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1  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Are your friends holding you back? on: January 27, 2014, 07:43:13 PM
I haven't moved to New Hampshire because it is in America. :-)

Seriously tho, that article is interesting, and another angle on it I think is that: If you hold radically different viewpoints to your friends and are happer/more successful/whatever than they are, it implies that they might be "wrong", which is an even bigger blow to the ego than just being less successful (by whatever metric) because it also implies that if they want to be happer/more successful, they have to change. People hate changing, and therefore tend to dislike being shown a better alternative. Hence the saying, "Don't kill the messanger." A lot of messangers were killed. This is part of the reason I don't do sign wavy activism crap anymore (besides simply having better things to spend my remaining days doing).

The biggest thing that holds anyone back is they don't want to lose "friends". Psychologically, people are more averse to loss than they are enticed by gain (or potential gain). If you told someone that moving to NH would mean they certainly lose 10 friends, maybe even one they are fucking on a regular basis, but all of whom don't want this person to do what makes them happy, and that in exchange they would have the possibility (but not the certainty) of making 10 new friends, one or more of whom they may end up fucking, and all of whome share intellectual proximity with them, most people would still turn that down. "But I don't want to lose my (crappy) friends!"

I have a small group of friends, all of whom are trying different approaches to life. The value we gain from sharing our experiences is massive because we can explore a massive solution space in very little time as we are each traveling in separate "experience vectors". When we find something really good, we share it, and the others can make a course alteration on their vector if they'd like, or not. We do not share a particular geographic proximity anymore, but it is awesome to share the same meatspace from time to time as we are still in a pre-singularity world where meatspace carries some value. The values we share are simple and few. Having new experience (or new depth of experience), creating new experience for ourselves and others (through arts, technology, philosophy), and pursuing the previous two with an adherence to non-violence. Most would identify as ancap/anarchist, but some would not. Accepting their model of reality and trying to understand it has proven to be the most effective way to encourage them to accept my model and try to understand it. They may neer accept the term "anarchist" or "capitalist", but if they are honest and thorough in their belief in non-violence, it doesn't matter to me if we have a small difference in what heiroglyphics or small mouth noises we use to describe how we would like to see the world.

Another of my angles on this: https://dailyanarchist.com/forum/index.php/topic,2851.msg24608.html#msg24608
2  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Move to New Hampshire on: December 17, 2013, 08:32:19 PM
I even ended up telling my girlfriend that leaving the country was more important than our relationship a few months ago :/. oops. I need to learn that thing called compromise.

There are people in life who, upon hearing your dreams or ambitions, will push you not only to pursue them, but to pursue them with a level of enthusiasm and expectation excellence that exceeds even your own. You don't leave these people behind. They just don't come along physically. In the information age they are the ones who stay in touch without ever promising to stay in touch.

Then there are people in life who, upon hearing your dreams and realizing they are not also "theirs", will greet them with indifference at best and active opposition at worst. These are the people who will make the most noise about how they will miss you or how they don't want you to go, but after you do, there will only be silence from them. Although at one time they may have had local physical proximity to you, they never shared intellectual proximity.

There are intellectuals, anarchists, and lovers everywhere on this planet. The really amazing ones don't think that they are such special gems that your world should revolve around them. This trait will make you want your world to revolve around them, at least when possible in the physical dimension.

My suggestion is to be honestly and unapologetically free. This is the only way to find others who are, and who understand and accept everything that this entails. These people will never hold you back, but they will push you forward, sometimes uncomfortably, into embracing what you yourself claim to believe (even if it's not what they believe). They are only comfortable to be around if you can be 100% real with yourself.
3  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Move to New Hampshire on: December 03, 2013, 07:22:23 AM
I was planning on becoming more transient again after I secure my second travel permission slip, but I really truly like the situation here and will likely be spending a large portion of my time here, even if I'm traveling/working elsewhere.

Being free of the paranoia/fear "background radiation" that exists in the United States feels absolutely wonderful. Also, since the prisons don't have quotas stated in their contracts, arrest rates for non violent crimes are so so so much lower and police much more reasonable.
4  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Move to New Hampshire on: December 03, 2013, 01:12:45 AM
Well I made it most of the way there, but stopped in lovely Canada for a while before finding what's next. Don't think I will be moving back to the U.S.

