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Do Something Free and Extraordinary!

Greetings SuperTopo Tribe,
I send everyone good wishes from Montana, where I am watching a snow storm begin to scuttle across the Divide, riding on the stampeding wind. It is slate blue over there to the West, where the clouds are spilling down on Helena. I am still in sunshine out here.

Very Good News!
I have permission to run, to play on any and all of our equipment we had here for Playing in Shape. Some is in the forest, some is in the media room/library. They are resurfacing my track this next couple of weeks as well. Life is good.

I am mixing the paints for the new design for the rainfly. I am drawing my new banner. Our old one is folded away. I have my own banner this year.

It is Spring. Time to prepare gear for adventures, because even if I am not climbing, I WILL be in the mountains, on the waters, or in the sky. I hope to visit new places in Alaska, and then maybe return to the known paths of the Winds. There is time for both.

Two girlfriends and I have been talking about picking up a circumnavigation that was begun years ago, before our darling, magnificent, and wonderful Husbands intervened. Husbands can be an entirely excellent adventure. Definitely no complaints here. But we did not get across the Pacific to some places we wanted to go. She is in Trinidad right now, not under sail. So, we are sort of half-heartedly pondering this possibility, but I don’t think any of us are very serious about it this year. Two are playing other places with their Husbands. It may be that the two married couples will put her under sail this year, or next, but it is nice to dream about Tahiti. 🙂

One brother suggested that we would need to be careful of pirates, three or four women alone, oh my! Maybe we should take a chap along. Maybe him. Can’t you tell he is a politician? Created a scare, and then offer a solution which requires his presence, or input, or stolen money. It is so incredibly laughable. We laughed and laughed, and suggested that he go peddle his fear to someone he could scare. We know we are a superb set of humans, with excellent skills. Any one of us can outdraw and outshot him, for goodness’ sake, if we need protection.! We are all far superior cooks, and equal or better sailors. And better conversationalists, too. He has never done honest work, except maybe before he was thirty or so, and began his “career.” I am laughing robustly.

Politicians: they sell you a scare, and then offer their solution. Stop feeling grateful. Laugh at them. Lean on the Tribes you have, where you can Trust people. Doug told me some stories about some politicians he knew, and we laughed and laughed at their predictable antics. They keep telling us that humans will mess up big time if left alone without politicians. They encourage us to fear each other. They try to scare us, and to set us against one another. Fling the fear back at them. Laugh at them.

Most humans on Earth manage to have voluntary, free market systems that keep us fed, clothed, shod, connected, and making a living, and there are cultures with fewer politicians that are doing it even better.

So, let us try to meet somewhere in the mountains where the Armed Ones will be not so inclined to attempt armed robbery. I am open to good suggestions, for I far prefer honest pirates to politicians and their ilk, who hide behind some sets of bureaucratic papers which I, for one, never agreed to obey.

I think I will bring our ice tower banner, too, come to think of it. 🙂 🙂 I am once again laughing most robustly.

This will be a fun year.

Are you still here?
Quit wasting your time reading this stuff, and go do something free and extraordinary, for you are made of Star and Earth stuff, and this Earth is our playground (perhaps this Solar system, huh?), as well as our responsibility, come to that. Humankind creates better when feeling happiness. Go play.

I am going. The wind is battering my sense of space, the Sun and clouds are shadow dancing, and I am going out to walk my balance logs and skip around a bit.

Go play. This is Your Life, after all, so make it an extraordinary, magnificent one. I certainly intend to continue doing so.
* < twinkles > *


Government is the malware of civilization

From Bill St. Clair’s site on Fri, 2011-03-04 10:17.

From Facebook:

“Government is an anti-virus program that pops up uninvited, claims to have detected viruses that aren’t really there, then installs a virus when it convinces you to run it. Government is the malware of civilization.” — Kyle Bennett


Perhaps because I have a love of Alexandria—and especially a love of the new Library at Alexandria—that I pray for peaceful resolution very soon of the strife that beautiful country of beautiful people is enduring.  Power had corrupted the very core of Egypt’s leadership, infected, as those leaders were, with the same power-damage as their backers in the US government.

The Egyptians are some of the most graceful, kind, hospitable, gentle, peaceful, long-suffering members of a lost nobility I have met so far in my life.  They deserve better than the US-trained and sponsored thugs who walked over them and treated them with extreme ill will.

Alexandria, and Mother Egypt, I pray for you.  I pray for your peace with freedom.  I pray for your life, and your River. I pray for your deliverance.


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.


Walter Williams’ Exquisite Statement

Why We’re a Divided Nation
by Walter E. Williams

“Some Americans have strong, sometimes unyielding preferences for Mac computers, while most others have similarly strong preferences for PCs and wouldn’t be caught dead using a Mac. Some Americans love classical music and hate rock and roll. Others have opposite preferences, loving rock and roll and consider classical music as hoity-toity junk. Then there are those among us who love football and Western movies, and find golf and cooking shows to be less than manly. Despite these, and many other strong preferences, there’s little or no conflict. When’s the last time you heard of rock and roll lovers in conflict with classical music lovers, or Mac lovers in conflict with PC lovers, or football lovers in conflict with golf lovers? It seldom if ever happens. When there’s market allocation of resources and peaceable, voluntary exchange, people have their preferences satisfied and are able to live in peace with one another.

Think what might be the case if it were a political decision of whether there’d be football or golf watched on TV, whether we used Macs or PCs and whether we listened to classical music or rock and roll. Everyone had to comply with the politically made decision or suffer the pain of fines or imprisonment. Football lovers would be lined up against golf lovers, Mac lovers against PC lovers and rock and rollers against classical music lovers. People who previously lived in peace with one another would now be in conflict…”

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.