October 01, 2014

"'The Old'"

Hardly Working – What Sort of Life to Live?

by Nick Ford

As originally posted: Center for a Stateless Society
May 3, 2014

My name is Nick Ford and I would like to welcome you to this blog of mine, Hardly Working.

The goal of this blog is to promote a future where none of us will have to work. And by “work” I don’t mean just giving effort, but labor that we give to others under systematic duress. A good example is the workers who work in retail or low-paying jobs because they have no other good options.

These lack of options come from state-granted monopoly privileges like intellectual property to big corporations and licensing restrictions (the taxi medallions being a good example) that make independent work harder to obtain. Through these privileges, corporations have been able to take up far more space in the marketplace than they would be able to normally. Without these privileges we’d see much wider array of economic experimentation: from worker cooperatives, to self-employment and independently contracting individuals. All sorts of possibilities could open up once we abolish the state and actually-existing capitalism and bring our labor more under our individual control and out of the hands of big business or government.

The goal of anarchism and the anti-work position I support is to give tools to all of us that will free us from such systems and relations. I don’t mean that they would be evenly distributed or exist in some perfect equilibrium, but the means of production would certainly be more socialized than it is now – as well as much more accessible by your average individual. This in turn makes work a lot less necessary.

Any labor that exists through either artificial economic or political conditions (i.e. a situation wherein your agency or power is overridden by another involuntarily) must be abolished. That means revoking the monopoly privileges granted by the state and putting businesses on a much more equal footing. Abolishing the state and making tools and wealth more accessible by getting it out of capitalist hands and giving it to the individual are some of the key components of abolishing work.

Getting tools or wealth doesn’t necessitate a workers revolution, some sort of vanguard or any violence on our part. The exception being, if the state decides to attack us on either their own behest or the behest of the capitalist class. No, what it requires is the old Wobbly slogan of “building the new society within the shell of the old” and, then, these institutions would work to, as Proudhon said, “…dissolve, submerge, and cause to disappear the political or governmental system in the economic system, by reducing, simplifying, decentralizing and suppressing, one after another, all the wheels of this great machine, which is called the Government or the State.”

Of course, abolishing work is not just concerned with the economic sphere, but also the personal sphere (especially because these two things are intimately connected). I don’t want people free from the abuse of a system of work that is in place, but also from the cultural norms that reinforce the work environment. Cultural norms and attitudes, the Puritan Work Ethic for example, that reduce slackers and people who prefer leisure as “losers” or “deserving” their poverty.

The anti-work perspective, then, tries to criticize economics, culture and both the extra-personal parts of our lives (i.e. our relations to work, our bosses, our co-workers, our wages, the government, etc.) and our deeper personal levels (i.e. our own views about labor, how we view other people, our ethical and meta-ethical beliefs about work or the lack thereof, etc.).

To give an example of the deeper personal realm, a friend of mine recently sent me this link that explains the lives of a few different people. They are extreme cases and there is a ton of possible wiggle room, but let’s have a look at two:

He got up at four and set out on foot to hunt black grouse, wood grouse, woodcock, and snipe. At eleven he met his friends, who had also been out hunting alone all morning. They converged “at one of these babbling brooks,” he wrote. He outlined the rest of his schedule. “Take a quick dip, relax with a schnapps and a sandwich, stretch out, have a smoke, take a nap or just rest, and then sit around and chat until three. Then I hunt some more until sundown, bathe again, put on white tie and tails to keep up appearances, eat a huge dinner, smoke a cigar and sleep like a log until the sun comes up again to redden the eastern sky. This is living…. Could it be more perfect?”


Wallace Stevens in his forties, living in Hartford, Connecticut, hewed to a productive routine. He rose at six, read for two hours, and walked another hour—three miles—to work. He dictated poems to his secretary. He ate no lunch; at noon he walked for another hour, often to an art gallery. He walked home from work—another hour. After dinner he retired to his study; he went to bed at nine. On Sundays, he walked in the park. I don’t know what he did on Saturdays. Perhaps he exchanged a few words with his wife, who posed for the Liberty dime.

I cannot say that either of these lives strike me as “perfect” because of my own individual capacities and skills, but, even so, I’d prefer the first example of a Dutch aristocrat – where naps are available, sleep is as long as I need, I can relax and write when I want to and so on. Sure, the aristocrat has this all in a routine too, but it’s clear that he probably wouldn’t hold to it too tightly. Notice that the aristocrat says he would “outline” and not just simply write his given routine. He naps or rests as he pleases and sees friends as a pastime.

Stevens, on the other hand, has a grueling routine. There’s certainly nothing unethical about what’s going on here, but would it be desirable? Perhaps for some. I know I am not one of those people and I think most people would prefer the first scenario over the second. Discipline is something many of us strive for within many contexts, yet we, often, give ourselves breaks, cut ourselves deals or give ourselves rewards. The second example of living doesn’t seem to ever stop, or reward the toil or give ourselves a few seconds to take in the outside breeze and just breathe.

