August 24

The Chill Anarchist Podcast – Episode 001 – Thoughts on Loss

In this episode, I speak on the issue of loss after one of my pets pass away.

The Chill Anarchist Podcast – Episode 001 – Thoughts on Loss

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August 24

The Chill Anarchist Podcast – Episode 000 – Introductions

My first episode, just introducing myself and talking about my journey into anarchy.

The Chill Anarchist Podcast – Episode 000 – Introductions

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August 8

Agency

For the purposes of this post, we will be using agency in a narrow sense, as provided here by Merriam-Webster.

2: the capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power

In this sense, one exerts power over themselves and their condition by acting on what they want and reacting to what they don’t want. I bring this up because as my daughter grows up, she is exhibiting agency in herself. She accepts those things, actions, and forms of attention she wants, and rejects those she does not want.

A long time ago I would have considered such to be simple defiance or rebellion, but it really doesn’t make much sense in all cases (and even “simple” defiance or rebellion is an act of agency). What makes more sense is that she, at 3, is finding ways to convey to those around her that she alone has control over herself. She’s already starting to try and “homestead” her life even if she doesn’t realize it (and in this case, I will share an excerpt from Walter Block’s book, Defending the Undefendable, in which I first came across this concept of homesteading, until then bear with me). She’s mixing her actions with her life to set boundaries for us to follow, and she’s very happy when we follow them (and we should try to follow them as best we can, unfortunately sometimes we have to override her desires for her own good just because she’s so young). As we raise an adult, we have to be very conscientious in how we treat her (and each other). We’re modeling the behavior we want her to display toward others. If we respect her agency (within proscribed limits if we want her to be happy and healthy until she can strike out on her own), chances are she will respect the agency of others (e.g. see the definition from above, or more simply put, the ability to make decisions for one’s own self) and be able to recognize when some people are not capable of making such decisions.

It’s frustrating at times. There are times when I want to share affection with her (a hug or kiss on the cheek, for example) and she’s just not interested. Do my own desires override hers? Absolutely not. At that point in time she is not interested in being affectionate in such a way and I, and others, should be mindful and respectful of that. She may be only 3, but she is entitled to determine for herself when she wants to be touched in such a manner although, to be fair, as we’re still potty-training her there are times where we need to scoop her into our arms and change her pull-ups. There may also be other times when we have to disrespect her wishes (such as when she is about to fall into something and get hurt or otherwise endanger her well-being). We would do the same for other adults if we really thought they were about to be hurt and we could act. Judiciously violating agency in that manner should be acceptable.

Another way we see her learning about agency is through the pets in our house. She loves them, but they don’t always want to be played with, cuddled, pet, or otherwise disturbed. By teaching her how cats and dogs exhibit their disagreement with a certain course of action we are teaching her to read body language and understand what it means when an animal makes threatening sounds. I believe it’s working. She loves our animals (three cats and one dog, with an extra dog over for an extended visit). She generally respects their agency. When it’s clear she’s not and she’s not paying attention to the signs that they aren’t happy we do intervene and use it as a teaching moment. She doesn’t get in trouble unless she obviously meant to harm the animal for no reason.

Now for the promised quote. Walter Block is actually quoting Murray N. Rothbard, though I don’t know the work it’s from (yet, I’ll need to read the appendix, I think). The context of the quote is in regards to child labor, but it applies well here, too, I believe.

What is wanted is an application of the principle of homesteading, which establishes self-ownership and ownership of property, but applied now to the perplexing problem of when a child becomes an adult. Such a theory has been put forth by Professor Murray N. Rothbard. According to Rothbard, a child becomes an adult not when he reaches some arbitrary age limit, but rather when he does something to establish his ownership and control over his own person: namely, when he leaves home, and becomes able to support himself. This criteria, and only this criteria, is free of all the objections to arbitrary age limits. Moreover, not only is it consistent with the libertarian homesteading theory, it is but an application of it. For by leaving home and becoming his own means of support, the ex-child becomes an initiator, as the homesteader, and owes his improved state to his own actions.

I want my daughter to be able to owe her improved state to her own actions. If she owns herself, owns her actions, and is able to initiate those actions which improve her condition she will have proven herself ready for the world, regardless of what is thrown at her.

