Monday, September 10, 2012

10 Obstacles to Achieving Personal Independence

Activist Post

Independence and self-sufficiency is built into the very fabric of any pioneering nation or society. The modern world, by contrast -- particularly the U.S. -- is in a dangerous predicament as life on the homestead has been traded for lives in suits within urban environments.

Running in tandem with this reduction in physical self-sufficiency is the emergence of global governance that seeks a post-industrial world where people are destined to be centrally managed along with resources by a comparably tiny but powerful group of elites.

Clearly it is becoming more difficult to achieve personal independence. But it is still possible with knowledge and planning. In order to achieve personal independence, it is essential to first identify the obstacles being presented, then do everything in our power to find ways over or around what is being put in our path to freedom.

Skills: Modern society has all but eradicated the instinct of self-preservation. Just a generation ago it was common for both men and women to be knowledgable about how to fix household items, garden, prepare and preserve food, etc. Today's skills that are admired are in the digital realm. While some of these skills are essential in a high-tech world, many are obstacles to personal independence as they distract from the essential hands-on living that takes place in the real world. Re-focus on learning basic skills such as hunting, fishing, food preservation, electrical, and plumbing, among others. Commit to a path of self-sufficiency.

Health: Our health is being assaulted at a rate never before seen. The sheer amount of ways humans and our environment are being poisoned is staggering. We also have a branch of mad science known as Transhumanism that seeks to permanently alter the structure of what it means to be human. To combat this, we must seek a balanced lifestyle as one of the surest ways to personal independence, as it reduces the need for a corrupt and inept medical system that is the standard the world over, and will force itself upon us if we don't become wise to their methods. Learn how to eat healthy, use medicinal herbs, improve your mental and spiritual health, and get sufficient exercise to protect and even reduce DNA damage on a path toward becoming more fit to overcome all obstacles thrown your way.

Knowledge: The focus of modern education is centered around producing non-thinking drones who, by their very nature, are dependent on an operator. It's an education system that prevents us from determining possible threats, let alone puts zero emphasis on teaching real skills to deal with those threats. Once we gain the knowledge to recognize what threatens our freedom, health, finances, environment and so on, we will be armed with the motivation to break free. Then we must educate ourselves and children as to the path and methods needed to achieve independence. One of the most effective ways to ensure that our children are being taught how to live an independent lifestyle is to consider pulling them out of indoctrination centers and homeschool them. And once they are home teach them how to think critically by identifying the modern methods of mind control.

Community: The concept of community is literally being turned on its head. The modern trend is to create a form of mob rule that is displayed in concepts like Communitarianism. This is a system where any true individual is perceived as a threat, instead of as an integral part of the whole. It seeks less diversity, not more. A strong local community is, however, essential in achieving one's personal independence, as it is a support structure during times of stress or hardship, as well as adding much-needed social bonding and the intellectual stimulation that comes from dialogue and debate. A group of other like-minded individualists who share values, resources, and skills can reduce the overall dependence on agencies and governments that seek exactly that. Although personal independence is the goal, having a tribe of peers for support makes it that much easier.

Financial: The economy is working against us on so many levels, such as currency devaluation due to deficit spending on endless wars and corporate bailouts, which is resulting in rising food prices and a host of other pressures to our financial independence. But it's also one of the primary reasons to seek independence. True freedom begins by first not being a slave to finances. One should explore solutions rooted in a decentralized model such as local co-ops and alternative markets, as well as barter networks and alternative currencies. For those with Internet skills, starting a blog or website can be a relatively fast way to generate extra income, or even to attain full economic freedom from nearly anywhere in the world. Buy tangible assets and explore strategies for insuring against economic collapse to remain independent regardless of overall economic conditions.

Energy: Major industry stifles alternative and free energy inventions, Nikola Tesla being the best historical example of this suppression. Energy prices are also rising under the weight of a collapsing dollar. Continuing war in the Middle East is putting pressure on oil pricing, and coal supplies are dwindling along with government shutdowns over alleged environmental concerns. Now is the time to consider getting off the energy grid as quickly as possible. There are energy breakthroughs which seek to make this happen on a wide scale and should be investigated. In the meantime, you can make your residence more energy efficient through weather proofing, or by installing solar or wind power as a good first step. There are alcohol options to run your vehicles. Reducing your dependence on outside energy sources also will be a priceless investment even without the prospect of economic collapse. And if a full-blown collapse does take place, you will be in a much better position to remain independent as core infrastructure fails.

Water: There are many reasons why our global store of fresh water is in deep trouble. Everything from industrial pollution, environmental disasters, hydraulic fracturing, pharmaceutical poisoning, and a private corporate takeover by commercial bottlers like Coca-Cola and Nestl√© threatens our most precious natural resource. Droughts can create shortages and drive up prices at any time. Ideally, one should have a source of water on site, but it is essential to at least identify sources of spring water in your area, then learn water storage techniques. It also good to have a water purifier for both travel and at home as a backup.

Food: A looming food crisis is quickly coming to a head. Food inflation, shortages, and riots are being announced for 2013 by the mainstream media. We know that documents such as Henry Kissinger's infamous Memorandum 200 called for using food as a weapon. To maintain independence during this crisis it is essential to learn the best methods for off-the-grid food production. Even with a small property, you can convert your lawn to a perennial permaculture garden as shown in the video below.

At minimum you can create a seed bank, or invest in bulk food storage to preserve food security as well as to have a store of tradable goods. At the very least, identify and support your local farmers markets, family farms and co-ops to build the strength of your own community which will help preserve your personal independence.

Shelter: Most of us still believe a man's home to be his castle. The outright violations of property rights has reached a scary level, especially in urban centers where roving gangs of corrupt, violent and untrained bureaucrats and their police henchmen even demand home gardens be removed. This, combined with eviction over property taxes (like this 101-year-old woman), has removed nearly all semblance of what it means to have one's own place of shelter and refuge. But people are fighting back. To regain personal independence it is necessary to organize locally and agree to resist such intrusion. This has been done with some success in certain areas in regards to food freedom, and protecting those who face wrongful eviction. If it is exceedingly difficult to change local statutes, or if your property taxes are foolishly high, it may be time to relocate to an area that offers more freedom.

Legislation: A wave of legislation seeks to criminalize personal independence. You have to know that when the Amish are being attacked and imprisoned, we are very far away from where we started. Raw milk demonization, an ongoing drug war that is a complete disaster, persecution for home gardens, and even declaring certain types of livestock to be an invasive species are all signs that legislation is out of control. The biggest obstacle to legislation is the power that we grant it. Any dictator can make a law, or create an agency to enforce made-up regulations. We must have the courage to resist and be active within our local communities to tell our government (and show them) where the line in the sand is. Tyranny never stops until it comes face to face with an entity bigger than itself. That entity is called We the People.

For anyone who has done even a limited amount of research, or simply looks around with open eyes, our supposedly advanced modern world is becoming a veneer that is wearing very thin. Centralized government aims to demonize anyone who espouses concepts centered on an independent lifestyle. It is more important than ever that we spread the word about what central planners have in store for our world, then commit ourselves to standing our ground, not being slaves, and redoubling our efforts to preserve a strong, but peaceful co-existence. The only way to do this is to empower ourselves and others with the knowledge and skills that will remove the anxiety of being unprepared and defenseless. The open hand we extend should be one given to offer assistance, not to beg for it.

Please share your own advice or strategies for personal independence in the comment section below.

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Dr. Goldstein said...

I immigrated to NW Canada from the USA 20 years ago. Even then the writing was on the wall. Basic rights were being steadily erased. They always called it "making tools for law enforcement", and it was obviously leading into todays United Police States of America. No regrets on bailing out BTW.

Canada makes it waaay easier to become independent and self-sufficient. In the USA I always had to stick with some job I hated, just so my family could have some half-assed health insurance. Here in Canada we all have the same all inclusive health coverage. Any clinic, any doctor, any hospital ,any time. There is no such thing as a hospital bill or a doctors bill up here.

The result is more entrepreneurs, more self employed, more people off the grid, and more people doing their own thing whatever it may be.

Anonymous said...

Excellent empowering article. I like adding the positive and negative - to deny either one is to be delusional. Great post.

Fannie LeFlore said...

Great information in this article. Love your conclusion regarding "efforts to preserve a strong, but peaceful co-existence."

Yes to empowering ourselves and others with knowledge and skills "that will remove the anxiety of being unprepared and defenseless."

