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Episode-2143- Mark Herr from The Center for Self Governance

Mark Herr, Sr. is a U.S. Air Force retiree and holds a masters degree in business administration and is the president, co- founder, and Instruction Development Director for The Center for Self Governance, (CSG) a training institution specifically for citizens to teach how to exercise their civic authority, how to leverage self-governance, and how to hold local, state, and federal elected officials accountable.

At CSG, Mark researches and studies human governments, social tensions and stabilization theories. His innovations in and experimentation with social stabilization theory is hailed as ‘ground-breaking’ and ‘cutting-edge’.

Since 2011, he travels non-stop nationwide training, coaching, and mentoring CSG Trainees in the application of these theories. It is his hope that CSG will deeply cement the science and application of self-governance into the U.S. culture for generations to come.

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Episode-2139- Ryan Mitchell on Tiny Houses as a Step to Debt Free Living

A published author, full time blogger, and entrepreneur; Ryan Mitchell has been building exciting things all his life. His entrepreneurial ventures have been featured in the New York Times, Fast Company, Forbes, Associated Press, and many other outlets.

In 2009 he started TheTinyLife.com where he documented his journey to tiny house living and a debt free life. He published the number one selling tiny house book to date and has been living in his tiny house full time for over 4 years.

In 2015 he continued his entrepreneurial endeavors and founded Advent Coworking, where he built a community of like-minded entrepreneurs in a coworking setting. After being named the number one coworking space in Charlotte, NC three times in a row, he sold the venture to pursue new endeavors.

Ryan joins us today to discuss Tiny Houses as a step in an integrated plan to attain a debt free lifestyle along with self-employment as an entrepreneur.

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Episode-2134- Choosing Excitement and Abundance over Gloom and Doom

Given this will be the last “Just Jack Show” of 2017 I figured we should end on a positive note.  Preppers are often cast as the doomsday bunker type by many, not just the Hollywood crowd.  I remember not long ago a guy saw one of my TSP T-shirts at a local store, he said, so you are a prepper?  My response was, I sure am.

His next question was, “so when do you think its gonna happen”?  I knew what he meant but replied with, “when whats gonna happen”?  He responded with, “you know, it”?  I looked at him like he was crazy, he kinda was and say, “it what”?  Then he let it out, quietly of course looking around to make sure no spies were listening, “the big one, the collapse, when the entire thing crashes to the ground”.

I explained that is now what we do, he explained that he had started watching shows about stuff and was very concerned by hadn’t actually done anything about it yet.  I gave him the website address and went on with my day.  Such is the misunderstood life of a modern survivalist.   The reality is the true modern survivalist should be among the happiest and most optimistic people on the planet.

Join Me Today to Discuss….

  • A reminder about Liberty Forum
  • My thoughts on the Bitcoin ceiling and how it will be smashed
  • Why despite how screwed up things are, this is a great time to be alive
  • Just some of the reasons anyone can build resilience today
    • Building a business
    • Knowledge is practically free
    • Almost everything you need is “cheap”
    • There is a community for everything
  • On the other side of things what is your alternative
    • Bitch about problems?
    • Hope someone else will “fix it”?
    • Hold your breath and wait?
    • Blame others?
  • Why following  your passion really is great advice no matter what anyone says
  • What will you do in 2018?

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Episode-2070- Challenges In Modern Homesteading and Solutions to Them

Many years ago, I can’t say exactly when but it would have been in the “Jetta Days”, when I still worked a full time job and was running a “regular company”.  So it had to be prior to 2010, I did a podcast on homesteading and said something akin to this….

The modern homesteading movement is here to stay.  Many are comparing it to the quickly passing back to the land movements of various flavors of the 30s, 50s and 70s but this time is different.

This time it won’t stop it will have decades or more of growth behind it, it isn’t a fad this time, no this time it is a return to being human.

I feel the past 6-7 years or whatever it is have proven me right.  Homesteading is more popular than ever, in fact most prepping and survival minded people today are really at heart simply homesteaders.  They run the gamete from urban folks making it happen on a 1/10th of an acre to people returning to large farms and ranches and earning a living with agriculture or agrotourism.

How popular is homesteading today?  Well a google search for the term homesteading brings up 28 million results and a youtube search for said same brings up over a quarter of a million videos.

And even with that the reality is the movement is so much bigger, as people who are homesteading are really more likely to be looking for content on specific subjects, like gardening, canning, aquaponics, plant identification and dozens of other terms.

Entire forms, facebook pages, etc are dedicated to the subject and the movement is attracting people from every part of the political spectrum, every income level and frankly ever race and faith from devote believer to atheist.   As I said, it is a return to being human, something we all need right now.

The focus of today’s show though is with so many interested the challenges are becoming more evident.  Growing up in the 80s I was a homesteader but no one called it that, just like I was a prepper an no one called it that.  Our methods were not the very best but they worked and every old timer knew them and could teach them to young folks.  Those of us that would listen anyway.  Many of us didn’t!

