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Episode-1334- Of Wolves and Liberty

If a Wolf Can Change a River, You Can Change a Nation.

If a Wolf Can Change a River, You Can Change a Nation.

Recently I have pointed out a lot of things wrong with our nation.  From our own government spying on us, to the IRS taking money from the children of dead parent to the crumbling system we call public education.  I have also discussed the rigged political system and repeatedly said voting right now won’t fix anything.

I have explained how we are lied to, manipulated and controlled.  The most depressing thing I have had to tell you though is that at least, and I mean at least 9 out of 10 Americans are asleep, don’t care or think their side of the crime syndicate is the solution.  90% of Americans are either controlled by the system, don’t care about anything anyway or simply feel totally defeated and have accepted their sorry state of affairs.

A very fair email came in recently and said,

“Well if I can’t vote for change, if I can’t wake up the masses and if I can’t trust either side, what the hell can I do?  Oh and Jack, please don’t tell me to pant trees and get chickens.  For the record I already have, I see the value but clearly that isn’t enough.

What happens when they come take my chickens, bull doze my garden and raise my taxes to pay for doing so?  What happens when they take away the last of my natural rights?  I see the writing on the wall, and sadly I know you are right about the voting issue, so what do we do, what do I do?  How do we fight back?

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • It sounds overly simple but change yourself, it will change others – be the wolf
  • To win a fight first you must understand you are in a fight
  • To defeat your opponent use his own energy against him
  • To stack the deck, build an alliance of others to fight at your side
  • Wars are fought with both arms and information, information can be more powerful
  • Never seek a solution from one who caused the problem
  • Develop skills, knowledge and teach them to others
  • Never compromise your integrity, be true to who you are
  • Never call theft justice, never call captivity freedom and never equate safety to freedom
  • Remember wolves are not solitary they run in packs, build your pack

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Episode-1329- Thoughts on Remote Land, BOLs, etc.

A Pre Fab Mini Cabin at a BOL

A Pre Fab Mini Cabin at a BOL

A few of you guys have asked for a few shows that get a bit away from the homesteading/permaculture stuff and a bit deeper into some of the other more typical “survival topics” we have covered before.  Today we do the first of a few shows I have planned to answer that need.

Today we discuss remote land/home ownership and the unique advantages and challenges it represents.  Far to many see a BOL solely as a place for when the shit has really hit the fan, like TEOTWAWKI level stuff.  The reality is a BOL serves a variety of functions.

In our case we haven’t had a BOL since 2011 when we moved to Arkansas to a place that had been serving as such for about 6 years at that time.  After a shot stint up there of about two years, it was clear my wife’s heart was in Texas.  We decided to sell the remote property and use the gains to improve our new homestead in Texas.

Once again now I find myself scouring places like LandsOfTexas.com, LandWatch.com and UnitedCountry.com looking for that perfect get away property.  This time my goals are a bit different, yours may be more like my first property, the one I am looking for now or something entirely different.  The purpose of today’s show is to help you find the right property for your needs.  Further to decide if having such a property is even right for you at all.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why would you want a remote property
    • Fall back location
    • Recreation
    • Investment
  • What I think makes a property desirable
    • Water
    • Access
    • Structure
    • Distance
    • Grid
    • Near a Small Town
    • Secure
    • Good Neighbors
    • No Restrictions
  • Questions to ask yourself
    • Are there other things I really should do first
    • Can I really afford it
    • How often will I really use it
    • What do I most want out of it
  • Thoughts on “Teaming Up”
    • It can work, everyone just needs to be clear going in
    • Look for people with common goals and values
    • Define use and define guests very clearly
    • Decide between common ownership and defined areas going in
    • I would likely only do this if all parties could pay cash going in
    • There are many advantages to teaming up
  • Final thoughts on BOLs

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Episode-1314- How Most Americans are Little more than Proud Slaves

Are You Proud of Your Chains Slave?

Are You Proud of Your Chains Slave?

I try to focus on the solutions here 99% of the time, vs. the problems.  The issue though is many listeners are often frustrated by my comments like “politics no longer matter especially at the federal level.

They feel if everyone felt that way there would be no checks left on the system.  To a degree they have a point, I will acknowledge this today and tell you why it still doesn’t matter.

Still others are frustrated by those they love and care about who are not willing to “wake up” and simply become just a little bit self reliant.  They simply have done so themselves, they know how great it feels and they can’t understand why others will not take at least that first step.  It becomes very hard to understand why so many continue to exist as dumbed down cogs in the system and can’t even fix say their own flat tire.

