Are You Alone?

It's time for some real-world meetups!

Those of us with heterodox views have always felt a bit like “aliens”.

And the current state of the world - the lockdowns, hysteria, cancel culture, and deep divisiveness has made the situation much, much worse for many of us.

A Doug Casey’s Take subscriber summed up the sense of isolation quite well:

I get it. I feel it too.

So, I’m going to do something about it and I hope you’ll join me.

Phyles

In The Diamond Age, Sci-fi author Neal Stephenson envisioned a world in which humans would associate in groups based on shared values. He called these groups ‘phyles’.

Here’s how Doug Casey described them:

A phyle is a group of people that’s self-defined by whatever values they share. A phyle is not limited by race or language or geography – or, most importantly, by borders on maps or other such fictions.

The word phyle was coined by science fiction author Neal Stephenson in his masterwork, The Diamond Age. It comes from the Greek, φυλή which means ‘tribe’ or ‘clan’… But it would be at least as apt if they were called philes, stemming from the Greek word philia, which means “love”– the same root in the word “philosophy”.

The basic idea is that man is a social animal, and we tend to prefer to run with others who are like us – or who love what we love. Birds of a feather flock together.
- Doug Casey

You could say that you and I and the 10,000+ subscribers to our Youtube channel already make up an informal phyle. Shared ideas and values brought us together.

Years ago, there was an attempt to organize Casey-inspired phyles around the world. It’s time to take another crack at it.

To facilitate this, I set up a meetup group on Meetup.com. We’ll use this tool to organize get-togethers both virtually and in real life.

Click HERE to Join our Doug Casey-inspired phyle group on Meetup.com.


Hitting the Road for “Meat Space” Meetups

This year I’m committed to deepening the ties of our phyle by meeting up with as many like-minded and free-thinking people in real life as possible.

I’ll be on the road a lot and attending as many in-person events as possible. Along the way, we’ll use our meetup group to organize get-togethers.

My goals are twofold:

  1. To crush the sense of isolation.
    The chief beneficiary of this will be me and my family, of course. But, I hope to, directly and indirectly, act as a catalyst to end the sense of isolation for others like us.

  2. To formulate a go-forward strategy.
    Yes, we’re living in an upside-down world right now. And it sure looks like things will get worse… probably much worse from here. Fine. So what can we do about it? What can I do to make things better?

    I have some ideas. I bet you do too. By exploring the possibilities and engaging with smart people, solutions will emerge and I’ll incorporate them into a workable go-forward strategy.

If you’re interested in getting together in the real world, be sure to join our meetup group today.


Hoping our paths cross in meat space,

Matt