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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Cody Wilson Shows All Libertarians How to Properly Interact With The Media

One can imagine Cody-- a UT Law student-- conducting a cross examination as effortlessly and effectively as he faces one here...

1:08 - Cody Wilson explains that what he's really doing here is law. He's concerned about the legal precedent his next interactions with the Washington regime might set.

1:28 - Oops. Used a technical word that a lot of your viewers might not know the meaning of. Forces you to speak up and ask me to explain what it means. Establish that I'm an expert on this subject and that you as the media and as the audience are consulting my expertise. Cue bashful smile: "Sure media. I'd be glad to explain what a CAD file is..." {gives a very concise, clear, articulate explanation of what a CAD file is}

"Computer Aided Design files-- pieces of software that might in some sense represent material objects, but at the same time, are really just pieces of information or technical data."

1:40 - {seamless transition back into his original legal presentation; establishes an advantage quickly and gracefully, but does not violate the cardinal rule for dealing with the media that you will be super inclined naturally to err on the wrong side of because your attention span is too short for your age so you have to make a conscious effort to: STAY ON MESSAGE} One can imagine Cody-- a UT Law student-- conducting a cross examination as effortlessly and effectively as he faces one here.

Cody explains that the government is claiming regulatory jurisdiction over the information that he wants to share with us online, meaning the power to control that information and even force Cody to stop sharing it with us.

Cody says this is a form of "prior restraint" and overreach.

"Can you explain what prior restraint is?" the newsman did not ask. Aww, come on. That's as big a legal jargon bomb if not bigger than the technical jargon bomb Cody dropped at the beginning of the interview. But of course-- the newsman wants to change the subject[1].

1:58 - Cody, isn't Congressman Steve Israel right? Aren't you making it easier for terrorists and criminals to get *your guns* onto airplanes? (Cody hasn't even sold anybody a single gun. He's just publishing lines of information to a website. Let's be more clear about that, Tapper.)

2:38 - "I disagree. The TSA uses advanced imaging technologies. Millimeter wave. Back scatter x-ray. These guns are immanently detectable by those technologies. The metal detector is a standard from the 1980s that was written into that law, but never updated by Congress. In fact the law suggests to even the reader now that Congress anticipated one day that the state of the art and the imaging technologies, especially those involved in weapons detection, would advance in time, but Congress hasn't updated the law."[This game is called Cat and Mouse!]

(Cody has done his research. As usual, he is conspicuously erudite. One can imagine that he would have been very excited about moveable type printer technology had he lived in Europe at the time of its creation.)

The newsman then changes the subject back to the actual testing of The Liberator 3D printable handgun. Cody uses the opportunity to establish his expertise again. And laugh dismissively at the pompous regime.

3:49 - Last shot:

"Are you going to move beyond the handgun and try to produce a fully-functional, printed semi-automatic rifle or automatic rifle?" I suspect the newsman or his boss wants you to subconsciously hear this as, "So just how scary and destructive are your guns going to get?"

4:04 - Cody doesn't take the bait:

"No, I don't think in the current materials that we're using, that we could really create that semi-automatic rifle.[This game is called Cat and Mouse!] If I could turn back to the Undetectable Firearms Act though: I accused Congressman Steve Israel of acting in bad faith..."

And after making his case for this accusation, Cody summarizes: "Basically, he's not interested in security, he's interested in taxing the expedient production of gun parts."


4:35 - "Steve, uh, Cody-- I'm sorry, we have to-- we have to leave it there. Thank you so much for your time. Have a good weekend. ...This weekend, movie producers are...!"

I lawled.

Anyway, Cody's right:

It's always about the money and power with politicians, not about your safety. This isn't controversial. If Steve Israel's really worried about your safety, he could maybe look into how the White House sold thousands of metal rifles-- more serious than anything Cody has designed-- to criminals in the Mexican drug cartel.


[1] Prior Restraint - This is a legal term that means censorship, a kind of censorship that in 1976 the Supreme Court described thusly:

"The thread running through all these cases is that prior restraints on speech and publication are the most serious and the least tolerable infringement on First Amendment rights."