But I totally need to come see you in NH again some time Seth. It's been too long. I hadn't even met Jeff Berwick yet last time we hung out!
5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Is it possible to be An-Cap but hate Capitalism? on: December 03, 2013, 01:02:43 AM
To be truly an-cap you would have to be very ok with the possibility that things you detest could emerge from the decision making forum known as "the market".

In much the same way Mencken said that voting was "a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance." the hardcore an-cap would need to be at peace with the fact that teletubbies, furbies, and Black Friday may be what people actually want in the absence of coercion. People might even want coercion in the absence of coercion.

The non-ideological an-cap would almost need to be Buddhist in their acceptance of human nature. The ideological an-cap would almost be trying to create the "ideal capitalist man".

Being of the belief that so-called "social norms" are exercised based on belief in magic or because of a lack of ability for a large number of people to do any original thinking ... and therefore that these norms may serve no useful purpose (and only happen to accidentally serve what you would consider beneficial purposes) is a bit of a different thing from simply being anti-state and pro-market. If you learn to turn it into a game where you regularly demolish ideological houses of cards of all types (beyond just political), it can be endlessly entertaining instead of disappointing or frustrating.

Anarcho-unsanityist. http://electricsheep.me/concept2.html
6  General Category / General Discussion / Re: The liberty movement on: March 24, 2013, 03:59:11 PM
Extreme preppers are often slaves to their fears. Their time horizon is so far out that they forget to live at all in the "now". Many are "longevity addicts".

I have come to the personal conclusion that the international man/multi-jurisdictional approach provides the greatest latitude in decision making over one's own life (sometimes referred to as "freedom"). Leisure time factors into this equation pretty heavily for me as there are a lot of things I prefer doing over gardening, preserving food, building an off grid home, etc (and I've actually come close to doing the last one, but I wouldn't go through that process again).

Of course the answer is different for the prepper. Their value scale is such that their lifestyle may make them feel the most free, and therefore make them the most free.

For me, life isn't about some far off destination I hope to reach (such as a "free society"). It is instead the integration (as in the mathematical integral) of the enjoyment of all my past, present, and future experiences. I am always working to maximize the "area under the curve" by balancing time horizon with anticipated present experience "return on investment". There are people who live 30 years who have a very rich life by this metric, and also people who live 100 who are very poor. How long one is willing to wait before they decide to live is up to them.
7  General Category / General Discussion / Re: The Bitcoin Price on: February 24, 2013, 01:44:24 PM
Just logged onto the forums to see if anyone was noticing that :-)

I need to get in on that. Was going to do it a few months ago but I've been swamped. Too busy making money to make any money...
8  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Changing history on: November 12, 2012, 09:56:36 PM
“When we talk about settling the world's problems, we're barking up the wrong tree. The world is perfect. It's a mess. It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it. Our job is to straighten out our own lives.”

-Joseph Campbell
9  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Sweet Justice! on: November 09, 2012, 07:59:54 PM
Funny that two adults touching each other in a voluntary yet taboo way is a career ending scandal ... but his ongoing history of murder isn't.

If only he could have continued to focus on the killing and not two people enjoying each other...
10  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Constitution of Delusion on: September 26, 2012, 08:54:47 PM
C.L. and B.M.V., loving the discussion between you two.

Having recently re-watched Event Horizon, I am reminded of one of the critical mistakes the crew in the movie made.

They misinterpreted the emergency transmission from the captain as, "Liberate me." (save me) when it turned out to be, "Liberate tutame ex inferis." (save yourself from hell).

If I thought they were worth it, I'd probably be shouting a similar message at places like Daily Paul. Thankfully I'm far enough along to not give a shit about people with stockholm syndrome anymore.

11  General Category / General Discussion / Re: WANTED: I need a Commie/Socialist style anarchist to debate Stefan Molyneux on: September 19, 2012, 05:35:18 PM
Every human is has their own nature, their is not human nature

Is has their own nature?

Their is not human nature?

12  General Category / General Discussion / Re: What do we we mean when we say property? on: September 13, 2012, 10:40:30 AM
Jump on in.
13  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Losing interest on: August 29, 2012, 09:48:05 PM
"There is no ideology. There is no guru. There is only us, and this, and the silence."

-Mark Mason
14  General Category / General Discussion / Re: True apathy on: August 29, 2012, 09:46:39 PM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQcNiD0Z3MU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQcNiD0Z3MU</a>
15  Videos / Anarcho-Capitalist Videos / Re: Who's this stud? on: July 18, 2012, 09:38:19 PM
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