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How to raise billions of dollars and change the world

In Cryptocurrency, Free Market Miracles, natural rights, True nature of the State on December 30, 2017 at 12:02 am

Those who attempt to use the force of government to improve material progress and the moral improvement of society will always be disappointed by the results.

Government is force. It can never be a charitable or a moral institution. It’s mainly funded through Taxation, which is the taking of the property of one person and giving it to another. When the government spends more then it brings in with taxes it borrows money from the Federal Reserve. Both of these actions produce havoc in the economy, make people poorer, encourages envy and enmity between those in power and those seeking power, and destroys individual initiative.

That is the problem with politics. Two parties vie to buy the votes of 50.1% of the population in order to control the power to tax, borrow, spend and regulate. The party that buys the votes of the majority now has unlimited power over the remaining minority.

That is why there is so much vitriol in politics. It will always be this way because it creates a ruling and ruled class. If we keep looking to the state to create prosperity and cure the ills of society we will continue to get the same results. Trillions of debt, a divided society, and an enormous bureaucratic and increasingly violent police state that crushes individual initiative and voluntary cooperation.

There is a far better way to get people to work together than to force people at the barrel of a gun to cooperate in an attempt to create wealth, peace and prosperity for all.

Voluntary cooperation is the only true way to produce lasting material and moral progress. Civilization advances not by government edict but through the creative acts of individuals adapting to and shaping their environments through experimentation and voluntary cooperation.

Now we have the technology to connect like minded individuals around the world in order to combine their creativity, intelligence and capital to build businesses, start charities and other types of organizations that can create positive change in the world. The rapidly evolving technologies of cryptocurrencies, blockchain and smart contracts will make this extremely easy to implement.

I call this type of invention a Voluntary Crypto-secured Capital Pool (VCSCP). These are self directed, self funded, organizations that individuals who agree on a specific purpose for the accumulated funds.

Most people complain that what we need is capital! Here is a way in which anyone in the world can become involved in helping to acquire and spend massive amounts of capital that can be used to start businesses or charitable organizations. This is how you can raise billions and change the world!

Here are the startling numbers of how quickly a relatively small group of people can accumulate massive amounts of capital in a short period of time. These examples are based on the belief that individuals who want to positively affect the world will be willing to contribute a $1 or $5 per week to their preferred VCSCP.

1. One million people contributing $1 per week would have at the end of 52 weeks $52,000,000. How many urban farms could be funded with this? How many meals could be bought for the homeless?

2. One million people contributing $5 per week would have at the end of 52 weeks $260,000,000. That’s over a quarter of a billion dollars!

3. Ten million people contributing $1 per week would have at the end of 52 weeks $520,000,000. Could you think of ways this could be spent to create positive change in the world?

4. Ten million people contributing $5 per week would have at the end of 52 weeks $2,600,000,000. That’s two billion six hundred million dollars! What business couldn’t be started with this amount of money? How many millions of people could be fed, houses and educated with this amount of money?

The idea that capital is in hands of only a few is totally wrong. The problem with capital is that we don’t realize we already have it and that it’s just dispersed. Everyone who has just $4 per month has the capital to contribute to a VCSCP and change their life and the lives of potentially millions.

We no longer live in a world in which only banks can decide who gets the funds needed to open a business. Nor do those who want to improve the world have to spend billions in an attempt to gain the levers of power to help others.

I do believe that most socialists, communists and conservatives are compassionate people and have been sold the wrong idea that only through forced cooperation made possible by government can things get better.

Those who’ve sold this idea of Collectivism to the majority of people are the very people who benefit from the current political system. The media benefits through increased advertising ads, politicians benefit from donations and increased power, professors benefit through consultation and appearance fees as well as government largesse for the university system. All the pundits, media personalities and politicians who are currently involved in drumming up the political hysteria on the MAGA side and the Resistance side are benefiting in some way.

Those who ultimately pay the price for all this political fighting are the normal individuals who only want a better life for themselves and those they love.

Through VCSCPs individuals in this country and those around the world can pool massive amounts of capital for whatever purposes they want it to go for with no need for the political process. Each one will be a separate entity that could be for profit or strictly for charitable purposes.

VCSCPs would be extremely easy to set up and to administer due to the use of new technologies. By utilizing cryptocurrencies these pools would allow small weekly contributions, be able to hold massive amounts of wealth without the need for banks and utilize blockchain technology and smart contracts to enable all the contributors to vote on fund distribution.

These funds could be held for years or be put to use immediately. Let’s say a group wants to accumulate an endowment to help the homeless. A million people decide to give one dollar a week for five years and then only use the investment gains would be used to help feed and clothe the homeless. The principal amount would never be spent.

In five years the endowment would be worth $260,000,000. If it could earn 5% per year then $13,000,000 could be used in perpetuity to help feed, clothe and house homeless people. Now imagine hundreds or thousands of these type of VCSCPs operating around the globe without the bloated and corrupt overhead of government bureaucracy. Think of it as a streamlined automated charity.

Now let’s say a hundred thousand people in a city want to have more locally grown organic foods. They contribute $5 per week for 52 weeks. At the end of the year they’ll have a pool of capital of $26,000,000. How many organic urban farms can be funded by this pool of capital?

Let’s say on average a half acre organic urban farm costs about $40,000 to get up and running. That means up to 650 mini organic farms could be created. They might not want to do that so they only fund 100 the first year to see how it goes and all the while they continue contributing because they believe that more organic local food should be produced.

