Libertarian Prepper

The world divides politically into those who want people to be controlled, and those who have no such desire.

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15 things I hate about Thailand

This is based on my experiences of living and working in Thailand, and also of traveling a little as a tourist. Mostly though, I saw and heard what tourists wouldn't, and almost none of it was good, so rather than try to make a balanced list of pros and cons – something I don't think is even remotely possible – I'm

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The Toxicity of Culture

Culture (root word: cult) is toxic regardless of its content. At best a culture has kernels of truth and relates to objective reality. Even in this case, it is a terrible idea to teach it as you are teaching people what to think rather than how to think. Even if the culture contains some important virtues and good values

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The beginning of wisdom?

(And the futility of trying to reason with faith.) Philosophy starts (or at least should start) with self-knowledge. We see the world through the lens of our preconceptions and past experiences, many of which are subconscious. If we don’t know the color of that lens, and how it distorts our view of the world, then we

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What if statists secretly already knew they were slaves?

Notice what happens when you tell someone that taxation is theft, or anything else that serves to point out their chains. What happens? They have an immediate reaction. Their amygdala kicks in with the fight or flight instinct, floods the brain with electrical impulses, and shuts off the frontal Neocortex responsible for

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The origins of Statism in child abuse

If you punish children, most will grow up believing that they were punished because they were bad. They grow up believing that others are bad, too. That human beings must be beaten to stop them from hitting each other. That without this coercive parent, social relations would, almost overnight, descend into chaos. Thus,