Are you practicing agorism without even knowing it? Also, What's in the News with stories on jury nullification, the drug war, Clinton investigations, Brexit and Bill Weld, an Ancap App update and a trailer for a new show coming to the Pax Libertas Productions network.

WHAT’S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES

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Agorism is a topic I've wanted to talk about for a while, and there are two items in the news this week that really bring it to the forefront. First, a woman in Stockton, California is facing jail time for selling some meals she cooked as part of a social media community food group. Preparing something yummy and giving it to someone who wants to eat it in exchange for money is apparently illegal in the People's Republic of California and many other states. 

Mariza Reulas was cited by San Joaquin County for selling an illegal substance, but it wasn't a powder, a pill or a plant. It was her bowl of homemade ceviche. And for this, she is facing a year in prison. On December 3 of last year, someone contacted Reulas, asking for a plate of her Ceviche –- one of her signature dishes. That person was an undercover investigator from San Joaquin County, according to court documents, on a sting because the majority of 209 Food Spot members didn’t have permits to sell their food.

So, yes, they spent time and resources on an undercover sting to nab this horrible criminal and are now spending even more money trying to prosecute her. To make matters worse, Reulas is a single mother of six.

The second article is about a group of nine elementary school kids in South Carolina who have been suspended for violating a school drug policy. What horribly dangerous drugs were these heinous grade-schoolers pushing? A mixture of Kool-Aid and sugar called “happy crack” by some, that is essentially the same stuff in pixie sticks. What the actual fuck?

Initially, these nine kids were going to be expelled but their sentences were reduced after a backlash from the parents.

And this is where agorism comes into play. Agorism is a libertarian social philosophy that advocates creating a society in which all relations between people are voluntary exchanges by means of counter-economics, first defined by Samuel Edward Konkin III. Counter-economics is essentially all non-aggressive human action that is forbidden by the state, including selling ceviche and happy-crack to willing people. The counter-economy includes the free market, the black market, the underground economy, and all acts of civil and social disobedience. It also includes anything else that the state chooses to prohibit, regulate, tax, or tariff that is completely voluntary.

Konkin wrote a really excellent book on the tactic of agorism called the New Libertarian Manifesto.

WHAT'S IN THE NEWS 

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In jury nullification news, the first seven occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon were found not guilty of conspiring to impede federal workers from doing their jobs at the refuge through threats, intimidation or force.

In drug war news, President Obama commuted the sentences of 98 drug offenders, including 42 who had life sentences.

In It's Like This in New Hampshire news, a new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the OECD, shows that New Hampshire has the highest annual median disposable household income in the US, at $39,350 per household, with Connecticut coming in a close second.

In shit show news, today, Hillary Clinton could make US history by being the first person to be elected as president while under federal investigation.

In the feds giveth and the feds taketh away news, Sunday night, right before I recorded this show, FBI Director James Comey dropped the investigation against Clinton, saying, “Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July.”

And, Fox News has reported that sources inside the FBI say that an indictment of Clinton based on the Clinton Foundation pay for play investigation is “likely.”

In secession news, Britain’s high court ruled that the Prime Minister Theresa May can’t unilaterally back out of the European Union based on the election that was held in June, where 52 percent of Britons voted to leave the EU.

In what the actual fuck news, Bill Weld has essentially endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.

There have been petitions popping up to have him recalled ad the LP VP candidate and the Libertarian Party of Rhode Island withdrew their support os a rally they were going to have with Weld, and good for them!

In some personal news, I was recently interviewed on the podcast An Anarchist Conversation by Neil Sollenberger. We talked about the election and other current events along with how things are going with The LAVA Flow and Pax Libertas Productions.

ANCAP APP 

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This is just a quick Ancap App update on an app that's been featured here a couple of times before, including last episode. But, every time I think they've done it all, they go and do something else cool. I'm talking about Cell 411.

Last week we talked about their new video streaming feature and the new panic button that you can buy to go along with the app. Well, now, Cell 411 added yet another awesome feature. Decentralized ride-sharing.

PAX LIBERTAS TRAILER 

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The first new show is coming to you from Pax Libertas Productions! It's the AnCap Barber Shop podcast where Scott and Adam talk politics, philosophy, culture, and their lives as libertarians. You can get more information and subscribe on your favorite podcatcher at ancapbarbershop.com. Here's a quick trailer for the show.

Coming next week with brand new episodes, pull out your phone right now and open iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or your favorite podcatcher right now and subscribe. You can find out more at ancapbarbershop.com. Sit in the barber chair and get ready to have your ears lowered.

