Fifty Things To Do NOW
If You Fear an Economic Breakdown
Become a part-time entrepreneur, garage-market-dealer, urban
farmer, welder, whatever. Just be productive under your own
command. It doesnt matter what it is; just be directly
productive, and directly deal with suppliers and clients. Youll
find it awesomely liberating and it will be highly useful for
the free underground market.
off the TV. Read books!
with people that share your ethics and that are productive and
respectful. Eat together, discuss, challenge each other, help
each other, have a good time.
safe or safe deposit box. Start moving all the cash you can
get in there, convert at least 30% of your cash to silver and/or
in trust. Do minor deals for people on a trust basis. Taking
others at their word, and let yourself be challenged by yours.
for matches. When you talk with people, memorize what they do,
and if an opportunity comes up, connect them with someone else
for a minor finders fee (a burger, a few beers, whatever).
- Join your
local LIMA house. (Well explain this in a future post.)
but dont go sight-seeing spend your time getting
to know the people there. Think about business opportunities
aliases and pseudonyms. Get comfortable using them in real-life
ethics and law (not the government law
logic, especially the fallacies.
cash aside. Use your part-time job as the source of saved cash.
to invest cash with people you know, in off the books projects.
Start making micro-loans to people or buy shares in their operations.
basic double-entry book-keeping. Dont waste effort on
the account-numbers they teach you understand the concept
and use it.
to write in code. We all have to use recordings, bookkeeping,
contact books, transaction notes etc. These should be hard to
decipher for someone taking a quick glimpse, and even hard for
someone taking time to analyze them. Use tricks like date-shifting,
shorthand, making up your own terms, etc. Or, if you want to spend
a little more effort, learn to use memorized ciphers, such as
memorizing some longer text, then apply it as a simple shifting-key
to what you write, with the page number or a marker as a keypart.
producers, entrepreneurs, traders etc that you appreciate what
from others like you, stay away from the on-the-books market
as much as you can.
conflict, ask someone to mediate. Solve conflicts yourself wherever
you can. Use a mutually respected and trusted third party when
necessary. Stay away from state justice whenever
respecting secrets. Secrets are good most of the time; transparency
is bad most of the time. Detox yourself from the everything
should be in the open propaganda.
make your part-time, off-the-books business, your main line
of income. Things like underground dental hygiene are very cool.
that off-the-books means that you really have to
excel in what you do. You have to provide quality.
invest in single deals; invest in relationships with the market.
it: Voting doesnt help at all.
friends to create buying associations and selling associations.
This will give you and others lots of money to save and lots
of money to hide.
a fugitive. (Good ones, obviously.)
cross a border without documents.
small merchants silver or gold rather than fiat currency.
products in silver or gold.
and use digital gold, such as Pecunix or C-gold.
a community currency in your town.
cash, such as eCache.
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working your will in the world.
how to work your will beneficially. This is not about being
right, it is about causing benefit.
mistakes (you will make them). Learn not to repeat them.
how to communicate effectively. Again, this is not about proving
that you are right this is about getting true ideas into
other minds effectively.
the state in some new way. Tell your friends about your success
with the term Economic Civil Disobedience.
the idea that the state is not magic it is nothing more
than a collection of your neighbors no more ethical and
noble than the lamer next door.
how to find the false assumptions in arguments. Most public
lies sound okay if you dont find their unspoken assumptions.
If they pass too quickly, find the written version and search
for the lie it contains.
how to disagree with kindness.
the fact that most people are confused and are just barely hanging
on to their last shreds of self-esteem. Understand that state
intellectuals like this condition, as it makes people easier
to keep in line a little shame goes a long way.
waste your energy on the political crisis de jour. Busy your
mind with more substantial things. Daily political dramas are
a time-sink, and the statists like it. Stop following their
arbitrage to deprive the state of your money. Work with friends
if the setup costs are too large for you.
to defend yourself, your family, your neighbors and your town.
No state means no military. Until you take this upon yourself,
your plans will always have a gaping hole in their middle. There
is no free lunch here either. Get weapons and be mentally prepared
to use them. Decide in advance how and when you would use them
do not leave it to the emotion of the moment that
will make a shipwreck of the whole venture. Learn how to use
nice for your neighbor. The people who live near you are a far
more important part of your environment than any other.
who suffer undeservedly. No state means you are responsible
for charity. Sure, it will be much easier when the state isnt
stealing all your extra money (or chasing you in hope of theft),
but do what you can now and get used to the process.
over your friends. Notice when they are having a bad day, show
some kindness and concern. If they are overloaded, carry some
of their burden. We all have bad times, and your bad day may come
too. Help one another. Restore one another.
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