Guest Column: Operation American Spring

A line in the sand, the non-shot heard round the world

BundyIn case you’ve been living under a rock or freeze-dried and doing hard time—or only paying attention to corporate-state media—over the past few days: On Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Bunkerville, Nevada, the federal government (an assault force of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)) surrendered to We the People as a consequence of the Cliven Bundy Ranch standoff. Later in the day, the feds announced a full retreat as a band of citizens stood against them in protest of federally-engineered cattle theft and an armed siege of a (legally presumed) innocent rancher. Continue reading

Brian’s Column: Organic Marketing, What Would Jesus Do?

New Picture (14)Approach your market as a gardener grows a plant

As it happens, I’ve been associated as editor and publisher, even author, with some astounding books of nonfiction that advance crucial ideas or simply tell inspiring stories. [You may go to my Free Man Publishing site for a listing of these books and authors.] As inherently interesting, professionally composed, well-written, and utilitarian as many of these authors’ works are, the sad reality is none has broached anything like a mass-market appeal, much less a mini-mass-market appeal (say, sales in the low thousands). Why? This column wrestles with imaginative spreading of creative seeds of thought that more than a few people will find likable to the point of buying. Continue reading

Book Review: Carved in Granite (2008)

Stimulating collage of short stories and reminiscences by budding Free State writers…

Carved in Granite2008, SciArt Media, 134 pages (as PDF)

This is a book of short stories from mostly young, certainly aspiring, New Hampshire writers that I helped to market for a fellow Free Stater five years ago. I don’t believe many of the links remain valid, so good luck finding this particular little collection. You can try locating James Maynard perhaps via the Free State Project organization Continue reading

Movie Review: Silent Running (1972)

For its time a bold, clever cry for Nature __ 8/10

Silent RunningAnnouncer: On this first day of a new century we humbly beg forgiveness and dedicate these last forests of our once beautiful nation to the hope that they will one day return and grace our foul earth. Until that day may God bless these gardens and the brave men who care for them.

Freeman Lowell: It calls back a time when there were flowers all over the Earth… and there were valleys. And there were plains of tall green grass that you could lie down in – you could go to sleep in. And there were blue skies, and there was fresh air… and there were things growing all over the place, not just in some domed enclosures blasted some millions of miles out in to space.

Freeman Lowell: [gesturing toward a picture] Look on the wall behind you. Look at that little girl’s face. I know you’ve seen it. But you know what she’s never going to be able to see? She’s never going to be able to see the simple wonder of a leaf in her hand. Because there’s not going to be any trees. Now you think about that. Continue reading

Guest Column: Money, Debt and the End of the Growth Imperative

By Thomas Greco

NewLike a cancer, the political, interest-based, debt-money system corrupts everything it touches. It’s time it was replaced. This is the fifth article in our series on the role of money in the transformation of society.

When I was born, the world’s population numbered something like two billion people. Today it is estimated to be well over 7 billion, more than three and a half times the level of one lifetime ago. This is but one example of exponential or geometric growth, meaning growth that proceeds at an accelerating rate. Continue reading