Anarchy for MarsMichael James Scharen
michaelsbookcorner.comNovember 20, 2021
There are many reasons why people seek their fortunes on the frontier. In the past, this has been to escape the strangling influence of government as much as any other factor.
Now is the time to delve into the worlds and world view established in several books to date by author Michael James Scharen. Without giving too much away, it is appropriate to go into the history and settings of these very recent science fiction novels. Some have commented that perhaps not enough background has been presented for the books Sol is Not Lost and For the Ages. There may be some merit to this or it may be that some readers are, as yet, unfamiliar with underlying threads and themes. To be specific, these is the logical, moral, and practical advantages of a life free from government. Added to that are the obvious disadvantages and outright harm via coercion and central planning. Oversights may have been made in this area due to unfamiliar language and concepts which alarm or confuse some readers.
In the first novel by this author -- Sol is Not Lost -- Trevor Van Leeuwan returns to the Sol system (the Earth, Moon, Mars, Sol, planetary system) from far away Magellan and Bering. Here, once again, he finds the princes of plunder acting suspiciously. The home planets are co-orbiting Earth-like exoplanets, as we call them in this century. Both planets are full of life with human colonies organized by Trevor’s great-grandfather, Marcus Aurelius Van Leeuwan – inventor of Faster-Than-Light propulsion systems. This is a purposeful twist on the lesser known conspiracy theory claiming that the Earth’s governments and elite have already gone off-world to do just this. This is called the Breakaway Civilization. Anti-gravity was taken from captured NAZI scientists after WWII and/or taken from the lifetime of private notes kept by Nicola Tesla as he died in poverty in a New York hotel during that war. There likely are several variations on this theme such as reverse engineered alien technology gleaned from the Roswell, NM UFO incident of 1947. To each his own. As the story goes, the vast majority of human beings have no concept that such technologies exist and that they are only tax cows working their whole lives for the pleasure of the chosen few. Not much new there. Such sanctuaries might not be in space, but they have always existed on Earth.
Of course, there is no way to prove or disprove such theories. Programs like Coast-to-Coast which intermingle valid and crackpot researchers seven days a week do nothing to clarify matters. Is such a program as a Breakaway Civilization possible? Of course. We only need to open our eyes to see how many secrets were there in plain sight – accompanied by government denials and cover stories. The first response of any government is to mark everything classified and then lie or obfuscate in the name of the people. As for resources, those are as close to inexhaustible as can be. Let us remember a great line by Judd Hirsch in Independence Day, “You don’t really think the government spends $400 for a hammer, do you?” The Federal Reserve and Central Banking systems controlling most of the planet have more than enough dough because they define its inherent value by fiat. Long after you’ve realized your finances have been pilfered by inflation, they do it again. Half of the military budget in the United States (or more) is black – meaning the budgets are not public and only scrutinized by the gang of eight on the House and Senate intelligence committees. We are not even sure if those people know what they are voting on.
Theoretically and technologically, a number of items have gone unnoticed until decades or centuries later. A key technology I have brought up several times is the laser. Albert Einstein wrote a paper on the stimulated emission of radiation. The paper is easy enough for most people to follow without any fancy degrees. People who know, like Einstein, never had to invent elaborate jargon. In a nutshell, stimulated emission is this. Electron or other energy states in an atom or molecule become elevated though high voltage discharges or pumping up by dye lasers. This is called population inversion. When these atoms or molecules give up energy, they do so at discrete wavelengths as the quantum energy levels only allow certain frequencies to be generated. This is what makes the sky blue, by the way. It is the emission in all directions of preferred wavelengths by excited N2 and O2 in the air.
What Einstein came up with was that this giving up of energy could be stimulated by another photon of the same wavelength. The photon carried away consists of the original photon stimulating the molecule added to the new one released. The subsequent photon would have the original amplitude of the stimulating photon plus the addition of one quanta of energy from the molecule it strikes. With extended travel through the lasing medium (ruby, other crystals, gasses, or even Scotch Whiskey!), the amplitude builds and builds as it travels and gathers more photons. To make the path even longer, the ends of the container or tube are polished or have mirrors provided. This reflects the amplified photons back and forth through the molecules of the medium which has been re-excited to increase the energy of the beam. Photon amplitudes increase and gain coherence – i.e. the begin to move in the same direction, not streaming radially as with a flashlight, but highly columnated. Coherence comes as the wave-front becomes flatter. These are the so-called plane-waves we perceive in a tiny portion by area of a spherical wave front as with energy from the Sun 93 million miles away. Flat-Earthers should take note here. One end-mirror is not fully silvered (say 95%), i.e. some light transmits rather than reflects at this interface. In that case, a photon will reflect back into the medium 95 times out of 100 and amplify itself. The exiting beam is extremely uniform both spatially(coherent) and in wavelength (monochromatic).
