Logical Libertarian Blog

Common Traits of Homesteaders
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It is far too common an occurrence in the world today, for people to automatically categorize, label and divide each other, than it is to search out common ground and open a meaningful dialog. We called it “Discussin’ without the cussin’” when I was a kid, though the subtle and nuanced humor of the distinctly Southern vernacular may in itself put some people off these days.

Such a habit of “preaching to the choir” and seeking out “positive reinforcement” of ideologies only from like-minded people may work fine in the more densely populated urban setting … or in “civilized society” if you will … though I hardly find much about society to be anything even remotely resembling “civilized” these days.

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Should the electoral college be ended
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The Electoral College was put into place, not in order to “protect our democracy” but to prevent our nation from ever actually becoming a democracy, or even being run as a democracy. Democracy is inherently evil. There is an old adage that still rings true; “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb ‘voting’ on what to have for dinner.” Article Four Section Four of the United States Constitution states very clearly and very plainly that the independent but united States of America are guaranteed a republican form of governance.

This should be prefaced by the fact that one should not confuse this with the republican party of today, but rather that the nation as a whole, as a unity of independent states, in an effort to promote their common good … as the meaning for “welfare” today is decidedly different than what it was at the time … established a Constitutional Representative Republic … as Ben Franklin also noted, somewhat wryly perhaps … “If you can keep it!”

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What was the communist invasion of Texas
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To look at the title, one may presume that this is little more than yet another rant about the current socialist push by the Statist left, but such is hardly the case. In fact, this is a historical account, easily verified … and strong standing for the veracity of my claims that a Voluntary or Libertarian Society is not only lawful, but fully and wholly constitutional at the level of the township.

Originally, as the nation was founded, the federal government was to be largely restricted to concerning itself with the common good … effectively limited to securing the borders against invasion and ensuring a modicum of equality by and between the independent but united States of America.

The States, being independent and sovereign, would have a little more sway and direct influence on the lives of the people that comprised the body politic. However, the real source of freedom as it were, was established at the local level … primarily the county or even more specifically, at the township level. The Constitution guarantees a republican form of governance only at the State and federal levels … and this was with good reason.

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What should be on every preppers shopping list
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The prepper, living completely off the grid is always going to have certain needs that people living in the larger, urban population centers will not always need … and when they do need them, it is probably going to be a little late for them to begin worrying about it, but then again, that is all the more reason that living off the grid is becoming increasingly popular among many Americans. The list included herein is not meant to be a comprehensive listing, but should give the Prepper a much better idea of things to look out for, whether shopping in the local dollar store, flea markets, auctions or second hand shops.

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Inexpensive electrical energy off the grid
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Back, a long place ago in a time far away, when I was just beginning to look at moving off the grid, and my home away from home was scarcely more than a blank spot of desert land, I shunned AC power and my generator whenever possible. Not only was the gasoline powered generator expensive to operate, it required resources that I was unable to generate on my own at the time and was an added expense that amounted to a luxury I could not afford.

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Crazy coots, homestead security, prepping
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There is never any such creation as “the perfect defense” for a house, a business or any other structure, and certainly not for an entire isolated homestead completely off the grid. Such a concept as a “perfect defense” is in every sense of the word, what is deemed scientifically, to be a “statistical impossibility”. That is not to say that it is entirely impossible to create impenetrable defensive measures, or that a homestead defense system will not serve its purpose adequately well, but merely that the odds are so long against such an occurrence, that it is deemed by science and statistics to be so unlikely that it may as well be impossible. We have already seen a great many natural defensive measures that can be put in place to dissuade both the four-legged and two-legged vermin from exploring the homestead, but aside from placing booby traps that may cross legal boundaries, is there anything more that can be done?

Enter the homeless vet. Yeah, that seemingly healthy guy that was trying to get enough change to get something to eat, or maybe to get something to drink to forget about the horrors he has seen. Statistically, one out of every twenty homeless combat veterans will consider or attempt to commit suicide … but is this because they are crazy or because they have been abandoned or merely because they are having major issues adjusting to “civilized society” upon their return? Are these really the kind of people that a homesteader would want or need on their private homestead? How do you avoid finding the “Winter Soldier” or the guy just trying to invoke pity merely because it is an easier way to pursue his career in panhandling?

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Has Academia moved into the realm of asinine?
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It was once said that “Knowledge” is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. “Wisdom” on the other hand, is having enough sense to utilize that knowledge and NOT putting the tomatoes in the fruit salad.

Knowledge and Wisdom are both inherently important for the evolution of the human species and the continuation of society as a whole. Unfortunately however, it would seem that this day and age has seen the literal “Age of Enlightenment” killed in the very same halls of Academia that gave birth to the movement in the first place. Pseudo-intellectuals espousing easily refuted emotional diatribe as fact and reality have now overrun the institutions of higher education. This trend may have started some time back, but … at least hopefully, it has seemed to have reached what must surely be its zenith … for if it reaches out anymore, our nation will surely be lost in the midst of the madness. It does indeed seem as if the inmates are now running the asylum … and the worst thing we can do is to allow such madness to spread unchecked.

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What are the benefits of bees and beekeeping
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Bees are an absolutely amazing and relevant part of virtually every homestead, on or off the grid. While the thought of being surrounded by bees may be intimidating at first, the benefits are such that they far outweigh any detriment save on those occasions when the homesteader may be allergic to bees … in which case this approach is probably best left to the care of the neighbors.

However, even in cases where one homesteader may in fact be allergic to the bees, it may be possible to work out a deal with some of the neighbors, perhaps exchanging some of the costs in return for a portion of the benefits.

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Invisibility is the key for the survival of the prepper
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Some people who decide to create a homestead completely off the grid want to live in complete harmony with nature, while others may be the proverbial paranoid prepper, but remember that once again, the main issue of concern living off the grid should be finding that common ground. In both of these cases, there is a very good likelihood that they will want their homestead to blend in as seamlessly as possible with the surrounding environment.

For some it is merely a matter of beauty and aesthetics, for others it is a desire not to intervene with nature any more than necessary, and for some it is merely a matter of not being seen quite so easily, but the end result is that all of these individual homesteaders have much the same desire.

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Do people really want to know the truth?
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The proverbial slippery slope, like any major fall, is not painful in and of itself. The pain does not generally occur until the inevitable conclusion once the bottom is hit. There are three points of consternation I will reference at the end of this article, but let us first take a look at the “crazy conclusions” I drew from past events.

In a very literal example of this theory, when I was a young child, I took my sled out one beautiful winter day. All of the crops had long been harvested out of the valley, though the berry bushes remained in place down by the runoff that ran through that particular valley. The slopes however, were ideal for sledding and I intended to take full advantage of an entire day off to make as many runs as I could down that beautiful slippery slope. At first, it was both satisfying and exhilarating as I had my way with that hill and valley which in my young mind, challenged any of the best ski slopes in the world.

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Do preppers present an existential threat to society?
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According to the National Defense Authorization Act or NDAA, reports commissioned by the past two presidential administrations (at the time of this writing) and numerous local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies, the average American Prepper presents a clear and present danger to society. Apparently, the desire to merely remain free and to be left alone indicates a major security concern for some unknown reason. All of the political jargon aside though, it is an interesting enough subject to merit looking at, and for any of the readers who may in fact be law enforcement agents, your comments, feedback, thoughts, views and opinions are always appreciated. Does the average American Prepper present any threat to “Civilized Society”?

A great many preppers are CCW permit holders … Concealed Carry Weapons Permit Holders … which can mean only one thing, though some people see it differently:

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