In a rare in-person episode, Tim and Joe speculate about how technological trends will shape the future of cities.
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Tim presented a speech at the 14th Annual Porcupine Freedom Festival (Porcfest), titled “Private Ownership of Public Space in Post-State Cities.” He addressed three key questions:
1. What is “public space” and why should libertarians care about it?
2. How can public use be preserved under private ownership?
3. How can state owned spaces be divested into private ownership?
This episode features a brief discussion about Porcfest, and the full recording of Tim’s speech.
Greetings from 2017! And what a great year it’s shaping up to be!
Poverty and hunger have been almost eradicated across the globe, after the surprising discovery that flying killer robots are also capable of delivering bundles of hope and cheer. The resulting outbreaks of good feelings caused people to overlook centuries of colonialism and tribal conflicts and work together as neighbors.
This led to record-breaking agricultural production in all global markets. The abundance of low-cost food further freed up resources for capital investment in critical infrastructure, launching developing nations into a standard of living rivaling, and in some cases surpassing, that of developed nations.
And this is all thanks to the wisdom and beneficence of Our Glorious World Leader. Our Glorious World Leader was the first to recognize the true causes of the problems facing humanity, and to act swiftly and decisively to eliminate The Great Betrayer.
We were recently interviewed on The Tom Woods Show.
This episode includes the discussion with Tom, plus a “post-game” discussion to further clarify some of the points raised during the interview.
Q. Why did you become an Australian citizen?
A. I recently bought one of those Australian hats with a wide brim, and I feel like a tourist when I wear it. As a citizen, I will feel more confident about wearing that hat since, legally, I won’t be a tourist.
Q. Where did you buy the hat?
A. Sea World gift shop on the Gold Coast.
Q. One of Australia’s key tourist destinations.
A. Yes. You can only get real, authentic Australiana stuff at hokey tourist traps.
Q. Where do real Australians get their hats?
A. I haven’t seen many Australians wearing hats like that. Probably because they don’t want to look like tourists.
“If we live in a democracy and you don’t use your power to vote…
Shame on us… So what the fuss!
Shame shame shamity shame.“
Stevie Wonder, “So What the Fuss” (feat. Prince and En Vogue)
Power, in the broadest sense, is the ability to act according to your will by exerting control over your environment.
The more power you have, the more needs and desires you can fulfill. You use this power every day to claw your way a little higher up Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. You usually get stuck at “eat Cheetos now and for the foreseeable future” on your journey towards self-actualization.
But things get complicated as soon as your environment becomes polluted with other people. Resources are scarce, and this leads to conflicts.
Power over nature can extend to power over people. Your power to eat the last Cheeto disempowers me from eating it.
And I was saving that one, you jerk. It had a funny nub.
Power begets power. The more power you have, the more you can gain.
This concern shapes events from union strikes and Marxist revolutions to interventionist foreign policy and pre-emptive war. We often hear about the need to counterbalance the economic power of a large corporation or the military power of a foreign state. At best, these “balance of power” strategies yield a stalemate of mutual distrust and hair-trigger brinkmanship.
Democracy is intended to circumvent such conflicts by distributing power among the masses. “Empowerment” is regarded as synonymous with voting. The vote is the means by which marginalized groups could break their shackles, have their say, and win back the freedoms that they have lost to the power of others.
But how much power does a vote really bestow?