This is my least-favorite thing to bring up – but bring it up I must. Like trying to keep a soggy log burning, I’ve got to periodically mention the money thing. Donations have fallen off a bit. The first post-Google month, when we thought we might have to bag it, the people of EPautos responded beyond anything I thought likely or even possible. We made up for the losses incurred during the previous months, after Google de-listed (new people, see here for the full story about that) us and killed off our Adsense income. The second month, we had enough coming in to break even, to cover the servers/fees and put some kibble in my bowl and Dom’s. But this month isn’t looking so hot so far – which is why I’m posting this note today.
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How To Be An Agorist and Fight the State
1 Buy Used
2 Use an Alternative Currency
3 Grow your Own
4 Get off the Grid
5 Quit Your Job.
6 Peaceful Duplication
7 Ditch Consumerism
Your politics need not be pure. You need not have any politics at all. Many of us are panarchists, traditionalists, conservatives, libertarians, market-anarchists, and agorists sometimes at the same time.
If you are are a Walking Dead parasite, that’s not ok. Stop being that way. Dabble in living through force too much, it becomes a habit.Eventually find yourself trapped on the wrong side of the prison fence for the rest of your miserable life.
Thanks for the mention!
Graham Hancock – War 0n Consciousness
Graham Hancock – Fingerprints 0f The Gods
Graham Hancock – Entangled – Eater 0f Souls
Charlie Chaplin. An ethical individualist. A knowing doer. Rule-breaker. Misfit. Troublemaker. Free-spirit. Pioneer.
Greatest Speech Ever Made
Individualist ethics is characterized by the emphasis on moral existential individualism. Rather than seeking the “highest good” that is universal, individualists find means for themselves as an individual to find the highest good for them, regardless of whether it might ever apply to anyone else at any other time.
A basic flaw of Western moral philosophy has been the attempt to construct a one-size-fits-all moral system that allows people at all times and in all situations to be able to figure out what they should do morally and why. Various philosophers have postulated some “highest moral good” that would be the same for everyone: pleasure, happiness, obedience to God, etc.
What works better, is to seek out and to surround yourself with others who morality is similar to your own. You need only concern yourself with building local voluntary codes for like-minded members of your chosen associates, rather than try to create something that is all things to everyone. And then concocting some kind of authority to enforce this creation on everyone in your group.
Concerning oneself with the development of a philosophical system for everyone is counterproductive. Systems are by their very nature abstract, failing to take into account the unique features of your individual life and individual situation. You should reject all a priori systems of ethics that need to be imposed on you by some external authority “for your own good.”
It is important to focus on the subjective, personal life of you and those you associate with as individual human beings. There is no basic and given “human nature” that is common to all people you know, each person in your life must define what humanity means to them and what values or purpose they choose to dominate their lives.
What is Ethical Individualism? – Rudolf Steiner
Attention: All you rule-breakers, you misfits & troublemakers, all you free-spirits & pioneers… Everything the establishment has told you is wrong with you – is actually what’s right with you…
Other well-known ethical individualists. Walt Whitman. Henry Fold. H.L. Mencken. Walt Disney. L. Ron Hubbard. Ayn Rand. Evel Knievel. Hugh Hefner. Jimi Hendrix. Joseph Smith. Hunter S. Thompson. Kim Dotcom. Julian Assange. Howard Hughes. George Lucas.
Tor, you left me out. Call the Feds, they’ll line you out.
Sorry 8 muh bad.
Are you any relation to 8Mile-MNM?
Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity|To seize everything you ever wanted. one moment|Would you capture it or just let it slip?|His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy|There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti|He’s nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready to drop bombs,|But he keeps on forgetting what he wrote down,|The whole crowd goes so loud|He opens his mouth, but the words won’t come out|He’s choking how, everybody’s joking now|The clock’s run out, time’s up, over!
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Use the magnifier to check yourself for morgellons
Tor, thanks a lot for the morgellon website. I have never seen the MNM movie since I don’t enjoy rap. I say rap isn’t music but don’t deny it’s art, just too old to have been caught up in it I guess.
I had seen the morgellon phenomena before and forgotten it. I will be keeping the site and checking it out. I am a believer in not being able to see, hear or detect countless things that exist. I can’t see germs but wouldn’t deny their existence. It’s little minds who are afraid of the unknown. While I don’t have a website for you, I have been watching new and old research that confirms what I have maintained for over 40 years, that psychedelics make you smarter, give you extra powers and if people say you are spaced out, it’s generally a sign you are on to something they can’t, won’t or don’t understand. Not everybody has(thankfully) a closed mind to these things though and research is beginning to show my theories were correct. So many times I’ve heard people say that young people are too susceptible to them but I say they are less afraid for the most part. Now we see people with Alzheimer like symptoms being helped, some parts of their minds rejuvenated by psychedelics, people who didn’t respond to vitamin or other types of drug treatment. Who is one person to say what’s real for someone else?
