Eat the Elephant

— Fasten your seatbelts. There's no chance you won't encounter turbulence.

I'm Richard Nikoley and I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. Almost 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from lifestyle to philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income, and food. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panic-Demic squashed that. So, I became an American expat living in Thailand, where I've built a house and home for the long-term girl—less than half my age—and her two daughters and mom.

I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances.

Free the Animal really means to free yourself to reach your ideal potential in all areas of your life, learn from mistakes and successes, and move on.

It's not about making more money. You can already do that. It's about getting from a shitty lifestyle you hate to the one you desire and will love.

That doesn't require money, or even hard work. It requires 'eating the elephant.'


Nature or Nurture: Why Communism, Socialism, Environmentalism, and Wokeism Fail Where Traditional Religion Excels

— Attempts to reinvent the wheel have failed miserably and cause nothing but death, destruction, and misery AI Prompt: Create an artistic representation of the interplay between nature and nurture, depicting the balance between genetic inheritance and environmental influences in shaping human development. Show the harmony between the two forces, with elements symbolizing DNA and genes intertwined with symbols of upbringing, education, and social interactions. Referencing the title, many of...
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This can help. Things are never the same; nothing stands still. That's why the content is always evolving. What was easy a few years ago is hard now. Things that used to be hard are suddenly doable because of technology, tools, and even our perspectives that change.

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Top Five Reasons Why I Pay Money to Read Nikoley

Sometimes his posts challenge my worldview in uncomfortable ways.

It’s what smart people do

Sometimes his writing ‘offends me’.  That’s the writing I like best

Hooray anarchy!

I have been reading your shit for 10 years

He will never lie to you

Richard isn’t a “guru” and doesn’t aspire to be one, but if he says something you know it’s worth taking some time to think about it.

Always interesting

I’ll have to give them a read once I free some time up. But they do look intresting. Anyway, I highly recommend.


You actually make me think, even when I don’t agree with you at first I often end up considering your points valid.

It’s a Simple Choice

Richard’s writings are and have always been funny and offensive.

A Smart, Interesting, & Big Hearted Jackass

If you are looking for content that will make you question the dogma of the mainstream then join Richard. Literally free your mind & free your inner animal.

Battling Dogma!

It was the boldness and DGAF attitude of Richard, and others, that helped motivate me to Vote with my Feet and move to Florida from a blue state during government lockdowns last year.

Raw and Unfiltered

…honestly given viewpoints should be unfiltered.

Encouraging, defiant, brave, always honest

I am that rare thing a paying female member. Why? I enjoy getting the honest male point of view with all the rawness and crudity that sometimes entails.

Me Love You Long Time

The essence of the experience has been change. You go from one thing to the next as the spirit moves you. I don’t want to miss out on what’s next.

Awesome from a longtime reader

I have been reading Free The Animal since 2008. It keeps getting better.

He’s an arrogant prick

…he went on full macho offensive as if I’d insulted his manhood.

Reliably interesting.

A different point of view is helpful to know, regardless of disagreement.

Cuts through all the bull & pulls no punches

He’s been connecting the dots for years and got the track record to prove his cred

Brilliant iconoclast

Always interesting, always informative, always teaching me something new, something beneficial

Impossible to feel indifferent about Nikoley!

I am an unabashed fan. I put Richard into the same bucket as Vox Day, Karl Denninger, and Chris Langan.

Straight info without channeling into product

I’ve been back and forth to a lot of sites over the years but this one is consistently good.

This Blog Is Not For You

If you refuse to be phony, false, plastic then your money will be well spent.

Paid Membership

But your heartstrings post got to me. What you did for Yui and kids was great. The house and schooling especially, and then the car and help with the shop.

Robust intellect. Irreverent narrative. Decent writing. Good laughs.

Richard’s writing intrigues me, some of the narratives make me cringe (intentionally) and gets me to examine my beliefs and knowledge base.

Learn HOW to think, not what to think

I’m not here for co-signing, circle jerk echo chamber nonsense. I’m here for the truth, and that is what Richard delivers.

…unique and honest voices, based in reason

Because it amazes me how often he says what I’ve been thinking […] he called the fiasco that was the pandemic response very early on and was right.

Richard Makes Me Think

He gives narratives/takes on subjects that, while entertaining, often makes me think and question how I view things.

Uncompromising Content

Richard punches hard with a follow up hug.

Appreciate his honest comments.

I have been reading his blogs and watching his videos for many years now. Always honest and thought provoking.

