Lately, my focus is on http://cryptofrontier.org, which is located on the island of Saipan, a “U.S. territory” with around 50,000 people that is mostly governed by the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The biggest aspect of this project is educational in nature. Regarding my formal education, I attained a MA degree in counseling psychology at USIU (now Alliant International University) in San Diego, CA. Prior to that I attained a BBA in management and a BS in psychology at Idaho State University.
I grew up on a remote ranch in the steep, rugged mountains of central Idaho. Amidst the spectacular scenery, much “character-building” labor was to be had. Naturally, while developing a work ethic I gained an appreciation for increases in productivity (i.e., getting more done with less effort). Though I found that repeating the same routine can be comfortable at times, it can also forestall new visions about life and work.
Our psychologies, as well as our present societal situation, need new visions too. Even though just accepting things as they are can be easy, looking beyond the everyday is important. By exploring new domains of innovation and intellectual and emotional evolution, we can create a better world for ourselves. And never has there been a more opportune time for us to create a better world: As a species, we finally have all the resources and ideas necessary.
Understanding what individual rights are and how and why individuals possess them remains crucial for our well-being. In our technological age continued advances in computer systems, biotechnology, and engineering in various other realms continue to alter the landscape of human endeavors and the planet we inhabit. The production and exchange of information will continue on its voluminous course to unprecedented levels of efficiency and complexity. To properly deal with the challenges and demands these things pose for us as individuals and as a species, we need our political philosophy to move in an enlightened direction as quickly as possible. Ecological harm and unsustainable use of resources are the direct result of lack of understanding property rights. When “public property” is scaled up to nation-states, we face potential calamities of epic proportions.
Political issues that beg to be addressed in a logical fashion have enveloped our lives. Unfortunately, the method of logic has normally been overlooked by people—including “the experts”—when trying to make sense of politics and economics, as well as psychology. Hence we experience the existential effects, living in a world that is quite far from ideal, with very few even considering that a new ideal is realizable.
A strong philosophical antidote is needed to counteract these problems, one that keeps us grounded in reality and guided by reason. The basic metaphysical, epistemological, ethical, and political principles of Objectivism, the philosophy originated by Ayn Rand, helps provide this. Integrating fundamental truths about our existence and ourselves can evolve our culture and contribute to everyone’s happiness and welfare.
I encountered Objectivism in the 90s from the books of novelist/philosopher Ayn Rand and psychologist Nathaniel Branden. Since then, I have spent much time considering the optimal ways to apply the numerous aspects of a noncontradictory philosophy and insightful psychology. In The Psychology of Liberty, Complete Liberty, and Complete Liberty Inside Out, you’ll find an evolution in how I interpret and present the various philosophical and psychological aspects that I view as crucial to achieving both personal and political enlightenment. Complete Liberty Podcast also incorporated a different tone in episode 126 onward, after encountering the invaluable work of psychologist Marshall Rosenberg in 2010. I’ve listed lots of free resources covering Marshall’s methods of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) on my counseling site’s page:
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Regarding my previous writings on how to achieve “liberty in our lifetime,” the motto of www.freestateproject.org, I covered this in the final chapter of Complete Liberty. I signed up for the FSP the Fall of ’05, and moved to Concord, NH the Spring of ’06. I moved back to California in ’07 to try to partake in a clinical trial to treat my type 1 diabetes (to no avail). I moved back to NH a couple other times since then. Unfortunately, the odds are really stacked against achieving some semblance of “liberty in our lifetime” there, because so many premises continue to go unchecked in the movement, not to mention the traditional culture. Nonetheless, one can keep abreast of things there via https://freekeene.com and https://freetalklive.com.