Do we have a free market? Not even close.

I saw this image on Facebook awhile ago. It helps to shed light on the harmful effect market monopolies and corporations have on our choices as consumers. For someone who doesn’t realize there are alternatives, it may seem impossible to avoid commercial giants like Proctor and Gamble, who are most notoriously known for animal testing. They dominate the market, and give the illusion that we’ve got many different choices to choose from. This makes it extremely difficult for smaller companies to get started, because they can’t compete with these giants fiscally, or proportionally. This is why I fully support the practice of agorism. As the Ludwig von Mises Institute states, agorism is a practice that “(based on the principle of counter-economics) promotes withdrawing from the state and using counter-economic activities to minimize what a person contributes to the state in the form of taxes, license fees, and so forth”. In other words, an agorist lives freely, and peacefully, and participates in the marketplace by offering a service or product, without bowing down and getting government licenses, or jumping through whatever hoops required to make their business legitimate, by government standards. We aren’t free people if we require government paperwork to give credit to our business (as if some pieces of paper make us run our business betterl). An agorist operates on the principles of peace, and voluntary interaction.  I know several, and they are all amazing and commendable people.

And if you think we need the government to show us how to properly run our businesses, I’d love to ask why? If you and I are such fallible human beings, how are the human beings working for the government any less fallible (and to think, they’re the ones handling tax dollars and running the country – what a joke!)?

Got a little off the beauty-track here, but this needed to be said!

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Porcfest 2011 Series — What delicious eats we have!

Bigger, and better. This is what the Porcupine Freedom Festival has done each year since it began. If you decide to come on down this year (and please do!), be sure to check out many of these entrepreneurial culinary vendors who have come together to cater to all of our unique wants and desires.

When it comes to eats, we all know that George Mandrik Skouras will be whipping together amazing Greek-inspired creations such as the Greek cheese sandwich (he’d better make this one this year!), his famous baklava, and the newly-developed Trainwreck sandwich of ultimate bacon proportions! While it will take much coaxing for this pescetarian to consume any bacon, I bet this sandwich will become the new staple sandwich of Porcfest among bacon-lovers!

While I love me some fried, cheesy, and high-calorie goodies, I was really excited to hear about the healthier selections – this includes many vegan and vegetarian options for those who may love their fellow piglet friends a little too much to consume the wildly tempting(and low-carb;) Trainwreck.

Mimi Bobekunin’s The Stone, is an eatery offering food ranging from American, Italian, vegan, and vegetarian! You will find it inside the Jazz Hall at Roger’s, so please stop by for something delicious; if you find you’ve got a craving, come and satisfy it with a meal, a drink, or perhaps a dessert! To the right we have The Stone’s Poached Strawberries, Peaches, and Mango over Crushed Ice. Can we say – perfect for a hot summer’s day, or what!?

Another healthy option that caught my eye was The Salad Station! Andrew Meininger felt a healthy eating option was missing at previous Porcfests; to change this, he created The Salad Station. Offered at this tasty vendor is side, or dinner-sized salads, and 20 deliciously fresh toppings to choose from!

Hopefully soon, we will see a sample menu from these fine folks!

Stacy Litz has got me intrigued with her holistic health products that she will be offering, and as a huge fan of essential oils (great for aromatherapy, skin care, meditation, and more), I will be sure to check out what she has to offer. Want a tarot card reading? She’s got you covered! Oh, and if you find your tummy rumbling while at her site, try one of her homemade sandwiches! I must also commend her on her excellent template choice for her blog (yeah, we’ve got the same one…)!

If you’d like to get a little crazy at Porcfest, Delia Dubois will be serving up some not “your mama’s” boring old jello shots in the later hours! I’m excited to find out what flavour combos she’s got brewing!

These agorist food vendors are only some of the food options available at this year’s Porcfest! Check back to the Porcfest Vendor Page for updated information on menus and more!