Billie Pate

Billie Pate is a multidisciplinary artist, creative technologist, and serial entrepreneur, from Chicago, IL, USA. After graduating from Northwestern University with a BS degree in computer science, she studied fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She founded Pate Projects, an award-winning art and technology studio in LA, CA and later expanded to NY, NY and Paris, France. A few years later she also founded Billie Pate Group (BPG) to start, buy and invest in other brilliant businesses. She now owns several creative businesses with headquarters around the world while continuing her art practice in Paris, France. She has a newfound interest in foreign affairs. When it comes to politics, her vision is utopian and idealist, but her strategy is realist. xo

Currently Reading

📖 Makers of Modern Strategy: Military Thought from Machiavelli to Hitler by Edward Mead Earle

Harbour Island, Bahamas

We decided to spend Thanksgiving on Harbour Island in the Bahamas with my lovely friend Charlene. She bought a home here long ago, and I love to take advantage of visiting her whenever I can. Charlene is one of the coolest women I know. She is a brilliant business woman, and the first person I turn to when I need advice. But what I love the most about her are her humble roots.

Charlene grew up on a farm in Wisconsin. Her parents were not successful. They were impoverished. They were extremely poor farmers. Charlene studied business at the public university in Madison, Wisconsin with Pell Grants and scholarships, and then moved to Chicago. She started a new business there after college, The Chicago Catalog Group, and it was a huge success. She sold it before she turned 30, and became a multimillionaire, the first in a long series of other financial successes. I love her rags-to-riches story. But what I love the most about it, is that she didn't look for a rich husband or turn to the sex industry or the entertainment industry like the typical female rag-to-riches story. She earned all of her wealth herself. Like Simone de Beauvoir, I don't respect women that resort to the sex industry for wealth and fame and a false independence. It's pathetic that our society continues to celebrate such women. I respect strong women that are willing to risk everything to keep their independence. I love women that are extremely imaginative and have original dreams and ideas and careers. I love women that are wild enough to pursue their dreams at all costs. Charlene is a truly liberated woman. She's still unmarried by choice, obviously, men chase her constantly only to be turned down. She's the kind of woman Simone de Beauvoir could only dream of, and hoped or imagined might exist someday.

Spending Thanksgiving in the Bahamas with Charlene is always a blessing. It's a lovely reminder that women have the power to do and be anything they want, regardless of where they come from and no matter who attempts to stand in their way. Liberated women will continue to prevail over male oppression and the patriarchy. We will always find a way to destroy anyone that attempts to block our progress or infringes on our human rights. Male or female, white, black, or brown, Republican or Democrat, American or foreign, rich or poor, you will be held accountable. Happy Thanksgiving! xo

Billie Pate Presents The Second Sex at Private Residence in Miami Beach

On the occasion of Art Basel Miami Beach, Billie Pate presents The Second Sex at Private Residence in Miami Beach, FL, USA. Join us for the opening on Monday, November 28, for a night of art, music, dance, drinks and more.

The line-up includes an exhibition, The Second Sex, by artist Billie Pate, a soundscape and late-night DJ set by Soleil, a conversation about women’s rights between Billie Pate and Soleil, and a performance called Thank God for Abortion.

Libations courtesy Perrier and Food of the Gods.

Currently Reading

📖 The Twenty Years’ Crisis, 1919–1939: An Introduction to the Study of International Relations by Edward Hallett Carr

The Black Sea Strategy: Crimea is Ukraine

The US Congress has required the US administration to establish a strategy in the Black Sea region because it has become a critical point in trade and European security. Countries bordering the Black Sea are vital to this strategy: Russia, Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine. In order to secure the Black Sea region you must control a huge portion of the Black Sea coast, which NATO currently does, but the NATO partner with the largest coastline on the Black Sea is questionable to say the least. One of the best vantage points in the Black Sea is Crimea. That is of course why Russia wants to annex Crimea from Ukraine so badly and claim it as their own, and that is why the USA and Europe must do everything in their power to make sure that Russia does not keep control of it. This is of course why it is in the USA's and Europe's best interest to help Ukraine defend themselves against Russia, to establish a new security partnership with Ukraine, and to support Ukraine's membership to NATO.

