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Juxtaposition: Modern Hunter-Gatherers vs. Modern Force-Backed Administrations

Alternatively titled: The Bright Future vs. The Decrepit Past of Stale Promises Promises

Well, first the good news. Do you have a measly five and a half minutes to be inspired by very bright young scientist entrepreneurs -- modern hunter-gatherers -- who don't seem to want to pick your pockets via Obama & Co?

Here.

I dunno...all this talk of "leapfrogging," raising the world up through profitable technologies -- and not bottomless pit government incompetence -- and even going to far as to say, "We're not looking for any kind of government grants or anything like that...," well, just who do they think they are, anyway?

And perhaps you'll recognize Justine Lam in the video. You may have seen her before.

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  Justine Lam at #AHS11

She's a co-founder in Matternet, a company that wishes to bypass and leapfrog the ineptness of global government in creating networks of roadways to deliver goods to market.

Matternet will alleviate poverty and accelerate economic growth for the rising billion through a roadless transportation network.

"But who will build the roadzzzz?"

Reminds me of this: Private Citizens Perform $4 Million Road Repair Job For Free in 8 Days.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources had estimated that the damage would cost $4 million to fix, money the agency doesn’t have, according to a news release from department Chairwoman Laura Thielen. [...]

And after only eight days, all of the repairs were done, Pleas said. It was a shockingly quick fix to a problem that may have taken much longer if they waited for state money to funnel in.

“We can wait around for the state or federal government to make this move, or we can go out and do our part,” Slack said. “Just like everyone’s sitting around waiting for a stimulus check, we were waiting for this but decided we couldn’t wait anymore.”

So there you have it. Now for the juxtaposition, or, "the bad news." Obama: If We Lose in 2012, Government Will Tell People ‘You’re on Your Own'. Wonder if he did it in a Schwarzeneggarian accent....

At a million-dollar San Francisco fundraiser today, President Obama warned his recession-battered supporters that if he loses the 2012 election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance in America.

“The one thing that we absolutely know for sure is that if we don’t work even harder than we did in 2008, then we’re going to have a government that tells the American people, ‘you are on your own,’” Obama told a crowd of 200 donors over lunch at the W Hotel.

“If you get sick, you’re on your own. If you can’t afford college, you’re on your own. If you don’t like that some corporation is polluting your air or the air that your child breathes, then you’re on your own,” he said. “That’s not the America I believe in. It’s not the America you believe in.”

"Promises, promises," as a friend of mine said. At any rate, with eight Obama visits to California in just the last month, $9 million raised and $77 million total for his campaign, looks the about the only thing bullish for investment in the whole economy -- with the possible exception of gold -- is your continued dependence.

The San Francisco event was Obama’s eighth in California in the past month, a sign of the Golden State’s continued importance in his bid for a second term.

Obama has already raised more than $9 million from California donors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2008, California topped the list of states doling out cash to Obama, totaling more than $77 million for his campaign.

So what's the bad news? That he's lying his ass off. It doesn't matter who wins, dependency on decrepit, old-fashioned, incompetent and thieving government will be as popular as ever and will march right on as it always has, always does and likely will for a very long time if not indefinitely.

...I'm glad though, at least, that there appear to be a number of bright young modern hunter-gatherer people who -- being either principally or practically opposed -- aren't willing to wait around for government to get around to their dreams and ambitions, seeming relatively content to just ignore it. That's exactly what I endeavor to do -- except when it's time to give my readers good reasons for doing just that. ....Or, in this case as well: actually paying attention to and supporting real value that really matters and will hopefully continue to matter more and more as old dependents are replaced by young, self-sufficient creators and entrepreneurs.

In the end, I've always thought that the best approach toward undermining the external authority of church, and the force-backed destruction of state, is to simply out-compete them. Offer people better values, better alternatives, real and not fake, for-hire "accountability," and so forth -- i.e., everything that's good and right and voluntary and of good will toward men vs. all that isn't, from unearned guilt to unjustifiable theft, imprisonment, homicide.

Comments

  1. I’m with your friend: promises, promises. Unfortunately, I also agree with you – no matter who is elected, it will be four more years of the same old, same old. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss…

  2. Richard, is that woman on the left your sister? She looks so much like you. That is the first thing I noticed.

  3. Jonathan says:

    Richard, I can’t give up on America! One candidate has a record of cutting Government and preaching self reliance. Check out the Ron Paul campaign and let me know how he stacks up to your expectations. We have to take action and vote though or the people who want hand outs will go out and get them.

    • I can’t either, Jonathan. Otherwise I’d have just stayed in Europe or gone somewhere else.

      I just don’t think it’s possible to vote yourself free. As it stands, about 50% or more of the population are net recipients of government “benefits” and “entitlements.” They’ll outvote the productive every time and they’ll got for those who promise even MORE handouts.

      So, I do what I can do, which is to write and try to reach minds and the only minds I’m interested in are the self-sufficient ones. They are always welcome around here, no matter other disagreements.

      Cheers. I know your heart’s in the right place.

      • I’m way, way more pro-American than I was when I abandoned my native soil many years back, even if I do think the country is circling the drain. My faith in America rests on its ability to produce brilliant and innovative thinkers, more than any other country, even if it produces more kooks and idiots at the same time (and these traits aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive). This (most likely waning) American ability to nurture genius and innovation doesn’t do much to affect the political landscape. In that respect I think the US is pretty much fucked.

