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01-04-16 -- Rick Falkvinge - Jeff Berwick - Davi Barker -- (VIDEO & MP3 LOADED)

Rick Ralkvinge (Founder of the first Pirate Party - Sweden, Germany, Austria) comes on the show to talk about why he started the Pirate Party - Jeff Berwick (The Dollar Vigilante; Anarchast) provides and update on Anarchapulco 2017 Feb 25-28 in Acapu
Media Type: Audio • Time: 355 Minutes and 0 Secs
Guests: Rick Falkvinge
Topics: Pirate Party
Guests: Rick Falkvinge
Topics: Pirate Party
Guests: Jeff Berwick
Topics: Anarchapulco

Hour 1 - 3

Media Type: Audio • Time: 355 Minutes and 0 Secs
Guests: Rick Falkvinge
Topics: Pirate Party

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Hour 1&2 --  Rick Ralkvinge (Founder of the first Pirate Party - Sweden - and Germany, Austria) comes on the show to talk about why he started the Pirate Party

Hour 3 --   Jeff Berwick (The Dollar Vigilante; Anarchast) provides and update on Anarchapulco 2017 Feb 25-28 in Acapulco, MX

Hour 4 - BONUS - Podcast with Davi Barker (Survivor Max)

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January 4th, 2017

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Hour 1

2017-01-04 Hour 1 Rick Falkvinge from Ernest Hancock on Vimeo.

Rick Falkvinge

 Rick Falkvinge is the founder of the first Pirate Party, and a political evangelist for its ideas of freedoms of speech and expression. In particular, he stresses how industrial interests of the 1900s are fighting the net's core values, the ability for everybody to publish their ideas and creations, and how these industries drive us towards a Big Brother society. On this platform of civil liberties, his party became the largest in the below-30 demographic in the 2009 European Elections, beating the political competition on less than one percent of their campaign budget. This can be largely attributed to new ways of organizing large numbers of people that he created and applied while leading the party. An entrepreneur at heart, he founded his first company at 16, and has remained a trailblazer since. Because of his successes in cost-effective management and changing policy, he has been named a Top Global Thinker by Foreign Policy magazine, as well as shortlisted as one of the world's most influential people by TIME Magazine. When not making policy, keynoting about cost-effective management, or exploring technical subjects in detail, Mr. Falkvinge can usually be seen cooking, sampling a scotch whisky, or riding a fast motorcycle.



The Pirate Wheel

The Pirate Wheel is an overview of pirate policies as I've understood them from talking to pirates across the world. It's not an authoritative source over any other, but merely my interpretation — which, in pirate spirit, is no more valid than anybody else's.

A problem with old-style policymaking has always been that the political programs have been flat; they have been an unordered heap of opinions, where assemblies and other meetings occasionally reword or replace a section without regard to impact on other sections. In contrast, the Pirate Wheel focuses equally on what the policy is and why the policy is that way, starting with the fundamental change that has happened to society and deriving from there. Gamers will feel right at home with the model of a policy tree rather than a flat document; a tree where it is immediately clear which policies derive from which.

The policy tree of The Pirate Wheel. Click for details.

We start with the observation that everybody has become empowered in that everybody has been given a voice, and that this means that governments must shift from ruling with a suspicious eye to assuming good faith in people. From there, we outline eight principles: PrivacyTransparencyTicksHumanismDiversityResilienceSwarm Economy, and Quality Legislation. These nine fundamentals — the hub of Empowerment and the eight spokes in the principles — comprise The Pirate Wheel, from which everything else can be derived.

From here, we outline a number of conclusions as we combine the principles, and move on from there to concrete policies.


Rick Falkvinge has written two books to date:

caseforcopyrightreform-200-px-widThe Case For Copyright Reform (2012), co-authored with Christian Engström, is a summary of why the copyright monopoly must be reformed, and presents a doable and politically viable proposal for doing so. The material presented here is absolutely essential for anybody who wants to understand the copyright monopoly debate. Buy here or download here.


