What constitutes a "Criminal Activity"?

"A criminal activity is a violation of property"

 

What is a crime?  In simple terms, a crime is a violation of property.  Whatever the crime you may imagine, its root is a direct violation of property.  For instance, murder which is the most obvious crime, is an aggression towards the body of a person.  Your body is your property, and someone hurting your body is violating your property.  Rape is also a violation of someone's body, and so is child pornography.  Although a child may be unable to make rational decisions, his body remains his property, and consequently, any child exploitation, whatever physical or emotional, is a crime.  Likewise a slave owner violates the slave's property rights in himself.  The fruit of your labor is your property, and someone taking the fruit of your labor is stealing your property.  Therefore, we may define slavery as ongoing theft.

 

Since iGolder deals with commercial transactions, we have distilled a commercial criminal activity in three categories:

 

  1. Theft is the action of taking the property of someone without his/her consent.  The victim is usually unaware of theft, and discovers later about the lost property.  Regarding iGolder, theft is when an unauthorized transaction occurs by someone hijacking an account.  The thief typically steals the account password and transfers gold ownership (property) to his account without the consent of the legitimate owner.
  2. Fraud is the action of using deception to take the property of someone.  Fraud is a deliberate misrepresentation which causes the other party to suffer damages, usually monetary (property) losses.  In fraud, there is an agreement, whatever implicit or explicit, about the transfer of property; in theft, there is no agreement at all, and the thief may be completely unknown to its victim.  Fraud, however, is implicit theft because the property was taken by ruse; it involves the failure to fulfill a freely agreed-upon transfer of property.  At iGolder, the Safetransit™ tool protects the buyer from product misrepresentation (fraud).  Likewise, our hard-payment policy protects the seller from a fraudulent buyer wishing to get a refund after receiving the product or service.  It is generally agreed that misleading people in order to get their money is labeled "fraud".  For this reason, iGolder prohibits all high-yield investment programs (HYIP), pyramid schemes, multi-level marketing (MLM) or get-rich-quick programs because we consider all of them fraudulent.  In our view, such programs are recruiting their victims using deception by appealing to people’s greed inciting them to make money on the backs of others.
  3. Extortion is the action of using threat to obtain the property of someone, such as forcing someone to sign a contract.  Without coercion, the contract would be valid, however the use of force, or the thread of using force, makes the contract null and void.  At iGolder, a victim of extortion is welcome to contact our staff.  We will do our best to act discreetly and protect the victim from further threats.  Each extortion claim is handled on a case-by-case basis, typically requiring the plaintiff to provide an affidavit before iGolder freezes the account of the presumed criminal.  iGolder takes all cases of extortion very seriously and will investigate the facts and act accordingly.  An example of extortion could be drugging an individual to sign a contract, or taking someone's property and asking a payment for returning the property, or making kidnapping a child and asking a ransom.  Common sense tells us the "contract" is not valid and therefore revert the payment.  iGolder will also assist law enforcement agencies and testify as a witness of such crimes.

 

What is NOT a criminal activity?

