Episode 0

Purpose

This alpha episode has the following goals:

  • To gain greater support from the Market Anarchy populace
  • To promote this project to a wider audience
  • To create interest in the final result of the project

Layout

Quick 1-minute coverage of each main topic, which will correspond to future episodes.

Status

Converting Outline to Script

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  1. Introduction to Episode 0 [Time: 1:37]
    • Recently, there have been a spate of new YouTube videos discussing philosophical, scientific, and religious issues. They've been produced pro bono publico by ideologically-inclined supporters, and have begun taking on the form of miniature documentary films, though less cinema verité and more Discovery Channel. The most popular of these new producers is Thunderf00t, whose Why do people laugh at creationists? series has achieved remarkable notoriety, as well as spurred a public dialog on a controversial issue.
    • I believe that this style of documentary can be brought to bear for the Market Anarchy movement. This video is an attempt at an alpha version of such a documentary, and also a request for more support in helping to create it. (I circulated a petition for feedback recently, but it didn't get much support. I assume that was likely due to bad timing as well as a confusing format.) YouTube and other Web 2.0 resources can provide our movement with a never-before-seen capability of reaching a massive audience of educated, informed, and interested students of philosophy and political theory. If we reach out to this audience with a well-reasoned and intelligent documentary series in the vein of Thunderf00t, I'm confident that we could gain rather significant public attention.
    • This documentary will follow a strict set of rules: it will be an apologia discussion, not a polemic argument railing against society which would draw little interest. It will educative and introductory, ignoring mundane topics for the more personal. Most important, it will be a audio-visual course about how everyone's lives could be significantly improved by the tenets of Market Anarchy. To my knowledge, a presentation of our views like this has never been done before. [BEAT] There's no time like the present.
    • Included here are a series of sections from potential episodes. Since I'm working with free editing software, and have put the entirety of this together myself, the quality of this episode, though poor, is not indicative of what we could achieve should we work together as a team. Based on calculations I've made via this alpha test, I predict that each episode will take a total of 30 hours of work, 10 on ideas of what to cover and 20 on the actual implementation. If we can gather together a few dozen individuals that could discuss ideas on what to cover in a forum, the 10 hours of prep-work would be completed by itself. And if we get together a total of 4 people to work on the implementation, we would need only 4 hours of commitment from each person. Please let me know if you could help with either by going to the linked website and logging into the forums. Now without further ado, here are the sections I've completed so far. FINISH!
  2. Austrian Business Cycle Theory
    • [Text: "The Business Cycle" Time: 0:03] There's another problem with inflation, and this is far worse than just having prices rise. The items you purchase at the store are the result of machines built years earlier. Which machines should be built is decided mostly by investors working on Wall Street. When you and I save more money by putting it in banks, these investors have access to more capital funds, which they use to help businesses produce more and different kinds of machines that build the items we buy. The way these investors know what type of industrial machines to build is based on the interest rate: higher rates mean investors should focus on quicker turnarounds, lower rates mean they should invest in longer and expensive plans. Left to their own devices, the investors would figure out how to work the system just right. But there's a real problem when the central bank lowers the interest rate with money printed out of thin air, since the investors are unable to tell this from you and I increasing our savings [Image: funny money] (since central bank don't make funny-colored dollar bills). Instead of investing in [Image: hot dog vendor] valuable and in-demand plans, the investors wind up putting money into schemes that are years away from being useful. This is a boom and looks great on paper, but it's truly damaging to the economy as a whole, sending good people to bad jobs where they'll have no way to provide anything beneficial in the long run. Economically, they're basically just digging holes in the ground. This is because the new central bank money invested in the long-term plans is fake and isn't backed-up with real savings. Once the central bank is done printing the money from the interest rate drop, the long-term investments don't look good on paper anymore. The boom has turned into a bust. The only way to prevent the bust is to [BEAT] lower the interest rates again, causing more inflation, a longer boom, more pointless holes in the ground, and more damage to the economy. FINISH!
  3. Corporatism FINISH!
    • Regulation
    • Competition law, antitrust, etc.
    • Corruption of media
      • Example from John R. Lott’s Freedomnomics about Montana State University
  4. Power & War
    • World War 1 ended the age of rationalism because people thought the massive international trade of the time would prevent a long war by destroying the economy; it started in spite of the trade due to too much war power in the hands of a few men (who exploited a small incident for power); it lasted due to the peoples’ high valuation of nationalism over prosperity. FINISH!
  5. Cooperative Defense
      • Free rider problem FINISH!
  6. Market based Morality [Time: 0:00]
    • [Text: "The Morality of Anarchy" Time: 0:03] Since the Enlightenment, there has been an attempt by intellectuals to create an objective morality. This has been largely unsuccessful. Instead, this general morality has been replaced by the ethics of representative legislation and equal enforcement, more commonly referred to as the rule of law. FINISH!
  7. Global Warming [Time: 0:59]
    • [Text: "What about Global Warming?" Time: 0:03] [Image: Earth 1000] It is certainly true that global climate change is a threat to the prosperity of the human population. It is also true that the threat it represents [Image: Fail Bus 1011] has been somewhat exaggerated. Most important for our concerns is the indisputable fact that [Image: Aral sea 1001] nothing has ever been so destructive to the environment than powerful centralized states. Historically, polluting private property has been a serious crime [Image: floating garbage scow 1002], while polluting state-owned property has been a policy decision [Image: George Bush 1003] made by the faction in power at any given time. During the industrial revolution [Image: Whig court 1004], the state invoked changes in the concept of private property [Image: polluting smoke stacks 1005] to allow for it to be used partially as state-owned property. This was, of course, [Image: Lobbyist 1006] lobbied for by the very industrial corporations that would then begin [Image: oil bird 1007] polluting the environment on a massive scale. Without a centralized state to enforce this assault on private property, [Image: irony 1008] corporations would have to create contracts with the private owners whose property they're affecting with their pollution. [Image: dollar signs crossed-out 1009] The inefficiency that this factor alone would cause to the pollution-heavy industries [Image: environmentalism 1010] might by itself end global warming outright.
  8. Off topic: another vlog instead? FINISH!
    • M.A. is like gays promoting their sexuality/agenda; religion isn't because it can't be spread by proselytizing
  9. Off topic: History of Intellectualism, Anarchy, and Market Anarchy
    • [Text: "The History of Market Anarchism" Time: 0:03] In Asia during the warring states period, intellectualism prospered. Qin Shi Huang, Confucianism, Laozi, Taoism FINISH!
    • Ancient Greeks, Stoic philosophies FINISH!
    • 18th century, William Godwin FINISH!
    • 19th century, Gustave de Molinari, Max Stirner, Lysander Spooner, Benjamin Tucker FINISH!
    • 20th century, Murray Rothbard, David D. Friedman, Samuel Edward Konkin III FINISH!
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