Next year they’ll have the expertise of the the ten farms plus a pool of capital of $48,000,000 plus a percentage of the profits from the farms. Now they can expand into larger farms, create farmers markets, create organic products from the excess produce or other opportunities that they decide. Hundreds or thousands of jobs would be created – people who contributed could be employed by the VCSCP as well. That’s a win-win.

Capital isn’t the problem now. The real problem will be how to decide on what type of business you want to be a part of.

This works on a smaller scale as well.

Let’s say you have a network of 500 people who want to have a park in their area. Instead of relying on the force of government to create it, this small group of people can accumulate enough cash to make it happen. In two years they’ll have $260,000 in capital contributed. That’s enough to buy a few acres and to install a walking trail.

The following years they’ll continue to contribute and make improvements and to fund upkeep. How awesome would it be to have your name on a brick on that walking trail? Instead of having the name of a politicians or bureaucrats associated with the park it will have the names of the actual people who payed for it.

Now when the park users see one of the park founders they thank them directly. This helps to create community.

The uses for these pools of capital, whether small or enormous are endless.

Each VCSCP would have its own rules as to what the funds will be used for and how much of a consensus would be needed for the distribution of the funds. By using the blockchain the people contributing will have a direct vote on how the funds are spent. Smart contracts will lock funds away until a consensus is reached.

The administration and the contributions could all be handled through a smartphone. Each VCSCPs would have their own app that would allow individual contributors to vote, set up their weekly contributions, suggest projects to fund and keep track in real time progress of any projects being funded.

Unlike with taxation the money contributed to VCSCP’s are voluntary and the spending is directly voted on. I believe when people join these VCSCPs which support their favorite causes or create the businesses they want to have in their communities they will no longer be interested in the struggle for control of the State.

VCSCPs could implement the changes in the world that people want to see in a peaceful and voluntary way. Feelings of community and friendship will be increased when individuals join together without force to help their fellow humans.

Politics will always breed hatred and mistrust in society. That’s because with a two party system the majority has unlimited power over the minority. Voluntary cooperation increases peace, prosperity and harmony because individuals are working together towards shared goals.

Peace and prosperity are what we all want. Politics and government create violence between individuals and countries. With the borderless nature of cryptocurrencies VCSCPs could be joined by people from anywhere in the world.

An example would be if a group of people around the world who were all against war wanted to help those who’ve been hurt by it. They could pool their capital through a VCSCP and buy a hospital type ship and park it off the coast of a war torn country. They could buy the supplies and pay for the staff to heal those who are being killed and maimed. And at the same time they could paint on the side of the ship in huge letters “End War”.

This is an exciting time to be alive. Anyone who wants to create positive change in the world can do so. Lacking the money is no longer an excuse. Lacking political power is no longer an excuse. Individuals have the power to cooperate and help shape the uncertain future.

I envision a world where millions of these VCSCPs are funding new businesses and creating new charities that are borderless that will help bring about the biggest leap in prosperity and peace the world has ever seen.

I don’t have all the answers. No one does. But individuals cooperating together have the best chance at improving the state of the world. That’s what’s great about voluntary cooperation – you have millions and millions of people experimenting, analyzing and adapting to an ever changing world. This is what Adam Smith called “Spontaneous Order”.

If you are interested reading more about the benefits of voluntary cooperation I “highly recommend Auberon Herbert’s The Voluntaryist Creed” and “A Plea for Voluntaryism”.

http://lf-oll.s3.amazonaws.com/titles/1026/0545_Bk.pdf

Brad Miller

Advocate of Liberty

Bitcoin and Banking

In Banking, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Free Market Miracles, True nature of the State on December 15, 2017 at 1:20 am

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What will banking look like in five years? Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are challenging the money monopoly that banks and governments have functioned under for millennia.

Banks exist in this country today because of the Federal Government and its money printers at the Federal Reserve. This system is designed to siphon wealth from the masses into the pockets of bankers through fees and especially inflation.

Technology in Banking has changed enormously in the past twenty five years but its core principles of inflation and fee charging have not. The use of debit cards, direct deposit and online banking has habituated banking customers to viewing money as digital more and more.

I’ve been in banking for over ten years as a personal banker. Everyday I am trying to make my job more and more obsolete. I recommend customers do more and more self directed banking by electronic means. Individuals may soon realize that if they can move money electronically why can’t they do so without a bank?

Millions of people are having this realization today with all the attention around the price of Bitcoin.
We tend to think that how things work today is how they’ve always worked and that they will continue working this way into the future. Everything we use on a daily basis goes counter to this human tendency to dismiss new technology and forget how things used to work. Twenty years ago the long distant phone business was a 20 billion dollar a year business. Now 80% of all phone calls are done through Skype and no one even talks about long distant charges any more. The cost of storing and moving money is going through a similar revolution right now.

Bankers think that cryptocurrencies aren’t a threat because of their place on top of the Financial/Political Hierarchy. They believe that people will never be able to break out of the Federal Reserve/Federal Government Financial System. But it’s the Banking System’s regulatory controls,  loan requirements, invasion of privacy through spying on their own customers for the IRS and homeland security, charging fees for moving 1s and 0s, and using an archaic systems to process the movement of those funds which is driving customers to become angry and unsatisfied enough to consider an alternative.