Cody Wilson is saying this is not a Second Amendment issue. It's a First Amendment issue. All Cody has done is share information on his computer with you by letting you download a copy of it to your computer. That's a matter of free speech and free press. The government is engaging in prior restraint and censorship by ordering Cody to stop sharing his information files with you.

[This game is called Cat and Mouse!] This is my favorite part. Remember how Cody used to act up until this interview? ≈You can't stop this technology. This is disruptive. The world was going to be all tidy and perfect, but [cue thunder clap and ominous music] *then the Internet happened.* ...The dream is collapsing!

Now he backs off a little. ≈This technology is not disruptive. It can be defended against with other advanced technologies. The only dream that's collapsing here is that of the Washington legislators and bureaucrats who think they're relevant any longer.

When the newsman asks him if he's putting guns in the hands of criminals and terrorists, he says we've got the technology to beat them already. His gun designs aren't disruptive to people who want to live in a world where it is difficult for terrorists and criminals to hurt them. When the newsman asks him if he'll be making more powerful and effective models of his firearms, he backs off and says he doubts it. Here, I believe he is being strategically coy.

But the solution is not in policy, and cannot be in policy. It is impossible to police 6 billion or more people with rapidly increasing access to additive manufacturing. It is impossible to police them for what kinds of information they have and what kinds of things they create with that information. It is impossible to do so, and it is also impossible to do so without taking a dim view of human spontaneity; without regarding all people as guilty until proven innocent, as too free, as sinners in need of constant discipline and punishment; without perpetually smashing a boot into the collective face of billions of individual human beings and stamping out the humanity in them that yearns to overflow into so many wonderful possibilities. It is impossible to police so many people, it is impossible to do so without regarding them all as guilty until proven innocent, as criminals, and it is especially impossible to do so as technologies advance exponentially in kind and quality, leaving only some of the inhabitants of one city in northern Virginia, with their relatively small and rapidly shrinking amount of knowledge the impossible task of making decisions for billions of people about technologies they cannot possibly understand as intimately as the vastly greater number of people whose use of these technologies they condescend to regulate and control.

deep breath

Technology has more and better solutions than command-and-control oligarchy and police statism. The effective employment of technology to serve us and solve our problems and keep us safe will require the collective knowledge and work of all several billion of us via a free, unfettered, and robust marketplace of human action and voluntary exchange. Decisions by the many are better than decisions by the few. Only by coordinating the vast knowledge of all of us as effectively as the market does, can we respond to the many disruptions that have already happened and will continue to happen more frequently and more dramatically as new knowledge and new technologies open up more possibilities.

Cody Wilson has done an excellent job of making his case delicately and carefully. What he's doing is disruptive, he once said. But he clarifies that this isn't disruptive in a way that should be perceived as scary for you. It should be perceived as scary for someone who's trying to control a world that cannot be controlled, who is fighting change that cannot be stopped, who is obsolete and useless, who has nothing helpful left to offer us. To help us shrug off the shell of this obsolete tyranny is a delicate process. Cody Wilson's actions are speaking so much louder than my words ever could. I believe his words in the news segment under discussion here state what I have above, but more succinctly. He models how to properly interact with both the media and the state for all libertarians.

Successfully pushing the envelop just the right amount for meaningful change does involve a skillful game of cat and mouse. In a blog post at Defense Distributed, Cody explains:

'A few have criticized how quickly I responded to the DDTC and began participating in their regulatory process. It is said I should have stood and fought if I believed in keeping the files free, instead of complying. This compliance has been viewed as some kind of ultimate one, as if I don’t intend to do anything else.

“No takedowns, ever.” Was a motto I had built into my vision of, not, and it referred to a strategy for dealing with intellectual property claims and social pressure- this is NOT the strategy DD/ can adopt with the Department of State. It seems we may have to have our rights declared in court to simply keep developing gun files to put into the public domain. DD’s right to exist is being challenged.

DD has maintained counsel for many months, and it happens that my strategy is not to just have DEFCAD seized and DD sued out of existence. No, as ever, I think DD/DEFCAD can win. The Liberator was a victory. DEFCAD serving near a million files is a victory. Letting the State Department get that global spotlight was a victory.

