Stefan Molyneux predicts Blockstream's takeover of Bitcoin ...

Molyneux interviews Gabe Hoffman, producer of An Open Secret, the documentary which exposes Brock Pierce's involvement in child sexual predation in Hollywood

Stefan Molyneux just posted a new interview with Gabe Hoffman, producer of An Open Secret. They discuss, among other things, how the US legal system protects pedophiles and child sexual predators by not punishing them.
An Open Secret clearly shows that Brock Pierce was heavily involved in one such disgusting, predatorial operation. In fact, Brock lived in the house where this was all taking place. He claims he is innocent. He was never charged.
When in 2014 Brock Pierce, Mark Karpeles, and Charlie Shrem were proposed as new members of the Bitcoin Foundation, there was an immediate uproar and demands for their resignations. A lot of stories about this reaction were later scrubbed from Google's search index. Brock refused to recuse himself.
Days later, former Bitcoin Foundation member Patrick Alexander and 9 others resigned from the foundation. Alexander explained why this was an important moment for the foundation, and for Bitcoin:
The foundation members need to emulate very high moral values and ethics in business and in personal dealings, especially as it involves money. So far, the track record of prominent Bitcoin Foundation members has been abysmal.
I no longer want to be associated with these people.
All this occurred shortly after the 2013 bull market and Mt Gox fiasco. You will not hear much talk about this story now, except in btc. It has been brushed under the rug. Frankly, this is part of the story of BTC's fall.
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An Open Secret | Gabe Hoffman and Stefan Molyneux (new interview with the film's producer)
An Open Secret is an American documentary film directed by Amy J. Berg exposing child sexual abuse in the film industry in California. The film features interviews with victimized performers, who were targeted when they were young boys, as well as industry figures, the predators themselves, and journalists.
Watch An Open Secret (free): https://vimeo.com/142444429
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3677412
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/anopensecret
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Subreddit Stats: Anarcho_Capitalism top posts from 2011-09-23 to 2017-09-22 12:08 PDT

Period: 2191.38 days
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Total 999 81641
Rate (per day) 0.46 37.23
Unique Redditors 501 8290
Combined Score 247608 469801

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 9023 points, 34 submissions: TheGreatRoh
    1. Stefan Molyneux on Twitter | "Bernie promised cheap education. $27 average donation. Mission accomplished. $27 got you truly schooled on the reality of Dem politics." (746 points, 158 comments)
    2. Brain damage explains a lot (491 points, 72 comments)
    3. Ron Paul standing up for what's right. (418 points, 47 comments)
    4. This Tweet Didn't Age Well (409 points, 47 comments)
    5. Hillary Clinton on Assange "Can't we just drone this guy" -- report (345 points, 85 comments)
    6. BREAKING: Trump to sign exec. order this morning requiring that for every 1 new regulation, 2 regulations have to be revoked - sr. official (337 points, 122 comments)
    7. Ouch (337 points, 42 comments)
    8. So Swings the Pendulum of History (312 points, 31 comments)
    9. Resist! The more you think about it the best this one gets (302 points, 50 comments)
    10. Here is Rand Paul's healthcare plan. It's 4 pages long. It simplifies the entire process, removes federal bureaucracy, and lowers costs. EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT! (284 points, 75 comments)
  2. 8356 points, 24 submissions: TrueBC
    1. Small Government (715 points, 97 comments)
    2. Good Guy Communism (698 points, 14 comments)
    3. Real Thinking (616 points, 60 comments)
    4. When You're an Anarcho Communist And You Receive Inheritance (544 points, 128 comments)
    5. Every. God. Damn. Time! (487 points, 71 comments)
    6. Good Cops (468 points, 79 comments)
    7. Typical Proletariat (407 points, 100 comments)
    8. AnCap Problems (368 points, 60 comments)
    9. Fucking Statist Parents (336 points, 27 comments)
    10. Roads Problem Solved (331 points, 59 comments)
  3. 4593 points, 16 submissions: Pinochet-Heli-Tours
    1. This guy (715 points, 97 comments)
    2. Leftist logic with estate taxes (487 points, 123 comments)
    3. Before there was capitalism food would just magically appear (376 points, 155 comments)
    4. Socialism 101 (342 points, 168 comments)
    5. I hate it when people cheat (326 points, 61 comments)
    6. Communist vs Nature (295 points, 101 comments)
    7. This guy... (253 points, 50 comments)
    8. Triggered! (251 points, 116 comments)
    9. Good riddance (243 points, 100 comments)
    10. If there's less food in socialism, how does that explain the toilet paper shortages? (223 points, 28 comments)
  4. 3993 points, 1 submission: an1h
    1. TSA agents vs terrorists (3993 points, 173 comments)
  5. 3413 points, 13 submissions: kurokamifr
    1. When you are american (568 points, 94 comments)
    2. socialism (392 points, 110 comments)
    3. When you love the poor (336 points, 81 comments)
    4. Brain expanding meme on communist (295 points, 39 comments)
    5. A group of ancaps were able to get the IRS Facebook page removed... (263 points, 22 comments)
    6. Rigging the Election - Video I: Clinton Campaign and DNC Incite Violence at Trump Rallies (260 points, 73 comments)
    7. Rigging the Election - Video II: Mass Voter Fraud (222 points, 78 comments)
    8. who is prepared for the WW3? (215 points, 52 comments)
    9. rly make you think (185 points, 134 comments)
    10. Warning: Trudeau has allowed banks to seize your money if economy fails (181 points, 67 comments)
  6. 3173 points, 6 submissions: -INFOWARS-
    1. Louds and clear (1119 points, 180 comments)
    2. Makes you think... (742 points, 161 comments)
    3. Ron Paul destroys Obama (499 points, 78 comments)
