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Porcfest Forkfest Day One – Ernest Hancock’s Love Bus

Monday morning of PorcFest started out slow. “Oh no,” I thought. Nobody’s coming. But by the evening it was clear that PorcFest was indeed happening. It has become a lot more spread out. In the past, most of the activity happened down on the main field. Entrepreneurial people saw the opportunity to sell things to the people concentrated there and began renting sites close to the field to capitalize on the market. Over time, FSP Inc began charging the vendors for their prime real estate, imposing rules and restrictions, and creating bureaucracies to manage what they affectionately named “Agora Valley.” Well intentioned I am sure, but the results were perfectly predictable: No more vendors in Agora Valley.

The effect of the regulations are that everyone dispersed throughout the campground. Even though FSP Inc tried to reverse course by removing most restrictions and “property taxes,” it was too late. The market internalized the new reality. The last vestige of control remains: In order to reserve a site in the previously coveted first three rows of campsites, one must first contact an official PorcFest organizer and state their intention for a particular site; then he contacts the campground, and only then can the vendor call up the campground and claim their desired sites. This caused huge delays reminiscent of a Politburo. Now when you drive into the campground for Porcfest, you see rows and rows of empty campsites. In the past, the field and its adjoining sites were bursting with activity. The good news is that there is plenty of activity to be found around the campground with “splinter cells” emerging from this diaspora. People going their own way. Fewer monopolies. More coffee served in more places. Lower barriers to entry, but less economies of scale.

Also one interesting thing is that transportation technology has changed the game at PorcFest. Now everyone has these electronic transport pods — scooters, skateboards, wheels — that they are flying around on really fast. It is really easy to get from one end to the other. “It used to be a pain to get to where Ernie is, but I rode the wheel over there, and it was a pleasure,” said Porcfest attendee Steven Zeiler. This year’s Porcfest is big, it is exciting, it is high energy, it is fun, and I think everyone involved (including attendees) are doing a terrific job bringing the best they have to offer.

This is a microcosm of the freedom experiment, and if we are to succeed on scale, then we must succeed in our independent mini village in the woods. Good to see Porcfest moving away from central control and more in the direction of what they are now calling “Independent offerings,” and they now play a more supportive role rather than a central planning role. Good!

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Porcfest Forkfest Day Zero – The Dome

The Porcupine Freedom Festival is in its 17th year, and every year brings changes. Sometimes a step forward, sometimes a step back. You can follow along and see for yourself what life is like at this event as I document each day for you.

Here is the first video in the series. Steven and I begin construction on the Dome, the centerpiece and hub of activity within “Energy City.” The mini city encompasses 3 “city blocks,” (campsites) and contains spaces for meeting, eating, moving and dancing, stretching and exercising.

Abby and Ryan provide fresh fruits and vegetables with their tent “Porcupine Produce” right at the entrance to the city. Propane heaters and picnic tables flank the sides. James provides the Bistro lighting and ambiance by illuminating the trees of the city. Steven rocks the dome with heavy beats that can be heard from far and wide. Derrick leads morning yoga under the shade of the big tree by the exercise area, complete with weight bench, free weights, and a barbell. Health, strength, and energy to achieve liberty in our lifetime.

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Yoga at the Beach Before My 31st Birthday

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What are they thinking? (The Mask People)

Documenting a walk through downtown Portsmouth on a Wednesday afternoon, June 3, 2020. Some people are wearing masks because they are required to by dictate of Chris Sununu. He will shut down the businesses if they don’t comply. But it’s really depressing to me to see people like this and to be required to do it myself to enter certain businesses. I want to live life! I understand life has risks, and I am willing to take this one.

In happier news, Steven bought me these beautiful flowers. My birthday is in 5 days. I will be 31. Today would have been Aunt Ricky’s birthday. She would have been 102.

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Straddling Between Two Worlds

My partner Steven and I walk through the streets of Portsmouth, New Hampshire after a unique experience attempting to dine out.

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John Adams Would Have Defended Derek Chauvin

Here are some notes from my call to Free Talk Live tonight. I typed these out before my call and used them to organize my thoughts and get the most out of my short time on the air:

Hey life is good here in peaceful Portsmouth, New Hampshire. People are out and having parties and the businesses are serving customers and nothing is burning. Great place to be if you love freedom.

Dr. Dimento rocks. 

