Villagers and Pillagers

The world is made of villagers and pillagers. It always has been. Perhaps it always will be, but we can hope all the same that we’ll grow beyond our pillaging stage once and for all.

Villagers are those with whom you engage in mutually beneficial exchange or in gift exchange. If you grow your crops, they won’t steal them. If you build something, they won’t destroy or steal it. If you give them something, they will accept it with gratitude.

Pillagers are those who steal, rob, and destroy. They will steal your food and salt your land. They will find what you made…



I take a complexity approach to understanding and interpreting economics and politics. I consider our civil society to be made up of subsets of self-organizing network processes that interact to create our civil society. This is a new liberalism (neither left nor right).

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Troy Camplin

I am the author of “Diaphysics” and the novel “Hear the Screams of the Butterfly.” I am a consultant, poet, playwright, novelist, and interdisciplinary scholar.