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Episode-1533- 12 Guideposts to Lifestyle Design

free-libertySome people say that The Survival Podcast could be called the Homestead Podcast or even The Permaculture Podcast, but I don’t agree.  We talk about a lot more than those topics.  Those are just two tools we use to accomplish the goal of individual liberty.

Today I am giving you 12 guideposts to lifestyle design.  I was going to call them 12 rules but since I am such a fan of breaking rules that seemed incongruent.

Each of us wants things in our life, most of us also want things OUR of our lives.  Survival is just the start, most get into prepping due to perceived dangers about threats to our way of life, but what about our way of life itself.  If we are to preserve it, should we not also seek to make it something worth preserving.

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  • Know why you believe what you believe
  • Know that you might be wrong
  • Live to never regret that you were not your one true self
  • Know that what you do matters in ways you will never know
  • Know your destination and then chart your course
  • Break rules smartly and effectively
  • Look for opportunities in every obstacle
  • Never confuse education with school
  • Develop income streams independent of employment
  • Stay true to your moral principles but understand reality
  • Realize the only person you control is you, and that is by design
  • Give all you have, leave nothing on the table, make your dash matter

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1531- From Revolution to Insurrection

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Yes it may be time for a new theme song, “The Insurrection is You”? Not sure on that in practice but perhaps in principle it is a better way of thinking.

One thing I said in my talk at PermaCulture voices near the end was that, “The time for revolution has past, they had a chance to surrender….A revolution is a transfer in power from one group of leaders to another group of leaders, an insurrection is a transfer of power from those in power into the hands of the insurrectionists themselves, and that is you, take it back, take it all back.”

I am now trying to determine a multi phased attack strategy to do just that, take it all back and a strategy that works with 7th generational thinking.

I look at it this way, no one is going to fix it, no one is going to save us and those in power have no incentive to change things. In other words, “an honest man recognizes a rigged game and seeks his entertainment elsewhere”.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • The Mechanisms of Control
    • Fear and anger
    • Other people are scary
    • You need us
    • You are right and everyone else is the problem
  • The Areas of Material Control
    • Food
    • Water
    • Money
    • Information
    • Housing
    • Energy
    • Travel
  • Areas of Immaterial Control
    • Interpersonal relationships
    • Conflict resolution
    • The death of tribalism
    • Imaginary rules (false customs)
    • Education
  • Taking it All Back, Not Some, All
    • You first, your choice how you live
    • Withdraw support
    • Accept the required interactive edges
    • Move all immaterial control items to the new “Cloud City”
  • The Reality
    • You will not see the full fruits of your labor in your lifetime
    • I am not in control, this isn’t my movement
    • Today’s outline is vastly incomplete, that is great!
    • Take control or be controlled, there’s no option C!

Resources for today’s show…

Bob Wells Plant of the Week – The 4 in 1 Fruit Salad Tree is adaptable from zone 6 to zone 9  It is a Multiple-budded fruit tree on Nemaguard rootstock, with 4 of the following varieties:

Polly White Peach, Harcot Apricot, Harken Peach, Harco Nectarine, Superior Plum.

If you need more variety from a limited space? The multiple-budded fruit tree is the answer! Multiple-budded fruit trees will give you several fine selections of tree-ripened fruit from the space of a single tree.

Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com – Bob Wells Nursery specializes in anything edible: Fruit trees, Berry Plants, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Trees.

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Episode-1434- Ben Hewitt on Unschooling aka Immersion Learning

Ben's sons Rye and Fin in a Real World "Classroom"

Ben’s sons Rye and Fin in a Real World “Classroom”

Ben Hewitt was born and raised in northern Vermont, where he currently lives on a 40-acre diversified hill farm with his wife, Penny, and two sons, Fin and Rye.

