Since I've seen some of my columns show up here and gotten some good feedback, I figured I should introduce myself. At my blog, I'm exploring topics including the growing underground economy, local and urban farming, the coming Homebrew Industrial Revolution, political activism, agorism, and a whole slew of related items in an attempt to draw a vision of how some people are escaping from the ever-growing corporate state and how that might grow in the future.
Or as the author of the Homebrew Industrial Revolution put it: "Rats are breeding in the nests of the corporate dinosaurs."
There. Is. Hope.
And you don't have to move. (Although supporting the Free State Project is a great idea, and this idea probably applies double in New Hampshire.)
Half of the world's workers are already in the unregulated, untaxed underground economy. That number's expected to reach two-thirds in 2020, only eight short years away. This according to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, an international group composed of representatives from 34 countries.
Almost 10% of the US economy is underground already. And that doesn't include illegal traffic like drugs and prostitution. Add that in, and it's an even bigger piece of the pie.
The $10 trillion underground economy is the second-largest in the world after the US, and it's growing like a weed.
This is NOT something they like to talk about. If you can't beat 'em and you don't want to join them you have a third option: Ignore Them!
Although most of my posts touch on one or more of these topics, I've been writing a series of blog posts about this and what it means for the next decade or two. The first five columns are up, as well as more than 75 other columns on related issues.
The Apolitical Economic Superpowerhttp://tirelessagorist.blogspot.com/2012/02/apolitical-economic-superpower.html
A quite-likely surprising look at the massive economic powerhouse represented by the underground economy, and why it offers hope for increased freedom in our lifetime.
The Rise of the Phoenix Society http://tirelessagorist.blogspot.com/2012/03/rising-phoenix-society.html
Even in the most-regulated economy on the planet, people are finding ways to slip away from the reins of the taxman and the regulator. The future's coming, ready or not.
Homebrew Production is Cominghttp://tirelessagorist.blogspot.com/2012/03/homebrew-goods-production.html
Just as home PCs transformed society, the coming RepRap machines are going to have a huge impact in the not-too-distant future.
The open-source movement has gone beyond software to physical goods of all kinds, offering the possibility of escape from the centralized, corporate, mass-production model of society.
The Homebrew Production Modelhttp://tirelessagorist.blogspot.com/2012/04/homebrew-production-model.html
Chinese shanzhai, open-source integration, hackerspaces, maker faires and crowdfunding sites all point the way to decentralized industry.
Future columns in the series will address alternative currencies, defense and justice, how megacorps came to rule the world, and the ongoing race between the dinosaurs and the rats. You won't be surprised to find I believe we rats will win in the end.
In addition to the series, I've got numerous columns on agorism, government malfeasance, history, economics, and other topics, all from my weird libertarian/agorist perspective.
I hope you all find some interesting and hopeful news in the series and other articles at the blog, and even more in the future.
And I'm always looking for news bits to interpret from that perspective, as well as ideas for other articles, so please feel free to chime in.