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Sunday, July 30, 2006

@$

That's the emoticon for anarcho-capitalism, the 'right wing' branch of anarchism. I've been thinking about doing a series on practical anarchism, but here's something that made my day:

The man and girl told police they had lived in the park for four years. The pair appeared clean, well-fed and healthy, Barkley said, and the girl was well-spoken beyond her years. The man, who identified himself as Frank, told police he was a 53-year-old Marine Corps veteran and college graduate who served in Vietnam. He came to Oregon with his daughter, Ruth, from Tacoma with no job and virtually no money. Frank told police that the girl's mother was institutionalized in New Hampshire, and the two now lived on a $400-a-month disability check.

Rather than live on the streets and expose Ruth to alcohol and drugs, Frank said, they hiked deep into Forest Park and built a lean-to. The pair went into the city twice a week to stop by the bank, attend church, buy groceries and clothes from Goodwill. Frank, a devout Christian, said he taught his daughter using the old encyclopedias.

Even though the child and father lived for such a long time disconnected from society, the girl had been home schooled and was in good physical shape. In fact, the girl received a very good education from her father while living among the trees. Officials said the girl, who would be normally in 7th grade, is at a 12th grade equivalency.

I stole that entire passage from Vox Day, who stole it from some TV channel that has pulled the link. Apparently the story's from 2004. Anyway, No Treason said:

That is, a twelve year old girl who was homeschooled from thrift-store books in a survivialist’s shanty in the forest by a single parent is the equivalent of a public high school graduate.

No Treason also had the end of the story, which was happy from the perspective of dopey American consumers and @$s. Not that I think the father was aware in any way of my philosophical sect, but that's something I would do if I were in that situation. No, really, I've previously thought about it and already envisioned that response (minus the daughter).

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