Are Drugs Even Bad?

Obviously some drugs are bad altogether, and all drugs are bad if abused.

But almost no one thinks all drugs are bad, all the time.

Of course caffeine is the prime example of this. Even your most heavily addicted coffee chugging friend is probably not going to pawn your TV to get their fix.

Yea you can still get too wired, or have a headache from caffeine withdrawal, but we have all pretty much accepted that caffeine is fine to be addicted to.

There’s a point to coffee! It kick-starts your day! BOOM. Go. Kick-ass. It is a little luxury, a tiny escape, a methylxanthine comfort. Continue reading

“There is No Safety You Dumb Bitch,” a Lesson From Sandor Clegane, The Hound

Brienne of Tarth, in Game of Thrones, is noble in her cause, and intends to uphold an oath she swore to Lady Stark to keep her children safe. But she is also a bit naive about the nature of the world in which she lives.

Brienne thinks she can bring Arya to a safe place, wherever that is. But as The Hound so eloquently reminds her:

“There is no safety you dumb bitch. And if you don’t know that by now, you’re the wrong one to watch over her.”

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Why I Started Admitting I Was Wrong

Dale Carnegie said in How to Win Friends and Influence People, that if any of us were right more than half the time, we’d be making a killing on Wall Street.

It feels like others would lose respect for someone who admits they have been wrong, but the opposite is true. Continue reading

10 Best Quotes From Henry David Thoreau’s Essay “Civil Disobedience”

I won’t pretend Henry David Thoreau’s writing thoroughly interests me, as much as I admire him. Truth be told, I find much of his work boring and wordy. His ideas on government however, are quite interesting, especially coming from someone of his time period. He is among the ranks of abolitionist thinkers, like Josiah Warren, who correctly see in direct slavery the same basic injustices a subject suffers under a government. Continue reading

Is Individuality Necessary for Social Order?

What does it mean to be organized? Usually it means “stuff” is defined based on it’s individual characteristics, and put in a place based on that classification.

We organize our desk by recognizing pens, pencils, and markers as writing utensils, and putting them in the drawer. Then we categorize pencils, pens, and markers separately based on their individual characteristics, and put them on the left, middle, and right. Continue reading

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First off, welcome to my blog, where you can read about freedom, philosophy, and the future!

I am a writer and mini-farming living on the panhandle of Florida; a transplant from Massachusetts.

And you heard right, I am giving away my latest novella! You can now read my 2016 dystopian thriller “Flight Grounded” for free, just by signing up for my email list.

(I’m not going to send you many emails, only when I actually have something new to share with you. Expect an email about once a week.)

This blog was once geared towards politics and government, but I now write on those subjects for The Daily Bell.

Here you can expect philosophical musings on life, posts about the mini-farm on which I live and work, and my experiences traveling.

Freedom is my passion, and themes of liberation are woven into essentially all my writing. I want to build a future that will only get better for future generations.

My vision is nothing like what we have experienced on Earth before, but I am not pessimistic about the possibilities of changing that trajectory.

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30 Tactics of “How to Win Friends and Influence People”

Turns out, actually being a genuinely good person is the easiest way to have influence over others, and get them to like you.

In 1936 Dale Carnegie wrote How to Win Friends and Influence People after intense study of effective leadership, the psychology behind why people like each other, and how to approach tough situations without giving offense.

Far from being sneaky ways to get what you want, or sleazy selling tactics, the methods Carnegie describes about how to properly interact with others would make the world a better place if universally adopted. You could recognize one of these tactics being used on you, and still feel no ill will towards the person employing it.

Much for my own benefit and reference, this is an overview of the key takeaways from How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleRead the whole book to get the most benefit from Carnegie’s lessons.

Think of How to Win Friends and Influence People, as oil for the gears of society.

1. “Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain.”

It just makes people defensive and breeds resentment. Criticizing and condemning makes it harder for someone to admit they are wrong, because they now feel the desire to justify their actions or thoughts. Even if they change their ways, it will not be lasting.

2. “Give honest and sincere appreciation.”

Everyone wants to feel needed and important. Those who fulfill this craving for others will be held in high esteem. But it is easy to tell shallow flattery from actual recognition of good qualities and hard work. Look for qualities worthy of commending. Continue reading