Obama, Biden, Trump and European leaders all failed to recognize the strategic importance of Crimea to the Black Sea region's security and stability. They had no Black Sea strategy, and the security and stability of the Black Sea region has rapidly deteriorated because of it. The failure of the previous administrations to recognize the security threats from Russian aggression and expansionism have left the West in an extremely weakened position. Russia is creating food shortages around the world, and energy shortages throughout Europe. The UK and other European countries are suffering from a cost-of-living crisis because of the energy shortages. This isn't by accident. This is by design. This is Russia's strategy. This is happening because of the failure of our leaders to recognize the threats from Russia, and their failure to put together sound strategies to protect us from those threats.

Moving forward the USA and NATO must create a solid strategy in the Black Sea region to maintain the security and stability of the region. Ukraine is going to play an extremely important role in that strategy, because of their geolocation. The US and NATO must first force Russia to retreat from all of Ukrainian territory, especially the entire Ukrainian Black Sea coast and particularly Crimea. This is essential to the security of the region. Russia can not be allowed to keep Crimea under any circumstances. I have already presented my argument on what I believe to be the best solution to force Russia's retreat. The solution I offered is just a proposal. It's not a requirement. The USA believes wholeheartedly in national self-determination - it is the USA's guiding principle in foreign policy. There are several ways to force Russia to retreat from Ukraine. Regardless of the method chosen to accomplish the goal, which is ultimately Ukraine's choice, we can not lose sight of the goal. Crimea is Ukraine, and the goal is to ensure that it will remain a part of Ukraine in the future. No other ending to this conflict will bring security and stability to the Black Sea region.

Our goal is to end Russia's aggression against Ukraine, to help Ukraine restore their territorial integrity, and then invite Ukraine to join NATO. We want Ukraine on our team. We want Ukraine as an ally. We want to build a strong partnership with Ukraine. We want Ukraine to maintain control of Crimea. We want all of these things, because we want to build a US-NATO military and naval base there. We want a US-NATO naval base on Crimea to protect the Black Sea from all future aggression. It is the best location within the Black Sea to establish such a base.

After Ukraine defeats Russia, and joins NATO, NATO will control almost every inch of the Black Sea coast that does not belong to Russia. NATO will not be there to terrorize Russia. NATO will be there to ensure Russia can not terrorize other countries. NATO will be there to ensure that Russia can not start another war with any of it's neighbors in the Black Sea region. NATO will be there to ensure that Russia can not wreak havoc on international trade and create additional economic crises. NATO will be there to maintain peace. You can not have peace without military strength, because bad actors like Putin will always attempt to take advantage of any sign of weakness.

Currently Reading

📖 The Ancien Régime and the French Revolution by Alexis de Tocqueville

Ukraine Should Become an Unincorporated Territory of the USA

Ukraine should consider becoming an unincorporated territory of the USA. That is the only "war insurance" Ukraine would need. There wouldn't be a war at all if they joined the USA. As an unincorporated territory of the USA, Ukraine would automatically become NATO territory with no accession process necessary. It is the only way Ukraine can become NATO territory right now. Joining NATO as an independent member, as Ukraine would like to do, requires the support of every other member of NATO, and currently Germany, Hungary, and Turkey are not likely to give them that support. Those countries are convincing other NATO members to not support Ukraines' membership in NATO as well. And they have even convinced the current US president, Biden, to not do so.