That last caller is incorrect that everyone agrees the guy was in the wrong. It’s easy in hindsight to say that because we know what happened. But in the moment, there’s no way they could have known that the guy was going to die.

Mark is wrong that it’s just happening at random

There was a store that had a big sign that said “This is a black owned business” and they passed it by.

What would it be like if someone put up a sign that said, “This is a White Owned business” and they passed that by and destroyed the others? What would we say about that?

John Adams defended the redcoats involved in the Boston Massacre

Ian is wrong that the cops knew they were doing murder. I know I have a bias against cops, but I value justice and truth above painting the world in my bias, so let’s think about this:

Ian say the cop with his knee on the guy’s neck knew he was murdering that suspect, and the 3 other cops standing by or helping also knew that a murder was taking place. 

I say it is more likely that they didn’t know they were murdering him.

Why would he do that in that way?

With a body camera on and recording, in broad daylight with people recording, knowing it would destroy his life?

Boy, it’s great that people recognize Agents Provocateur because that happens – it’s very bad. It’s important for people to record because they do lie and it’s harder to lie when there is video. It’s good that everyone is getting video. It’s really wrong that these people are stealing and I think they should be identified and brought to justice because stealing is wrong and looting has no place in a civilized society.

Ian said there would be more liberty if the cops never came back and honestly, I don’t know about that. It could be the case if it was a philosophical revolution where people had ideas they were fighting for, but the reality is they don’t. They just feel like, there are no consequences for doing crime, so let’s do it! There’s not more liberty in that situation, where people have no reasonable expectation that their business or property is safe.

A collapsed state is not the same thing as libertarian paradise. It’s more freedom but less liberty, in the short term.

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Clarifying What’s Broken About BTC (and Why Lightning Might Be A Good Thing)

Patrick Thompson from CoinGeek kindly reached out to me on Twitter to ask some questions about my recent blogpost, “What’s the Deal with Anypay and BTC?”

It briefly explains why Anypay and I stopped supporting BTC. In this video, Steven and I elaborate by answering the questions posed to us by Patrick. We thought this would be a fun way to answer questions in a more personal way. Enjoy!

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A Brief Summary of Human Action – How and Why Humans Act the Way they Do

Derrick J Freeman and Brandon Bryant discuss Chapter One of the book, “Man, Economy, and State” by Murray Rothbard. Chapter One is basically a review of Ludwig von Mises’ book “Human Action, A Treatise on Economics,” published ten years prior.

We use the Study Guide created by Robert P. Murphy, a fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. His summary of each chapter’s key points plus study questions at the end of each chapter are absolutely the perfect companion to this book. We invite you to buy a copy of each (or download the free ones) at Mises.org

If you like this, consider watching our discussion of Human Action here.

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Good Barbers Disobey Bad Laws – Free Talk Live

Libertarians Holding Online Convention to Nominate Presidential Candidate :: COVID in Prison :: Forkfest Two Weeks? :: New Hampshire Protests :: Joe Biden Knows Who is Black :: Escaping Politics :: New Orleans Crackdown :: Mark and Derrick Giving Up, Changing Strategy :: Reopening :: Obedient People :: People Standing Up :: Mass Barber Civil Disobedience :: HOSTS – Ian, Mark, Derrick J

0:49:00 – Jerome, Charlston South Carolina
Joe Biden “You Ain’t Black” accused of rape, deferments, avoiding war, patriotism

0:54:00 – Johnathan in New Orleans
Donald Trump bankruptcies, Presidents are not elected, they are selected, the uselessness of politics

1:07:00 – Andrew in Pensacola Florida
Just got back from New Orleans, everything is closed, Marti Gras for 2021, everything closed, nothing to do, wanted name and number before could go into restaurant

1:11:00 – Changing strategies for Liberty in Our Lifetime

1:20:00 – Graham says in Michigan

1:23:00 – Mark in Charleston, South Carolina
30 day executive order – can Governors do whatever they want, or can the legislature stop them

1:25:00 – Mary Lu in Talahassee Florida
All the beaches are open, the places are open, Macys, “It’s rocking.” People are wearing masks. 

1:33:00 – Steven Zeiler
New Hampshire Freedom Festival June 22 – July 5

1:48:00 – Steven Zeiler
Bitcoin Pizza Day. Serving each other in the market. Building the Space Disco dome.

