Archive for April, 2006

From the front lines…

Congrats to Morrigan and Jeffersoniantoo on finding and moving to their little piece of gulch heaven – and kudos for all they've accomplished there in such a short time so far!

Nice to hear from people who are out there gettin' it done. I've really been enjoying an occasional read to keep up with their progress.

Morrigan's blog is Road Kill Cafe at the MYOB Gulch. Jefftoo's own New Freedom Blog is also an excellent read.

April 28, 2006 at 5:47 pm Leave a comment

How NOT to choose a gulch property!

Good grief. Property owners’ associations are bad enough, especially in the country where you’re not bothering anyone. But this (link in post title, thanks to James Wesley Rawles at http://www.SurvivalBlog.com) is ridiculous.

April 26, 2006 at 1:08 pm Leave a comment

Bravissimo, Mr. Shaffer!

This (link in post title) is why I’ve chosen to be an Outlaw. When grasping hypocrites such as these are calling the shots and making the laws, I damned well want to be part of the opposition.

We do not pay sufficient attention to the fact that statists are less interested in either the substance of their specific “problems,” or the merits of their proposed solutions, than in retaining and aggrandizing control over the lives of others. We spend far too much of our time giving credence to statists’ issues by making reasoned or empirical responses to their proposals, and too little time addressing the underlying power ambitions. Though some of their fellow travelers doubtless care about the merits of the policies, the statists’ principal concern is to advance a tenable case for extended state control. I am not suggesting that their proposals go unchallenged, but that we understand them as fungible expressions of a deeper need for power.

(emphasis mine)

Butler Shaffer is a writer of amazing ability and perception. I take my Cavalier hat off to him once again.

April 26, 2006 at 11:12 am 1 comment

Gulching to become trendy???

Fascinating article (found via SurvivalBlog.com, link in post title) about the coming death of faith in government to provide “security,” and how people are likely to handle this responsibility themselves.

Security will become a function of where you live and whom you work for, much as health care is allocated already. Wealthy individuals and multinational corporations will be the first to bail out of our collective system, opting instead to hire private military companies, such as Blackwater and Triple Canopy, to protect their homes and facilities and establish a protective perimeter around daily life. Parallel transportation networks–evolving out of the time-share aircraft companies such as Warren Buffett’s NetJets–will cater to this group, leapfrogging its members from one secure, well-appointed lily pad to the next.

Members of the middle class will follow, taking matters into their own hands by forming suburban collectives (ed. note – ooh, poor choice of term from a gulcher’s point of view) to share the costs of security–as they do now with education–and shore up delivery of critical services. These “armored suburbs” will deploy and maintain backup generators and communications links; they will be patrolled by civilian police auxiliaries that have received corporate training and boast their own state-of-the-art emergency-response systems. As for those without the means to build their own defense, they will have to make do with the remains of the national system. They will gravitate to America’s cities, where they will be subject to ubiquitous surveillance and marginal or nonexistent services. For the poor, there will be no other refuge.

About the author:
John Robb was a mission commander for a “black” counterterrorism unit that worked with Delta Force and Seal Team 6 before becoming the first Internet analyst at Forrester Research and a key architect in the rise of Web logs and RSS. He is writing a book on the logic of terrorism.

Sounds like a guy worth listening to. Friends, we might be leading the wave of the future! Excellent opportunities ahead – right now we’re at that ground-floor window! – for viable gulcher businesses that will support us in living free, as we assist others to do the same.

April 5, 2006 at 8:27 am Leave a comment

Security outlaws – wave of the future?

Fascinating article (found via SurvivalBlog.com, link in post title) about the coming death of faith in government to provide “security,” and how people are likely to handle this responsibility themselves.

Security will become a function of where you live and whom you work for, much as health care is allocated already. Wealthy individuals and multinational corporations will be the first to bail out of our collective system, opting instead to hire private military companies, such as Blackwater and Triple Canopy, to protect their homes and facilities and establish a protective perimeter around daily life. Parallel transportation networks–evolving out of the time-share aircraft companies such as Warren Buffett’s NetJets–will cater to this group, leapfrogging its members from one secure, well-appointed lily pad to the next.

Members of the middle class will follow, taking matters into their own hands by forming suburban collectives to share the costs of security–as they do now with education–and shore up delivery of critical services. These “armored suburbs” will deploy and maintain backup generators and communications links; they will be patrolled by civilian police auxiliaries that have received corporate training and boast their own state-of-the-art emergency-response systems. As for those without the means to build their own defense, they will have to make do with the remains of the national system. They will gravitate to America’s cities, where they will be subject to ubiquitous surveillance and marginal or nonexistent services. For the poor, there will be no other refuge.

About the author:
John Robb was a mission commander for a “black” counterterrorism unit that worked with Delta Force and Seal Team 6 before becoming the first Internet analyst at Forrester Research and a key architect in the rise of Web logs and RSS. He is writing a book on the logic of terrorism.

Sounds like a guy who knows what he’s talking about.

April 5, 2006 at 8:19 am Leave a comment


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