“Silk Road was supposed to be about giving people the freedom to make their own choices, to pursue their own happiness, however they individually saw fit. [It] turned out to be a naive and costly idea that I deeply regret.” ~Ross in sentencing letter to his decide
The web’s first successful international black market was Silk Street, an internet site founded by ‘Dread Pirate Roberts,’ the online pseudonym of Ross Ulbricht.
Presently 34 years-old, Ross is serving a double life sentence plus 40 years in federal prison as a political prisoner of the USA. At its root, his crime is that he created a spot where individuals all over the world might interact in commerce with each other without the oversight of the state. It was an experiment in true privacy and voluntary association that worked so properly the state shut it down and inhumanely punished Ross for considering outdoors of the statist matrix.
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You see, the state is control by pressure of violence. The lives so many of us take pleasure in are in impact curated by the laws, laws and whims of the state, and so long as we don’t assume too deeply about the potential of a stateless world with a very free financial system, Uncle Sam (or Uncle Joe, or Chariman Mao, or whomever) is glad to let us graze in his extensive pastures. Ought to we stray to far, we will anticipate to be severely crushed for instance to others who may be considering the identical.
More than anything, Ross committed thought crimes. That is, he clearly articulated why the state has no place within the lives of really free, sovereign human beings, and proposed and executed on ideas to understand this vision for humanity.
Read the following quotes by Dread Pirate Roberts to higher understand why the state threw the ebook at Ross, and to understand why the state should at all costs stamp out certain ideas should they prove to be real-world, viable options to the violence and coercion of state control.
1.) On the Libertarian rules on which Silk Street was based:
“Silk Road was founded on libertarian principles and continues to be operated on them. It is a great idea and a great practical system…It is not a utopia. It is regulated by market forces, not a central power (even I am subject to market forces by my competition. No one is forced to be here). The same principles that have allowed Silk Road to flourish can and do work anywhere human beings come together. The only difference is that the State is unable to get its thieving murderous mitts on it.” [10/1/2012]
2.) On the Conflict on Medicine and agorism:
“Silk Road has already made an impact on the war on drugs. The effect of the war is to limit people’s access to controlled substances. Silk Road has expanded people’s access. The great thing about agorism is that it is a victory from a thousand battles. Every single transaction that takes place outside the nexus of state control is a victory for those individuals taking part in the transaction. So there are thousands of victories here each week and each one makes a difference, strengthens the agora, and weakens the state.” [9/23/2012]
three.) On preventing state energy with ingenuity:
As a group, if we’re going to survive, we’d like to adopt a LONG TERM imaginative and prescient. Getting probably the most out of this factor earlier than it gets taken down is NOT going to deliver us success. In that world, Silk Street might be a capturing star that burns out shortly and dies as little more than a dream, swallowed by the nightmare reality of an ever-expanding, omnipotent international oligarchy. Planning forward and doing the whole lot we will NOW to put together for the struggle to come is the only approach we are going to have a shot at this. We are still principally ignored by our true enemies, however this incubation WILL NOT final ceaselessly.
I don’t like writing this type of stuff publicly as a result of it taunts our enemies and may spur them into motion, but I danger it as a result of the context for what we’re doing is just too typically misplaced in the day to day stuff that occurs here and it needs to be put in from time to time. Silk Street NEEDS our help. It needs all the things we have now. The return on what we put into will probably be immeasurable if we will get by means of the months and years ahead and achieve an actual foothold on the worldwide stage. HELP ME GET US THERE!!! Do it for me, do it for yourself, do it on your households and buddies, and do it for mankind.” [1/11/2012]
four.) On the potential for a state ban on Tor or Bitcoin:
“The state may try to ban our tools, but if we never use them for fear of them being banned, then we have already lost, no? Personally, I don’t think they can be effectively banned at this point. Iran and China, for example, are actively trying and failing.” [9/23/2012]
5.) On the fitting to self protection:
“We at Silk Street haven’t any ethical objection to the sale of small-arm weaponry. We consider that a person’s means to defend themselves is a cornerstone of a civil society. Without this, these with weapons with ultimately walk all over defenseless individuals. It could possibly be criminals who prey on others, understanding they’re helpless. It could possibly be police brutalizing individuals with no worry of fast reprisal. And as was seen too many occasions in the final century, it might be an organized authorities body committing genocide on a whole unarmed populace. Without the power to defend them, the rest of your human rights can be eroded and stripped away as properly.
