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This is a debate about the rights of the individual in relation to the state. It’s a debate about whether the ends always justify the means, and whether the risk of a tiny increase in mortality among the over-80s justifies interventions unseen in modern history.

"Guns are used by criminals. Therefore we should ban guns. Encryption is used by criminals. We should ban encryption."

Well, cars are used by criminals too. We should probably ban cars to hinder criminal activity.

Οι μέρες είναι φυλακές, όταν η νύχτα πλημμυρίζει βαθμοφόρους...

The government can force tech companies to backdoor their software without warning their customers about it. Therefore any closed source software is inherently unsafe.

For too many people, "reasoning" is nothing more than a child's imitation of what they see others doing; they have no real understanding of what reasoning is, no real understanding of what they are doing, and no understanding of how they err.

What's the spread rate above which we should impose communism? What are the experts saying?

The problem with the covid measures is that they don't even acknowledge basic freedoms such as these. Politicians can now dictate how many people you can invite to your house, who can ride in your car, if your business will open etc.

This is not normal. This is extreme authoritarianism and should be recognized as such.

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Should there be a limit to what a state can do to hinder covid-19? For example, is it ok to shoot people who don't comply with the lockdown orders?

Every sane person would answer in the negative. We all agree that there must be limits. But how can those limits be delineated?

An obvious criterion is property. It's reasonable to demand the right invite anyone to your house without asking permission from the state. After all, such gathering would be a voluntary transaction between individuals.

Give the orange man a participation trophy and be done with him already. Who cares if it's a steal? Democracy is not legitimate anyway.

People who keep pets contend that animals have rights and humans should not "murder" them for food. Ok cringey people: if animals have rights shouldn't they also be free from pet-slavery? Your cats want to go places, Karen. Stop being a tyrant.

Jeffrey Paul: Your Computer Isn't Yours

"It turns out that in the current version of the macOS, the OS sends to Apple a hash [...] of each and every program you run, when you run it. Lots of people didn’t realize this, because it’s silent and invisible and it fails instantly and gracefully when you’re offline, but today the server got really slow and it didn’t hit the fail-fast code path, and everyone’s apps failed to open if they were connected to the internet


Apparently, covid-19 has the magical power to transform any random medical doctor into an expert political philosopher who has bridged the is-ought gap.

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Liberdon is a Mastodon instance for libertarians, ancaps, anarchists, voluntaryists, agorists, etc to sound off without fear of reprisal from jack or zuck. It was created in the wake of the Great Twitter Cullings of 2018, when a number of prominent libertarian accounts were suspended or banned.