So while I am, by no means, calling for the universality of the former or the total rejection of the latter (I don’t think having discipline or a routine is de facto bad), I do hope for a time when more of us can claim that we live like the first example.

Except it won’t be the aristocratic class that can claim such a pleasure, but any and all who want it.

No class, but the leisure class!

September 30, 2014

The System

ISIS’ Harsh Brand of Islam Is Rooted in Austere Saudi Creed

by David D. Kirkpatrick

As originally posted: The New York Times
September 24, 2014

BAGHDAD — Caliph Ibrahim, the leader of the Islamic State, appeared to come out of nowhere when he matter-of-factly proclaimed himself the ruler of all Muslims in the middle of an otherwise typical Ramadan sermon. Muslim scholars from the most moderate to the most militant all denounced him as a grandiose pretender, and the world gaped at his growing following and its vicious killings.

His ruthless creed, though, has clear roots in the 18th-century Arabian Peninsula. It was there that the Saud clan formed an alliance with the puritanical scholar Muhammed ibn Abd al-Wahhab. And as they conquered the warring tribes of the desert, his austere interpretation of Islam became the foundation of the Saudi state.

Much to Saudi Arabia’s embarrassment, the same thought has now been revived by the caliph, better known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the foundation of the Islamic State.

“It is a kind of untamed Wahhabism,” said Bernard Haykel, a scholar at Princeton. “Wahhabism is the closest religious cognate.”

The Saudis and the rulers of other Persian Gulf states — all monarchies — are now united against the Islamic State, fearful that it might attack them from the outside or win followers within. Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have all participated with Washington in its attacks on the Islamic State’s strongholds in Syria.

For their guiding principles, the leaders of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, are open and clear about their almost exclusive commitment to the Wahhabi movement of Sunni Islam. The group circulates images of Wahhabi religious textbooks from Saudi Arabia in the schools it controls. Videos from the group’s territory have shown Wahhabi texts plastered on the sides of an official missionary van.

This approach is at odds with the more mainstream Islamist and jihadist thinking that forms the genealogy of Al Qaeda, and it has led to a fundamentally different view of violence. Al Qaeda grew out of a radical tradition that viewed Muslim states and societies as having fallen into sinful unbelief, and embraced violence as a tool to redeem them. But the Wahhabi tradition embraced the killing of those deemed unbelievers as essential to purifying the community of the faithful.

“Violence is part of their ideology,” Professor Haykel said. “For Al Qaeda, violence is a means to an ends; for ISIS, it is an end in itself.”

The distinction is playing out in a battle of fatwas. All of the most influential jihadist theorists are criticizing the Islamic State as deviant, calling its self-proclaimed caliphate null and void and, increasingly, slamming its leaders as bloodthirsty heretics for beheading journalists and aid workers.

The upstart polemicists of the Islamic State, however, counter that its critics and even the leaders of Al Qaeda are all bad Muslims who have gone soft on the West. Even the officials and fighters of the Palestinian militant group Hamas are deemed to be “unbelievers” who might deserve punishment with beheading for agreeing to a cease-fire with Israel, one Islamic State ideologue recently declared.

“The duty of a Muslim is to carry out all of God’s orders and rulings immediately on the spot, not softly and gradually,” the scholar, Al Turki Ben-Ali, 30, said in an online forum.

The Islamic State’s sensational propaganda and videos of beheadings appear to do double duty. In addition to threatening the West, its gory bravado draws applause online and elsewhere from sympathizers, which helps the group in the competition for new recruits.

That is especially important to the Islamic State because it requires a steady flow of recruits to feed its constant battles and heavy losses against multiple enemies — the governments of Iraq and Syria, Shiite and Kurdish fighters, rival Sunni militants and now the United States Air Force.

For Al Qaeda, meanwhile, disputes with the Islamic State are an opportunity “to reposition themselves as the more rational jihadists,” said Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a researcher at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

The Islamic State’s founder, Mr. Baghdadi, grafted two elements onto his Wahhabi foundations borrowed from the broader, 20th-century Islamist movements that began with the Muslim Brotherhood and ultimately produced Al Qaeda. Where Wahhabi scholars preach obedience to earthly rulers, Mr. Baghdadi adopted the call to political action against foreign domination of the Arab world that has animated the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda and other 20th-century Islamist movements.

Mr. Baghdadi also borrowed the idea of a restored caliphate. Where Wahhabism first flourished alongside the Ottoman Caliphate, the Muslim Brotherhood was founded shortly after that caliphate’s dissolution, in 1924 — an event seen across the world as a marker of Western ascent and Eastern decline. The movement’s founders took up the call for a revived caliphate as a goal of its broader anti-Western project.

