January 2

The Chill Agorist Podcast – Episode 0010 – Welcome to 2022

The Chill Agorist Podcast – Episode 0010 – Welcome to 2022
This is a basic bitch episode. No intro or outro or ad segment (and no more ad segment going forward). I talk about my commitment to commitment, hydroponics, why my cats suck but I still love them, a little bit about current events, but mostly about what I want to be doing going forward. I will be doing my best to incorporate more value into my podcasts as I move toward a value-for-value model (damn you Adam Curry and your altruistic ideas). I feel it will push me to be a better podcaster.
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December 22

Wielding Power

As mostly non-political – at least in terms of voting – I find the idea of wielding power over others to be detestable. However I am beginning to think that there is at least some room for nuance. After all, we all find ourselves sometimes saddled with some sort of power. Parents over children, someone involved in a negotiation for something who has demonstrably better information than the other person, and yes, those who have better armed and trained themselves for self-defense versus someone attacking them who might not be as well trained or armed.

These are all examples of having power over someone else. Knowing this, especially as someone who wants to live peaceably with others, it becomes important that first we do not let ourselves become overconfident. These particular examples show a transitory sort of power and the power structure can easily be upended and reversed. It only takes a little thing to change the whole dynamics of a particular situation.

Political power, however, seems to be slightly different. It is very easy to accumulate influence and knowledge and, if you learn how to play the game you could be the next Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer or the late Dick Cheney. Political power dynamics become a lot harder to upend or upset (which Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is learning along with the rest of The Squad). This is what makes political power so corrupting. It only goes away if you let it go and, let’s be honest, as anyone who successfully con’s people on the regular can tell you: no one wants to let that kind of power go. It was difficult to gain, and the successful wielder finds great benefit to themselves to continue to wield it as they are always looking to improve their own situation.

How does this affect us? As people who are rejecting government and looking to build a parallel society without that power we are wielding power to because, you see, political power over a group of people (generally the governed) only works if everyone else buys into the legitimacy of the entire situation.

Who wields the real power?

This image really is what got me thinking about this subject. We claim that politicians and their goons have power over us, but that is only true because we allow them. When we decide to stop listening, to stop smoking the hopium that “if only we vote better” is, when we walk away and just absolutely refuse to allow them such power in the first place, it will come crashing down on them, podium and all. All we have to do is exercise the one bit of power that they can never wrest away from us and that is the power to just walk away. Jail us, tie us down, lock us in our homes. Whatever their response is – and you can be sure that in the current political climate around the world that it will be a violent response on their end – we can still choose whether or not to participate.

That’s real power, and because everyone has the same power no one person can exert this type of power with undo influence. This makes it the weakest since each individual can only exert it over themselves, and the most powerful since it can topple even the largest of empires. It is both all-powerful and the most unassuming. This is why free thinkers are demonized. This is why they fear homeschooling. This is why they don’t want people “off-grid”. We are radical because we are saying that we not only don’t believe in the bullshit they are shoveling, but are actually willing to put our money where our mouth is just walk away from them and do our own thing.

Each individual has already defeated the Elizabeth Warren’s and Kamala Harris’ of the world the moment we say “Fuck this” and walk away. We have wrested that power away from them and they can’t do anything to stop us. No amount of jail, or even death, will get them back the power that they have lost.

Stay safe, stay warm, stay free. Happy holidays from the Chill Agorist and family. I may or may not post again before the new calendar year.

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September 14

The Chill Anarchist Podcast – Episode 0008 – Our Silent Protest

Today’s podcast is a special “silent protest” podcast. Listen in and you’ll see what I mean.

Episode 0008 – Our Silent Protest

This is a special, protest episode of The Chill Anarchist Podcast. Our President really mandated that employers essentially institute a backdoor vaccine mandate. Thomas Luongo’s article “Quietly Say “No” to Biden’s Call for Civil War” inspired today’s episode. Read the article while you “listen” to this episode, then join me in silent protest as we tell Biden “We will not comply!”
Quietly Say “No” to Biden’s Call for Civil War

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August 24

The Chill Anarchist Podcast – Episode 006 – Agency, Consent, and Free Speech

In this special episode as I return to content creation I talk about the issues of Agency, Consent, and Free Speech in these ‘rona Times.

The Chill Anarchist Podcast – Episode 006 – Agency, Consent, and Free Speech

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August 24

The Chill Anarchist Podcast – Episode 005 – The British Have Arrived

“The only sacred cows are the ones served with onions and mushrooms.”
The British have come, what are you going to do?
Capitol Fence Bill

The Chill Anarchist Podcast – Episode 005 – The British Have Arrived

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August 24

The Chill Anarchist Podcast – Episode 004 – Freedom is Hard

The riot in the capital on 2021 January 06 was both amazing and horrifying. Amazing because people are finally growing the balls to stand up to the government, and horrifying for the abuses of power we’re likely to see as a result of this temper tantrum. We need to stop relying on – and trusting in – the government. Freedom is hard folks.

The Chill Anarchist Podcast – Episode 004 – Freedom is Hard

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August 24

The Chill Anarchist Podcast – Episode 003 – The Live Episode

An attempt at an anarchist newscast-type live stream, converted to podcast for posterity.

The Chill Anarchist Podcast – Episode 003 – The Live Episode

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August 24

The Chill Anarchist Podcast – Episode 002 – The Non-Aggression Principle

Today I discuss the non-aggression principle, or – as it’s colloquially known as – the NAP.

The Chill Anarchist Podcast – Episode 002 – The Non-Aggression Principle

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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.