The Opt Out Weblog

The Blog for Garrick van Buren's 'Opt-Out: The Survival Guide for This Modern Age' Book

Category: Independence

“Sell out, and you’re really buying into someone else’s system of values, rules and rewards.”

Selling out is usually more a matter of buying in. Sell out, and you’re really buying into someone else’s system of values, rules and rewards.… Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person […]

Charter City: iii Citadel

“The Citadel Community will house between 3,500 and 7,000 patriotic American families who agree that being prepared for the emergencies of life and being proficient with the American icon of Liberty — the Rifle — are prudent measures. There will be no HOA. There will be no recycling police and no local ordinance enforcers from […]

That Presumptuous Bastard

Just Solve the Problem Month

“What I know to be true is that there are a number of “problems” out there that need to be solved, that need one single thing to push them from “impossible” to “solved”, or, at least, “1.0″. And that thing that it needs is a lot of human thinking. Often rote, often boring, but necessary, […]

Everything Was Breakin’

Neal Conan: “You had solar panels (on your sailboat) for electricy.” Matt Rutherford: “I did, but they broke.” Neal: “They broke?” Matt: “One by one.” Neal: “I think you had a Kindle for reading books.” Matt: “I did. It broke in a storm.” If there’s a better betrayal of the weakness of our modern, connected, […]

SocialSwarm.net

“We want to put the users of social network services back in control of their data. We want You to be able to choose which people see your data. We want to be independent from centralized infrastructures. We want a social swarm.”

Hollow

“But you know what’s easy to find outside Google Play or Apple’s iTunes? Anything you want.” – Violet Blue

Paying for Freedom

“I would pay for a service that never sells a single piece of my life. For a service that cares about my emotions and not ad impressions. For a service that is committed to putting me first and not the advertiser. For a service that emphasizes and never blurs the sanctity of my privacy. For […]