Swarmwise coverSwarmwise (2013) is a tactical guide to changing the world using cost-efficient swarm methodology. It is a leadership handbook that outlines how the Swedish Pirate Party was able to beat the competition on less than one percent of their election budget, and shows how any cash- and time-strapped manager can copy the methodology, whether the goal is social, business, or political. Buy here (USUK) or download here. (Photo.)


Rick Falkvinge's latest articles...

The great "Fake News" scare of 1530



Fake news has always been around for humor purposes, but the real "fake news" scares happen when the establishment is so used to getting away with lying, that any alternate narrative is demonized as factually false, irresponsible, and dangerous.

"The Onion" was next to "The Economist" in the newspaper stands for almost two decades. "Weekly World News", which one-ups most British tabloids with regular Elvis sightings and vivid descriptions of two-mile fish orbiting in the rings of Jupiter, is still next to "Foreign Policy" in the same newspaper stands. This was never considered problematic in the slightest. Why, then, is a unified establishment screaming bloody murder about "fake news" all of a sudden?

To see the pattern here, it helps to know a little history – let's look at the great "Fake News" scare of 1530. It has a lot of elements similar to ours today.

"The statements that make [established] people mad are the ones they worry might be believed. […] If Galileo had said that people in Padua were ten feet tall, he would have been regarded as a harmless eccentric. Saying the earth orbited the sun was another matter. The church knew this would set people thinking." — Paul Graham

After the Black Death hit Europe hard around 1350, the monasteries were chronically short on manpower. The families that had used to send a child or two to become monks or nuns simply needed all their kids to work in the fields, to ensure food production, before such luxuries as manning the monasteries could even be considered. Therefore, any work that required involving monasteries became increasingly steep or scarce for the coming century.

This is relevant as those monasteries were the only places that produced books, all of which were in Latin, and all of which were in complete synchronization with the messages of the Catholic Church, the owner of the monasteries and therefore the owner of all mass media at the time. To compound the situation, the same owner also employed all the news anchors – the village preachers, who were the ones who read the books (in Latin) and translated them to the common tongue in villages.

A book was hideously expensive to produce. Not only was each page copied by hand, but the pages were made from animal hides: it was estimated that a single book may require the hides of as much as 300 calves. We don't have a lot of comparative numbers from Europe of the time, but we do have them from elsewhere: a fine book in the Islamic world of the time could cost 100 dinars, with the annual paycheck required to support a middle-class family being about 25 dinars. Put differently, the prospect of buying one single book would consume an entire family income for four years – or in the $500k to $1M range in today's value.

CLICK HERE for the rest of the article

Understanding the Hamburg "illegal links" ruling and its problems



A Hamburg court has ruled that certain links were illegal when they were pointing at photos that were posted in violation of copyright. This ruling follows the worst fears of a previous ruling by the European Court of Justice, and creates many problems for the future.

The court in Hamburg has ruled that the operator of a website was violating the distribution monopoly known as copyright when they posted a link to an image, an image which was posted under Creative Commons, but where the posting did not comply with the license terms. Not only was the website operator unaware of the infringement of the original post, but the original poster was also unaware.

This ruling is a substantial and disastrous overinterpretation of the precedent established in the European Supreme Court (the ECJ, the European Court of Justice) earlier this year in the case of Geenstilj v Playboy. In that case, the Dutch site Geenstijl had posted links to leaked images from Playboy, images published without Playboy's permission, and the ECJ was asked to rule on whether such links constituted infringement (assuming that the publication-without-permission of the Playboy images did).

This was a case that had the copyright industry salivating: they have been trying to establish for over a decade that links are illegal if they link to material that violates the distribution monopolies, and in particular, going after any links-to-links in what they hoped would be an indefinite chain of liability. So far, courts had thrown them out wholesale and for good reason. For the first time, a case of this caliber was in a continental Supreme Court: were you allowed to link to things that themselves constituted an infringement of copyright? The case had enormous implications for the file-sharing witch-hunt and "speculative invoicing" (what we normally would call "systematic fraud by copyright trolls").

