On a long and mercifully air-conditioned train journey into central Sydney last week, I listened to a semi-recent episode of James Altucher’s podcast. He was speaking to author and everyone's dream grandfather, Doug Casey, about -among other things- how to take over a small country.
Doug's plan is pretty solid and, unlike me, he has actually attempted to put it into practice on more than one occasion. In a nutshell, you turn the country into a corporation in which the citizenry has equity and float it on multiple stock exchanges around the world. This would result in the creation of a large sovereign wealth fund whose investment yields would eliminate the need for taxes. You would also extend ultralow tax rates to foreign companies headquartering in the country - essentially creating a science-fiction blend of tropical hippie commune and one of those dastardly tax havens Obama finally got around to talking about (after spending eight years avoiding the prosecution of a single banker).
Freed of the necessity to flog off natural resources and fishing rights to ravenous foreign powers and saved from the appalling fate of planting low yield monoculture cash crops like coffee and bananas just so as to be able to afford basic medicine, a thriving knowledge and culture economy could be developed, all while securing the long-term health of the national biosphere.
Pretty great, right?
It is if your goal is fabulous wealth and complete freedom which is nice or whatever. Inevitably, I would have much more ambitious and zanier plans for whatever remote, tropical paradise I seized.
Let's pretend I seized power in Fiji
Unfortunately for me, and probably why Doug Casey will one day succeed and I will not, my super villain utopia requires a minimum level of infrastructure. He could trick Kosrae into seceding from the FSM and his plan would still work with a population of only a few thousand. At the very least, mine would need:
- An international airport.
- A tourism industry of 5000 beds or larger.
- A Navy consisting of at least one ship.
- Something approximating a modern university.
As with any coup or election, the first 100 days are key. Casey's economic plan is sound, at least in the short term. It would be combined with a "bonfire of the illiberties" bill that would remove all laws and restrictions pertaining to personal choice: recreational drug laws, gay marriage, etc. This would quickly get the international tourism industry operating at capacity all year round.
The revenue from this industry growth, combined with sovereign wealth fund investment, would find a collection of low-cost, high impact projects. These would include:
- Researching and producing THC as a cancer and autoimmune treatment at scale, and providing treatment packages to medical tourists and their insurers -particularly once the data bore out the success rate.
- Researching and using MDMA as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, and extending these treatments to medical tourists. PTSD is currently a huge cost for insurance companies associated with the militaries of the West, as well as the military's themselves. Once the research lands on an optimum treatment duration and dosage, it would quickly occur to these insurance companies that they could save up to 80% lifetime cost by regularly rotating their patients through such a treatment. Meanwhile, my little island would be making bank while healing the world.
- Providing spiritual tourism in the good sense of the word: responsible administration of entheogens to both sincere seekers and terminal patients. The scant research currently available suggested dramatic reduction in the fear of death in terminal patients who have been treated with psilocybin. Again, these would be made available to so-called medical tourists.
- Intermittent fasting, caloric restriction and micro biome treatments for type II diabetes. Not only is this a serious problem among Polynesians (and would obviously be made available for free to the citizenry) but it is another example of a lifestyle disease that comes with a huge lifetime cost for insurers - a cost they would quickly seek to reduce as much as possible.
Eventually, the rest of the developed world would remove its own idiotic legal barriers to the provision of these treatments within their own countries. Five years of a little island treating and curing tens of thousands of the world's citizens while making good money doing so would be more than enough to speed this process along, particularly as it would be policy to make anonymised patient data freely available for governments, research companies, academic departments and so on.
Helpful though the open data policy would be on its own, for my super villain plans it would also function as PR for my own benign, low-cost black projects. The policy would build trust for the other projects I'd share data on:
Pushing the boundaries of permaculture and compost based soil creation and detoxification research. (Obviously I would permaculture the shit out of the whole island.) In a similar vein, a world wide seed search would lead to the creation of the largest and most diverse research garden ever planted. This seems a better use of heritage scenes than storing them in a vault, especially as you will quickly end up with more seeds which can then be shared around the world.
Initiate a space program using the research of Dr Paul Laviolette. his secret space program presentation indicates you could get a veritable flock of free energy drones zipping about the solar system for a few million dollars. Note: given the law recently passed by the U.S. Senate making it possible for corporations to stake their claim on off world assets (for some fairly transparent deep state reasons) it suggests another enormous revenue stream from my little island - claiming and reselling hundreds of off world assets; asteroids made of diamonds, small moons, and so on. At the same time, my little island will have definitively staked the standard physics model through the heart, as the proof of an electrogravitic model would be in the Fijian space fleet and its live broadcasts from all over the solar system. (Imagine replacing Air Fiji’s 747s with flying saucers that could get from New York to Nadi in a couple of minutes. That would be further along down the road, but the reality is a 15 seat flying saucer costs a fraction of a new Boeing.)
Begin a good guy version of MKOFTEN. This would entail using magic, hallucinogens, remote viewing, and the entire grab bag of wizard tech to build out a system of protocols for regular and reliable extradimensional contact.
Biological sciences without the scientism. Think of the work of Dr Sheldrake and morphic fields, or any number of the embarrassing holes in so-called Darwinian evolution. Pig-chimps, morphic resonance, telepathy -all would be vigorously explored.
Kick history in the junk. Funding would be made available to send an army of archaeologists and researchers all over the world on a mission to decolonise and reposition the story of mankind as much as possible. Göbekli Tepe, Gunung Padang, obviously. but also Venice, to stitch up some of the gaps in grimoire history. Sunlight, as ever, is the best disinfectant. Given the economic reasons for hoarding archaeological data (or obscuring it) would have been removed, I expect this will trigger a brand-new day in global historical discourse.
All research, all prototypes, all blueprints would be open sourced or otherwise made publicly and globally available without copyright. Much like the impact of the medical project, this would prevent any or all of these world changing toys and findings from falling down the deep state rabbit hole as they have for the better part of the last century.
There are bridges being built that cost more
What would be the cost of all these projects? Remarkably little. The barriers are not financial nor are they particularly technological. The principal barriers are ones of worldview.
And that's really the point of this thought experiment. Until one of us can find a billionaire more interested in metaphysics than rigging elections or collapsing countries, Fiji will have to remain a state of mind. But that's not so bad. Quite a number of these projects and goals can be scaled down to the individual level and explored (responsibly). This is what I mean when I say we need to have better ideas. Any number of them are just lying around for the having! It seems to be a feature of apocalypses that they arrive laden with Easter eggs ready for the finding.
Probably worth keeping your eyes peeled.