    4. This is 100% real. Brainwashing by the Mainstream Media (341 points, 109 comments)
    5. Powerful argument. (300 points, 185 comments)
    6. When your ideology is so good the only arguments against it are straw man memes (172 points, 134 comments)
  7. 3036 points, 13 submissions: bearjewpacabra
    1. Nigel Farage: "None of you have ever done a proper job in your lives, or worked in business or worked in trade or indeed ever created a job" (354 points, 160 comments)
    2. Why is "income tax" a thing that exists?? It's income. They feed their kids with that. Just leave their income alone. (323 points, 147 comments)
    3. Statists reacting to "Taxation is theft" (297 points, 46 comments)
    4. Without the state, who would drop tear gas from helicopters on their half starved tax cattle? (261 points, 54 comments)
    5. Cops demand Uber driver turn off his camera, citing new law, threaten him with jail, say they will search his car with sniffer dogs. Driver refuses, because it turns out the driver is also an attorney and he knows no such law exists. • news (253 points, 62 comments)
    6. Remember when watching tonight's debate... (247 points, 89 comments)
    7. Was very happy to see this on /all (234 points, 40 comments)
    8. Virginia Shooter Identified As 66-Year-Old James Hodgkinson, Supporter Of Bernie Sanders (219 points, 129 comments)
    9. George Soros Hacked, Over 2,500 Internal Docs Released Online (198 points, 34 comments)
    10. Without government, who would create nationwide initiatives to fuck up the food supply based on irrational, government produced data? (173 points, 33 comments)
  8. 2924 points, 9 submissions: Z3F
    1. How to trigger /Socialism (772 points, 200 comments)
    2. The John Oliver formula (443 points, 84 comments)
    3. Trump Triggers a room full of Socialism sympathizers (351 points, 154 comments)
    4. Peak Reddit (317 points, 118 comments)
    5. And quality of life in the Commune dramatically improved overnight. (263 points, 68 comments)
    6. Found at a hostel I am staying at in Detroit. It's leaking into real life. (219 points, 155 comments)
    7. Obama Quietly Signs The Truly Orwellian "Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act" Into Law (201 points, 27 comments)
    8. The easiest question you'll be asked today. (187 points, 64 comments)
    9. The window of allowable opinion continues to shrink. YouTube is now quarantining videos that academically discuss differences in IQ averages between ethnicities. (171 points, 97 comments)
  9. 2906 points, 1 submission: FreeqAxel
    1. Ron Paul got an electoral vote from Texas. (2906 points, 128 comments)
  10. 2565 points, 14 submissions: Anenome5
    1. Detroit starting to get it: 'Why should I send them taxes when they aren't supplying services?’ homeowner Fred Phillips who owes more than $2,600 recently told the paper. 'Every time I see the tax bill come, I think about the times we called and nobody came.' (247 points, 130 comments)
    2. Kaspersky reveals software buried in the firmware of world's major harddrive manufacturers gives NSA ability to spy on majority of the world's computers (229 points, 72 comments)
    3. The parable of the Village and the Tower (202 points, 44 comments)
    4. Descent of the Libertarians (200 points, 163 comments)
    5. Mises attacks Racism; "racism is not just contrary to [classical] liberalism, but to reason itself. It’s a denial of the most fundamental truths of economics... Theories of racial conflict reject peaceful social cooperation and instead promote conflict and war as the foundations of human society." (185 points, 161 comments)
    6. Cops arrest jogger for not having ID (182 points, 74 comments)
    7. My favorite ancap jokey-story :) (177 points, 68 comments)
    8. Sometimes the indoctrination isn't subtle. (176 points, 70 comments)
    9. This is fantastic--government tax collectors in Mogadishu complain no one wants to pay taxes, they "consider me to be a bandit." You are a bandit, sir. (171 points, 65 comments)
    10. Checkmate, intellectual-property fans ;P (164 points, 79 comments)
  11. 2557 points, 10 submissions: coupdetaco
    1. It's totally not rigged... anymore (754 points, 87 comments)
    2. She cannot recall (295 points, 23 comments)
    3. We've always been at war with Eastasia (267 points, 17 comments)
    4. Just wanted to give credit to leftists for breaking those glass ceilings (216 points, 8 comments)
    5. Cop tricks person into putting out a cigarette to use that as an excuse to arrest him and search his car (212 points, 140 comments)
    6. "If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there would be a shortage of sand" (181 points, 25 comments)
    7. We've always been at war with Eurasia (162 points, 11 comments)
    8. Mexican dentists near border crossing town get 95% customers from USA. They charge 75% less and their "materials and equipment are just as good or even better" (160 points, 38 comments)
    9. Just wanted to help everyone here understand Socialism (159 points, 11 comments)
    10. In fairness to her, that level of corruption is almost like a magic trick (151 points, 16 comments)
  12. 2398 points, 9 submissions: ancapistan_man
    1. Bread lines (542 points, 111 comments)
    2. All the hypocrisy. (341 points, 82 comments)
    3. All the above. (317 points, 63 comments)
    4. Battle of the statists. (253 points, 127 comments)
    5. We're gonna need a bigger boat. (224 points, 12 comments)
    6. [foaming at the mouth] Not real communism! (198 points, 14 comments)
    7. But without government.... (190 points, 29 comments)
    8. Literally shaking. (171 points, 61 comments)
    9. iT wAsN't ReAl CoMmUnIsM. (162 points, 13 comments)
  13. 2367 points, 10 submissions: Anen-o-me
    1. /A_C's opinion of Gary Johnson in one image (464 points, 123 comments)
    2. Time-Warner increases internet speeds six-fold at no extra charge after Google Fiber announces plans to expand into their territory --- so in other words, competition works (312 points, 43 comments)
    3. Vince Vaughn -- “We have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government” (227 points, 37 comments)
