Max Borders, editor of The Freeman, says "I sure couldn't do it…unless I had to."

Meet the Blush family. They represent a growing faction of libertarians that mix the rugged individualism of Spooner with the self-reliance of Thoreau. And they’re making a reality show.

You might think they’re crazy. After all, they’re weaning themselves from the grid in order to opt out of the structures they believe have been corrupted by state control and corporate cronyism. That means giving up plentiful energy, convenient food, and economies of scale.

But is it crazy?

I sure couldn’t do it—not unless I had to. I’m totally dependent, as most of us are, on regulated monopolies to feed our appliances and big boxes stocked full of cheap goods. I like economies of scale. I also like manufactured pharmaceuticals, wireless gadgets, and air travel—despite the fact that all of these industries are corrupted to varying degrees.

But people who engage in sovereign living are often happy people. They have tight communities and are not worried for a second about brownouts or the crash of the dollar. If the zombie apocalypse comes, they’ve already practiced being truly free. They are more resilient. And most importantly, they are participating in the construction of the counter-economy.

Keep reading at TheFreeman.com – and thanks Max for covering the project!

Austin-based reality show hosts WORLD PREMIERE of Episode 3 at Native South Farmer’s Market

Austin-based reality show hosts WORLD PREMIERE of Episode 3 at Native South Food Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/18/13
Contact JohnBush@CenterforNaturalLiving.org | 512-773-6102

There’s nothing more hip than being the FIRST to do, see or experience something. Austinites are known for being the first at many things -especially in Texas- and to add to their hip-ness an exclusive screening of the Sovereign Living reality show will be happening on July 27th at the Native South Food Park at 10106 Manchaca Rd. This event is family friendly, so pack up a blanket, but don’t worry there will be organic food and snacks available for purchase, and join us for an outdoor screening of Sovereign Living, Episodes 1 & 2, along with the world premiere of Episode 3!

Sovereign Living is an Austin-based reality show illuminating the journey of a family of four as they leave centralized institutions and create a sustainable life for themselves on the 2.4-acre “Blush Family Farm” in Central Texas. Follow the Blush Family (John Bush, Catherine Bleish, and their two children) as they work to create their own food, shelter, water and energy systems, as well as build communal defense and healthcare. This show will create a new wave of education in the reality TV genre, and wait until you see the cinematography!!!

The event will kick off at 7pm starting with speeches, music, and then Episode 1, which introduces you to the family while joining them on a visit to NH to check out the 100% off the grid, Bardo Farm. Episode 2 involves the underestimated issue of neighborly relationships and property protection: If you’re not relying on centralized institutions what would you do in the times you would typically call the police? The world premiere of Episode 3 takes you into the Blush home during the natural birth of their second child.

Who: Sovereign Living: The Show
Where: Native South Food Park Manchaca Rd
When: July 27th from 7pm-10pm

A crowd-supported fundraiser, much like Kickstarter, has launched so help us ensure this unique, educational show will be seen by the world. Visit SovereignLiving.tv/TheShow to learn more, and if you can, become a supporter and learn about the awesome prizes that come along with helping out!

Check out the sizzle reel here to learn what Sovereign Living all about:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1T8cKklQnA

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World Premiere of Sovereign Living Episode Three in Austin, TX on July 27th!

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Join the stars and crew of Sovereign Living: The Show and those who support self-sufficiency and natural living for an outdoor screening of Episodes 1 and 2, and the world premiere of Episode 3!

The event takes place Saturday July 27th from 7 – 10 PM at the Native South Food Park, located at 10106 Manchaca rd.

Sovereign Living: The Show is a reality based 12 episode series that follows the Blush Family in their quest to become self-sufficient and lead a voluntary and natural life.

Episode 1 introduces the Blush Family and explores the importance of self sufficiency while visiting Bardo Farms in Croyden, NH.  In Episode 2, John and Cat search for stateless solutions for the continual conflict occurring with the neighbors across the street.  Episode 3, never before seen by the public, continues the Blush Family’s journey towards self-sufficiency and follows along as they give birth to their second child at home with the help of a midwife.

The event will feature speeches, live music, organic foods, and a fully functional farmers market!

Bring the family and your friends for this fun filled educational, inspirational, and entertaining event.

This will be the first time the Austin audience has seen Episode 1 in it’s final form, first time Episode 2 has been aired in Austin, and the first time Episode 3 has been seen publicly, EVER!

Here’s a preview of what the show is all about:

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/596050137082980/

Download the Event Flyer and Poster here: http://sovereignliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Native-South-Food-Park-Fliers.pdf

Neither Bullets Nor Ballots by: Wendy McElroy

 

Check out this classic essay on voluntaryist strategy by philosopher and liberty advocate, Wendy McElroy.

My favorite line – “It is ironic that a movement which uses the free market as a solution for everything from roads to national defense declares that political means, the antithesis of the free market, are necessary to achieve freedom.”

Neither Bullets Nor Ballots

by Wendy McElroy
Number 1

From Voluntaryist.com

 

The Voluntaryist seeks to reclaim the anti-political heritage of libertarianism. It seeks to reestablish the clear, clean difference between the economic and the political means of changing society. This difference was well perceived by the forerunners of contemporary libertarianism who tore the veil of legitimacy away from government to reveal a criminal institution which claimed a monopoly of force in a given area. Accordingly, early libertarians such as Benjamin Tucker maintained that one could no more attack government by electing politicians than one could prevent crime by becoming a criminal. Although he did not question the sincerity of political anarchists, he described them as enemies of liberty: “those who distrust her as a means of progress, believing in her only as an end to be obtained by first trampling upon, violating, and outraging her.” This rejection of the political process (by which I mean electoral politics) was a moral one based on the insight that no one has the right to a position of power over others and that any man who seeks such an office, however honorable his intentions, is seeking to join a criminal band.