  • Being successful.  If selling one item is not a criminal activity, then providing one million of those items is not a criminal activity either.  Many people are envious of the success of others, and try to criminalize their success with various unethical laws, such as Antitrust Laws and the Income Tax.  At iGolder, we do not respond to such bullying.  A government agency must bring a valid court order of competent jurisdiction to obtain any information regarding a particular account.  Having evidence that a person is successful at serving his customers does not constitute a criminal activity - at least, not at iGolder anyways.
  • Doing nothing.  At iGolder, we believe doing noting does not constitute a criminal activity.  If a dead individual cannot commit a crime by doing nothing, then a live person doing nothing cannot commit a crime either.  Again, politicians want us to believe we are criminals if we do not bend over, obey their orders, and/or worship them.  At iGolder, we believe every human has the inalienable right to not act (such as refusing to participate in a war) without fear of criminal charges.
  • Remaining silent.  You have the right to remain silent regardless of the situation, and you do not have to be a witness against yourself.  Government agencies often go on fishing expeditions searching for victims to loot in order to fund their bloated bureaucracies and reward themselves with generous performance bonuses.  After all, charity begins at home.  Most governments have thousands of laws in their arsenal to justify legal plundering.  There are so many of those laws that it is impossible, even for the most savvy person in the world, to know them all.  Most government laws are self-contradictory, because they have been written by different people who never communicate with each other.  You could spend your entire life reading such laws, and still unable to keep yourself up-to-date.  People are working long hours just to earn enough to feed their families, thanks to unethical taxes robbing a large proportion of their salaries, and thanks to government regulations protecting big businesses while crippling entrepreneurship and job creation.  Politicians love power and attention - they believe winning an election award them a God-given right to coerce others.  Coercion is done by writing new laws to favor one group (such as large corporations lobbying for their interests) at the expense another group (the working class).  This is why big corporations and government go hand-in-hand, because the larger the corporation, the more profitable it becomes to lobby and court the politicians and bureaucrats.  Corporations want to make money, and when they receive money from the government, they become addicted to taxpayer's money.  As a result, to secure their share of the looting, large corporations simply bribe hire government officials and add them to their payroll.  Bribing is just a regular business expense.  As far as "the law" is concerned, people do not have the time to devote their lives reading the absurdities (laws) of politicians.  Yet the government (aka politicians and bureaucrats) expects you to know and abide to every law, otherwise you are a criminal.  Often, a government agency does not have any information to incriminate you, therefore demand you to provide them the necessary information so they can go after you.  Giving any information to any government agency is digging your own grave, because sooner or later, the government will use this information against you.  What else can expect; treachery is the very nature of government.  The survival of all governments rest exclusively on their ability to deceive people and/or coerce them.  Don't fall into this trap; keep your mouth shut and don't respond to their written questions.  Wait until you are in front of a jury of your peers before giving any answers.  In many countries, the government has abolished jury nullification, and often denies the right to have a trial by jury.  Instead of having a trial by jury of your peers, you are judged by an individual paid by and working for the Government and the ruling class (big corporations) making such unethical laws.  If you are insisting on having at trial by jury, chances are those henchmen will leave you alone because their chances of winning are next to nil, and such legal procedures are time consuming and expensive for them.

To learn more what The Law should stands for, we highly recommend reading Frederic Bastiat's masterpiece The Law, or listen to this MP3.  Bastiat was a lucid writer, describing how the law became the invincible weapon of insatiable greed and the most effective tool to legitimize plunder.  Plunder is socially destructive, and at iGolder, we are against plunder, whatever it is legal plunder or illegal plunder.  Government officials sleeping with the executives of large corporations have hijacked and corrupted our justice system.  Government justice is an oxymoron; it is our moral duty to challenge such institutionalized theft.

 

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders; no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way out for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle. None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of everyone hang on the result. Whether he chooses or not, every man is drawn into the great historical struggle, the decisive battle into which our epoch has plunged us."

Ludwig von Mises, Socialism, The Crisis of Civilization.

 

 

Since August 1st, 2013 iGolder is no longer accepting new accounts and balances can only be redeemed. During the past years, we have been recommending Bitcoin more than our own payment system. We believe in physical gold ownership, and developed iGolder as a mechanism for people to acquire physical gold by trading with one another.

Since iGolder has a central point of failure (our server may be raided by thugs wearing some kind of uniform), we feet it is safer for us to cease operations. The iGolder experiment has been personally rewarding as we met many gold enthusiasts and also learned about Bitcoin in the process. For those who have no idea what Bitcoin is, we recommend doing your own research. Bitcoin is far superior to iGolder in every way, both in privacy and security as our server is always vulnerable to confiscation. Bitcoin is a communication protocol with a built-in "escrow service" capable of protecting both the buyer and the seller, rendering our Safetransit completely redundant. To learn more about the Bitcoin protocol and its feature, please watch "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD4L7xDNCmA (Bitcoin 2012 London: Mike Hearn).

For those having gold in their iGolder account, we will ship the physical metal to anyone having more than 1 ounce of gold, assuming the owner is willing to assume the shipping costs. For smaller quantities, we offer to settle in Bitcoin, however we will also settle with any other reasonable payment system. We will give everyone at least two full years (until 2016) to contact us to claim their gold. After that period, any unclaimed gold will go to fund an economic development project in Honduras helping local people to become entrepreneurs.

We sincerely wish you the best in life and hope to keep in contact with you.

Yours in liberty,
The iGolder Team.


Update 2014: Since we announced we no longer accept gold transfers, we have received countless emails asking to keep the free gold charts and the PGP encryption tools. We plan to keep running the domain iGolder.com for both the gold charts and the encryption tools. Better, we are developing state of the art open-source software for a secure decentralized social network with a built-in wallet. We will announce when we have a product ready for use. Stay tuned!