When that ruling was handed down by the ECJ, the Court established two things:

1) When you post a link with a profit motive in a commercial setting, you can be expected to have the burden of verifying that the link points at non-infringing material. (Geenstijl lost the case.)

2) However, this burden of verification does not apply at all to non-commercial settings.

Therefore, this ruling set off a cascade of reactions between "yay, the copyright industry lost, they cannot go after links posted by ordinary people" and "the sky is falling, because now links can potentially be illegal".

To be fair, I thought this was a ruling I could live with, in my analysis. I've personally been working for the past ten years to constrain the copyright construct to only cover commercial and for-profit activity, essentially constraining its application to commercial publishing, and this ruling seemed to be completely in line with that ambition. If somebody makes a deliberate and knowing link to infringing material with a direct profit motive to that specific linking, and can be found liable for that, then that was a price I was ready to pay for having all other sets of actions declared outside the scope of the copyright monopoly. But as it turns out, it wasn't really that easy.

Note that the ECJ talks about "links posted for profit". They are putting a very high emphasis on the direct profit motive on the posting itself, as was undeniably the case with Geenstijl linking to the Playboy images front row center.

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The war on cash being justified as "necessary against organized crime" is the worst excuse ever



There is a "war on cash" going on from the central banks, trying to reduce the usage (and personal storage) of cash. This is something that makes sense as a power move against the common people in a time of forced negative interest rates, but it is a shocking reduction of liberty and privacy (of finance), not to mention that the official justifications don't hold a shred of water. What's really behind this trend?

Would you like your government to have more insight into your personal finances than you have yourself? That's where we're heading with the ongoing "war on cash" – into a world where every transaction is not just loggable by the government (or a government-coerced agent), but where you can also be held responsible for anything and everything you buy and sell.

There's both a carrot and a stick in this scheme of making everything traceable and trackable. The stick consists of outright bans on cash transactions – several European countries have banned cash transactions exceeding 1,000 euros. Uruguay has banned cash transactions over $5,000. Even Switzerland has proposed banning cash transactions over 100,000 Swiss francs (admittedly a high number, but once a government declares a right to ban cash transactions, the number is a matter of degree and not principle).

The carrots and incentives for not using cash, meanwhile, mostly take the form of making it easier to pay using cards. The latest example of Amazon Go, a brick-and-mortar store where there's no checkout at all but just just grab what you want and leave, is one example of such a carrot. It is undeniably more convenient than standing in an annoying checkout line. Combine this with various fees for withdrawing cash from your own account in the bank, and the incentives become clearer.

But why pursue this direction? There are many conceivable reasons for wanting to eliminate cash from circulation altogether. ZeroHedge has homed in on the elimination of cash being an absolute necessity to maintain a zero-interest (or even negative-interest) policy, which in turn remains necessary to prevent a financial bloodbath. Others have talked about the costs inherent in transporting cash in armored cars, or the risk of robbery being eliminated.

From a national policymaking perspective, though, the general excuse seems to be to "make it difficult for organized crime". This was the excuse behind the elimination of the 500-euro note, for example.

But from a national perspective, this excuse makes absolutely no sense at all. At the national level, the game is to dominate other countries. Petty organized crime is not really relevant at that level, unless it is useful in the context of dominating other countries. And that's where we find that this excuse – this "we need to be tough on organized crime" – is a complete Maskirovka, a complete façade, an utter lie. It doesn't make sense at all.

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Hour 2

Guests: Rick Falkvinge
Topics: Pirate Party

Hour 2 --  Rick Ralkvinge (Founder of the first Pirate Party - Sweden - and Germany, Austria) comes on the show to talk about why he started the Pirate Party


Hour 2

2017-01-04 Hour 2 Rick Falkvinge from Ernest Hancock on Vimeo.

