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Founding the Free Academy
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[Editor’s Note: Michael Fielding is a young anarcho-capitalist, past contributor to TDV and a guest on Anarchast. He is entering upon a very interesting anarchic experiment. We’ll let him explain the details below.]
One month from Thursday, I'm setting sail with a group of free-thinkers to perform a radical experiment, trying to answer the question: what happens when people learn to live from the ground-up?
Our team is a group of recent college graduates with a passion for learning unquenched by America's school systems. We've seen how the status-quo works, and we think there might be a better way.
We're skeptical of tradition. We're skeptical of established institutions and social arrangements. We're not convinced we need a central bank to loan money into existence for voluntary exchange to take place. We're not convinced we need a monopoly on the initiation of force to resolve disputes. We're not convinced we need a government to "educate" children. So rather than toying with the idea as a mental exercise, we've decided to run the experiment.
Our goal is to learn what we really need to be happy on this planet, and to share what we learn with everyone for free.
That's why we're sailing to an uninhabited island, to return to a "state of nature", to build a small community from the bottom-up and see what happens. We'll film the entire endeavor and release a documentary, so that anyone interested in unplugging themselves could copy our successes and learn from our mistakes.
With the founding of any community, water is the main concern. We'll carry enough drinking water so that survival on the expedition won't depend on water production, but if this is to become a permanent colony, we'll need a reliable source of freshwater. Since rain is limited on deserted islands, we've come up with a work-around.
We could really use your help to make this project a success. More than anything, we could use your advice. This is a radical experiment and we have no idea how things will play out. We need your help thinking of potential points of failure so we can mitigate as many risks as possible. We could also use your help spreading the word. While our project takes place on an uninhabited island, it's really all about people.
Our goal is to spread Liberty worldwide by sharing the discoveries we make in our "state of nature". We'd like to see more people thinking about what it takes to be happy, and whether they've implicitly consented to some social arrangements that aren't fulfilling that goal. And lastly, we could use your help with funding. We have enough through personal savings to sail to the island and build some basic infrastructure. But if we can reach our $5,000 goal, we'll be able to accomplish much more. Our stretch goals include building an aquaponics system to grow fish and vegetables in a symbiotic environment, and to establish a satellite internet connection so we can release live updates on our progress.
We'd love to open up a conversation with everyone interested in the project. You can find more information at FreeAcad.com, subscribe to my YouTube channel to see more videos, message me on Facebook or Twitter, or send me an email at email@example.com.
Michael Fielding, a Dollar Vigilante contributor and Anarchast guest (see video below), recently graduated from the University of Texas with a BS in Computer Science, after which he headed to the Caribbean aboard his boat, Sovereignty. He describes himself as a full-time thinker and adventurer.
Hey there, dear reader. Turns out I'm not dead. I've just been busy with my own version of the Free Academy...en Español! I've made the leap to Chile and have seen the promised land of Galt's Gulch. As with that plucky bunch from today's article, we are charging forward and building a community of like-minded liberty lovers from the raw, verdant ground up. It may not be a deserted island, but it is some beautiful land ringed by mountains...and where freshwater will not be a problem... We've got more of the stuff than we'll ever need!
My head is still spinning with how amazing Chile is. In fact, there are a couple of ladies stateside who are more than a little upset to have found out that I now never want to return to the US. Chile isn't perfect -- what nation-state tax farm is? -- but it is so much better than the US that I am spoiled by the amount of witty and accurate comparisons that spring to mind.
I feel like a fair damsel trying to decide between a rich, handsome entrepreneur and an alcoholic, women-beater with chronic bad breath and a drawer full of collection notices. Coming to Chile isn't quite returning to a "state of nature", but it does let me shed the unceasing stress of being monitored by imperial fascists who expect me and my grandchildren to pay off their debts. And Galt's Gulch allows me to do it all in the ultimate style...in the company of those who believe in quaint notions like liberty and self-ownership.
By all means, lend those lads a hand with their modest $5,000 goal. But then do yourself a favor and come see where your own brighter future lies in Galt's Gulch, Chile.
Editor, The Dollar Vigilante
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