FTL & LRN.FM Updates

We've moved our email list off of Google Groups!

November 11th, 2015 - 11:20pm by FTL_Ian in

Good news! Google Groups is no longer hosting our FTL Updates list. We're now doing it through our server. Hopefully it will go smoothly, so we're sending this one first as a test.

Servers and programmers aren't cheap - please contribute to FTL's efforts to spread liberty at http://amp.freetalklive.com - on our NEW website!

Thanks for listening, Ian

Agorism Doesn't Work

November 10th, 2015 - 2:09pm by FTL_Mark in

Agorism just doesn’t work, at least not as is proponants claim.

During this ever-expanding Election Season, we, the stalwart defenders of liberty, can expect to see not just a few posts of people advocating that you “Vote for Nobody” or suggesting that voting is violence against your neighbor or some such non-sense. Often, these same posters will advocate for something they call Agorism. If you show the very least amount of interest, they will breathlessly go on about how Sam Konkin III had this brilliant notion that we can use the counter economy to out compete the State. They will tell you that System D is 2/3rds of the world’s economy. Suggesting that we are almost there!

I’ve got news for you, if you have 2/3rds of the market share, and you are losing market share, you are not about to win. You just have a system that doesn’t work. Further bad news: The State can tax and you can’t. Because of that simple fact, Agorism is generally a failed notion. Take a look a...

Draft the Women / Facebook attempts to take over the world

October 13th, 2015 - 10:00pm by FTL_Mark in

I want equality as much as the next person, but I don't want equal tyranny! Yes, the State should treat men and women equally, but rather than making women sign up for Selective Service, like men. Let's just do away with this pointless bureaucracy entirely.

Somehow, millions of people love to use Facebook, but don't know that it is delivered to them via the internet. Is this a failure in education or a victory of the modern mobile phone? This may not just be a light-hearted story about internet n00bs, Facebook is providing millions in the developing world free internet, but only to access Facebook's products. Is this a takeover by this powerful company to take over the internet?

Police Misconduct / Collecting / Illegal Uber driver

October 12th, 2015 - 11:05pm by FTL_Mark in


At some point, after reading story after story and seeing video after video, a pile of dead dogs later, I stopped making excuses for the police. Sure, I respect lots of cops, many would throw themselves in front of a bullet to protect my family and I appreciate that. However, what I saw, in way too many cases, usually in the US, was not just a cop using too much force, but he would do it in front of other cops and they would either do nothing or join in. At first I could explain this away as an isolated incident, but over time, that got harder and harder. Why can Postal workers go door to door and deal with dogs all of the time and not shoot them, but our brave Paladins of Justice seem to slather at the thought of plugging your beagle. I used to apologize for the police. I don't anymore.

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