A different vision of an emerging world 7

Have you heard of Cafayate?

It’s way down south in Argentina. In a wine valley.

It seems to be the nearest thing to John Galt’s hidden valley that exists in the real world.

You can read a little about it here – though not nearly as much as you might want to know if you’re a free-market libertarian.

Jeff Berwick is the author of the report. He issues a free-market financial newsletter called The Dollar Vigilante.

Berwick explains that the people associated with it are “best described as financial freedom fighters“.

The Dollar Vigilante (TDV) is unwilling to live under a corrupt statist system of finance controlled by a few to impoverish the many. TDV began as a way to help foment a movement, long in progress, by individuals worldwide, to rid themselves of government controlled fiat money in favor of assets of real value void of manipulation. It is the hope of TDV that it can help create a community of dollar crash survivors who can survive the collapse of the global financial system and prosper from the new free-market financial system which will take its place.

The world is changing. The nation-state is passing away. Socialism is failing as it must.

Back to tribalism? Or forward to new communities of members freely associating according to their taste? – In “phyles”, to use the Greek word for clans. But not clans in the old sense, not clans bound by kinship or place of birth, but elective clans. You choose the company you want to keep, the type of economy you want to participate in.

A new vision of an emerging world, different from any other.

Not even quite the same as Ayn Rand’s, though she and her Atlas figures who carried an ungrateful world on their shoulders would surely have liked it.

Not only is it incredibly beautiful here but most of the value lies in the community. … Doug Casey often talks about “phyles” – which is an ancient Greek term for a tribe or clan. He is of the belief that nation states as they exist today are a brief abberation and that the world will trend more towards likeminded people living in areas (call them countries if you wish) with other similar like minded people.

This makes a lot of sense and is, in general, the way things are trending. If people like communism, let them all gather together somewhere and create their own communist phyle. A few years later and most of them will be dead from starvation or murder but, hey, at least they got to do what they wanted with other like minded people as opposed to forcing the rest of us to follow their insane socialist/communist ideas.

In Cafayate, “libertarian/anarchist/austrian-economics adherents” are gathering. We – not anarchists ourselves, but libertarian austrian-economics adherents who argue for minimal government – suspect that many if not all of them are atheists too.

It, quite possibly, is the world’s first libertarian enclave!

Galt’s Gulch does exist and it is in Cafayate, Argentina!

Worth reading about, thinking about – and visiting perhaps.

  • Hello!  People can get more info on this development here: http://www.dollarvigilante.com/galtsgulch .  And, to answer your question, yes I am an atheist as well. 🙂  And, to the person in the comments who worries about “anarchists”, all an anarchist is is someone who believes we can live without government… its not as scary as they make it out to be… the people who blow stuff up and riot are usually communists but the media calls them, incorrectly, anarchists

    • George

      I remember an article by Madalym M. Ohair who called herself an anarchist.    We must have SOME form of government to have a civil society void of total chaos, insurrection and civility.  Government should work for the people and not against the people.  Ronald Reagan was correct when he said —Government is not the answer , government is the problem.  He was referring to BIG government acting as dictator in our private lives of personal freedom.  Our  armed forces that protect us are part of government . Our law enforcement agencies that protect us here domestically are a part of government.  Our fire departments, public schools,  social security  ,  tax collectors , driver license agencies, etc are part of government. A society totally void of any government is a society that I would never want to live in because it would be a society of vigilante justice and lynch mob thug control . I detest BIG government where government controls and interferes in and dictates our private lives  but a certain limited government is indeed a must for a civil, and an organized nation.    I believe in free enterprise and capitalism and I despise socialism and communism   but I will never support anarchy.

    • Jillian Becker

      Good to hear from you, Jeff Berwick. And thanks for the link. 

      We like what you like, by and large, though we at TAC believe that liberty is only possible under the rule of law – which requires a little government, whose sole business it should be to protect liberty. 

  • Scrims2

    This sounds nice but seems pretty naive to me. The problem is that socialists exist by parasiting off of the capitalists, by manipulating their thinking, just like religion manipulates and parasites off of believers. I don’t think they are going to be willing to play nice in their own little group – controlling and micromanaging others is what they live for!

  • TyS

    not sure how well anarchists mix into the equation…seems a little too ‘iffy’ for me

  • George

    Remember the saying– — ” Beware  the Government Media Complex”  ?  Ask yourselves , why are we able to see and understand these situations as they really are while so many are so gullible , naive , deceived and brainwashed ?    Why are we so well aware of all this and yet so many mass multitudes of people are still “mentally asleep ?    How can this be ?   Why is that ?  
                    There are indeed  “secret societies” throughout the world  ( although some claims of  a few societies ) are just plain BS.  How can we tell the difference ?   The mass mainstream media controls and manipulates what people think and actually forms the views and opinions and societal perceptions that people have in our  culture .  The media claims to only be reporting the news but in actuality they do indeed inject their biased swaying of the populace to mentally “move” people to accepting or rejecting a certain political viewpoint, lifestyle,  or news incident.
                          People in general DO NOT think independently , but rather accept “blindly” whatever the mainstream media or their peers shove down their throats.  Politicians in general are the most corrupt individuals anywhere. As a rule ( politicians) are not truly interested in the people in general  per se , but rather are  using the people to promote their own power , control and dubious political agenda. 
                          Religion blocks THINKING.   Religion HINDERS thinking.  Religion manipulates the masses.  Karl Marx  ( the socialist scumbag ) knew this and took advantage of this to promote his devious political agenda and as such , Christians in general have this false belief that to be an atheist one has to embrace Marxism or socialism in general which is total BS.   For Christians to associate atheists of  being followers of or embracers of the teachings of Karl Marx , would be the equivalent of atheists stating that all Christians embrace , support and follow  the   ‘Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan’.  
                       I’m sure the secular freethinkers who regularly post on and support this blog ( such as myself ) are conservative  and supporters of the free enterprise system and capitalism .   I truly hope that the above article statement —  ” Socialism is failing as it must ” is totally true.    Everywhere that socialism has raised it’s ugly head , it has proven over and over to be a dismal failure  and a societal and political horror.

  • Ben

    TDV is a small great idea like the first step on the moon. Wellfare state(stii exists) must be organized not from above by administative burocrats but by voluntary actions of the free producers.