Rick Falkvinge (Cont'd)

Hour 3

Guests: Jeff Berwick
Topics: Anarchapulco

Hour 3 --   Jeff Berwick (The Dollar Vigilante; Anarchast) provides and update on Anarchapulco 2017 Feb 25-28 in Acapulco, MX


Hour 3

2017-01-04 Hour 3 Jeff Berwick from Ernest Hancock on Vimeo.

Jeff Berwick

Anarcho-Capitalist.  Libertarian.  Freedom fighter against mankind's two biggest enemies, the State and the Central Banks.  Jeff Berwick is the founder of The Dollar Vigilante, CEO of TDV Media & Services and host of the popular video podcast, Anarchast.  Jeff is a prominent speaker at many of the world's freedom, investment and gold conferences including his own, Anarchapulco, as well as regularly in the media including CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business.

Jeff's background in the financial markets dates back to his founding of Canada's largest financial website,, in 1994. In the late '90s the company expanded worldwide into 8 different countries and had 250 employees and a market capitalization of $240 million USD at the peak of the "tech bubble".  To this day more than a million investors use for investment information every month.

Jeff was the CEO from 1994 until 2002 when he sold the company.  Afterwards, Berwick went forth to live on and travel the world by sailboat but sank his boat in a storm off the coast of El Salvador.  After being saved clinging to his surfboard with nothing but a pair of surfing shorts left of all his material possessions he decided to "live nowhere" and travel the world as spontaneously as possible with one overarching goal: See and understand the world with his own eyes, not through the lens of the media.

He went on to visit nearly 100 countries over five years and did and saw things that no education could ever teach.   He met and spoke with a plethora of amazing people, from self-made billionaires to some of the brightest minds in finance – as well as entrepreneurs from a broad range of backgrounds and locations from tech companies in southern China to resource developers in Thailand, Russia and Chile.  He also read everything he could find on how the world really works… politically and financially.  A pursuit he continues to this day.

That education led him to become one of the biggest proponents of the Permanent Traveler/Prior Taxpayer (PT) Theory.  He has since started numerous businesses including TDV Offshore and TDV Wealth Management to help others internationalize their assets.  He also founded TDV Passports in 2009, although he turned over control to his partner in 2013, to help people get foreign residencies and citizenships.

He expatriated, long ago from his country of birth, Canada, and considers himself a citizen of the world.  He has lived in numerous locales since including Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Acapulco, Mexico.



Anarchapulco Details...



The world's premier conference for voluntaryist thinkers and activists. Held annually in beautiful Acapulco, Mexico, we bring together hundreds of principled anarchists to share ideas on how to live free and build a better world. Our unparalleled line up of speakers will discuss entrepreneurship, investments, politics, philosophy, health, sustainability, lifestyles and personal relationships for four days among the sun and beaches of a world-class resort.

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LEARN from the some of the most insightful and charismatic speakers in the freedom movement.

HEAR the latest in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology from the experts

NETWORK and connect with like minds.

PARTY at one of our many social events or just sitting by the pool.

IMPROVE your life, business, and social impact by participating in Anarchapulco exclusive workshops.

DISCOVER expat and international living lifestyles.

PROMOTE your freedom oriented venture.

ROCK OUT to performances by our line-up of anarchist musicians.

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Meet the Speakers

Larken Rose

Creator, The Mirror

Jeffrey Tucker

Chief Liberty Officer,

Jeff Berwick

Chief Freedom Officer, The Dollar Vigilante

Adam Kokesh

Author, FREEDOM!

Lauren Southern

Writer, Rebel Media

Luke Rudkowski

Independent Journalist, We Are Change

Judd Weiss

Former VP Candidate, Libertarian Party

Julia Tourianski

Creator, Brave the World

Roger Ver

Evangelist and Investor,

Rick Falkvinge

Founder, Swedish Pirate Party

Eric July & Backwordz

Dayna Martin

Author, Radical Unschooling


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