I Survived Anarchapulco!

in anarchy •  2 years ago  (edited)

(Just look at this chaos and mayhem!)

So I spent a couple of weeks in Mexico rushing around, stressfully trying to prepare to give half a dozen different talks, presentations and performances, while trying to give a zillion different people my time and attention, while not getting nearly enough sleep, until my immune system finally fell apart … and it was awesome!

This year’s Anarchapulco had around 1,700 people in attendence, and the event is likely to keep growing by leaps and bounds, like it has for the last few years. In between trying to get ready for our own stuff (including putting on a two-day “Candles in the Dark” seminar, giving two other talks, doing a debate, and doing two musical performances), Amanda and I talked to dozens of really cool people, while wishing we had time for another few thousand hours of discussion with at least a few hundred more people who were there.

After most of our stuff was done, Amanda and I hung out at the Princess Hotel, to chat with whoever happened to stop by. Before we knew it, we had spent seven and a half hours straight talking to people. And that was the “relaxing” day. Oh, and that included a few impromptu interviews we did with various people.

(One amusing event—I won’t mention names, in order to avoid undue embarrassment—was Amanda and I hanging out with someone who, before now, had kind of decided that I was the root of all evil, and told me so online. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but only slight. We ended up having lots of cool discussions and getting along great.)

Another high point was at the end of our “Candles in the Dark” seminar, when, at the behest of Nathan Freeman (Chief Cat-Herder for Anarchapulco), we got to have the general manager of the Princess (the huge, grandiose resort hotel) be the last guinea pig, and I got to demonstrate the techniques we teach in the seminar. After fifteen minutes of very pleasant, friendly conversation, you could see that the guy was already on the brink of giving up his statism. (We’ll have to check in with him at next year’s Anarchapulco.)

Oh, and by the way, Acapulco is stupidly cheap compared to almost anywhere in the U.S. We got a tenth floor glorious room with balcony view overlooking downtown Acapulco for the equivalent of $40 a night. I can’t even find a Motel 6 in the U.S. for that cheap. Oh, and in the same hotel there is a sushi restaurant where an actual meal costs the equivalent of $4 or $5.

There is talk of Anarchapulco renting out the entire Princess Hotel for next year, so we literally own the place. And I wouldn’t at all be surprised if three or four thousand people attend that one. (I think they will be capping the number of tickets at 4,000.) So, although I realize it’s a long way off, you might want to start thinking about the possibility of getting your butt there next year. Having been to more “freedom events” than I can count at this point, I can tell you that there is nothing else like Anarchapulco.

Now pardon me while I go recover some more.

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Every year it gets better and better. Location this time was perfect. All they need is a few taco stands just outside the hotel.
Maybe that can be arranged next year... would sure beat the sloooowww service we got during rush hours!
Perhaps i just found a business opportunity...

Very cool event started by Jeff Berwick! Wow sounds like a very cool bunch of people! How do you keep in contact with them? What backgrounds are these people in? I'm assuming mainly entrepreneurs. That's great the hotel and sushi were that cheap! I need to go down there randomly to change my perspective!

Awesome! I will be there next year. I got someone to light a candle while you were gone :)

That is super awesome , when i see this i really wish i was able to attend the conference especially to make new friends.

Sounds like a good time I really want to attend next year I am working on that now

Great conference. Anarchapulco will be even bigger next year.

Great seeing you there and getting to talk to you! I loved your candles in the dark seminar. Converting statist has been fun as well. Acapulco is great I know I'll be going next year, I hope to see you there. Rest up you deserve it.

You really had a busy week and a nice time in Mexico, my plan is to attend next year edition.

"to chat with whomever happened to stop by"
would be okay if it were "to chat (with whomever) happened to stop by", but it's not. It's "to chat with (whomever happened to stop by)", so it should be "whoever", the subject of the clause "... happened to stop by."

Oh yeah. Dang it.

I had a blast listening to you and talking with you.

Good stuff! Interested in attending next year ...

Jealous. I hope to go next year.

I soooooo am hoping to attend next year. ...and perhaps convince a bunch of the #UnFuckers to attend with me :D

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Keep a seat warm for us, we'll be there next year. So disapointed to have had to miss this years feativities. We'll be looking for you to post those talks & interviews & all!

well, it looks like great location and awesome group if individuals getting 2gether on good topics. it is shame that I am so far away, and would cost a lot just to visit next year. i know it would be a great deal for me and many people, just to be there.

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

Hey Larkin,

My (Russian) wife and I spoke with you and Amanda at Anarchapulco for twenty minutes or so in the hotel lobby after your interview with our new buddy Danny Shine. Thanks, you were gracious with your time.

I just added my first post here on Steemit and hope you'll check it out, although Amanda may relate a bit more. Kind of 'trippy', a result of a profound experience I undertook that same evening.

Thanks again, I know we'll meet again soon, Mike M.


How does one preach self reliance from a hotel room?

Hey Larken, I was hoping to get an interview with you at Anarchapulco, but the few times I saw you off stage, you were surrounded by other people, and then I didn't see you again. Oh well, maybe some other time.

I actually met you at a couple of events in Pennsylvania back in 2008 and again in 2013, but I don't know if you'd remember me or not since you probably talk to a lot of people.

Ugh! I can't wait until I finally get the opportunity to make it to one of these!