Alexander and Diogenes (Nicolas Andre Monsiau, 1818) — Note the limp-wristed posture and effete clothing worn by Alexander the Great compared to the greater-in-virtue Diogenes of Sinope.

There is a legend about an encounter between Alexander the Great and Diogenes of Sinope, the Cynical philosopher. Alexander sought out the lounging Diogenes to ask him if there was anything he wanted — trying to crack the nut of his inscrutable philosophy — to which Diogenes merely replied, “Yes, stand a little out of my sun.”

In anticipating the results of the California recall election, I can’t help but feel cynical towards our whole democratic process. I am emphatically voting ‘Yes’ to recall ‘Emperor Newsom,’ who claims that surviving the referendum would give him a mandate — a mandate…

Photo by Chris Murray, Unsplash.

Subverting Lockdowns with Shelter-Outside

It’s an almost universal law that whenever government declares a “War on X,” the problem of “X” gets worse. The War on Drugs, the War on Terror, and now, the War on Coronavirus.

One bitter irony of the latest fiasco is that there is mounting evidence that the virus was engineered and leaked from a Wuhan lab engaged in so-called “gain-of-function” research into coronaviruses. Gain-of-function research was intended as a kind of preventive measure to shed light on how viruses that originate in animals could be transmitted human-to-human. …

The Golden State has a sickly orange hue to it these days

Taking Responsibility in an Age of Finger-Pointing

The ominous orange skies over California this week put a damper on my usual optimism. You don’t have to be a doomsayer to see that things are going get worse before they get better. Is there a silver lining to the smoky grey clouds overhead?

First, the bad news: With an air quality index of “Very Unhealthy,” those who weren’t already staying indoors out of excessive fear of COVID are now self-quarantining.

The smoke is second in toxicity only to our hyper-polarized political climate. During a crisis, it’s tempting to look for someone to blame – whether it’s CO2-driven…

Left: Georges Hebert, founder of “La Methode Naturelle”

Modern men can learn from the past

In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis opens with a meditation on a central paradox of the modern age. This is an era which lionizes the courageous, the creative, and the driven, yet seeks to strip men of all positive values through a faux intellectualism. Our schools breed cynicism in the guise of critical thinking and the result, Lewis says, is “men without chests,” that is, men who lack the feeling capacity that inspires every heroic act and every passionate pursuit.

Today there are droves of young men seeking meaning from obscure philosophical exhortations, and rediscovering the vital physical qualities…

A step-by-step guide for reintegrating nature’s stressors to regain the vitality of our ancestors.

Undoing the damage of bad health advice will take time, but can be quickened with the right mentality.

“Maybe you’ve just sort of lost the will to live.”

True story: 10 years ago I came down with a mysterious respiratory illness that knocked me flat for three weeks, and kept me constantly fatigued for another 3 months. The quote above was the best diagnosis my doctor could give for my condition.

He was right. Whatever had initially infected me wasn’t the real threat anymore. The problem was rooted in a deeper despair that I had already passed my prime in my early 20s. The ol’ Will to Live was waning.

How did I recover it? Not by running…

Learn to organize an efficient, immune-boosting march with your tribe here.

The Kennedy March as Civil Disobedience

Health journalists have reputation for blatantly contradicting themselves.

Whether it’s alcohol, cardio, salt, or saturated fat, you can find at least one study to confirm your bias that [fill-in-the-blank] is either a panacea or potent toxin.

With COVID, we’ve been told:

And last, but not least:

  • Stay indoors | Get plenty of Vitamin D.

East Bay Natural Movers meet up at a safe social distance in Berkeley, California. Join the next meetup virtually or in-person, this Saturday (4/25) – National ParkRx Day — and get some much-needed natural healing.

Missing the gym? Hit the Park!

As theories multiply about the origins, contagiousness, and mortality rate of COVID-19, it’s easy to feel powerlessness in the face of so much conflicting information — especially as we are told that we must stay indoors, where the temptation is to feed our apprehension with an endless diet of sensationalist headlines and comfort snacks.

One silver lining is the number of people who seem to be rediscovering the Great Outdoors with their families and those with whom they are already in close contact.

Prior to the outbreak, most of us were aware of the risks of staying indoors and remaining…

Sign the declaration.

Gavin Newsom is calling California a Nation-State; why not declare personal independence while we’re at it?

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for o̵n̵e̵ [free] people to dissolve the p̶o̶l̶i̶t̶i̶c̶a̶l̶ ̶b̶a̶n̶d̶s̶ [quarantine restrictions] which have c̶o̶n̶n̶e̶c̶t̶e̶d̶ [separated] them w̶i̶t̶h̶ [from] another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, t̶h̶e̶ ̶s̶e̶p̶a̶r̶a̶t̶e̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶e̶q̶u̶a̶l̶ ̶s̶t̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ [the pursuit of health and wellness] to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to t̶h̶e̶ s̶e̶p̶a̶r̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ [go outside].

We hold these truths to be self-evident…

  1. That participation in nature is our birthright.
  2. That being forced to stay indoors does not, on…

Isaiah (Jean-Louis Ernest Meissonier) warns of impending dangers, but offers an alternative for those with ears to hear.

Lockdown as Shock; Lockdown as Fast

Ahhh, nothing like a good ol’ pestilence to get you thinking clearly about what matters most in life.

It’s easy to get stuck on the painful consequences like forced unemployment — the inability of millions of people to productively serve one another.

In the Lego-model world of perfect equilibrium, we would find new ways to produce and consume harmoniously with little interruption, but in the real world of frictions and transaction costs (humanity’s crooked timber), a pandemic is best thought of as a negative supply-side shock. In turn, this shock has created a second-order fall in demand as many businesses suddenly lost their customers, forcing layoffs, unemployment, and a further decrease in spending.

This vicious cycle is the…

Update: On March 22, Ben Brown and I became the first two people to ever walk across all three bridges of San Francisco Bay, starting at Treasure Island (pictured in the background) and ending at the Ferry Building in the Embarcadero.

JFK thought every adult American should be able to walk 50 miles. Can you?

The San Francisco Bay is home to the infamous “Three Bridge Fiasco” — an annual yacht race in which skippers must round at least one span of three bridges: the Richmond, Bay Bridge, and Golden Gate. The “Fiasco” gets its name from the difficulty of navigating the currents and fickle winds of the Bay Area winter.

Until recently, you could only complete the circuit by boat, but the recent additions of pedestrian walkways on the Richmond and Bay bridges now allow one to walk an almost complete circuit (at least theoretically). Plotting the route on Google Maps, I discovered the…

Charlie Deist

Seastead solutions.

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