The rains of winter bring a deep chill. We even had a decent snow a couple of weeks ago, before we left Oregon. It wasn’t a particularly cold December, but the oil furnace where we were living went out, and we were seeing our breath in the house every morning. Using electric wall heaters only resulted in an outlet fire that I had to put out with a fire extinguisher. Although we loved the gardens we built, we are glad to be done with our house in Sam’s Valley.
Our season has concluded, and the road ahead will be a thrilling ride. After driving across the country to visit family in Texas and Florida, we have begun our world tour, setting out into the world with our dreams and aspirations clear in our mind. We must leave life on the land and seek out our people. Those who dream as we do. We want to homestead land, and to live in a small village of like-minded people. So many people I have met have dreamed of this. Yet few actually achieve it to the degree that so many of us want. I think it’s time to do something about that.
My family is embarking on a great journey. We hope to see more of the world, and we hope to search for those who are ready to start taking some real steps towards securing a peaceful future in village life, a safe place for people to live naturally and free.
Since I moved to Oregon, I have been studying permaculture, with which we can overcome almost any logistical challenge to redesigning our society. The reason no one seems to have really pulled off a full on permaculture society is because such a way of life would directly compete with the system that is currently in place. It would outcompete it. But functioning permaculture economies are being prevented from arising by powerful interests who profit from their control over natural resources and populations. Until this changes, until we are actually free to do it right, we are very limited in what we can accomplish with permaculture, even if we have a good amount of money. Of course, most permaculture projects do not have great amounts of money. This is something else that must change.
It is possible. Public awareness of and interest in counter-economics is growing. Many people with hard earned savings are searching for a place to put their money where it will be safe from devaluation or financial collapse. It would be very wise, I believe, for us to invest in permaculture projects and villages as a means of production, an economic output that is much better able to withstand financial collapse, geopolitical upheaval, or natural disasters. As for conventional financial returns, such investments would yield low, but would stable and dependable, much like a certificate of deposit. The main advantage would be in the counter-economic perks; other forms of value that a permaculture village network would produce. A much broader basket than just dollars needs to be introduced. We need a multi-faceted value system, and we can only develop such a thing by getting into conversation with each other.
During our world tour, we hope to have conversations with people who resonate with this idea, as well as people who practice or teach permaculture, or who believe in liberty, peace, and consensual relationships. Voluntaryism. Agorism.
It’s time to build an alternative way of life to the rat race. We can construct villages with infrastructure for production and value adding, sell plots to homesteaders, and activate the industries as a means of production. We could develop a product line that would be top quality, with the added allure of coming from genuine village crafters and homesteaders. The life people could live in these villages would be very appealing, and if such a thing was truly available, many would flee they drudgery they’ve been duped or dragged into to join us in creating it.
So with this mission being proclaimed, we have packed up our things and upped anchor. After visiting kin for yuletide, we boarded the great flying birds and ventured deep into the Americas, starting at the imaginary line at the center of the world. We have officially begun our tour of South America. We will go from here to Anarchapulco, we are sure to connect with many like minds. Later in the year we will tour Europe and the United States as well. While abroad, we will be worldschooling our children, who are all coming with us. We like going on adventures together, and this will be our biggest one yet. We expect we will all learn a lot. We will be visiting some amazing places, and we will be meeting remarkable people. We are hoping to find other folks who want to do something different, and I think we will find them. I believe that there are places in the world already where something similar to what I have described is being undertaken. I want to visit and learn about how it’s all going. So if you’re out there, set a beacon and we’ll find our way to you!
Time to create a better world, y’all!