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BTW, I’m In Mexico

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Fun, as usual. Love the underlying anarchy of this country—like so many others all over the wold.

It’s so very unlike a land of the free fantasy.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

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  1. phreebie on November 26, 2014 at 01:57

    If you had a “like” button, I’d click it. Enjoy life. I know you do. Me too. Rock on.

  2. Cathy on November 26, 2014 at 07:20

    Wonderful picture of you both. Richard, the new look suits you and I’m glad Bea has a chance to relax, too. BTW, what are you two eating there? Also, please describe more of this anarchy, I’m fed up with Ferguson et. al.

    • Richard Nikoley on November 26, 2014 at 14:19

      Hey Cathy:

      Here’s Pt 1 of my 9-part series Anarchy Begins at Home.

      https://freetheanimal.com/2012/10/anarchy-begins-at-home-the-blog-series-part-1.html

      Here’s my 20 min AHS12 presentation that summarizes all of that.



    • Richard Nikoley on November 26, 2014 at 09:27

      Hey Cathy.

      Yea, I have so many “followers” I figured I need to look the part and go Full Jesus. That’s how I joke about it, anyway.

      Terms of food, in front of me is chips, salsa, guac, and something they call “Mexican Honey.” It’s a sweet spicy sauce. That was just an afternoon deal, though. For dinner, Bea and I split a lobster, beans, rice and salad.

      I pretty much do all seafood when in Mexico. Although, today, we’re having brunch at Manuel’s tacos. Best carne asada in the world. The corn tortillas are pressed fresh and grilled as tacos are ordered.



  3. Regina on November 26, 2014 at 10:45

    Looks so fun. I’m jealous! here in the cold.

    You both look great.
    Food sounds awesome.

    Cheers, Regina

  4. cth on November 26, 2014 at 12:24

    I don’t think the families of the murdered students are appreciating the ‘underlying anarchy’ of Mexico. Relatives of the tens of thousands killed in the ongoing drug related violence probably don’t either. Do you think before you post or is that just something you expect your readers to do?

    • Richard Nikoley on November 26, 2014 at 15:20

      “and I never mentioned it”

      But I did, and in the post too, so that’s on you for not being explicit in that you were hijacking context.

      It’s many things, and it’s not just Mexico. Of course, there’s no truly free county (a contradiction in terms, beginning with: borders), but many are way more so than the “Land of the Free” fantasy.

      I’ve lived abroad for 8 years, and travelled to about 30 other countries in that time. Every one was in many respects more free than the USA, except China in 1986. Too many things to mention, but here’s a quick off top of head:

      – In Japan, I had vending machines on the street corner that dispensed, among other things, mini-kegs of beer, and full 5th-size bottles of whiskey.

      – The USA is the ONLY country I’ve been in that demands ID for anything whatsoever (purchases, entry, etc.).

      – I bought a bottle of tequila last night in a 7-11.

      – In Italy, I can go into any ice cream shop and get a J&B scotch & soda. Same in just about any country in Europe.

      – I drove 6,000 km in Europe a couple of years ago (Paris-Barcelona-Pisa (hugging the Med)-Florence-Switzerland-SW Germany-Paris) and saw exactly 2 cops, both in Florence. By contrast, a couple years ago we drove from Bay Area to SoCal via the 101 on a holiday weekend and I counted 112 highway patrol (armed robbers). Last football season we drove out to Manteca for the SF – Carolina game at Bea’s nephew’s place. Hour and 1/2 trip, 18 highway pig thieves out.

      – Generally, all over the western Med, anybody can shed their clothes anywhere they wish. My flat overlooked a beach in Toulon and during lunchtime, not uncommon for folks to come for the break and shed down to their undies, topless, men & women alike, to get some sun.

      – In most places I’ve ever been, people tend to disregard many of the silly, oppressive traffic rules like coming to a complete stop, ridiculous speed limits and a host of other things. 8 years living abroad and driving in at least a dozen other countries, and I’ve never so much as been looked at by a highway fucking robber at gunpoint.

      – It’s changing[ed] but most places one can light up a damn smoke anywhere they want, provided the proprietor allows it.

      – Here in Mexico right now, there’s people jay walking all over the place, and cars are stopping to allow people, kids and dogs to cross in a very beautiful, organic, natural and self-directed way, the essence of Anarchy Begins at Home.

      I could go on and on and on. It’s the little things, and they ad up.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/is-the-united-states-still-the-land-of-the-free/2012/01/04/gIQAvcD1wP_story.html

      http://www.heritage.org/index/about

      And, America has more people in jail that any other country in the world and at 3% of the world population, houses 25% of earth’s prisoners.

      The US is a despotic, disgusting country with a population of 99% Fucktard. I hope to burn my passport some day, soon as I can get established elsewhere, which I work to plan virtually every day.

      Hope that helps.



    • Richard Nikoley on November 26, 2014 at 14:15

      Yea, there’s no murder in the Land of the Free. The US military hasn’t been murdering innocent people abroad for 13 years now.

