Celtic Ireland (650-1650)

In the Celtic Irish culture of the Middle period and Early Modern age, courts and the law were chiefly anarchist, working in a entirely stateless way. This civilization persisted in this way for about a thousand years until it was subjugated by England in 1650.

In contrast to many similarly working clannish societies, preconquest Ireland was not in any sense “primitive”: it was a very intricate society that was, for centuries, the most sophisticated, most learned, and most enlightened in all of Western Europe.

Joseph R. Peden, wrote in “Property Rights in Celtic Irish Law” that, “There was no legislature, no bailiffs, no police, no public enforcement of justice… There was no trace of State-administered justice.”

All “freemen” who owned property, all professionals, and all craftsmen, were free to become members of a tuath. Each tuath’s members held a yearly meeting which determined all general policy, declared battle or peace on other tuatha, and chose or deposed their “kings.”

In contrast to primitive tribes, no one was stuck or bound to a certain tuath, either because of relationship or of physical locality. Individual members were open to, and regularly did, split from a tuath and join a rival tuath.

Professor Peden states, “The tuath is thus a body of persons voluntarily united for socially beneficial purposes and the sum total of the landed properties of its members constituted its territorial dimension.”

“The ‘king’ had no political power; he could not decree or administer justice or declare war. Basically he was a priest and militia leader, and presided over the tuath assemblies.”

Celtic Ireland survived lots of invasions, but was at last defeated by Oliver Cromwell’s reconquest in 1649-50.

What do you do? It’s 1934, and you are a German Jew

Talking to Anonimo about the situation in Argentina got me thinking. What if I were in his shoes? What if I were afraid I would be shot on November 8th? I would sure try to disappear.

Get to another country or in the woods or something. When I moved from California to Texas everything I owned fit in my van and I was able to live in it while I looked for an apartment.

Now I have been here for almost two years and I would have to get rid of a lot of crap to be mobile again.  But if I could get down to a van’s worth of crap, That would give me the US, Canada, Mexico, and Central America, if I could get across the border.

Anarchists have a history with the mountains.  Bert and Holly Davis camped on the Oregon Coast for over 30 years.  There are anarchist communities where you can disappear. 

I would try Catholic Worker communities because I have had some experience with them. If I could get down to a small yacht’s worth. I could travel the world.

Think of the life you want to live and get rid of everything that isn’t in that life. If your fantasy is to travel the world on a yacht, sell everything that isn’t part of that life. 

If you want to be a van dweller, sell everything that won’t fit into your van. If you want to be a digital nomad, get it down to 2 suitcases, or even one carry on.

How do you get rid of all the stuff? I fell in love in 2012, moved to the Philippines, and actually got a lot of money selling stuff.  I looked up items online, that gave me a picture I could use for ads.

Ebay and Amazon gave me an idea for a beginning price. I also took items to pawn shops to see what they would offer for them. I posted things on Craig’s list, but there are many other places to post items.

You can have yard sells, or take your crap to a flea market. I started with a high price then lowered the price every week (or month) by 5%. If it got down to less than $5. I posted it on freecycle.

It was easy, people came to my house to pick up the item.  I was surprised both by how much I got for some items and how little I got for others. Other ideas; Turn all the hangers around in the closet, and if you don’t wear it get rid of it. 

Set aside an area, a drawer, a closet, or a room. If you don’t use it in a specific amount of time sell it, or get rid of it.

Free Travel

You have to free yourself, so anything you can’t fit into a rucksack you don’t need. Sell the things that are holding you back. Save enough money for a one-way flight and three weeks’ worth of food.

For food, ask local restaurants for leftovers. In rich cities and rich countries buy food in supermarkets, which is the cheapest way and just eat on the streets. 

You can also cook with your host, which can be a pretty unique experience. Another thing is dumpster diving; maybe over 40-50% of the food that is being produced is being thrown away, and a lot of people have a problem with that, so they go to supermarket bins after the closing hours, and just take all the food that was not sold that day.

For accommodation, try Couchsurfing. Or just ask random people in the streets, “Hey can I sleep at your place tonight.” But there are other alternatives; one of them is camping, you have your tarp or tent, you can sleep almost anywhere you want.

In big cities sleep in parks with a sleeping bag and mattress. The last one when it comes to accommodation is volunteering. There are a lot of opportunities all around the world that offer you to work in exchange for accommodation, sometimes even food. 

Hitchhike in cars, trucks, horses, motorcycles, boats, even airplanes. There are other alternatives to transportation. One of them is walking, So, you just take your backpack and hit the road.

Another way is cycling; it’s not maybe completely free, because you have to buy the bicycle, and eventually fix it, but it’s much cheaper than the conventional methods of transportation. 

And the last one is actually working in exchange for transportation. Working on yachts you don’t have to pay for the ride, just do some work on the boat, like some night watches, cooking, and stuff like that.

You can earn money while traveling. One way is busking, playing the guitar on the streets. You don’t need to be a musician.  Learn three chords, (or learn slack key) and four songs, Then just repeat those four songs.

The most important thing is to have a story. Always have a small cardboard sign. Have somebody write in the local language, where you’re from, what you’re doing there, your story.

People will donate a little bit of money, some sandwiches, sodas, and so on. One other way is to write; you can write a blog, open up a Facebook page. 

After a while, you can maybe write a book, and so on. As a tourist try to get some work that allows you a place to sleep as well. In some cases, if you’re willing to teach English in non-English speaking countries then sometimes the school will fly you out there so your travel is already paid for as well.

Contracts like that last six to twelve months. Farm work is out in nature and they give you accommodation, food, and you work like 20 hours a week which is not bad. 

If you are a cook or waitstaff you might be able to find something in beach areas during the summer and skiing areas during the winter (any tourist area). Try to get there early, before the season starts.