Resilient Ways: Imagine a free world …

Moral Framework and the Zero Aggression Principle

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Back to index … “A libertarian is a person who believes that no one has the right, under any circumstances, to initiate force against another human being for any reason whatever; nor will a libertarian advocate the initiation of force, or delegate it to anyone else. Those who act consistently with this principle are libertarians, whether they realize it or not. Those who fail to act consistently with it are not libertarians, regardless of what they may claim.” ~ L. Neil Smith, 1996 In order to form lasting communities where people live free, we believe there is an important moral

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Size Matters: How Many Acres?

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Back to index … “Quantity has a quality all its own.” ~ often attributed to Stalin, 1945 A fundamental consideration is always cost. More acres typically cost more money to acquire or more money to develop into useful space for living, working, and enjoying life. Generally speaking, having more land is better, location is always critical to economic success, and if one community is good, several communities are better. One of our goals is to avoid pigeonholing – restricting ourselves to some particular strategy based upon preconceived notions of what makes an “optimal living arrangement.” In addition to determining the

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Rural vs Urban

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Back to index … “These peasants carry their honour in their hands so that they may constantly consult it; this same honour that once was felt so much at home in the city but now has taken refuge in a more rural setting.” ~ Tirso de Molina, 1630, “Burlador de Sevilla” Our goal in designing a small number of rural communities is not to ignore cities, nor to deprecate their ability to have within them effective and even resilient communities, but to start somewhere. Among our motivations for beginning in rural areas are: Land is cheaper. Rules are fewer. Large tracts of

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Decentralised dance party SF

Great fun!

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This past Friday and Saturday, the Resilient Ways team of Dan Sullivan and Jim Davidson attended the Startup Societies summit in San Francisco. We met several hundred new people, talked to them about our work and plans, passed out our new handouts, swapped business cards with many dozens of persons, and saw all kinds of speakers and presentations. In summary, it was great fun. There was also much fun on Saturday evening at the Decentralised Dance Party which ran, for us, from about 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. About 200 people marched around the city from Rincon park, stopping at

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Doniphan County, Kansas

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On Friday, Dan and I travelled by car through much of Doniphan County, Kansas. We visited the Burr Oak bottoms, one of the Lookout Mountains that Meriwether Lewis climbed during the original Lewis & Clark expedition (part of this one is now a gravel quarry), and visited the communities of Highland, Troy, and Hiawatha. The view for the eclipse coming up is probably not best at Lookout Mountain, due to tree cover and difficulty accessing the modest peak. There are some other prospects in the area that look good, though. We met with a realtor and began the process of

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We might have found our PHASE 1 property! (but I don’t want to get too excited)

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I don’t want to jinx it … I’m a rational guy, but I have some superstition about “good luck” … I suppose I expect to “have nothing good” in this life – certainly nothing good that lasts. This is the best I’ve felt in a long time, and I feel like my heart has started beating again – and seeing this piece of land, and speaking to its owners was energizing … that’s all I can say about that. (without incurring the wrath of the fates)

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Last day in Hocking County, this trip …

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Jim and I (Dan Sullivan) have surveyed some of the area. This morning we had a decent trek (small hike) through some property off of 664 – 17 acres, currently being used as a laser-tag site. It is likely outside our price-range, but it gave us a sense of what to expect. The second property we looked at, further north-east, was beautiful and not far from what we think we can fund for our first site. 22 acres (roughly), a nice brick house and other features. Plenty of land, quiet road, and beautiful vistas. It might also be too much

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