    4. After seeing this I have a strong urge to become a graffiti artist (215 points, 51 comments)
    5. Reddit's Former Leadership was planning to make Reddit a completely Decentralized App with bitcoin micropayments as upvotes for incentive, but after taking a $50m funding round, management was replaced and monetization focus began. Now ex employees are building what Reddit should've become. (215 points, 65 comments)
    6. SCOTUS Justice: If two can marry, why not four? -- How about you stop licensing marriage in the first place. (195 points, 111 comments)
    7. Satoshi Nakamoto nominated for Nobel Prize in Economics (190 points, 61 comments)
    8. politics realizes the presidency has too much power: "Don’t Just Impeach Trump. End the Imperial Presidency." (189 points, 60 comments)
    9. Meanwhile, at Molyneux's Freedomain Radio Headquarters... (183 points, 409 comments)
    10. Obama endorses Bitcoin... (177 points, 32 comments)
  14. 2220 points, 10 submissions: SnakesoverEagles
    1. Crying wolf: the left doesn't know how to stop losing (335 points, 182 comments)
    2. in light of recent events, here is Thomas Sowell (276 points, 264 comments)
    3. Ron Paul - Bernie Sanders destroyed Audit the Fed Bill at the last minute (236 points, 26 comments)
    4. Basic free market college group denied a local chapter because they are "white supreemists" (220 points, 227 comments)
    5. Get out your tinfoil hats boys (212 points, 95 comments)
    6. An old classic (206 points, 57 comments)
    7. Hillary email leaks prove that the same people who fund her campaign (Saudi Arabia) are funding ISIS - when will this house of cards fall? (205 points, 25 comments)
    8. Please clap (183 points, 55 comments)
    9. Ron Paul - Stump the socialist (176 points, 139 comments)
    10. Why Tim Kaine was picked as VP (171 points, 101 comments)
  15. 2219 points, 8 submissions: SuaveCrouton
    1. Late Stage Capitalism (405 points, 90 comments)
    2. Social Democracy (371 points, 51 comments)
    3. But it wasn't a real rocket (305 points, 30 comments)
    4. The Green Party dilemma (304 points, 71 comments)
    5. LateStageCapitalism_irl (236 points, 34 comments)
    6. When I look at gains from free trade (218 points, 21 comments)
    7. The world as 100 people over the last two centuries (213 points, 103 comments)
    8. Private Eye explains Corbynomics (167 points, 23 comments)
  16. 1932 points, 8 submissions: LibertyAboveALL
    1. Julian Assange offers job to fired Google employee who wrote "anti-diversity" memo - "Censorship is for losers." (426 points, 124 comments)
    2. Great idea on road sign from Mexican restaurant in Austin (278 points, 30 comments)
    3. Gmail will now warn you if you’re being targeted by the government (260 points, 26 comments)
    4. Calexit Means American Taxpayers Won't Have To Bailout California's Ticking Pension Time Bomb (251 points, 69 comments)
    5. Uber threatens exit Houston over regulations. Mayor says "I'm happy to sit down with you [Uber] but I'm not going to do business with you with a gun to my head." - you really can't make this shit up! (245 points, 79 comments)
    6. AAA, largest U.S. automobile club, calls for scrapping police marijuana THC test for drivers. AAA's safety foundation said it's not possible to set a blood-test threshold for THC that can reliably determine impairment. (160 points, 33 comments)
    7. TIL: SEC laws stop crowd-funding sites, like INDIEGOGO, from offering investor equity financing options for non-accredited investors (average person). In other words, the government only allows rich people to do it. (160 points, 66 comments)
    8. Dying mom kidney transplant surgery on hold due to GoFundMe donations since they could constitute ‘organ selling’, which is a U.S. federal crime. (152 points, 47 comments)
  17. 1854 points, 8 submissions: Mashimoto
    1. Venezuela bans lines outside of bakeries declaring them a clear political stunt to discredit socialism (289 points, 50 comments)
    2. Someone made a Chrome extension that changes "white" to "black" on Huffpo, Salon, and Buzzfeed (283 points, 69 comments)
    3. How Liberals really feel about black people (265 points, 106 comments)
    4. (old footage) Ron Paul makes standard libertarian arguments against the drug war that are now almost universally accepted to an absolutely hostile host/audience. Amazing how attitudes can change (263 points, 138 comments)
    5. It Looks Like George Soros is Funding the Trump Protests (256 points, 72 comments)
    6. Charles Rangel's Freudian Slip (181 points, 21 comments)
    7. "Only the rich will have X technology" India's $4 smartphone. (166 points, 44 comments)
    8. Bernie Sanders Resume from the 1980s (151 points, 118 comments)
  18. 1756 points, 7 submissions: MaunaLoona
    1. 4chan on communism (539 points, 122 comments)
    2. Canadian man fights off home invaders by taking their gun and shooting them; gets charged with attempted murder and nine other firearms related charges (312 points, 76 comments)
    3. But without the government who would fund PBS? Reading Rainbow raises $1 million on kickstarter in the first day. (202 points, 59 comments)
    4. Adam Kokesh on CBS (197 points, 213 comments)
    5. Apparently we have a new mascot (174 points, 30 comments)
    6. What $15/hr minimum wage looks like (169 points, 182 comments)
    7. To protect you from fake news the US government launches a fact checking web site (163 points, 53 comments)
  19. 1663 points, 5 submissions: Uncle_Washington
    1. LateStageCapitalism logic (456 points, 98 comments)
    2. Macarons va Macron (401 points, 39 comments)
    3. Like scientist we have to prove our theory (380 points, 83 comments)
    4. Feel the Bern out (245 points, 71 comments)
    5. The North Remembers (181 points, 14 comments)
  20. 1582 points, 2 submissions: pseudoRndNbr
    1. CNN: It's illegal for you to read the leaked emails. Only we are allowed to do it. (1353 points, 149 comments)
    2. But who will provide food to the poor? (229 points, 70 comments)
  21. 1581 points, 4 submissions: Ze-skywalker
    1. Rare picture of a child about to be born (530 points, 70 comments)
