of exchange superior to simple barter.

Bitcoin: It’s dead, Jim.

5 Mar
Bitcoin: It’s dead, Jim.

A conservative magazine joins Podesta funded, proglodyte, women’s studies majors, and elderly people who can’t work their VCRs, in declaring BitCoin dead.

Real estate is experimenting with Bitcoin, and I bought one

13 Feb

Number of companies accepting the digital currency has more than tripled

I was pretty skeptical of Bitcoin originally, watching its value skyrocket and nosedive from one
day to the next. But with the digital currency continuing to hog headlines and real estate firms
beginning to warm up to it, it’s grown on me. 

So last week, I plopped down $806.82 for one bitcoin.
Yes, I’m speculating. I made the purchase because I’ve decided that Bitcoin has so much potential to
grow in value that I’m comfortable with potentially losing every penny I’ve spent on it — a real risk given
that future regulation could neuter the digital currency.
I think its value has significant upside for three reasons.
First, using Bitcoin instead of dollars offers certain advantages to both consumers and businesses.
Businesses don’t have to pay pricey transaction fees to credit card providers if they accept payments in
Bitcoin, and consumers can use it to make some purchases more cheaply.
Second, businesses are rapidly adopting Bitcoin. In less than three months, the number of companies
accepting Bitcoin has more than tripled to 2,827 on Jan. 29 from 669 establishments, according to Bitcoin
Pulse, a service that tracks Bitcoin adoption. Among those businesses are Internet heavyweights
Overstock.com, OKCupid, Reddit, and most recently, Zynga.

Read more

"You will be assimilated!"

23 Mar
Debt tsunamis, currency collapse, bank runs in late state disaster statism.  No little tax serf, you won’t be saved by technology.  You will join the rest of the livestock and be butchered to feed the tax predator ruling class.

Tyler Durden continues his great coverage of the Collapse at ZeroHedge:

US Begins Regulating BitCoin, Will Apply “Money Laundering” Rules To Virtual Transactions