July 20

Much to Learn

Starting a garden (again) is proving to be a painful process. I am definitely learning that I really don’t know what I think that I know. Of course, I have the resources of the Internet at my fingertips. Still, it is a little bit distressing that I have so much to learn while I move forward with what I am doing. At my age, I still feel like I should have had all of this already done, but of course, I wasn’t as fully aware of how much it would benefit me to be on top of this from the start.

My tomatoes, for example, seem to be suffering a little bit. I am going to buy some stakes (more likely some cheap trellis pieces and baling twine) and add some compost to the top of the soil layer. On the plus side they are fruiting so I am going to be keeping a close eye on things. I am excited to be able to get some delicious fruit that I grew myself. Next season I will be starting from seed indoors. I will try to get a decent amount of plants and try to select only the best plants to provide the seed for the following season.

My heirloom bell peppers also seem to be doing well, better in fact than the tomatoes! I hope that I get some decent-sized peppers as I want to do the same thing with the peppers as I am the tomatoes. I’m trying to grow a diversity of plants, starting with what I believe to be easy to care for plants. I even have some Egyptian walking onions I am going to be putting into pots in a little while. I’m not to the point of turning my entire front lawn into a garden (there are a few trees with deep roots that make that impractical currently), but I am getting there.

For all of my plants I am really trying to get away from man-made fertilizer and pesticides purely for health reasons. Extra risk for an extra reward. It’s also a lot of extra work and resource management. I have to spend time researching problems online, then find a way to deal with them without using poison. I really think that this is the way, to borrow from The Mandalorian.

Two seasons from now I want to actually start selling extra plants and produce for some extra money as I look to build a small greenhouse somewhere on the property. I want to start diversifying the plants that I am growing and move to have them growing in the ground instead of buckets or pots. I’m definitely going to look to u-line for smaller buckets, as well. 5-gallon buckets are a bit overkill for some of these plants.

I am also considering going aqua/hydroponic to see if I can get better results. I would love to be able to have food growing year round. I believe that with the tomatoes I could definitely do it in a green/hot house with proper lighting and heating setups. More research, more things that I don’t know (but soon enough I will).

I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know that going forward I’m going to be freer than I was every previous day. I’ll be freer, healthier, and more knowledgeable. Knowledge is power, and those who freely share it are the most powerful of all.

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July 8

I Have A Problem With the World

I have a problem with the world. People look at my country (the Federal Republic of the United States of America) and complain about the outrageous amount of gun violence (at least, outrageous to them since they let their own governments effectively disarm them and turn them all into potential victims). I tend to agree, there are a lot of people who do not value the rights of others. They want to make other people victims and – in some places in the USA, they have succeeded in doing so, one must assume that they have the government’s blessing as the local and state governments where this is a problem continue to try and disarm the other potential victims.

I also know that we don’t have brazen grooming and rape gangs (also obviously supported by the local governments where they are a problem, seeing as how they do not do anything substantial to stop it). I know that sex crime against at least women is generally not tolerated, and against children? Let’s just say that I hope that you have good friends in prison if you are ever convicted over here. We still have our issues with sex trafficking, it’s true. People like Eliza Bleu are a testament to that. However, it isn’t so brazen because it is such a despicable thing. While you good folks elsewhere are focused on some random tool, there are people here who are more concerned with the root cause of crime. While you people, some of you who have to show government issued identification to buy kitchen cutlery designed for toddlers, claim to be morally superior while we are interested in actually protecting ourselves and those around us from the very sorts of people that would love to have roving rape gangs running unchecked. We will be able to at least have a fighting chance of not being a victim, but you keep telling us how you are morally superior while you ignore women in your own countries being a target for rape because no one is really going to do anything about it.

I have a problem with the world. Instead of minding your own business, you are constantly attacking people who hold different opinions, some of which may even be truly vile. Yet you have the gall to look over here and tell us that we have a hate problem. At least we can still have – sometimes, admittedly – civil discussions about otherwise troubling topics. You would rather us, however, just toe the party line (whatever it may be at the moment). Instead of open discussion to try and change minds, you would rather stifle anything you don’t explicitly agree with. All the while some of you will continue to be jailed, fined, or canceled because of an opinion from 10 seconds ago or 10 years ago. Don’t worry though. When the party line changes to something that you disagree with, you’ll be spared, right? You who would deny people the right to believe and speak as they want today will be the same ones that the powers that be will come after tomorrow. History promises us at least that much.

