A note on the Discord server and the Telegram group

Although it’s been less than three hours since I announced in public the creation of a public Telegram group and a Discord server for the operation, questions have started flowing in my direction. So, let’s clarify some things.

On the Discord server

As I mentioned quite explicitly in the video announcement, the Discord server is not my responsibility – but it was delegated to someone else in our operation. So any questions and/or requests in relation to that server shall be directed to the user Băzeus on the server. My involvement with the server shall be minimal and next to non-existent.

Any policy on the Discord server shall be negotiated with the admin over there.

The purpose of the Discord server is to be established by the community though, if I were to guess, it will be mostly shitposting and memes. Which is not a bad thing at all.

On The Telegram Group

The most obvious (and already 15+ times asked) question in relation to the public Telegram group is: Why can’t users post on the group?

The answer is a bit more complicated.

First of all, the group is meant to slowly replace the Facebook page and also to cater to those who have renounced the Zuccworld or have never been there to begin with. So it is mostly for announcements and new posts – thus allowing peeps to be up to date with stuff without having to rely on services that routinely ban you (like Faceberg but also Twitter).

Secondly, the “Freedom Alternative” bot on Telegram relays any message in the group to the Discord server. So having the comments open would mean crowding the Discord server with comments from the Telegram group.

If and when that second issue will be solved (i.e. the bot to become smarter to only relay some message but not all) – comments by users will be off on the Telegram group.

Until then, the Telegram group is simply to make it easier to stay up to date not just with what we publish but also with other news which will be posted in the group for the benefit of our followers.

Telegram is very friendly both with desktops and with smartphones, both in terms of resources demanded and in terms of freedom of expression – unlike Twitter or Facebook.

Eventually, the Telegram group will change and comments will be opened. But until then – real-time comments remain closed.

Thank you for your understanding and your patience and I will now get back to more serious work.

Happy Easter!

Three Seas Initiative Summit – 2019 – new info

Hello everyone!

Just as I was wrapping up with the Periodic Insanity episodes and the luggage for the upcoming Zimbabwe trip, I got news.

So, I have it on good authority that this year’s Intermarium/Three Seas Initiative Summit will take place in early June, in Slovenia. The exact date(s) haven’t been announced yet, but knowing the month is already better than what I had last year when nothing was known until less than two weeks before the Summit itself.

Watch coverage from the 2018 3SI Summit in Romanian and in English.

So the intention is to have Freedom Alternative accredited presence at the Summit this year as well, at the very least with two people (like last year), if not three, should shekalim allow it.

We will travel by train from Cluj Napoca to Ljubljana and spend four days in the Slovenian capital plus another two on the road (with a stop in Budapest).

Unlike last year, this year we will be able to provide live coverage on this site while we’re there and, unlike last year, we should also be able to provide videos with a lower delay (if other investments in equipment go through in time before June).

I know it’s early but, unlike last year, we can’t just work on the knowledge that oh well… it’s just around the corner here so “we’ll figure something out” in terms of how to fund this.

So, as a result, we’re turning to those of you who like and appreciate the coverage we offer on geopolitics to help us fund this endeavor. Unlike the Cathedral media, we don’t have a billionaire funding us (or the taxpayers, in the case of State media, which always gets the best filming spots, grrrrr).

The cost for two people is as follows:

  • Transportation(by train): €180
  • Housing in Budapest (two nights): €40
  • Housing in Ljubljana (three nights): €150
  • Transport inside the cities(taxi budget): €70 (might get lowered if the Slovenian peeps help out, but we shouldn’t rely on that)
  • Food: €100
  • Coffee: €50 (no, I am not joking)
  • Miscellaneous (memory cards, disposable batteries, etc.): €50
  • Health Insurance: €10

So… when all is said and done, we need at least €650-ish by June 1, at the latest, specifically set aside for this event. Keep in mind that this doesn’t include cigarettes, the mental cost, as well as unpredictable expenses (e.g. we get an exclusive interview or meeting at a fancy place; or one of us gets sick and needs to purchase medicine – even if it is covered by the insurance, you still have to cough up the shekels before you recoup them from the insurer).