These days, though, even Brotherhood members appear almost embarrassed by the term’s anachronism, emphasizing that they use caliphate as a kind of spiritual idea irrelevant to the modern world of nation-states.

“Even for Al Qaeda, the caliphate was something that was going to happen in the far distant future, before the end times,” said William McCants, a researcher on militant Islam at the Brookings Institution. The Islamic State “really moved up the timetable,” he said — to June 2014, in fact.

Adhering to Wahhabi literalism, the Islamic State disdains other Islamists who reason by analogy to adapt to changing context — including the Muslim Brotherhood; its controversial midcentury thinker Sayed Qutb; and the contemporary militants his writing later inspired, like Ayman al-Zawahri of Al Qaeda. Islamic State ideologues often deem anyone, even an Islamist, who supports an elected or secular government to be an unbeliever and subject to beheading.

“This is ‘you join us, or you are against us and we finish you,’ ” said Prof. Emad Shahin, who teaches Islam and politics at Georgetown University. “It is not Al Qaeda, but far to its right.”

Some experts note that Saudi clerics lagged long after other Muslim scholars in formally denouncing the Islamic State, and at one point even the king publicly urged them to speak out more clearly. “There is a certain mutedness in the Saudi religious establishment, which indicates it is not a slam dunk to condemn ISIS,” Professor Haykel said.

Finally, on Aug. 19, Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, the Saudi grand mufti, declared that “the ideas of extremism, radicalism and terrorism do not belong to Islam in any way, but are the first enemy of Islam, and Muslims are their first victims, as seen in the crimes of the so-called Islamic State and Al Qaeda.”

Al Qaeda’s ideologues have been more vehement. All insist that the promised caliphate requires a broad consensus, on behalf of Muslim scholars if not all Muslims, and not merely one man’s proclamation after a military victory.

“Will this caliphate be a sanctuary for all the oppressed and a refuge for every Muslim?” Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi, a senior jihadist scholar, recently asked in a statement on the Internet. “Or will this creation take a sword against all the Muslims who oppose it” and “nullify all the groups that do jihad in the name of God?”

Another prominent Qaeda-linked jihadist scholar, Abu Qatada al-Falistini, echoed that: “They are merciless in dealing with other jihadists. How would they deal with the poor, the weak and other people?”

Both scholars have recently been released from prison in Jordan, perhaps because the government wants to amplify their criticism of the Islamic State.


Omar al-Jawoshy and Sarmad Chalabi contributed reporting.

A version of this article appears in print on September 25, 2014, on page A14 of the New York edition with the headline: Extremist Group’s Harsh Brand of Islam Has Roots in Austere Saudi Creed.

September 28, 2014

The System

ISIS taxing each long-haul trucker $800

Taxes make up increasing share of ISIS’s wealth

by A.D. Kendall

As originally posted on: Money Jihad
September 28, 2014

Trucks passing through Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) checkpoints on highways out of Iraq are being charged a tax of up to $800 per truck. Truckers are issued two tax stamps or receipts for their payments—one is shown at the next checkpoint as proof of payment, and the other is kept for the driver’s records. The taxes are in keeping with traditional Islamic tolls against merchants passing through the jurisdiction of an ‘ashir–a tax agent of an imam.

But ISIS hasn’t stopped there—they’re also collecting a tax on each bank withdrawal they authorize through ISIS-controlled banking committees in Mosul. If you’re an ordinary Mosul bank customer, you have to get permission from ISIS to withdraw your own money, and of course ISIS takes a cut along the way. ISIS probably justify their fees on the basis of reversing any “haram” interest that has accrued to depositors’ savings.

Thanks to Twitter user El Grillo for sending in both of the news items above.

The taxes suggest a deepening of ISIS’s territorial control, authority, expertise, and capacity to increase revenues domestically. Forbes also reports that ISIS is taxing telecommunications networks and basic utilities. Non-Muslims face the discriminatory jizya tax as well.

The System


by Kristin Tate

As originally posted on: Breitbart
September 27, 2014

MOORE, Oklahoma -- On Friday one woman was beheaded and another was brutally stabbed at their workplace, Vaughan Foods based in Moore, Oklahoma. The suspect is a man who had allegedly converted to radical Islam. The incident is being considered a "terror event" by local police, Breitbart Texas has learned.

"It absolutely was a terror event," Moore Police Department Public Affairs Officer Jeremy Lewis told Breitbart Texas. "What is a terror event? Something that causes terror. This caused terror."

He added that the suspect "made a statement, absolutely...[he] brought terror to that business and now has everyone in a frenzy and did what we categorize terrorists as doing."

Lewis said that if the federal government deems the crime to be a "terrorist event," the case and investigation would be taken over by the FBI. The feds will also take over if the case is categorized as a hate crime.

