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INTRODUCTION

My entry into Liberty Thinking — to paint a broad, all-inclusive stroke — was neither via Libertarianism nor Objectivism (more properly labelled Randianism, as in Ayn Rand). It was by a dude who was a self publisher under the pen name of Frank R. Wallace, representing the names of his three children: Frank, Ruth, and Wallace. His name was Wallace Ward.

You’re welcome to Google all about it if you like.

Wallace was a PhD physical chemist for DuPont with a decent number of patents under his belt. Then he read Rand, went all Liberty, and the rest is history. Except for one critical thing. He was a professional poker player in Vegas after DuPont and sort of integrated his liberty philosophy with what he observed about human behavior around a poker table. His Poker: A Guaranteed Income for Life by Using the Advanced Concepts of Poker is a very amazing read (I have an original hardcopy sitting beside me as I write). Who would have guessed? It’s also online, free. Scanning the table of contents, you may get a sense that while it’s truly a poker manual, it serves also as a metaphor for how various levels of false authority in society extract unearned livelihoods from an unsuspecting populace. …


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I have quite a record of my richard.nikoley Facebook Profile being temporarily blocked. This latest one is NUMBER ELEVEN. Here’s a bit of a history and the bogus “reason” behind the last one, #10.

In my 10 preceding temporary blocks, it has always been over something I had written in an original post, or something I had written in a comment somewhere. None were ever over sharing anything anyone else had posted, or sharing a link to anything on the Internet at large. In this case, above, clicking on my name simply takes me to my own profile, lending the impression that my name and profile/profile pic itself “…offers [] sexual services, solicitation of sexual material, threats or depictions of sexual violence, threats to share intimate images or any sexual content involving minors.” …


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It’s about 25 years now that I’ve been a pretty philosophically-politically libertarian guy, classically liberal in key areas, you might say, in the spirit of The Enlightenment. When this shift in ideas came about for me, I read, and I read, and I read some more. Then one day, I’d had enough of reading and began writing things myself.

During this time since, I’ve been involved in every debate over political philosophy and public policy imaginable, most topics in the dozens or hundreds of times and in retrospect, much of that history seems like a blur to me, now.

But one thing is very clear without exception I can think of: every single political, philosophical, or policy argument or debate I have ever engaged in has one key element. I’m always arguing, fundamentally and by all implication, an absolute right of Freedom of Association (and its logical counterpart, disassociation). By contrast, every opponent, without exception I can recall, is in some way or another arguing for coerced association or disassociation — usually because unless you force people into social and trade associations against their will, or bar them from certain associations they might seek, some “bad thing” happens. …

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