Pinned toot

I Can't Believe It's Not Government: Collecting stories of alternatives to The State, and cataloguing them by "Government Function".

Some examples:

* Kosher Certification: itsnotgov.org/regulation/food-
* Ambulance Fleet (and damn near *the* social safety net) in Pakistan: itsnotgov.org/emergency-servic
* "Public Transit" in Nairobi: itsnotgov.org/infrastructure/p
* And MUCH more

The site is 100% Open Source, so you can contribute (and we'd love if you did!). It's not quite a wiki, so feel free to ask for help.

Jaden Smith and friends respond to the continued need for clean water in Flint Michigan with a mobile water filtration system.

itsnotgov.org/infrastructure/w

Food suppliers and restaurants are committing to transitioning to cage-free for their eggs, in large part due to public pressure and consumer preference. Hellmann's mayo is already cage free.

itsnotgov.org/regulation/anima

American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. You've seen it. It's a voluntary certification of dental products verified with laboratory tests. Since 1931.

t.co/GallQahxag

Could use some more bolstering (or criticism) of the points here. It's just hard because almost everything written about them is from the dental industry which they deeply involved with anyway. Not much in the order of historical documents out there.

Examine.com - Helping consumers of nutritional supplements make informed choices. They tell you what the nutrients actually do, with direct citations to the scientific literature. Big focus on neutrality: No ads, no partnerships, no investors.

itsnotgov.org/regulation/drug-

Smart Contracts - Enforcing certain contracts programmatically, without the need for force (or even a trusted third party)

itsnotgov.org/legal-system/con

(Crypto ppl: this stuff is not my forte! Any corrections, suggestions for better examples, please let me know.)

Looking for examples of uses of as an alternative to state enforcement of contracts. I'm not very familiar with this space.

Lot's of digital governance stuff out there. Lots of _hypothetical_ things on how to transfer titles of physical objects. Best real world example I can think of is MakerDAO/Dai.

Anybody have better examples you could point me to?

The Internet Engineering Task Force - Developing TCP/IP and other underlying Internet protocols. Standards are voluntarily adopted by industry. Funded by government until 1998, but taken over by the Internet Society since then.

itsnotgov.org/regulation/stand

Saved In America - A non-profit group that helps parents find missing children when the police don't consider it a high priority.

itsnotgov.org/emergency-servic

Paving For Pizza! Domino's footing the bill to repair potholes in select cities around the United States:

itsnotgov.org/infrastructure/r

I Can't Believe It's Not Government: Collecting stories of alternatives to The State, and cataloguing them by "Government Function".

Some examples:

* Kosher Certification: itsnotgov.org/regulation/food-
* Ambulance Fleet (and damn near *the* social safety net) in Pakistan: itsnotgov.org/emergency-servic
* "Public Transit" in Nairobi: itsnotgov.org/infrastructure/p
* And MUCH more

The site is 100% Open Source, so you can contribute (and we'd love if you did!). It's not quite a wiki, so feel free to ask for help.

Liberdon

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.

Mastodon is a decentralized "federation" of community-run Mastodon servers which are part of an even greater federation called "the Fediverse". No matter how many users are on the instance you join, you can still follow and interact with the millions of users on any other instance throughout the Fediverse!

This is a primarily English-speaking instance, although everyone is welcome.

Enjoy!