Both of the victims were white women, Breitbart Texas has learned.

According to Lewis, the FBI interviewed the suspect subsequent to the event. Although Lewis could not disclose any details of the interview, he said that its results, when released, will make many aspects of the case very clear.

Given his conversations with the FBI, Lewis said there is a good change the federal agency will take over the investigation. "I don't know for sure if they will take over this investigation, but there's a pretty good probability that that will happen," he said.

Follow Kristin Tate on Twitter @KristinBTate.

September 27, 2014

The System

The Fappening 3: Jennifer Lawrence naked; 55 new images released

by Christopher Kouloris

As originally posted on: Scallywag and Vagabond
September 27, 2014

In what has come to be labelled as The Fappening 3, a total of 55 new naked images of Jennifer Lawrence have been released via 4chan and reddit.

The 3rd installment of celebgate comes as social media had come to anticipate a new batch with the upcoming weekend and it seems hackers eager to please have not failed to once again display their wares.

The actress is one of many celebs caught up in the latest installment, including actress Amber Heard for a second time (see new images here), supermodel Cara Delevingne (see images here), Mena Suvari, Kelli Garner, Anna Kendrick (see images here), Olympic gold medalist Misty May- Treanor, Briana Evigan, model and actress Carly Foulkes.

The latest batch of images come after the following celebrities came to also make it on to the web, including Emily Ratajkowski andCandice Swanepoel (see images here), Kaley Cuoco (see new images here), Kim Kardashian (see images here) Kate Bosworth (see images here), Lake Bell and Vanessa Hudgens amongst many other lesser well known names.

The pictures were allegedly retrieved due to an iCloud leak that allowed celebrities’ phones and computers to be hacked. The cyber hacker first posted the nude pics on image sharing website 4chan in an attempt to earn Bitcoins.

Buzzfeed would also note that a video also circulated Friday purporting to offer a glimpse into the many files that haven’t yet leaked. In the video, an unnamed narrator claims “there’s plenty of links left” while showing a screen shot of rows and rows of computer files.

Businessinsider notes Fappening 3 comes back to security in the cloud, and on the heels of the report that Apple may have known about a vulnerability in iCloud about six months before the hacking scandal according to The Daily Dot.

The System

ISIS-Allied Militants Behead 15 During Afghanistan Offensive: Official

by Fazul Rahim and Alexander Smith

September 26, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan — Militants aligned with ISIS launched a brutal offensive in Afghanistan alongside Taliban fighters that has left more than 100 people dead, local officials said Friday. Insurgents carrying the black flag of ISIS captured several villages in Ghazni province, according to Deputy Governor Ali Ahmad Ahmadi and Deputy Police Chief Gen. Asadullah Ensafi. Fifteen family members of local police officers were beheaded and at least 60 homes were set ablaze, Ahmadi said.

Ensafi later told NBC News that five Afghan helicopters had managed to drop Afghan special forces personnel to reinforce units already defending the area. He said the immediate threat to district's center had been nullified. Members of the Taliban from different regions of the country were involved in the offensive, officials said. According to Ahmadi, the drive was being led masked men wearing camouflage who carried the black flag of the ISIS and openly called themselves soldiers of "Daesh" — another

name for ISIS. The officials said those militants did not speak any local languages. Reinforcements from the Afghan national army and provincial police had been stopped from reaching the area by Taliban ambushes.

Dr. Gareth Price, an Afghanistan expert at London's Chatham House think tank, said it was possible that one section of the Taliban has decided to re-brand and copy the tactics of ISIS. "Given the factionalizing that seems to be happening in the Pakistani Taliban, it's not surprising that a group has decided to show allegiance to the Islamic State," he added.

- Fazul Rahim and Alexander Smith

September 26, 2014

The System

The Voluntary Principle

by Skyler J. Collins

As originally posted on: Everything-Voluntary.com
September 22, 2014

"One Voluntaryist's Perspective" is an original column appearing most Mondays at Everything-Voluntary.com, by the founder and editor Skyler J. Collins. Archived columns can be found here. OVP-only RSS feed available here.

As often as I reference the voluntary principle, the centerpiece of voluntaryism, you'd think I'd have written more on it specifically. Alas, nay, I have not. But I am here now to rectify that injustice to this most glorious of philosophies. First, let us look at a little history, and then, I'll define the voluntary principle and give my perspective in it's meaning, purpose, and application.


For as long as people have related with each other on a voluntary basis, voluntaryist practice has existed. Simultaneously, as people have related with each other on a coercive basis, the voluntary principle is being violated. One such coercive relationship is that which we have with the state, the institution in society that enforces a monopoly on the legal use of force, or rather, on the provision of law (courts) and order (security). It is in 17th century England, among a political movement known as the Levellers, where we find the first precursors of voluntaryist thought. Their history is documented in greater detail here on Wikipedia, as well as the history of voluntaryism, which I highly recommend reading.