    2. "The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false front for the urge to rule it." H.L. Mencken (428 points, 13 comments)
    3. Woke (370 points, 44 comments)
    4. Capitalism X Socialism (253 points, 49 comments)
  22. 1576 points, 6 submissions: HEADPOCKET
    1. What a novel idea. (477 points, 87 comments)
    2. Mises before bitches. (325 points, 56 comments)
    3. Here is your average "pro-science" liberal. (266 points, 93 comments)
    4. If Sweden and Germany Became US States, They Would be Among the Poorest States (189 points, 97 comments)
    5. Can't explain that. (162 points, 51 comments)
    6. George Zimmer, the owner and founder of The Men's Wearhouse, does not background check his employees. "I don't trust the U.S. justice system to get it right," says Zimmer, who is himself a recovering alcoholic. "I'd rather make my own decisions." : todayilearned (157 points, 32 comments)
  23. 1568 points, 6 submissions: Jamesshrugged
    1. The consequences of racism (395 points, 135 comments)
    2. The lesson liberals are going to learn under the new administration. (343 points, 48 comments)
    3. Every single time (295 points, 22 comments)
    4. Give me Liberty or gtfo! (191 points, 61 comments)
    5. anarcho_capitalism's most used words (174 points, 71 comments)
    6. /philosophy mods have completely banned posts about Ayn Rand (on grounds that she is an author, not a philosopher) (170 points, 134 comments)
  24. 1478 points, 6 submissions: ayanamirs
    1. Could someone please explain this? (388 points, 84 comments)
    2. Slate (297 points, 43 comments)
    3. LMAO (232 points, 58 comments)
    4. Mises Cuba! (210 points, 45 comments)
    5. Ancap Studies (181 points, 55 comments)
    6. Wtf? Anarcho-capitalists (170 points, 144 comments)
  25. 1468 points, 1 submission: How_To_Liberty
    1. I used to be an Ancap, but my job made me turn to socialism. (1468 points, 118 comments)
  26. 1464 points, 6 submissions: spatchcock
    1. Happy thanksgiving /ancap (496 points, 86 comments)
    2. They aren't protesters or rioters. They're Keynesian stimulus operatives, and Krugman disapproves. (223 points, 22 comments)
    3. This kid will go places. Also, I guarantee there's a bureaucrat out there somewhere who is trying to stop him. (213 points, 53 comments)
    4. This is what good parenting looks like, but yet to leftists and some bureaucrats this is horrible because its un-taxed income, dangerously unregulated, exploitation, and child labor. (190 points, 65 comments)
    5. Wow TED talks really suck now - "Capitalism will eat democracy unless we speak up" - By Yanis Varoufakis (the greek finance minister. Yes Greece, the European country that adopted DemSoc ideals and is now riddled with debt) (180 points, 203 comments)
    6. If I were a big corporation I'd lobby for higher minimum wages and rally the useful idiots on the left to my cause as well. (162 points, 33 comments)
  27. 1414 points, 7 submissions: moople1
    1. And anarcho communism was born. (239 points, 772 comments)
    2. Work or die. (239 points, 227 comments)
    3. The relationship between Bernie's socialism and the market summed up perfectly. (238 points, 48 comments)
    4. Finally it's fixed! Now children won't starve to death. (199 points, 123 comments)
    5. "Yo mama's so statist" jokes… (180 points, 96 comments)
    6. Hating the Establishment Is Not the Same as Supporting Liberty (164 points, 41 comments)
    7. 2016 Nolan Chart (155 points, 128 comments)

Top Commenters

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  2. aletoledo (3908 points, 532 comments)
  3. Anen-o-me (3667 points, 569 comments)
  4. andkon (3362 points, 237 comments)
  5. Lethn (3201 points, 304 comments)
  6. halfback910 (3043 points, 500 comments)
  7. ChopperIndacar (2799 points, 402 comments)
  8. Mashimoto (2207 points, 181 comments)
  9. LOST_TALE (2150 points, 507 comments)
  10. Harnisfechten (2122 points, 299 comments)
  11. TheGreatRoh (2085 points, 237 comments)
  12. Anenome5 (1990 points, 293 comments)
  13. LibertyAboveALL (1974 points, 316 comments)
  14. Anarkhon (1925 points, 42 comments)
  15. natermer (1873 points, 239 comments)
  16. Not_Pictured (1835 points, 173 comments)
  17. bearjewpacabra (1813 points, 267 comments)
  18. maszyna (1769 points, 224 comments)
  19. chbrules (1745 points, 200 comments)
  20. jatucker (1688 points, 131 comments)
  21. LookingForMySelf (1637 points, 274 comments)
  22. bhknb (1590 points, 329 comments)
  23. Argosy37 (1568 points, 113 comments)
  24. stormsbrewing (1562 points, 107 comments)
  25. GuyFromV (1466 points, 313 comments)
  26. TheSelfGoverned (1416 points, 204 comments)
  27. deefop (1369 points, 153 comments)
  28. samsonkeane (1364 points, 129 comments)
  29. ProjectD13X (1351 points, 193 comments)
  30. Pinochet-Heli-Tours (1328 points, 112 comments)
  31. RonaldMcPaul (1306 points, 250 comments)
  32. Juz16 (1271 points, 151 comments)

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  1. TSA agents vs terrorists by an1h (3993 points, 173 comments)
  2. Ron Paul got an electoral vote from Texas. by FreeqAxel (2906 points, 128 comments)
  3. I used to be an Ancap, but my job made me turn to socialism. by How_To_Liberty (1468 points, 118 comments)
  4. CNN: It's illegal for you to read the leaked emails. Only we are allowed to do it. by pseudoRndNbr (1353 points, 149 comments)
  5. Louds and clear by -INFOWARS- (1119 points, 180 comments)
  6. Arguing about the state of Venezuela to a redditor by Phresh_Prince (809 points, 182 comments)
  7. How to trigger /Socialism by Z3F (772 points, 200 comments)
  8. It's totally not rigged... anymore by coupdetaco (754 points, 87 comments)
  9. Stefan Molyneux on Twitter | "Bernie promised cheap education. $27 average donation. Mission accomplished. $27 got you truly schooled on the reality of Dem politics." by TheGreatRoh (746 points, 158 comments)
  10. Makes you think... by -INFOWARS- (742 points, 161 comments)

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[Table] I spent almost 2 years Hitch-Hiking throughout the United States with no money, no phone, and no ID. I slept outside and ate for free. No contact w/ friends/family, no couch surfing, AMA.