Although I am pretty sure we’ll be able to raise the funds very easy, I will still say it here so it’s known beforehand: If the money is not there by the set date, the trip gets cancelled and the funds redirected to other projects or to investment in new/better equipment. As promised on January 1, this year it will no longer be acceptable to just roll on and work under the “we’ll figure something out” mentality. As a trade-off, we’re getting more transparent with the expenses. Soon enough (read: once I get back from Zimbabwe) there will be a section on the website with most of the expenses and with details for top donors.

That’s it for now. Visit our gib shekalim page and talk to y’all when I get back from Africa.


Recording day coming up

Alright so one of the (many) reasons this site exists is for increased transparency. A way to communicate easier without relying on social media – which comes either with outright censorship or with various limitations in characters.

So, in the interest of transparency, here’s what I’ve been up to lately.

First, I’m wrapping up the preparations for the Zimbabwe tour. That has been eating quite a bit of time and will eat a lot more in the coming week.

Secondly, I’ve been preparing 7 new videos (4 Periodic Insanity, 2 Good News Video and one about the tax museum) and also (finally!) wrapping up the new intro. Tomorrow is recording day. Uploading will be slow, because editing “Periodic Insanity” is time consuming. But will do.

Thirdly, I’ve started taking up clients for consultancy. That does eat a lot of time but the shekalim are good.

Fourthly, I’ve been adding stuff in the Library.

Fifthly, I’ve been slowly progressing at migrating the English language channel on Bitchute. It’s going really-really slow, in part because Bitchute as a platform is still far from decent. By the way, if you have $5 in BCH (Bitcoin Cash) or LTC (Litecoin), please gibs. Bitchute is still only taking payments in crypto but can’t combine. And I don’t have the time to go through the labourious process of converting and making it all kosher enough for the mainstream platforms. I just don’t.

So yeah… that’s a brief summary of what’s happening behind the scenes:

To do list:

– write the Privacy Statement for the site

– Add elements to the Wishlist.

– Finish all 8 videos by the time take-off to Zimbabwe happens (and schedule publishing for while I’m away)

– Try to advance on the work on 2 other videos (likely “The Societal Standard” and one more)

So yeah… that’s about it.

Oh, and gib shekels. Seriously! I’m going to Zimbabwe and gather stories so you don’t have to. But the endeavor is quite pricey.

Alright… now I shall head back to work. Tomorrow is a looong day.

Thank you all for your patience and support!

Cheers! 👌🏻

I may be in Twitter jail, but NPCs should #LearnToCode

While the podcast is rendering, I figured I’d enjoy a bit more schadenfreude and farm some more memes from the Twitter threads of verified bigots who are really, really pissed off at being told to learn to code – just like they and their beloved president Obama told laid-off miners a few years back.

Turning the tables on the Left is something I openly advocate but it’s also something that creates a tremendous amount of butthurt amongst the helicopterables our philosophical opponents.

Yet none of that was and is a problem for Twitter (one of the reasons I still somewhat tolerate Twitter and have not yet dropped it in its entirety like I did to Faceberg).

What is, however, absolutely haram on Twitter is to call an NPC… well… an NPC.

So now I’m in Twitter jail for mocking a far-Left NPC whose code returned the output that the FBI is full of liars whilst BuzzFeed is a credible bastion of truth. That, apparently, is haram on Twitter.

Oh well…

Hungary memes

BKK (Budapesti Közlekedési Központ) is a meme in and of itself, but now they’ve brought greentexting into the subway as well.

This one needs captioning, and, tbh, it could be a picture from anywhere in the Intermarium. This one is from Lehel tér, Budapest.

And while I’m making a Hungary memes post, maybe I should include this one too.

Alright, now back to work!

Testing? Testing? This works?!

… oh well… it appears to be working.

