This article was originally posted @ the Salt Lake Freedom Hive.
Welcome to The Freedom Hive. This article is an introduction to The Freedom Hive blog series here at Everything-Voluntary.com. I will be posting articles to this blog from my local community blog, The Salt Lake Freedom Hive, as well as original content created exclusively for EVC. The concepts discussed at Everything-Voluntary.com will provide education and support for engaging in the real world solutions of Voluntaryism, Agorism, Personal and Community Gardening, Permaculture, Home Schooling/Unschooling, Peaceful Parenting and respecting the Non-Aggression Principle.
I’ve perceived a need for an action oriented community in my local area. One in which people can come to find solutions that can be incorporated into their lives, and they can then participate in the learning, integrating, and teaching processes that we all have to offer depending at what stage we are at in moving toward more personal freedom in our lives and the lives of our friends and family.
The solutions to the the problems we all face in this world are not always easy to recognize, but they are out there. Most of us are heavily manipulated since birth, and the indoctrination of statism, authoritarian models, social Darwinism, moral relativism and a society which is continuously traumatized through fear based propaganda. These factors are all obfuscating the real issues. Unfortunately, those who seek to plunder human power, productivity, and the amazing creative force that each of us holds are working around the clock on the systems set up to enslave all of us and all future generations.
“There is no proper role for tyranny in the lives of people. As soon as you yield to the forces of compulsion in the name of life, you have lost your life, for it belongs to those who control you. Life is liberty. Without liberty, your life belongs to another. Liberty is to be defended at all costs and at all times.”
~ Jeremy Locke – The End Of All Evil
Those who have foregone ignorance of the negative conditions that we face, in an effort to ultimately better themselves and rise in consciousness, are empowered to make a decision to act on the knowledge they have gained. This action on knowledge gained is true wisdom. Action based on what one knows is true. To know and not to act is really not to know and not to care.
We can no longer ignore the enslaving forces within our systems of society, as well as the enslaving forces within each individual which cause them to bring about these conditions. The conditions which absolutely oppose liberty, freedom, and truth.
The Freedom Hive is a grassroots community built to spread and integrate the message of Freedom. Launched to network with individuals that are looking for a way to actively participate in building a community of like minded people who are establishing the foundations of freedom for themselves and working on spreading the message to others.
The information provided here will assist in raising consciousness by bringing awareness to the concepts which support a free society. One based in respecting the non-aggression principle and voluntary interactions between people. These concepts are directly opposed to the current condition, statism.
In order to bring about the conditions of a free society, we have to break down the old paradigm of statism (violence and slavery), and embrace a world of real freedom and prosperity. This can be difficult for someone who does not even understand that the current condition of statism is violence and slavery. Healing this worldview is something that ultimately has to start from the individual. The spark of true care has to be born within that individual in order for them to start the process of breaking down fear, and moving into love.
Many people feel overwhelmed when they begin to lift the vale that has been pulled over their eyes. This blindness is kept in place not only by our own fear and ignorance, but firmly fitted and tied initially through an onslaught of indoctrination, lies, coercion, propaganda, and manipulation.
When the blindfold does come off, feelings of frustration, aggression, depression, helplessness, and complete and utter discontent are bound to ensue. This can be especially difficult when people within the society around you seem to care less about the atrocities of the State and the manifested conditions of slavery all around them.
“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”
~ Søren Kierkegaard
There are ways to operate in the world and organize communities that work to bring about conditions of freedom. Many things can be done personally, individually, without having to even work within a group or with other people whatsoever. However, working with others on the common goal of a free society is an integral part of establishing the new systems and building the foundations.
A list of solutions that I feel can be acted on in order to bring about grassroots solutions for real and positive change:
- Positive Thinking
- Develop Mindfulness and True Present Moment Awareness
- Detach From The Monetary System
- A Positive Change in Diet
- Change the Quality of Attention
- Heal Worldview
- Help Others to Awaken
- Peaceful Parenting
- Practice and Promote Voluntary Interaction with Others
- Respect the Non-Aggression Principle
One concept, among many, which can be utilized for learning about a free society based in voluntary interaction between people rather than once based on force and aggression is Agorism.
An article I’ve written on the topic of Agorism: Agorism – Solution Oriented Action.
Agorism comes from the Greek word “agora,” referring to an open place for assembly and market in ancient Greek city-states. The concept uses the mechanism of Counter-economics. The term Agorism was conceived by SEK3 and used to impart Libertarian philosophy in political terms.
SEK3, or Samual Edward Konkin III, says about counter-economics that it is “the study or practice of all peaceful human action which is forbidden by the State.”
From a Pamplet put out by Konkin, Counter-Economics, we can find this excerpt:
“The Counter-Economy is the sum of all non-aggressive Human Action which is forbidden by the State. Counter-economics is the study of the Counter-Economy and its practices. The Counter-Economy includes the free market, the Black Market, the “underground economy,” all acts of civil and social disobedience, all acts of forbidden association (sexual, racial, cross-religious), and anything else the State, at any place or time, chooses to prohibit, control, regulate, tax, or tariff. The Counter-Economy excludes all State-approved action (the “White Market”) and the Red Market (violence and theft not approved by the State).”
A counter economy with a basis in the non-aggression principle which has a goal of bringing about a free and voluntary society is basically the definition of Agorism.