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After the crazy adventure you embarked on, what are you up to now? And how did the experience impact you personally? :) My god, the confidence is incredible. I now have done the scariest thing most people can imagine and I enjoyed it immensely. It's hard to get scared of the challenges of this world when you have that under your belt. I'm 23, I'm a part-time mattress salesman, part-time Bitcoin news aggregator. I'm in a fantastic relationship and the future is fucking bright. :D.
Sounds like a solid career plan. Hell yes, one thing is for sure, putting that on a resume WILL get you the interview.
That's awesome, my SO and I have always talked about just selling all of our belongings and going traveling, this inspires me to start bugging him about it again :P. Awesome! I also made a video a while back if you need more motivation. Link to www.youtube.com
You are so adorable! I want to be best friends with you. Aaawww.
Good on you for doing this. I've done a few such trips/journeys in my life as well (except with different goals, constraints, etc.), and like you it changed my outlook on life and my fellow man/woman forever. How many miles would you estimate you traveled in those two years? What was your favorite location and why? And of course the reverse, what was a shithole you couldn't wait to get out of and why? Hello fellow traveler! Glad to hear you got a lot out of it as well. I would say I travelled approx. 3000 miles total, crossing the country twice and going up and down coasts a few times.
Stockton!! My wife and I were both born there. Shitty town indeed. Glad to hear ya'll are out!
My town was actually mentioned on reddit! Stuart florida is where its at man! Hey! Do you know the Vintage Guitar Shop that used to be there?
What about Houston? Didn't spend much time there, but I do hope to soon!
Where did you poop? If outside, did you carry toilet paper? Best question ever. EVER. I always pooped indoors, fast food restaurants mostly. Sometimes libraries and other establishments, but mostly fast food places.
Were you ever harassed by the cops for loitering/sleeping in public/etc.? If so, how did they handle your lack of I.D.? I got two tickets for "trespassing" (sleeping on private property), one cop to search my bags for drugs (Not my thing) and several skeptical questionings. There were also a few times where I got tired of hitching and decided to just walk on the highway so a cop would give me a ride to the next exit. Worked almost every time. :D.
How did you pay the fines for the tickets? Let's just say I didn't pay them...
What (if anything) came of it? Nothing, they were local so as long as I don't get in any legal trouble in those cities I'm fine.
When did you decided enough is enough and it's time to head home? Actually, part of why I left was to get away from my abusive parents. I went back when I decided I wanted to see them with new eyes, to make sure I wasn't just being young and rebellious. I've since cut ties with them for good. Best decision ever. :)
Sweet, were you ever in a life threatening situation? Nope.
What did you do during winter months? I mean, depending on where you ended up, it's awful hard surviving the elements. Like the birds, south for the winter. Texas, Arizona, Louisiana, Florida.
Would still freeze in texas and arizona though. I live in texas. Me too, warm sleeping bags are still essential.
Could you comment on what your absolute necessities were, what you carried with you at all times? A lot of the time I had literally only a sleeping bag, sometimes books, sometimes a guitar, sometimes a tent, etc. also a bag of paper notes from people I met. Still have that. :)
How was Minnesota? Didn't make it to MN on that trip, been there since (in summer) loved it.
When arriving at a location, were you preferential to any routines? Look around, find a place to sleep, find other travelers.
Any wildlife encounters? Almost stepped on a rattle snake! Jeee-Zus!
How many times did you get laid? Enough. ;)
What did your friends say when you told them of your plan? Did some try and talk you out of it? Did some want to join you? At the time I was having a falling out with some major friends (I was becoming an Athiest) but the other friends and coworkers I told thought it was crazy, but crazy awesome. I think it was inconceivable to them at the time. No one tried to talk me out of it, but no one wanted to join either.
You mentioned in another comment about your abusive parents. Did you grow up in a very religious community? Did you coming out as an atheist influence your relationship with your parents? Nail on the head. Evangelical Christians. Turns out their love is conditional on doing what they want you to do.
Why no ID? Because it's awesomer (now a word), I wanted to go as far to the bottom as I could.
What was the best and the worst you found down there? Best: Knowing I could live and enjoy what most people consider the scariest.
Worst: Wasn't able to go to all the cool money-costing things.
I was kind of hoping for. Best: (a remarkable story about human kindness) Worst: (A terrifying story involving a satanic sex cult, a truckload of ferrits and a currently seated Senator) A follow up question: Why? What if I told you a remarkable story about a trucking sex cult of ferrit senators teaching me lessons of sexy human kindness? And why? Because it was fun!