I have a couple of friends who observed what appeared to be an extra-terrestrial ship one night, followed it for hours in a car. It was the old classic round craft with lights that changed. They might have been stoned and drunk to begin with but they were very sober long before it was over. That reminds me, I need to question them further before we’re all dead. Thanks for reminding me of that too.
Metascience is every bit as important as science.
The War On Consciousness – Graham Hancock
From 12:58 to the end is the best part
Winners and losers
Who benefits from this colossal stupidity and systematic wickedness?
And who loses? The beneficiaries are easy to spot.
First, the large and ever-expanding armed bureaucracies,
funded with large and ever-growing sums of public money to
suppress the use of drugs, have benefited enormously.
Everyone who works for them, including the PR people and
spin merchants who concoct the propaganda used to sell their
policies to us, including their subcontractors both public and
private, and including the (often privately run) prisons stuffed
to bursting point with their victims, are the beneficiaries of this
catastrophic failure on the part of our governments to think
laterally, generously, and creatively. Whether you are a Drug
Enforcement Administration agent or a prison guard, you naturally
have a deeply vested interest in maintaining the miserable
status quo, justified by the “War on Drugs,” that keeps you in
your job, that ensures your monthly paychecks continue to
come in, and that continuously expands your budgets.
The second main category of beneficiaries is—of course!—the
criminal gangs and cartels that the present misguided official
policies have empowered as the sole source of drugs in our societies.
Over the past 40-plus years they have earned countless
billions of dollars from the sale of illegal drugs which, had they
only been legal, would not have earned them a single penny.
Who are the losers? First and most directly those millions upon
millions of good, nonviolent people in our societies who have
been jailed or otherwise punished for the possession and use
And second (regardless of whether or not they use
illegal drugs themselves), virtually everyone else in our societies as well.
For the quality of life of all of us has been diminished by the growth of the
police state and by the murderous activities of the criminal gangs
enfranchised, and kept in business, by the blind and mindless
perpetuation of this failed and bankrupt “War on Drugs.”
So, in summary, the criminalization of drug use has brought no
positive effects, only negative ones, and it has not stopped or even
reduced the use of dangerous and harmful drugs. On the contrary,
we have been so little “saved from ourselves” by this phony war
that the use of almost all illegal drugs, far from decreasing, has
dramatically increased during the past 40 years.
Learning from tobacco
A contrary example, but one that is most instructive, concerns
the use of tobacco in our societies.
Tobacco has never been illegal; far from that, its use has been
actively encouraged by clever advertising campaigns mounted
by the multibillion-dollar tobacco industry. But the use of
tobacco does undoubtedly lead to great harms, both for the
It appears to be a natural human urge, as deep-rooted as our
urges for food, sex, and nurturing relationships, to seek out
and explore such “altered states of consciousness.”
Freedom of consciousness
What is Western civilization all about? What are its greatest
achievements and highest aspirations?
It’s my guess that most people’s replies to these questions
would touch—before all the other splendid achievements of
science, literature, technology, and the economy—on the nurture
and growth of freedom. Individual freedom. Including, but not
limited to freedom from the unruly power of monarchs,
freedom from the unwarranted intrusions of the
state and its agents into our personal lives, freedom from the
tyranny of the Church and its Inquisition, freedom from hunger
and want, freedom from slavery and servitude, freedom of
conscience, freedom of religion, freedom of thought and
speech, freedom of assembly, freedom to elect our own
leaders, freedom to be homosexual—and so on and so forth.
The list of freedoms we enjoy today that were not enjoyed by
our ancestors is indeed a long and impressive one. It is
therefore exceedingly strange that Western civilization in the
twenty-first century enjoys no real freedom of consciousness.
So it has to be highly significant that, far from encouraging
freedom of consciousness, our societies in fact violently deny
our right to sovereignty in this intensely personal area, and
have effectively outlawed all states of consciousness other
than those on a very narrowly defined and officially approved
The “War on Drugs” has thus unexpectedly succeeded in
engineering a stark reversal of the true direction of Western
history by empowering faceless bureaucratic authorities to
send armed agents to break into our homes, arrest us, throw
us into prison, and deprive us of our income and reputation
simply because we wish to explore the sometimes radical,
though always temporary, alterations in our own
consciousness that drugs facilitate.