So, if it is working, let me tell you a story. I should mention before proceeding to the story that I’m writing this exactly 24hrs before my train towards Budapest departs and I still have some rather minor side effects from the YFV shot. Though I can assure that my speech has gotten better :))

Just like some of my videos, this might get a bit long. So grab a cup of coffee and a few cigarettes.

Anyway, the story is about how this place – the place you are reading this – came into being. And what I want from it. Spoiler alert: nothing grandiose.

Taxes. And by that I mean theft

In January 2016, Patreon was announcing me that they will bend the knee to the EUSSR European Union and start charging VAT for the patrons who happened to be living in the 28-member bloc.

Morally, this is preposterous. Not even North Korea charges a consumption tax on donations. In fact, nobody wanted this per se (as no country in Europe has such insanity in their national laws) – but the European Commission decided that the national governments could use some more shekalim even if those said national governments didn’t require it and even if the implementation essentially makes a mockery of Europe’s long standing tradition in which the patronage of the arts is regarded as noble and not subjected to taxes, least of all consumption taxes.

Consumption taxes (and VAT in particular) are the kind of regressive taxes meant to punish the consumer for being smart enough to afford to still buy something with the shekalim left to him after theft taxes.

When someone is engaging in patronizing the creative work of someone else, that someone is not engaging in consumption, but rather investment since the patron is taking a risk – namely the risk that the work he patrons might not be to his liking. There’s a reason why most sane countries have tax exemptions (or schemes similar in effect) on (re)invested profits. It’s the exact same reason for why you shouldn’t be slapping VAT on patronages to creators.

Of course, what I’m saying here comes from a reference point of a normal, non-insane world. Which is, of course, a world that may have existed for a brief period of time (or, I would argue, for multiple but separate brief periods of time) in Europe – but which most definitely does not exist in the current-year+4 European Union.

At the time, though, in 2016, only a tiny portion of the patronage was coming from the EU and the whole operation was small enough that I could basically work out alternatives individually with each affected patron.

But the bullshit kept on piling up

2017 gave a few more redflags – specifically the ban of Lauren Southern under the MOB Rule (seriously, that’s what they called it – Manifest Observable Behaviour Rule) and the total clusterfuck of the so-called “new service fees” which, although withdrawn in the face of the backlash, it showed (to me, at least) that in this business, like in economics in general, diversity is strength.

To put it bluntly, the idea of allowing Patreon not just a disproportionate influence on this operation but also the power to impose fees that would make EU patrons pay $1.57 for a $1 pledge seemed atrocious to me.

On the other hand, there was also the negative experience with Maker Support (who still owe me a few shekalim, btw) and I knew since then that there won’t be a magical bullet to the problem. So I started pondering upon a network of tools that would gradually become a good-enough workaround.

Things have gone from bad to worse during 2018 on this front, but by February 2018 I already had a broad idea in mind on how to work this. Now all I needed was… time.

And here’s the first world problem moment: I had the financial resources and the operation was growing faster than ever and that’s precisely why I didn’t have the time. Tough spot to be in.

The slow and gradual transition

Nevertheless, slowly, especially in the second half of 2018, I started the process that will likely last throughout 2019 and most of 2020, really.

You see, it’s not just Patreon. If it had just been that, I could’ve asked everyone to make a recurring PayPal payment and call it a day. But it’s more than that.

The operation needs (and needed) a place where I could easily share a message with all the donors, but also a place where I could share premium content. In addition to that, the operation also needed a place to publicize announcements. And no, Faceberg and Twatter aren’t particularly great. Particularly Faceberg whose “Community Guidelines” have become so elusive that it now makes Ceaușescu’s criminal Securitate a pipe-dream of law and order by comparison.

Gab has been looking better lately. Taken down from the Internet because some loon had an account there (the same loon had an account on Faceberg too, but let’s not expect consistency here) and then returning from hell and doubling down on their commitment to freedom of expression – that’s already a decent trackrecord. So Gab, for now, is one tool.

