Today’s article by Hakim Bey develops the concept of a Permanent Autonomous Zone (PAZ). It is an evolutionary step based upon Bey’s earlier idea of Temporary Autonomous Zones (TAZ). Any mistakes are solely that of the author himself.
TAZ-theory tries to concern itself with existing or emerging situations rather than with pure utopianism. All over the world people are leaving or “disappearing” themselves from the Grid of Alienation and seeking ways to restore human contact. An interesting example of this – on the level of “urban folk culture’ – can be found in the proliferation of hobby networks and conferences. Recently I discovered the zines of two such groups, Crown Jewels of High Wire (devoted to the collection of glass electrical insulators) and a journal on cucurbitology (The Gourd). A vast amount of creativity goes into these obsessions. The various periodic gatherings of fellow-maniacs amount to genuine face-to-face (unmediated) festivals of eccentricity. It’s not just the “counter-culture” which seeks its TAZs, its nomad encampments and nights of liberation from the Consensus. Self-organized and autonomous groups are springing up amongst every “class” and “sub-culture”. Vast tracts of the Babylonian Empire are now virtually empty, populated only by the spooks of MAssMedia, and a few psychotic policemen. Continue reading
Today’s article is a parody of the lame and inaccurate so-called Anarchist Cookbook. It was written by privateer, of the real-life #agora IRC channel. For more information on agorism, please feel free to read “An Agorist Manifesto in 95 Theses,” “Fifty Things to Do Now,” “An Agorist Anecdote,” “#agora,” and of course, “Alongside Night.”
The Agorist Cookbook Introduction
This site is a place for Documenting: Tips, Tricks, Tools, Systems, Methods related to Operating in the Agorist Second Realm of Meatspace and Cyberspace. You will find a proverbial Wiki of Recipes for Agorist Markets and Living. A decent brief description from the Wikipedia Agorism entry describes Agorism as:
A political philosophy founded by Samuel Edward Konkin III and developed with contributions by J. Neil Schulman that holds as its ultimate goal bringing about a society in which all “relations between people are voluntary exchanges – a free market.” The term comes from the Greek word “agora,” referring to an open place for assembly and market in ancient Greek city-states. Ideologically, it is a term representing a revolutionary type of free-market anarchism. Schulman integrated the idea of counter-economics into Konkin’s libertarian philosophy, which is the advocacy of untaxed black market activity.
Today’s article by Hakim Bey is about carving out tiny pockets of freedom wherever you can. Bey seems to argue that such pockets are more likely to be mobile than stationary. Any mistakes are solely that of the author himself.
speakeasies & raves
“…this time however I come as the victorious Dionysus, who will turn the world into a holiday…Not that I have much time…”
–Nietzsche (from his last “insane” letter to Cosima Wagner)
THE SEA-ROVERS AND CORSAIRS of the 18th century created an “information network” that spanned the globe: primitive and devoted primarily to grim business, the net nevertheless functioned admirably. Scattered throughout the net were islands, remote hideouts where ships could be watered and provisioned, booty traded for luxuries and necessities. Some of these islands supported “intentional communities,” whole mini-societies living consciously outside the law and determined to keep it up, even if only for a short but merry life. Some years ago I looked through a lot of secondary material on piracy hoping to find a study of these enclaves–but it appeared as if no historian has yet found them worthy of analysis. (William Burroughs has mentioned the subject, as did the late British anarchist Larry Law–but no systematic research has been carried out.) I retreated to primary sources and constructed my own theory, some aspects of which will be discussed in this essay. I called the settlements “Pirate Utopias.” Continue reading
“I often encourage folks who are preparedness-minded to develop a second income stream with a home-based business. Once you have that business started, then start another one…[a] successfully recession-proof home-based business is likely to be one in which the demand for your goods and services is consistent – even in a weak economy…[k]eep in mind that if you choose publishing or another mail-order venture selling something compact and lightweight, then you can take advantage of a national or even global market. But if you are selling a service or a relatively bulky or heavy hand-crafted item, then your market will be essentially local, so choose your venture wisely.”