Today we have more options and choices than ever, it also seems we have more challenges and that is what we are going to discuss today, those challenges and ways to overcome them.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • How my last two days on my homestead led me to this topic
  • Why I feel homesteading has become so popular and will only get more so
  • Challenges to modern homesteaders and ways to get past them
    • Land Access
      • Use what you have
      • Understand even a half acre can feed you
      • Incorporate a “Hunter Gather” mind set
      • Be patient and “do the work”
    • Government
      • Design around the restrictions
      • Be creative in how you cheat the system
      • Avoid areas of high regulation if you can
      • Work to change regulations (least effective)
    • Knowledge
      • Use the internet (intelligently)
      • Design a system 4 ways before committing to it
      • Start with only one or two things, get them working
      • If you do nothing else with permaculture learn zone thinking
    • Unreasonable Expectations
      • Start out with a modest goal (10% of your food)
      • Be patient, you will get better with time
      • Forget about being “completely self sufficient”
      • Make the journey enjoyable, if you are miserable you are doing it wrong
    • Time
      • Again think in permaculture zones
      • Use automation
      • Perfect a system before adding another
      • Design in seasonal breaks
    • Money
      • Make more, save more, spend less
      • Become an adept scavenger (craigslist FTW)
      • Think maximum ROI starting out
      • Set and stick to a budget
      • Make some of your hobbies pay for themselves
    • Staying Motivated (significant results)
      • Microgreens and baby greens
      • Aquaponics hacks
      • Quail and or Chickens
      • Composting systems
    • Final Thoughts

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Episode-2060- Dealing with Darkness in Our Lives

After covering deeply the suicide texting case yesterday I have realized something I never said that I should have.  That being that suicide is a horrible thing no matter how it happens and it always stems from a darkness that one believes will never end.

I think something that should drive this home is that suicide is the 10 leading cause of death in the United States, averaging over 45,000 people a year.  Conversely about 15,0000 murders occur in our nation every year.  Translation is an average person is 3 times more likely to end their own life, than to be killed by another person.  Given this is The Survival Podcast, I think after over 9 years it is about time we discussed in depth the 10th leading cause of death in our nation.

However, today’s show isn’t only about suicide, it is about depression and darkness both of which often lead to suicide.  Though they quite often lead simply to unfulfilling lives or even shattered lives.  While I am not a professional counselor and nothing I say today should be taken as such, I am going to do my best to discuss dealing with darkness based on my own life experiences.

Join Me Today To Discuss…

  • Why we need to delve into this topic
  • The truth is most people would consider suicide in some circumstance
  • Some of my past I have alluded to but not fully shared on air
  • A friend of mine who I am surprised is actually still around
  • Why people really give up
  • How we can handle the hardship we will all face
  • Once you blame your parents for something, its up to you to fix it
  • How to deal with darkness
    • Develop routine in your life, alter it when needed
    • Develop skills, self educate, etc.
    • Set goals for yourself and make them happen (even small ones)
    • Develop a positive future vision
    • Learn to be happy when you are alone
    • Talk to people, friends, family, etc.
    • Avoid toxic people, friends, family, etc.
    • Don’t conflate responsibility and blame
    • Remember what you really are, spirit
    • Remember that what you do DOES matter
  • Final Thoughts – You Have So Much Opportunity, USE IT

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Episode-2050- A Current Look at the Great Lie of Dichotomy

Occasionally I mention the “false dichotomy” but I have not done a full episode dedicated to it since Episode-874 back in April of 2012.  That is more than 5 years ago!  Since that time many of my positions have evolved but the basic concept of the false dichotomy remains.

I have been thinking about this a lot lately and nothing more clearly illustrates it than this common scenario.  I will post something on say facebook along with my opinion.  In that ONE SAME post upset people will attack me for my view in the comments.  That alone means nothing but here is where it gets interesting.

In that same set of comments I will be called both a

  1.  Liberal democrat snowflake that needs a safe space
  2.  And a hateful conservative republican that is to stupid and greedy to care about people

Or some such version there of!  Isn’t this ironic?  That two people that literally hate each other, will both hate me and accuse me of being the other side that also hates me?  I ask you does this make any logical sense?  No it doesn’t, until you approach the question from the right angle, when we ask why this happens, vs. simply if it makes sense, it actually makes perfect sense.

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  • The facebook conversation that brought us today’s show
  • How you have been programmed to think this way since birth
  • Why this method of programming is done and why it works so well
  • How we now have the monkeys policing the monkeys but no one even knows why
  • Why most people will never break free of this programming
  • Why breaking free is good but may not seem so at first
  • What good does it do one to break free from the false dichotomy
  • How to spread this type of thinking without making yourself miserable
  • The true freedom that comes from acceptance of this reality
  • Final thoughts on dichotomy and system based control

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Episode-2036- Sean O’Hanlon on Real Life Dystopia

Sean O’Hanlon, twenty-five years old from Maui, Hawaii. Eaglescout, an Associate graduate of Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico Tech and a custom knifemaker.

