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Farm supression in Michigan

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Well folks, I am just going to apologize upfront.  I am about to intentionally fail in a mission that I set for myself, and I am ok with that.  When I started this blog, I knew that it could very easily just turn into a mindless bitch session about things that irritate me, and I didn’t want it to.  So I made it my goal to provide only useful information or uplifting thoughts as much as I could.  I think most days this leads to a good product for you all to enjoy.

Today is not going to be one of those days.  Today I am angry, and since addressing that anger at those people that rightfully deserve it would probably count as sending threatening letters, I will take care of that here, in my own forum.

So what’s going on?

The township of Williamstown in Michigan has broken it’s word to a resident.  The government lied to you, shocker.  This woman was specifically looking for a place that she could homestead.  She wanted to have the dream that I have, and the dream that many of us have, of being able to raise her own food.  Before she bought her property, she checked with the township.  They said her property would be fine for what she wanted to do.  Shockingly enough, they have decided to go against their own rules, and have ordered her to cease operation.  This family is doing what more of us should, she is fighting back.

There is really no need for me to recount the issue in it’s entirety.  You can read an article from the Lansing Post here, as well as a detailed blog from Jessica Hudon here.  At least read the blog post, she does an excellent job of explaining all that she has worked on.

Have we really come so far as a country, that we are actively seeking to punish people for doing the right thing?  This isn’t about shouting dirty words in public, or hanging up paintings with feces, or smoking dope in the street, or any of that other bullshit that gets the fake freedom lovers up and waving.  To them freedom isn’t about being free, it’s about being shocking.  If you have shocked someone, you are a protected class.

No, this is about actual freedom.  It’s about the freedom to do as you please with your own property.  A tenant that used to be sacred in this country.  It’s about the freedom to feed ourselves and our families as we see fit.  It’s about the freedom to live independent of a system of control.  Control on the very food that we put into our mouths.  Food that is purposely being tampered with.  Food that is more and more proving toxic to the very people that are supposed to be nourished by it.

This is not an isolated incident.  A front yard garden was destroyed in Tulsa Oklahoma, despite being up to code.  This was a sick woman who used the fresh foods to treat a variety of ailments of hers.  A friend of my very own community, Witch’s Way Homestead, was just forced to give up her animals.  A woman who was using these animals to help pull herself and those around here off of food stamps.  Isn’t that what this country is all about?  Pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and improving your life?

This is what we are left with?  A government that is so lost in it’s own self delusion that it reckons itself the infinite master of all time and space?  Governments all across the country are flat broke.  They can’t afford the games they insist on playing, yet they are addicted to the power.  They simply cannot stop.  To stop would admit that they are irrelevant, and they we were able to survive for hundreds of years without the programs they insist we need.

We are at the very fragile beginnings of an American Renaissance.   We are remembering who we are, and what we came from.  We are remembering what it was like to do for ourselves, and look out over a field of our own accomplishment.  We are remembering what it was like to be free, and you know what, a good many of us are willing to fight for it.

So what can you do?

Well, if I can’t be positive today, I can at least give an attack strategy.  This family is setting up a rural homesteaders legal defense fund.  If they get the township to back down, they will use the money for others in a similar situation.  You can donate here, I already did.  You can also go here, to find the contact information for the township’s leadership.  I suggest a polite, but scathing email to these petty tyrants, whether you choose to donate or not.

Lastly, reach out to others of like mind in these communities, and fight back.  This is a fight for our very way of life, and we need to quit laying back and taking it.  This isn’t about backyard hens or raw milk anymore.  This is about petty tyrants trying to control how we live.  We cannot sit here and let this happen.  Lets stand up and punch these jerks in the nose.  The more victories we win, the easier they become to win.  A snowball effect of freedom.

We need to remember.  None of us stand alone.  Every citizen in a sovereign republic needs to be a sentinel of freedom, for a fight for freedom anywhere is a fight for freedom everywhere.  I am watching, and I am fighting.  Stand with me.

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Why are we always asking permission to be free?

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I had actually had something completely different in mind for writing today, but I got side tracked when I saw a story floating around on some of our friend’s Facebook pages.  The state of South Carolina, in it’s infinite wisdom, decided to uphold a law making it legal to buy raw milk.  You can read the whole thing here, if you haven’t seen it already.