– James Rawles
Good Americans within the servile society typically “commute” five days a week in order to work eight hours per day. These “workers” often stop by grocery stores or similar businesses on their way home from work so as to pick up dinner every other day, or at least a few times a week. The problem with such a lifestyle is that the frequency of traveling to and fro on the government’s “public” roads increases the vulnerability to coercion of said motorists due to traffic stops.
Imagine, if you will, a noticeably different lifestyle whereby you travel once a week to a job site and work overtime while you’re there, and by the end of the week you go home. Similarly, you only shop for groceries once every few weeks or even several months out. Notice, too, that it’s not just the frequency of exporting labor and products relative to importing knowledge and supplies, but also the context of how you’re doing it.
Financial independence (FI) could be defined as making a livelihood without a steady employer. Absent a nine-to-five Just Over Broke (a “JOB”), many Good Americans literally wouldn’t know what to do with themselves, sadly because they are often indoctrinated to believe that their sense of self-worth is tightly bound to the consumerist fantasy of developing a “career,” an idea that has little to do with survivability and much to do with Stockholm Syndrome with the servile society itself. Often, FI can take the form of freelancing (working for a variety of clients on a per assignment basis) and/or intensive saving (a form of frugality whereby you save 50% – 80% of your take-home-pay). Continue reading
Today’s article is a chapter within Brian Kelling’s 1999, “Travel-Trailer Homesteading Under $5,000.” I figured that as part of an eventual article I’d like to write about strategic relocation, this background material would be useful from a historical perspective, if for no other practical reason. This republication of Kelling’s chapter is hereby done under the intention of Fair Use; no copyright infringement intended.
Choosing your land is probably your most important consideration, and there are many things to take into account.
For starters, where would you like to live? To me, this is the most important question.
Then, where can you afford to live? Where can you find a piece of suitable land for $2,500? You’ll need to be realistic about this.
Is the county unzoned? I highly recommend a county with no zoning, because then you can pretty much do what you want, and erect what you want. Taxes are usually cheaper, and there’s generally no one to enforce county regulations. So while you’re at it, check into whether or not there are any county regulations that would affect you (such as having a well or cistern, and a septic system in before you could occupy the land). Continue reading
Today’s article is a chapter within Bill Kaysing’s 1997, “Privacy: How to Get It, How to Enjoy It.” As part of an upcoming article about the notorious federal income tax, I figured some background material would be useful, at the very least, from a historical perspective, if nothing else. This republication of Kaysing’s chapter is hereby done under the intention of Fair Use; no copyright infringement intended.
Image from Bill Kaysing’s privacy book is hereby used under the intention of Fair Use; no copyright infringement intended.
There is one difference between a tax collector and a taxidermist: a taxidermist leaves the hide.
To put it simply, do now own anything which warrants taxes. If you have a house you do not want to give up, then stop paying taxes on it. You will have five years to redeem the property. In that length of time, the house will probably appreciate enough to pay off the taxes when sold. In the meantime, there are no tax worries. You can invest your money in raw land, plant trees and other forms of vegetation, and come out way ahead by promoting the appreciation of farm land. Don’t forget: It is not necessary to pay taxes on that land, either! Continue reading
Today’s article is a chapter within Bill Kaysing’s 1997, “Privacy: How to Get It, How to Enjoy It.” Given that there is a chapter in Section II of Rayo’s “Vonu: The Search for Personal Freedom,” about living full time in a boat, I’d figure that Kaysing’s experience and observations would be valuable to those pursuing vonuence. This republication of Kaysing’s chapter is hereby done under the intention of Fair Use; no copyright infringement intended.
Image from Bill Kaysing’s privacy book is hereby used under the intention of Fair Use – no copyright infringement intended.