Other than being against arbitrary rules that the state has
imposed on us, personal drug use by adults is not a “crime” in
any true moral or ethical sense and usually takes place in the
privacy of our own homes, where it cannot possibly do any
harm to others. For some it is a simple lifestyle choice. For
The reason the anti-marijuana campaigns have failed is that
millions of users know from their own direct, long-term experience
that marijuana does not do them any great harm and
(with reference to the most recent anti-marijuana propaganda)
most definitely does not drive them mad.
others, particularly where the hallucinogens such as LSD,
psilocybin, and DMT are concerned, it is a means to make
contact with alternate realms and parallel dimensions, and
perhaps even with the divine. For some, drugs are an aid to creativity
and focussed mental effort. For others they are a means to
tune out for a while from everyday cares and worries. But in all
cases it seems probable that the drive to alter consciousness,
from which all drug use stems, has deep genetic roots.
Other adult lifestyle choices with deep genetic roots also used
to be violently persecuted by our societies.
A notable example is homosexuality, once punishable by death
or long periods of imprisonment, which is now entirely legal
between consenting adults—and fully recognized as being
none of the state’s business—in all Western cultures. (Although
approximately thirteen US states have “anti-sodomy” laws
outlawing homosexuality, these statutes have rarely been
enforced in recent years, and in 2003 the US Supreme Court
invalidated those laws.) The legalization of homosexuality lifted
a huge burden of human misery, secretiveness, paranoia, and
genuine fear from our societies, and at the same time not a
single one of the homophobic lobby’s fire-and-brimstone
predictions about the end of Western civilization came true.
Likewise, it was not so long ago that natural seers, mediums,
and healers who felt the calling to become “witches” were
burned at the stake for “crimes” that we
now look back on as harmless eccentricities at worst.
Perhaps it will be the same with drugs?
Perhaps in a century or two, if we have not
destroyed human civilization by then, our
descendants will look back with disgust on
the barbaric laws of our time that punished a minority so
harshly (with imprisonment, financial ruin, and worse) for
responsibly, quietly, and in the privacy of their own homes
seeking alterations in their own consciousness through the use
of drugs. Perhaps we will even end up looking back on the
persecution of drug users with the same sense of shame and
horror that we now view the persecution of gays and lesbians,
the burning of “witches,” and the imposition of slavery on
Meanwhile it’s no accident that the “War on Drugs” has been
accompanied by an unprecedented expansion of
governmental power into the previously inviolable inner sanctum
of individual consciousness. On the contrary, it seems to me
that the state’s urge to power has all along been the real reason for this
“war”—not an honest desire on the part of the authorities to
rescue society and the individual from the harms caused by
drugs, but the thin of a wedge intended to legitimize increasing
bureaucratic control and intervention in almost every other
area of our lives as well.
This is the way freedom is hijacked—not all at once, out in the
open, but stealthily, little by little, behind closed doors, and with
our own agreement . How will we be able to resist when so
many of us have already willingly handed over the keys to our
own consciousness to the state and accepted without protest
that it is OK to be told what we may and may not do, what we
may and may not explore, even what we may and may not
experience , with this most precious, sapient, unique, and
individual part of ourselves? If we are willing to accept that
then we can be persuaded to accept anything.
Tor, once again, a great post. Do you have a website for it? I’d like to read it in depth. Thanks again.
Why Not Send A Few Dinars? You Follow The Wrong Motives of Life – Mufti Menk
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I daily read most of the articles on LewRockwell.com to learn as much as I possibly can, since I am relatively new to the libertarian persuasion.
I realize that in some ways I have been a “statheist” much of my life.
But I have also bucked the system many in ways. And I have always admired the independent thinker — the principled thinker.
In reading Rockwell, I came across the EPA articles, and at first just read a few of your articles, since I’m not really “into” cars.
But then I realized that the great service of EPA is found in the discussions of libertarian principles, as even the retorts to “Clover” have helped in educating me. Now I can see the fallacy of many of my former statist opinions.
The clear, principled reasoning which is in most comments on this website is very appealing to me. I am learning so much.
Naturally I read most of what is published on EPA everyday. It resonates with me.
I am a better person for having read EPA. I am more in touch with my logical, honest core beliefs, like personal responsibility and/or treating others as precious individuals, deserving not to be lumped into a collective group. (I have to admit to still harboring ill thoughts about the “overlords”.)
Because I am being tutored by not just Eric, but the entire group of regular commentors here, I have made a donation to EPA.
This forum is different from any others I have visited. You all actually discuss current events in great detail and frequently from differing views. Where else would I learn from such an informed collection of rugged individualists?
I would hate to see my schooling terminated, especially since I am just starting to get a decent understanding of what liberty and freedom is all about.
Very Sincerely Yours,
Thank you for the kind words, Linda!
I think EPautos will endure. We just have to periodically make these fund-raising appeals. It’s the nature of the beast, I guess.
The upside is we have a more direct feedback loop from people such as yourself. And of course, the site is “cleaner” now that it’s free of all those obnoxious Google ads!