Bitcoin is that alternative. It and other cyrptocurrenices offer movement of money around the world for pennies. It also ends the ability of the government to use banks to spy on you. Every transaction you make with a debit or credit card is recorded. Banks work hand in hand with the government and are basically deputized agents of the IRS, Homeland Security, DEA, and FBI. (The transactions of Bitcoin are transparent with the blockchain but near anonymity can be achieved which is totally impossible with traditional banking).

There are other more privacy focused coins like Monero and Zcash which can totally anonymize transactions if that’s your preference. I believe that as governments move against cryptocurrencies privacy coins will be more and more used.

Cryptocurencies are also apolitical. They don’t require the power of the state to create them or require their permission to send them to whom one chooses. Right now the US government monitors every outgoing and incoming wire into the US. They do this to prevent individuals from sending money to individuals in countries the US government doesn’t like.

Bitcoin will never need a bailout. As time passes on we forget about how insane the bank bailouts were. The entire financial world was collapsing because of the Federal Reserve System which is based upon Fractional Reserve Banking and Printing money out of thin air. This system is built to be unstable. That’s why it requires the FDIC and uses government regulations to lull the public into believing its not going to implode again in the near future, which it will.  Since Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies aren’t issued by a government sanctioned central bank or regulated by them they can never be bailed out.

Banking should be treated like every other business in America and be responsible for its actions. Those who choose to use Bitcoin are taking the risk themselves. Those that invest in companies that mine Bitcoin are taking a risk. Those that trade Bitcoin are taking a risk. Life is inherently risky. No one can predict the future. Unless you are a banker. You know that the Financial System will fail again and again you’ll be calling up your Senator or Secretary of Treasury demanding to be bailed out.

Remember that Congress voted no at first to a bank bailout, for about 700 million. But after pressure they caved and authorized it along with countless other measures to ensure the criminally ran Federal Reserve Financial system wouldn’t fail. The American people weren’t for this at all. It will be interesting to see what happens the next time the banks fail and go to Congress.

Another great aspect of Bitcoin is that it can’t be confiscated or effectively banned by governments. The push to ban cash is hot right now in the banking world and governments are keen to do this. They want cash banned because it is anonymous and governments think every one of their citizens is a criminal.  Last year India banned the two biggest denominations, constituting 83% of the value of their currency. This devastated small businesses and people who transacted in cash which are those who don’t have bank accounts.

The reason given for banning cash is to catch tax cheats and money launderers. The true reason is that cash gives people freedom and privacy. Those are two things that all governments want their citizens to have less of. Banning cash forces people into their version of digital money which is far different than Bitcoin. It is a money that can be seized in a second even if you’ve never been convicted of a crime, you can have your accounts closed without your knowledge for sending money to an individual who lives in a country the US government is at war with, and governments can steal your money through negative interest rates. Surveillance and theft are the tools of the state.

 

Fortunately Government monopolies create terrible products, whether it’s the post office, public schools or the current dollar based system. Bitcoin is a cutting edge product that will outcompete the dinosaur that is the Federal Reserve System. It will revolutionize not only how individuals think about money but also how they perceive the role of government interference in their daily choices. Once you can be your own bank and send money around the world without any financial company or government involvement you will start looking at the other surveillance and control systems that rule our lives and begin to wonder if we truly need government involved in the choices we make.

The two most regulated industries are banking and healthcare. If we don’t need government to create or to move money maybe we don’t need them involved in healthcare either. The track record of government involvement with healthcare is worse than banking. Maybe we don’t need or want them to tell us anymore what we can or can’t consume? No huge financial institution created Bitcoin and no government “approved” it. Maybe we are on the verge of people rejecting the idea we need government involved in our healthcare decisions and that entities like the FDA and DEA are as unnecessary as the Federal Reserve?

Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008 wrote the “white paper” describing Bitcoin and how to implement it. His motivation to create this incredible invention was the 2007 Financial Meltdown and the ensuing Bank Bailouts. In fact the “Genesis Block” the block that launched Bitcoin has within it a copy of the “Financial Times” dated Jan, 03 2009. The headline reads “Chancellor on Brink of Second Bailout of Banks”. This is the day Bitcoin was born.

The more governments use surveillance, theft and force to control our lives the more innovations will be created to challenge them. Bitcoin is the greatest step in the advancement of human liberty in the last 200 years. I believe that words on parchment are terrible ways to secure individual liberty. As we’ve seen with the total disregard for the Constitution by our Government overlords.

The only way to secure liberty is through the immutable laws of mathematics. No matter how powerful a government maybe, no bombs, or laws or armies can change the laws of math. Force is useless against cryptography, which is the branch of mathematics cryptocurrencies are named after and that Bitcoin uses. Bitcoin is the first invention in the history of the world that secures individual sovereignty which can not be intimidated, destroyed, or stopped by any government in the Universe.

Every individual owns themselves and ownership denotes control. You have the innate right to control what you ingest or what you use as money or who you send that money to, without the need for government or corporate involvement. Right now anyone in the world with a smart phone can send digital, decentralized, secure, cryptocurrenices to anyone in the world in seconds for just pennies anonymously.

This is truly an amazing time to be alive.

Brad Miler

Advocate of Liberty

Medicinal Freedom – an innate natural right

In Free Market Miracles, Liberty, Medicinal Freedom, natural rights, True nature of the State on December 6, 2017 at 1:22 am

I believe that every individual has he right to consume what they choose to and to also bear the consequences of those choices.