Statism starts at home. Through practicing peaceful parenting we can immediately effect positive change by adapting a new value system and passing this new value system to the next generation. With the understanding that statism directly opposes the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP), that it is not within someones right to initiate violence on others who do not consent. That the fundamental concept of statism is inherently flawed. That no one can properly delegate a right that they do not have to someone else or a group of other people and make it a right. Basically, teaching our children the real difference between right and wrong, and practicing these realities ourselves as examples.
By respecting the NAP and giving that respect to our children, we are practicing the concept of Peaceful Parenting. This instills the principles of self-ownership and the basic difference between right and wrong at an early age, which children intuitively understand already.
However, it gives confusing mixed signals if we initiate violence on our children while also trying to teach them the difference between right and wrong. The child is confused by a parent who explains that it’s not okay to hit, but then has a parent who hits them as a punishment. Peaceful parenting helps us use logic and reason with our child, and teach them how that process works. This concept falls directly in place with Voluntaryism and establishing a free society.
This does not mean that there are not rules, but rather that as parents, we are not “rulers” over our children. It is giving your child the respect that they own their own body, and no one can initiate aggression upon their property, this is always wrong.
Along with peaceful parenting, a positive change in diet is something that we can still control. Luckily, we can still make decisions which benefit our health by using discernment in the foods we choose to eat, where the food comes from, how it got to the market, and what quality of nutrition the food contains. We can choose not to buy foods that are filled with toxic chemicals and avoid supporting companies that use unsustainable practices when producing the food.
For me personally, addressing my health and the quality of food and water I was consuming massively changed the way I felt and looked at the world and led to so many beautiful things in my life. I highly recommend anyone who has not addressed this area in their own lives, starts with a positive change in their diet and don’t ever stop taking the best possible care of your body as possible. More to come on this topic in future content produced by the Freedom Hive.
Detach From Monetary System
The use of the current monetary system, the Federal Reserve System, is something that each of us has a certain level of control over. One can spend time understanding how this monetary system works and quickly find that this is an immoral institution of human slavery that is among us and effecting each and every one of our lives very directly.
Fortunately, there are many things that we can start doing to detach from this current monetary system, and build completely new forms of exchange. Systems which adhere to the NAP, Voluntarysim, and a free society in which people refuse to participate in systems of coercion, theft, and violence.
“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”
~ Henry Ford
To begin addressing this problem, some may be able to pull there money out of big banks and use smaller credit unions, thus reducing the amount of funds the bigger banks have to operate. Others may choose to stay out or get out of debt and stop using debt as a means of purchasing things they may or may not even need. Some may choose to become active and spread information about the Federal Reserve to help awaken others to our condition. While others may start creating or use existing alternative currencies which are not within the control of the current banking cartel monopoly.
Cryptocurrencies, Decentralized Currencies, Community Currencies, are all currently existing models of alternative currencies that could be deployed through the practice of Agorism and truly start making a massive impact. We will discuss these concepts here at the Freedom Hive. I’m not saying that the alternative currencies I mentioned are the definitive solutions to the current condition. However, I feel they are a bridge which we can start using while new concepts are formed and developed.
Practice and Promote Voluntary Interaction with Others.
The purpose of creating the Freedom Hive is to practice and promote voluntary interactions with others. Again, it is important to remember that the reason why people are labeling themselves as “anarchist”, “voluntaryist”, “liberitarian”, “minarchist” and so on is to definitively differentiate themselves from the stance held by the vast overwhelming majority of humanity, statist.
Opposing statism is not just an alternative view in the cesspool of “Left vs Right” politics. Voluntaryism and statism are directly opposed.
The fundamental design of the Government is to operate using coercion with the threat and use of violence, forcing people to obey its commands. By creating rights that do not exist and cannot be believed into existence regardless of how many people hold the same belief, the state permits itself to use violence against peaceful people. When governments violate the non-aggression principle, it is still wrong. Governments are not magically exempt from this basic principle. You cannot properly delegate a right that you do not hold, the right to commit violence, to someone else or a group of other people called “authority” and somehow make it into a right.
Change the Quality of Attention
Through changing the quality of our attention and developing true present moment awareness, we can strengthen the imagination for what kind of change is possible and bring this into physical manifestation.
When those who understand that they are truly sovereign beings align their thoughts, emotions, and actions, we can become powerful forces for positive change.
By standing in Natural Law principles, the inherent laws of the universe which bind us, we can actually become truly free. It is through ignoring this information and living in fear that we cause harm and continue to bring suffering to ourselves and others.
“The liberty of man consists solely in this, that he obeys the laws of nature because he has himself recognized them as such, and not because they have been imposed upon him externally by any foreign will whatsoever, human or divine, collective or individual.”
~ Mikhail Bakunin
Help To Awaken Others
When we’ve developed true care and start to embrace truth, love and freedom in our lives we can use our actions to help awaken others. The great work is to recognize that the vast overwhelming majority of humanity is in a state of mental somnolence. That even if we’ve worked to awaken ourselves and free ourselves from mental and physical slavery, still most of the people around us have not started the process and are manifesting pain and suffering for all of us as a result of their ignorance.
People ultimately have to begin to care enough to change and to awaken. We cannot force them to start this process. However, once someone does start that process, we can be available to them with information and solutions. We can be an example by the way we live our lives to others who are beginning the journey to a life of true freedom.
This site will be used to bring together people, bring forward ideas, create tools, blaze pathways, and continue to put out the message of Freedom. I’m interested in making new connections, interviewing unique and inspiring guests and explore all the different possibilities available to us in this amazing time. I’m looking forward to going on this journey and working with all those who participate.