Go on... We'll lets just say never talk to a French canary unless you're ready to line dance with Frank Zappa again.
You have lived the life I dream about exquisite
I guess I'm curious about more details about how you got enough food every day? How did people react when you asked for "throwaway food"? How did your family/friends react to all this? Did you tell them you were going to do this before you left or did you just take off? Okay, so when I felt hunger coming on I would go to the nearest restaurant/gas station/place with food and tell them what I was doing and ask if they had any food they were going to throw away or work I could do in exchange for food. Most were at least nice in saying no (usually for legal reasons(lawsuits)) but many actually whipped something up, something new and fresh, those people were awesome! Some reacted rudely or confusedly, but the vaaast majority were at least nice. :). My family/friends thought it was absolutely nuts, some knew beforehand but others just heard through the grapevine. As far as skyping, message me some times that work for you, I'm in central time.
How old were you when you embarked and what made you decide you wanted to do that? Every day The thought of just fucking off like that crosses my mind. I was 20, I wanted to radically change the direction of my life, and what better way to do so? I learned about things I could never have imagined existed and I'll tell you it was one HELL of an education.
That is awesome. But did it drastically change your life? Are you humble & don't need money to be happy? Or did you learn something and apply that to make more money or what did you learn?? I would say It helped me see money as more of a tool than anything. If the money isn't fun, it's not worth going after. Once I got that happiness ought to be the goal and not money, money became easier to obtain and less scary.
I know you're done for the night, but hopefully you'll answer a few extra questions sparked by your "one HELL of an education". How did you decide where you wanted to go (after you went to Oregon)? I saw you mention in a different comment that you tried to find other travelers when you got to a city. How does one do that? Message board, gathering place? What, if anything, did you sort of "toss in" which ended up really coming in handy? And last but not least, simply any other advice you'd have that might seem obvious to you, but not to something only starting to consider hitching? It quickly becomes natural, but you look for tourist areas, street musicians, people with big backpacks, etc. Take this as an opportunity to practice being somewhat of a radical. Test the bounds of what is socially acceptable and determine when it is a good idea to run beyond those bounds. Try to live so differently from how you live now that you'll have no choice but to see the world differently on the other end. Be the guy you want to be. But you must build him(her), he won't just come when you ask him to, you must prove that you are worth his presence. BONUS QUESTION: I loved traveling alone, I saw it as a great opportunity to get to know myself (and practice #6), traveling with a partner is not bad, but I think being alone will help you in ways a partner cannot. Learning to be comfortable alone is key. Plus, you'll always make friends and travel with them short-term, so you will never be too lonely. Also, you can do a lot more alone. If you're alone you only need a consensus of one which although sometimes may not be easy, is a hell of a lot easier than a consensus of two or three. Aye! Of course! The most important advice! Have fun! Thanks for the good questions, feel free to let me know how the adventure goes, my message box is always open. :D.
Reminds me of Alexander Supertramp It's an honor.
What was the worst and best thing strangers did foto you? The worst was a man who decided to molest me in my sleep. I became much more cautious about people after that and did not have anything similar happen ever again.
The best were numerous, being given guitars was great. All the people who gave great meals, advice, rides, places to stay, stories and tips for where to go were awesome.
What is the most memorable advice you received? "Never fall into bored submission" and "You'll do fine wherever you go, kid."
Wow, that's heavy, there's some amount of weirdos out there! How was your mood, we're you down a lot? Or embracing life? Most of the time it was a blast, but that was a shitty time as one can imagine...
I want to put the former on my wall. I want to put both on my children's wall, if I ever have any. Do it, send me pictures. :)
Of course! I would have thought enough was enough at that stage Yeah, but the other rewards were great, and I learned how to avoid that. I had been getting bad vibrations from the guy, but ignored them. No more of that.
Well, I guess I'll start. Did you have any crazy experiences? Was there a reason you did it? Getting a ride from the leader of the local chapter of the KKK -Hopping a train from California to Oregon -Traveling with crust punks and hippies -Being given a total of 5 free guitars on my journey.
Why did I do it? I wanted to go out and see the world without having money or joining some group. I wanted to see what life was like on the bottom, or as close as I could get.
What is crust punk? What happened to all the guitars? Glad you are safe and well! Homeless punk rockers. :) As far as the guitars I gave them up when I was done with them. Thanks!
What does "on the bottom" mean to you? To me, it means living under a bridge with several untreatable horrible diseases, no support whatsoever, and getting physically attacked daily, or something. If that happened to you, I have to say that absolutely sucks and I'm sorry. As for me, yes it could have been "worse", but that's not what I'm referring to. I mean being by most people's standards "on the bottom", no money, no social standing, few resources.
If you could re-live one day of this journey...which day and why? I think the first day, it would be fun to feel what it was like pre-adventure again, I'd love to compare my happiness to now. (Much happier now)
What was the most fucked up thing that happened? I was walking towards the desert in Blythe, California getting ready to find a spot to camp, when a drunk man in a poncho comes up to me and says his name is Running Bear. He offers me vodka and says I can stay in his shanty. He points to the arco gas station and says "You see that gas station? I built that with my own two handsss, man!" He took me to his uncle's property where his shanty was and showed me his uncle's barn, which was full of giant tires and explains "Don't sleep in there, the black widows will eat you alive!" he then shows me his uncles giant fiberglass tubs. "Don't sleep in there! That shit will cut you up!" He explained that he and his girlfriend, a "skinny white bitch with biiig fake titties" would cook a rotisserie chicken for dinner. The chicken was raw and sitting out in the open air outside on a table. There were peppers and lemons near it. He explained that I could sleep in his shanty and I did, but I woke up not too long later to hear him and his girlfriend arguing, ending with him pouring gasoline all over her. That was very scary and sad, I didn't know what to do so I just left.