The truth?  We are a nation of slaves!  We are slaves to…

  • Exceptionalism Ideology
  • Debt
  • Taxes
  • Class Structures
  • Racial Bias
  • And Above All Fear

We are a nation of slaves, slaves that have built our own prison walls, our own cells and slaves that even manage our own “work release” programs.  We are slaves who not only have forged and crafted our own chains, we actually are proud of them and polish their shackles to a high shine.

This sounds insane but there are two reasons I felt it was time to do this show.

  1. You will never achieve your freedom unless you first acknowledge your slavery
  2. You will never understand why many cling to ignorance until you understand that they currently fear freedom

What I am saying really is that even though we are delving into the “problem” today we are actually still focused on the solution.  Hold on and strap in this won’t be a feel good episode but in the end it still might make you feel good, I mean freedom feels good.

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Episode-1274- 14 Life Rules of a Modern Survivalist

I was going to call this show “14 Rules for Being a Modern Survivalist” but I realized that would violate my survival tenet that reads…

“Your personal philosophy is more important for you than mine! You are the master of your own life and if you don’t agree with my views, great, define, understand and implement your own. The biggest thing you can do is understand that you are in control of your life and that what you do matters. Those two factors have the greatest impact on individual survival across every demographic you can imagine.”

For me that is a deep intrinsic belief not just a tenet of modern survival philosophy.  I may come across as fully convinced in my beliefs and passionate about them to the extreme but that doesn’t mean I wish to impose them on any other person.  So I decided I would simply let you guys know today about 10 of the “rules” that I follow in my life.  Some are very old for me, they have guided me since childhood, others I have gained in recent years on my walk as a modern survivalist…

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  • Ignore politicians, do not however ignore their actions and resulting consequences
  • Truly understand in this order absolute needs, needs, comfort items, luxuries
  • Use anything that works, as long as it is ethical and actually works
  • Solve any problem you see in your head even if you can’t implement the solution
  • Be concerned with the survival of others, not just your own survival
  • Ask what if like a child, answer that question like an adult
  • Be extremely grateful to be alive in this time in history
  • Never violate your personal moral code of ethics
  • Never be led by fear specifically fear of losing something you don’t even have yet
  • Take pride in your phyical abilities but depend on your mental abilities
  • Learn from everything you do, the good, the bad and the failures
  • Never accept that things are simply just the way they are
  • Never feel you have anything coming to you and be grateful for what does
  • Never waste a minute on the past, live in the now and in the tomorrow

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Episode-1269- You Are Your Only Solution

Like It Or Not, You Are Your Own Answer!

Like It Or Not, You Are Your Own Answer!

Day in and day out I get emails from listeners that mean well, but frankly most don’t get it.  They are emails about passing a law for this or that, as if that would really fix anything.  Franky I am at a point where the only laws that need be passed would be a law undoing an existing law.  Government and restrictions on liberty are the problems, hence stop looking for solutions from the people causing the problem.

Some sound good, such as, people that want to amend the constitution to say, “Congress shall make now law that “all laws made by Congress applying to citizens of the United States apply equally to members of Congress themselves”.  Sure that sounds good but you are saying, please let us ask the wolf and the fox to pass a law that says they can’t raid the hen house.  How likely is that to work?

It doesn’t help that this myth is attributed to Warren Buffet who first never said it and secondly shouldn’t be trusted any more then Barack Obama or George Bush, in other words not at all.  The government has created every single major problem it is currently trying to supposedly solve.  Let me be blunt you are NEVER EVER NEVER, going to see a world where our government becomes “good” or “smaller” or “less corrupt” unless it simply fails and even that is no guarantee of anything.  Sorry to tell you folks but you are your ONLY solution to any and all real problems that you and your family will face.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • Stop worrying about the next disaster and see the one you are in right now
  • Stop being so pissed off about “rounding errors”
  • Why government not only won’t but can’t and never will fix our problems
  • Why you would not government to fix things even if it could
  • The lesson of your destitute, drunken, dope addicted “Uncle Sam”
  • What you must do to thrive in coming years
    • You are your own answer
    • You have to learn from boxers and MMA fighters, train before a fight!
    • But what about community, it isn’t just me is it
    • Take responsibility for your food
    • Take responsibility for your health
    • Take responsibility for your education
    • Take responsibility for your own waste
    • Take responsibility for your own energy
    • Do shit and never apologize for doing good shit!
    • Act because you want to, not due to fear

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Episode-1241- The Possibilities of Abundance in Spite of Modern Self Destruction

Today I am going to talk about permacutlure from an entirely different angle then I have in the past.  What I mean is the concept that really makes permaculture brilliant isn’t swales, food forests and biogas energy.  No it is the concept that we can do the following…

Take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children and do so while not harming others, not harming natural systems and generate sufficient surplus for it to work.

