There was a time in the not too distant past when kings and queens would offer license, certificate, authorization to be a pirate – to hunt down the ships of other nations, to steal their wealth, to attack and destroy and to burn and capture the vessels. During the seventeenth century this was a common practice, among the the power elite of Europe. Eventually, this, like slavery, became immoral, illegal, and it was outlawed and the pirates were hunted. But, there was a strange time, for a couple hundred years, when pirates were allowed to hunt, by law and with the protection of law.
Those days aren’t really in the distant mirror, we have private armies today, and they can hire private ships – if they seek to steal, they can get authorization from NATO or Russia or China or some other entity that has nuclear weapons and THEREFORE can do that which is lawless. Today, as yesterday, there are privateers, and they do the bidding of the deep state.
The Ecology and Liberty
I am of the belief that we, humans, collectively, along with every other living creature, share the air, the water, the soil; we can act as if we do not, but we do. This is not communism, this is a practical, rational, approximation of our situation – there are things we share, there are things we should all be stewards of and show concern for. True stewardship comes from free and cooperative action; only through liberty can the true human and natural ecology be balanced. So no, I’m not some “climate change” crazy who wants to convince you to give up more freedom, but I am someone who lives on “planet reality” where poisoning the air harms more than just me.
If you found a real problem in the ecology of our planet? – I would say there are ONLY 2 likely causes: a) random act of nature OR b) government. Government implemented a central bank credit card for 100 years. Government convinced you that we could eat 10,000 years worth of lunches in a century. Government promoted policies and activities that showed ONLY contempt for nature (above ground nuclear testing being one example), and government blocks honest and decent people from actually fixing real problems.
I believe there is a good chance that the human race faces one or more ecological catastrophes, in the near future, that might be the result of human stupidity – but not freedom. The stupidity of thinking we can have free lunches, the stupidity of building societies that look like complicated prison camps, with varying luxuries for each inmate. The promises, impossible promises, of legislatures and dictators alike.
One scenario I’ve spoken of recently is the “Clathrate Gun”, and I don’t really want to go into that subject here – but if it is a real problem? Like pollution generally or damage to the oceans from Fukushima? – then the ONLY way we can fix it is with freedom. Tyranny will simply make it worse, and speed on our doom.
The Ecological Privateer
You might wonder WHY this essay belongs here, on FreedomLandDAO.com? – well here’s the answer … Jim is no fan of seasteading, and I get it. He believes that this is too risky, too likely to be impacted by government interference and he is likely correct. But I do believe there are ecosystem catastrophes (mainly government caused or enabled like the Marshall Islands radioactive dump site) that should be addressed and can be, like Fukushima, if and ONLY IF we understand how freedom is essential.
Not all of these disasters are at sea …
What if we took sites like Hanford, Fukushima, the Marshall Islands Nuclear Waste dome, the Duwamish River (or any number of other EPA super fund sites), and granted “Rights of Ownership and Sovereignty” as LONG AS the sites are cleaned up, as long as a fair audit shows a positive impact from these grants?
First – I want to live in a free world where “asking permission to help” would NEVER be a thing, but we don’t currently live in that world.
But what if we could convince a state government, a national government, that we could, as free people fix THEIR MISTAKE while at the same time allowing us sovereign control of the land, the property, the region defined by the ecological disaster?
The community? – they get help cleaning up a persistent threat to their physical and psychological health.
The ecological privateers? – they get a chance to prove what EVERY FREE PERSON KNOWS … give a free man or woman the chance, and they WILL come up with a solution (assuming it’s a real problem).
The ecological privateers get ownership and sovereignty that must be recognized and respected if the adjacent community wants this help. And the community must recognize, that in doing this damage, or more likely allowing their government to do this damage, they have in fact ceded this land … they abandoned their mutual duties to not poison the air, the water, the soil. This is not communism: this is healing.
I wrote this for Jim’s business site because YES it’s crazy, but we live in crazy times. And around this nation, and even my own city of Seattle, there are sites, places, that simply leach poison into the water …
Imagine an ecological pioneer that said the following: allow me to build a town, on the Puget Sound, of 10,000 people … and for this we will clean the waters, we will restore habitat, we will bring the orca whales back … it sounds crazy, but it amounts to saying WE want this, this positive outcome in exchange for giving people the freedom to solve it.
Imagine the same ecological pioneer/privateer, years later, convincing the world that WE CAN clean up the oceans and build floating islands at the same time – we can heal, we can provide a constructed archipelago of artificial islands made from the garbage in the sea. Nations of free people, on the oceans, leaving the air, water and soil better than they found it.
They will not ask for their sovereignty at this point, in the future … they won’t wait for the thanks of government.
The oceans will breathe again …
Life will return again …
And the only healthy ecology of the Earth will come into sharp focus: liberty …
Only through freedom are we in balance.
That is the victory in this strategy: to place freedom in the context of ecology.