TLDR: I am currently hearing lots of talk about (lack of) privacy in bitcoin and as a result, state sponsored attacks. I do not hear anyone discussing how to defend against the likely attacks, which is what I will attempt to do – high level – in a series of short articles. Bottom line is, the state has no evidence to support their claim that the rules apply to me or a citizen. For non-state sponsored attacks, buy a gun.
Introduction: Welcome to this series of articles attempting to clarify the nature of reality for the purpose of navigating, and ultimately being able to verbally defend one’s self in any situation. This guide is not meant to be an “authority” on the subject; it is my humble attempt to initiate bitcoiners into the Court Game and to sharpen independent thinking. Bitcoiners are one of the most mentally strong group of people I know, so much of what I present in the first few articles may be nothing new. If that is the case I welcome your critique of what I present, and input on strategies as we progress. The knowledge that will be presented originates from many sources and I take no credit for discovering or creating it.
At the time of writing, privacy is lacking on the bitcoin network and new “laws” are being introduced in an attempt to control bitcoiner’s behavior. Some poly-tics are attempting to define bitcoin as “money” while others are trying to define it as an “asset” or “property.” Almost all believe bitcoin is something that can be owned, when in reality, we know a person can only control unspent transaction outputs (UTXOs) on the network, which operates on free open source and permissionless software. The dangerous consequences of these man-made “laws” being created is people who use bitcoin will be attacked, taxed, and tracked by the group of people who desire to control others. We must challenge these man-made laws and force them to clarify their claim on the record and in their court.
Satoshi and the Cypherpunks created bitcoin as a tool for people to opt of out of the parasitic nature of the current system, which has been controlling money and people for a very long time. I am pointing this out because the ability to opt out will all be lost if bitcoiners capitulate to the demands of poly-tics and 3rd parties. We must challenge anyone and everyone who tries to encroach on this new liberating technological tool.
To me, bitcoin is a tool that enables freedom, both on the material plane and on the mental plane. On the material plane it allows an individual to store value and interact with others anywhere in the world, without permission. On the mental plane, for those motivated, bitcoin educates users on vast fields of knowledge or adds clarity to the nature of reality.
I should also clarify what I mean by “freedom”. I define freedom as being able to take personal response-ability for all aspects of your life, including actions and interactions with others. The more someone outsources their responsibility to Trusted Third Parties (TTPs) the fewer choices and options they have; and we know TTPs are security holes. Freedom becomes this paradoxical problem where trusting no one will require nearly all your time and ultimately reducing your options. On the other extreme end, taking no responsibility and trusting a TTP like a government to provide safety/resources will result in similar reduced options and ultimately rektage.
The mystery traditions will tell you not to become polarized and to strike a balance. How can we strike a balance and not outsource responsibility to TTPs? When considering freedom, a requirement for success is Independent Thinking. We must OWN our mind. Someone who does not think for themselves is a low conscious being, simply reacting to stimuli. The controlling class knows what stimuli to introduce to cause the non-thinkers to react how they desire. As long as we think for ourselves, when we do trust others, we will be aware of the vulnerabilities or security holes for doing so.
Back to man-made laws, poly-tics, prosecutors, judges, and lawyers.. I get it, going into court and challenging these people’s foundation is dangerous and can be stressful. It may not be for everyone. However, if one chooses to have a state licensed lawyer re-present them, it is important to know the trade-offs and vulnerabilities. For instance, a state licensed lawyer takes an oath not to challenge the courts foundation; with the foundation being the Constitution. Lawyers risk having their licensed pulled and barred from working in the industry if they piss off a judge, by using a strategy in a gray area for instance. Third, they speak for you, period (“power of attorney”). Sure, you can fire them and hire someone else to try to reverse the damage, but that will cost time and money. Worse yet, if you have a public pretender re-present you, they are paid by the same people that are prosecuting you, and the same people who pay the judge. It is common knowledge that most criminal defense lawyers’ strategy is to try to convince the defendant to plead guilty, and most defendants do.
My intention with these articles is to present the key concepts, tactics, and strategies used to defend oneself against the final boss, a Judge in a court room. These are strategies a typical state licensed lawyer will not attempt, for the reasons mentioned above. It is worthy to note, if one is able to defend against a judge, all other situations will feel like child’s play. I think one of the biggest threats to bitcoiner’s freedom is people who call themselves “government.” Most serious bitcoiners know about the US government confiscating gold in 1933 via “Executive Order 6102,” and we would be naïve to think they will not try again with bitcoin. As I write this, poly-tics are dreaming up new rules to force upon users of a tool in an attempt to reduce freedom. We must challenge these attacks when they come, and not outsource the response to lawyers, who require permission from a fictitious entity known as the “State” to re-present you. No state licensed lawyer will ask the judge to clarify what he means by “1000 dollar fine” – what’s a dollar and where do they come from? This may seem silly, but it is not, and may violate one of their rules about a punishment not involving a 3rd party.
The topics or ideas that I will be sharing will involve but are not limited to psychology, philosophy, communication, and game theory. The format will be in a step wise fashion, with each article building upon the previous ideas presented, and hopefully connecting some dots. My plan is to write and publish once a week and I will often include reference or source material for the reader to further examine. It is important to note, I will be acting as a curator of sorts, and cannot possibly condense a 200 page book into a 2 page summary and do the knowledge justice. I have found summaries to be useful for myself, but they are no substitute for the work needed to deeply comprehend some of these ideas.
The next few topics I will be presenting are the Socratic Method of Investigation, as it is one of the main underlying strategies, followed by analyzing the concept of Authority which doesn’t really exist and is used to control others. Before getting into the actual strategies in defending against bureaucrats, I will discuss the importance of Mind Set and the mental framing required to be successful. Then some game theory before I finally walk you through a high level timeline of what is involved in defending one’s self against a state sponsored attack for a non-violent victimless “crime”. The weeks following the walk through will be a deep dive into each of the events in the timeline to examine what forces are at play, the strategies used to navigate, and possible outcomes.
Once this strategy is mastered, it can be used to defend against any “law” that attempts to criminalize bitcoiners. If a bitcoiner has their wealth properly stored out of government reach, they have huge leverage when defending in this manner.
I welcome feedback and critique. I want these ideas to be challenged and I welcome being wrong. A lot of what is presented in the Court Game is a result of people going into court, trying a strategy and then reporting back to others to analyze what happened, why, and to further strategize. Shout out to Marc Steven’s “parking ticket challenge” to gather information from around the world! It’s important to remember that life is fluid and in a constant state of change, so some of these best practices and strategies may change or evolve over time. There are discord servers dedicated to discussing and sharing ideas and experiences related to the Court Game. If you are interested, I invite you to participate and you will find a link in the related material section to one of the discord servers. We do have a few “haters” who hang out and play the other side, so if that’s your thing, I welcome you as well.
My style will be to try to communicate in as clear and simple language as possible to reduce confusion. I see no value in speaking legalese, either in the court room or in discussions. Due to the deepness and variety of topics presented in this series, and the lack of time to fully communicate the details and nuances, I hope you leave a comment asking for clarification when needed. Depending on the level of clarification needed, I may revisit some topics and go into detail or nuance to clarify; although my intention is to give a high level understanding and hope to motivate those seeking more knowledge to join the discord servers and start engaging as these ideas and concepts are easier to communicate in a voice chat. There used to be regular voice chats with a dozen people practicing and strategizing.