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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

How to Find Liberty at Texas Freedom Grounds

All over the globe, people are organizing themselves into like-minded communities. It seems every day I hear of another project where those with similar ideas about community and lifestyle are joining together to voluntarily build a custom fit society. The movement is still young, and momentum is building.

Someday soon, we will live in a world where people hundreds or thousands of miles away from us with nothing in common cannot dictate how our lives will be run. If there is anything the modern world proves it is that all interaction can be voluntary, which is the most prosperous–and only moral–way to organize a society. Continue reading

Don’t Let America’s Raging Election Screw You

The doomsday clock ticks down to under a week. At this point, strange women, lying in ponds, distributing swords, would be a preferable basis for a system of government.

But there is a silver lining.

Elections have always been about dividing the American populace into two camps. Finally, this election is about unity. We can all agree that both major candidates on the ballot are just absolutely terrible. Why even bother recapping their crimes, crudeness, lies and lechery? We get it. Continue reading

Are Photos Stealing Your Soul?

Some say certain tribes from all over the world have believed in the past that a photograph can steal your soul.

More recently, studies have suggested that taking pictures actually makes it harder to remember an event. I guess since we have a physical record of it, we let the mental record slip. And then when we look at the photo, we let that serve as the memory instead of revisiting the moment in our minds.

But the other day I realized that photos have been stealing my soul in a different way. When I find myself in a picturesque moment, instead of basking in the joy of life, I sometimes feel the drive to preserve it in a picture. Continue reading

Lord of the Rings: Right and Wrong Don’t Change Because of Strange Times

Last summer I wrote a series of posts on Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, describing how Tolkien’s classic trilogy uses the ring as an allegory for the evils of government power; that is, a power unrestrained by natural law. Continue reading

10 Daniel Rothschild Comments on the World

My friend Daniel Rothschild might just be the next Rothbard… but with more dirty jokes. He is studying for a doctorate in economics, and regularly posts on Facebook about government.

Although he bares the infamous Rothschild name, Daniel claims no affiliation with the shadowy rulers of Earth. Of course, that could all just be part of the plan. But that would seem like a strange strategy to attempt to end the states which you control. Anyway, the following are all Daniel Rothschild facebook quotes. Continue reading

Why Common Law is better than Government Law

How can something be considered a crime if there is no victim? This is a problem: people cannot simply make sure they don’t hurt others; they can’t just base their actions off common sense and respect for the standards of their community to stay out of trouble.

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What are Rights? Do Rights Exist?

What is a right? Do rights exist? They seem so intangible, yet philosophical constructs can be real.

A right simply defines a state of being; it describes a condition. “Right of way,” is how we describe who has precedence in a driving situation. That certainly doesn’t mean people can’t ignore the concept of right of way, it just serves as a tool for establishing who is liable if a car accident should happen. Continue reading