The Internet was asked to choose between guns and the control of information. Guess what it chose? We created an important moment for understanding a future with 3D Printing, and the Liberator is rightly everywhere.

Now the demonstration is over, and the hard work of having all our rights preserved is just beginning. ITAR might cover 3DP technical data for generations if DD doesn’t intelligently challenge this assertion of authority.

These politicians have looked like absolute monsters in the vacuum.

I will not apologize for knowing how to choose the battle.'

When you're dancing with the devil, you've got to watch your step.

Friday, May 10, 2013

IRS Admits Targeting Tea Party!

You think Matt Drudge is just being hysterical in that screenshot above? With that ALL CAPS headline about the IRS?

Being hysterical, while trying to sell you chocolate covered strawberries for Mother's Day?

Well guess again, because you know this is seriously crazy when even the AP is using all caps for their headline, and filing it under a subdomain called "bigstory":

The AP says:

The Internal Revenue Service inappropriately flagged conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status, a top IRS official said Friday.

Organizations were singled out because they included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups.

In some cases, groups were asked for their list of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.

"That was wrong. That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate. That's not how we go about selecting cases for further review," Lerner said at a conference sponsored by the American Bar Association.

"The IRS would like to apologize for that," she added.

Lerner said the practice was initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati and was not motivated by political bias. After her talk, she told The AP that no high level IRS officials knew about the practice.

Agency officials found out about the practice last year and moved to correct it, the IRS said in a statement. The statement did not specify when officials found out.

About 75 groups were inappropriately targeted. None had their tax-exempt status revoked, Lerner said.

The IRS admitted it and apologized for it. Apology not accepted. Can someone investigate high level IRS officials instead of just taking a high level IRS official's word that the high level IRS officials didn't know anything about this? Just saying. Who's responsible for that? Can we get the ACLU on this? Government harassment of a group for the way they describe themselves in the form of speech?

The Tea Party's critics will paint them as paranoid that the government's out to get them. But is it paranoia when the government-- actually is-- out to get them-- just for using a certain label to describe themselves? And here's a nb: who's really acting paranoid?

Thursday, May 9, 2013

#DEFCAD has gone dark at the request of the Department of Defense Trade Controls. HELP US PUSH BACK NOW!

I warned you about this.

Push back against this intrusion on our liberty NOW.

No, NOT by calling your Congressman!

Download the gun files anyways!

It's easy.

You can do it in under five minutes.

1. Download uTorrent and install on your computer.

2. Then visit the following link.

That's where all the gun files are.

3. Click the magnet icons under the Liberator printable gun link and the most recent version of the DefCad Mega Pack link. Use uTorrent to download BOTH of these!

This is important! This is urgent!

This isn't even about the Second Amendment anymore.

This is about the First Amendment.

No, it's not even about that.

It's about: are you afraid of the Washington regime, or are you laughing at it?

UPDATE: is back up with a notice at the top:

"DEFCAD files are being removed from public access at the request of the US Department of Defense Trade Controls. Until further notice, the United States government claims control of the information."

The United States government claims control of the information?

Show them who really controls the information.

Follow the steps above and download those files!

I want Pirate Bay to be able to come out tomorrow and say their traffic spiked to unprecedented levels and that some truly revolutionary number of brave human beings downloaded the information that the government says it controls!

Cody Wilson: I'm Looking Forward to Jail. It'll Give Me Time to Catch Up On My Reading

Writes Nick of his recent interview with Cody Wilson at

'The first thing we wanted to know is if he’s worried about a possible stretch as a guest of the the federal government in one of their high security greybar hotels. Cody’s response: “I’m looking forward to it. It’ll give me time to catch up on my reading.”

As far as he’s concerned, the government might get him on any number of technicalities. Cody started listing the ways that Uncle Sam could justify putting him away, almost as if they were badges of honor — thumbing his nose at their attempts to control the proliferation of firearms. It fits well with the “crypto-anarchist” persona that he’s developed as his efforts with 3D printing have progressed.

Robert was concerned that Cody didn’t have a lawyer already on speed dial in the event of his arrest. We started spit-balling lawyers that might be interested in taking his case, and Cody wasn’t too impressed with any of them. Alan Gottleib was definitely a no-go. “Didn’t he support that Toomey-Manchin background check bill? No, f*** him.”'

