Thursday, January 29, 2015

Episode 153, Odds of Another American Revolution

What are the odds of another revolution in America?

Thomas Jefferson asked long ago: "What country ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion?"

He followed that question with another: "What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?"

Although Jefferson believed that "a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical", we certainly haven't had any lately. It's been a century and a half since the Civil War, the last internal conflict in America that could qualify as a revolution.

In this show, I discuss the potential for another American Revolution. What would it take for revolutionary thoughts to become action? Who would participate? Who would oppose the revolutionaries? Today, millions of Americans hold the federal government in contempt, yet they tolerate it, for fear of the consequences. What forces or events would tip enough of them from passive contempt to active resistance and allow a revolution to begin? And what would happen once a revolution got underway?

Too big a subject for one show--one hour is only enough to get us started. Be sure to come back for Part 2.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Episode 152, Update on The Collapse

It's been a while since I've talked about The Collapse. In this show I:
  • Define exactly what I mean when I say, "The Collapse"
  • Describe how The Collapse will be a process rather than an event
  • Discuss why The Collapse hasn't happened yet
  • Give the likely cause of The Collapse when it does happen, and
  • Talk about what you should be doing between now and whenever The Collapse finally arrives.
Plenty of doom and gloom in this show, folks.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Episode 151, Living With Chickens on Liberty Ridge

We took delivery of a small flock of chicks in February 2013 and have been living with them ever since here on Liberty Ridge.

Now's as good a time as ever to talk about our experiences with them, almost all of them positive.

Key points:
  • Chickens are easy.
  • Chickens are noisy.
  • Chickens aren't smelly (they don't have to be).
  • Chickens can fly.
  • Chickens have sex (and it isn't consensual).
  • Chickens attract predators.
  • Chickens are productive--at least ours have been.
  • Fresh eggs from home-raised chickens are delicious.
(By the way, I forgot to mention on the podcast, but you don't need a rooster in order to get eggs. To get baby chicks, yes, but not eggs. We have a rooster because of what he adds to the flock--he watches over them, and provides the possibility of new chicks, if we end up wanting or needing those.)

Net-net: Chickens are great! If you can, you should give them a try!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Episode 150, Time to Vote Again?

Well, it's midterm election time again.  Oh, the pagentry, the drama. Democracy in action. Exercise your franchise. Vote or die! (Insert raspberry sound here.)

Should you vote?  I say no, for reasons I expand upon in this podcast.
  • Voting in a democracy such as we have today is indistinguishable from mob rule.
  • Voting gives sanction to otherwise illegitimate organizations and their actions.
  • Your vote makes no material difference.
How about local elections? Maybe a bit more legit, but be careful, there's plenty of bad stuff going on here too.

They say "If you don't vote, you can't complain about the outcome".  That's BS. You have a legitimate complaint only if you DON'T vote.

Democracy is an illegitimate religion, and voting is the sacrament. Don't fall for it.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Episode 149, Raised Bed Gardening at Liberty Ridge

The first summer/fall growing season is coming to an end at Liberty Ridge. Time to assess what we did, how things turned out, and what we would do differently.

The short story is that we had a lot of success given that it was our first growing season in a new area, using techniques mostly new to us. And although we had success, we made a couple of missteps, which we will be correcting before spring comes.

On the side of success, most notable was the tomato bonanza we enjoyed (a small sample visible in the photo) from two 4' by 20' raised beds. We ate a lot of tomato salads, conducted three canning sessions for the pantry, and still had enough left over to trade away plenty more to neighbors and friends.

If you don't have a garden yet, just give it a try. You can do a lot even in a small space.  It's fun and delicious!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Episode 148, Liberty and Self-Reliance

Liberty and self-reliance--I call it LASR for short. The two go together. It's hard to imagine one without the other.

Liberty is doing as you like, exercising your natural rights, provided you deprive no-one else of his rights.
Self-reliance is providing for yourself the things you need and want, through your direct efforts and through voluntary trade with others.

Most of us do not live LASR lives. We live SAD lives--lives characterized by slavery and dependence. Why is that? And what can we do about it? What can you do to weaken the chains of slavery in your life? What can you do to reduce your dependence, and develop greater self-reliance. And what can you do to help others do the same?

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Episode 147, Listener Don Shrugs Out

Long time listeners will remember Don, who is himself a long-time listener to the podcast. Way back in July 2010, Don and a business partner, Bob, were in the Dallas area on business. We met for dinner, and we ended up recording a great show (Episode 28, check the archives).

Not long ago, Don and his wife made good on their shrugging out plans when they moved to a 40+ acre homestead in the mountains of Virginia. It has acres and acres of mature hardwood, multiple free-flowing springs, vegetable gardens, a well-built and comfortable home, an amazing multi-story barn packed with tools and supplies, and a creek that flows year round which he has tapped for hydroelectric power.

I was traveling recently in Don’s part of the country and stopped by to see him at his homestead. We spent some time sitting on the porch, enjoying the fellowship, the weather, and the scenery, talking about our favorite subjects—liberty, self-reliance, and shrugging out. 

Longest show ever--about 90 minutes.  Hope you enjoy.

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