      Moreover, virtually ALL drug related violence worldwide is driven principally by the USA with its insane drug laws and despicable puritans, pressuring other countries.

      “Do you think before you post or is that just something you expect your readers to do?”

      I blog primarily to penetrate the thick shell of walnut “brains,” who don’t think, but regurgitate indoctrination and conventional “wisdom.” It’s one walnut “brain” at a time with me.

      Now go fuck off.



    • cth on November 26, 2014 at 14:30

      mmm not quite ready to fuck off yet… I’m not from the ‘land of the free’ and I never mentioned it. So forget that and answer the original comment. Tell me what is so great about the ‘underlying anarchy’ of Mexico for your average Mexican?



    • cth on November 26, 2014 at 15:54

      Mexico Richard, MEXICO. Tell me how the anarchy is working out for them?



    • Richard Nikoley on November 26, 2014 at 16:23

      First understand that I use the term metaphorically. It’s degrees of relative freedom and it begins as an individual and cultural expression where family, friends, cultural practices are far more important than politics, current events, elections, rulers, the state. “Anarchy” begins at home.

      In terms of Mexico, the culture is so damn rich. They really wear it. I like that. It overshadows mundane concerns. I like that. I see school kids all over, helping each other, acting like young adults, doing work and jobs. Grocery stores often have bag boys and girls in dresses, coat & tie, and they’re like 6 or 7. I like that.

      I could go on. It’s more than half full glass to me.



    • gabkad on November 26, 2014 at 18:16

      ‘Walnut brains’…………………woooohooooLOL! good one Richard. That must be harkening back to your German ancestry…. walnut brains…. LOL! Sounds like a good European insult.



  5. michael goroncy on November 26, 2014 at 15:01

    Yo! Richard
    I noticed a few months ago that I had what appeared to look like “Jowls” and today they still look like jowls, so they must be. Shit! This is real ‘old man’ symptom. They look nice on a bulldog…but not moi.
    I am guessing one of you has this condition, and it ain’t B.

    • Beans McGrady on November 27, 2014 at 09:38

      I had to say something. . .

      Relating what happened in Ayontiznapa to the “underlying anarchy” in Mexico really requires some serious mental gymnastics considering that it is widely accepted that the crime was initiated and overseen by the state.

      Richard has it right on a day to day level.

      What Richard is saying is related to a common (and correct) anarchist argument that most of the best things we have in society are a direct result of cooperation that happens in the absence of or in spite of state control.

      This is very true in Mexico. (This is also an argument that is too sophisticated for the average person, which is my only criticism)

      Any consideration of the situation in Mexico must be done in a larger context, particularly with regard to the drug trade. If it were not for the high consumption in the United States and both the U.S. and Mexican governments playing favorites, particularly by facilitating the activities of the Sinaloa cartel the circumstances that caused the above situation would likely not exist. (People who are interested can read more in Anabel Hernadez’s book “Los Señores del Narco” “Narcoland: the Mexican Drug Lords and their Godfather’s” (English title) SPOILER ALERT: The Godfather’s are the government officials.

      This situation could not exist without the assistance of the state monopoly on force. This is clearly illustrated by what happened in Apatizagan, Michoacan about a year ago. The people got together and created self-defense forces(Auto-defensas). They arrested a bunch of Narcos as well as the police and politicians who had been making their lives hell. They did so with mostly illegal guns.

      The response of the Federal Government was to go in and take the guns from the people. It resulted in something like seven deaths, including a few children. (people resisted)

      The “Underlying Anarchy” that Richard sites is the hearts blood of the vibrant culture in Mexico that refuses to be crushed by a ridiculously polarized economic situation.

      A week ago over 500,000 people gathered in and around the Zocalo in Mexico City to protest the abuses of the state. (about a ten minute walk from where I live)

      The interesting difference from what have been come routine protests is twofold: one, the number was quite high, and more importantly, the crowd was largely made up of the middle class.

      Unfortunately the general climate is one of reform, with limited calls for a violent uprising. (Neither of which strikes me as a good solution)

      Most people, just as in the U.S., still think that ‘better’ government is the way to go, and many people have socialist leanings.

      While the destructive power of socialist policies are self-evident to some, it is no mystery why compassionate people can be duped by the promise of redistribution of wealth when the experience being robbed by a ruling elite is essentially an ingrained experience at this point. It is the wrong conclusion, but a very understandable one.

      Gringos would be well served to study Mexico and the influence that the US has had on her development for the entirety of post Colombian history.

      Mexico, if left to the free markets, could be one of the richest countries in the world given it’s mineral, silver, and oil supplies, year round growing season etc. But that wealth has been systematically extracted for more than a century by the ruling elite and their counterparts in the U.S. and other countries through mechanisms that simply could not exist without a state monopoly on force.

      EVEN SO, Mexicans in general are incredibly resilient and creative in working around this situation. People survive by strengthening and maintaining family and neighborhood bonds (even in cities), by working within a very creative system of black and grey markets, and generally leaving one another alone.

