ZeroGov: Limited Government, Unicorns and other Mythological Creatures is published and live this morning on Amazon. It will be available only as an eBook and therein lies a revolution in writing. No longer stymied and stove piped through the traditional publishing houses, books are taking a plunge into a new frontier that has been maturing since the beginning of the new century. This is both good news and bad.
The good news is that authors will now take home much more than they would over the long term with traditional publishing royalties. We will also see an exponential increase in the number of books available. This speaks to the bad news. There will be an ocean of bad writing, dross and poor thinking on display that has probably not occurred in the millenium that preceded us in the publishing world.
It also means that the number of “real” books will diminish as the electronic variant starts to gain supremacy.
Mind you, it pains me a bit to see the transition. I have a library annex on my house filled from floor to ceiling with thousands of books. I take great comfort to go in there and simply sit with them. Or I may be writing a new blog posting and reach for a text for an arcane reference I cannot find on the web. I love the oft-mentioned tactile feel of a real book; the scent of the pages can even bring back memories to the first time I read it. I have a certain smug satisfaction that haunts the mind of every compulsive completist when I look at the mass treasure trove of Liberty Fund tomes on my shelves. I sit at the desk in my library and can almost feel the authors’ conversations from their books and the sense that if I could only read just a few more before I perished. But I digress.
This is my first book and even more so my first electronic book and it certainly posed challenges in its creation that I will talk about in a future blog post.
The Seasteading Institute (a 501(c)(3) dedicated to the long-term growth of the Seasteading movement) organized the 2012 Seasteading Conference, held May 31-June 2 at San Francisco’s Le Meridien Hotel. By way of introduction, Seasteading is the establishment of autonomous, sea-based political entities to spur innovation within the government industry. The world needs a place for those who wish to experiment with building new societies. But all terra firma is claimed, making the oceans humanity’s next frontier. The sea is space to innovate better political and (more…)
THE FRENCH MISTAKE
Barry J. Schwartz, Ph.D.
As I read Sharon Presley’s post about mutual aid and charity, I began to think about France.
As Sharon says, libertarians should be aware that charity is really one more strong point for liberty, and a shameful weak point for state-control freaks. (aka “state control-freaks”).
Charity can be a challenging topic: People should be militant about their liberty, and also remember that liberty includes their freedom to be kindhearted in their own damn personal way. That means—charity without any Socialist- or establishment-religion guilt mongering …Thomas Sowell makes a great (more…)
“Yes, you are right — I am a moralist in disguise; it gets me into heaps of trouble when I go thrashing around in political questions.”
- Mark Twain
I majored in Political Science as a youth when I attended college and was completely immune and unaware at the time of just what I was studying and undertaking as a collegial vocation. I had not even the vaguest notion that when all the familiar layers are peeled back and the countless variations of sub-disciplines are explored, it all comes down to one central principle and no other no matter how hard you rationalize it: all political systems rely on violence to work, nothing less and nothing more. Worse yet, they rely on initiated violence and all its subtle and savage applications. Once you discover that police are the center of (more…)
To further promote the concept of silver as an affordable and accessible barter money, Don’t Tread On Meme purchased a vending machine in January 2012 with the sponsorship of silver dealers Roberts & Roberts Brokerage, Inc., along with Freedom’s Phoenix, Silver Circle Movie, The Shire Society, Freedom Engineering, Shire Silver, Porcfest 2012, RTR.org, and Antiwar.com. The machine became a prop for economic and political “street theater” at events such as Ron Paul campaign appearances and liberty conferences. Due to the black monolithic appearance and its purpose as a “sentinel” for economic evolution, it became the inspiration for this web-based featurette film 2012: A Silver Odyssey written as an allegory to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
[Text and video by Libertopia regular Drew Philips — AK]
“A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”
- George Bernard Shaw
It’s funny how the official message of the land of the free and home of the brave is the bigger the government the better. How many times do the bipedal human parakeets on television news squawk about the need for a more stable central government to make all the bugbears go away? How often does this meme haunt any conversation about bringing stability to the Middle East and especially in the countries that the American military is currently occupying and trashing? Official Washington on both sides of the aisle are always (more…)