Philosophy or reality, or a little of both?

“If they are good people and true to their word, your reputation will build itself through voluntary interaction…”

For every real voluntaryist or real agorist or real anarchist there are tens of thousands of exuberant individuals simply looking for their next fix of whatever new mania is different at the moment. For several years prior to the rise of Internet debating I engaged in coffee house debating and the occasional marijuana fueled existentialist session. Questions were asked and answered and a worlds problems solved nightly over whatever concoction we happened to be drinking or smoking. By sitting around making believe our limited real life knowledge and expansive book learning was more important then reality we became gods among each other.

Age crept up on me and with it came children and the very real knowledge that all of my book smarts amounted to absolute zero when life became reality and was no longer simply a fantasy played with multi sided die. It was a journey upon whose winding paths I loved, lost and learned more about life then I ever could have, stuck on a seat drinking fancy mocha crapachinos and chatting with other nose in the air intellectuals. I personally came to understand that I was an individual as is every other human on the planet. I came to understand that regardless the millenia of programming some have been subjected to, individualism will rise and will make itself known.

There are multiple societies that have trained entire generations to think and act according to what is allowed. China, Japan, North and South Korea, England, Germany, Spain, Italy, Israel, United States and others have spent many years building the educational machines specifically to turn out future uncomplaining slaves whose only goal in life is to gain successful employment, pay taxes and die. And yet among each of these societies there are those who, regardless conditioning constantly thrown at them, are individuals. They are often demonized and seen as a threat by those in power. The societies above use their laws, media, uniformed mafia and badged bullies to threaten, cajole and label anyone who takes pride in being an individual a terrorist, communist or threat to national security.

The silly useless philosophers who are incapable of action outside of wielding a pen or occasionally making a state approved appearance on national television engage the willful idiots. Those who finally realize that to become more we must do more, they are the threats and are always labeled as such by the armchair philosophers. The modern “liberty” movement has become rife with these narcissistic assholes. Using movements founded with good intent they eventually end up with a messiah complex or worse, defenders of the very state that imprisons them through their very inaction. Understand this, I am outspoken on many things, and above all I am a rude, abrupt asshole in many settings. However, I long ago traded my laureates in the princely field of debate for the rough clothing of the homesteader.

This is why I am able to with a clear conscience use the system when it is possible to benefit myself and my family but not use individuals for the same reasons. I can look back at what has been stolen from me and measure it, knowing that what I get back is no more then what has been and is being stolen from me. There are others who find cause to give me and others like me hell for that decision. And yet, these are almost always the same individuals who work directly for that same system. They are almost always individuals who believe that signing a petition or voting is the “best” way to solve issues.

Unlike myself and others who will gladly lose our lives to protect our freedom many of these emotional coffee house philosophers are incapable of actually committing to real action. They have been taught and indoctrinated that avoidance, pen and paper is action. According to physics sure, writing is action, this is not however, what is meant here. Here is a small example, today on the whitehouse petition site there are 69 open petitions. On the website gopetition there are open petitions in 75 countries. On caretopetition there are 23+ million members and literally thousands of active petitions. These are just three of the well over a thousand petition sites available with just a few minutes of googling. In fact when I googled the term active petitions online, I came up with 28,300,000 results.

However, since so many humans believe that numbers equal truth and belief trumps reality this unfortunate belief in the ability of the paper or digital petition persists. Sadly, nothing has actually changed to benefit anyone outside of a few special interest groups funded by those in power or those whom fund those in power. Monsanto still plants millions of acres of poison and governments still wage countless conflicts killing thousands of people every day. The belief in pharmaceuticals while being partially true still trumps the reality in which close to a million people every year die as a result of big pharm and the FDA‘s policies as laid out for them by cheap lawyers and political science majors feigning control.

So here is my advice for Thursday the 21st of November

Debate sucks and philosophy without action is mental masturbation, barely good for occasional pleasure and definitely not preferable to real human interaction. Take a day or two away from your heated debates that are solving world problems on facebook, twitter, reddit, google+ or any of the other myriad of social engines and go sit under a tree or next to an ant hill. Take a deep breath, then another, and another until you feel your brain release that negative energy it has harbored for so long. Avoid the pointless debates with individuals whose only real desire is to have everyone else agree with them. Disagree with me, disagree with others and more importantly stop following the crowd just because. Find your own way, become an individual, free the mind.

Free the mind and the body will follow


About Jesse Mathewson

Jesse Mathewson is the author of the popular blog, and provides commentary to many varied places based on a background that includes education in criminal justice, history, religion and even insurgency tactics and tactical training. His current role in his community is as an organizer of sorts and a preacher of community solidarity and agorism. He also runs Liberty Practical Training, a self defense school specializing in the practical applications of defensive approaches versus the theoretical. As an agorist, voluntaryist and atheist his life is seen as crazy and wild by many, though once they get to know him most realize he is a bluntly honest individual who will give you the shirt off his back if he believes it is necessary to help you. Very simple, "That which is voluntary between all individuals involved is always right, if it is not voluntary, it is always wrong."
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4 Responses to Philosophy or reality, or a little of both?

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  3. Jeffrey C. Anthony says:

    The realities for sure. Granted, the debates, the more useless sides are good in that they are a start. Problem is when people call them the end result. And even so, I’ve seen some people with the skills to actually change minds. And we also have many people who have the skill of reinforcing and motivating. To me these are parts, but never the whole.

    Breaking that programming and acting is hard. Planning, changing things, teaching our children to doubt and question, learning ourselves to doubt and question. Doing things for others and for ourselves.

    Most of those debates I watch and notice that 50% or more of the time, people have common grounds and agreement, but are too busy noticing the differences. I need to learn the skill of NVC… watching it actually cut through polarization still amazes me.


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