Now don’t get me wrong, I think it’s good that the residents of South Carolina still have this option.  A good friend of our’s runs a milk share program here in the Tucson area, and I am very glad it is legal in the state of Arizona (as well as Washington and Idaho).  I think raw milk is excellent for your health, and it happens to be delicious when its not harvested in the hot as hell part of the summer here.  Yet this article still made me angry instead of happy.

I am not invasive

I am not invasive

We have seen so much in the news in recent months and years about the raw milk struggle, or the Michigan DNR pig fiasco, or front yard gardens, etc.  We are doing things we know to be right in the universe, but we are being punished by those aligned against us, that for whatever reason, feel they have the right to dictate whats going on in our lives.

Bulldoze this

Bulldoze this

So we decide that we have had enough.  We band together to fight for a woman who has had her front yard garden destroyed without her consent by a busy body city.  For a person who had their car towed because it was too old and run down to stay in the driveway.  For the person that wants to send a hand-packed lunch to school instead of buying a plate of processed crap.  We get angry. make signs, make phones calls, all in the hopes of GETTING SOME RANDOM BUREAUCRAT TO AGREE WITH US.

These mind numbed functionaries think of you as little children, and they are the enlightened adults that know best what you should do in your own life.  By constantly trying to fight these things in the court systems, we are agreeing with them.  We have ceded our rights to someone that doesn’t deserve them.  They are not our superiors, they are only men and women.  Men and women who feel the need to regulate everything in your life so you conform to a little gray mold and in the end we will all be the same.

So what do we do?

Stop looking to the government and the courts to say something is OK.  If you want to drink raw milk, go get a damn cow and drink it.  If you can’t own one, find someone who does.  Cows make a ton of milk, trust me, there is some laying around somewhere.  Go buy it or barter for it.

You want a front yard garden?  Go plant the hell out of your front yard.  Build raised beds, plant fedges, plant fruit trees.  Plant as many sharp and prickly plants as you can along the edges, make sure that anyone coming in to trespass knows they just got beat up by a plant.

You want backyard chickens, go get you some chickens.  Build a nice coop in the backyard.  Share some eggs with your neighbours.  Offer them some chicken compost if they garden or have any trees.

We keep waiting for permission from mommy and daddy government to go out and live our lives.  They have only as much power as we are willing to give them, and the moment we stand up and realize that, the sooner we will win.  Governments love nothing more than for us to isolate ourselves away from each other, because then we feel weak.  If there is one thing writing this blog, and running my Facebook page has taught me, it’s that we are not alone, and we are not weak.  If they wanna fight, we will give em one, and they will lose.

These governments that stand for so much petty parental interference aren’t even the vibrant monstrosities they were a few decades ago.  They are broke.  How many cities aren’t running a deficit each year?  How many aren’t laying off police?  Or working 4 days to keep the lights on?  Or turning off street lights to save power?  They literally cannot afford to be this petty.  They cannot afford to arrest all of us.  So stop worrying about whether your little crumb of freedom will be doled out from the bureaucracy, go out with the whole loaf, and hold it high.  Light a fire of freedom for everyone to see.  The most important thing you can do is live your life as a sovereign citizen of this grand republic, and that will make you freer than overturning any law or ordinance.

The satisfaction of doing it yourself

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Greetings once again from sunny Florida where hopefully I am enjoying myself, but probably not so much.

I have learned something in the last few weeks, and its something that I suspect was once common knowledge, and has been lost.  These is a tremendous satisfaction in building or doing things for yourself.  I feel that this is a thread that has been lost in our culture, and I think it affects our personal and national pride.

In the last few weeks, I have planted two trees in my yard.  I have installed a coyote catcher on my fence.  Jenn and I have been raising baby chickens.  I tore down a garden structure.  Jenn planted a bunch of food plants.  Lastly, just this morning (as of writing) I finished building a goat house in my yard.  The goat house was the very first time I envisioned a structure in my mind, and was able to create it wholly in the world.  When I get back from Florida, I plan on building some square-foot gardens and a chicken coop.

I have never done any of this before.  In the past, my solution would have been to pay someone else do it, or to not do it at all.  I would never have known the satisfaction working with my own hands.  It creates such an energy in your soul.  To go out into the sun, and sweat from honest labor is a new experience for me. Its energizing and invigorating in a way I never imagined.

How many people have also gone their entire lives and never built anything?  They take pride in how much they pay the gardener, the baby sitter and the maid.  They don’t know how to change their spark plugs, change a tire, put in a post, frame out a wall, or even to trim a tree.  Whats the worst thing that can happen?  Get out there and do it.  Facebook will still be there when you are done.

What the hell happened to us?  We are the lost children of the same great nation that reached across two oceans to crush fascism, settled a continent, split the atom, touched the moon, and once built the best of everything in the world.  We were a nation of pioneers that went and settled where no European, and sometimes no man at all, had ever seen before.  We settled a great nation, and built ourselves up from nothing, to stand strong enough to spit in the face of our colonial masters.  If we couldn’t do it, it couldn’t be done.

That great soul still lies within us, if we only know where to look.  I felt a fleeting touch of it this week as I built and worked.  I know that somewhere inside of me lies the rest of it.  I want to find it, channel it, and live it.  I will go forward, unafraid to fail, because I know it will make me stronger.  Its out there for everyone, you just have to reach for it.

Doesn’t that feel like it’s missing from this country?  We are now a nation without purpose, and I believe one reason is because we don’t build anymore.  We have a generation that takes pride on doing nothing.  They go to school to avoid working.  They look for an office job because they are afraid of working with their hands.  They bitch that the government doesn’t take care of them enough because they don’t want to work too hard.  Go tell your grandfather that sweated for 12 hours a day in a steel mill, or worked from sun up to sun down on a farm, that you can just hire someone.  He would whoop your ass.

We don’t stand tall anymore, because we don’t believe that we can overcome any challenge anymore.  Whether as a nation, or in our own lives, we walk softly, but we dropped the big stick.  Stop paying everyone else to do for you, get out there and do it yourself.  We do so many things to fill the void inside of us, whether its sex, drugs or rock and roll.  Maybe we should actually build something to fill that void, and maybe make the world better while we do it.

A Changing View of Career in America

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I have, what is at the moment a completely wild guess about our economy.  I am going to flesh it out, and we will wait to see if I am right long term.  If I am right, I think it means good things for our country going forward.  If I am wrong, then I fear it means we have wasted a golden opportunity to change our culture.

I saw an article, which by the time you read this will be about three weeks old, stating that the workforce participation in the United States is the lowest since 1981.  Lets just take that at face value, since I have no way to personally verify that knowledge.  Setting aside all of the bellyaching about unemployment at 8.1%.  If you lost your job recently and are struggling, I am sorry.  I have been unemployed, it sucks.  I would also recommend you truck on down to your local Sonic, McDonald’s or Target.  All three are always hiring, and working is much better than sitting on your ass.  Its much easier to work into a better position when you are up and pumping.

So on the surface, that statistic is supposed to sound dire and scary.  After all, if fewer people are working, then the wheels of the economy will grind to a halt.  How can we possibly go on unless every adult between the ages of 18 and 65 is engaged full time in running the corporate machines that drive this country?

It will go on, just as it did before 1981.  This horrible phenomenon of both adults in a household working is relatively new in history.  Lets take a look at some Bureau of Labor Statistics findings.  Call them up and take a look, I found it fascinating.  Short version, in 1950, only 30% of women of all ages worked outside them home, in 2000, it was 47%. So that’s where I am coming from, and I will stop with the statistics now.  If you really want more, the numbers are out there.

I am beginning to wonder, if perhaps my generation is starting to shift how we view careers and family.  To the previous generation, it was just assumed that both people should work.  Kids were left in daycare, and parents went off to chase the corporate dream.  We were all told that our happiness lay in stuff, not in each other.  Now, I see many people I went to school with, having a stay at home mom with the kids.  In my own life, we were able to realize the dream of having my wife not have to work.  Sure, we have traded some plastic trappings to make that a reality, but we are both happier.

What if this current phenomenon in unemployment is not caused by true lack of work, but by people realizing the bill of goods we were sold?  What if following the college path straight into a cubical isn’t the American dream after all?  What if our happiness isn’t measured in a series of digits in a bank account, but in the beauty we can create with hearth and home?

Time never moves in a straight line.  It is a constant flow of action and reaction.  Thesis creates anti-thesis and moves forward, endlessly churning between two extremes.  The 1950s, often seen as the ideal white picket era, was created by the children of the roaring 20s.  The parallels between 2000-2010 and the 2os are almost uncanny.  Won’t our children move forward and create a new idealistic family era?

So my guess America, is that we will continue to see the labor participation drop.  We will see more focus on the home and family.  At first out of economic necessity, but then later out of an appreciation for what it brings to our culture. Yes, much damage has been done to ourselves, but we can still heal.  That is my great dream.  That we will rediscover what has been robbed from us, and we gain what is truly of value.

Why you are a Libertarian (whether you know it or not).

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What do you think of when you think of a libertarian?  If you are a statist, you probably think of a bomb flinging anarchist.  If you are a conservative, you see someone who wants to pass out pot to gay people on their way to getting married.  If you are a liberal, you see someone who uses their knife to pull the trigger on their gun while they run over homeless people they refuse to help.

No matter what you thought of. you are wrong.  If you think you are anything other than a libertarian, you missed the point.  You are a libertarian, whether you know it or not.  The sooner we get more people to realize that truth, the better off we will be. Check out this quick quiz.  Its only 10 questions, just check it out.

Libertarianism is the true art of finding common ground, by respecting all peoples as equal.  A less eloquent way to put it is, you are free to swing your fist as hard as you want, until you connect with someone.  Libertarians believe that all men are born free, and created equal.  No matter what it is you want to do, you have the freedom to do so, as long as it doesn’t harm others.  Doesn’t that sound like something we could use more of in this country?

That sounds so simple, people tend to think it won’t work.  Yet what issues won’t that solve?  If you want to live gay, go for it, it’s none of the governments business.  If you want to do drugs, go for it.  As long as you don’t endanger anyone else.  By the way, we already have that function for alcohol.  If you want to own a big gun, go for it.  If you hurt someone with it, you are going away for a long time.

This works for every issue, I simply chose to use some of the most divisive and politically charged issues I could think of.  We have convinced ourselves that we know better how our neighbor should live their life, that we try to use government to enforce our values on someone else.  Who gave us the right to dictate what someone does in their own home?  Do you want the government coming in to your living room and telling you what to do?  Of course not.

Thats why I know that in our souls, each of us is a Libertarian.  Because none of us want someone else telling us what to do.  If you believe that you should be free to do whatever you want, but someone else should be restricted, then that makes you a hypocrite.  When explained simply, Libertarianism isn’t a unified philosophy.  In fact, getting libertarians to agree is like herding cats down a hall way.  Yet it works, because its most basic tenet is the freedom to live your life by your own code as long as it hurts no one else.  That is the core of tribal philosophy, and we need to start remembering that.  So much energy is wasted in trying to get others to conform to an ideal not their own.  Every day we either become more free, or less free.  Isn’t it about time we became more free.

Politics is not the solution, People are.

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I am no longer a political junkie.  Nor will I ever be a political blogger, so before you click screaming from this post.  Hear me out.  This isn’t about which clown will take the oath he intends to break before he steps down off the platform.  This is about why things are going to have to change, and why that change has made my life better.  I bet if you look for these examples in your own life, you will find them too.

We are, at least in America, hip deep in the latest election cycle.  By the way, that cycle apparently starts immediately after the inauguration, since people have been lining up to run since 2008.  Well, actually its the same people that ran in 2008, but that proves my point.  With all of these clowns running, when was the last time you heard anything different from them?  More importantly, when you heard something different, when was the last time anything changed?  Do we really believe that going out and punching a button next to a D or an R will make a difference?  Judge Andrew Napalitano spells this out better than I ever could.  I heard the audio the other day, but I had to link to the video instead.  Personally I find the video distracting, but his speech is spot on.  Whether you agree with him or not, its worth the 5:00 to listen.

So why did I just say I don’t care about politics, and then talk about it?  Because it was the easiest way to illustrate a point.  We as a people, are told to isolate ourselves more and more away from “the others”.  We are trapped into believing that there are only ever two sides to each issue.  Do we tax the rich, or do we throw old people into the landfill?  Do we bomb Syria, or will Hezzbollah run rampant down the streets of New York?  Do we drill oil directly through a caribou skull, or do we ban all cars and plastic entirely?  Do we ban recreational drugs, or will our youth all curl up in a ball in the basement listening to Pink Floyd?  We are trapped in the great lie of dichotomy (a little over an hour, good to listen to on a commute).

