Salt Lake City Corporation vs. Skyler J. Collins

Back in April of this year, SLC Corp. made the allegation against me that I have violated their code, specifically the bit about prohibiting short term rentals (Airbnb, HomeAway) in my neck of the woods. Since then, I have defended myself on the grounds that they lack evidence that their code applies to me, giving them jurisdiction. I’ve questioned their witness and her supervisor both in writing and on the telephone. Here are those recordings:

Witness (6m)

Supervisor (16m)

Likewise an allegation about where I parked my car while retrieving food for delivery.

They maintain both frivolous allegations, and as I am committed to defending myself and challenging their lack of evidence, both have court dates (October and November). I’ve submitted dismissal motions to the judge and await his or her probable denials. We’ll see. Fun times.

(If you’re curious, here’s the PDF of the motion for the short term rental case.)

I’ll be sure to give a full account of both adventures in legal-land as soon as they are concluded.

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Join Skyler Collins on the EVC Podcast & Tell Your Story!

I’ve come to enjoy recording my podcast regularly again. And I look forward to sitting down with someone every week (at least) to talk about their journey to wherever they are today, be that a voluntaryist or an unschooler.

I haven’t had nearly enough guests of the latter variety for my liking and hope to change that in the future.

I’ve also, for the very first time, interviewed a friend who is no longer a political ally. That was something new, and fun.

I am much more open today with discussing ideas on my podcast with which I disagree. My goal is to allow my guest to undress, as it were, and reveal themselves to the world in all their nakedness, be it beautiful, or disturbingly hideous.

Whether we agree or not, you want to tell the story of your political or parenting journey, or you just want to discuss a random topic of interest, you are hereby invited to join me on the EVC podcast.

To do so, click here to schedule a late evening time on Wednesdays.

If this time doesn’t work and you’d really like to participate, contact me directly to find something agreeable.

(We’ll use Skype or Messenger, or some other way to connect, even old fashioned telephone!)

Please don’t be shy! I promise to help you feel comfortable and have a good time. You can listen to example episodes in the “Toward Freedom” or “Conversations” podcast series.

Let’s do this!

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UPDATED March 2018: The Homeschooling and Liberty Podcast

Update 3/27/18: The entire summit is being released in podcast format. Subscribe with any podcast app by searching for “homeschooling and liberty”. New content will be created in the future, as well. Enjoy!

Update 3/6/18: This has concluded, but everything will be made available on a continual basis, plus more. Check out my own contribution here.

I am very pleased to announce The Homeschooling and Liberty Summit, which begins February 1st, and continues through the end of the month.

It is an absolute honor to be involved in something of this magnitude, along with so many giants in the liberty and unschooling world. Ron Paul, Peter Gray, Pat Farenga, Pam Laricchia, Tom Woods, Thaddeus Russell, Scott Noelle, Skyler Collins, and the list goes on!

Please sign up via email through homeschoolingandliberty.com to receive the summit as it proceeds.

Skyler.


Your Family’s Adventure Into Homeschooling and Liberty Begins February 1st!

Are you ready to imagine a new life for your family?

FREE TO LET YOUR KIDS LEARN NATURALLY AS THEY ENGAGE WITH LIFE?

Get ready to witness your kids blossom, as they free themselves from constraints of modern day public schooling, free from constant testing, free from peer pressure and safe in a loving learning environment, to follow their interests, study at their own pace and truly understand the world around them.

Well look no further! There are less than a few days to go to the launch of The Homeschooling and Liberty Summit, where 28 leading lights in the world of Homeschooling, Self-Directed Education and Entrepreneurship will guide you through the highs and hurdles of taking your kid out of traditional government schooling, to live a life of creativity and joy. Our first talk, with the one and only Dr. Ron Paul, will be sent to your inbox on February 1st with one talk released daily throughout February.

