Episode-411- Rights – Responsibilities and Dependence — 13 Comments

  1. Hey Jack,

    Great NYC story about people using their kitchens for clothes storage. As an FYI, I’m a regular and grateful listener living in a small apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Though I’ve always been more of a minimilast than survivalist, thanks to you, I now have 2 months of food (thanks Costco) stored in my apartment that I eat and replenish regularly. I have a 30-gallon drum of water, just in case. I’ve disposed of all my debt, have a great first aid kit, bug out bag, emergency cash, and document package put together.

    I’m a regular (some might say trendy) guy; however, my Arlington, Texas roots, a father who taught me how to live independently, fix things, shoot and clean guns, build fences, haul hay, etc. provided a great foundation for getting on board with your show and the principles and advice that you espouse.

    In a quiet way, I’ve been urging my NYC friends to adopt many of the survival strategies you discuss, but it’s slow going.

    Keep up the great work!

  2. Best episode I’ve listened to yet Jack, I’m forwarding it on to my kids. Thanks.

  3. “You open up the fridge, you see all your shoes laid out in this display case,” she says.
    “It’s sort of like going shopping every day.”

    This is just another symptom of living in the big apple, it’s a fantasy land with little to no connection to the “real world”, ie the rest of the country. This is why the mainstream media is so screwed up, IMHO.

  4. Happy to hear you observe that insurance should be for catastrophic situations and not for regular doctor visits. Of course.

    This very readable article by an actuary was delivered (in person, I think) to Congress, but was ignored:
    ” … Through decades of practice, policymakers and the public have become accustomed to thinking of insurance as how one accesses medical care. The reason one expects to make a claim every year on medical insurance is that much of what is sold as medical insurance today is not insurance. It is prepaid medical care. Covering prepaid medical care drives up the cost of insurance and contributes to the extraordinarily high rate
    of trend in medical costs from year-to-year.”

    The full 2-page article:

  5. Did apple take this episode down? It didnt download last night and when I went to it manualy it isnt there.

  6. @Mike, It is working fine in iTunes. Are you on an iPhone or using iTunes on a PC/Mac. For some reason there seems to be a delay on availability on the iPhone directly.


  7. Jack,
    Regarding you Cell Phone and Medicaid story. About 20 years ago when my son was in Elementary school, the school had a raffle to go along with their “Free / Reduced Lunch” program. Sign up for the “Free / Reduced Lunch” program and they would enter you into a raffle for a free big screen TV. The only way to enter the raffle was you had to fill out the forms requesting the program whether you know you qualified or not. Hence the school was able to apply for more Federal Funds by showing the number of people that where applying for the lunch program.

  8. Sadly, my sister in-law used her oven to store her sweaters before she married my brother. Not surprisingly he found out after they got married she had 30K in dept from shopping too.

    What a wonderful generation that has come. Welcome to your Brave New World.

  9. Jack, first time responding to an episode, and boy what an episode. Listened on Friday and am I ever fired up to keep changing my life to how I want to live rather then how I am expected to live. Thank you for all your hard work.

  10. Actually, life without a kitchen because of take-out food and high land costs are common in many Asian cities. Not smart, just common.

    The most basic function of shelter is to keep a person, their clothing, and their food supply dry and provide a safe location for sleep.

  11. Well, I’m sure the kitchenistas aren’t COMPLETLEY unprepared.

    Betcha they have a few months worth of soap and shampoo. (Upscale, of course)