Medicinal Freedom is simply the ability to exercise this natural innate right without restriction from the government.In the near future I believe that we will have true Medicinal Freedom. This means that every individual can buy any and every type of synthetic or natural medicine they choose.

Not only will adults be able to buy any type of medicines they choose, they will also be able to grow our own. This freedom will allow individuals to treat their symptoms and to ease their suffering for a fraction of the cost they can now with even more effective options.Anyone will be able to create their own medicinal garden or backyard pharmacy.

Think of a backyard pharmacy in which you have different strains of Cannabis that have the mix of cannabinoids specific to treat your symptoms. Cannabinoids such as CBD, CBN, and of course THC have been proven to help treat the symptoms of diseases ranging from Migraines to Epilepsy and even in helping to treat cancer.

Along with Cannabis you could grow a medicinal mushroom patch which would include species that can lower cholesterol, help treat cancer, boost your immune system and help to enhance your mental wellbeing. In addition to mushrooms and cannabis many people would choose to grow poppy plants as well.

For thousands of years humans have used the milk of the poppy to ease physical suffering. With a garden full of poppy plants those with pain will no longer have to suffer and be without adequate relief. And that adequate relief will be defined bythe individual not by some suit at the DEA, CDC or FDA or by an ignorant authoritarian grandstanding politician.

In addition to being able to grow our own backyard pharmacy, in an atmosphere of Medicinal Freedom, pharmaceutical companies will no longer be able to hide behind the power of government. They will have to produce much more affordable safer and effective drugs because they will be selling directly to the consumer. Currently they enjoy a diffusion of responsibility because of the FDA, DEA, and the prescription restriction racket.In this new atmosphere of freedom and responsibility Drug companies will have to compete with safe and effective medicines that individuals can grow at home. Further competition will come from new startups that focus on harnessing the power of nature to cure, treat and prevent diseases. These new market forces will cause drug companies to change what products they produce as well as how they sell them.

I can envision a future in which Pfizer and Merk will open their own retail locations. They could even have doctors in their stores to offer free health consultations and even free blood tests. This would be an effort to keep you in their product ecosystem. Other drug companies who don’t have a direct retail presence will choose to sell their offerings at places like Walmart or even through Amazon.

Drug safety in this environment would actually increase. Right now the FDA protects drug companies by allowing them to sell products that kill and maim millions of people. The corrupt prescription and patent system allow them to rake in Billions in profits which they are then able to settle the lawsuits for their dangerous products.Without the shield of the FDA drug companies will be no different than any other company in America. They will have to produce a safe product or be held responsible.

Third party testing companies will emerge as well to increase safety. Drug companies or natural medicine companies could charge a premium for having their product’s purity and safety verified. Online reviews would also help people make the decision whether to buy a medicine or not. This collective type of wisdom is how humanity determined what was safe to eat or what was effective as medicines for millennia.

When we have true Medicinal Freedom drug safety will be increased, healthcare costs will plummet, new more effective natural medicines will be brought to market, and individuals will be able to grow their own backyard pharmacy.

Brad Miller

Fellow Human

Bitcoin explained in 60 sec

In Banking, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Free Market Miracles, Liberty, natural rights on December 4, 2017 at 1:55 pm

What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a proven and secure decentralized digital currency and payment system. There are about 800 other crypto-currencies out there but Bitcoin is the grandfather of them all. Bitcoin and other decentralized digital currencies are the next evolution in money because they aren’t issued and controlled by a government and do not require financial institutions to store or to send them. This technology is revolutionizing banking, politics and global peace because individuals are now empowered to send money to anyone around the world with just their phone.

Kratom, Pain and Opioid Withdrawal

In Free Market Miracles, natural rights on December 1, 2017 at 3:52 pm

I had an odd experience the other day. I visited a pharmacy and a health food store in the same day for the same reason, relief of pain. The difference was that I was able to buy the Kratom I needed at the Health Food store from friendly helpful folks, and at the Pharmacy which I’ve been using for years, told me I couldn’t get my monthly pain pills renewed because they couldn’t correctly read a calendar.

Two totally different experiences highlights what is wrong with healthcare today. In fact the U.S. Federal Government wanted to put Kratom on Schedule I last year and that would have prevented me from buying it last week. If it wasn’t for Kratom I would have suffered from the physical withdrawal symptoms that comes with stopping abrubtly opioid pain medicine.

This is my quick take on Kratom and my experiences.

(correction: in the video I mistakenly call The American Kratom Association “The Kratom Association of America”, my apologies.”

 

If anyone wants the real information about Kratom and the Legal battle that still is going on go to: https://www.americankratom.org

The American Kratom Association have done amazing work and still are working to keep Kratom legal. They are headed by intelligent accomplished individuals who know how to organize to stand up to government tyranny.

I highly recommend to anyone interested in advancing the cause of individual liberty, bringing down health care costs, and keeping Kratom legal check out the AKA’s press conference on 11/29/17.

It was the non-regulated market that allowed me to ease my suffering while the State mandated health care system failed to do it.  I believe that every individual has the right to ingest what substance in what amounts that they deem necessary to ease their pain and suffering. The current state sanctioned medical system has failed me over and over again to help me treat my pain over the last thirty years.

Even when I’m in the hospital I don’t have my pain managed correctly. Doctors are scared to give opioid prescriptions, pharmacies are under more and more scrutiny and they even lock away their pain pills in safes and have only one staff member who can order them.