      We are then left with opportunistic crime that is a direct result of the state enforced robbery that has created and maintained the ruling class for over a century. (Whether it be the drug trade, kidnappings or petty theft). People have to feed there families.

      United Stations would be well served to have a look, as this is precisely where the U.S. is headed. It is the “Underlying Anarchy” of the situation that will give Mexicans a chance when and if the economic situation collapses.

      The illusion that things are all that different in the U.S. is hilarious to me. (take a look at the MRAPs all over small town Murica)

      The Anarchism that has seeped into day to day life in the cracks that government cannot fill is exactly what makes Mexico a fantastic place.

      BTW Richard, if you ever make it this far into the hinterland let me know and I will by you some barbacoa.



    • Beans McGrady on November 27, 2014 at 09:44

      Apologies for all of the misused apostrophes and generally shitty proof-reading.



    • Richard Nikoley on November 27, 2014 at 14:02

      Thanks Beans.

      Yep, you get it. Here’s how Jeffrey Tucker puts it:

      “Anarchy is all around us. Without it, our world would fall apart. All progress is due to it. All order extends from it. All blessed things that rise above the state of nature are owned to it. The human race thrives only because of the lack of control, not because of it. I’m saying that we need ever more absence of control to make the world a more beautiful place. It is a paradox that we must forever explain.”

      Love barbacoa. Haven’t made it yet myself, but it’s definitely the next pot roast I do.



  6. Michael44 on November 27, 2014 at 00:17

    Well michael, feel free to tell me about your ability to remain looking like a 25 year old until you die.

    I’m all ears.

  7. gabkad on November 27, 2014 at 17:54

    Bea’s arm looks like major ouchy ouchy. I hope she’s okay but that lower arm looks mega inflamed. Did she deck you or something? 🙂 🙂 You must have a very hard head. LOL!

    You Go Bea!!! (just yanking your chain, Richard.)

    • Richard Nikoley on December 2, 2014 at 19:02

      Ha, Gabs, forgot about this.

      That’s funny. I hadn’t noticed. It’s some very weird lighting or shading thing going on. She has that brace because of some wrist tendon thingy.



  8. michael goroncy on November 27, 2014 at 18:33

    Ah! so it’s not ‘Jowls’
    Clear case of (husband bashing)

  9. anarch on November 27, 2014 at 21:24

    Here’s some anarchy for you. Did a trip to Mexico about 15 years ago with my girlfriend. She fucked the tour guide – she still doesn’t know I know this. Turned out to be hugely liberating for me. Made me realise I don’t actually give a fuck about anything and I’m just on this earth to observe.

  10. michael goroncy on November 27, 2014 at 22:22

    Actually…No! Anarch.
    “Made me realise I don’t actually give a fuck about anything and I’m just on this earth to observe”.
    Whether you like it or not, you are part of a living organism. Either a healthy cell or a diseased pathogen. Your actions/attitude do effect my life.

    As long as the ‘good’ outnumber the ‘bad’…we live in a healthy world, and in my mind, if we were all ‘good’ (for want of a better word) life would be pointless. The recipe for life is “what it is now and always has been and will continue”
    I dislike what I see around me today (people glued to ‘high tech’) and yearn for the 50’s.

  11. Logan Marshall on November 28, 2014 at 08:02

    Hey Richard, interesting that a single photo and a few lines of text could spur such a fierce discussion. For the most part, I’m with you. I’ve spent a large chunk of the past four years backpacking through Latin America and I agree that, in many respects, people enjoy MORE freedom in countries labeled “third world” than those living stateside. Often far more.

    I’ve also noticed that, as you put it, “the culture is so damn rich.” Right now I’m living in Guatemala with my girlfriend and I’m continually struck by the incredible cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity here. The simple act of walking down the street is a visual, auditory and olfactory party for the senses — full of color, vibrancy, ancient history, and life. That said though, things are changing. And the American standard of dollar stores and shitty fast food joints is infiltrating these countries at an alarming rate — clearcutting cultural diversity and replacing it with the same globalist drone “anti-culture” that is systematically taking over the world. This makes me sad.

    Like you said, “of course, there’s no truly free country.” But if we’re comparing relative freedom (understanding that the very structure of agricultural civilization is antithetical to true freedom) I’d rank Guatemala, Mexico and many other “developing” nations far above the U.S. in a heartbeat. I guess that’s why I’m choosing to live here. If only temporarily.

    • Richard Nikoley on November 28, 2014 at 08:43

      Way cool Logan.

      Spot on. I’ve experienced this many times, from remote jungles and islands in the Philippines and Thailand, to the countrysides of many other places in Asia and even Europe. One thing that still impresses me in Europe is that even though they have those box stores and supermarkets, their culture seems to have deep enough roots that they guard it fiercely—such that there are still mom & pop butchers, bakers, sausage makers, etc. on side streets everywhere, and not just some chain with a French name in a mall somewhere.

      I’m jealous.



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