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Bretigne Shaffer
Former journalist, author of "Annabel Pickering & the Sky Pirates" and "Urban Yogini", wife to my amazing husband & mom to my incredible kids.
Interests: This is also the personal blog of bretigne shaffer, and i will include announcements about projects i am working on or have completed, interesting things i see or do, and/or "stuff i've made" to read about my films and books, and occasional musings on nothing in particular. if you're not interested in the personal stuff - and why should you be? - just click on the "punditry" or "stuff I've made" category to see only that stuff.
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From Freogan Fellowship Learning: ...and take 15% off of our fall classes! We'll be giving everyone a chance to meet our instructors, hear about our classes, and get your questions answered - and to give us input. What classes would... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at On the Banks
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...and take 15% off of our fall classes! We'll be giving everyone a chance to meet our instructors, hear about our classes, and get your questions answered - and to give us input. What classes would you like to see? What formats are best for you? We'd love to hear... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Freogan Fellowship
I speak with Wayne and Kathy Hicks of Liberty Dollar Financial Association, about Liberty Dollar's history, and its rebirth as a Private Membership Association. If you're looking for solutions to state-controlled money and financial systems, and if you're not entirely... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2022 at On the Banks
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I don't know whether or not Jesus rose from the dead after he was crucified. There, I've said it. It's one of the reasons I don't call myself a "Christian" - even though I believe in a "higher power" (which... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2022 at On the Banks
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Please join us on Saturday, April 2nd, at 11:00am Pacific Time/2:00pm Eastern Time, for our first online Spring Open House! You'll get a chance to meet our instructors and hear about their upcoming classes for teens in Common Law, The Constitution, Propaganda and the Personal, Austrian Economics, American History, Creative... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2022 at Freogan Fellowship
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I spoke with Markus Allen, founder of XClave, a few months back, about his radical concept for creating independent private towns, including plans for an independent currency. At the time, I fully intended to post the episode in a timely... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2022 at On the Banks
I'm giving away ten copies of my children's/fantasy/libertarian/maybe-not-just-for-children's novel "Annabel Pickering and the Sky Pirates, book 1: The Fantastical Contraption" - you can read what Kirkus Reviews had to say about Annabel here, and you can enter to win yours... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2022 at On the Banks
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Image: Public Domain. Freogan Fellowship director Bretigne Shaffer spoke recently with Kerry McDonald, Senior Education Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education and author of Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom, for her newly launched “LiberatED” podcast. They spoke about her family’s reasons for leaving California, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2022 at Freogan Fellowship
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Image: Public Domain. I spoke recently with Kerry McDonald, Senior Education Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education and author of Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom, for her newly launched “LiberatED” podcast. We spoke about my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2022 at On the Banks
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What is a Poetry Pop-Up? It's a one-session class in poetry, focusing on a single poet, or in some cases, a single poem. Our first Poetry Pop-Up will take on the work of James Joyce: James Joyce, Irish author, rebel, reveller, traveller, genius, gifted singer and linguist, who combined vibrancy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2022 at Freogan Fellowship
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Image: Public Domain "After taking the Common Law class, I feel more independent: I see my rights as a human being in a new light and understand the power/limitations of the government in ways that I hadn't before. Every US... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2022 at On the Banks
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"After taking the Common Law class, I feel more independent: I see my rights as a human being in a new light and understand the power/limitations of the government in ways that I hadn't before. Every US citizen needs to understand the common law principles. Thank you!" – A student... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2022 at Freogan Fellowship
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Image: Public Domain Joyce Beckett is an Oxford-educated professor of literature who will be teaching a class in English and Irish literature for Freogan Fellowship Learing - the education arm of the private membership association that I recently started. In this interview, Joyce speaks about the experience of poetry as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2021 at Freogan Fellowship
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Image: Public Domain Joyce Beckett is an Oxford-educated professor of literature who will be teaching a class in English and Irish literature for Freogan Fellowship Learing - the education arm of the private membership association that I recently started. Here,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2021 at On the Banks
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Our class schedule for January is now up. You can see it here. Classes include: Our Common-Law Foundations The Constitution Propaganda and the Personal An Introduction to Austrian Economics Personal Finance for Teens Early American History (1600-1865) We will also be adding a class in English literature, and a creative... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2021 at Freogan Fellowship
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Image: Public domain. This is my favorite winter image this year. It's from The Public Domain Review's "Snowball Fights in Art (1400 - 1946)". Check it out. Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2021 at On the Banks
I appeared on Millenniyule with Millennial Woes yesterday, to talk about "rebuilding civilization." I think Woes and I recognize many of the same problems, and we both recognize the magnitude of what it is we are up against, but we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2021 at On the Banks
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I've recently started posting on Substack. (You can see my stuff here.) A lot of what I'm posting are articles and blog posts that I wrote many years ago, but that are still (sadly, in many cases) very relevant today.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2021 at On the Banks
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From the Freedom's Phoenix Online Newspaper. "Paradise is exactly like where you are right now… only much, much, better." Laurie Anderson What if I told you that we're already living in Galt's Gulch? What if I told you that we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2021 at On the Banks
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Image: Public Domain. Christmas has come a little early this year. The editors of The BMJ have published an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg today, calling him to account for the abomination that is Facebook's "fact-checking" enterprise. There's really nothing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2021 at On the Banks
I only found out about Millennial Woes because my friend Radical Liberation was going to appear on Millenniyule 2021. I checked out Millenniyule, and what he was talking about really seemed to fit with a lot of the things I'm... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2021 at On the Banks
From Freogan Fellowship: Have you been hearing a lot about the "Austrian School of Economics" lately? Are you interested in finding out more, but not yet sure about committing to an entire semester-long course? Join us next Tuesday, December 21,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2021 at On the Banks
Have you been hearing a lot about the "Austrian School of Economics" lately? Are you interested in finding out more, but not yet sure about committing to an entire semester-long course? Join us next Tuesday, December 21, at 6:00pm Pacific Time, as instructor Josh Mawhorter takes students through an issue... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2021 at Freogan Fellowship
We'll be offering a free introductory session of our "Propaganda and the Personal" course, Wednesday, December 22nd at 11:30am Pacific Time. What are some of the techniques that have been used to control large numbers of people through the manipulation of information and mass media, and what makes us susceptible... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2021 at Freogan Fellowship
From Freogan Fellowship: What are some of the techniques that have been used to control large numbers of people through the manipulation of information and mass media, and what makes us susceptible to it? How can we avoid falling prey... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2021 at On the Banks