Up until recently also a live aboard sailor who called the Pacific ocean his home. For two years he and his girlfriend sustained a life off their vessel like a satellite off of the Islands of their upbringing.

Greater economic forces were and still are at play in the state of Hawaii, where housing prices are so competitive local people regularly spend upwards of $1000 per room/month and do not get paid very well.

Sean O’Hanlon has been a fan of TSP since he discovered it in 2011, and with it learned an awful lot about how to live a better life, and times were indeed tough.
Having never owned a boat before, let alone living on one, the couple had to learn everything from scratch. Soon after purchasing the boat they were hit with almost every difficulty the world could throw at them.

Engine failures, electrical shortages, perpetual lack of safe harbor, ripped sails, tropical storms, and even the dangerous waters of bureaucracy (Which is still suspect to be involved in the eventual shipwreck of their home).

They are now moving to a more rural location on a cheaper but underdeveloped Island to start again and build up their custom knife business. They are jump starting their project on Kickstarter.

Sean joins me today to discuss Living in a real life dystopia, being pressured to set off into the unknown, developing creativity and learning to constantly adapt.

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Episode-2032- Planning Your Future When the Future is Uncertain

We talk a lot about what I call “lifestyle design” around here.  When people hear that term they get the general idea, because the words are common.

  • Lifestyle – The way in which a person lives.
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  • Design – Purpose, planning, intention and thought behind an action.

So lifestyle design means to put purpose, planning, intention and thought into how you live your life.  So yep people generally get the basic concept, what people usually struggle with though is designing a lifestyle for today that is resilient for tomorrow.

I think we have all had those moments, we are happy, really happy with our life as it is, then one or two things change and we are off the rails.  Sometimes these are external factors like a job loss.  Other times they are internal factors sticking with employment perhaps we realize we hate our jobs but hey it pays the bills.

Those are only two examples, and no one can plan for everything but today things are even more complicated.  We all know the next few decades will have more flux in them than anything man kind has yet to experience.  AI and automation will replace thousands of jobs, economic reality will be hitting hard for many governments and technology gaps will make finding jobs harder than ever.

Join Me Today to Discuss How to Plan For an Uncertain Future

  • Major shifts are coming in
    • Education
    • Technology
    • Manufacturing
    • Transportation
    • Everything
  • What has always worked will still likely work
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Adaptability and Flexibility
    • Hunting/Gathering/Growing
    • A solid conservative to risk balance
    • Saving
  • The basics of lifestyle design
    • Define the goals
    • Define the steps to get there honestly with yourself
    • Prioritize the steps
    • Begin taking action
  • If it is that simple, why don’t more people do it
    • It requires sacrifice
    • It requires honest with yourself
    • It requires taking responsibility for where you are
    • It requires the courage to do what most wont
  • Final thoughts;

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Episode-2010- Nicole Sauce on Building Local Demand in a Niche Market

Nicole Sauce has had side hustles going her whole life. She developed a love of good food – and great coffee – in the Pacific Northwest. She started her career as a high school teacher, but quickly realized that system was so broken that she needed to do something more meaningful.

After 8 years of executive coaching for expatriates, Nicole discovered a world of libertarian policy think tanks and her life changed. For 13 years, Nicole has worked with policy organizations that seek to make government smaller. However, working in the system against the system accepts their rules. Along the way, she fled the intolerance of Oregon for a more hospitable Tennessee.

Nicole loves showing people how to do forgotten homesteading arts such as canning and preserving, cheese-making, meat processing and more.

For five years, Nicole has roasted coffee and earlier this year she launched the Holler Roast brand alongside her podcast, Living Free in Tennessee. She and her fella run a local tourism focused paper called The Center Hill Sun and a small homestead.   She joins us today to discuss building a local market based niche business.

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Episode-1991- How Preparedness Leads to Liberty

If you go find my TSP forum profile you will see a bit of text that says,

Liberty is precious, fight to keep it!

I guess it is about 8 years since I put those words on my profile and my view of the value of liberty has only increased since that time.  Since day one I have said the real mission of The Survival Podcast is to educate people to the concepts of Self Sufficiency, Self Reliance, Independence and Liberty.  To me those four ideas can’t be separated.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • First let’s define the four pillars of TSP
    • Self Sufficiency – The percentage of your needs met by your own systems
    • Self Reliance – The duration in time you can live well without systems of support
    • Independence – The ability to control your own life on your own terms
    • Liberty – The freedom to fully exercise your independence
  • Why people choose bondage over liberty
    • Programming and conditioning (domestication)
    • Fear
    • Misdirected morality
  • How Preparedness Leads to Liberty
    • It removes fear
    • It directly addresses programming and domestication
    • It requires independent thought
    • It is counter to the norm, and requires action
    • It sooner or later pays off, so you know it works
  • The things we should be taught are our personal responsibility as children
    • Food
    • Water
    • Shelter
    • Energy
    • Security
    • Finance
    • Health
    • Education
  • Why the system will never take this approach

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