The Voluntary Life: 66 Living Free Now: Porc Therapy Show

17 July 2012

66 Living Free Now: Porc Therapy Show

This is a repost of an episode of Porc Therapy hosted by Stephanie Murphy that Hannah and I appeared on.
"My friends Jake from The Voluntary Life and Hannah from Becoming Who You Are join me today for this fun podcast-only show where our discussion centers around living free – now! We begin with a PorcFest 2012 wrap up, then talk about connecting over shared values, immigration issues, the Free State Project, civil disobedience and political activism (and our disagreements with both), Jake’s amazing impassioned speech on living free!, intentional communities, permanent tourism and heading south to find freedom, living on a boat, someone who made his own island out of soda bottles, division of labor/going “off the grid,” and Leonid Rogozov’s famous self-appendectomy."

Podcast Episode


  1. This is a wonderful podcast, so full of interesting ideas. (Plus, I could listen to Stephanie's melodious voice forever...)

    Like you three, I'm don't participate in activism that could get me arrested. And yet, I can't accept your assertion that one maximises freedom this way.

    If one is arrested, one loses a certain amount of freedom. But when one structures one's activities to avoid doing anything that might result in arrest, one has already lost one's freedom. It has been given away by self-curtailment, rather than taken away by the actions of others.

  2. Thanks Ribuck, I appreciate your thoughtful response. It's certainly true that freedom is self-curtailed by avoiding activities that might get you arrested. It's not ideal, for sure. My point was just to weigh up the opportunity costs of political activism vs non-activism (including the costs of self-curtailment you describe in non-activism).

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