If Ukraine was an unincorporated territory of the USA, the US president would have no choice but to act and defend them. And every other member of NATO would have to defend them as well. Putin is completely aware of this, that's exactly why he would back down immediately. He won't dare go to war with the USA and NATO. That's why NATO is so successful. Of course, Ukraine already knows this, and that is why they want to join the alliance. And that is also why other countries like Sweden and Finland decided to join the alliance. Joining NATO is the best solution to ending the war in Ukraine immediately and preventing another one, but the only way Ukraine can do this right now is by becoming an unincorporated territory of the USA.

However, Ukraine would lose their independence by becoming an unincorporated territory of the USA. That's not a desirable solution for any country. It's their independence that they are fighting for. But they are not just risking the loss of their independence by fighting this war with Russia, they also risk the complete and total destruction of their homeland, the destruction of their culture and identity, and the innocent lives of Ukrainians in the process. The USA will not commit any of these horrible atrocities against Ukraine. The USA can provide Ukraine with security and stability. The USA can allow Ukraine to keep their national and cultural identity, just like Puerto Rico. They can still have their own government, elected by their own citizens. The only requirement the USA would impose on Ukraine as an unincorporated territory is that they be democratic. Their citizens would acquire the right to live and work in the USA, helping them prosper. There would no longer be any risk for investors to start new projects in the country. And as an unincorporated territory of the USA, Ukraine will attract more investors and larger investments than an independent Ukraine. The USA would also help fund their recovery. All of the benefits to Ukraine are too numerous to list. Most importantly, the arrangement could be temporary, until the threat of war is eliminated. Ukraine should view this proposition as a stepping stone to help them reach their long-term goals, such as joining the EU and joining NATO. The USA can help them reach those goals faster than they can on their own. In return Ukraine would become a major partner of the USA's in our mission to secure and stabilize the entire Black Sea region.

This solution isn't as glorious as fighting and defeating Russia. However, this is a guaranteed solution with minimal risk and cost involved. Ukraine has been extremely successful in the war thus far, but there is no guarantee that Ukraine can defeat Russia. And no one knows how much destruction, loss of life, and debts they will incur in the process. Our proposition, on the other hand, is a guarantee. It's also a peaceful solution - it will bring immediate peace. It will also guarantee the territorial integrity of Ukraine now and in the future, unlike a peace deal. Only Ukraine can determine the level of risk they are comfortable with, and the best solution for them, but I hope they do consider and calculate all of the risks and costs correctly.

It's unfortunate that the US president refused to support Ukraine's membership in NATO. It's also disappointing that he supported the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as soon as he took office despite bipartisan rebuke over such a decision. It's even more disappointing that he did not help Ukraine prepare for war during the few months before Russia's invasion of Ukraine when he was receiving intelligence reports on the issue. He had plenty of time to do so. It would have prevented many of the problems we now face such as energy shortages, food shortages, among the other economic repercussions of the Russia-Ukraine war. It also would have saved billions of dollars and thousands of lives. The US president's bad decisions, were considered as a green light by Putin. Now Ukraine is suffering from the consequences of his bad decisions. Putin is ultimately responsible for this war and all of the negative outcomes that happen because of it, but the US president could have made better decisions to restrain Putin. Americans need to provide a solution to help Ukraine out of this situation.

The USA is providing Ukraine with weapons and monetary support, and the USA along with all of our allies, has sanctioned Russia, but that's not enough to deter Russia. Those decisions were made by the centrists in the US Congress, not the US president. Congress passed legislation requiring the president and his administration to give Ukraine weapons and monetary support. Congress also passed legislation requiring US sanctions on Russia. The president and his administration have no choice but to do what Congress requires them to do. The decisions made by the US Congress have proven to be the best decisions regarding this conflict thus far, unlike the decisions coming from the executive branch.