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TEASER INTRO

Are you practicing agorism without even knowing it? Also, What's in the News with stories on jury nullification, the drug war, Clinton investigations, Brexit and Bill Weld, an Ancap App update and a trailer for a new show coming to the Pax Libertas Productions network.

INTRO

“Welcome to The LAVA Flow, channeling the flow of information to the Libertarian, Anarcho-capitalist, Voluntaryist, and Agorist community. Find us at thelavaflow.com. Here’s your host, Rodger Paxton.”

Thank you for joining me this week, coming to you from the state where the most people dressed as superheroes happened in 2009 when 1,016 people showed up in costumes at Dartmouth Children’s hospital, this is the show that will bring you the people, places, and events that everyone in the liberty revolution needs to know. You can catch me on Twitter @TheLAVAFlowPod.

This is episode forty-nine, The Agorism Works Edition, and it’s election day, Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, when at least XXXXXX people have been killed by police already this year. What's Rustling My Jimmies this week? You're about to find out! Let’s Do It To It!

WHAT’S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES

Agorism is a topic I've wanted to talk about for a while, and there are two items in the news this week that really bring it to the forefront. First, a woman in Stockton, California is facing jail time for selling some meals she cooked as part of a social media community food group. Preparing something yummy and giving it to someone who wants to eat it in exchange for money is apparently illegal in the People's Republic of California and many other states.

Mariza Reulas was cited by San Joaquin County for selling an illegal substance, but it wasn't a powder, a pill or a plant. It was her bowl of homemade ceviche. And for this, she is facing a year in prison. On December 3 of last year, someone contacted Reulas, asking for a plate of her Ceviche –- one of her signature dishes. That person was an undercover investigator from San Joaquin County, according to court documents, on a sting because the majority of 209 Food Spot members didn’t have permits to sell their food.

So, yes, they spent time and resources on an undercover sting to nab this horrible criminal and are now spending even more money trying to prosecute her. To make matters worse, Reulas is a single mother of six.

The second article is about a group of nine elementary school kids in South Carolina who have been suspended for violating a school drug policy. What horribly dangerous drugs were these heinous grade-schoolers pushing? A mixture of Kool-Aid and sugar called "happy crack" by some, that is essentially the same stuff in pixie sticks. What the actual fuck?

Initially, these nine kids were going to be expelled but their sentences were reduced after a backlash from the parents.

And this is where agorism comes into play. Agorism is a libertarian social philosophy that advocates creating a society in which all relations between people are voluntary exchanges by means of counter-economics. Counter-economics is essentially all non-aggressive human action that is forbidden by the state, including selling ceviche and happy-crack to willing people. The counter-economy includes the free market, the black market, the underground economy, and all acts of civil and social disobedience. It also includes anything else that the state chooses to prohibit, regulate, tax, or tariff that is completely voluntary.

Agorism is really a subset of anarcho-capitalism. Agorists believe that engaging in politics is a waste of time and will not lead to dismantling the state in any way, believing the way to end the state is only through the means of civil disobedience and free markets. I find myself agreeing with this more and more lately as I have bashed my head against the wall of politics for over a decade now with little to no difference being made in the grand scheme of things.

Agorism was first defined as a tactic in the mid-1970's by Samuel Edward Konkin III and J. Neil Schulman, with the term being coined by Konkin. Konkin said, "The goal of agorism is the agora. The society of the open marketplace as near to untainted by theft, assault, and fraud as can be humanly attained is as close to a free society as can be achieved. And a free society is the only one in which each and every one of us can satisfy his or her subjective values without crushing others’ values by violence and coercion.” Konkin wrote a really excellent book on the tactic of agorism called the New Libertarian Manifesto. You can get it for free in the show notes to this episode at thelavaflow.com/49. A print copy is also available at Amazon.com.

Konkin was not without his detractors, of course, with Murray Rothbard being one of those. Murray was, like many anarcho-capitalists including yours truly, somewhat addicted and enthralled by the political process. It's hard to turn your back on that because we're promised at a young age that the way to make change happen is through politics. Vote harder and you can force your will on your fellow man instead of having their will forced on you!

Murray's biggest issue with agorism was a misunderstanding in that he felt agorism would lead only to people being self-employed or working completely in the black or gray markets. Rothbard said, “Konkin’s entire theory speaks only to the interests and concerns of the marginal classes who are self-employed. The great bulk of the people are full-time wage workers; they are people with steady jobs. Konkinism has nothing whatsoever to say to these people. To adopt Konkin’s strategy, then, would on this ground alone, serve up a dead end for the libertarian movement. We cannot win if there is no possibility of speaking to the concerns of the great bulk of wage earners in this and other countries.”