Those with some technical background and/or tinkerers will understand. The explanation of the LASER, or Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation was outlined in detail to serve as an example. Einstein’s paper came out in 1917. Charles Townes was born in 1915. The first device demonstrating the principles Einstein postulated was the MASER or microwave laser completed by Dr. Charles Townes in 1954. The point is that the principles and technology for building a device for light amplification were known in 1917 – though not with microwaves. Such a device was only built for the first time 37 years later. There may be many ideas postulated but not developed – at least for public consumption – fearing the technology would be too disruptive. More likely, such knowledge would make it less lucrative for the self-appointed elite or simply because it damages someone’s ego.
Opposition to the use of mechanical clocks for the determination of longitude was opposed by none other than Sir Isaac Newton. He had power as head of the Royal Society and he used it to push the idea that only astronomy could provide the answer. As a result, sailors continued to be needlessly killed in shipwrecks for the next 40 years – the very reason prize money was offered to solve the longitude problem in the first place. In the end, only a personal appeal by Harrison’s son to George III forced Parliament to live up to the bargain. And who gets to make these decisions on our behalf when they’ve used untold hundreds of billions of dollars stolen from peaceful people in the first place? Were J. Edgar Hoover and his minions looking out for us when they confiscated Tesla’s notes?
Getting back to the world view of the novels at hand, it is Marcus Aurelius Van Leeuwan – a child prodigy – who invents Faster-Than-Light propulsion; who sets it all in motion. He keeps this knowledge to himself and a few trusted friends. Playing the stock market as a teenager, then inventing several devices sold to the public (though impossible to reverse-engineer), he became very wealthy while very young. His paper on FTL propulsion was published at age 13, but not all of the formulas were included. Even then he had a plan. He became wealthy enough with the know how to build a working prototype and more. He teams up with others like himself who are equally accomplished and smart enough to know Marcus, twin brother Hans Hermann-Hoppe, and the rest of the group have something special. All intuit that key innovations must never be known by the powers that be – namely governments and their controllers. They understand all too wall how destructive such people are. This is where the reversal happens. Now that they have the means to travel scores or hundreds of light years from Earth, then perhaps it is time for the founding of their own Breakaway Civilization!
The characters are not abandoning Earth, but creating a cultural and spiritual refuge from the organized violence so many call civilization. It is not clear what Elon Musk’s goals are in establishing human beings on Mars. Like myself, most people would envision this move as a counter to possible annihilation by comet or asteroid. Does Mr. Musk believe in the idiocy of anthropogenic global warming or the evils of carbon dioxide – a known plant food? It is interesting to note that after my books had all been completed, save for perhaps Treason, the StarLink Terms of Service emphasized that no Earth governments would have powers in SpaceX Martian colonies. Likely most of us will not be around when those colonies begin taking off in earnest. We can only hope this policy stays in effect. In my books, this is certainly the case though there is no end to the games Earth governments play in trying to control it all.
Mars is envisioned first in Sol is Not Lost after more than a century of colonization. Realistically, there is still only he slightest foothold on the Red Planet. Settlements primarily in one sector of the Vallis Marineris are clustered for mutual support. Though there are small habitats scattered in a few other places -- no one is restricting them. There is a sharp social and philosophical divide between the government run compounds or facilities and those of the Mars Frontier or New Settlements. On the Frontier there is no government and none is needed or wanted. People live decent and sometimes prosperous lives working as prospectors, miners, water contractors, pub owners and all manner of agencies which keep order, manage property titles, run arbitration proceedings, security, prisons and the rest. Residents deal with each other through voluntary agreements and contracts which include enforcement proceedings and arbitration. There is no ignorance of the law when those living under it have written the law themselves. There is no more honest way of dealing with their neighbors than offering up validated evidence of the rules they claim to live by. As with any system, many of those rules of conduct become boilerplate, but there is no reason anyone can personalize their own specifications. Everything is above board, as they say.
In our solar system described by this author, there are scattered mining interests and even an operation on Titan for harvesting hydrocarbons. Oil wells have been sunk on Mars. Water and lighter elements are abundant in the asteroid belt and beyond. These are needed for fuel and life support. In all honesty, this author had not even heard of The Expanse until these books were written. The first five seasons were then promptly binge watched. There are enough differences between these two world views apparent in the reading of the novels. In The Expanse, there is definitely one government in charge on Mars. It is planet wide and very sophisticated. Earth government would not be out of line with the world of the Van Leeuwans, though separate nation states don’t appear to exist in The Expanse. The Moon, also, has independent areas as alluded to in the Van Leeuwan series. In The Expanse, Earth and Moon appear to be one in the same. The Expanse appears to hold the Belters as the scum of the solar system or at best, in less than positive light similar to the wildcatters and pioneers of the American West. The desperate dregs of society venture out to the frontier thinking they will reap what they have sown. Once they have built everything up safely, then the lawyers and bankers swoop in to steal it – just like the American Frontier. The Van Leeuwan series implicitly agrees that civilized society have both a fear and fascination with the frontier and frontiersmen. The asteroid belt miners in the Van Leeuwan series are much less numerous and just beginning to stake claims or start operations. They are just as vulnerable to predatory presumptive authorities.
