MicroSecession – Going Galt in Place

A lot of people have been “going Galt” lately – like Ann Barnhardt, Karl Denninger, and Neil Boortz. What is “going Galt”? It is a reaction to government overreach where someone says to an institutionally covetous society, “I refuse to produce things just for you to take them.” It involves either (a) early retirement, or (b) moving somewhere remote so that your production is not stolen through government-sanctioned or illegal theft. The notion was popularized and named by Ayn Rand’s novel, “Atlas Shrugged”, where John Galt develops an alternative society in a remote part of the world which includes productive people (NOTE – I have not actually read the book, so forgive any errors in that summarization). Now, I’m not an Ayn Rand fan (see this book for why), but Ayn was one of the few who provided argument through art for Libertarian causes, so her examples remain iconic.
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Ranking the Best Options Forward on the US Debt

If you find yourself in a hole, stop diggingThe First Rule of Holes

The problem with the US Debt crisis is that it is hard to talk to people about what the options are without people getting confused. Here is a normal conversation:

Someone Else (SE): “We need to raise the debt ceiling to avoid a default”

Me: “I agree we need to avoid a default. That’s why we should cut spending drastically.”

SE: “Well, we can’t cut spending – they are all for critical services, so we need to increase the debt limit.”

Me: “I am against raising the debt limit”

SE: “What if we default?”

Me: “If that’s the only option, I’ll take it”

SE: “You just contradicted yourself.”

This sort of thing drives me crazy, so here I will lay out, in the order of preference, the various options on the debt default.
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Myths and Truths on the US Debt Default

One of the goals of MicroSecession is to remove ourselves enough from the monetary system so that the idiocy that we see on TV doesn’t adversely affect us. Nonetheless, good governance is still better than bad governance. In that spirit, I want to devote a few posts to the possible pending US Debt default. This first post will be to dispel some common myths about the potential debt default.
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Joel Salatin Leads the Way Again

I am a big fan of Joel Salatin. His book Everything I want to do is Illegal rang so true for me, that much of my political thought is based on the ideas he put forth for consideration. Who are we that we are making being a community and doing good for each other and raising our own food illegal? The point is not that the bad stuff we want to do is illegal, but rather the good stuff that we would like to do for each other is so mired in red tape, regulation, and legislation that we are not free to do good (you must be properly licensed for that), but only free to do bad.
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The Left’s Obsession with Money

NOTE – this article is a followup to a previous article on the problems of an economics focused too much on money.

One of the saddest things about the left is that, although they make a lot of noise about “the rich” and similar power brokers, the injustice of money, and other ills and woes, they are actually the most enslaved to money of them all. Don’t get me wrong – there is plenty to dislike in the power structure of modern America. However, whenever I hear the left speak, it usually comes out like this:
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