That being stated, there isn’t any cause we now have to pressure everyone right into a one-size-fits-all market the place one group has to compromise their beliefs for the good thing about another. That’s the type of slender considering presently utilized by governments all over the world. It’s why we are in this mess in the first place. The majority in many nations really feel that medicine and weapons must be unlawful or closely regulated, so the minority suffers.” [2/26/2012]
6.) On honoring an important member of society, the person:
“Here at Silk Road, we recognize the smallest minority of all, YOU! Every person is unique, and their human rights are more important than any lofty goal, any mission, or any program. An individual’s rights ARE the goal, ARE the mission, ARE the program. If the majority wants to ban the sale of guns on Silk Road, there is no way we are going to turn our backs on the minority who needs weaponry for self defense.” [2/26/2012]
7.) On the Federal Reserve banking system:
“The Federal Reserve system relies on the pressure of government to keep its monopoly energy on the issuance of cash. This is how all central banks keep their control. Without the state’s involvement, individuals can be free to use whatever foreign money they like. Historically this was gold. If the founders of the fed tried to do what they did w/o the Federal Reserve Act laws, and later the Brenton Woods agreement, they might have failed miserably. No one would have bought into their system.
The truth is, this is the great thing about libertarianism. The individuals are free to choose what system they need. No need for one measurement matches all authorities options. If you would like to use a debt based mostly inflationary monetary system, go right forward, doesn’t affect me as long as you don’t attempt to pressure me to use it as nicely.” [1/30/2013]
eight.) On the problem with the U.S. Constitution:
“I have a pet theory about where the framers went wrong. First off, I can’t applaud them enough for what they accomplished given the circumstances. It’s easy to critique centuries later, supported by the wealth their system allowed to emerge. But I wonder how things would have happened differently had the constitution been 100% voluntary. As in, here are the rules our members live by and how those rules are amended. If you want to be in the club, you must pay your dues and follow the rules, but if you want to go it alone, or join a different club, we won’t bother you unless you bother us, and you are free to go at any time.” [10/16/2012]
9.) On the need for acutely aware agorism:
“Something you do that’s outdoors the control of the state is agorist, so in some sense we are all agorists whether or not we know it or not. Some individuals just take those actions because of the private achieve they will acquire, which is completely advantageous, but some do it as a conscientious objection and act of riot towards the state as properly.
I’m out to flip unconscious agorists into acutely aware lively ones. :)” [10/04/2012]
10.) On the so-called constructive advantages of warfare:
“There is an important point you are overlooking in your assessment of the positive benefits of warfare, and that is the costs, both seen and unseen. The seen costs are obvious: death and destruction. However, the unseen costs alone make the benefits you mentioned not worthwhile. That unseen cost is lost demand in the private sector. It’s simple: the resources used in warfare are unavailable to private individuals. We have no idea what people would’ve done with the trillions of dollars worth of resources that have gone into blowing people and things up, not to mention the resources that were directly destroyed. Considering the efficiency with which people competing in the market operate, and the inefficiency of the military bureaucracy, I suspect that the innovation and wealth produced by a world without war would make any advances the military has made look negligible.” [10/11/2012]
11.) On how to fix TSA and airport security:
“Here’s a market solution for ya: hold airlines accountable for any destruction that comes about as a result of misuse of their planes or other property. They would then insure against it and actuaries would be able to put a price on this potential cost and the risk reduction of security measures in airports so airlines could make economic decisions about what measures to take. Customers would also get a say as they choose their airlines based on cost vs. security measures taken.” [10/11/2012]
12.) On the paradigm of huge firms wielding a lot political and social energy:
“The people who run corporations, heads of state, the person selling you food, you, me and every human being are all fallible and capable of using power to dominate other people. Liberty is not a pill that makes men angels. What it does do is limit the extent to which evil can be expressed in the world. Right now, in any given geographic area, we have a monopoly on many of the most vital social institutions that is maintained through violence. If voluntary organizations consolidate their power and turn on their customers and start stealing from them, putting them in cages, killing them, spying on them and telling them what they can and can’t do, well then we’re back to where we started, the present day state. But, if I am correct, and the pressure for those firms to compete with one another for our favor leads them to serve us, then we can have freedom and prosperity the likes of which the world has never known.” [10/3/2012]
13.) On the police state vs. free market safety:
“State police scare the hell out of me. Who would you trust extra, somebody who you paid to shield you and who’s livelihood will depend on your continuing to pay them, or somebody who steals from you (taxes), buys weapons with the money (FBI, DEA, ATF, Army, native and state police, and so on.), after which forces you to do things towards your will if you find yourself not hurting anybody else?