There is a saying that there are only two happy days in a boat owner’s life: the day he buys it and the day he sells it. While there is some validity to the aphorism, it’s not entirely true. Otherwise, what would account for the fact that millions of people throughout the world prefer to live on water rather than land? The author is one of those millions; and he is happy to tell you his reasons.
The author says the sensation of slipping between the clean sheets of the full-size double bunk in the aft cabin of his boat cannot be obtained on land. Why? Because as soon as he settles down, he can hear the small waves slapping against the hull; and he can watch the water lights, reflections of light from the waves playing on the overhead beams, and smell the fresh air pouring in through the hatch that opens up to the stars up above. Now, that’s a trip in every sense of the word!
There is much more to it than that; but this particular delight is high on the author’s list of floating favorites. He could easily write a book about the fun he has had in the last five years with the venerable Flying Goose, a 52-year-old Coast Guard cutter now converted to a houseboat. He finds a simple beauty in just being aboard that “good-vibes” old vessel. However, the major focus of his enthusiasm is the quality and amount of privacy available in living afloat. Continue reading
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“It is incredible how as soon as a people becomes subject, it promptly falls into such complete forgetfulness of its freedom that it can hardly be roused to the point of regaining it, obeying so easily and so willingly that one is led to say, on beholding such a situation, that this people has not so much lost its liberty as won its enslavement. It is true that in the beginning men submit under constraint and force; but those who come after them obey without regret and perform willingly what their predecessors had done because they had to. This is why men born under the yoke and then nourished and reared in slavery are content, unaware of any other state or right, and considering as quite natural the condition into which they were born.” [emphasis added]
– Étienne de La Boétie
Paulbaack’s “Kiss the Ring of Dracula.”
Carefully calculated submission, simply defined, is obedience to government laws for the sake of self-preservation when faced with superior firepower. It is a method used whenever openly resisting the State becomes unwise to the degree of becoming a suicide pact. Given the reality of lawfare, it is not always possible to conduct more effective pushback, even in the form of legal interstices. Continue reading
Living the Outlaw Life began in 2001 as an informal collection of articles published in Backwoods Home magazine about her own search for personal freedom, not unlike Rayo before her. During early 2008, her articles were relabeled City Girl, Country Life as Claire Wolfe shifted focus more inwardly yet still practical. The last article in the series ended during the events of Costilla County (dates follow a yy/mm/dd format).
Today’s list, courtesy of Anarplex, are potential candidates to add to the next edition of The Freedom Umbrella of Direct Action. For more background information, feel free to take a look at “An Agorist Manifesto in 95 Theses,” “The New Libertarian Manifesto,” and “An Agorist Primer.”
- Become a part-time entrepreneur, garage-market-dealer, urban farmer, welder, whatever. Just be productive under your own command. It doesn’t matter what it is; just be directly productive, and directly deal with suppliers and clients. You’ll find it awesomely liberating and it will be highly useful for the free underground market.
- Switch off the TV. Read books!
- Socialize with people that share your ethics and that are productive and respectful. Eat together, discuss, challenge each other, help each other, have a good time.
- Get a safe or safe deposit box. Start moving all the cash you can get in there, convert at least 30% of your cash to silver and/or gold coins.
- Invest in trust. Do minor deals for people on a trust basis. Taking others at their word, and let yourself be challenged by yours.
- Start looking for matches. When you talk with people, memorize what they do, and if an opportunity comes up, connect them with someone else for a minor finders fee (a burger, a few beers, whatever).
- Join your local LIMA house (We’ll explain this in a future post.)
- Travel, but don’t go sight-seeing – spend your time getting to know the people there. Think about business opportunities with them.
- Start using aliases and pseudonyms. Get comfortable using them in real-life situations.
- Learn to use cryptography.
- Learn ethics and law (not the government law!).
- Study logic, especially the fallacies.
- Put more cash aside. Use your part-time job as the source of saved cash.
- Start to invest cash with people you know, in off the books projects. Start making micro-loans to people or buy shares in their operations.
