Introducing my new blog

Welcome to TL’s blog. This is my first post and I’d like to introduce myself and describe the kind of content you can expect to see here.

I’m from Houston, Texas and currently work from home investing in crypto-currencies, dabbling in Forex trading and numerous other side projects. My educational background is in economics and political philosophy. And I have taken a special interest in libertarianism.

With this blog I would like to focus on the new economy emerging from peer to peer technologies such as block-chain tech and digital currencies and explain how these new technologies are leading to new political and social possibilities. I have an affinity for emergent and evolutionary forms of social change as opposed to those forms driven by conscious top down planning or policy. I would point to these new technologies as leading to a future where spontaneous “market” forces play a larger role in social life. This will be a running theme of this blog.

Another theme I plan to tackle involves a constructive criticism of certain expressions of libertarian political and economic thought, including anarcho-capitalism. The criticism is from a dialectical point of view, something commonly associated with Karl Marx but which is also utilized by Hegel, Aristotle and Plato, not to mention many others. Ultimately, the criticism is not fatal to the project of liberty. It does mean there are errors that need correcting. The task is to remove the utopian elements from libertarian ideas without giving up the radical. The goal is to move toward a dialectical libertarianism. This is a project that will straddle philosophy, economics and political theory and will deal with some heady issues but ultimately I believe it is worthwhile and necessary for progressing and preserving liberty.

This is a just a general guide to where I plan to head with this thing. I don’t want to limit myself to just these subjects, I also plan to address sociopolitical themes in film and popular culture and blog about whatever I am currently reading or interested in.

My next post will be an introduction to the basics of dialectical reasoning. So stay tuned and please share if you find yourself so inclined.

About TowardLiberty

I am married to a wonderful woman and we are expecting our first child next year. I studied economics at the University of Houston and recently quit my job at a marketing company to work from home. I am interested in practical solutions for decentralizing decision-making. The ultimate goal is to promote the replacement of the legacy monopoly institutions we currently have with emergent and horizontal forms of association. Buckminster Fuller’s quote strikes me as spot on: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
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