Fin and Rye sons are educated at home in the context of a life-learning process known colloquially as unschooling. The Hewitt’s believe that contemporary, institutionalized American educational expectations create “childhood deficit disorder” and do not allow for full maturity of mind, spirit, and skills. Nor do modern public educational options offer the practical, hands-on skills that reduce one’s reliance on industry. Fin and Rye are highly skilled woodsmen, proficient with firearms and bow. They also trap and forage extensively.

Ben is himself a high-school dropout and the author of five books, including The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food. His most recent book, is Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting Off the Beaten Track, Unschooling, and Reconnecting With Nature.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1432- Why the Current Generation is “Lost”

Call a Generation Lost and it May Believe You.

Call a Generation Lost and it May Believe You.

You might think that the most difficult questions I get come from older folks who have been around a while, you would be wrong.  The most difficult questions to answer come from young people, asking “what do I do with my life”, in some sort of way.

The current generation (Millennials) and the one coming next (Generation Z) take a lot of flack.  We hear they are lazy, don’t know the value of hard work and never knew a day without a computer.  Really, well, hey Boomers and Gen X on that last one, few of us knew a day without a TV right?  Sometimes we should think before pointing to the “flaws” of others.  I digress though.

The reality is this generation has been born at what should be one of the most exciting times in history.  There is more opportunity today than ever before.  Businesses are easier to start, educations are easier to obtain and new ways of doing things happen every day.  The truth is right now is one of the greatest expansions of entrepreneurship ever seen  on the planet.

Yet many of our young people feel lost.  TSP is about survival and living a better life.  If we don’t preserve families and if we don’t look out for our next generations, who will look out for us when we are old men and women.  What of any value can we leave behind if we don’t leave behind young men and women who value both their past and their futures?

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • Why today really is a great time to be alive
  • Why can’t people see how great this time is, what went wrong
  • Why do out children and young adults feel lost
    • They don’t know where they have come from
    • Due to that they don’t know where they are going
    • They don’t have a connection to the earth and innate humanity
    • They believe the hype from both sides of the dichotomy
    • They feel helpless about the hype
    • They are not permitted to fail
    • They are not challenged to excel
    • They are praised for mediocrity and they know it
    • They are presented with a single path to “success”
    • The path is expensive and they know it often doesn’t fit or doesn’t work
    • They are being taught success formulas that are often out dated
    • They see their “parents hell” but are pushed to follow that example
    • They are then blamed for all of the above
    • It is more our fault then theirs and they know it
  • Fixing the problem isn’t really that hard
    • Address the above at least for your family
    • If your family won’t do it, do it for yourself
    • Life really is amazing, just make sure to realize that
    • Take risks, winners fail before they succeed
    • Realize that others will always urge caution to the bold
  • The choice is yours, choose your path wisely and don’t hesitate to change paths

Resources for today’s show…

Bob Wells Plant of the Week – Arbequina Olive – Adaptable from zone 8 to zone 10

Cold hardy variety that has one of the highest olive production and oil yields. The soil should be well drained. Tree has an upright habit. We recommend covering the tree the first winter if the temperature drops below freezing. Once the tree has been in the ground for a year and is well rooted, it then will begin to withstand the colder temperatures.

The older the tree gets the more, cold hardy it becomes. Oil is sweet, delicate and fragrant with intense fruitiness but low levels of bitterness and spiciness. If you live above zone 8, you can grow it in a container and bring it inside during the winter months.  –  Order this Plant at Bob Wells Nursery

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Episode-1423- Developing the Skill of Teaching

Geoff Lawton is one of my Greatest Teachers

Geoff Lawton is one of my Greatest Teachers

I put out a simple post on the TSP Facebook page yesterday, it simply said, “Hey TSP Nation, what do you want tomorrow’s show to be about“?  I was kind of blown away but how fast so many great ideas came in.  Frankly I think I am going to busy for months now.  Some of the requests are great but I need more than one day to put them together.

There was one though that I realized I have never done, simply how to become a teacher.  Now not a school teacher, or even say a bush craft teacher but just a teacher in general.  What makes a great teacher?  What makes a student want to learn?  I will try to explain what I think about that today.  I will also explain my philosophy on teaching and why everyone should be both student and teacher.