There is plenty of adventure and humor in the series, yet more serious subjects are tackled throughout. Arbitrary authority is mocked because such entities are absurd from the outset. There is no government now or ever who has been able to produce facts or evidence to prove their edicts apply to anyone at all. Think of the scene from Monty Python’s Holy Grail where Arthur tries to convince some peasants that he is their king and they must bow down to him! Government exists by force and propaganda alone as Arthur proceeds to demonstrate. The Van Leeuwan series offers many alternatives to the violent hypocritical hierarchies subjecting the mass of humanity to their will. There are several court or arbitration scenes throughout the books, including Sol is Not Lost, The Gifted, and Treason. Inspiration is drawn in good portion from former 14 year podcast producer and activist Marc Stevens. Mr. Stevens devastates all government blather through the time-honored Socratic Method. Simply questioning the ridiculous, logical train wreck of this institution for only a few minutes is enough to collapse that house of unethical cards. His book, Government: Indicted is a masterpiece of logic and analysis of this scourge; also delving into the most psychologically twisted aspects of authority and obedience.
At this point, many are saying, “This is anarchy! This is chaos! How can Mr. Scharen advocate getting rid of government which protects us all?” The first response must be that the simple term anarchy has been brutally damaged by the powers that be. Who does anarchy damage the most? Would that be all arbitrary authorities such as governments and the cabals that control them? The word anarchy, when broken down, simply means without rulers. Why is this such a bad thing? Do people believe they need to be ruled, and by the endless train of idiots and/or butchers we see doing it? To be clear, anarchy means what it means. The absence of rulers does not mean the absence of order or chaos implying a free-for-all to rape and pillage. Advocates of anarchy are also advocates of basic rules of interaction in society – including self-defense and the defense of private property. This is called the non-aggression principle which is basically a restatement of the Golden Rule espoused by so many Christians. In short, don’t hurt people or steal their stuff! Most children understand this by the time they are five or six years old, yet we tell them it is OK if you call yourself a government?
The second response is this. Does government really protect us all? The tacit agreement we have in so-called society is that we owe a duty of allegiance in return for a duty of protection by a government we allegedly consented to rule over us. How is this consent proven? What if I renounce any relationship with any government – am I to be a prisoner in my house? Do I still even own my house? There seems to be little in terms of facts or evidence to prove any such allegiance or duty in either direction. Many will claim that by simply being born within or stepping into a geographical area, one has consented to be ruled. How can critical thinkers come close to believing such things? This is a logical fallacy of the first order – argument merely by assertion. In Latin, this translates as vox et praeterea nihil – a voice and nothing more. Then there is the Constitution in the United States and other countries. In almost every case, those constitutions were written by people who are dead and/or never met the people they supposedly represent. No everyday contract would likely withstand such scrutiny even in a government run court, yet life, death, and liberty are to be decided through the belief in a Social Contract which has no basis in evidence?
Even more ridiculous are the claims that “since you have a driver’s license or a birth certificate, then you are obviously consenting to be ruled.” The nature of voluntary interaction states that no contract is valid if agreed to under conditions of coercion. Who is easier to coerce than a baby? When moving through life with slightly less harassment is the reason for getting a driver’s license or birth certificate, then that counts as coercion. It does not mean we were immediately threatened with beating by phone book if we did not sign the paper. The threat is still there. As Marc Stevens states, “Under all that paperwork is a gun.” Try getting caught driving without a license or getting into school without a birth certificate or nowadays, a myriad of chemicals pumped into a child’s bloodstream. When a large meat-brained enforcer pulls you over without you being a threat to anyone, then that is coercion. He/she is big and armed, and will shoot you dead in a second for non-compliance. All traffic stops are an assault by definition. Persons truly in fear of bodily harm when a cop approaches with a hand on his gun are being assaulted. This is far different and more real than the cops who pump 16 bullets into a barely coherent human for being in fear for their lives.