The US administration is claiming it's going to be a long war in Ukraine, and that Americans and the rest of the world have to be patient and wait for the economic sanctions to work on Russia. They insist the sanctions will cripple the Russian economy, and Ukraine will prevail while Russia fails. The remarks are encouraging, but I am not so convinced that the outcome they are promising is guaranteed. The same administration that is telling us that we have to prepare for a long war in Ukraine, is also claiming the USA did not act fast enough against Hitler. I honestly see no difference between Putin and Hitler. Both Putin and Hitler were leaders of totalitarian regimes that believe might is right. Both committed war crimes and gross human rights violations. Both were supported by the German Social Democrats, the current party in power in Germany, and the US president continues to align his foreign policies with them. That's problematic.

I believe the waiting game is a losing game. Both the far-left and far-right extremists are trying to persuade Americans that they should stop supporting Ukraine. They both want to force Ukraine to negotiate a peace deal with Russia, which would only result in Russia taking more territory from Ukraine. The longer we wait, the more likely the extremists' view could gain ground in the USA and this could lead to waning support from the USA. Ukraine will fail without the USA's support. Besides, Obama and Biden already tried the peace deal after Russia annexed the Crimea from Ukraine. That did not bring peace. It brought a long, drawn out conflict that eventually lead to more aggression from Russia. Apparently Russia thought they could continue on this war path with the Biden Administration in power. They certainly did not waste any time trying to do so. They thought it was going to be more of the same inaction from this administration. And it probably would have been without the strong influence of centrists in the US Congress. The best solution is to end the war immediately and peacefully before the political dynamics in the USA and Europe change. Becoming an unincorporated territory of the USA is the most effective way for Ukraine to do that with the least amount of destruction, the least costs, and the least loss of life, while also maintaining their territorial integrity. I hope they at least consider this proposition. It's the best solution we have for them.

Conscientious Capitalism

I don’t subscribe to the far-left worldview or Marxist ideology. I don’t believe in the class struggle. In fact, my political goal is to liberate the working-class from that mentality. I believe it’s that mentality that is holding the working-class down, not the upper class, the business class or the modern-day bourgeoise.

I am pro-business. I believe the purpose of a business is to improve the world in some way. The goal of the entrepreneur is to solve world problems through creative business solutions. We don’t expect the government to do this. Politicians are really not that creative to be honest. They don’t have groundbreaking ideas or solutions. It is up to us to come up with those. No one else can or will.

Entrepreneurs, scientists, and artists are the true creatives in society. They invent or dream up groundbreaking ideas and solutions and then manifest these solutions by creating new businesses. Solving some world problem is the sole purpose of the business. Of course the business must create a profit, but that’s not the sole purpose of a business. The ability of the business to create a profit is the metric that determines if the business solution is effective. Profit is the metric that signifies how much value you are creating for your customers and the world in general. It signifies how much society likes or approves of your business solution.

The more profit a business makes, the more value they generate for the world. And in turn, the business and individuals involved in the business, accumulate wealth and capital. They are being rewarded for the brilliant solutions they have created, and this in turn allows them to create more brilliant business solutions and to solve more world problems. This is the logic behind low business taxes. We believe that the capital should remain in the hands of the entrepreneurs, not politicians. We believe that the entrepreneurs that have proven they can create brilliant solutions that society values, deserve to keep as much of their profit as possible so they can use it to continue to create new solutions, start more businesses, solve more world problems, and invest in others that have brilliant ideas.

Human rights should always come first before profit. Violating human rights should never be considered an acceptable business solution, and it should never be considered an acceptable solution to any world problem. If the business violates human rights in the name of profit, their business solution is creating problems rather than solving problems, and therefore they no longer have a legitimate purpose. Any business that puts profit above human rights, needs to be shut down and dissolved. The role of government and politicians are to create legislation that ensures that every entity in society — all businesses, all individuals and all of the organisations within the government — are respecting human rights.

I refer to this worldview as conscientious capitalism. This is how a conscientious capitalist society should function. This is the society we want to live in. This is the ideal we will continue to pursue.

