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46  Videos / Anarcho-Capitalist Videos / Re: Doing it for the lulz. I am invited to an "Occupy" panel discussion. on: April 03, 2012, 03:18:24 AM
Thanks Seth.

The last question was the best, and they didn't get it on video. I was able to put a lot of concepts that had been touched on together into a clear, coherent, and reasonable course of action ... and I got to answer last after four very un-satisfying answers.

The lulz are hard to get from the video, but the McAdams guy in the middle was literally red with anger whenever I was answering the questions. After the forum he kept saying quite loudly, "who the hell is that guy? Who invited him?"

Mission accomplished.
47  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Anarchist Alaska on: April 02, 2012, 08:28:13 PM
I am in Alaska. I am leaving in June.

Federal control is already very tight here: http://lewrockwell.com/berwick/berwick23.1.html

Alaska is this idiotic dichotomy of "independent living" (bullshit) meets state socialism (the true nature of people here).

Plus the climate blows. Everything is harder to do here than elsewhere because of the short summers and long winters. There are people I know here who love it because they have embraced the winter, and in that case it is the right place for them (wide open spaces, etc, whatever), but if you want to make something of yourself by participating in productive society, it's a massive step backwards to come here. Lots of room for squatters cabins tho.

The AIP is a localized protectionist nationalist movement most of whose members believe that foreigners and corporations are the problem and that "we Alaskans" own all the resources in "our" state. It's just localized socialism ... and very combative socialism at that. Totally stupid.

Oh, I forgot to mention the military culture here. It will make you physically ill if you have any sort of anti-war bent. There's a church in the town I'm in that put up on their lighted sign, "Nuke em till they glow then shoot em in the dark!" after 9-11.

Also, you can't fight for freedom. That's a very naive and "Jonesian" idea (but then I repeat myself). Freedom is a state of mind. Well armed angry "libertarians" are the least free people I have ever met, and there are a lot of them here. The state doesn't need to lock them in a cage, they've already done it to themselves within their own mind. Their fear and insecurity seeps out their pores giving them a unique emotional stench that keeps anyone who is reasonably balanced from paying attention to them.
48  Videos / Anarcho-Capitalist Videos / Doing it for the lulz. I am invited to an "Occupy" panel discussion. on: April 02, 2012, 03:31:48 AM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ-QYRygyEY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ-QYRygyEY</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d18C0a1YDqM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d18C0a1YDqM</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ599W0ac_w" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ599W0ac_w</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwJP3s3Olis" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwJP3s3Olis</a>
49  General Category / General Discussion / Hunger Games: Ripping the veil off "civil society" on: April 01, 2012, 03:49:29 PM
Re-post of my blog here: http://patriotslament.blogspot.com/2012/04/hunger-games-ripping-veil-off-civil.html

The number one theme of the movie is that the illusory power any state has over the people living in it is based solely on the compliance of those people. Right at the beginning the main character's boyfriend tells her, "What if everyone refused to watch? It would be over. There would be no more games." So true. Then throughout the rest of the movie other avenues of non-complaince are presented which would end the game and remove power. The fear of the ruling class that the people might realize that they themselves hold all the cards is emphasized throughout. It is a refusal to kill another child from a poor district that saves the man character's life at one point. It is the refusal to complete the game at the end that forces the all powerful ruler to change the rules to maintain the illusion that he is in control. I do not think it is a coincidence that young children are used in this role. The only powerless people in society are those who have had their humanity, empathy, and idealism beat out of them. This is usually the adults.

Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.
~Albert Einstein

It is unfortunately none too well understood that, just as the State has no money of its own, so it has no power of its own.
~Albert J. Nock

Also, in my opinion, the reason people find the "excessive violence" of the movie disturbing is because it's clearly children killing children. More than that, it's not some savage society of vikings or something like that. It's a very cosmopolitan "high minded" society where the organizers sit around and drink cocktails, produce TV interview shows, and attend glitzy parades. I would agree with one of the posters in Josh's blog that it is, like America, very Roman in that sense. It's not Mel Gibson leading brave tough men in battle against evil men or some trite nonsense like that. It is far closer to what modern war really is. American children killing foreigners' children and being killed by them. The adults just sit back and pretend that it's some sort of high minded "honor" while their children bleed out with their arms and legs hacked off. The reality of sending 18 year olds off to kill foreign kids is sick and disturbing. The film just shoves it right in your face.