- Learn basic double-entry book-keeping. Don’t waste effort on the account-numbers they teach you – under the concept and use it.
- Learn to write in code. We all have to use recording, bookkeeping, contact books, transaction notes etc. These should be hard to decipher for someone taking a quick glimpse, and even hard for someone taking time to analyze them. Use tricks like date-shifting, shorthand, making up your own terms, etc. Or, if you want to spend a little more effort, learn to use memorized ciphers, such as memorizing some longer text, then apply it as a simple shifting-key to what you write, with the page number or marker as a keypart.
- Tell other producers, entrepreneurs, traders etc that you appreciate what they do.
- Buy primarily from others like you, stay away from the on-the-books market as much as you can.
- When in conflict, ask someone to mediate. Solve conflicts yourself wherever you can. Use a mutually respected and trusted third party when necessary. Stay away from state ‘justice’ whenever you can.
- Start respecting secrets. Secrets are good most of the time; transparency is bad most of the time. Detox yourself from the ‘everything should be in the open’ propaganda.
- Slowly make your part-time, off-the-books business, your main line of income. Things like underground dental hygiene are very cool.
- Learn that ‘off-the-books’ means that you really have to excel in what you do. You have to provide quality.
- Don’t invest in single deals; invest in relationships with the market.
- Get over it; Voting doesn’t help at all.
- Work with friends to create buying associations and selling associations. This will give you and others lots of money to save and lots of money to hide.
- Harbor a fugitive (Good ones, obviously).
- Help someone cross a border without documents.
- Offer small merchants silver or gold rather than fiat currency.
- Sell your products in silver or gold.
- Accept and use digital gold, such as Pecunix or C-gold.
- Start a community currency in your town.
- Use digital cash, such as eCache.
- Use Loom, Truebanc.
- Get serious about protecting your Internet traffic.
- Get comfortable working your will in the world.
- Learn how to work your will beneficially. This is not about being ‘right,’ it is about causing benefit.
- Fix your mistakes (you will make them). Learn not to repeat them.
- Learn how to communicate effectively. Again, this is not about proving that you are right – this is about getting true ideas into other minds effectively.
- Stop obeying the State in some new way. Tell your friends about your success doing so.
- Get comfortable with the term ‘Economic Civil Disobedience.’
- Spread the idea that the State is not magic – it is nothing more than a collection of your neighbors – no more ethical and noble than the lamer next door.
- Learn how to find the false assumptions in arguments. Most public lies sound okay if you don’t find their unspoken assumptions. If they pass too quickly, find their written version and search for the lie it contains.
- Learn how to disagree with kindness.
- Accept the fact that most people are confused are just barely hanging on to their last shreds of self-esteem. Understand that State intellectuals like this condition, as it makes people easier to keep in line – a little shame goes a long way.
- Don’t waste your energy on the political crisis de jour. Busy your mind with more substantial things. Daily political dramas are a time-sink, and the statists like it. Stop following their script.
- Use jurisdictional arbitrage to deprive the State of your money. Work with friends if the setup costs are too large for you.
- Learn to defend yourself, your family, your neighbors and your town. No State means no military. Until you take this upon yourself, your plans will always have a gaping hole in their middle. There is no free lunch here either. Get weapons and be mentally prepared to use them. Decide in advance how and when you would use them – do not leave it to the emotion of the moment – that will make a shipwreck of the whole venture. Learn how to use them safely.
- Do something nice for your neighbor. The people who live near you are a far more important part of your environment than any other.
- Help people who suffer undeservedly. No State means you are responsible for charity. Sure, it will be much easier when the State isn’t stealing all your extra money (or chasing you in hope of theft), but do what you can now and get used to the process.
- Watch over your friends. Notice when they are having a bad day, show some kindness and concern. If they are overloaded, carry some of their burden. We all have bad times, and your bad day may come too. Help one another. Restore one another.