Original title: The Deep Web Is Filled With Drugs, Porn And … Book Lovers(!)
The Huffington Post
by Betsy Isaacson
“When the FBI arrested the mastermind behind “Silk Road,” the world’s largest online black market for drugs, they gummed up a beloved tradition of the marketplace’s devoted fans: The Silk Road book club.
The Dread Pirate Roberts, founder of Silk Road, began his drug bazaar’s book club in 2011. In a thread on Silk Road’s online forums, he wrote:
Knowledge is power, and reading is one of the best ways to expand your knowledge. Each week, we will select a reading designed to expand our understanding of the issues that face the Silk Road community and have a group discussion on the material. My hope is that a high level of discourse will be fostered, and as a community, we can become strong in our beliefs, with a coherent message and voice as the world begins to take notice of us.
The world soon took notice of Silk Road, but not for its contentious discussion of Murray Rothbard’s “Anatomy of the State.” This past fall, Roberts — allegedly a San Francisco native named Ross William Ulbricht — was arrested on drug trafficking and money laundering charges. Silk Road was closed.
But the book club would not be silenced. Just a month later, a second Silk Road came online. The book club was back, this time run by a Silk Road senior moderator calling himself Inigo.
And then Inigo — allegedly Andrew Michael Jones of Charles City, Va. — got arrested.
That still didn’t stop the Silk Road book club.”
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