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There is a world of difference between driving a car and riding a bike when it comes to experiencing the world around you. One of the chapters in, “Why Haven’t You Read This Book?” was written by one of our guests today, who join me to talk about why they chose to embark on a nationwide journey by bicycle.

Both Anna and Peter are employed and are working while traveling and we talk about how they manage it all, problems that they faced, as well as about their experiences and impressions about human nature.

I asked them for their recommendation on podcasts and books, as well as who could try such extensive biking tours.

You can follow them up on their Facebook profiles and their page Shifts and Higgles.

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I'm an entrepreneur, thinker, and communicator dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. I'm the founder and CEO of Praxis, an intensive ten-month program combining real world business experience with the best of online education for those who want more than college.

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  • I know that project ideas are a dime a dozen. They are useful only if someone takes them and executes a plan to make them a reality. The idea I’d like to share with you would require more skill, energy, and time than I alone could devote to it. So I’d like to get your feedback and measure the interest. Here it is. Since bitcoins can be paid in fractions (e.g., .0001 BTC) and since payment transactions carry little or no transaction fee, it is feasible to create a micropayment website for digital. As you also know, for most of history, artists were supported by patrons, not by property rights in copies of their works. Well, with bitcoin micropayments, nearly everyone can afford to be a patron of the arts, and they can reward the artist according to the value they perceive they got from the work (there are some songs I just cannot do without), and according to their own financial ability.I am convinced that if copyright was less restrictive, artists would benefit in ways that perhaps they cannot now envision. The idea is simple. Creators upload digital content to the site. They assign certain hashtags to it and post in one of several categories. Videos, music, photos, datasets for 3d printing, writing, art, advocacy and causes. Any content posted to the site is downloadable if a bitcoin tip of any amount is paid for it. The content can be played/viewed on site for free, but to download and copy, you need to tip the creator at least, say, .00001 BTC. Imagine a musician who posts a song in either audio or video or both. The more tips she earns, the higher she gets ranked. The higher he gets ranked, the more tips she receives. It’s a relatively frictionless way for a creator to get content to the end user and get paid for it in a way that could work in a filesharing world. So the concept is similar to twitter, instagram, tumblr, with hashtags that enable searching, but it also employs other performance ranking methods like the bitcoin tip data. Content creators are paid through a voluntary payment system. It’s sort of like crowdfunding in that regard. All content uploaded is royalty free and can be used for any purpose by anyone who gives a tip of any amount and downloads the content. Maybe you use a creative commons license to make sure nobody else claims it as their intellectual property. I really don’t think artists need the governments’ guns pointing at folks who copy their works. I think people would reward them anyway. Say someone uploads a dataset for a 3d printer to the site. Folks can tip him/her in increments that would be too small to pay via paypal, credit cards, etc. The transaction fees are too high. You could tip .0001BTC for a download and pay no transaction fee. Revenue for the site would come from advertising and/or by charging artists a small commission on their monthly or annual gross bitcoin tips. Creators could even assign a portion of their gross bitcoin receipts to be used in advertising on site to get featured ranking, ala Google or Facebook. Say you’re in Copenhagen, across the street from a building you’re curious about. Your phone alerts you that the 3d dataset for the building is available on gratuity2. You’re feeling generous so you tip .001BTC for the dataset. Back home, a 3d printer spits out a scaled down copy for your desk. Imagine that a kid in Latin America puts together a little music video with his phone. He uploads it to gratuity2.com and it goes viral. A million kids throughout the world tip him .00001 BTC. A small thumb drive he bought at the local market holds a free bitcoin wallet in it. The next time he plugs it into any internet device, bang, he has 1000 BTC in his wallet. Say an artist posts an original song and it goes viral. Fans around the world tip her because they love the song. The higher her ranking, the more BTC tips she receives. Now say some advertiser grabs the song and uses it in their commercial for something (let’s say shoes). The terms of the license require only that the creator get credit (Maybe her QR code for her bitcoin wallet is on screen in the corner for a few seconds). More people hear the song in the ads and decide to download it and tip her (confession – I bought a Lady Gaga song because I heard it in a car commercial and liked it). There is the potential for a frictionless, direct relationship between artist and fans. And no strong arm copyright police. No centralized power in the hands of a few media companies. Maybe it turns out that copyright law is not needed because it is clear that this system both rewards creators and is an incentive to innovate. I.P. need not be a political issue. If a system like this took off, copyright law could become irrelevant. It’s a pro voluntary payment system. That’s the idea in a nutshell. Maybe it would fit somehow within liberty.me. It’s actually pretty close to what liberty.me is already doing. I invite your feedback and any interest in collaborating to make something like this a reality.

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  • I’m looking for book suggestions. Books that you think may one day be considered classics in libertarian literature. No Mises, Rothbard, etc. Preferably published in the last 5-10 years. More recent is better.

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  • I currently have a 3 and 1 year old. I have been at ends searching for liberty minded books to read to them. Does anyone have any suggestions. I also teach school ages so please feel free to throw in books for older children.

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  • Hi All, If you haven’t yet heard of the Life Liberty Advocate program, you might like to check this out: https://lifelibertyadvocates.com/ They have a program where you can earn part-time and full-time income promoting the principles of liberty. I’ve listened to many of their materials and it is some of the best liberty education materials I’ve heard. Anyway, if you are looking for a way to be able to afford to devote more of your time to the cause of liberty, this may be a great opportunity for you. Cheers! Pat

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  • I am happy to announce that Vulgus Press is not up and running! Vulgus = of the people. Yes, that’s you and me. The crew at Vulgus are voluntaryists committed to a non-political and self-sustaining lifestyle. Vulgus Press opens its e-doors to offer material that can be found nowhere else – original new works and forgotten old ones. Too many heroes of liberty are unsung, today and from the past. Too many issues are undiscussed or dissolve into intellectual brawls. Vulgus applauds the heroes and presents the controversial analysis. Much of the material will be free to all; some will be for sale. Our first published book for sale is Wendy McElroy’s new “Rape Culture” Hysteria: Fixing the Damage Done to Men and Women. It dissects ‘social justice’ and confronts a political threat to every college student and sexually active adult. An original image depicting men and women in harmony is available on merchandise in the Vulgus Press e-store. http://www.cafepress.com/vulguspress Our first free book is a biography of the early years of the publisher Raymond Cyrus Hoiles: R.C. Hoiles: The Everyman of Excellence. http://www.vulgus.org/page.php?bk=11 Despite building the most successful libertarian publishing empire in history, Hoiles’ story has never been told. (His correspondence with Ludwig von Mises is also available on the site for free.) An original image depicting this unsung hero is available on merchandise in the Vulgus Press store. http://www.cafepress.com/vulguspress We also plan to offer a range of services in the active practice of daily freedom. For example, we have lined up interactive support from an expert on how to design and build Small Homes. We’ll expand according to market feedback which means according to feedback from you. Vulgus Press returns liberty to the street and kitchen table where it belongs because that’s where working people gather. Liberty does not come from politics or academia. It lives in parents who get up every day to provide a better future for their children; it grows with those who act to grasp their own destinies; it beams from the face of anyone with pride of accomplishment. Liberty thrives in the practical solutions to every day problems. We value your companionship on this first step of our journey. Come: * read the free material and, perhaps, make a donation * browse the goods for sale in our store * share your ideas for how we should grow, what would benefit you * introduce yourself by contacting http://www.vulgus.org/contact.php Vulgus Press salutes you for the same reason the elites of the world fear and need you: you are the engine that drives the world. You are liberty. The Vulgus Crew

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