Konkin responded to this criticism saying that full-time wage workers already engage in counter-economic activities when they evade or cheat on their taxes, buy things on the black or gray markets, or commit other civil disobedience. While, in Konkin's mind, it would be best if every single libertarian would be an entrepreneur, that is not practical at all. I believe that there is a place for both entrepreneurs and the working class in the libertarian movement, but I also believe that working towards entrepreneurship is important as well. I'm blessed to be surrounded by so many libertarian entrepreneurs in New Hampshire, and I call many of them my friends. I've learned so much from them and I continue to learn from them on a regular basis.

I agree with Konkin more and more every day. I am to the point that I believe any gains we make politically will be checked or lost eventually as the pendulum swings from one side to the other, and the pendulum always favors less freedom in the long run. This is why we are where we are today. I would never denigrate those who still see hope in the political process, but I think that is a lost cause. I believe we should be focusing more on entrepreneurship, civil disobedience, and the black and gray markets to achieve our goals. I try to do as much of this as possible, and my ability to do so has dramatically increased since being in New Hampshire. In the good weather months, we have weekly Community Market Days where you can buy so many different products using Bitcoin without any government interference. In the colder months, there are usually market days here twice a month around the state. I also pay for my boys' math classes and Taekwondo in a gray market, along with membership and donations to various organizations all done in Bitcoin. And, I've delved into entrepreneurship myself as well with Pax Libertas Productions. It's amazing how much being in New Hampshire has lowered my forced dependence on the state, not to mention lowered my tax burden dramatically.

I encourage you and challenge you to find ways to lower your dependence on the state as well and to find ways to act, live, and buy outside of the state's permission. This is a journey all libertarians should be taking, and mine has been stepped up in the year that I've been in New Hampshire for sure. I have now officially been in New Hampshire for over a year, and my only regret is that I didn't make this move many years earlier. For myself, for my wife, and especially for my boys, this move has been the best thing we could have possibly done for our future.

I want to take a quick minute to thank each and every one of my new intentional family for being so goddamned awesome. You guys are the warmest, most welcoming group of people I have ever had the pleasure to deal with. I said when we were first making our move that the fires of liberty would keep us warm in New Hampshire, and that is true, but it is so much more the warmth and love from our new family that keeps our fires lit.

WHAT'S IN THE NEWS

In jury nullification news, the first seven occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon were found not guilty of conspiring to impede federal workers from doing their jobs at the refuge through threats, intimidation or force. The seven included Bundy brothers, Ammon and Ryan. They were also found not guilty on charges of possession of firearms at a federal facility.

This appears to be a case of jury nullification since it's clear that the defendants committed the supposed crimes they were charged with. The acquittal came after a juror who had been an employee of the Bureau of Land Management at one point was removed from the jury. This juror apparently told the rest of the jury pool that he was biased in this case. After an alternate was put on the jury, it only took hours for them to come back with the acquittal.

I haven't talked about the Bundy's much on this show because, frankly, I'm not sure what to make of them. But, I'm glad to see a group of people acquitted for a crime that caused no harm to anyone. I'll take that any day of the week.

In drug war news, President Obama commuted the sentences of 98 drug offenders, including 42 who had life sentences. This latest batch of commutations raises Obama's total to 872, nearly all of them involving nonviolent drug offenders. This is more commutations than were issued by his 11 most recent predecessors combined, with his 688 this year being the most ever done by a president in a single year.

In a speech after this latest batch, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said there will be "many more [commutations] to come." White House Counsel Neil Eggleston said Obama is committed to "using his clemency authority through the remainder of his time in office."

Let's give credit where credit is due. This is a pretty big deal and I have to give Obama thanks for this. But, what we really need in this country is true and serious retroactive sentencing reform. We have to get rid of this mandatory minimum bullshit. As Kevin Ring, vice president of Families Against Mandatory Minimums said, "Every day, people are sentenced in federal court based not on what their judge thinks is appropriate, but on what Tip O'Neill, Strom Thurmond, and a bunch of other deceased lawmakers believed 30 years ago. It's just ridiculous."

In It's Like This in New Hampshire news, a new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the OECD, shows that New Hampshire has the highest annual median disposable household income in the US, at $39,350 per household, with Connecticut coming in a close second. The US average is $29,100 per household.