What was the most amazing? Same goes for amazing, but I'll just say when I arrived in New Paltz, NY and within a few minutes some friendly voices asked if I wanted to go swimming. :)
What surprised you the most? Also hard to answer, but for now I'll say the sheer amount of people living this kind of life. Maybe millions in the US alone.
What didn't you realize ahead of time that should have seemed stupidly obvious? NOT TO BRING 100 POUNDS OF STUFF.
What's the worst and best parts about not carrying an ID? Worst, maybe more risky? Didn't really find out. Best? More badass.
What did you miss the most while you were out there? Consistency, I love surprises and chosen instability if it's for something worthwhile, but I'm glad to be in a predictable world again.
What do you miss most now that you're back? Spontaneity. The opposite of the above. But fundamentally I'm glad to be here times 1 million, just as I was glad to be there times 1 million. :)
What did you do for personal hygiene? Showers, clothes, etc. At the time (things have changed) I showered a couple times a month on average, when I was invited into someone's home, or I swam.
How did your hair look in the end (head and face!)? Face has always been pretty clean as I seem to be incapable of bearding.
How did you handle coming back (financially)? Started from the bottom, asked for help, and worked like hell.
I'd like to add that I'm jealous and wish I could man up and do this. I've wanted to for years, but it's hard to drop all of my friends and family and leave them worried. I always say if it's gonna be one of those things you're gonna kick yourself for you might as well do it. We all will die one day.
What would you say is a good age to go on such an adventure? I'm sure being young helped against any hitch-hiking suspicions from others. Being young helps, but as long as you don't look crazy and aren't an asshole, you should be fine. Too many people use age as an excuse for anything.
Ive dreamed about doing this sort of thing before, the only thing really holding me back is my girlfriend. did you start out with any sort of itinerary? a list of spots you wanted to see? what did you bring with you, change of clothes maybe? backpack? protection? it hought if were to ever actually start to walk i would want a gun or some sort of fighting proficiency. What tips would you provide to the intrepid traveler? On weapons: I did start out with a knife, but soon realized I'd rather just not put myself in situations where I'd need protection and ditched it. Never needed it. When I started I brought everything. Tent, axe, books, everything. I kept getting rid of more and more stuff until I had just a sleeping bag and a couple odds and ends. When I started, I wanted to go to Oregon, and I did, then when I did that I just went wherever I wanted to. :)
Where and when (month-wise) did you start? how long did it take to get to oregon? was that leg of the trip more walking or hitching rides? Orange, CA. October 1st. It took about two weeks to get to Oregon, I was mostly hitch-hiking, but I was just learning at that point.
Sounds somewhat like Into the Wild. Was it a similar experience? Very similar, except I chose not to try to escape my fellow man.
What's the best way to safely pick up a hitchhiker, or to safely hitchhike? For both: talk to them. Get a good reading on them. Are they calm, happy, attentive? You may be in the car for a while, do they seem like they'd be fun to hang out with for a while. AVOID CHARITY CASES, either their car broke down and it's no big deal or they're on an adventure and don't want charity cause they're having fun. In both cases, play it safe, there will be plenty others. My average pick up time was about a minute, so if you don't pick them up someone else will. Make sense?
What are you up to these days? I live in Austin, I'm a part-time mattress salesman, part-time Bitcoin news aggregator. I'm building an awesome relationship and those are my major focuses. :)
Should also note that I'm working towards getting my income completely online so my SO and I can travel regularly, maybe full time.
Hi! Thanks for sharing your experiences! My question is, based on your experiences, how do you think the experience would differ if you were female? Did you encounter a lot of women on your travels as well or was it mostly men? Any other relevant thoughts about how gender would affect an experience like this? Hey there, being a dude makes it easier I'm sure. The women I encountered were either in partnerships, teams or packing weapons and a dog. Unfortunately we live in a world where men like to rape from time to time and that is something to be aware of. Although I can't give direct advice on the subject, I can say it is possible but to be smart. Wish the world was different. :(
What was the most unbelievable/craziest thing you saw on your travels? That's a HARD question to answer, so I'll give a crazy thing. I was picked up by a team of traveling magazine salesmen. They were all young and shared the same hotel room. (I have my doubts they were actually selling magazines) the leader took me to a strip club and said he wanted to hire me as a bodyguard and would train me with firearms. I got the hell out. Crazy enough? :D.
This is one thing normal people don't usually believe about traveling. Things get weird fast when you jump off the map. Hell, things are already pretty weird on the map!
Is that right? or are you exaggerating? I imagine there'd be some stigmas attached to such an awesome adventure. what kind of labeling has been layed on you? If you know how to tell a story right, you can get anyone excited. They'll bring you in just cause they want to hear the story.
Do you fear that as you acclimatise to being back in a modern society that the joy you achieved as essentially a stoneage traveller will turn to depression as you find that the travelling nature of humanity is strangled out of you by things such as work and sitting down? Fuck no! I feared that, but I'm now working towards getting my income online so my SO and I can travel regularly! Plus after doing that for two years I really appreciate me some stability. :D.
So what was your typical day like? Typical day is hard to say. If I was trying to get somewhere, I would be standing on the side of the road with my thumb out or walking. I sometimes walked for days at a time. When I would get hungry, I would go from restaurant to restaurant asking if they had any "throw-away" food I could have for free.
If I was in a city or town I wanted to stay in for a while, I would be hanging out with other travelers, playing music, asking for tourists leftovers or exploring.
Lots of aviation, but this is as close to a typical description I could give you for now.
aviation. YES AVIATION!!! LOTS OF AVIATION! No, err, umm variation, autocorrect.