The irony is that the banned and tightly controlled substances are some of the most effective and have the least side effects of the medicines that are currently prescribed. Kratom is a perfect example of this. Drug companies are scrambling to come out with the newest “safer” opioid pain killer. I think that is why a lot of the hysteria about the “opioid crisis” is being ginned up.

Kratom actually activates the Kappa opioid receptor. Over the next five years you’ll hear more and more about the K opioid receptor. Kratom is safe. I’ve taken it. It doesn’t help with pain as well as Trammadol and definitely not as well as Oxycontin. But it did take away the physical and mental misery of going through opioid withdrawal which I’ve been forced to go through in the past.

This time around I was able to sleep, I was able to take a daily walk, and function as a human being. If I was prohibited from buying Kratom by the DEA I would have been bed ridden and would have contemplated killing myself. I’m not exaggerating. Being in chronic pain plus going through opioid withdrawal is something I will never do again. Kratom helped me when the government regulated and licensed systems would not.

I hope that the issues that Kratom Prohibition is brining up will help others see that we should all have the ability to purchase what we want when we want. Before I took Kratom I read tons of reviews online and watched tons of testimonials of people who have used it. Suffering makes life unbearable. Being able to ease my suffering is the only reason I’m still alive.

The Politicians, the DEA, and the FDA don’t seem to care about the sick and the suffering. They would rather grandstand and repeat half truths about the Opioid Crisis while favoring the drug companies and insurance companies. I am the only one who feels my pain. I’m the only one who has his life extremely limited by my pain. I own myself and I own my suffering. I and everyone else has the natural right to ingest what substance they deem fit to help ease their suffering.

I am responsible for the relief of my suffering as well. If I choose to ingest a substance its because I’ve done my research and believe that its side effects are less than its benefits. It is truly miraculous that we have the biological machinery that benefits from synthetic and natural substances that can ameliorate pain and keep misery at bay. I don’t want to get “stoned” and do nothing. I like most people who take pain medication do so, so they can simply live.

I’m alive because of opioid pain medication. If my access to it is decreased or eliminated I will end up dead. I can’t live in pain. I won’t. And this is totally unnecessary for me even to contemplate killing myself because of pain. There are incredible medicines available that can relieve pain, help reduce anxiety, and lower inflammation. In the future we’ll be able to buy what medicines we choose without restrictions and even grow our own pharmacy in our back yards.

Once Medical Freedom is recognized health care costs will plummet. Market forces will enter the health care system and competition will drive down costs. Kratom will especially go down in price. Right now its pretty expensive because of the threat of government action against those who are importing it.

The DEA backed off when The Kratom Association of America along with millions contacted them concerning the scheduling of Kratom as a Schedule I drug. If millions demand that all drugs be made available for purchase without prescription, which is in reality a government sanctioned permission slip, they will have to submit. There are a hell of a lot more of us then there are of them.

Humans for our entire history until the last hundred years have tested medicines by using them. Cannabis, Kratom, medicinal mushrooms and extracts of the poppy plant have been tested for thousands and thousands of years by our ancestors. I find it arrogant and condescending for the head of the FDA to say

“While we remain open to the potential medicinal uses of kratom, those uses must be backed by sound science and weighed appropriately against the potential for abuse,” Gottlieb wrote.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/14/16649386/fda-kratom-public-health-advisory-dea-drug-scheduling-opioid-addiction

I like many people have a pioneer mindset. I don’t need a thousand studies or a panel of industry captured government officials to tell me if something is safe or not. I will weigh the evidence of my fellow humans and decide to take the risk or not. If I’m wrong and I get even sicker and die that’s my fault. More than likely I won’t.

My take on the Opioid crisis as a Chronic Pain sufferer

In Free Market Miracles, natural rights on November 29, 2017 at 9:19 pm

 

The current hysteria over the so called Opioid Crisis is not meant to help anyone except politicians, rehab centers and pharmaceutical companies.

I’ve been suffering from chronic pain for over thirty years now. In the last three decades the only way for me to function was and still is by taking pain killers. My main relationship since I have been 11 has been with pain. Believe me that’s not a great way to live.

Government is always looking to grow. Politicians are always looking for ways to use the righteous idigination and ignorance of the masses to further their career while at the same time gaining brownie points with big business. This is exactly what is going on with the Opioid Crisis.

The 55,000 number of deaths linked to opioids is extremely misleading. The majority of those deaths have been the result of a combination of substances ingested which include alcohol and barbiturates along with the demonized opioids. Other deaths are linked to adulterated black market drugs, many pain patients are driven to this horrible alternative because they have been denied treatment. The opioid crisis is not caused by doctors prescribing pain pills to people who are in chronic pain.

This type of misinformation is always used to take away our rights and to enrich the few at our expense. A new wave of opioids that targets the Kappa opioid receptors will hit the market soon. I think that is another reason why the media attention on this is being ginned up as well.

There is no one speaking for the people who are in chronic pain. I’ve lost days, weeks months and years to pain. I’ve missed out on most of life because of pain. The more my access to pain killers is reduced the more pain I suffer and the less life I live. I believe that every individual has a god given, natural or innate right if you will to ingest whatever substance they see fit to consume.

That is why I advocate for government to get out of my healthcare all together. I don’t need a politician or my neighbor determining what I should or shouldn’t ingest. I propose what I hope will become the 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution that would simply read:

Every individual has the innate and natural right to ingest, grow, consume, trade, sale or gift whatever substance they see fit. 

