Eat the Elephant

— Fasten your seatbelts. There's no chance you won't encounter turbulence.

I'm Richard Nikoley and I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. Almost 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from lifestyle to philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income, and food. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panic-Demic squashed that. So, I became an American expat living in Thailand, where I've built a house and home for the long-term girl—less than half my age—and her two daughters and mom.

I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances.

Free the Animal really means to free yourself to reach your ideal potential in all areas of your life, learn from mistakes and successes, and move on.

It's not about making more money. You can already do that. It's about getting from a shitty lifestyle you hate to the one you desire and will love.

That doesn't require money, or even hard work. It requires 'eating the elephant.'


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Top Five Reasons Why I Pay Money

Sometimes his posts challenge my worldview in uncomfortable ways.

It’s what smart people do

Sometimes his writing ‘offends me’.  That’s the writing I like best

Hooray anarchy!

I have been reading your shit for 10 years

He will never lie to you

Richard isn’t a “guru” and doesn’t aspire to be one, but if he says something you know it’s worth taking some time to think about it.

Always interesting

I’ll have to give them a read once I free some time up. But they do look intresting. Anyway, I highly recommend.


You actually make me think, even when I don’t agree with you at first I often end up considering your points valid.

It’s a Simple Choice

Richard’s writings are and have always been funny and offensive.

A Smart, Interesting, & Big Hearted Jackass

If you are looking for content that will make you question the dogma of the mainstream then join Richard. Literally free your mind & free your inner animal.

Battling Dogma!

It was the boldness and DGAF attitude of Richard, and others, that helped motivate me to Vote with my Feet and move to Florida from a blue state during government lockdowns last year.

Raw and Unfiltered

…honestly given viewpoints should be unfiltered.

Encouraging, defiant, brave, always honest

I am that rare thing a paying female member. Why? I enjoy getting the honest male point of view with all the rawness and crudity that sometimes entails.

Me Love You Long Time

The essence of the experience has been change. You go from one thing to the next as the spirit moves you. I don’t want to miss out on what’s next.

Awesome from a longtime reader

I have been reading Free The Animal since 2008. It keeps getting better.

He’s an arrogant prick

…he went on full macho offensive as if I’d insulted his manhood.

Reliably interesting.

A different point of view is helpful to know, regardless of disagreement.

Cuts through all the bull & pulls no punches

He’s been connecting the dots for years and got the track record to prove his cred

Brilliant iconoclast

Always interesting, always informative, always teaching me something new, something beneficial

Impossible to feel indifferent about Nikoley!

I am an unabashed fan. I put Richard into the same bucket as Vox Day, Karl Denninger, and Chris Langan.

Straight info without channeling into product

I’ve been back and forth to a lot of sites over the years but this one is consistently good.

This Blog Is Not For You

If you refuse to be phony, false, plastic then your money will be well spent.

Paid Membership

But your heartstrings post got to me. What you did for Yui and kids was great. The house and schooling especially, and then the car and help with the shop.

Robust intellect. Irreverent narrative. Good laughs.

Richard’s writing intrigues me, some of the narratives make me cringe (intentionally) and gets me to examine my beliefs and knowledge base.

Learn HOW to think, not what to think

I’m not here for co-signing, circle jerk echo chamber nonsense. I’m here for the truth, and that is what Richard delivers.

…unique, honest, based in reason

Because it amazes me how often he says what I’ve been thinking […] he called the fiasco that was the pandemic response very early on and was right.

Richard Makes Me Think

He gives narratives/takes on subjects that, while entertaining, often makes me think and question how I view things.

Uncompromising Content

Richard punches hard with a follow up hug.

Appreciate his honest comments.

I have been reading his blogs and watching his videos for many years now. Always honest and thought provoking.

Like a brother.

I don’t agree with some of the politics and some stuff I don’t even understand. But I keep coming back.

Refreshingly Different

Richard is great fun. Even if you don’t agree with his take, it’s always refreshingly different.

Total Macho Arsehole

Richard is intelligent and thought provoking. So much better now he is off the piss lol.

The Synthesizer

Richard is the king of synthesizing ideas, drawing across many different domains of knowledge to spin together a cohesive view on a topic. Whatever it is […] Richard’s point of view is the first I seek to help orient my thinking.

Much better understanding the big picture

…helped me feel better about my station in life and has given me some pride in what I do, instead of feel the usual frustration.


Keep up the excellent work. Always have enjoyed your output.

A classic

I know a classic when I read it.

Grandma’s Life Revolutionized

Richard Nikoley’s guidance over the years has been nothing short of revolutionary for this old lady!

Your $5,000 Post

“…worth 10x the amount that you charge for lifetime membership.”

Richard thanks for your insight

“thanks for your insight over the years”

First written anything on this blog

Richard always keeps me on my toes, his breadth of knowledge is at times intimidating

Richard has great instincts

He has that “spidey sense” when it comes to the big picture stuff.

You Nailed Those

I read the 98 posts on COVID in which you were 100% correct.

Unwavering Quest for Truth

But what truly sets Richard apart is his unwavering commitment to truth and transparency. He’s not one to shy away from calling out the nonsense and BS that permeate global society.

cyberspace says this and i agree.

Richard has consistently been ahead of the game, foreseeing breakthroughs and developments in health, wellness, politics, and beyond before they hit the mainstream.

Silent Revolution of Truth

Richard possesses this ability to penetrate the veils of deception, exposing the fallacies that have become ingrained in our collective consciousness.

Unmasking Universal Untruths

Richard Nikoley of, wielded an almost supernatural ability to peer into the future and unmask the nonsense that so many blindly accepted as truth.

Straight Talk No Spin

Richard’s no-nonsense approach cuts through the BS like a hot knife

Nourishes My Family and Soul

His masculine approach to health and nutrition resonates with me, as it aligns with the values my husband and I hold.

BLUF: All Killer, No Filler

On the rare occasion he gets something wrong, he owns it. Period. Integrity like that is hard to find.

On the Cusp of intuition

His vast knowledge and experience are worth hearing about to add value to your own life!!

Nails the Nuances of Obesity

I work in the obesity field at a PhD level. His understanding of the multifaceted and multifactorial nature of obesity and weight loss is substantial

Illuminates Politics

He sees what the future probably brings, and it’s uncanny how often he’s right about big stuff, and the courage it takes when everybody is saying the opposite.

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