Good god, you're as fast as you are chirpy. Blows smoke from recently fired pistol.
You mentioned that you brought books with you. Have you ever thought of writing one about your travels and adventures? I would imagine plenty of people (including myself) would enjoy reading it. I have thought about it, what would be interesting to you in a book like that?
I'm sure you had plenty of crazy experiences and learned some important life lessons on your journey. Both of which would be worth reading about. I'm pretty sure everyone has wished they could do what you did at one point in time. I'll continue thinking about it, it would be fun to write a book...
Hey, I hope it isn't too late to ask some questions: Did you ever get mugged or robbed on your way? And what's the best advise you might have for someone who wants to do something like this? Thanks! Nope, no mugging. I did leave a tent in the woods for a while and it was gone when I got back, but I would hardly call that a robbery. The best advice? If you want to do it, go do it. But that's good general advice too. :D.
Zombies.. Zombies love hitch-hikers. Case closed.
I'd love to, in fact I'm planning to after my degree :) Do it! Have a ton of fun!
What kind of books do you read? George Orwell - Down & Out in Paris & London.
Stefan Molyneux - On Truth, The Tyranny of Illusion.
Timothy Ferris - The Four Hour Work Week.
Dale Carnegie - How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.
Ayn Rand - The Fountainhead.
There's many others but these are the first that come to mind.
Did you ever met Kai the hatchet wielding hitchiker ? Unfortunately no...
Ok, have to ask: How did your mom and dad feel about this adventure? Scared shitless, but I should clarify that my parents were not good people and this also helped me get away from them.
Damned sorry to hear that. Sounds like you turned out pretty well though. Stay pure! Thank you, I think I did pretty well with the random crazy I was born into.
How often did you have to sleep in the woods? When did you decide the tent was not needed? I'd say 75% of nights were spent in the woods, I was rarely getting rained on and lugging around the tent was a bummer, so I decided just to use the sleeping bag and find other modes of shelter ( buildings, tall trees, etc.) for those few rainy nights. Eventually I discovered that tarp are the best things ever for rain protection.
Was there any part of your adventure where you were stuck with no options and thought "damn this was a bad idea..." ? Not really, I always had options. But sometimes I was scared that I finally had run out. I now think I'll always have options until I'm dead.
What do you think were the most important skills? Understanding psychology, trusting my guts, logic ( to avoid crazy people), improvisation, understanding fear, assertiveness, curiosity.
Congrats. Sincerely. Like many others here I have long dreamt of doing the same. Have you considered sharing more of your stories in the form of a novel? I would love to read about it, in more detail than here. Did you every feel on the brink of giving up and going back to the norm? If so, what made you feel that way, other than the stability? As far as the novel goes, that may be something I'm interested in, but at least at this point, I'm not. What kinds of details would you be interested in hearing more about?
As far as "giving up", no, I don't think so. I don't see what I'm doing now as much different, just a later section of the same life. I loved hitch-hiking, but I also love having a job, and an apartment, and buying cool soap dispensers. I think life can and might as well be awesome and it wasn't difficult to stay away from not being awesome, if that makes sense. :D.
I'm sorry I didn't mean giving up in that notion. what I meant to say was, at any point did anything happen to you or maybe just home sickness that had you wanting to go home, or to see your friends? Sorry for the poor grammar and all. 420. Not really no. I didn't like my home life so much.
Simple question but how old are you? Simpler answer 24 tomorrow. :)
So how old were you when you left home? I was 20.
Why? Because.
What' styling you down? If you don't mind a stranger prying.. "Brooo... What's stylin, man?"
I know some travelers and they all seem to have acquired some sort if nick name over the years, were you ever given a street name? I gave myself the name "Felix Walker" then later just called myself "Home."
Interesting. Any particular reasoning that you wouldn't mind sharing? Sure, Felix is Latin for happy and Walker is English for walker, plus it's catchy! Home was the name of an Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes song I really liked at the time, it was clever due to my "homelessness" and it was catchy!
Hahaha I like that. You seem to have good humor, I'm sure that served you well in some less-than-comfortable situations I'm sure you found yourself in. Humor always helps.
So, I was also a big fan of Into The Wild. I was wondering, have you crossed over the Salton Sea at all? I have planned to take a trip their senior year of high school (Junior now). I just want to explore the country before I start all my hard work you know? I haven't, but you should! Please take some time off, everyone wants it, everyone needs it, not enough do it. It'll make you wiser and more badass.
No doubt man. Thanks for answering! No worries!
Any advice for someone who wants to do something similar? I hope to one day take off on my bike from my home in wisconsin and keep going south until i hit ocean - hopefully on the southern tip of south america! Im currently a freshman in high school, so i have plenty of time. I've been thinking of taking a year off from school after i finish high school, before going to college. Is that a good idea, or should i wait until after college? Brother, if you weren't legally bound to stay in school now I'd say go now! A lot of people tell themselves they'll wait until after their first year of college to do X, then until after they graduate, then until after they've had a good job on their resume, then after they're married, then after they have kids, then after the kids are grown, then when they retire. By that time their motivation is gone and their health is going. Don't do that. Either do it now or do it soon. It'll be awesome.
Thanks for the encouragement! How much of your trip was planned? Did you just take off one day or did you map out a specific route? No worries, I started with the goal to go from souther California to Corvallis Oregon, after that I had flexible, general goals that I made up as I went along i.e. Get to East Coast, Go to New York, go back to California, etc.
What did you eat?? I'd love to do this but I get suuuper cranky without my food. I think I'd need to pussy out a little and bring money for food. Food! You'll be fine, lots of strangers will give you grub. I came nowhere near starving.
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