My nine-year old daughter started attending some once a week homeschool classes. After the first week, I asked how she liked it. She said, “It’s OK. It’s fun to see people and I like lunch and recess. But the rest is weird.”
Episode 358 welcomes back Chris Jenkins to chat with Skyler on the following topics: their Jurassic Park movie favorites, in order; movies during the 2020 pandemic; social distancing verse physical distance and whether something more sinister is afoot; Samuel Konkin III’s agorism and counter-economic strategies for starving the state of tax revenue; civil disobedience; challenging the state’s jurisdictional claims (and a bit on Skyler’s recent experience with his Airbnb, found here); gumming up the gears of state action through courts and in raising the costs of their bureaucratic enforcement; Utah allowing community service in lieu of paying traffic fines and where that law originated; unschooling and homeschooling as agorist action; and more.
Those who want to keep political government around are the ones responsible for keeping it out of the lives of everyone else. If you won’t rein in your troublesome servant, his misbehavior is on your head.
Based on what we are seeing right now at both the government and corporate level, it is clear that the 2020 “pLandemic” is being pushed as a strategy to exclude rebels and freethinkers from the market and to ostracize them from society altogether. It starts with demanding masks and temperature checks, but it will soon include mandatory vaccinations and biometrically encoded “COVID-passports” being required at both government and corporate checkpoints.
Episode 306 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: an article he wrote in December 2010 titled, “Military Conscription is Never Justified” and an article he wrote in July 2016 titled, “Does ‘Obedience’ Have Any Redeeming Qualities?”
The ancient Greeks spoke of three perspectives: pathos, ethos, and logos. From a pathos perspective, emotions and feelings take center stage. From an ethos perspective, reputation and tradition are what really matter. From a logos perspective, reason is what guides to wise action.
Cuomo’s usual “large and in charge” act seems to be crumbling under the weight of the body count. Suddenly, he was “just doing his job,” maybe even “just following orders.” Sound familiar?
Curiosity is the greatest threat to concentrated power and prestige, so those who have power and prestige labor endlessly to create the mind-killing opposite of all curiosity. Consensus. Obedience. Being seen as “normal”, “in the know”, “respectable”.
Politicians don’t start parades. They notice parades that we regular people have spontaneously organized, then run as fast as they can to the front of those parades, hoping to be seen “taking charge.”
The stay-at-home orders and lockdowns have probably made you feel powerless to help fight either this pandemic or the emerging fascistic orders. But there is plenty we can do.