The most fascinating part of this study is that New Hampshire tops another list as well. This list compares the median disposable income of all US states with the highest countries in the world. Several US states, including New Hampshire at #1, Connecticut, Maryland, and New Jersey top the list before the first country makes the list at #5, Luxembourg. Norway is the second country on this list and it comes in at #16, behind many other US states.

In shit show news, today, Hillary Clinton could make US history by being the first person to be elected as president while under federal investigation. I'm not sure if that's better or worse than being the first orange person elected as president if Trump wins. Either way, with this election, history will be made.

Last week, the FBI re-opened the investigation into Hillary Clinton based on some information found on computers belonging to Anthony Weiner, estranged husband of Clinton campaign vice-chairwoman Huma Abedin. Apparently, emailed related to Clinton's tenure as secretary of state are on this laptop. These emails are not duplicates of emails found on Clinton's private server, which means they are more than likely part of the 33,000 deleted emails that have never been seen.

In the feds giveth and the feds taketh away news, Sunday night, right before I recorded this show, FBI Director James Comey dropped the investigation against Clinton, saying, "Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July."

What effect, if any, this will have on the election is yet to be seen, but it will certainly play some part.

And, Fox News has reported that sources inside the FBI say that an indictment of Clinton based on the Clinton Foundation pay for play investigation is "likely." The same sources told Fox News that with 99% accuracy, Hillary Clinton's server was hacked by at least five foreign intelligence agencies and that information had been taken from it.

In secession news, Britain’s high court ruled that the Prime Minister Theresa May can’t unilaterally back out of the European Union based on the election that was held in June, where 52 percent of Britons voted to leave the EU. Prime Minister May said she was planning on launching negotiations with the EU authorities by March 31, The New York Post is reporting. She said that she is operating on a power called the “royal prerogative” that permits the government to withdraw from international treaties.

May has said she wants to use the “royal prerogative” – powers historically held by the queen – to trigger Article 50 of the EU’s treaty, which starts two years of debate before Britain’s official departure from the union. The powers – which in reality have now passed to politicians – allow decisions to be made by the prime minister without a vote of parliament and cover matters as grave as declaring war.

Claimants argue that leaving the EU will remove rights, including free movement within the bloc, and say that can’t be done without Parliament’s approval. Three senior judges ruled that “the government does not have the power under the Crown’s prerogative” to start EU exit talks. The British government said: “We will appeal this judgment.”

In what the actual fuck news, Bill Weld has essentially endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. Yes, I know this is a strong statement, but when you look at the statement he made, it's a position that can be backed up. Here was the exchange between MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and Bill Weld.

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So, here is Bill Weld saying that he is there to vouch for Hillary Clinton. A synonym for vouch is endorse, according to MacMillan Dictionary and Google. In another part of the conversation, Maddow directly asks Weld if he thinks Johnson would be a better president that Clinton. His response was not "yes, or I wouldn't be running with him." His response was that Johnson would make a good president, which in no way answered the question.

Look, I've been saying this since the day this asshat was nominated. He's a fucking disaster for the LP. It's just nice to finally see people agreeing with me on this one, especially many of the same people who've given me massive amounts of shit for beating on Weld since his nomination. I generally hate people who say, "I told you so," but, fuck it, I told you so!

There have been petitions popping up to have him recalled ad the LP VP candidate and the Libertarian Party of Rhode Island withdrew their support os a rally they were going to have with Weld, and good for them! I'm glad to see another LP affiliate stand up to Weld like the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire did when we voted unanimously to censure Weld and the LPNH Seacoast affiliate voted unanimously to send a letter to our LNC representative to remove Johnson and Weld as the candidates.

While it's too late for anything to change before the election, I am at least hoping this fracas will help the delegates 2020 remember what happened this year, so they can hopefully nominate an actual libertarian to the two top spots on the ticket. I won't hold my breath, though. I may have to go in 2020 just to see the shit show.

In some personal news, I was recently interviewed on the podcast An Anarchist Conversation by Neil Sollenberger. We talked about the election and other current events along with how things are going with The LAVA Flow and Pax Libertas Productions. Check it out using your favorite podcatcher. There's a link to the episode in the show notes to this episode at thelavaflow.com/49.

And, in some more personal news, I hit a new record last month for downloads, hitting over 16,000 downloads for the first time. That's huge and it's is a 2.66 percent increase over the month before. While that doesn't sound like a huge increase, October only had 6 new episodes, while September had 7 new episodes. Thanks so much guys for listening and sharing this podcast. I couldn't do this without all of you.