Returning to the duty of protection portion of the agreement, where is this guaranteed? The courts have ruled consistently that government has no duty to protect anyone. The Parkland school shooting in Florida years back is a prime example. Police were there and armed, yet did nothing. The judge ruled this was perfectly fine as the officers had not duty to protect those children. Let’s take Eminent Domain, Asset Forfeiture, Sovereign Immunity, or any other area where it is perfectly fair in the eyes of government to abuse their benefactors – and get away with it. Try suing a government, and pretty quickly, you will be told that you have no jurisdiction – no right to sue in a government court. Or if you do sue them, they have infinite means to lawyer-up at your expense. Meanwhile you are financially ruined by the lawyers unions. Breaking down these arguments it is easy to see that the playing field is not even close to level. Government is Organized Crime by their own RICO statutes Their own rules do not apply in their courts when they can argue without evidence and the lawyer in the black dress let’s it happen – for their prosecutor friends.
In the literary world at hand, the Martian Frontier is ever vigilant regarding the covetous governments of Earth. This is true back on Earth as well as right next door to the Mars UN or government colonies of nation states. Conflict occurs in many ways on many levels. The prequel Van Leeuwan Trilogy goes back to the days of Trevor’s great-grandfather, Marcus Aurelius whose friends are also disruptive in their industrial and societal innovation. Margarita Iwasaki. from Peru, develops a breed of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna with her own visible markers of two silver stripes along the back. They are her genetically engineered breed which cannot interbreed with the native tuna. As the genetics were developed by her, the fish belong to her company alone. They run with the native tuna but anyone fishing for them must pay a license fee to Margarita’s Huanchaco Enterprises. The point of this thread of the story is that conservation does not come from wishing, but can be done well in the defense of private property. Atlantic Bluefin Tuna are endangered. So-called citizens fish for them but over fish them. Their governments do nothing while claiming to care. Private stewardship has preserved old growth forests, or oyster farms but is frowned upon by government regulators only working for the major criminals. Agriculture and conservation are largely under central control which cannot stem disaster as much as they claim that they do. Elk still starve to death for lack of predators or hunters. We still have massive forest fires, mismanagement of wildlife, or E. coli outbreaks as frequently as any time in the past.
Gabriella is a talented engineer, who, with her father and brother, moved to Texas to subcontract for the space industries. Soon she begins building her own craft and satellites as well. Her mother created local momentum to reshape the Texas education system. Her private schools helped drive a movement for school choice allowing all parents to take vouchers and pick whichever schools were performing and not just social promotion of students from one grade to the next. Sean grimes, from Washington, D.C. pushes vast changes in Texas courts and law enforcement while Nelson McDaniel works to engineer drought resistant crops for both Earth and Mars. The Saudi and Australian deserts begin to bloom along with South Texas.
Granted, as in any novel or novels, the characters accomplish a great deal in relatively short spans of time. This is a literary device for illustrating certain points. However, we have seen what one man, Elon Musk, with considerable resources has done. He has created a renaissance in space, communications, the auto – or rather the battery industries, bio-electrical interfaces, artificial intelligence, and soon will devastate the iPhone with the new Pi phone. The first book of the Van Leeuwan Trilogy covers the credibility gap to some degree by describing the rise of a generation of prodigies and over-achievers.
They share a consistent set of values contrary to those we are all told we must have in the form of mindless entertainment and consumerism for consumerism’s sake. Van Leeuwan and friends are not superheroes with super powers. They simply lead by example. Despite the prevailing attitudes – at least those publicly held – Gordon Gekko, in Wall Street had it half right. Greed is good, to a certain degree and we should be rewarded for hard work. Competition breeds efficiency. Efficiency means that resources are not burned up with no purpose where this can possibly be helped. Governments and many large corporations do not believe in competition or efficiency. They believe in incredibly wasteful activities which enriches a few, but truly mortegages the futures of those they dominate. We’ve seen what Elon Musk can do. Imagine that we had twenty, fifty, or two hundred Elon Musks.
With all of this going for them, we must remember that governments, bankers, lawyers, and insider cronies have had thousands of years to create their networks and sharpen their knives. They have never had any real competition until this point. This is a recurring theme throughout the series. Once again, the plots are not all serious and preachy but engaging, funny and imaginative – and the message gets through. The talent has always been there and it is today. We simply do not have the cohesive drive or the will to end the tyranny. We live in a perpetual institutionalized Stockholm Syndrome as we kow tow to our abusers. It is the classic, timeless abusive relationship. Those who praise the police no matter what they do should remember this phrase whose origins escape me. That is, “The regimes change, but the police remain the same.” Let’s not forget that French police rounded up Jews for the NAZIs. So did the British Bobbies on the islands of Jersey and Guernsey – not nearly as many, but the principle is the same. Police will do anything they are told to do as long as their paychecks keep flowing. Ask yourself, “When was the last time any anarchists started a war?” Now ask, “When was the last time a government started a war?” The contrast becomes clear.