Just because someone consumes a substance doesn’t mean they are not responsible for their actions. It doesn’t matter if I kill someone whether I’ve just smoked a joint, taken a shot of Jack Daniels or drank a strong cup of coffee, I’m still responsible for what I’ve done.

When all substances can be bought “over the counter” Pfizer and Merk and other drug companies will be just like Apple or Microsoft. I can envision them opening their own stores and even having doctors on staff that will provide medical consultations and blood work for free. That way they will attempt to keep you in their ecosystem just like Apple and Google do.

Other businesses will open up and will be the Best Buy or the Walmart of medicines. Amazon could be, if they are forward looking enough, to become the number one seller of medicine in the world. Health care costs will plummet and the first time in a long time individuals will not only be able to buy what they want to treat their specific health issues but will also be able to grow their own pharmacies in their back yard. That is real freedom.

Think about growing just about all the medicine you need in your backyard for pennies per dose? A medicinal garden could include poppies, cannabis, and medicinal mushroom. It is a miracle that our bodies have the architecture to be positively and powerfully influenced by compounds made by plants and fungi. By combining the best of synthetic and natural medicines we can all live a happier, healthier and longer life.

The behavior of Pharmaceutical companies  will have to adapt to this new era of medical freedom by providing a better product at a much lower price. Without the FDA and government sanction the drug companies will have to start dealing directly with consumers. They will be on the hunt for lower side effect drugs and price them competitively due to the huge explosion of natural medicines that would be available. Research money would more and more go into natural solutions because of their safety profile and lack of side effects. Overall medicine will become cheaper, more effective and cause less deaths and injuries.

Having ready access to pain medicine would change my life for the better. I’m tired of going to the doctor with hat in hand hoping that I’ll get a prescription, which is merely a government sanctioned permission slip. I’m tired of going to the pharmacy and getting hassled because they aren’t able to read a calendar correctly. I’m tired of having to go to multiple pharmacies to get a prescription filled because their out of the pain medicine and their pharmacist is the only one who can order narcotics and he’s on vacation for the week. When you are sick and in pain these type of hassles add to your already mounting misery.

Those harping on the Opioid Crisis may care about those that are dying. But if they really wanted to use their time to the best effect they should be talking about Cigarettes which kill around 400,000 people a year, or alcohol which causes the death of  around 90,000 people  or so per year, or sugar and grain which can cause cardio vascular disease which kills millions per year. It’s clearly not about the numbers of dead that the opioid crisis do gooders are concerned about or they would be going after the big killers in this country.

Sick people are easy targets. Doctors are easy to manipulate because of the state licensing they are subject to. With the new era of Medical Freedom I’m proposing doctors could become health consultants and no longer be beholden to the current state monopoly on certifying health professionals. If doctors want to continue with the current model they could. They could be paid directly by the pharmaceutical companies and become doctors at the Pfizer store. Once doctors and patients are no longer tethered to the prescription pad or state licensing boards, politicians will lose the power to interfere with our health choices and people in pain will not have to suffer needlessly.

Its time we get government out of health care. Its time for adults to take control over their health, to exercise our innate right of self-ownership and buy whatever medicine or substance we choose to. Individuals suffer. And individuals pay the consequence of their actions. We all have the right to ingest what we choose. If the First Amendment of the Constitution protects our right to eject words out of our mouths, shouldn’t  the Constitution protect our right to put into our mouth whatever we choose?

Suffering is part of the human condition. We all suffer emotionally and physically. On this space ship Earth we have synthetic and natural compounds that can help ease the suffering. Psilocybin has proven to help with anxiety and can help end addiction, MDMA can help with PTSD, LSD can help end alcoholism, Ketamine can in less than twenty minutes end suicidal thoughts, Cannabis that miracle plant, is full of beneficial compounds that work together to help lower inflammation, reduce anxiety, increase well being, end seizures, reduce tumor size and help with sleep, and new and old opioids can help end the physical suffering of millions. Why can’t I go buy these chemicals off the shelf or order them off of Amazon? It’s not because they are expensive. Why can’t I grow medicinal mushrooms, poppy plants and Cannabis in my backyard? It’s not because they are difficult to grow.

The real reason we don’t have Medical Freedom is because we’ve forgotten that every individual owns themselves and that we have a natural right to treat our pain or our diseases as we see fit and so we must demand our innate right to ingest what we choose and bear the consequences of those choices.

 

Brad Miller

Fellow Human

 

 

 

Brand Differentiation – Red Bull vs. NASA

In Free Market Miracles, Liberty, True nature of the State on October 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm

On Sunday Oct 14th, “Fearless” Felix Baumgartner set world records for skydiving when he leaped from an altitude of 128,000 ft. What makes this even more amazing than him becoming the world’s fastest unassisted human being, traveling at over 884 mph at one point in his free fall, is that the endeavor was a completely private enterprise. It was a Red Bull energy drink publicity stunt to the edge of space. The entire purpose of the event was to further differentiate the brand of Red Bull from the other energy drinks on the market.

Red Bull has a history of these kind of “stunts” but this one by far is the most impressive. It got me to thinking about how NASA and the entire “Space Race”, which was really one big PR stunt The two competing brands for world Market Share were NASA and the Soviet Space Program who were selling their country’s brand of Statism around the world.

