Why I Use Waze

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Waze is a smartphone navigation app that uses crowd sourced data to provide route and traffic information to users.

It has turn-by-turn navigation, audible alerts, real time traffic and road speed, and the ability to plan the best departure based on arrival times, but the most important feature is police tracking.

Users can report police that they encounter along their routes in one of three categories: visible, hidden, and other side.

Drivers are then alerted to police that are ahead on their route with both an icon and a “Police Ahead” announcement, and it is even noted on the route choice screen.

The tradeoff is that you must allow the Waze app to report your location and speed to them, but that is a price I am willing to pay.

Constitutional Amendments

We The People...Lysander Spooner once said “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.”

I tend to agree with Spooner, except I would add the words “in its current form” to the end of the quote, because I do not dismiss the use of constitutional amendments to move us closer to liberty, as I have previously mentioned HERE.

I believe that passing new amendments to limit some of the evils of the current regime is significantly more achievable than convincing the indoctrinated masses to embrace Rothbardianism.

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What’s The Plan

If you reject the initiation of force for political change, and reject political action on moral grounds, how do you make change happen?

Are you waiting for the day that the entire population agrees with you and the government voluntarily goes away because no one wants it? Do you think there is a chance of that happening in our lifetime?

Is the plan is to wait for things to get so bad that there is a total societal collapse? Then we can go off and form our own communities? That would explain the number of survival articles I have seen on Lew Rockwell’s site over the years. Yet, most of the people who I have met in the movement don’t have the health, physical fitness, or skill-set to survive the period between societal collapse and the establishment of AnCapistan. Most would be dead within the month.

Do we hope that others will somehow do the work for us?

Are we all just a bunch of lazy whiners who will never do anything past posting on Twitter and Facebook?

Whats the plan?

Questions

Why does a blog called No State No Problem have a post about Trump?Why do I talk about Politics on Twitter?

Why will I be writing posts that talk about the Constitution?

These are all good questions.

I decided to name my future blog No State No Problem while reading Lew Rockwell’s Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto and dreaming of a stateless society.The name is easy to remember, clear in its intention, and not taken. If you have never tried to register a website name, you may not be able to understand the importance of “not taken”, but I ensure you, it is the hardest to overcome. 

Against The State
I believe that an Anarcho-Capitalist society would fantastic.

Yet, I recognize that we live in a world where the majority of people believe that the state is not only necessary, but desirable.

We are a minority, and the uninitiated tend to dismiss our ideas when they are presented directly.

The only way to open some people up to our ideas might be to begin with a Constitutional argument.

The only way to reach others may be a political campaign.

Ron Paul introduced me to Rockwell and Rothbard, and he was a congressman running for president. His message first resonated with me because he spoke of what was constitutional, and those arguments opened me up to the others.

I also believe that we cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

I think there are constitutional amendments that could make things better.

I believe that there are some candidates that will be better than others.

I believe that if the minarchists make progress, then we make progress, and minarchism is easier for the masses to accept.

So I will talk about the dream of a stateless society, and reference Rothbard, Hoppe, Rockwell, and others, but I will also try to deal with the reality of today, and try to find ways to improve it.

Winning Over Others

We have all become approval-junkies, always on the lookout for our next fix of external validation: for the next little rush of dopamine we get whenever we are patted on the head by others for being a “good boy” or a “good girl,” for exhibiting the right behavior, for giving the right answer, for expressing the right opinion.

This article from the Foundation for Economic Education discusses the idea that much of the political statements made online are not an attempt to actually persuade anyone, but are merely announcements to the world that you hold the proper positions on the issues of the day. More importantly, the article also talks about how to go about arguing for liberty in the midst of all of this signaling. It says that the best way to approach the argument is to talk about how Liberty can benefit each person individually, not by making statements that attack a general worldview.

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Own Twitter #FreeMilo

There are a lot of people complaining about the ban of Milo Yiannopoulos and Twitter’s selective crackdown on speech, and there seems to be a general feeling of helplessness.

If you were the owner of Twitter, they would have to listen to you.

So, why aren’t you an owner?

The stock market opens at 9:30 EST, and Twitter is less than $20/share.

Is that a good price? I have no idea.

Am I buying Twitter stock? No.

Do I own Twitter stock? No.

Am I am financial advisor? No.

This is not about investing. This is about having a say in the way that Twitter is run, because you are OWN the company. Shareholders ARE owners, and companies listen to owners.

If everybody tweeting about #freeMilo bought a few shares today, and then contacted investor relations, he’d be back on tomorrow. Then you could starting working on your other complaints.

Capitalism IS a democracy.

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