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[liberationtech] Bitcoin and The Public Function of Money

StealthMonger StealthMonger at nym.mixmin.net
Sun Nov 4 21:23:52 PST 2012


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Dmytri Kleiner <dk at telekommunisten.net> writes:

> We can not eliminate the State-based tax system by evading it, only
> by replacing the socially necessary functions it performs with
> actually-existing non-state forms, an unwillingness to understand
> and come to terms with this is what makes so many revolutionaries,
> ancaps especially, continue to be baffled by the continued existence
> of the State ...

True, except that those functions are mostly not socially necessary.
Rather, people feel morally entitled to them because that's what they
have been taught.  Instead of morally entitled, people ought to find
accepting State benefits morally repugnant because it amounts to
receiving stolen property.

Popular acceptance of the benefits is the prime mover of State power.
Unwillingness to understand and come to terms with this is what makes
so many revolutionaries, and maybe even venture communists, continue
to be baffled by the continued existence of the State.  As long as the
State can fence the goods, it will continue to steal them.

> On 04.11.2012 00:53, StealthMonger wrote:

>> Are you suggesting that there is something unkind or thoughtless
>> about promoting a free market?

> ...the efficient market hypothesis is "one of the most remarkable
> errors in the history of economic thought."

Straw man.  Efficient or not, free trade is by definition a peaceful,
consensual relation between individuals, and there is nothing unkind
or thoughtless about promoting it via Bitcoin.

>> Resource starvation?  Anonymous markets have thrived throughout
>> history, and probably before.

> Do you care to inform us of any period of history where markets
> thrived while not supported and managed by non-market social
> institutions?

There are even stories of warring tribes temporarily setting aside
hostilities while they meet to catch up on trade, and then turning
around to resume battle.

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