Like a brother.

I don’t agree with some of the politics and some stuff I don’t even understand. But I keep coming back.

Refreshingly Different

Richard is great fun. Even if you don’t agree with his take, it’s always refreshingly different.

Total Macho Arsehole

Richard is intelligent and thought provoking. So much better now he is off the piss lol.

The Synthesizer

Richard is the king of synthesizing ideas, drawing across many different domains of knowledge to spin together a cohesive view on a topic. Whatever it is […] Richard’s point of view is the first I seek to help orient my thinking.

Much better understanding the big picture

…helped me feel better about my station in life and has given me some pride in what I do, instead of feel the usual frustration.


Keep up the excellent work. Always have enjoyed your output.

A classic

I know a classic when I read it.

Grandma’s Life Revolutionized

Richard Nikoley’s guidance over the years has been nothing short of revolutionary for this old lady!

Latest Posts

Urban cityscape view of a McDonald\'s franchise restaurant in downtown.

Sunday Scribbles #13

May 30, 2023
Create an illustration that captures the essence of an American entrepreneur starting and overseeing a construction business in Thailand, focusing on building charming, non-corporate, and organically-designed mom

Blurring the Lines: Work, Play, and Building a Business in Thailand

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Thursday Jots & Tittles #3

May 26, 2023
Image Setting: A vivid, surreal self-portrait that captures the essence of human consciousness and self-awareness. The artist should incorporate symbols and imagery related to the Sapient Paradox, the Bicameral Mind, and language evolution, such as a split brain representing the bicameral mind or a thought bubble filled with written language, ancient symbols, and digital code.

Sunday Scribbles #12

May 22, 2023
A thought-provoking image depicting a human figure standing at the center of a complex web of symbols representing the Sapient Paradox, the Bicameral Mind, and language evolution, showcasing the interconnectedness of these intriguing hypotheses

AI Ascendant: Dismantling Deception in the Information Age

May 21, 2023
A thought-provoking image depicting a human figure standing at the center of a complex web of symbols representing the Sapient Paradox, the Bicameral Mind, and language evolution, showcasing the interconnectedness of these intriguing hypotheses.

Thursday Jots & Tittles 2

May 19, 2023
An abstract representation of the evolution of communication and thought, featuring ancient cave paintings, written language, and modern digital symbols, all merging together to symbolize the journey of human consciousness and self-awareness.

The Fear Factor: Examining Public Perception of AI through Data

May 17, 2023
A detailed and realistic minor hit

Thursday Jots & Tittles 1

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Multi-Post Projects

Artificial Intelligence Intelligence

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MY EASY WAY To Stop Drinking Forever: DryGains

— Know The Terrain, Understand It, Then Fix It First. Only Then Quit Boozing Easily. This post kicks off yet another multi-post series. You can scroll midway down on the homepage to peruse the 8…

Prosper Anyway — Eat The Elephant

— Contrived Global Crisis is the New Terrain Du Jour. Become Adept at Weathering All Storms This post was originally published as “Permanent Crisis Is The New Normal — Prosper Anyway.” There was also a…

Asian Women: The Everyman’s Definitive Guide

— Know The Terrain; Don’t Fool Yourself; Never Complain; Never Get Angry; Tally Up Information [Formerly titled “What Caused My 40% Testosterone Increase?” and originally published in November of 2021. I found the subject matter…

Ironically, The Inuit Show That The Keto Diet is Bullsh*t — They Genetically Adapted Against It

As most readers know, some months back, a collaborator came to me with some interesting findings in terms of research he’d discovered concerning what’s commonly called “animal fiber” (bits of animals that can feed the…

Gut Bugs: Far More Than Everything You Always Wanted To Know (and then some)

[This series was originally published as A Gut Microbiome, Probiotic, and Prebiotic Resistant Starch Primer. Two other series, Gut Bugs, Probiotics, Prebiotics…And how our microbes make us who we are, and Natural Immunity, Gut Biome,…

Grains: Wheat, Superfoods, Food Enrichment, and The Dietary Theory of Everything

[This was originally published as Iron, Food Enrichment and The Theory of Everything. Another series kicked off as How Wheat Went From Superfood To Liability has been incorporated as closely related. Now the task is…

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Aunt Nanny

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Huh, now will you look at THAT

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Stepping Up

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Leaving Politics to Politicians and Medicine to Doctors

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Protest Warriors

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A letter to a friend in Baghdad

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