The Man Who Almost Stopped Julius Caesar

“Cato was just five years of age when Rome went to war with its former allies in the Italian peninsula — the so-called ‘Social War.’ Though the conflict lasted just two years, its deleterious effects were huge. The decades to follow would be marked by the rise of factions and conflict and local armies loyal to their commanders instead of the larger society. A ‘welfare-warfare’ state was putting down deep roots as Cato grew up. The limited government, personal responsibility and extensive civil society so critical to the republic’s previous success were in an agonizing, century-long process of collapse. Even many of those who recognized the decay around them nonetheless drank the Kool-Aid.”

Realism versus Nonintervention

“In both British and U.S. experience we can see much institutional feedback from overseas empire: transfer of policing models and bureaucratic management techniques, and their cumulative effects on domestic civil liberties. Meanwhile, for domestic reasons, Americans long since encumbered themselves with standing armies of police, which are rapidly adopting military and imperial mentalities and practices directly from U.S. overseas adventures.  Realists and neo-Realists would have us believe that it is actually impossible for a great power to renounce empire. There are indeed few precedents. Most imperial powers learn the hard way.”

Jacob Hornberger: Dealing with the Cops


“The mindset that cops have toward citizens — that they are the masters and we are the servants — clearly poses grave risks to the citizenry. If a person attempts to clarify that it’s the cops who are the servants and the citizens who are the masters, he might well find himself in jail or even dead. Like I say, everyone — but especially African-Americans — has to do some serious soul-searching on how to deal with the cops: Will I assert my rights and demand to be treated with deference and respect or will I keep my mouth shut and submit to abuse, insults, and mistreatment?”

Drivers, Beware Traffic Stops in the American Police State

“Trying to predict the outcome of any encounter with the police is a bit like playing Russian roulette: most of the time you will emerge relatively unscathed, although decidedly poorer and less secure about your rights, but there’s always the chance that an encounter will turn deadly.  Unfortunately for drivers, not only have traffic stops become potentially deadly encounters, they have also turned into a profitable form of highway robbery for the police departments involved.  Never before have ‘we the people’ been so seemingly defenseless in the face of police misconduct, lacking advocates in the courts and in the legislatures. So how do you survive a police encounter with your life and wallet intact?”

Handcuffed and Helpless

“I’m grateful that we didn’t get killed. I’m grateful that my wife didn’t get assaulted. I’m grateful that they didn’t plant drugs on me or put me in the hospital.  But my gratitude doesn’t change the fact that these men abused their power, disrespected my wife, laid their hands on my body in an inappropriate way, scared the hell out of us both, made us miss our show, and treated us like criminals simply because they felt entitled to do so.  They will not ruin my life, nor will they determine my destiny, but I want to put this story on the record because this was neither the first nor the second time something like this happened to me, and I sincerely believe that things like this happen all over the country.”

Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie

“From executive producer Morgan Spurlock and director Matthew Testa comes this comedic and irreverent road trip with host Billy Wayne Davis who’s on a quest to discover what freedom really means to contemporary Americans. See the full show.”

Welcome to the Freest Place on Earth

“I drove up early on this late-June Friday, toward the end of the week-long celebration, to find a huge private campground bathed in sunshine. When I got there, groggy campers were shuffling to the toilets, and there only a few signs this was not just a festival but an experiment in a different way of life. One was a custom vending machine someone had stationed on a campsite. Inside were Milk Duds, wet wipes, small plastic bags of ammo in various calibers, pregnancy tests, and Zig-Zag rolling papers. If you wanted to, you could pay with Bitcoin, the anonymous, non-government-issued cybercurrency.  PorcFest is an eight-day party for 1,500 people who don’t want the government in their faces.”

Jeffrey Tucker, Porcfest: Crowd Sourcing Liberty

“Held in a park beneath the mountains of New Hampshire, it has no big financial backers, no massive marketing apparatus, and no big institutional exhibitors. It has grown over the years through reputation alone. It mixes fun with learning with entrepreneurship.  It never set out to do anything but provide a venue for camping and socializing in the spirit of celebration. It is affordable, accessible to everyone, and everyone does come: people from all religions, classes, professions, outlooks. Now it has become a beautiful zone of creative freedom, an experiment in what it means to take liberty out of the idea stage into real action.”

Who Is Building the Private, Peer-to-Peer Marketplace?

“Online commerce today is mostly centralized; companies own websites where users visit to buy and sell things. Those companies charge fees, monitor their users’ data, and censor their transactions based on their own rules and on behalf of the government.  OpenBazaar is different. Instead of relying on a centralized third party, trades occur directly between buyers and sellers. Users install peer-to-peer software on their computers, similar to bitcoin or BitTorrent, and this connects them to other users running the same software. They transact in bitcoin. Since there’s no middleman, there are no fees, no collection of data, and no censorship of trade.”

Only in NH: How to Ferment a Nano-Brewvolution

“A nano brewery is limited to producing 2000 barrels of beer a year. Why 2000? Nobody knows. It’s a nice round number, though. Pint Glass Half Full In the year after the bill passed, more breweries opened in New Hampshire than have opened in any other time in the state’s history, including right after Prohibition ended.  Along the way, we also helped legalize home winemaking. House Bill 253 created a second generation of nano breweries. This license costs an extra $240, but we can finally sell full pints! Governor Hassan signed the bill on July 24, 2013, effective that September. Since then, New Hampshire has seen an explosion of nano breweries, with more on the way.”