Somewhere in the history of libertarianism, this rejection of the State has been eroded to the point that anarchists are now aspiring politicians and can hear the words “anarchist Senator” without flinching. No longer is libertarianism directed against the positions of power, against the offices through which the State is manifested; the modern message — complete with straw hats, campaign rhetoric and strategic evasion — is “elect my man to office” as if it were the man disgracing the office and not the other way around. Those who point out that no one has the right to such a position, that such power is anathema to the concept of rights itself, are dismissed as negative, reactionary or crackpot. They are subject to ad hominem attacks which divert attention from the substantive issues being raised, the issues which will be discussed in The Voluntaryist.

The Voluntaryist is unique in that it reflects both the several centuries of libertarian tradition and the current cutting edge of libertarian theory. The tradition of American libertarianism Is so inextricably linked with anarchism that, during the Nineteenth Century, Individualist-anarchism was a synonym for libertarianism. But anarchism is more than simply the non-initiation of force by which libertarianism is commonly defined. It is a view of the State as the major violator of rights, as the main enemy. Anarchism analyzes the State as an institution whose purpose is to violate rights in order to secure benefits to a privileged class. For those who believe in the propriety of a limited government it makes sense to pursue political office, but for an anarchist who views the State as a fundamentally evil institution such a pursuit flies in the face of the theory and the tradition which he claims to share. Thus, the political anarchist must explain why he aspires to an office he proclaims inherently unjust. Perhaps one reason for the erosion of anarchism within the libertarian movement is that many of the questions necessary to a libertarian institutional analysis of the State have never been seriously addressed. A goal of The Voluntaryist is to construct a cohesive theory of anti-political libertarianism, of Voluntaryism, which will investigate such issues as whether moral or legal liabilities adhere to the act of voting someone into power over another’s life. Perhaps by working out the basics of this theory the unhappy spectacle of “the anarchist as politician” can be avoided.

Another major goal is to examine non-political strategies. In constructing anti-political theory and strategy — which was assumed by early libertarians without being well defined — we will be labeled as merely counter Libertarian Party by those who innocently or with malice are unable to perceive the wider context which leads to a rejection of the political means itself. The myriad of non-political strategies available to libertarians will be dismissed or will be accepted only as useful adjuncts to electoral politics. It is ironic that a movement which uses the free market as a solution for everything from roads to national defense declares that political means, the antithesis of the free market, are necessary to achieve freedom.

As Voluntaryists we reject the Libertarian Party on the same level and for the same reason we reject any other political party. The rejection is not based on incidental evasions or corruption of principle which inevitably occur within politics. It is based on the conviction that to oppose the State one must oppose the specific instances of the State or else one’s opposition is toward a vague, floating abstraction and never has practical application. Political offices are the State. By becoming politicians libertarians legitimize and perpetuate the office. They legitimize and perpetuate the State.

If libertarianism has a future, it is as the movement which takes a principled, resounding stance against the State. Those who embrace political office hinder the efforts of Voluntaryists who are attempting to throw off this institution of force. It is common for libertarians to view anarchism and minarchism as two trains going down the same track; minarchism simply stops a little before anarchism’s destination. This is a mistaken notion. The destination of anarchism is different from and antagonistic to the destination minarchism. The theory and the emotional commitment are different. Murray Rothbard captured the emotional difference by asking his famous question in Libertarian Forum, “Do you Hate the State?” Voluntaryists respond with an immediate, heartfelt “yes”. Minarchists give reserved, qualified agreement all the while explaining the alleged distinction between a government and a state. Political anarchists are in the gray realm of agreeing heartily in words to principles which their actions contradict. It is time to have the differences between Voluntaryism and political libertarianism clearly expressed and for non-political alternatives to be pursued.

It is time for The Voluntaryist.

Survival Gardening In The Heat

By: Marjory Wildcraft of GrowYourOwnGroceries.com
Growing food in your backyard when its over 100 degrees for more than three months? How do you do that? If you are looking for something more than the usual “mulch and drip irrigation” answer (and don’t get me wrong – mulching and drip irrigation is absolutely the first place to start!)… Find out what the old-timers used to do, what plants will work the best, what not to do (if you can avoid it), and some surprise options you probably have never heard of.

http://www.growyourowngroceries.org/survival-gardening-in-the-heat-with-marjory-wildcraft/

A Message to Our Brothers and Sisters in Egypt, From SovereignLiving.tv

448509-egypt-protestsMessage to Egyptian protestors – give self-governance a try! It is likely that the next ruler will be just like the rest of them. It may take a while but as Lord Acton said, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. You may not be able to have total liberty all across the country, but at least take a couple million of you and create a sustainable and autonomous region or two. What better opportunity than now do you have a chance at experimenting with a radical new way to organize society. Give mutually beneficial voluntary association a try and abandon the old way of coercion, hierarchy, and despair. If democracy is what you desire, explore direct democracy, where the individual chooses if he or she wishes to participate. You may not get another shot at it in a while. Why not try something new? We’ll be watching. Good luck. Peace and Freedom for ALL.