You get the feeling that Cody is so real, the state's walls and guns and threats, all based on lies and fictions in the end, have no power to intimidate or concern Cody. Observing him in so many videos, and the way people react to him, it seems Cody is just more real than most of the people around him, so truly alive and healthy, like Ayn Rand's character, Howard Roark.

Here's another gem from that interview write-up:

'“I’ve talked to people who have walked into hacker spaces and seen a row of printers all printing Liberator parts,” Cody said as his roasted chicken dish was being placed in front of him. Hacker spaces are collaborative locations where exceedingly nerdy people get together, pool their money to buy equipment and space and experiment with technology, usually including 3D printers. Hacker spaces have popped up in cities across the world, including New York, Washington, D.C., London, Helsinki and Lisbon.'

Talk about something that seems like it came straight out of a book! We are living in sci-fi times, I am telling you.

Anyway, for those of little faith like me, the idea of Cody Wilson in jail isn't a welcome one. I know their aim is to discipline and punish the soul, and that most of us (including myself, I continue to discover to my horror, the deeper I dig into the nature of power and control) are in jail already, and that it is impossible for the state to truly jail a Cody Wilson. But still, the idea of his body in a cage, at the physical mercy of his spiritual and mental inferiors, men with guns and nightsticks telling Cody when to stand up, when to sit down, when to eat, what to wear, how to stand in line next to someone that beat up their wife. It's infuriating in a way that fills me with desperate hate.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Reason TV Video: Gun Fiction vs Gun Facts

On April 25 in Washington, D.C., supporters of gun control held a "Stop the NRA Rally and March." Designed to counter what organizers feel is the outsized influence of the National Rifle Association and other pro-Second Amendment groups, the march was widely recognized as a bust, with a stunningly low turnout.

But it wasn't just a disappointment in terms of sheer numbers. The protesters who did show up had an amazingly weak grasp of basic trends related to the number of mass shootings, the effectiveness of assault-weapon bans, and the use of firearms in violent crime.

Reason TV's Amanda Winkler and Joshua Swain attended the rally. Here's what they found.

You're being governed by the uninformed anxieties of people who still watch television (and actually think it's real life). #democracy

Hopefully they will all take the time to read the Justice Department's newest report outlining the dramatic drop in gun violence over the last two decades:

And then download 3D gun designs.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Liberator: The Dawn of the Wiki Weapon

The world's first fully 3D printed handgun, except for a single metal nail for the firing pin. Defense Distributed's Liberator:

Why this could help stop gun control forever.

Download the gun demonstrated above here.

Apply to Join YAL's Leadership Team as a Regional Director or State Chair

Calling all leaders!

Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) seeks to identify and develop dedicated students and young professionals who want to advance freedom in a meaningful way. If you want to take on a greater role in the liberty movement, increase your responsibilities, and commit a significant amount of time to our cause, then please apply for a position on YAL's Leadership Team here.

As a Leadership Team member, you will:

  • Participate in YAL strategy and the decision-making process
  • Lead your state or region as an official representative of YAL
  • Expand your personal network within the liberty movement
  • Develop your leadership skills and gain grassroots experience
  • Build your resume for future employment
  • Write for the YAL's magazine, Young American Revolution, and post on YAL's blog
  • Receive an official YAL email account and business cards to distribute

There are two available positions on the YAL Leadership Team: Regional Directors (RDs) and State Chairs (SCs). Qualified YAL members who are accepted to the Leadership Team will be assigned a position based on their unique skills and experience. Each position's term lasts for only one semester, but oftentimes RDs and SCs are offered the chance to return, assuming they serve admirably and productively.

Regional Directors work 20 or more hours each week and earn $1,000 a month and is responsible for a $2,000 recruitment and travel budget to accomplish specific objectives.

State Chairs are a volunteer position that require five hours of work or more each week.

The head of YAL's Leadership Team is the National Field Director, Joshua Parrish. Joshua's responsibility is to work, communicate, and support the national network of Regional Directors, State Chairs, YAL chapters, and members. If you are approved to join YAL's Leadership Team, Joshua will contact you soon with more information.