Teaching is a skill, that is great, it means teachers are not borne they are made.  It is true that some people have natural talents and that makes them better teachers but we can all develop the skill to be a good teacher.  Teaching isn’t hard, it is learning something and helping someone else do what you already did.  We have been lied to here like in many other places, teachers are not heroes with magical powers granted to them by the state and university, they are just people, nothing more.

Again some individuals may be very talented story tellers, speakers, etc.  Said people will be great teachers but you should never see that is why you can’t teach.  What if you did that with running?  I can run, hell I can run very well.  I am sure a being without human legs would be quite impressed by my coordination and speed.  Yet by our standards I am slow, very slow, does this mean I should never run?  Does this mean I can’t run?  Does this mean I could not become a better runner?  Teaching is the same.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • What do teachers mean when they say they want parents “involved in education”
  • Why you have to let go of the “academic teacher view” to be a great teacher
  • The formula to become a great teacher
    • Develop passion for things that are important to you
    • Develop knowledge and experience about those things
    • Show and tell others about them
    • Repeat
  • The formula to develop skills as a teacher
    • Learn to tell stories
    • Learn to use analogies
    • Learn to see connections and patterns
  • Why teaching is so beneficial to the teacher
  • How this concept can change the world for the better

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1418- How Can I Find a Better Way to Make a Living

I am not sure why but I have been hit up with a ton of emails lately asking for career and business advice.  I guess something is stirring up the natural desire for liberty at a higher level and many are seeing their employment for what it is, indentured servitude.

Jobs are not inherently bad things.  I had many jobs over the years.  Some people don’t want to be entrepreneurs they just want a better career and a better place to work.

I find it hard to advise people on this stuff.  Yes I spent a lot of years employee but I have been an entrepreneur for most of my life as well.  Even when I  had a j-o-b I still had some sort of a side business.  I started my first real company in 1998, it is often hard after all those years to advise on both the entrepreneur and employee side of the fence but I will do my best to do so today.

For anyone that wonders if this is a survival topic, I will just say this.  Most preppers get into survivalism because of a fear that something could go wrong and cost them their incomes, their savings, their homes and their happiness if they are unprepared.

Great but if you are miserable now, how happy do you really think you’ll be eating MREs in the apocalypse?  Or, will it matter that only you lost your home due to a lost job and everyone else still has theirs?  Does it make sense to worry about the collapse of a dollar when you barely have any dollars?

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  • Start with what is good about your current job/business/income
  • Then yes dig into what is bad about it, what you hate
  • Next ask yourself what do I really love to do (focus on doing not the thing)
  • Now find the things that let you do the things you love to do (product)
  • No identify the obstacles to doing what you want to do
  • Develop a plan to leverage what you have to get what you need
  • The key really lies in personal development and confidence
  • No one will give it to you and luck is only what you make of it
  • Those who create reap the greatest rewards and fall the hardest
  • In the end you have to make the choices for yourself

Resources for today’s show…

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Bob Wells Plant of the Week

Lapins Cherry – Highly adaptable zone 5 to zone 9. – This cherry is one of the few truly self-fertile options, making it ideal for small back yard growers with limited space.  Additionally it only requires 400-500 chilling hours. It is also one of the few cherry trees that can be planted in full sun, even in zone 9 and handle the extreme summer heat in the south, yet cold hardy enough to handle the extreme cold in zone 5. Order this Plant from Bob Wells

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Episode-1406- Well, Why Isn’t Everyone a “Survivalist”?

Today TSP is a great episode to share with new folks, especially those new to prepping.  Every once in a while I have to take a real back up and discuss things at the basic level and frankly the starting out level.

Funny quick story here, when I started The Survival Podcast and coined the phrase modern survivalist in 2008 I was advised by many well meaning people to use the term Prepper and rebrand as say the Modern Prepper Podcast or something.  Why?  Survivalist was considered scary, tin hattish, new world order obsessed, etc.