Beginning with the Levellers in the 17th century, voluntaryist thought was further developed through a number of notable individuals, namely, Herbert Spencer (philosopher), Edward Banes, Jr. (editor), Edward Miall (who wrote Views of the Voluntary Principle in 1845), Henry David Thoreau (author of On the Duty of Civil Disobedience), William Lloyd Garrison (an abolitionist publisher), Charles Lane (author of a series a letters in abolitionist papers titled, A Voluntary Political Government), and Auberon Herbert, who wrote The Voluntaryist Creed, calling for taxation, the funding of government (the provision of law and order), to be paid voluntarily.

The term "voluntaryist" was last used by Auberon Herbert, who died in 1906, until it was resurrected by Carl Watner, Wendy McElroy, and George H. Smith when they founded The Voluntaryist, a magazine, in 1982. They considered voluntaryists separate from libertarians by their rejection of electoral politics (here's my take) as incompatible with libertarian goals, in theory and in practice. The voluntary principle was then formulated as defined below by Carl Watner throughout the magazine.

Three years ago, I founded my website, Everything-Voluntary.com, in an effort to bring together not only voluntaryist thought as it concerned politics and economics, but also parenting and childhood education. Prior, and unbeknownst to me, voluntaryist philosopher Stefan Molyneux of Freedomain Radio began promoting a voluntaryist approach to raising children. Many more voluntaryists and libertarians have likewise began speaking and writing about parenting and childhood education from this perspective, the latter popularly called "radical unschooling" by those in that movement over the last few decades. What the whole of voluntaryist thought shares in common is the exploration and promotion of the voluntary principle. Let us now turn to that.


The voluntary principle states that

all human relations should happen voluntarily, or not at all.

As Carl Watner wrote, the voluntary principle represents "a means, an end, and an insight." Another version of the voluntary principle is that "all human relations should happen by mutual consent, or not at all." What follows is my own interpretation of this principle in meaning and purpose, and in the next section, application.


The significant part of the voluntary principle is the word "should", which implies obligation. While some may argue that there exists negative obligations that apply to everyone universally, such as abstaining from murder, battery, rape, theft, and the like, I think a better-grounded way to approach obligation is on the basis of means to an end. Self-obligation, in other words, by those who understand cause and effect. As it concerns the voluntary principle, voluntary human relations either lead to certain ends, or to others. What makes some ends more desirable than others? I think the only answer to that question is that it depends on one's values. Every person values different things for different reasons and is willing to behave in certain ways in order to see their values realized in their lives. If the voluntary principle is to be considered a true principle, then it must be the proper means for one's desired ends.


What is the purpose of observing the voluntary principle? As I can only answer for myself, I will say that I remain unconvinced that peace and prosperity, both at home and within greater society and the world, can be achieved otherwise. I base this on my understanding of human nature, philosophy, ethics, and economics. In "Fundamentals of Voluntaryism", reprinted as chapter 3 of my book, Carl Watner presents several arguments for the voluntary principle, all of which demonstrate how the voluntary principle is necessary to achieve various commonly held ends. Most people, like me, value and desire peace and prosperity, and so they should (self-obligation) learn and live the voluntary principle. For according to sound philosophical, ethical, and economic logic, only by observing the voluntary principle can people achieve these desired ends. If that were not so, then the voluntary principle should be rejected as incompatible with these values, with my values.


The voluntary principle applied in our lives is called different things in different areas. In politics, it is called the "non-aggression principle" or the "zero-aggression principle", which states that people who value justice and desire peace in society should not initiate acts of aggression (uninvited property border crossing) against each other. This does not, however, rule out aggression used in self-defense to another's initiation of aggression. The state is an initiator of aggression through the enforcement of it's monopoly on the provision of law and order, and so exists as a violation of the voluntary principle. Therefore, law and order should be provided for on a private, competitive market basis. (Another line of voluntaryist thought in the area of politics is the voluntary principle compatible strategy known as "nonviolent resistance", as introduced by Karl Meyer in chapter 5 of my book.)

In economics, the voluntary principle is called "the free market", which is, according to economist, philosopher, and historian Murray Rothbard in an essay reprinted as chapter 12 of my book, "a summary term for an array of exchanges that take place in society. Each exchange is undertaken as a voluntary agreement between two people or between groups of people represented by agents. These two individuals (or agents) exchange two economic goods, either tangible commodities or nontangible services." Sound economic theory, a la the Austrian School tradition, teaches us that prosperity can only be achieved when everyone observes the voluntary principle in their economic lives.

