In the third installment of our three part series on the Free Ross Campaign (www.freeross.org) we chat with Roger Ver about Ross Ulbricht. This 3 part series is dedicated to Ross Ulbricht, the man behind the Silk Road eCommerce website who is serving a double life sentence plus 40 years for victimless crimes.
Roger Ver is the founder of Bitcoin.com, he is a libertarian and a loyal supporter of the Free Ross campaign. The interview with Roger revealed that the fundamental reasons behind his support of Ross stems from their shared beliefs.
“The vast majority of us are philosophically aligned with the idea that we own ourselves and we own our own bodies and we don't need a bunch of people bossing us around in regards to what we can or can't put in our own bodies. And I think Ross is of a similar mindset there. As someone who's been in federal prison myself, I saw exactly how these people get treated but somewhere between 70 and 80 percent of the people were there for victimless crimes, which for the most part meant buying, selling or using drugs.”
Roger Ver is a libertarian and voluntaryist which means he seeks to maximize political freedom and autonomy, emphasizing freedom of choice and voluntary association. Roger explains that the incarceration of Ross has done nothing to lessen the sale of drugs and crime instead we are in fact seeing more of these things.
“There's more dark net markets than ever before. Selling more things than ever before. But if you look at the ones that are out there now, they're much less philosophically pure. The Silk Road specifically forbade anything being allowed to be sold whose sole purpose was to harm others. Whereas now a lot of these dark net markets just allow anything. And that's really disappointing for somebody who wants everybody to deal with everybody on a voluntary basis.”
Roger goes on to share his concerns around the heartbreaking number of victims of extreme sentencing.
“My heart goes out to all these people. It's not just Ross, he's one of literally millions of people who's in prison for having committed no crime against any victim whatsoever. His only crime was disobedience against the state. If anything, I think disobedience against the state does a virtue, not a crime. I just want to let my voice be heard in regards to that. If nobody speaks out who else? So the more of us that speak out, the better. I'm lucky enough at this point in my life to have a bit of a platform. So I want to use that platform to spread the ideas that are important to me.”
Ross Ulbricht is just one of millions who have been imprisoned for victimless crimes and the Ross Ulbricht campaign primary focus is on striking the root of this problem. Roger explains that the whole idea of locking people up for crimes with no victim needs to come to an end. He goes on to say that “If there's no victim, there's no crime and anybody that's trying to prosecute somebody for a victimless crime that prosecutor is the real criminal that needs to be stopped. And so that's true of Ross's case and it's true of all these other cases out there with, for victimless crime.”
We at the Crypto Clothesline Urge you to head to freeross.org and sign the petition to free Ross Ulbricht.