ANCAP APP

This is just a quick Ancap App update on an app that's been featured here a couple of times before, including last episode. But, every time I think they've done it all, they go and do something else cool. I'm talking about Cell 411.

Last week we talked about their new video streaming feature and the new panic button that you can buy to go along with the app. Well, now, Cell 411 added yet another awesome feature. Decentralized ride-sharing. Yes, you heard it right folks. While Christopher David of Arcade City is pissing away $300,000 and running a scammy token sale to raise more funds to piss away and still doesn't have a ride-share app, Cell 411 added decentralized ride-sharing to their existing app in a matter of weeks from saying it was coming. This, folks, is how you do an app.

There are no driver fees, no background checks, no car requirements, no centralized pricing and no required payment methods. In essence, the drivers and riders are in full control of how much they charge or pay and what methods of payments they are willing to use.

Users willing to offer rides with Cell 411 are able to choose payment methods like cash, credit, silver, crypto currencies like Bitcoin and even bartering. The drivers can even set their own pricing formula in order to compete with each other for rides, giving them full control over their markets. Unlike Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing companies, riders get to choose their driver based on pricing, payment methods and the vehicles used.

Now, maybe I'm done talking about Cell 411 for a while. But who knows. Virgil Vaduva may come out with something awesome again soon.

PAX LIBERTAS TRAILER

The first new show is coming to you from Pax Libertas Productions! It's the AnCap Barber Shop podcast where Scott and Adam talk politics, philosophy, culture, and their lives as libertarians. You can get more information and subscribe on your favorite podcatcher at ancapbarbershop.com. Here's a quick trailer for the show.

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Coming next week with brand new episodes, pull out your phone right now and open iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or your favorite podcatcher right now and subscribe. You can find out more at ancapbarbershop.com. Sit in the chair and get ready to have your ears lowered.

OUTRO

Thank you for listening to the show this week. As always, I need to thank my favorite secret note leaver, Jessica, for her help with this show. For the show notes to this episode, where I put links and other information that has been on this show, go to thelavaflow.com/49.

I have a new iTunes reviews this week! Waviator had this to say:

The Tuning Fork of Liberty! The LAVA Flow podcast by Rodger Paxton is a clarion call to wake up and start rocking the slave ship we are on. If his jimmies are being rustled, it is for good reason. He succinctly reports on travesties of Justice, and organizes his brief podcasts to inform us on the State's Python-like squeeze on our liberty. Rodger reports on news stories that deserve more traction and citizen rage that the 4th Estate ignores while supplications to the State. His take on libertarian questions ring true like the tuning fork of Liberty that he is. He fairly points out where others disagree, but brings us faithfully back to the Non-Agression Principle. Most importantly, Rodger (and Jessica) Paxton walk the walk. Rise up!

Wow! Thanks for the awesome review, Waviator! Very much appreciated.

And keep giving me those reviews, guys. iTunes steers people to this podcast based on the number of subscribers and the number of positive reviews, so every positive review you give me helps get the show in front of more people. Go to thelavaflow.com/itunes today to give me a rating and a review!

I've had a huge increase in donations this week! I've had three new donors add new pledges on Patreon and one donor who had previously dropped is back again. Terri pledged $1 per episode, Trey pledged $5 per episode, Casey pledged $10 per episode, and Adam pledged $25 per episode! That's huge, guys. Thanks so much! That puts me now closer than I've ever been to my next goal. I'm now at $164.50 per episode in donations, or 65.8% towards my next goal to bring you a 30-minute The LAVA Flow episode every week. Thanks so much, Terri, Trey, Casey, and Adam! You guys rock! And, Jay gave me a single donation of $10 this week. Thanks, Jay!

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And now it's time to talk about my November contest again! This is one that everyone can get into. I need more reviews on Stitcher, since very few people actually review on Stitcher it seems. Currently, I only have two reviews on that platform. The best part is that anyone with an internet browser can review on Stitcher, there is no need to create an account or anything. So, if you go to thelavaflow.com/stitcher today, you can scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Write a Review" and leave me one. Since there are so few reviews already on Stitcher, I'm only going to have a single prize pack this time. The prize pack is the same as last time, an exclusive The LAVA Flow contest winner t-shirt, a The LAVA Flow tote bag, and a copy of one of my favorite libertarian books signed by the author. So, go to thelavaflow.com/stitcher today and leave me a rating and a review. All reviews on Stitcher that are in before November 30th will be entered to win the prize pack. The winners will be announced on this show on December 6th. Good luck!

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