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Last November, in an act of sheer monetary desperation, theECB issued an exhaustive, and quite ridiculous, pamphlettitled “Virtual Currency Schemes” in which it mocked and warned about the “ponziness” of such electronic currencies as BitCoin. Why a central bank would stoop so “low” to even acknowledge what no “self-respecting” (sic) PhD-clad economist would even discuss, drunk and slurring, at cocktail parties, remains a mystery to this day. However, that it did so over fears the official artificial currency of the insolvent continent, the EUR, may be becoming even more “ponzi” than the BitCoins the ECB was warning about, was clear to everyone involved who saw right through the cheap propaganda attempt. Feel free to ask any Cypriot if they would now rather have their money in locked up Euros, or in “ponzi” yet freely transferable, unregulated BitCoins.
For the answer, we present the chart showing the price of BitCoin in EUR terms since the issuance of the ECB’s paper:
Therein, sadly, lies the rub.
As central banks have been able to manipulate the price of precious metals for decades, using a countless plethora of blatant and not so blatant trading techniques, whether involving “banging the close”, abusing the London AM fix, rehypothecating and leasing out claims on gold to short and re-short the underlying, creating paper gold exposure out of thin air with which to suppress deliverable prices, or simply engaging in any other heretofore unknown illegal activity, the parabolic surge in gold and silver has, at least for the time being – and especially since the infamous, and demoralizingMay 1, 2011 silver smackdown – lost its mojo.
But while precious metals have been subject to price manipulation by the legacy establishment, even if ultimately the actual physical currency equivalent asset, its “value” naively expressed in some paper currency, may be in the possession of the beholder, to date no price suppression or regulation schemes of virtual currencies existed.
It was thus only a matter of time before the same establishment was forced to make sure that money leaving the traditional M0/M1/M2/M3 would not go into alternative electronic currency venues, but would instead be used to accelerate the velocity of the money used by the legacy, and quite terminal, monetary system.
After all, what if not pushing savers to spend, spend, spend and thus boost the money in circulation, was the fundamental purpose of the recent collapse in faith in savings held with European banks?
So, as we had long expected, the time when the global Keynesian status quo refocused its attention from paper gold and silver prices, to such “virtual” currencies as BitCoin has finally arrived.
The WSJ reports that, “the U.S. is applying money-laundering rules to “virtual currencies,” amid growing concern that new forms of cash bought on the Internet are being used to fund illicit activities. The move means that firms that issue or exchange the increasingly popular online cash will now be regulated in a similar manner as traditional money-order providers such as Western Union Co. They would have new bookkeeping requirementsand mandatory reporting for transactions of more than $10,000. Moreover, firms that receive legal tender in exchange for online currencies or anyone conducting a transaction on someone else’s behalf would be subject to new scrutiny, said proponents of Internet currencies.
And just like that, there goes a major part of the allure of all those virtual currencies such as BitCoin that consumers had turned to, and away from such rapidly devaluing units of exchange as the dollar and euro. Because if there was one medium of exchange that was untouched, unregulated, and unmediated by the US government and other authoritarian, despotic regimes around the insolvent “developed world”, it was precisely transactions involving BitCoin.
That is no longer the case, as the bloodhound of the Federal Reserve has now turned its attention toward BitCoin, and will not stop until it crashes both its value to end-users, and its utility, in yet another attempt to force the USD, and other fiat, upon global consumers as the only forms of allowedlegal tender.
The rising popularity of virtual currencies, while no more than a drop in the bucket of global liquidity, is being fueled by Internet merchants, as well as users’ concerns about privacy, jitters about traditional currencies in Europe and the age-old need to move money for illicit purposes.
The arm of the Treasury Department that fights money laundering said Monday that the standard federal banking rules aimed at suspicious dollar transfers also apply to firms that issue or exchange money that isn’t linked to any government and exists only online.
Naturally, the actual object of US monetary persecution, is BitCoin:
“We are beyond the stage where this was just funny money and a fun online thing. This is used as a currency,” said Nicolas Christin, associate director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Information Networking Institute.
Bitcoins can be used in a host of legitimate transactions—for example, website Reddit allows users to upgrade services using bitcoins and blog service WordPress.com’s store accepts them as a form of payment. Pizzaforcoins.com also lets bitcoin savers pay for deliveries through Domino’s and other pizzerias.
The problem with virtual currencies is that defining what is permitted in a narrow regulatory sense, is impossible, which is why any definition will be as broad as possible: after all what better way to spook users than to make virtually any transaction borderline illegal:
Creating clear-cut rules for virtual currencies is difficult. A FinCen official said that anti-money-laundering rules would apply depending on the “factors and circumstances” of each business. The rules don’t apply to individuals who simply use virtual currencies to purchase real or virtual goods.
The new guidance “clarifies definitions and expectations to ensure that businesses…are aware of their regulatory responsibilities,” said Jennifer Shasky Calvery, FinCen director.
The FBI report last year said Bitcoin attracts cybercriminals who want to move or steal funds. “Bitcoin might also logically attract money launderers and other criminals who avoid traditional financial systems by using the Internet to conduct global monetary transfers,” the report said. An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment when asked about the agency’s concerns regarding virtual currencies.
We were not the only ones to expect imminent intervention from Big Brother:
Some firms say they anticipated the rules. Charlie Sherm, chief executive of bitcoin payment processor BitInstant, said his company is already compliant.
Mr. Christin of Carnegie Mellon said that he believes Bitcoin’s dominant use right now is speculation.
“When you have a commodity or currency whose value has grown as rapidly as Bitcoin it makes sense to hold on to it as a speculative instrument,” he said. It also is commonly used for online black markets or gambling sites. “Whether used for money laundering…there is no smoking gun.”
As to the question of timing – why now – the answer is simple. Europe. After all, it was only yesterday that we wrote that “In Spain, The Bitcoin Run Has Started.” It is self-explanatory that if such an exodus away from legacy currencies and into BitCoin was left unchecked, more and more people would follow suit, which is why it had to be intercepted as early as possible.
The jump in the bitcoin exchange rate this week also coincides with concerns euros could be taken from retail bank accounts in Cyprus to fund a bailout. Internet blogs say speculators are looking toward currency alternatives.
Well, if internet blogs say… Of course, internet blogs also say that if and when the fascination with virtual currencies fizzles, all those who are disgusted with the abuse of fiat will not cease from seeking USD, EUR, JPY, GBP and CHF alternatives, but will merely go back to the safety of having hard assets as a currency, namely silver and gold, instead of electronic ones and zeroes, which the US government, in all its Orwellian benevolence may one day, for lack of a better word, hack right out of existence.
On the other hand, the regime’s desperation is reaching such a level that a Executive Order 6102-type confiscation of all hard asset currencies may not be far behind.
Because forewarned, is forearmed.
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Surprise, surprise.
Is there any doubt now how deep the fear goes with the fiat lords.

Thu, 03/21/2013 – 21:29 | 3360133

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Rothbard:
This process: the cumulative development of a medium of exchange on the free market–is the only way money can become established. Money cannot originate in any other way, neither by everyone suddenly deciding to create money out of useless material, nor by government calling bits of paper “money.” For embedded in the demand for money is knowledge of the money-prices of the immediate past; in contrast to directly-used consumers’ or producers’ goods, money must have pre-existing prices on which to ground a demand. But the only way this can happen is by beginning with a useful commodity under barter, and then adding demand for a medium for exchange to the previous demand for direct us
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A most important truth about money now emerges from our discussion: money is a commodity. Learning this simple lesson is one of the world’s most important tasks. So often have people talked about money as something much more or less than this.Money is not an abstract unit of account, divorceable from a concrete good; it is NOT a useless token only good for exchanging; it is not a “claim on society”; it is not a guarantee of a fixed price level. It is simply a commodity. It differs from other commodities in being demanded mainly as a medium of exchange. But aside from this, it is a commodityand, like all commodities, it has an existing stock, it faces demands by people to buy and hold it, etc.
I’m not stopping anybody from bying bitcoins however. Feel free to do what you want.

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