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Can UBI be done statelessly?

I asked a minor variant of that question (Is full unemployment…statelessly doable?) back in 2011. Lexi Linnell asks, Does universal basic income require a state? This is C4SS, so of course “without a state” means voluntarism-friendly. The whole way Linnell … Continue reading

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Quotebag #119

Rick Falkvinge: Information hygiene means that you’re aware not of what somebody claims to do with your data, but that you understand what they are able to do. Michael O. Church: Value capture: people who are good at creating value … Continue reading

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What is covert cobbling?

Covert Cobbling is an idea from sociologist Tressie McMillan Cottom. It appears to be a suite of strategies for reverse engineering engines of information asymmetry. This is basically what Josie and I would like to see accomplished with what we … Continue reading

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Is libertarianism a gateway drug that can lead to alt-right affinity?

Back (say in the 1970s) when libertarianism was understood as “left on social issues, right on economic issues” libertarianism was, if anything, an antidote to tendencies such as alt-right and other forms of nationalism. Somewhere along the way, libertarianism became … Continue reading

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Income as gift from the past

This. (h/t Jack Saturday) A good starting point is the simple reality that most of what we all receive as “income” far, far exceeds what anyone can claim as the result of the “work” they actually do in the here … Continue reading

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All cars to come with a location beacon

It says in the always-recommended Freedom to Tinker blog that The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing a requirement that every car should broadcast a cleartext message specifying its exact position, speed, and heading ten times per … Continue reading

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Data donor cards

I propose we create a new category of consumer. The way we do that is by some of us announcing that we are, in fact, consumers of this new type. I propose that some number of us (myself included) proclaim … Continue reading

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