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Paul Rosenberg has been deeply engaged with cryptography and cryptography-based projects since the first cypherpunk era. He wrote the first protocols for law in cyberspace, co-authored a foundational paper on private digital economies, and co-founded the Cryptohippie Anonymous VPN.
At the same time Paul has been, and remains, an electrical industry expert.
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1. Paul's most recent articles on Freeman's Perspective:
It's a massive waste of time and energy, not to mention seriously depressing, to turn on your computer in the morning and get slapped with the worst news that can be found. It is a blow to your overall health.
Veraverba.com, our sister site, is now an alternative. We are working up to a 365 day rotation of images and brief explanations of good, noble and uplifting things. It's the right way for humans to begin their days. Continue reading "Start Your Days With Healthy Images"
Posted on August 25, 2022Categories UncategorizedLeave a comment on Start Your Days With Healthy Images
Please notice the plaque over the door in our opening image. The people living in this home (Delft, Holland, 1658) were building ideas that mattered to them into their lives. This is something very few people do in the modern West. This type of self-generated meaning has been replaced with meaning created by others… with narratives created by others and shoved in their faces… for the benefit of those others.
There is a great deal to be said on this subject, and so today I'll stay toward the center of the issue, but I think it's very important, and I want to make at least the central points. Continue reading "How The West Lost Its Sense of Meaning"
Posted on August 22, 2022Categories Uncategorized3 Comments on How The West Lost Its Sense of Meaning
My trip to Duluth was quite another matter. I left Minneapolis the second morning after returning from Detroit, and did fine on the two hour drive, but after that I ran into trouble.
First of all, Duluth was significantly larger than I had expected, considerably larger than it is now. That made it hard to find a place to ditch the car, and meant that I might not make it back to the airport for my scheduled flight to Minneapolis. Continue reading "Return Engagements: Book Three (Part Twenty Two)"
It wasn't very hard to see, as the 1970s passed into the '80s and '90s, that adults were abandoning their roles in the world. They resigned, en masse, and were replaced with youth-friendly types. Youth culture had become a great sales tool, after all, due largely to overly-indulgent parents.
By now, the cultures of the West have been very widely "youth-enized." (Pun unintended but sadly applicable.) As just a small example, you can hardly find a museum these days that hasn't sold out to bright colors and dumbed-down exhibits. Continue reading "The Return of The Adults"
The next day was a Sunday, and I took a long, slow walk around downtown Minneapolis, which was nearly empty. It was a therapeutic time for me, giving me a comfortable and mildly distracting 'space' in which to let my thoughts and feelings sift themselves. The weather was cool but not too cold and I had my nice overcoat on. I stopped in a diner for a late breakfast, bought a number of out of town newspapers, and simply wandered around. Continue reading "Return Engagements: Book Three (Part Twenty One)"
?If you had to pick between a social media addiction and Covid, it would be better to pick Covid: it only debilitates you for a few days, then goes away. Social media debilitates you for years, perhaps many years. It is designed to be addictive, and 'improved' consistently.
And the fatalities of Covid are probably fewer: Covid kills a fraction of one percent of the people it infects; social media damages orders of magnitude more people, and over a far longer time-span. Many of social media's victims will attempt suicide, not to mention living with a crippling debilitation and all that flows downhill from it. Continue reading
2. Paul's most recent Parallel Society Newsletter (subscription only):
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Issue #28: Suffering And Progress
If we could view our world… our race… from far enough away and with enough understanding, we'd say that humanity is stuck in a trap, and that escaping it will require suffering. This suffering derives from the present human condition and will not disappear until the human condition improves. I want to make peace with this.
Issue #27: Building A Positive Social Infrastructure
The social infrastructure of the West, over all of our lifetimes, has been oppositional. Healthy people, and especially healthy families, have had to fight against the mainline culture in order the maintain their health. A society that helped us raise healthy children and contributed to a sane culture strikes us as a dream so unlikely that we're foolish to imagine it. And yet we will not only imagine it, but attain it.
Issue #26: A Worker's World
Working people… productive people… have always held the real power in this world. Unfortunately, they've been convinced otherwise. Nevertheless, our world very much needs them to recognize and accept their power… not to rule others, but to re-arrange the world their way. That is, to create a world geared for production, rather than a world geared for intimidation, manipulation and skimming.
Issue #25: Decentralized Finance: What And Why
Decentralized finance, or DeFi (DEE-fie), is in the process of revolutionizing the second layer of money. Bitcoin has been revolutionizing what we might call the first layer – that of producing money – and DeFi is starting to wipe away the status quo's banking and lending layer. A Bitcoin-and-DeFi regime will still include flaws, abuses and stupidities, of course (those are human issues), but it will not fund them and defend them, as the present system does.
Issue #24: Our Role As Techno-Phoenicians
Executive orders, worldwide, are demanding that people be fired from their jobs for a private medical choice. Additional orders ban them from grocery stores and even medical care… edicts that are defended in mass media. And so it falls to us to assist those being persecuted by a status quo gone mad. In this issue we examine commercial civilizations that functioned outside and parallel to previous persecuting civilizations… and formulate what we must do.
Issue #23: Rebuilding Appreciation And Trust
Appreciation and Trust have been pulled apart over the past fifty years, and a great deal of our current troubles can be traced back to this fact. Most people don't know who to trust and many don't know how to trust. Likewise, they don't know how to give or find appreciation. Appreciation and trust are crucially important for human thriving. Without them we slowly die on the inside. I'm convinced there are immense gains waiting for us, once we grasp some understanding and then act upon it.
Issue #22: Enriching Family Life
I am convinced, as I've noted recently, that a return to family life will be a fundamental part of our future… a thriving future. The way that family has been belittled and undercut (even repressed) over the past century has been a wild digression, disrupting many healthful and stabilizing forces. It's time for it to turn around. In this issue we go through specific ways (many of them forgotten ways) of enriching our family lives.
Issue #21: Preparing Our Friends And Neighbors
At this point it's quite clear that the oligarchs of the West are burning down what remains of Western civilization. And so it's time for us to prepare our friends and relatives for a new situation. We want not only to weather the present storm, but to come out of it in a better position. That's our goal for ourselves and for all honest, productive people… our family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. And I do think this is within our grasp.
Issue #20: Our Moment of Opportunity
The Temple of Apollo at Delphi had 147 maxims inscribed upon it. Nearly all were snippets of good advice, but Maxim #10 is something I think is directly applicable to us, and at just this moment: Know your opportunity. Recognizing the opportunities that cross our path can be critically important, even if famously difficult. Still, we have a good chance of recognizing the biggest and most obvious opportunities, provided that we watch for them. And I think we're looking at one right now.
Issue #19: The Ethics of Rebellion
People who live through major upheavals usually come out of them with scars… psychological scars. Part of that is because such events turn the expected on its head, but another part comes from being confronted with situations they weren't prepared to process. So, since we're currently looking at a situation primed for upheaval, I think we should get clear on the reality of rebellion, and specifically on the ethics of rebellion. I don't want any of us to have our souls torn during difficult events. It's possible that the powers that be will somehow stabilize the situation, but that's not at all certain, and so I think we need to cover this subject now rather than later.
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"The Crown calls it 'piracy' to explore frontiers beyond its grasp. So the time has come to define the conduct among pirates." Captain Marque
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