A high-five to "The open hand we extend should be one given to offer assistance, not to beg for it."

Very empowering solutions and approaches!

Anonymous said...

This comment is concerning the Eurozone Debt Crisis, and I suggest that it be solved using the Principles of Fairness, Justice, and Equity.

I will explain this in order that there are no ambiguities, and this comment can be applied to other Economies, and I hope it helps us to understand the current Global Economic Problems, because Globalization was not conducted with Fairness and Justice.

All right thinking individuals will agree that Fairness, Justice, and Equity are all good things, but what People really want to know about is Self Interest.

I will explain why Fairness, Justice, and Equity are in People’s Self Interest, and I will speak of the Eurozone Problems, and it can be applied to other Economies and policies like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The Euro was not introduced with Fairness and Justice, and this why there is a lack of Equity in the European Union Economy, because even if there were a Political Union in the Eurozone, it will not follow the Principles of Fairness and Justice that maximizes Equity.

It may not have been Fair or Just to have allowed Greece to join the Eurozone, and this why there is less Equity in the European Union.

I do not know if it is Fair or Just to keep Greece or any other Country in the Eurozone, and that is up to Experts who follow the Principles of Fairness and Justice to access that, and if any must leave the Eurozone, then it must be done Fairly and Justly, because this will maximize the Equity in the European Union.

Many of us have good reasons to be sceptical that France and Germany and other Countries will not act with Fairness and Justice, and this will affect the Equity of the European Union.

If it has been determined that any Eurozone Country should leave the Eurozone, then it should be done with Fairness and Justice, in order to maximize the Equity in the European Union.

It would not be Fair or Just to let any country join the Eurozone unless have an unrigged Referendum, but Many People think that the Euro Common currency was not Fair or Just, even if there were Referendums, because a Common Currency amongst different Countries can never be Fair and Just, and this comes at the cost of Equity to Europe.

It is not Fair or Just for the Main Stream Media that is the Fourth Estate in a Democracy to become a Fifth Column against the Voters, which inevitably leads to the loss of Equity in Europe.

This is because of Corrupt Crony Monopolistic Capitalism, which inevitably leads to the loss of Equity in Europe.

The same applies to Corrupt Courts like the ICTY at The Hague, which are only American Puppet Kangaroo Courts that accuse the Innocent, and cover up for the Guilty American War Criminal Politicians.

I could go on and on, but I think that I have given enough examples to make the point, and so it is up to the Eurozone to ponder on this proper advice.

I would urge all Eurozone Countries and even the other European Countries not to circumvent these Principles of Fairness and Justice, because if they do, then it will come at the expense of the level of Equity in Europe.

My opinion is that it would be Fair and Just for the European Union to come up with a Fair and Just plan of action by the end of the year, in order to maximize the level of Equity in Europe.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this interesting article.

Anonymous said...

For more than 20 years I have been letting go of modern junk science and concentrating on real and timeless skills, like canning food, researching wild edibles and working with my hands.
I am ready to go hunting and living in the wild should it come to pass and provide my own entertainment. I play acoustic guitar, harmonica, etc.

Anonymous said...

No one really owns anything. Big G can steal anything they want from you. Try not paying property tax and see who your 'all paid for' house belongs to now. That's right, the luciferians.

Anonymous said...

There can never be any form of independence, let alone freedom in the united States so long as the unalienable, God-given right to property ownership is denied by this corporate government.

The property tax must be eliminated for the sake of our Republic. It is a recurrent, PROFILE TAX that is UnConstitutional, unlawful and unjust.

More than 100,000 Americans will lose their homes this year because of this most harmful, hurtful and destructive tax.

Please stand with those true Patriots who believe in the right to a home.

Tom Bedlam said...

Most of this can be summed up as - buy a farm. 50-100 acres would do.

By three years from now, I'll be paid out, off the grid and "over unity" on food production. Grant you, I was a farm kid as a yoot, so most of this "know how to wire, plumb, weld, shoot, plant" stuff is all old hat.

I can, if need be, plow with a mule, too, so no gas required. It's just a real big effort to do without. Get hungry enough, though, you'll cope.

Anonymous said...

So the article is interesting, but start doing something. Invest in home food canning equipment and start putting up your own store of seasonal fruits, veg. etc. That's a good place to start. Lots of how-to info on the 'Net to help you along.

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