NASA and the equivalent Soviet Space program were trying to “Sell” their government’s ideology through “publicity stunts” in Space. When we look at the Space program in this manner it clarifies the difference between what Red Bull accomplished this week and what NASA has done in the past. One of them is a champion of Privately owned capital and profit seeking while the other is an inevitable example of what happens when Government steals from the productive and collectivizes that property.

Red Bull has made its founders Billionaires. NASA has had its budget cut repeatedly and is being relegated to the history books. Red Bull’s founder’s created an entire market for energy drinks that will soon be worth 52 billion dollars. NASA is relying on the Russians to ferry astronauts to the ISS. The founders of Red Bull were told by a research firm that the product would fail, they now sell 4 billion cans a year.  Because of privately held capital and Mateschitz’s vision Red Bull now owns an F1 team, two soccer teams, a NASCAR team and a hangar full of restored vintage planes. While NASA has retired its costly and deadly Space Shuttle and which are now  collecting dust in museums.

That is appropriate if you think about it. That is where Government programs should go, to the dust bin of history. They are inefficient and waste valuable resources. Socialism, as Mises wrote will always fails because it lacks the pricing mechanism, stated differently Socialist systems lack the ability to calculate economically. That is the difference between the success of Red Bull and the failure of NASA and all other government programs.

Today we hear so much about how the Free Market and Profit seeking is destroying the “Economy”. But those love Liberty know that is false. As the United States Federal Government Collectivizes more and more individual wealth in this country it is destroying the Free Market. There are some bright spots still and that is why I love the story of Red Bull and the other private companies that are charting a new Era of Freedom in Space.

A perfect example of this is the LunarX prize. That is a prize offered to the first private non-governmental entity that can successfully launch, land, and operate a robot on the Lunar Surface. When the prize was first conceived NASA was going to be the sponsor. But due to budget cut backs they backed out. Google became the main sponsor and upped the prize money from 20 million to 30 million. It also opened the competion to all individuals regardless of what country they lived in and created bonus challenges. The most intersting bonus challengs awards an extra million dollars to the compnay that whose robot takes pictures of the Apollo 11 site and beams them back to earth. Private Enterprise always trumps State Enterprise.

The private space industry is growing everyday while the Space programs of the world are faltering or completely failed. There will be in the next five years an explosion of private space travel, while Government space programs will have to buy time like anyone else on the privately owned rockets and space stations.  Armadillo Aerospace, Bigelow Aerospace and Virgin Atlantic all see Space as a huge opportunity that government planners could never fathom. In other words some of the richest men in the world are investing billions of dollars into Privately owned Space travel and Space Stations. Why? Because just like Red Bull they are doing so for profit. Now their business models are very different from Red Bull but upshot is the same, going to Space makes economic sense to them. They see Profit in the Stars.

I hope that the amazing feat of Fearless Felix  and Red Bull will spark people to  ponder the difference between Privately owned vs. Collectively owned Capital. We can have more Red Bull,’s amazing Marketing trips to the Edge of Space,  Virgin Galactics Space Tours, Bigeolow Private Space Stations or we can have more mothballed Space Shuttles. The choice is ours. Diffusion of Knowledge within a society as Hayek wrote, can only be efficiently utilized if people are free to trade their knowledge and products and services which it creates, freely with each other.

When the State steps in and its central planners tell you that they know how best to spend your money, think of Red Bull and Fearless Felix. And think about the harmony that the Spontaneous Order of the Free Market facilitates versus the limitations and failures of Government Space Programs.

The Red Bull Stratos jump is a victory for not only Felix Baumgartner and Red Bull but also for the Free Market. It is an amazing story that an energy drink company from Austria can mount a manned mission to the edge of space and land him safely home. That is incredible. In twenty years from now instead of the NASA Logo or any other Government logo on the side of rockets there will be logos of Companies and even individuals. It will be Private Companies like Chevy, Ford, and Toyota do now in NASCAR, with all their associated sponsorships competing to take people and cargo into Space.  And I have a feeling Red Bull will continue to be a key player in getting people to the stars. And it will not be for the reason of  “National Pride” or “Collective Security” but for “Brand Differentiation and Profit”

Capital in the hands of Private individuals is the superior way to live as human beings. Being able to trade and keep the profits from the products and services created by Private Capital Leads to amazing inventions and betters everyone’s life. This is demonstrated by the successful track records of the entrepreneurs who are leading the privatization of space travel. Men like Dietrech Mateschitz co- founder of Red Bull and the Stratos jump , Robert Bigelow a hotel chain owner now designer and manufacturer of Private Space stations with his Bigelow AeroSpace company who currently has two prototypes orbiting earth, Richard Branson Aviation and telecom mogul with his Virgin Galactic and private space tours,  Peter Thiel founder of Pay Pal and investor in Space X which recently delivered cargo to the ISS, Paul Allen co-founder of Microsoft and StratoLaunch which won the Ansari X Prize in 2004, and John Carmack Founder of id Games and Armadillo Aerospace who is building lower cost reusable rockets; all prove that privately Owned Space flight is another example of how Individual Liberty is always superior to Collective Coercion.