That of course is taking the prime directive of permaculture and the three ethics and making one goal oriented sentence out of them.  I would ask you this though, as a modern survivalist, is that not exactly what we should all be working for.

Notice the above says nothing about growing plants, digging ditches, raising chickens or planting gardens.  Notice also there is nothing political about it, it is all about self responsibility, self governance and self directed decisions.  It begins with two words, “take responsibility” and once spoken those words leave no room to blame others, call on a government to fix a problem or sit around and hope that things get better.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • The ethics and directive as a life philosophy, what is it closest to?
  • Why people don’t understand permaculture, it doesn’t “fit” our way of thinking
  • Why growing food is what permaculture is most known for, but perhaps should not be
  • How much wealth is in a swale, how much in a tree or a pond
  • Why we need to understand that all wealth originates from natural systems
  • What is the real value of an hour of human labor
  • Why permaculture values off grid living so highly, security!
    • Lack of systemic dependence
    • Requires the creation of redundancy
    • Eliminates huge amounts of interference
    • Results in a “balanced” system
  • What does it mean if permaculture isn’t possible?

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Episode-1238- Jenna Woginrich from The One Woman Farm

Jenna Woginrich - Of The One Woman Farm

Jenna Woginrich – Of The One Woman Farm

Jenna Woginrich is an author, homesteader, archer, and falconer-in-training. Two summers ago she left her corporate office gig to focus on the farm full-time and now runs a 6.5 acre homestead by herself south of the Adirondacks in Washington County, NY.

There she grows most of her own food; raises her own meat, dairy, veggies and eggs with the aid of animal power. Horses pull firewood from the forest, a sheepdog manages the livestock, hawks are trained to take small game, and carts and saddles are used as much as her dented pickup truck.

She’s passionate about self-reliance, martial arts, hunting, tracking, horses, and traditional and country skills. She’s also the business owner of Cold Antler Farm, an educational homestead where people travel from all over the world to take classes in everything from beginner fiddle to herbalism.

Her new book, One Woman Farm, has been described as follows by Joel Salatin, “Read this book to learn why farmsteads need to be loved.  Jenna’s One-Woman Farm is a jewel: small and lustrous.”

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Episode-1214- Life After Awakening

Once you take the red pill, you can't go back, ever.

Once you take the red pill, you can’t go back, ever.

In the movie the Matrix the hero Neo is offered a choice by his mentor Morpheus,

“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.”

The issue is, once you take that red pill and wake up into reality, you can never go back.  It is a fundamental change and the real horrors of the world along with the real beauty will forever be known to you.  While we are not in a world run by machines and used as batteries the metaphor of the movie is quite fitting.

The Original Blue Pill

Valium – Is The Blue Pill

We live in a world where the masses are the tools of the elite, the controls are taxes, debt, consumerism, marketing, leveraged jealously, class warfare and false dichotomy.  Once you see this, it is over, you can’t ever go back, just like Neo, take the red pill and you have made a permanent choice.

Then you have something interesting to contend with, the people around you are popping blue pills daily.  Most people hear blue pill and think of viagra, though it wasn’t popular when the story was created.  The most famous blue pill at the time the matrix was written, was, Valium.  Think about that!

Today We Discuss The Real Zombie Apocalypse, The One In Progress…

  • What is a zombie – this will shock you
  • Why it is a good thing to be awake
  • Why you should talk to the sleeping but not evangelize too much
  • Why some won’t wake up, ever, and why you must accept that
  • The truth about “the machine” and why you much change yourself
  • The biggest lies used to control you
    • Taxes are necessary
    • Debt is good, it is a status symbol
    • Having more things will make you happy
    • What your neighbor has or does effects you
    • The problems are all because of people who are different than you
    • The are two distinct sides and you have chosen the right one
  • What to do about it
    • Accept that the machine exists, exist as apart from it as you can
    • Focus first on your life, your families life, let the zombies sleep
    • Zombies wake up slow, use pull vs. push marketing
    • Know that what you do matters and act
    • Prepare for disaster and enjoy life at the same time

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Episode-1210- Lessons in Homesteading by Taking a Big Step Backwards

Last Year's Abundance Won't Be Repeated This Year

Last Year’s Abundance Won’t Be Repeated This Year

Last year at this time, the wife and I were cutting up so many jalapenos that it took 3 days just to get them all ready for dehydration.  We had taken bag after bag of produce to the local church all summer long as the abundance was more than the two of us could us.