…Bullies are dangerous and ought to be spanked.” [10/1/2012]
14.) On why we’d like true authorities not a monopoly of pressure:
“This will likely shock a few of you to hear coming from me, but we absolutely NEED government, and good government at that. Actually, the providers the current governments of the world monopolize or regulate are a number of the most demanded and wanted: security/protection, regulation, dispute resolution, schooling, healthcare, transportation, utilities, quality control and so on.
The question I current to you is, do we would like a single entity monopolizing the supply of all of those essential items and providers, or do we would like a selection?” [9/29/2012]
15.) On legalizing, taxing medicine, and ending the warfare on medicine:
“I maintain hearing this argument come up when individuals speak about drug prohibition: legalize, regulate and tax it. On the surface it seems like a good suggestion. No extra drug conflict, more tax income, authorities regulators can be sure that it’s protected. Is sensible, proper?
I can’t help but assume something is mistaken though. Feels like the bastards which were screwing everybody over all this time nonetheless win on this state of affairs. Now all that cash can go to the state and to their cronies, proper?
Here’s the rub: the drug warfare is an acute symptom of a deeper drawback, and that drawback is the state. If they “legalize, regulate and tax” it, it’s just one extra a part of society underneath their thumb, another productive sector that they will leech off of.
If prohibition is lifted, most individuals here will go away. You’ll return to your lives and get your medicine from no matter state licensed dispensaries are correctly licensed to sell to you. Drug use might be as fascinating as smoking and consuming.
Right here’s my level: Silk Street is about something a lot greater than thumbing your nostril at the man and getting your medicine anyway. It’s about taking again our liberty and our dignity and demanding justice. If prohibition is lifted, and the drug business is placed beneath the yoke of the state, then we gained in a small approach, but misplaced in an enormous method. Right now, medicine are ours. They aren’t tainted by the government. We the individuals management their manufacture, distribution and consumption. We ought to be wanting to increase that management, taking again our energy, no giving what’s ours to the very individuals which were our enemies all alongside.
It’s straightforward to justify although. Consider all the horrors the conflict on medicine has prompted that can be gone, virtually immediately. That pain might cease!
Don’t be tempted by this short-term straightforward fix of “let the government handle it.” Their time is coming to an end. The future is OUR time. Let us take this chance they’ve given us to achieve a foothold from which we will throw that yoke off utterly. We are NOT beasts of burden to be taxed and controlled and controlled. WE are free spirits! We DEMAND respect! The future could be a time the place the human spirit thrives, unbridled, wild and free! Don’t be so quick to put on that harness and pull for the parasites.
If prohibition is lifted, the place will you be? Will you overlook about all this revolution stuff? Will you go back to ignoring that itching feeling that something isn’t proper, that males in uniforms and behind desks have only a bit an excessive amount of management over your life, and are taking increasingly more of your sovereignty day-after-day? Will you go back to considering that taxes are as inevitable as demise and the most effective you can do is to pull as exhausting as you possibly can for them till you thoughts, physique and spirit are all used up? Or will you are feeling the loss, as yet one more wild west frontier comes beneath the dominion of the enemy, and redouble your efforts to cease it?
I know the place I’ll be. I gained’t relaxation until youngsters are born right into a world where oppression, institutional violence and management, world conflict, and all the other hallmarks of the state are as historic history as pharaohs commanding armies of slaves. The drug warfare merely brings to mild their nature and exhibits us who they are surely. Legalizing it gained’t change that and will only make them stronger. Maintain on to what you DO have, and stand for the liberty you deserve!” [4/29/2012]
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