I also have a problem with the United States. I have a problem with the constant abuses heaped upon the people for some imaginary reasons. I have a problem with the theft of wealth from everyone in the country. The constant misappropriation of resources never gets fixed until the government gets out of the way. I have a problem with forcing people to act against their own wishes for some made-up “common good“. The only common good is the loosening of the chains of slavery heaped upon us all by those we trusted to keep us safe. Just vote harder, amirght?

I have a problem with the United States. With the constant aiding of people who would rather see us dead just because they are useful idiots for whatever inane, disgusting, nebulous goal that our overlords politicians have in mind for the benefit of themselves and their “friends”. I have a problem with the endless wars, fighting in countries we have no business in, interfering with their own culture and government setup, and for what? Revenge? 20 years in Afghanistan, killing people who had nothing to do with anything over here but they just happened to be in the wrong club? I have a problem with the funding and aiding of terrorists for any purpose. I have a problem with the funding of regimes engaged in apartheid. I have a problem with putting foreign nations onto our welfare rolls when they hate us as much as anyone else (and if you think that they don’t, cut off the funding). I have a problem with putting foreign nations on our welfare rolls whether or not they like us!

I have a problem with the entire world. No one seems to really care about being responsible for themselves and letting other people being self-deterministic. Living as they want so long as they let others do the same. No one wants to be responsible for their own business, their own personal life, and their own health and well-being yet they want to tell me that they know better so I better listen or else. I have a problem with forcing people to act against their own wishes, even if it may be detrimental to themselves, yet somehow I am the one trying to force my way of life upon others. I suggest that you look in the mirror.

I have a problem, but the only thing I can do is to share my thoughts with you and hope that you would rather discuss this with me. Maybe you can change my mind, or I can change yours. Or neither of us change and we both walk away, peacefully. I have a problem, and all I want to do is live my life. Freely and fully. Fear is not something any of us can remove from life. There will always be people who don’t care about anything. There will always be people who think that life should be easy and they will work harder to make sure that we support them instead of living peacefully one with another.

Life is hard, and scary. We can make it harder and continue to fight against each other, or we can do our part to make it a little bit easier, a little less scary, a little bit better. That latter option means working together, it means tolerating ideas we don’t like, it means that, at the end of the day, we are only responsible for ourselves and those that we voluntarily pledge ourselves to.

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June 28

Starting Down A New Road

I have been doing a lot of podcast listening. The one thing that I’ve come to realize from all of this is that it’s far past time to dedicate myself to starting down a new road. It’s far past time to be an agorist, voluntaryist, or anarcho-capitalist. It’s long past time to actually act on these philosophies. In fact, it may be coming close to where we can choose to even follow these philosophies, much less talk about them. There are forces at work that are seeking to demonize those who do.

It’s time to move down a new road, an uncharted road, a potentially dangerous road. It’s a road we will have to traverse alone, but not by ourselves. There are people we can look to for help and those who will be looking to us for help. Over the next few months, I’m going to be setting up my home for success in self-sustainability. Small vegetable garden, some fruit trees, getting ready to raise chickens next year, a small greenhouse. Big things that can be achieved in small steps.

Don’t wait until you’re in your 40s to make these changes. Young men, young women, take charge of your lives now. Get ready now. For you older readers, it’s never too late to begin making yourself less reliant on big industry for your basic needs.

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June 20

Starting A Garden

container garden

It’s one thing to tell others to be self-sustaining, it’s quite another to take the first step in making sure you’re self-sustaining. Today I took my first step toward trying to become self-sustaining myself. It’s not a big step, it’s just a first step.

January 18

First Post!

It’s been a long time since I kept a blog. My old one is still hosted on WordPress. I doubt I’ll be updating that one anymore. It’s time for a new look, a new home, and a new perspective. I don’t know how often I will be updating but I will try to make it regular. It will include current news, links to my podcast, and other stuff I see as related to this journey. I hope you’ll come along for my journey through this.

That all being said, I want to drop a few more links.
InfoWars
Zero Hedge
Me on Liberdon
Me on MeWe

I will leave you with this: I am going to be working on a new podcast episode. Keep an ear out for it.