For more information and to apply, visit:

An Inconvenient Truth [Libertarian Meme]

An Inconvenient Truth:

The US Government Is The Biggest Polluter On Earth.

Fist Bump: The Art of Not Being Governed

Air Force Head of Sexual Assault Prevention Program... Charged With Sexual Assault: Pentagon Reports 70 Sex Assaults in Military EVERY DAY

NBC News reports:

'The Air Force official in charge of its sexual-assault prevention program was arrested for groping, authorities said Monday.

Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, 41, was removed from his position as head of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office pending an investigation, the Air Force said.

The incident happened just after midnight Sunday when a drunken Krusinski allegedly approached the woman in a parking lot in Arlington, Va., and grabbed her breasts and buttocks, according to a police report.

Police said the woman fought off her assailant and scratches can be seen on Krusinski’s face in his mug shot. He was charged with sexual battery.

The charges are "deeply troubling," Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh said Tuesday. The Air Force has requested jurisdiction in the case, which is standard practice.'

Just one more obvious sign that your government is tragically and perhaps irreparably broken.

The report of these tragically ironic charges comes just as the Pentagon prepared to release a report finding that sexual assaults involving military personnel are occurring 70 times a day (h/t: m):

"Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. [chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee], told a committee hearing that a Pentagon report to be released later Tuesday reportedly estimates that, on average, there are more than 70 sexual assaults involving military personnel every day.


The Pentagon report says that the number of sexual assaults reported by members of the military rose from 3,192 to 3,374 in 2012, while the department estimates that as many as 26,000 service members were assaulted, based on anonymous surveys, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the report."

Let's put this in perspective.

The Boston Marathon bombing has dominated the media-policy conversation since mid-April. It claimed 3 lives and caused 264 people injuries that required treatment in a hospital.

The government response was a massive lock down of major cities in the commonwealth of Massachusetts as thousands of heavily-armed, federally-deputized, unequivocally militarized police roamed through the streets and conducted a house-by-house search for the bomber. Eventually, a private civilian found the bomber.

According to the Defense Department, more people are victimized by sexual assault every four days than the number of those who were victimized by explosions in the Boston Marathon bombing, and this happens week in and week out, all year long. And it's happening to the troops. Remember, those people who you are supposed to say you support? Do you really? Where's your outrage?

Another way to put this in perspective: Roman Catholic Church. Since 2002, you haven't heard any news story about the Roman Catholic Church in the mainstream media without an obligatory reference to the sexual abuse scandal. As the media covered it, the recent story, for instance, about changing popes was really a story about the sexual abuse scandal.

With more rampant sexual abuse in the US military, does it face the same media scrutiny? Is every story about a change in the military leadership, about its policies, about its activities-- punctuated with references to the plague of sexual abuse happening in its ranks? Is this consistent or fair? Does something seem off here to anybody else?

Friday, May 3, 2013

Cody Wilson Videos, Interviews, Speeches, Demos

Several of Cody Wilson's videos, including 3D printed gun part demos, interviews, and speeches all in one place, here at These are all excellent. Enjoy:

DefDist Printed AR Mag - Part II

DefDist Printed AR Lower - Part III

Shooting over 600 rounds of .223 ammo.
Does not fail from firing stresses:

The Wiki Weapon


VICE Documentary: Click, Print, Gun

VICE Podcast Interview, Cody Wilson

Alex Jones, Cody Wilson interview

Glenn Beck, Cody Wilson interview

Adam Kokesh, Cody Wilson interview

Cody Wilson Address at Bitcoin Conference 2012

Cody Wilson Philosophy Parts I and II

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Matrix Retold by Mom (Video)

An animator's mom hadn't seen (or heard of) the Wachowski's classic sci-fi film The Matrix. They watched the entire movie together and right after she told him what it was all about:

2013 YAL State Conventions: 1,336 Young Activists Fired Up To Mobilize The Liberty Movement

This spring, Young Americans for Liberty hosted 10 State Conventions all across the country for the first time ever!!

They've partnered with state and national organizations nationwide to bring one-day campus events designed to build stronger state networks, advance their activists' knowledge and skills, and inspire attendees to their best activism yet.

Video summary: