The gulcher’s thought process

August 11, 2006 at 3:51 pm 1 comment

This post is going to be a bit disjointed, I think. But I’ve got some vaguely connected thoughts on the subject that want to get out of my brain and into cyberspace…

A gulch is a place where…

  • one stores needed supplies to last a certain length of time, until…
  • one has arranged to produce as many of those supplies as possible once that initial time runs out
  • one has made contacts with other likeminded folks to band together in the interests of future production, trade, and the defense of the produce, its means of production, and its producers
  • one can enjoy the fruits of one’s labor, and life at the pace of nature, free from those who do not choose this way of life.

Why? We know that we need nature and nature’s bounty in order to survive and to thrive. We know that life is a struggle with nature, and that successful freedom in life means making our peace with nature. We know, as Rose Wilder Lane pointed out in The Discovery of Freedom, that struggling to thrive against the forces of nature is the purpose of men, and in living that purpose, men gain the kind of self-respect that insists upon liberty. Or, as Gene Logsdon wrote in The Contrary Farmer, “Self-sufficient people never favor the taxes that allow governments to become totalitarian.”

Gulchers are people who love and need freedom so much that they’re willing – even glad – to work hard to build it for themselves. To make tough choices and take on “hardships” -ones most people nowadays wouldn’t dream of making or taking on – like growing their own food and producing their own power where possible, to avoid being dependent on distribution grids and networks over which they have no control.

But those who don’t choose this way of life have a strange way of appreciating its wisdom when things get interesting. A lot of them think that because you did prepare for trouble ahead, you owe them something because they didn’t bother. And some of them will use any means at their disposal to grab your stuff.

We’re headed for times that will take us back to lawless ways of life…Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath showed us that, and it won’t even take more than a couple of days to get really bad.

Think of the gulcher’s perspective, then, as sustainability with an attitude – and a few firearms. 😉


Entry filed under: Gulching, Uncategorized.

Walt’s Gulch – Gotta love it! Tagged again…

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. morrigan  |  August 12, 2006 at 8:17 am

    Think of the gulcher’s perspective, then, as sustainability with an attitude – and a few firearms.

    I love the way you stated that, because that is exactly the way I feel about it.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed

Recent Posts