Ayn Rand would have been very proud of Felix Baumgartner and Dietrich Mateschitz of Red Bull. This is her summation of her philosophy circa 1936:

” To make my life a reason unto itself. I know what I want up to the age of two hundred. Know what you want in life and go after it. I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals and I loathe humanity, for its failure to live up these possibilities…”

Brad Miller

AdvocateofLiberty and Privately Owned Capital

If you want to learn more about the men and women who are living up the the highest possibilities in private space travel check out these sites.

http://www.redbullstratos.com/

http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/

http://armadilloaerospace.com/n.x/Armadillo/Home

http://www.virgingalactic.com/

http://bigelowaerospace.com/

http://bigelowaerospace.com/genesis-2-tracking.php Track in real-time the position of the Genesis II prototype Private Space Station launched by Bigelow Areospace in 2010.

Leonard Read’s “I, Pencil”: Still relevant 53 years later

In Advocates of Liberty, Free Market Miracles on August 29, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Leonard Read the founder of FEE and a champion of the Freedom Philosophy published his most famous work “I, Pencil” in 1958.

http://fee.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/I-Pencil-2006-edition.pdf

   “I, Pencil” is a short, succinct story that dispels at once the “know-it-all-ness” of central planners by illustrating how not a single man on Earth knows how to make a simple wooden pencil.

    By tracing the manufacture of himself, the “pencil” reveals that millions of individuals had their hand at helping him come into being. The story brings to life the  miraculous “spontaneous order” that the “invisible hand” brings about when individuals free of coercion exchange upon the Free Market.

“I, Pencil, am a complex combination of miracles: a tree, zinc, copper, graphite, and so on. But to these miracles which manifest themselves in Nature an even more extraordinary miracle has been added: the configuration of creative human energies— millions of tiny know-hows configurating naturally and spontaneously in response to human necessity and desire and in the absence of any human masterminding!” 

  The pencil traces its genealogy  from a single tree to all the other natural resources and human energy needed to bring about its existence. He explains that it’s not just the person who fells the tree, mines the graphite or runs the machines in the pencil factory that are responsible for his creation.  What is unseen in the creation of the pencil is the millions of individuals who mined the ore for the steel to make the saws and machinery and the ships and trucks. Then there are the men who are unseen who are involved in getting oil out of the ground, refined and transported. Taken a step further there are the other individuals who go unseen who produce the food, clothing and housing for the workers who build the saws and machines, drives the trucks, mines the ore, fell the trees, produce the lacquer and finally runs the pencil making machines.

   The revelation that millions of people are needed to produce a single pencil changed the way I viewed the world. Sir Isaac Newton is credited with saying that “We stand upon the shoulder of giants” when he referred to his accomplishments . “I, Pencil” illustrates a similar truth that we all are dependent upon on the millions of people around the world who everyday  have a hand in making the things we buy.

   Stressing the need for “faith in Free People” the pencil implores the reader to contemplate that these millions of exchanges that must occur for him, a simple pencil, to come into being are not directed by anyone in government. They are the result of free individuals using their small amount of knowledge to produce their small piece of a product that others want in exchange for products and services they want.

   This story is similar to what Bastiat wrote a hundred years before “I, Pencil”. In Natural and artificial Organization Bastiat uses a humble carpenter  instead of the manufacturing of a pencil as a means to illustrate the complexity of relationships in the Free Market. He writes that the humble carpenter enjoys in one day goods and services that he in a life time could never come close to producing.  And all the individuals produce the goods and services he consumes not out of altruism or societal good but out of self-interest. They act because they know that Production must proceed Consumption. 

http://mises.org/daily/5473/Natural-and-Artificial-Organization

  Bastiat quoted Rousseau in his Natural and artificial Organization : “Much Philosophy is needed for the correct observation of things which are in front of our eyes.” Throughout their stories Bastiat and Leonard Read help us see the “Unseen” efforts that create the abundance and variety of physical goods we are able to buy on the Free Market. They stress that they exists because individuals are free to act and enjoy their  Natural Right to their Life, Liberty andPproperty without interference from the State.

“I, Pencil” is the shortest most concise explanation of the Free Market that I’ve found. It takes less than fifteen minutes to read and it could change the way you view the world for the rest of your life.

And that’s my Take

bastiat1776

AdvocateofLiberty

MakerBot 3D at home printer -Another Miracle of the Free Market

In Free Market Miracles on August 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Another Reason to love the Free Marke: 3D at home printers

Home manufacturing using 3D priners  is here. The company MakerBot is manufacturing and selling a 3D printer for the home. They are selling their Thing-O-Matic for only $1299.  It extrudes plastic and prints 3D objects layer by layer from plans you can download or that you create with a 3D scanner.

At home manufacturing could revolutionize the world on a scale similar to how cell phones and the internet has.  Just think about making anything out of plastic at home. Eventually metal objects could also be “printed” using metal powder heated and injected out of the 3D printer. Even though the current technology is limited today it is rapidly advancing. Just think about the quantum leap from the apple IIe to the Ipad today.

This is another awesome  illustration of the how Free Market works. These entrepreneurs wanted for their own use a 3D printer and designed one. They built a few more thinking they might be able to sell them in a couple of months. To their surprise they sold them almost immediately. Now over 4000 of these at home manufacturing devices are being used around the world.

In the not too distant future instead of going to the toy store to buy your son a Matchbox car,  you would go to their website, download the plans and could “print”  out the actual toy at home.  Kid’s tv commercials would emphasize, download, “print” and play today.

This is another reason why Central Planners are always wrong. They can never foresee or plan for technological innovations. Just as they were hopeless to predict the explosion of home computing ,the internet and cell phone use so will they be unable to plan for how at home manufacturing will change the world.

Leave people free and they will do amazing things.

Bastiat1776

AdvocateofLiberty