I stuck to the following, this is what modern survivalist means.

  • modern – of or relating to the present or recent times as opposed to the remote past
  • survival – the state or fact of continuing to live or exist, typically in spite of an accident, ordeal, or difficult circumstances
  • ist – a suffix that means to specialize in

So modern survivalist means – one who lives in the present here and now and specializes in creating a life that will allow them to continue to live a good life in spite of an accident, ordeal, or difficult circumstances.

Now do you see why I ask, “why isn’t everyone a survivalist”?  Frankly if you are raising a child is this not what you would want for them?  Would you not want to raise a young adult that can continue to thrive “in spite of an accident, ordeal, or difficult circumstances”.  If that is what you’d want for your kids, don’t you think  you should set a good example?

Now of course the funny thing is Prepper is just as maligned and considered “crazy” today as survivalist due to stupid nonsense like “Doomsday Preppers”.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • Yes modern survivalism is just common sense
  • Not long ago preparedness was considered a virtue in America
  • The story of the grasshopper and the ant, the original one
  • Setting up basic redundancy, some really simple first steps
    • A basic black out kit
    • A 72 hour kit
    • A basic documentation package
    • Protocol and procedures and the differences between the two
    • Basic food storage
    • Basic water storage
    • Basic situational awareness
    • Basic financial management and debt elimination
    • The most important thing, a survival mind set
  • Where to go from here

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1379- The Profitable Small Acre Homestead

Homesteading is a dream for a lot of people, a some day idea.  Generally it is usually this way.  I need a job, so I need to be close to work, so we can’t afford a  huge place close enough, so ONE DAY I will have enough saved to make the move.

This can and does work, but one day has a way of becoming a moving target, a carrot before the horse that keeps the cart moving yet never is tasted for many.  So my view is for some at least, the homestead can at least in time become a significant income source.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • Our basic plan and why it might not be right for you
    • Start with eggs, build a customer base
    • Sell other nice items, meal worms, candles, etc.
    • Begin selling plants, cuttings, fertilizers
    • Sell produce as it comes into production
    • Possibly at some point sell poultry
  • What I think you can learn from our plan and how you should build your design
    • Specialize in something that builds a customer base
    • Expand slowly over time
    • Develop DEEP relationships with your customers
    • Let them guide your development
  • What I would look for in a property
    • Close to a reasonable population center
    • Decent internet access
    • Good drive buy traffic
    • No restrictions (unincorporated if possible)
    • Deep soils with pond sites
    • Flat to relatively flat
    • As always it comes down to water, access, structure
  • Thoughts on different revenue elements
    • Paddock shift silvopasture poultry (eggs, meat)
    • Market gardening
      • raised beds of fixed length
      • heavy weed blocking
      • designed to the sun or shade by climate
      • Develop a CSA around it fast
    • Small nurseries
    • Small “orchards” for produce
    • Specialty craft products
    • Bees and bee products
    • Dairy
    • Other stock, cattle, sheep, goats, etc
    • Focus on value added products
  • Some final thoughts
    • It takes time, how much is based on how much you have
    • You can’t do everything so don’t even try to, do one thing then another
    • It isn’t for everyone, that is great!
    • It isn’t easy, but in reality it is simple
    • It is hard to do on your own, a multi family approach has a lot to offer
    • Making a living is better than working for a living

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1363- The Reformation of Public Education via Obsolesce

Compare School to Prison! Click for Full Sized Image.

Compare School to Prison! Click for Full Sized Image.

Yes I know it is supposed to be a Monday feedback show but sometimes I am called or inspired to talk on a subject.  After Friday’s rant about legalized cheating in the class room, I feel it is necessary to do two things to be “fair to educators”, as quite a few people have asked for that.

The first part won’t make those calling for fairness happy but it is about being fair, fair to the children in these systems of programming.  In part one of the show I will further define the problem until it is so in your face you will only defend public education as it is, because you are vested in the system itself so deeply that the truth doesn’t matter.