In the home, the voluntary principle is called "peaceful parenting" (or several other similar terms). The interesting thing about peaceful parenting is that it is not only supported by modern philosophical and empirical arguments, but also by our evolution as a species. The needs of human children can only be met through a peaceful approach by caregivers, which necessarily precludes punishment and aggression. Instead, parents who want to see their children develop properly psychologically and emotionally should observe the voluntary principle, among other positive practices, in their relationship with their children. Another area of interest to the voluntaryist for it's incompatibility with the voluntary principle is the use of social coercion, or non-physical coercion, in order to manipulate children (and others, through unexpectancy and displeasure) to adhere to the will of parents. Social coercion is arguably more prevalent and more dangerous to the healthy mental development of children.

Parenting is not only about the psychological and emotional development of children, but also the development of the intellect. The voluntary principle applied in childhood education is called, as previously mentioned, "radical unschooling", and is introduced by Earl Stevens in chapter 20 of my book. Like peaceful parenting, radical unschooling is also supported not only by modern arguments, but also our biological evolution. The human mind did not evolve to be as intelligent as it is through compulsory means of education. Rather, our evolutionary ancestors were given complete freedom as children to explore the world around them through free play. Peter Gray, evolutionary psychologist and professor at Boston College wrote a book exploring the value of play in the development of the intellect titled, Free to Learn. Allowing our children to control their education (including religion) and their lives free from aggressive interference is not only optimal, but the only way to approach childhood education compatible with the voluntary principle.

Final Thoughts

I have herein brought to justice my dereliction of self-imposed duty to elucidate the central principle of our relationship with others that I personally espouse and live. It's important to understand the meaning, purpose, and applications of the voluntary principle if we are to ever achieve peace and prosperity in society. It's taken me three years to finally write specifically on the voluntary principle, the centerpiece of not only voluntarism, but of Everything-Voluntary.com, which has been a big part of my life over that time as a blogger, weekly columnist, and podcaster. I hope this proves both instructive and enlightening.

The System

Isis publicly executes leading lawyer and human rights activist in Iraq

by Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith

As originally posted: The Independent
September 25, 2014

Isis militants have publically executed Samira Salih al-Nuaimi, a leading lawyer and human rights activist, who the terror group claimed that had abandoned Islam.

Al-Nuaimi was kidnapped by Isis (also known as Islamic State) on 17 September after she allegedly criticised the militant group’s destruction of places of worship in Mosul, Iraq, since it had taken control of the city, in comments posted on Facebook.

She was then kidnapped from her home by a group of masked men and tried in a self-styled Sharia court for apostasy, which for the militants is considered to be an act of abandoning Islam by converting to another faith, or by committing actions that are against the Muslim faith.

The militants then tortured al-Nuaimi for five days.

Al-Nuaimi, who according to the Gulf Centre For Human Rights had worked on detainee rights and poverty, was then sentenced
to “public execution” and killed on Monday.

Her Facebook page appears to have been removed since her death.

“By torturing and executing a female human rights lawyer and activist, defending in particular the civil and human rights of her fellow citizens in Mosul, Isis continues to attest to its infamous nature, combining hatred, nihilism and savagery, as well as its total disregard of human decency,” Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. envoy to Iraq, said in a statement.

Isis took hold of Mosul in June, implementing a harsh version of Islamic law and killing hundreds in the process. It has forced religious minorities to convert to Islam, pay special taxes or die, and imposed a strict dress code on women in the city, going so far as to veil the faces of female mannequins in store fronts.

The UN said that on Tuesday, in the nearby town of Sderat, militants broke into the house of a female candidate in the latest provincial council elections, killed her and abducted her husband.

On the same day another female politician was abducted from her home in eastern Mosul. She remains missing.

September 25, 2014

The System

I Am Everywhere

by "Ariana Grande"

As originally posted on: ClickHole
September 24, 2014

I am everywhere.

I am in the day and I am in the night. In both darkness and light. I am in your very first step and the last breath you take before you die. I am in life and I am in death. I am always and I am everywhere.

I am everywhere.

I am on the highest peak. I am in the lowest valley. In every single drop of rain and every last drop of blood. I am in the drought. I am in the flood. I am in the silence before the storm. I am in the storm.

I am in your cereal in the morning and the clothes that you wear throughout the day and the blanket that covers your body at night. I am in the space between your ear and your skull. Where skin meets bone and bone meets marrow, I am in there, and I always have been, before, forever, and always. Everywhere.

I am in the mall. I am on the patio. I am in your eye. I am on the sea. I have already happened and I am always happening. I am the past. I am the future. No place is unknown to me, for I am already there.

I am in the East and I am in the West. I am in the North and the South. I have always been in Memphis. I have always been in Boston. Paris. Beirut. Tokyo. Prague. Everywhere that is both far and near, I am here and I am there. I am everywhere.

In the ringing of the bell and the clanging of the sword. I am in peace and I am in war. In the wreckage of disaster and the terror everlasting. In victory and defeat. In pause and in motion. I am in it and it is of me and nothing exceeds me because I am everywhere.