The free on-line summit includes:

  • Reflections on how our guests look back on their time in school and what could have been done better.
  • How the government model of schooling is not designed to raise creative, self reliant and inspired children.
  • Reassurance that if you are at all unhappy with your child’s learning environment, you ARE ready to start this journey. It doesn’t need to be overwhelming or undertaken alone, with a plethora of online resources and like minded families just a click away.
  • The endless possibilities available to let kids create their own path through manifesting their innate curiosity and intrinsic motivation.
  • Ideas about the future of education. How self-directed education is proving again and again that learning can never truly happen from any external motivation.
  • Practical steps when approaching the idea of taking your children out of compulsory schooling, to live a life of creativity and joy.

These talks are about 20 minutes each to inspire you to look at not what IS but what COULD BE​,​ for YOU and YOUR FAMILY.

Join us ​as we explore what it means to be free. Sign up completely free today at

www.homeschoolingandliberty.com​

(You will firstly receive an email that requires you to confirm your subscription, so keep an eye out for this and make sure it has not gone into your spam folder!)

Warmest wishes, from all the amazing guest speakers who are about to inspire! We will see you at the summit!

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Why Flexible Disaster Pricing is Necessary

Take a look at this picture and tell me what you see:

My understanding is that this is from a Walmart in Florida, where Hurricane Irma is expected to hit. Let’s assume that’s true for the sake of argument.

Is this person being responsible?

For starters, why is she still in Florida? It seems to me like the most responsible thing you can do is leave. And there’s plenty of water elsewhere.

But more, how is it she’s able to purchase so much water? Because the government has made it illegal to price emergency goods according to supply and demand.

When sellers of these much-needed goods do raise their prices, they’re attacked as “price gougers” and, it is claimed, they are doing it for the windfall, to profit off of the plight of others.

But what’s happening here if not a person receiving a windfall, profiting off of the plight of others?

She’s able and willing to purchase so much water because the price is being held down by government. What happens when the next person arrives, in arguably more desperate need than her for water, and its all gone?

If the price were set by a computer to prevent a shortage, everyone who needed water would find it available. Nobody, without having to spend an arm and a leg, would be able to buy so much for themselves. They’d be forced, par circumstance, to economize, and everyone who needed water would get it, either with the current supply or with the forthcoming supply by further away enterprising individuals.

This person probably feels giddy over the windfall she is receiving; how fortunate she is that so much is currently available to her. Shouldn’t that be viewed as just as “greedy” is the price gougers? Maybe I can think of a name for this behavior…

I got it: plight gougers.

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“You Shouldn’t Ever Need Proof to Believe a Rape Victim”

I agree with the title of this post, written by “Nicole” on Facebook. I don’t know Nicole, but she’s a font of wisdom. I’m thinking we should go further.

You shouldn’t ever need proof to believe a tattle victim.

You shouldn’t ever need proof to believe a robbery victim.

You shouldn’t ever need proof to believe an assault victim.

You shouldn’t ever need proof to believe a murder victim.

… *sigh* I can’t keep this up. what a stupid person Nicole must be. I hope you see it, too.

And she clearly thinks alleged rapists, usually men, are guilty by virtue of their accuser, usually women. All hail the infallibility of women! They would never make a false accusation. They could never make a false accusation. Women can do no wrong. All wrongdoing is done by men, clearly.

Curious, what would Nicole do if I accused her of rape?

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Did Free Markets Create Government?

At first thought this claim might seem true:

Governments were created by the free market.

I mean, if governments exist, and they didn’t before, then the free market must have created them, right?

Well, no. First of all, such a claim, without supporting evidence showing causality, suffers from the post hoc ergo propter hoc logic fallacy. Just because governments came after, that does not, by itself, mean that whatever came before created them.

It would be more accurate to say that governments were created by members of society.

As Rothbard wrote,

The free market is a summary term for an array of exchanges that take place in society. Each exchange is undertaken as a voluntary agreement between two people or between groups of people represented by agents.

In other words, “the free market” is not a thing that creates anything. It’s the result of members of a society exchanging with each other freely. When the exchange is not made freely but forced, that is not part of the “array of [voluntary] exchanges” that make up the free market.

We call such “exchanges” crimes.

Governments are merely groups of people in society, people that force other people to pay them. This means that governments are just a form of organized crime.

So no, it is not true that governments were created by the free market. Rather, it’s true that governments were created by people in society, people who have otherwise participated in the free market but have now turned to a life of crime.

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