I was also challenged with what is the solution, so part two, which will likely also not make anyone who wants me to be fair happy will focus on solutions.  I find it funny that most who call for fairness don’t actually want fairness.  In my view the current system is not in need of repair but obsolesce!

Industry has been obsoleting products for hundreds of years.  Many of the products and services we personally used as children and found critical to our daily lives are long gone.  So why do we hang on to a model of education created in Prussia in the 1880s in 2014?

Can we not do better than that?  And bluntly should we turn to public officials, politicians and bureaucrats who live off this flawed system for a solution?  Can we really expect that those who were created by the system, developed the system and profit from the system to fix it?  Are we not simply fools, getting what we deserve if we actually expect that?

Join Me Today As I Discuss

  • 15 ways I consider schools to be similar to minimum security prisons
  • 18 signs that public schools are like prisons – from Lew Rockwell
  • Only 1 school in the top 10 for dollars spent per student is in the top 10 for graduation rates
  • The number of students in home school is now over 2 million
  • Home school students consistently test in higher percentiles in all subjects
  • 66% of home schoolers that start college graduate vs. only 57% of those from public school
  • Going back to “the way it used to be” will not fix the problem
  • The solution is “planned obsolescence”
    • Create a common skills and knowledge base (to about 5-6th grade level)
    • Create hundreds of options for completing the base
    • Create thousands of options for education beyond the base
    • Create thousands more options for “higher specialized education”
    • Create our own private standards bodies at all levels
    • Use an hybrid of nullification and obsolescence as a means to the end
  • It is possible, it is doable but no one will do it for you, we have to do it together

Resources for today’s show…

Today’s Conflicted Monday Scenario

If you could change one thing about the government today what would it be?  How would this change benefit your country and benefit it’s people?

Last Week’s Conflicted Monday Scenario

Grocery stores and mini-marts have been ransacked of all food.  Your group is low on food and is in desperate need of resources.  What other locations would you start looking for food or possible supplies to barter with?

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Episode-1359- Why Practical Preparedness Wins the Race

The Winner isn't Always the Fastest!

The Winner isn’t Always the Fastest!

When I first began doing TSP I told the story of The Ant and the Grasshopper many times.  Today I want to remind you of another story, the story of the Tortoise and the Hare.  Like the story of the Ant and the Grasshopper, this story is a well known fable of Aesop.

The basics are the tortoise and hare race, eh hare is obviously favored to win.  He gets cocky, he takes a nap, the tortoise plods along and wins.  Don’t worry I will tell the full story on the air, but that is the basics.

While there is a lesson in not trying to do too much too fast in this story for us, I see a second one.  That being that the flashy “zombie apocalypse preps” can be quite impractical until you actually complete the basics of “the race”.  Where as the practical preps we teach, seem to pay off for our audience members on a daily basis.

While many people want to always focus on trading 22LR for biltong during the Zombie Apocalypse the simple preparedness ethic we once had as Americans in general seems to be what we are most lacking and most in need of.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • Some stories by listeners about practical prepping
  • The Aesop fables of the Ant and Grasshopper and The Tortoise and Hare
  • My view of the 16 most overlooked (boring) preps
    • Documentation Kits
    • Insurance
    • Basic Savings
    • Basic Food Storage (very basic)
    • Reading and learning about anything valuable
    • Spending Time Talking to Neighbors and Local Leadership
    • Simply making time for “family time” (turn off the electronics)
    • Learning to be a great cook
    • Basic first aid (conventional and herbal)
    • Planting basic perennials (herbs, berries, a few trees) —-
    • Learning to preserve food (canning, smoking, jerking, dehydrating, etc.)
    • Teaching hard skills to our children
    • The basic black out kit
    • Basic car care, maintenance and repair knowledge
    • Building a small business or being a great investor
    • Networking and staying marketable
  • My thoughts on why this always wins the race

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