In the creation of Permagora, many great thinkers have influenced my philosophy and style. One such person is Derrick Broze, activist, journalist, and founder of the Conscious Resistance Network. It was from Derrick that I first learned about the concept of agorism and the writings of Samuel L. Konkin III. I was delighted to be contacted by Derrick shortly after I started Permagora, to discuss the combination of permaculture and agorism.
I have always believed that great ideas are something that exist outside of any of us, and we tune into them, like radios receiving signals, rather than create them. When Derrick and I spoke, it was clear that we were both tuning into the same signal, working towards the same idea. It’s always a pleasure to meet people who share in a vision, and great things are possible when we find and link up with others whose work compliments and supports our own.
I was able to meet Derrick in person in Mexico earlier this year, at Anarchapulco. Derrick was a speaker there, talking about his new book, Manifesto for Free Humans. It was such a cool thing to learn that the concept of Permagora was included in his book, a great honor, by my reckoning. I was further delighted to find out that I was going to be going through Eastern Texas on the very first day of the Decentralize Your Life Tour, and that I would be able to attend. It was an interesting coincidence that I was ending my East Coast Tour in Texas, with one of my last stops being Houston, which was the first stop (or rather the starting place) of the Conscious Resistance Tour.
We had just left New Orleans and the swamps of southern Louisiana, and we pulled into Houston in late afternoon, a bit early for the event that was taking place at the Free Thinker House. Laura was concerned that girls would not have fun at such an event, so she dropped me off and set off into Houston to find something to eat and a park for them to play in.
The first part of the evening was a work party, and we took to the gardens to do some weeding and transplanting. It was good meeting Johnny and Jeffer, who were also going to be on the tour. It was also good to see Miriam again. She asked if Laura was with me, and I said that she and the girls would be coming out later. Several of us spent some time harvesting coriander seeds and talking, which was a very cool experience that made me think of how life used to be, with people sitting around doing such chores together, almost as an aside to the conversation that circles tend to inspire. I met some awesome people, and we shared stories and ideas.
For dinner, a neighbor of the Free Thinker House brought over a spread of food she had cooked, with both chicken and vegetarian options. She served an amazing dish, and ten percent of her proceeds went to support the tour, which would be taking to the road the next morning.
People continued to show up throughout the evening, and we were all enjoying the casual conversation so much that the actual speaking events didn’t get started until later than planned. By then there were well over fifty people in attendance, making it a very full house. We started with a guided meditation by Miriam, and then Derrick spoke briefly, talking about agorism, activism, and the ways that things really lined up for this tour to take place.
Right before the scheduled kick off of the tour, Derrick met with Roger Ver of Bitcoin.com to see about getting a sponsorship. Roger really supports what Derrick and the Conscious Resistance Network are trying to do, and he gave them a very nice donation, along with Bitcoin.com stickers, pens, and other merchandise to hand out while they travel across the country. This is a great example of one organization supporting another, totally outside of the system’s purview. The donation was entirely in Bitcoin, with a visa debit card attached to the account so they could use it like cash. Pretty handy when you’re about to get on the road for three months.
After Derrick, we heard from Johnny and Jeffer, who talked about their own experiences joining the Houston Free Thinker house and getting involved in agorism. Johnny had just quit his day job, making the leap into the counter economy. Already they have developed a business selling kombucha and other food products that come from their gardens and local markets, and with all his time freed up from working, Johnny will have ample opportunity to come up with more clever ways to piece an income together.
Of course, that will have to wait until after the tour. The Decentralize Your Life Tour will be traveling to over fifty cities all over the country. By the time I’m actually getting this article out, they’re more than halfway through.
I had a good conversation with Derrick, letting him know I’d be at the San Antonio stop as well, which was just in two days. As for my family, we were bound for New Braunfels (which is just north of San Antonio) that night. It would be a late night, but we didn’t want to get anymore hotels. We could make it three more hours.
When the girls returned from their outing in Houston, they were surprised to see that things weren’t over. Laura said she stayed out extra long trying to give it time, but the event was late in starting, and I wasn’t ready to leave yet. They managed to hang out for a while, but inside the talks were taking place and it was quite crowded, and outside there were lots of mosquitoes. Eventually they all just sat in the car, and I got the hint that I was going to have to cut it short and leave before the music came on. Both Johnny and Jeffer are musicians, and they had a drummer friend with them as well, so it would be a full band rocking out when the music got started. Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to hear it. In San Antonio, I decided, I would go by myself so I could stay as late as I needed to.
I said goodbye to Derrick and Miriam, along with several others whom I met, and we piled back into the Volvo, thankful for the AC. Even at ten o’clock at night, it’s hot in Houston. For me, heading back to my Dad’s house in New Braunfels marked the end of my tour. I had some things I would be doing in San Antonio and Austin, but I knew that my time in Texas would mostly be taken up with family. My sister lives there too with her kids, and my girls really cherish time with their cousins. We had almost a month to spend time with them, which would be nice for me, having not spent more than a few nights in one place in over six months.
Of course, Texas was not our final destination. My North America Tour was about over, but the travels would go on. Until we found a home, the road would continue to stretch on ahead of us.
(Since I’m behind in my write ups, I’m now well ahead of this point on the timeline, and I’m happy to say that we have found a home, and we’re very excited to be plugging into a great new place. More details on that to come!)