Then I needed something reliable to chat in real time with people that is not subjected to the whims of the far-Left. For that, I grudgingly adopted Telegram groups because it’s also available on Desktop and also because the founders preferred to lose money than to bend the knee to the other authoritarian progressive of our world. Also in that direction, I opened up the IRC server which, although public, it is mostly used for insta-chat by what I jokingly refer to as the inner-party.

Then came the issue of having too many e-mails that basically amounted to:

“Hi Lucian! You said, once, X years ago, quoting a study from Z years ago from [whatever-country] that [whatever-conclusion/fact/assertion]. Can you please give me the link?”

When it’s 5 people a week, that was not a problem. When it reached 15 a day, it became a problem. When it exceeded 30 a day, I considered shutting down my social media accounts. And that’s when the idea of a Library came into being. A place where we would put links as they become available (preferably with a permanent archive link too) so they can then be found by those seeking the knowledge. Yes, this makes it harder for the seekers, who I am sure find it a lot easier to just ask and get the tailored answer in an instant, but knowledge accumulation requires effort. And maximal effort from me and zero effort for the seeker is a terrible trade-off for me.

So, as of this moment, unless willing to pay a consultancy fee, I will start directing people to the library or simply avoid answering altogether. Cutting down social media usage has done a tremendous amount of good not just for me personally, but for this operation as a whole.

In essence, social-media gets rolled back to its status as a mere tool among many others, rather than the main focus. Time is money. And the ROI on it being used on social media has reached the diminishing returns in the last year so it’s time to cut the losses.

And then we get back to finances. With Patreon slowly being fazed out, the alternative will have to be a mixture between individual concerns and a network of alternatives. That’s why the list in the Donate page is pretty lengthy and will likely get even longer.

There will be no magic bullet or some miracle that will fix the mess in which Patreon AND payment processors have gotten everyone in. A cohesive alternative will rise – but not this year. Or in 2020. More like 2025 is a reasonable timeframe. Mastercard needed 20 years to become the reliable behemoth that it still is today. And another 20-ish years to achieve the kind of power that it can now wield to bully companies into un-personing video bloggers and/or political commentators. So the idea that some Youtube personality will build a solid alternative to that in a few months is either hubris or ignorance-driven nonsense. But nonsense nonetheless.

I have no doubt that reliable alternatives will emerge. But it won’t happen overnight.

Until that moment comes, we have to be realistic and work with what exists.

Now what?

Well,… now we work. More. A lot more.

Even keeping this site running is quite a lot of work for which I don’t have the time. But once it’s fully configured and decently-operational, I will open this blog for contributions. Look at this as a training place.

It is not my intention to run a written publication in the classical sense (hence, no comments – I already have completely uncensored comment sections on Youtube and Bitchute. And open Contact form on the site).

This place should be regarded more as a library and a display board (or avizier as they used to be called back in my days in Romania in schools and universities – before the profs and the students got lazy and now all students are mandated to have Faceberg and/or WhatsApp because fuck those people who would prefer not to be public persons).

This is why the site is organized more in pages and the blog (this blog) left more marginal. Because the library and the announcements are what matter the most.

The blog, as I said, will be used for Miscellaneous. I even considered archiving my previous writings (especially pre-2014 writings) on it, but that sounds like too much work so the idea will be shelved for now. So the blog will be for people to train their writing skills and for me to make announcements or simply post news that won’t make it into a video or in a podcast and are also not important enough to make it into the Library.

I don’t expect this website to be something big. It’s not its purpose. Its purpose is to be useful. At least for now. Who knows what the future holds?

In the meantime, I do expect and accept contributions to the library and will soon appoint several contributors to do this because with all the things happening – there is no realistic way I can take on the task of maintaining a website. I gave up writing to get into video making. Doing both is simply not possible. Not without sacrificing quality in one of them.

And… with all of that being said,… thank you all for reading (lol), many thanks for your consistent and generous support and… I will see you all soon in Budapest. And then on the video platforms.