This article is not for pacifists. I do have great respect for pacifists and would enjoy reading articles similar to this one outlining strategies and tactics for anarchist pacifist defense agencies. Sadly, I’ve come across very few, if any, that employed outside of the cage thinking. Maybe I’ll write one myself one of these days. Also, this article is not concerned about the basics of why private defense agencies are needed or why they would not turn into governments themselves. This article is strictly about the nuts and bolts and assumes that the reader is already on board with the philosophy. Furthermore, it must be understood that the economics I present below absolutely require Bitcoin as the medium of exchange. The elaborate nature of underground defense agencies precludes the use of corporate bank accounts or easily seizable stockpiles of precious metals or cash. Let’s get started.
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I have been a full time Agorist since October 2012. That means I set my own hours, I don’t answer to an employer, and I have no one to blame for my failure but myself. I have jokingly called it, “bootstrapping through life.” Agorism is a species of market activism where people trade voluntarily in an untaxed, unregulated barter economy to avoid faceless corporations and intrusive bureaucracies. Agorism holds all coercion and fraud as moral evils, and aims at manifesting a society where all coercive systems are replaced by consensual competitors. Being an Agorist combines the skill set of an entrepreneur with the sensibilities of a radically anti-establishment political activist.
One of the advantages of being a teetotaler is that when liberty-minded people get together and have brilliant ideas, I’m often the one who remembers them. The idea of a Keynote Robot is not my own. It was borne out of the frustrations among some of the attendees of PorcFest X that keynote speakers like Gary Johnson didn’t really reflect their ideas. Similar frustrations surrounded the selection of Naomi Wolfe as a keynote at this year’s Liberty Forum. The problem is it’s becoming increasingly difficult to secure more like-minded speakers like Larken Rose, or Ben Stone, because more principled speakers are refusing to fly. The liberty movement in general is losing a lot of great speakers to the TSA. Plus, a number of international speakers won’t set foot in the US. So, it’s time to take the idea of a Keynote Robot more seriously. And you know this is a viable idea because it recently made it possible for whistleblower-in-chief, Edward Snowden to speak at TED2014.
The point of activism is to bring about a desired change in society. Before an activist, or a movement, can achieve anything several questions must be answered. Part of the answer is finding out what obstacles exist and they can be overcome. Good information is key for good decision making. If we are to be revolutionaries we need to be proactive, systematic and methodical in our intelligence gathering. If we are to be successful, it makes sense to emulate what works rather than reinventing the wheel. So, let’s take a look at a basic intelligence gathering technique used by the military, and see if we can adapt it to suit our needs.
If you are an Agorist, like me, you probably avoid the State whenever possible, including using FRN’s and being groped or irradiated when you fly. One of my goals is to create, find, and connect with as many alternative markets as possible. Well, there are apps for that. I love tapping something, and having the information I want at my fingertips, literally. If a new app is quicker and easier than an older app, I will switch. As my interests grow, so does my need for apps, but I’m also always looking to build the community offline, and there’s apps for that too.
On Friday the 13th a variety of well intentioned activists, immigrant rights groups, and government sociocrats participated in a 24-hour fast to try to pressure Congress into approving a “comprehensive immigration reform” bill. Even Rahm Emanuel contributed his hunger pangs to the cause saying, “On the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we join people from all over the country who are making an incredible sacrifice to remind our leaders what is at stake in the fight for immigration reform.” At first I found the whole thing sort of incomprehensible. How does some kind of distributed hunger strike put pressure on Congress? But as I read the “Faster’s Declaration” posted at Fast4Families.org I realized there’s an awkward marriage to be arranged between undocumented immigrants and the Sovereign Citizen Movement.
As time goes on I become increasingly frustrated by email. There are simply too many downsides to traditional e-mail for me to continue its use long-term. There currently exists a superior alternative. All that’s left is for individuals to start boycotting e-mail and make the switch. Unfortunately, as we’re all heavily vested in e-mail, it’s going to take some pioneers.
I’ve been reading and listening to Peter Schiff lately, the popular radio personality and CEO of Euro Pacific Capital. Schiff is well-known because he’s one of the few financial pundits who properly called the 2008 meltdown. YouTube search “Peter Schiff was Right” or “Peter Schiff Mortgage Bankers”, and you’ll see him calling the bubble popping in 2006 and 2007.
In “Renegade Psychological Experiments“ I announced my winning of the Agorist Pitch at PorcFest X and outlined my plan to proceed with the experiment. In “Authoritarian Sociopathy” I explored previous relevant research on obedience and authority. Now, I am in the design phase of my Agorist Pitch. This is the first draft of the design for a renegade psychological experiment on obedience to authority, specifically on police brutality.
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