Towards a Free Capitalist Commune

My previous article received many positive responses, including from a libertarian who is searching for a new home in southern Europe as we speak. At this stage it is already possible to go on a trip with three others and buy a hamlet with a lot more houses/ruins than we need for ourselves alone. But with a larger group of participants, our chance of success increases. We are going to get started as soon as possible with a website for those interested and a telegram group for participants who want to sign up.

In the comment section on the Dutch website vrijspreker.nl many appealing countries were mentioned, but success depends on an easily accessible location, attractive in price and in climate. Hence the search is limited to Portugal, Spain, Italy and possibly some other countries in (Eastern) Europe (Hungary, Croatia) provided that whole villages can be bought for next to nothing.

The enchanting mountains of Panama

If you are interested in something outside of Europe, I wish you the best of luck. I myself have lived in Panama for many years and it is very beautiful, with a favorable (tax) climate, affordable living & real estate. Unfortunately it has a very docile population that has been obediently muzzled both inside and outside the house, and now sends small children to school with a mask and a plastic screen on (!) for a few hours a week. I don’t see this mask obsession changing within the next few years, and with a one year old son it is reason enough for me to look for an alternative. I want him to grow up in a village where people have not gone crazy.

Reclaiming freedom comes at a price, and that is: taking responsibility. When we outsource all kinds of essential tasks to a (semi) government, we obviously lose decision-making power. If we want it back, we will have to take care of these matters ourselves: the maintenance of the road and the communal green areas where we live, who supplies energy or water, how we process garbage, how we set up a school or a clinic. This requires, however much we would like to see it otherwise, some collective decision-making.

Throughout human history up until, say, the 1950s, we knew our tribe, our neighbors, our street, village or neighborhood. Families were large and most family members lived close together. Problems were solved within this circle of family, neighbors, parish or tribal members. There was genuine solidarity and a real social safety net, but of course there were also negative sides to it: the same environment that can make demands and pressure its members in a positive way can also effect them negatively, and stifle individuals.

However, in response to the negative aspects, we have gone completely to the other extreme: a “xenociety” in which, with some exceptions, most neighbors do not know each other and anonymous services are hired or appointed by the government to solve our problems. It’s because of this impersonal living environment, this compartmentalized society full of suspicion and mistrust that fear of covid could grow out of proportion, feeding the demand for extreme measures. Seeking security from Father State, however, never leads to the desired result.

If we want to regain our freedom, the price we have to pay is to take responsibility for ourselves, our family, our elderly, but also: our friends and neighbors, and thus create a new society.

If we want to reclaim liberty, we will have to roll up our sleeves. Flag of the Afrikaner community of Orania

A commune is created when a group of like-minded people choose to live together. Unlike the typical hippie commune, property in a free capitalist commune is not shared unconditionally. Participants cannot demand anything from each other, but only grant each other favors on a voluntary basis. A free capitalist commune is founded on the non-aggression principle, and each participant is expected to sign it and live by this principle in full conviction.

When private property is clear, and communal property is kept to a minimum, the groundwork is laid for a peaceful, real, society, in which people help and support each other when necessary, take action together when desired, but are not forced to do anything beyond the obligations they themselves have entered into. No masks, no vaccinations, no lockdowns.
What it does mean: letting the neighbor use the washing machine when his is broken, cutting down a tree for the neighbor in exchange for firewood, setting up a (free) school together with other parents, sweeping your own streets, and so on.

Typical discussion among libertarians

Now I know that among libertarians an article like this evokes discussions that even Rabbis can’t match, but please keep the big vision in mind without losing yourself in the details. Freedom based on the non-aggression principle in a village in southern Europe. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

And how are we going to cope with a powerful government that sooner or later is going to cause problems? Think of the well-known example from Asian martial arts movies: a single chopstick is easily broken, but breaking a bunch of chopsticks is impossible. Regardless, no matter who you are or where you live, we will have to work together in order to prevent “the great reset” from happening.

Not the first time humanity faced a challenge, not the last

A free capitalist communion is not only a method of resistance, but a very pleasant way to live and who knows, the beginning of a new renaissance.

Free T-shirt design: Sheep your distance

Sheep your distance sample

As highlighted in my previous post, lockdown measures are very harmful to society and do not seem to have much effect to stop the spread of the coronavirus. It is not a choice between the economy and our health. A healthy economy allows us to pay for good healthcare: a large economic crash means thousands of people will die. Both directly from anxiety, overdose and suicide, as well as indirectly: hazards and diseases for which we no longer have the funds to prevent or treat. In poorer countries some people are already starving.

The idea of quarantine is locking up sick people, so that the healthy population can continue to produce food and provide for their families and society at large. Only in Sweden that concept was successfully applied.

Now many power hungry governments are trying to introduce a ‘new normal’ of permanent social distancing. Simple math will tell you that that is impossible to maintain: if you are to keep 1,5 meters distance from other people, you will need at least four times as much public space – everywhere! Classrooms, buses, trains, planes, cinema, restaurants, waiting rooms, et cetera.

Not only is it impossible, it is unnecessary. Now that we have the facts, we know that the coronavirus is not more deadly than other type of flu – for young people it is less deadly than the last major flu epidemic of 2017/18. Only those over 70 and/or those with pre-existing health conditions should take precautions, and can do so on their own accord – the way it is done in Sweden:

 

People who don’t fall into those categories will simply have to man-up and face facts: life comes with risks, and in the end we all die. Meanwhile, let’s continue our lives without fear!

Tired of hearing the same fear based arguments, I made this T-shirt design, which you can download for free and print for yourself:

Houd 1 schaaplengte afstand

Sheep your distance 2

All aboard flight Covid-19

vertrekkenEven though most of the world has closed down in response to the coronavirus, flights are still leaving to a few destinations. Last week I went to Mexico City leaving from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. What’s it like to fly when the whole world is in fear? And how do they deal with the coronavirus in one of the biggest cities in the world? Continue reading “All aboard flight Covid-19”

Jungle critters

Here are some of the more interesting bugs I come across in my daily activities. Of some I know names, for others I invented them. Since not every critter was willing to pose, the quality of the pictures varies. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy them!

Design portfolio

So I am back in Panama and working as a freelance designer/writer/content creator (until I find a good project to work on, or get a new business going.)  Have a look at my work (PDF), perhaps we can help each other.