The Tiny Dot

If you’ve been reading my latest posts you’ll know that I’ve been talking about building an alternative, stateless, permaculture paradigm. If you haven’t read any of the previous posts, I recommend you start with my A Stateless Society post. But with this current post I simply want to introduce you to Larken Rose’s work. Following is an excellent, and short, visual example of everything I’ve been attempting to articulate via words. Before you watch, let me share one of my favorite lines from J.R.R. Tolkien:

“Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found.  I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay:  small acts of kindness and love.  Why Bilbo Baggins?  Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage.”  – Gandalf the Grey, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Hmmm, what do you think now?

Live free!

Libertas lux et veritas

A Stateless Society

The mere idea of a stateless society may cause some discomfort as well as perplexed looks on the faces of those who’ve never taken the time to consider such a notion. I mean, is a stateless society even possible? Isn’t this just anarchy (remember V for Vendetta), and don’t we “need” the government (you know, for all the things we obviously can’t decide for ourselves like who can get married, what foods we can eat, and how much of our paycheck should we really get to keep)? I’ve been examining this issue lately, delving into the relation of the individual to society in such abstractions as that of “social contract theory”. To begin, I think it is helpful to have a point of reference from which to build, and since I do not wish to “reinvent the wheel” on this matter I turn now to James Corbett. The following is an excellent primer for this conversation. Please watch this video in its entirety to gain a good fundamental starting point:

Now that you’ve watched the video, I’m sure you have many questions. Perhaps you’ve formed some objections or counter points. Great! Now you’ve begun the search for truth, fact, and rationality. Keep digging! I next found myself watching a debate between attorney Tom Willcutts and philosopher Stephan Molyneux on the question “Is Government Immoral?”. Here’s the video:

As a follow up to the debate video, Corbett posted the following video which I found essential in this ongoing discussion:

In 1867, a man by the name of Lysander Spooner went so far to argue and demonstrate in his essay that the U.S. Constitution actually has no binding authority over anyone other than the signers of the original document! We didn’t consent to it, we are FREE! For more discussion on Mr. Spooner, and the relevance his arguments have today, please watch this extremely informative video:

After watching and/or reading through these many resources along with works by Ayn Rand such as Atlas Shrugged, and then witnessing current events unfold, the corruption and aggression of the state is without question the single greatest threat to liberty throughout the world! It is the existence of the state that props up corrupt and evil corporations like Monsanto– the latest “fit to hit the shan” is President Obama signing into law the Monsanto Protection Act, which in essence grants this reckless organization with immunity from the federal court system even if the US Government suspects Monsanto’s actions of endangering human health and/or the environment!  In a stateless society this could not, and would not happen. Devilish corporations like Monsanto would go out of business rather than be insulated by the statists it buys off through its lobbying efforts. And no, it doesn’t matter if a Republican or a Democrat is president, because all previous administrations dating back to Reagan have been in bed with the likes of Monsanto…and this is just one example. For more on the farcical, right-left paradigm, listen to this podcast interview with Charlie McGrath of WideAwakeNews.com, in which he discusses how this political divide-and-conquer tactic has been used to keep like-minded people apart for generations and what we can do to help break down the barriers to new ways of thinking that we all erect around our political ideologies.

Ask yourself, would you be better off with or without the government? Do you want to be free, I mean really, truly, and irrevocably free? You can’t be, and aren’t, in a state-dominated society. Why not construct an alternative paradigm?

I’m sure this blog post raises more questions than it answers, and this is intentionally done. Are you thinking for yourself? Are you asking questions, or have you simply subjected yourself to the system? Live free friend, live free.

If you want more resources, you’ll find them. Here are a few to add to the mix:

Freedomain Radio

Tragedy and Hope

LewRockwell.com

Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici

(“By the power of truth, I while living have conquered the universe“)

Paradigm Shift

Transitioning from my previous occupation and lifestyle to restorative, eco-friendly, and sustainable farming affords me time to think and ponder upon a great many things that heretofore the harried pace of my life did not grant. Recently I saw the following post on Growtest.org, which sent my mind racing, contemplating the evolution of my complete paradigm shift, my personal Revolution which began nearly a year ago:

A line also recently gripped me from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged: “What greater wealth is there than to own your life and to spend it on growing? Every living thing must grow. It can’t stand still. It must grow or perish.” I now recognize the next step in this restorative journey is not merely the act of defiance and or protest against what James Corbett dubs “the powers that should not be”, but instead it is to build and demonstrate a model, a new paradigm- one infused with liberty and abundance- that serves as a beacon of hope for the present and the future. So much time, energy, and resources are wasted upon the halls of political offices. It’s time to instead build a permanent culture that stands in stark contrast to the geopolitical paradigm currently holding a death grip on the masses. Instead of a consumer/debt based paradigm where only goods and services are valued, there is an alternative wherein perennial ecosystems, and the restoration thereof, are the key to our continued existence upon this planet. Such radical thoughts are the seeds of hope for this eco-economy based in permaculture design.

To give you a flavor of what in the world I’m ranting about, check out the below links, podcasts and videos. I want to give full credit to their creators, so please, on the first link below go to Geoff Lawton’s new website, and watch the video “How to Survive the Coming Crisis”. You may be asked for your email address, but this is only to keep updated on the latest videos he produces in the series- it’s free, and well worth the time investment to watch. You’ll see many of the projects Geoff has or currently is working on; you’ll see him literally turn a desert into a lush, fertile, green, and flourishing ecosystem. It’ll blow your mind!  Here’s the link:

http://www.geofflawton.com/fe/32461-surviving-the-coming-crises?r=y

Also, please take time to listen to the podcasts available at Permies.com . Below is a series of podcasts featuring Geoff Lawton:

Spreading Permaculture with Geoff Lawton Part 1

Spreading Permaculture with Geoff Lawton Part 2

Additionally, if you’re feeling inspired, here’s one of Geoff’s TED talks:

I also found another documentary produced by John D. Liu concerning large scale ecosystem restoration projects, and the “Greening the Desert” project you’ll see/hear Geoff Lawton refer to. Check it out, this is AWESOME stuff:

Last but not least, here’s another great talk given by Mark Shepard at the Acres USA conference I attended last November. It’s longer than the above videos and podcasts, but Mark brings clarity and humor as he lays out a model for restoration agriculture and applying real-world permaculture:

There’s so much information available now concerning permaculture design- from full scale ecosystem restoration to natural building structures, like straw bale homes– and this is my attempt to spread the knowledge to you in hope that it begins shifting your paradigm. It’s hard to listen to and watch this stuff and not be inspired to change! This is an issue that affects every single living organism on the face of our planet- it’s time we start paying attention and taking action. I am, are you?

Thanks for reading!

Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici

(“By the power of truth, I while living have conquered the universe“)