      • “Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason.” ― Mark Twain

        I’d point out that we could effect change much faster using fatal doses of lead – but not necessarily in “rebellion.” Shooting politicos has some value, sure – no matter WHICH party they come from, mind – as it induces some THOUGHT in what they do, by enforcing a penalty when they do somethign objectively wrong (which would be most laws on the books these days).
        But then you just have the agencies (bureaucrats) swoop in and dismiss the incident, call it terrorism, or use it as another excuse to expand their power.
        Deal with the bureaucrats. They don’t have any special guards or security, and feel all nice, safe, and isolated. Unaccountable, no need to answer to anyone, free to interpret rules however they want…
        Remove a few, they grow back like weeds, and as perenially: Parasites always are that way. But make them afraid to be parasites, they might surprise you by being (GASP) productive.

        And without the bureaucracy to insulate them from accountability, the politicians will then listen more to the public – instead of that “1%” (which I am considered to BE, based on my income, but I’m tired of being ass-raped without even the courtesy of lube. That’s why I’m a registered Republican who is now aligning with anarchists. “He governs best, who governs LEAST.” – Thomas Jefferson, emphasis mine. Keep you nose out of my business, I’ll keep my nose out of yours. Punch me in the nose, except a knife in your gut – Enough with the Nice Guy routine, you’ve made civilization impossible for the civilized, so we’ll do it YOUR way until you get the message to play nice. Violence by law is no less unjust than violence by an individual, but hey – YOU defined the game. I didn’t sign the “social contract”, neither did anyone here – but when our “four Freedoms” (qv Norman Rockwell) are being impacted? Time to act, Tyranny is Tyranny whether we vote in the despots or allow the despots to appoint our rulers [bureaucrats].)

  4. Richard, you’re funny ..but not even my family can have access to that much jerky. I’m of Eastern European origin and been eating a good amount of meat since 2007, could that be why we look similar? :)
    But glad you mentioned Justine! She is one awesome and beautiful girl. We actually met-up for lunch just yesterday. She and I are definitely on the same wavelength about being self-sufficient entrepreneurs interested in working on matters that really matter. Now …when will you, Bea, Justine, and I get together for a nice meal?

  5. Alex Good says:

    Am I the only one who sees the flying car future as hell? No privacy, no adventure and worst of all… NO TREES!!!

    • Alex:

      I dunno, man. The thing about the future even though I bitch & moan is that there seems to be more opportunity, less wanton violence, and generally more freedom for individuals — though it is a weird sort of freedom where there are wide swaths of it in some areas, like expression, and precious little of it when it comes to keeping what you produce in order to advance your own values and support those you love & like.

      But I don’t think anything can be done about that. The human race will continue to advance. I just hope its general intelligence advances as well, but as always, I’m perfectly willing to take my own chances.

  6. I’ve noticed recently that most of the top Paleo thought leaders are Libertarians. Perhaps a post outlining all of the major players political stances could help budge people over the line–we’re social creatures after all.

    • Sorry to interupt your libertiarian circle jerk but paleo man in no way was libertarian. She lived in tribes and other statist and social(ist) groups where the success of the individual was completely dependent upon the success of the group. We see this over and over in anthroploigical evidence.

      • And how is voluntary submission to the “greater good” un-libertarian?

        Any system that follows the Non Agression Axiom is, by definition, libertarian.

        Libertarianism is not necessarily the atomistic individualism-in-a-vacuum strawman that detractors try to make it out to be.

      • Luther:

        Sorry to interrupt your exposition of your own ignorance, but you apparently have zero clue about what I’ve been writing on this blog about the social arrangements of H-G societies.

  7. Go Ron Paul!
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    Damn Richard, I’m telling you, you should run for office. Lets start a real new third party, the Paleo Party! Some sample slogans, just for fun :)

    You can only think Right when you Eat Right!

    Guns: Protecting yourself and catching dinner for over 200 years!

    Meat: Its what’s for dinner

    • I like it!
      And we can find out any of the other parties have any Cajones left at the same time. :-D

    • “Damn Richard, I’m telling you, you should run for office.”

      Never, and for the same reason I would never vote.

      I would never do that to you or anyone else. I am not interested in imposing my wholly unique mix of values on others. Rather, I seek cooperation, and trade with those who share some of the essential ones—kinda like this blog.

  8. ” I’ve always thought that the best approach toward undermining the external authority of church, and the force-backed destruction of state, is to simply out-compete them.”
    Interestingly, this has been us agorists’ motto, ever since Konkin spelled it out in his new libertarian manifesto.

  9. I remember warning folks about hysteria that got Obama elected the first time around.

    People ARE on their own, regardless. The resources to provide universal assistance (of any relevant kind) don’t exist. Anyone telling you otherwise is lying. Anyone promising otherwise is trying to rip you off.

  10. “The Founding Fathers envisioned a robustly Christian yet religiously tolerant America, with churches serving as vital institutions that would eclipse the state in importance. ”
    Ron Paul

    Please explain

  11. Reminds me of this movie bit…

    Charlie Chaplin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcvjoWOwnn4&NR=1