Billie Pate Presents the Second Sex at Pate Projects in Paris

On the occasion of Paris+ par Art Basel, Billie Pate presents The Second Sex at Pate Projects in Paris, France from October 21 - December 24. Join us on Friday, October 21, for a night of music, dance, drinks and more.

The line-up includes an exhibition, The Second Sex, by artist Billie Pate, a soundscape and late-night DJ set by Soleil, a conversation about women's rights between Billie Pate and Soleil, and a performance called Thank God for Abortion.

Libations courtesy Perrier and Food of the Gods.

Currently Reading

📖 The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt

Social Media Censorship

Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Scott Rosenberg and many of the other bros in the tech industry would like you to believe that social media companies are just moderating social media content to protect you and society from the “bad guys” like terrorists, pedophiles, or MAGA. The reality is that they are trying to control the conversation, shape society according to their ideal, and censor anyone that does not fall in line with that ideal.

I know this from my own experience. I have had an account on Twitter since 2008. For several years, all I ever posted about was traveling, music, emerging technology, art, films and other silly commentary, mostly about my bisexuality. I was really young. Twitter was ok with that.

But I matured. I became an adult and a successful entrepreneur. I became a fiercely independent woman and an advocate for women’s rights. Essentially, I became the kind of woman tech bros really don’t like.

I developed a new political perspective and my own political opinions that were no longer in line with the far-left. My new perspective was not extremist, and it was certainly not conservative — it was center-left and moderate. I became an extremely vocal advocate for privacy and human rights. I became severely critical of the tech industry and surveillance capitalism. For obvious reasons, tech bros do not like criticism of the industry they rely on. They thrive on the surveillance capitalist business model and ecosystem like parasites. But the real problem for them was that I also became somewhat influential in political circles. That’s when Twitter banned me.

“Required reading for @ElonMusk https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/10/putin-nuclear-weapons-threat-us-sanctions-military/671642/“

That was my final tweet before Elon Musk announced the very next day that he finally decided to buy Twitter, and I found out that my account was suspended. I received an email stating I was banned from the platform for violating the rules, even though I have never violated any of their rules. The tweet is obviously not a violation of the Twitter Rules or the User Agreement. Denying services, even free ones, to customers over their perceived political beliefs, race, gender, or any other social category is discrimination. And by suspending a user's account, Twitter is insinuating that the individual is engaged in malicious activity - that's defamation.

We are outraged that Big Tech bros believe they have the right to control the conversation and violate our fundamental human right to free speech. We are outraged that our elected representatives in Congress refuse to stand up for our fundamental human rights. We are creating a new social media platform to protect free speech, one whose algorithms will be designed to help the freethinkers reshape our society. We are also creating a new political party and we will replace our elected representatives with new ones that have not been corrupted by Big Tech lobbying. We want politicians that are committed to protecting all of our fundamental human rights, including free speech. We will not allow anyone to take control of the conversation. We will not be silenced. xo

Update:

I find it interesting that Elon Musk has recently claimed he would lift the suspension on all Twitter user accounts that were not breaking the law. My account suspension has still not been lifted, even though I did not use Twitter to break the law. I have never broken the law on or off Twitter for that matter. Yet Elon Musk has himself used Twitter to break the law. He was charged with fraud by the SEC, specifically because of his tweets. He used Twitter to break the law and yet his account is still active. See you in court Elon Musk.

The serious problem here, which is well-documented by Politico and other news outlets, is that a social media account, specifically Twitter, is required in politics these days. All US politicians use it, and they claim it’s impossible to start a career in US politics now without one. So Twitter is essentially deciding who can and can not have a career in politics simply by suspending accounts, which they claim they can do for any reason they want. No company, US or otherwise, no billionaire, and no foreign investors, such as the Saudi Royal Family, can have the right to decide who can or can not have a career in US politics. It’s not just a threat to our fundamental human rights, when foreign investors are involved, it becomes a national security threat as well. We will have to force the company to shut down and dissolve.

Currently Reading

📖 The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir