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Space Colony, anyone?

When I was a fairly young fairy, I would daydream a lot about living on a voluntary, cooperative space colony. Actually, even as an ancient fairy, I still dream of living on a space colony.

Since some of my earliest computer-playing memories were tied up with some Pascal I wrote for an environmental control program for the Stanford Torus, I had a pretty good idea of Space Colonies.  My program didn’t get used but I got to learn a new language, and therefore it was totally fun. I guess it is natural that I would associate Space Colonies with FUN.

But space colonies are also about the future of humans.   In fact, I did a painting once—of planets arrayed off into infinity—titled “Room Enough.” I think there is room for every social experiment of government, of cooperative, voluntary anarchy, of theocracies, and even new of social structures we have not yet imagined. We have certainly seen a lot of social structures already tried here on Earth.   The Swiss seem to have a structure that works fairly well, but I think humans can do better.  We just need to get coercive government out of the way. That is a mental exercise, not a violent one.

In fact, when I was fluttering around Evanston (fairies flutter, you know), there was a hometown paper that did an nice article about me, and I remember telling the reporter—and later seeing it accurately quoted in the article—that my life goals were to reach entelechy and to die teaching philosophy, sitting under a tree, on a Space Colony. I think I even said “Stanford Torus.”

I still think about that Space Colony sometimes, living out here in Montana.

(And I also still think about humans and how to identify the ones from my tribe. I finally figured out the primary demarcation is between those who initiate—or delegate the initiation of—force against peaceful humans. Non-Aggression Principle (NAP) humans.  After that, finding my NAP-tribe close kin gets into aesthetics, energy, interests, and outlook. And adventurers, of course.)

And I think we really need that Space Colony now: we need a demonstration model for humans to test out new ways of structuring society. I think we need a place run as a free-market anarchy, with only voluntary, cooperative institutions, and equal human rights for everyone. That meant equal opportunity, not equal outcomes, because no two humans want exactly the same outcomes.

There’d be no initiation of force against anyone, or you’d wind up dead so fast you forget your last thought.  Self-defense is a human right, along with life, liberty, and self-direction. The only true human rights are those rights held equally by every human: if only a special set of humans has that right, then some questions need to be asked: why do some have this right, and not others?  Is this a human right, or a violence-based imposition by some against others?  Space colonies, and even experimental societies, could try new approaches.  I’m in favor of totally voluntary free markets.

Why aren’t we doing this? No government on Earth could afford to allow such a NAP social structure here (although I am not sure that anything or anyone could stop a voluntary, cooperative people with such a magnificent goal), because it wouldn’t take long for all the other humans to discover and want to migrate there (they could also just imitate in their own group, couldn’t they?).

Violence-based governments would try stopping them, of course. When this nation was a totally great free-market, with very limited government, a whole lot of humans wanted to come here and invest their lives in the founding concepts of this nation.  We can do that again—going inward rather than outward, and making these voluntary communities around us.  Start with the 3×3 rule: find three people (or families) within 3 or 9 or 27 miles, and grow your philosophical family.

But a few thugs, even that far back at the glorious beginnings of this government, had the power to initiate violence, and it just kept getting worse over the course of history. There was that initial flaw that only gave equal rights to some humans and not others, which was a mortal flaw, enforced by the initiation of violence. Because you cannot sustain an institution based on the initiation of violence.

So, it seems to me that the only way we get to give a superb demonstration of why we don’t need government by force, and are ready for government by reason, is to build a Space Colony. Is there any reason not to begin today? I am going to check around and see if anyone is working on this—I mean in the private, non-governmental sector, not living off stolen money.

If no one is building a space colony, or a voluntary, free-market society, seems to me it is time to get to the task. Philosophy is fine, but practical application is everything. I’ll check back when I have more info.


Climbing Trees for a Better View

Jumping way out on a limb here, I predict that we will see sporadic and infrequent—but gradually increasing—pull-backs of government abuses of power. The humans are beginning to resist and rebel, and many laws now being passed have caused a remarkable uprising of resistance.
I think we will see this rebalancing of power trend continue and proliferate, as well as a lessening of government interference, due both to popular resistance, and to the bankruptcy of governments.
The most excellent factor in trend watching is the beautifully unpredictable nature of individual humans. They often act in ways no one except perhaps their immediate families would have predicted.
1 January 2011

Whales Live in Anarchy

Whales live in anarchy.
Whales do not have power-based institutions.
Well, when I use the term power, I generally mean, specifically, the ability to initiate violence or to delegate its initiation against another without fear of punishment, such as politicians, tax collectors, many police, bureaucrats, and others are able to do under colour of law. I also include those living off the that power, such as government school teachers, government forest service, government social workers, and all those other tax eaters. But the syndrome of power-addiction—and thus power damage to the brain—is most easily discernible as one observes that segment of humans which includes those who declare and/or initiate wars.

The most significant demarcation between humans is not sex or race, but those who are power-damaged, and those who are not.

Questions from Inquiring Minds

Observing that MSM has picked up coverage on this entire comical and disgusting TSA farce, I can only suppose that as with most such MSM diversions, this is another one which will make people think “something is being done” and divert most people from the currency crisis, foreclosures, unemployment, growing socialism of just about everything, and the ongoing wars abroad as well as diverted from the horrid, growing use of enemy combatant status being applied to people born in this country where the present government claims jurisdiction (I will not call anyone a “citizen: it sounds too close to “slave” for me.)

Don’t those pandering political types, from the executive to the lowly dog catcher, need to find a good format for re-election discussion?

Don’t they need a good rally-around sort of topic; one that can be discussed by everyone, and will cause no loss of revenue or loss of power to the political types?

Here’s a good one!  TSA! They can “save” the people from sexual molestation and radiation!  They will find new ways to “screen” people, and conjure up a fine illusion of being for freedom, and for privacy, and even for the Constitution, without giving up any actual power.

Is it possible that politicians—especially those facing elections—will posture aplenty before the cameras, scold the TSA, recall the scanners—albeit after paying for them with our hard-earned money—and placate the dozing ones to adjust their level of discomfort to accommodate pre-scanner harassment?

Will the politicians then share with us the illusion that a “victory for liberty” has been scored, and will the grateful people doze off the the blare of football game commercials, whilst Homeland Gestapo Security pushes on, our prison populations continue to grow, and the new terrorist bill is passed with hardly a blink from MSM or the dozing people?

Is it possible that TSA is the prayed-for distraction that will allow passage of some more truly evil legislation by our tax-fattened politicians?

Is this the new, just in time litmus test for guaranteeing re-election?

Is it possible that whilst the people think that they have won a victory of some sort when the sexual molestations are stopped (thanks, according to MSM and all political types, to those politicians who are posturing as defenders of liberty and who hope save their place at the swill trough),  that the rights of the people —their fundamental rights—will be further systematically stripped away, if any such rights are now left around to recognize?

Is it possible that this TSA diversion is merely a lovely diversion from some affront that few people will recognize until they are caught in the growing web of alphabet-agency terrorism, economically-motivated volunteering for the war machine, or some other equally evil fate?

Is it possible that it is not a conspiracy in the slightest, but the continuing manifestations of the power-damaged minds that can admit of no other way than increasing force, violence, abuse of human rights, and spending?

Is it possible that these power-addicted political types, so used to having force as the means to bring in the loot, are concerned about the growing discontent among the victims?

Or is it merely their best play that they can make, given their addiction to power?

Is it—O, wonderful tipping-point time!—that there is no longer anything the politicians and their paid partners in crime can do to stop the flow of information?

Is it—O, wonderful tipping-point time!—that there is no longer anything the politicians and their paid partners can do to mend the ragged veils of illusions against the stripping winds of change?

Inquiring minds ask these questions …

And, no; I don’t think there is a conspiracy.  I do think we are watching power-addicted minds acting the only way they know how to act; ever since they gave up using reason and decided to get their way by using initiation of force.


21 November 2010