Neighbors who had previously shook their heads in slight mockery at our initial set up now shook their heads in awe at an abundance none had ever seen.  Into a rocky, granite ridden ridge top we had done something no one ever thought could be done.

Over 1,000 peppers in one harvest from 24 plants, yea we did that.  25 water melons from one 4×10 foot bed, did that too.  Trees rated to only zones 2-5 surviving in rock and granite in zone 7 with 100 degree days, yep, made it happen.

Yet as most of you know my wife was happy and unhappy at the same time.  The place was wonderful and she loved it.  Yet the separation from her family was more then she wanted to deal with.  So we made a decision to come to Texas.  Today a new challenge is unfolding in front of us.  Lots of work has been done, the foundation is largely set for next year but this year, well, it has been tough.  Today is about what that has taught me.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • From abundance to starting over, the hash reality is mostly psychological
  • Why it is good for those who have done well to start over, it is called remembering
  • The unique challenges of our property and what they are teaching us
    • Less rain
    • Less soil in some ways
    • Damaged land is harder to work with
    • Everything doesn’t work everywhere
    • Animals are more work then I remember but more productive as well
    • You often don’t know as much as you think you do
  • The plans moving forward
    • Get the food forest main frame established in Spring 2014
    • Urban garden design in Oct. primary implementation over 6 months
    • 1500 gallon water catchment, done, expand by 1500 more
    • Develop permanent fencing for paddock shift of livestock
    • Develop large scale hugul systems on road frontage
    • Begin classes with better planing on more than just permaculture
    • Increase composting activities on all levels
    • When abundance is reached, don’t forget the reset challenges
    • In the mean time worry less about initial results

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Episode-1199- Personal Libertarian Living Can it be Done

Many Are Actually Terrified of Freedom!

Many Are Actually Terrified of Freedom!

I call myself a personal libertarian.  What do I mean by that?  I mean that I simply accept society isn’t ready for some of the changes I have experienced in my life, they are not ready to be responsible for themselves.  Many people do want the governmetn to solve their problems.

I have seen it and not just from people living on welfare and off government jobs.  I have had intelligent and fairly successful people look me strait in the eye and say things like, “well if the government isn’t there to pass laws and solve our problems why are they there”.  That is indeed a great question, one we will answer today.

We will quickly though move from looking at how things should be to understanding how they are, from there we can determine how we can carve our own piece of libertarianism into our own lives.

Some might ask, “is this a survival topic”, I would say indeed.  Firstly, it is a fact that many of us know what lies ahead, many of the things provided by government are going to fail in time, math says it is invertible.  The middle class is being systematically slaughtered.   At some point much of what we take for granted will not be available.

When this happens a year of rice, beans and freeze dried food is a great asset but a finite one.  The reality is we all must begin a path to self sufficiency now, not wait for failure and then hope we have enough stuff stored up to make it until things return to normal.  There have been countless shifts in society, stabilization always follows eventually but thing never “return to normal” as that would mean returning to the way they were.

There is no philosophy that leads faster to self reliance than libertarianism.  There is no time to wait for others on it either, the time is now, today’s episode discusses my steps to attaining a personal libertarian life.

The Personal Libertarian Lifestyle

  • Believe and do as you please (with in the law)
  • Spread your belief by example, never with force
  • Create independence from the systems
  • Solve your own problems when ever you can, especially with neighbors
  • If you vote, vote for what you believe in, not who you think can win
  • Know why you believe what you believe
  • Accept challenges to what you believe but require facts
  • Never submit to government authority voluntarily (legally resist)
  • Create your own systems, your own networks, etc.
  • Value education and be a self directed learner at all times
  • Let no man speak for you or put words in your mouth
  • Accept that others many ignore, demean or attack you
  • Debate ideas, do not ague the validity of the individual
  • Remember no matter what anyone says, what you do matters

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