Phil Ochs correctly identified this in his song "I Ain't Marchin' Anymore" where he observes that "it's always the old who lead us to the war, it's always the young to fall."
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5pgrKSwFJE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5pgrKSwFJE</a>

What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood.
~Aldous Huxley

More disturbing to westerners no doubt is the fact that white children who look like their own are killing and being killed by other white children who look like their own. The idea that "the other is different" is erased. Because most still think in the colossally racist paradigm of nationalities, the film manages to find a way to cut through that illusion,  creating a discomfort that most do not feel about killing human beings who live elsewhere, especially if they look different.

Also, the game itself, while sold as a "fair" competition is anything but. Most of the challenges within the game are completely contrived and created by the rulers who conscripted the kids in the first place. The fire, the weird dog things, the constant changing of the rules. This has the air of the many false flag news reports related to war. Events that happen, become accepted at face value, then later are shown to be contrived or created by the state itself. It also reminds me of the 70+ different reasons the Bush administration gave for the invasion of Iraq over the 8 years of idiocy he was in office. It also reminds me of what those in power do to individuals who refuse to play the game anymore.

Another disturbing part of the film for many is that most of the adults keep telling the children how lucky they are to be selected and what an honor it is to participate in the games, even tho they know the kids are going to kill and die for nothing. Again, this is essentially no different from modern American war culture. It reminds me of The Animals song "Sky Pilot" where it is observed what colossal hypocrites and cowards military chaplains are. "Go and kill, God will be with you." Disgusting and 100% reality. The movie makes people uncomfortable but this fact of life doesn't? How pathetic.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lroU7apzma8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lroU7apzma8</a>

Another aspect that was brought up on the show was that the poor kids are drafted with no choice while the kids from the wealthy districts volunteer and get years of training before the games. While there is no draft in modern America there is undeniably a "Poverty Draft" where, through economic destruction of the lowest income families through inflation/etc, joining the military becomes the best financial option for the children of these families. These kids are the cannon fodder who see the most combat. Wealthy and educated enlistees generally go into the officer corps or have administrative jobs, and of course politicians, who fund and promote war, never participate at all.

An alternate potential interpretation of the game arena is that it is a metaphor for forced schooling, another fine aspect of American society. In many schools, the de-facto rules are made by the kids themselves. They are thrown into the same building and largely left to fight it out amongst themselves with the only rule being, "Might makes right." Alliances are formed, the weak are eliminated, and the strong prevail.

I could go on, but I'll leave it at that. If you want to leave a comment, instead of just saying "I liked this movie" or "I thought it was rubbish", please take the time to discuss any parallels you see between the film and reality ... or how it affected you personally.
50  General Category / General Discussion / Re: What is your MBTI personality type? on: March 30, 2012, 02:54:40 AM
Dead thread walking!

Introverted - 33%
iNtuitive - 100%
Thinking - 75%
Perceiving - 22%

Like JSNTS I wasn't very convinced thinking that all of the descriptions sound like yourself ... till I read them. Creepy how much better INTP fits than the others.
51  General Category / General Discussion / IRRELEVANT on: March 29, 2012, 06:32:26 PM
The proper way to formulate anti-state arguments.

52  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Religion, Anarchism, and Collectivism ... on: March 02, 2012, 09:44:48 PM
Oops, looks like it was in fact you Seth who got me thinking that direction first.

That was the first thing I ever read here I think (but we've established that I have a pretty bad memory).
53  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Religion, Anarchism, and Collectivism ... on: March 02, 2012, 07:23:11 PM
JSNTS: At some point you made a well reasoned argument that "rights do not exist." I thought about this for a while and now agree with your conclusion. This has been a massively liberating way to view the world (as opposed to the futility of "rights" based arguments in the face of said "unalienable rights" having been completely alienated).

Thanks for that. The mind stretching that goes on here is my favorite part of this forum.
54  General Category / General Discussion / Re: The Paleo Diet on: February 28, 2012, 09:44:44 PM
Been living primal for nearly 18 months now. Stopped using excess soap and any shampoo or conditioner 14 months ago.

Allergies - basically gone (airborne allergies are almost 100% gone and food allergy reactions are significantly reduced)
Skin issues (dry, rash, etc) - totally gone
Hair/scalp - never been healthier (takes about 1 month for your head to stop going nutzo trying to replace all the oil that was being scrubbed out of it daily with detergents)

Hot water and thorough scrubbing with hands does wonders for cleaning body and hair (and a good toweling job).

Good stuff. It is amazing how many people I know who work their ass off to lose weight/stay thin while shoving "healthy whole grains" down their throat instead of eating a steak ... while I can "hibernate" all winter and not even go skiing for months on end without adding a pound ... not that I have ever struggled with weight. Interesting how hard people will work to prop up diet myths that not only have no scientific basis, but clearly have no empirical basis for working in their own lives.

To each their own tho.

On a side note, the exercise part of living primal, I have been a cyclist for 14 years now and have always been drawn to riding hills. I never really understood how I could ride very few miles relative to a lot of other people but see results very quickly. Of course this was due to increased intensity (which I understood at the time, but not the magnitude of it). It is interesting to see some of the new research coming out showing how intense 30 minute workouts totally blow away long distance low intensity stuff as far as being able to quickly increase cardiovascular fitness and strength.
55  General Category / General Discussion / Etymology of "Heretic" on: February 20, 2012, 05:09:26 PM
Friend of mine emailed me this earlier today.

heretic (n.)
mid-14c., from O.Fr. eretique (14c., Mod.Fr. hérétique), from Church L. haereticus, from Gk. hairetikos "able to choose," the verbal adjective of hairein (see heresy).

56  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Daily Anarchist future plans on: February 20, 2012, 03:45:13 PM
I am starting to get the desperation discussions with pseudo an-caps who are still holding on to the Paul dream. They know it's slipping and are getting very testy about it (I've been applying the same philosophical "pokes" to them over the last few moths so I could gauge the change in their reaction as reality sets in).

Reminds me of the first time round when people were saying the world was going to end if he didn't win. I manned a table in the university campus center and people in the 40+ age bracket who would come by in support just sounded pathetically desperate and laid out this whole Jonesian scenario of how we would be hauled off some time in 2009 unless Ron Paul could save us. 4 years later, I'm richer, happier, and have had more sex. These things may be related to becoming an-cap after the failed run.
57  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Intellectual Property on: February 19, 2012, 12:58:40 PM
Example of needing to use force to enforce a contract (ie, defending property): evicting someone who stops paying their mortgage. You can't "ostracize" them out of that one. Paying off that home would have taken 15-30 years. Most people would find it worthwhile to kill your credit score for a free house. So what if they can't use credit cards in the future...That's not much of a deterrence.

Shut off the power, water, and heat. Would work well in Alaska, till they start burning their furniture (little Human Action reference there).

There are lots of repo services that do not use aggression. They will pickup the car when it is parked, or go to take the TV back when the person is not home. Similarly you could re-take the house when the squatters aren't inside.
58  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Why I left, and how I came back on: February 18, 2012, 12:13:43 AM
Glad you're back, and that you got out of Jonesville alright!
59  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Intellectual Property on: February 14, 2012, 12:45:58 PM
NDAs fall under contract law, not special IP laws of arbitrary duration like patent and copyright.

The NDA does not apply to any parties beyond the signatories tho, so once the cat is out of the bag, the information is "free." This, in my mind, is much better than the IP witch hunts that go on daily based on the current statist legal framework.
60  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Intellectual Property on: February 13, 2012, 10:20:15 PM
Re-read the post.

One who buys a stolen good from a pawn shop is not a thief. Same with "contractual IP." What do you do to control the distribution once the "good" is in the hands of people who never signed (or implicitly agreed to) the contract?

It would be worth noting that trade secrets in today's world hold up for decades because the goods produced with these are often not for mass distribution (so you don't have to get millions of customers to agree to a NDA) and the terms of violation for the few people with access to the information are very severe. Chemical companies do a very good job of this already, completely outside the scope of a legal IP framework.
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