Those examples are all extreme, and you can see right through them.  How many in your life can’t you see through?  I myself was one of the biggest culprits of this.  I believe God gives us the ability to see right from wrong, and to me those two extremes shall never meet.  My moral compass is black and white.  What I have learned though, is that people are not.  I thank God for bringing me to Tucson.  It was here that I learned that although a persons actions can be judged, the people themselves are more fluid.

Here in Tucson I learned that hippies have some awesome ideas about food.  Local and natural really is better.  I learned that not all Muslims want to blow up schools full of children.  I am in fact good friends with one.  I learned that not all potheads are lazy.  One in fact started his own company and works harder than I do.  I learned that Republicans can be just as bad at running a government as democrats.  I was forced to expose myself to new types of people, and that changed my perspective on myself and everyone else.

Reach out to others that you would normally shun.  Worst case scenario, you have a fruitless conversation.  I believe deep down, despite whats on the surface, we are all Libertarians.  I will prove that later this week.  Instead of focusing on the 10% where we disagree.  Focus on the 90% we have in common.  There is a very thin thread between a commune hippy and a survivalist.  Maybe instead of hating each other, we can share rain water harvesting techniques.  If you just spend time in your little box, the walls will start to close in on you.  When we demonize each other, the only ones who win is government.  Just ask the Untermenschen in the corner.

The Coming Tribal Future

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Why the tribal future?  What does it mean?

Nations have reached the peak of their evolution, and will once again begin to backslide.  There are only 3 forms of organization that are capable of moving forward into the future.  That’s because it is in their best interest to perpetuate the group.

You may ask, why doesn’t a nation make the list?  Nation states as we know them are fairly new innovations.  Even as recently as our founding documents, wise men knew that for a nation to succeed it must be broken up into little chunks.  We were meant to be small states working together, not a giant blithering federal colossus.   A nation cannot succeed long term because given time, the rulers will no longer be affected by the destruction of its people.  Do we really think Washington cares if unemployment hits 20%?  As long as they can continue to get elected, they will be quite content to sell us down the river.  So nations in this form cannot survive forever.

Instead there are three forms that can move forward, again, in some form:

The corporation – Love them or hate them, it’s in a corporations best interest to survive.  Its how they continue to make money.  A corporation, when left to its own devices, will do everything in its power to ensure it continues.  Part of that is ensuring the health and success of employees and customers.

A church –  Churches exist to convert others to their cause for the purpose of the salvation of their souls.  Thus even though individual faithful are capable of self sacrifice, the creed will continue on.  This is not a negative indictment of the faith.  It is my duty as an evangelical Christian to convert others to my ways, for their own salvation.  Further discussion on that is for another day, the point here is that they will continue indefinitely.

The tribe – It is in everyones best interest to work together, because it allows the group as a whole to survive.  Families, neighbors and community working together, towards common goals, to solve common problems.  The local nature and close knit community allows this to be achieved without coercion, because if it doesn’t get done, everyone is affected.  This isn’t mindless altruism, its self preservation.

I believe this is the future we are heading towards, and I believe that because all issues of survival have to be handled locally.

A shift is coming.  Whether it means war, depression, pandemic, or betrayal, we will be forced to rely on ourselves rather than on a giant sustaining infrastructure.  Rather than staring at our neighbors over a picket fence and calling code enforcement on him, we might have to build a barn together.  Rather than driving to Safeway and picking up some bleach bread and corn products, we might have to harvest our own apples.  Rather than a corn fed steak, it might be Bambi burgers.  When that happens, we will have to work together, and work tribally to survive.

I believe a tribal future is coming.  Thats why I embarked on this paleo diet.  For me its about getting ready.  Its about testing the boundaries of what is common knowledge.  Its a test of faith in myself.  Its about learning new ways to survive.

Yet what if I am wrong?  What if I learn how to build things again, grow my own food, bond with my tribe, and learn to do for myself, and nothing happens?  Did I not still enrich my life?

As someone I respect says, survivalism is about making life better if times get tough, or even if the don’t.  Reach out now.  Start learning new things.  The world is so much deeper than the media would have you believe.  Start forming that tribe now, so that you, and we, can move into the future together.  Walk my path with me, or walk your own, but get up and walk.