The stars are in the sky and I am in them. Out past the farthest known galaxy is a sun we cannot see and I am at the center of it and I extend beyond it past all that cannot be known.

You can try and escape me, but you will fail because I am everywhere. I am the limit and I exceed it. I am boundless. I am infinite.

I am everywhere.

September 24, 2014

The System

ISIL-linked group beheads French captive

Fighters linked to Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant post video purporting to show beheading of abductee in Algeria.

September 24, 2014

Fighters linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group have beheaded a Frenchman abducted in Algeria, after giving a 24-hour deadline to Paris.

Herve Gourdel, a 55-year-old hiker from the southern French city of Nice, was kidnapped on Sunday by Jund al-Khalifa, which demanded France stop its air strikes against ISIL in Iraq.

US terrorism watchdog SITE Intelligence Group said Jund al-Khilafah armed group released a video online purporting to show the beheading on Wednesday.

French President Francois Hollande confirmed killing of Gourdel and denounced the "cruel and cowardly" act.

The latest footage came two days after Jund al-Khilafa group released a video showing Gourdel pleading to his government not to intervene in Iraq.

"I am in the hands of Jund al-Khilifa. This group is asking me to ask you [Hollande] to not intervene in Iraq. I ask you to do everything to get me out of this bad situation and I thank you."

France launched its first air attacks on ISIL fighters last week, after joining a US-led coalition to "degrade and destroy" the threat posed by the group.

Jund al-Khilafa, or "the soldiers of the caliph", are believed to have broken away from the local al-Qaeda affiliate and pledged allegiance to ISIL.

The abduction was announced on the same day ISIL's spokesman, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, called on supporters to attack foreigners wherever they are.

Source: Agencies

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ISIS Terror Teen Killed After Stabbing Two Cops in Australia

by Allie Jones

As originally posted on: Gawker
September 24, 2014

Australian police shot an 18-year-old boy dead after he stabbed two cops last night. The teen, Abdul Numan Haider, brought an ISIS flag to the mall last week and was a "known terror suspect." This comes just one week after cops thwarted an ISIS plot to publicly behead a random Australian.

Haider, according to cops, was a "known terror suspect who was a person of interest to law enforcement and intelligence agencies." His behavior was "causing concern," so the two cops told him to "come and have a chat" at the police station last night. Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay told NBC News, "When these two police officers approached him, they were stabbed, one very seriously."

That officer is in "serious" condition with "knife wounds to his neck, stomach and head," according to CNN.

This morning, the Australian parliament introduced a new terror law that would make it easier to jail Australians who commit terrorism abroad.

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4chan Blows Up White House

by "the Mad Bomber"

As originally posted on: Fight the Power
September 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (Fight the Power) - On Wednesday, the internet forum 4chan blew up the White House, the official government residence of the President of the United States and the home of current President Barack Obama, headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Early reports on Wednesday indicated that 4chan detonated the White House explosion via thermonuclear devices, resulting in the total destruction of the centuries-old government building.

September 23, 2014

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Islamic State Terrorists Blow Up White House

by "the Mad Bomber"

As originally posted on: Fight the Power
September 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (Fight the Power) - On Tuesday, Islamic State terrorists blew up the White House, the official government residence of the President of the United States and the home of current President Barack Obama, headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Early reports on Tuesday indicated that the Islamic State detonated the White House explosion via Improvised Explosive Devices, resulting in the total destruction of the centuries-old government building.

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Emma Watson Dead at 24

by "Kilgore Trout" [a/k/a "Kilgoar"]

As originally posted on: The Internet Chronicle
September 22, 2014

INTERNET — Fans mourn for Emma Watson, star of Harry Potter, after she was found dead in her apartment in New York on Monday evening. After giving a speech at the UN about her support of feminism, the internet forum 4chan retaliated by hacking her iPhone and posting nude pictures they found of the starlet. Watson drank a fatal amount of bleach after 4chan carried out a merciless hacking and stalking campaign, reminding many of the story of Amanda Todd. However, experts say the extent of the capabilities of Todd’s tormentors were limited compared to the “shockingly sophisticated and terrifying” attack that seems to have caused Watson to so rapidly commit suicide.

4chan recently went through yet another great schism, with many leaving the community of so-called imageboards for another called 8chan.org, which promised to allow more freedom of speech after 4chan banned repetitive and worn-out postings against “Social Justice Warriors.” In the past, 4chan has had other disputes and separations, often based on what are now called “waifus,” or iconic images of beautiful young women such as Boxxy captioned with expressive, gestural words. In the past, the overuse of the Boxxy waifu caused a similar schism.

Emma Watson was the most beloved waifu at 4chan, so this depraved and violent attack has caused many to question whether or not 4chan has been infiltrated by outsiders. Some nascent Reddit men’s rights and dating advice groups, festering hives of lightly-veiled misogynistic ideology, believe that Social Justice Warriors are a dominant cultural force that must be resisted. Feminists, they believe, have done many terrible things such as turn America into a weaker country and shift power unfairly towards women in all sectors of life. Until these Reddit groups emerged, most of this kind of lingo and ideology was simply not present on 4chan, or at least unformed, so many experts agree that either the ideas are bleeding over from Reddit, or that Reddit is intentionally pushing them on 4chan in an agenda that matches the ideology: Because there is such a thing as a Social War, it must be fought through the propagation of ideas, and in the case of Emma Watson, with violent and menacing threats and computer hacking.

September 22, 2014

"Billions Crawling over Each Other's Backs Their Entire Lives" and "the Human Pyramid of the Power Structure"

The following tweets were originally posted by Martin Bell on Twitter via his account (https://twitter.com/postcrunk), respectively, on August 9, 2013 and September 6, 2014.

employees crawling over each other's backs to get higher in the human pyramid of the power structure

billions crawling over each other's backs their entire lives to get to the top where only hundreds reside

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The following tweets were originally posted by "jimmylemons" on Twitter via his account (https://twitter.com/jimmylemons), variously, on March 14, 2014; July 24, 2014; and September 13, 2014.

elected officials should be ruled by the laws they pass


politicians & lawyers must be closely regulated

elected & appointed officials should be subject to random drug testing

house of representatives has the power to arrest

September 21, 2014

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Halliburton: $39.5 Billion From Iraq Wasn’t Enough, Excited For Possibility Of More

by Sarah Wood

As originally posted on: Free Wood Post
September 17, 2014

Well if there’s anyone who’s definitely ready to get deeper into Iraq it’s those over at Halliburton. In fact, they seem giddy.

The current Halliburton Chairman is over the moon that there may be a continuing conflict in Iraq. “That’s where all the best contracts come from, but from 2003 on we were only able to pull in measly $39 and a half billion. I mean, that’s after Cheney… err.. umm… I mean, after we were promised by an undisclosed person that we would pull in at least $50 billion. Now with this new conflict, maybe we’ll finally hit that mark!”

“Our goals must be clear in Iraq,” said former Vice President Dick Cheney. “And that goal is to make me and a company very near and dear to my heart the wealthiest imaginable. Sure, there’s an enemy… who do you think made sure they had to space to develop and take over so the conflict would continue and Halliburton

could keep raking in money hand over fist? (cough cough) (points to himself and winks).”

It’s not clear at this moment if the ongoing conflict against ISIL in Iraq and Syria will expand to ground troops and a heavy civilian contractor presence like before, but Halliburton is ready to go at a moments notice.

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World’s first fully 3d printed solar powered drones fill the skies

by "Kilgore Trout" [a/k/a "Kilgoar"]

As originally posted on: The Internet Chronicle
September 18, 2014

INTERNET — Taylor Fenderson of Roanoke County, Virginia announced the invention of solar powered 3d printed drones.

Mr. Fenderson winked and told reporters at an impromptu press conference, “Watch this.” Hundreds of drones formed a swirling mass, not unlike a cyclonic school of fish in the ocean, and suddenly the infernal buzzing machines hovered, clearly forming a wall that was shaped like
Fenderson’s face. Fenderson snapped his finger and the drones dissipated into Southwest Roanoke County, which is now firmly under his control.

“Dear friends,” he said before using the most cryptic terms, “There is no reason to be alarmed. I believe the singularity has arrived, and be glad.”

At this moment what must have been in some estimations as many as ten thousand drones blotted out the clear evening skies above, and the gathered crowd shouted in terror, one declaring “He is the Devil!” and another, “God save us, the gates of hell have been thrown open!”

Fenderson’s eyes grew cold as he looked directly into WDBJ7’s cameras, demanding residents bring him all the graphics processing chips in the valley for a municipal bitcoin mining operation. Fenderson wants to fund the world’s fastest fiber optic network for residents of the valley only, using a newly discovered photonic switching process discovered by MIT. Taylor said, “Roanoke is situated in a uniquely defensible position, and as I speak drones are covering the highways with pebbles, shoring up the armor-proof chain of mountains that surround us on all sides. No aircraft is permitted to enter Roanoke’s air space. Attempt no landings in Roanoke.” At that, Fenderson retreated into his Bunker and those who attempted to follow him and ask questions found themselves surrounded and their senses assaulted by the klaxons of hundreds of drones.

Some citizens took to the streets with shotguns, attempting to shoot down drones but finding themselves surrounded and disabled by the drones’ horrendous sonic weaponry. Such a day of woe and terror was never seen in Roanoke since the troubles in 1893.