1:56:00 – Jeff Port Orange Florida
First Batman Movie with Jack Nicholson poisoned all the toiletries and cosmetics and no one could use them. First thing they closed down in Plannedemic.

2:07:00 – Mike in Maine,
Rick Savage from Sunday River Brew Pub stood up and said, “No more!”

2:14:00 – New listener in Milton
Driving around listening says, Stick to the Constitution 

2:20:00 – Barbershop protest in Michigan and limiting damage from government goons

2:36:00 – Cops issued tickets at a protest and walked away at barbershops

2:48:00 – David in New Mexico
The Constitution, Article 2, Within 7 days of declaring lockdown that the Governor has to consult the legislature

2:52:00 – Gene the Christian Anarchist
Twitter sanctioned one of his tweets a link to ZeroHedge article

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What do you get BitCoin for his tenth birthday? A Pizza Party!

A local business owner walked into the Anypay offices a few weeks ago.

“Would be awesome to take bitcoin at my restaurant. Do you guys… do that?” 

Turns out he owns a pizza shop and likes bitcoin. Well isn’t that good timing? Bitcoin Pizza Day right around the corner, and a guy walks in ready to sell me pizzas for bitcoin. It was fate.

He downloaded Anypay, set some addresses, and took a payment.

“Cool! That’s it?”

Yeah, that’s everyone’s reaction the first time they use Anypay.

I asked him if we could bring some friends to his restaurant and use bitcoin. He was like, “Yeah!” So a week later, we went to try it out. Bought some spicy chicken wings and a case of cold Guinness beers to go. Tap, tap, tap. Scan, ding, cha-ching! Easy.

Okay, that worked. 

He was like, “My cashier can just ring people up like this? On their phones? Okay, that sounds simple enough.”

So I went home, got on Meetup.com, and announced an event for May 22, Bitcoin Pizza Day. Got zero response there. Ha! But fortunately on Facebook, 10 people RSVP’d as Going, and 18 as Maybe. Not bad! But how many would show up?

Turned out to be a really nice day. 86 degrees Fahrenheit at 5pm in Portsmouth. Off I went early to the meetup with Steven so that I could help to train the staff on what was about to go down. People would soon be arriving to buy stuff from the restaurant, and the cashiers needed to know what to do.

I met them all. They were happy to see me. “OH, Albert told us you’d be here!” Two of them stepped up and said, “We need our phones, right?”

Tap, tap, tap. Cha-ching, cha-ching. $1.00 test payment. $0.50 test payment. $0.05 test payment. Okay, I think we got it.

Now for the first order. 

“Two large pizzas with extra toppings, that’ll be $42.17. How would you like to pay?” 

“Bitcoin, please.”

“Of course!” She smiled and popped open the app she had saved to her home screen. Tap, tap, tap. Ding! Confetti on her screen.

“Okay! That’ll be ready in about ten minutes. I’ll bring it out to you. Do you need some paper plates and napkins?”

Awesome. I was so happy. This was it! Another restaurant taking bitcoin. The real stuff. Directly to the owner. Feels good, man.

In the end, there were ten people who showed up (eleven if you include one couple’s toddler). Here are some pictures and videos of today’s meetup for the history books.

Yes, in the title of this article, I said “Birthday.” Now, most people consider the white paper’s publishing date to be bitcoin’s birthday, but they’re wrong! Bitcoin is not an idea. Bitcoin is money! The white paper conceived bitcoin. The genesis block gave it a heartbeat (every ten minutes). Bitcoin Pizza Day was bitcoin’s journey through the birth canal and out into the real world

With great love and respect,

Derrick Horton
President, Anypay Inc.

P.S. Eight of us paid with BCH today. One person paid with a credit card (we made fun of him). One person (me) paid with BTC. Is it my favorite? No. I did it to honor the business owner’s preference. That’s what he wants, so I gave it to him.

Can you believe some people who live in the same town as this pizza place didn’t come to this event because the business owner doesn’t have a Dash wallet? Wow! Don’t let that be you! You will miss out on the fun. 

The fact that we had this party here today and paid in his preferred way gives us credibility. Now when we go to him and ask if he would consider BitcoinSV, he will be listening with both ears because we are already paying customers who can give him something that few others can. 

Be brave. Be fun. Be bitcoin.