[Homestead] Homesteading & Survivalists
genegerue at ruralize.com
Sun Jan 18 17:22:08 EST 2009
On Jan 18, 2009, at 11:21 AM, Clansgian at wmconnect.com wrote:
>> I could not agree more or emphasize too strongly that there is a
>> fundamental difference between the underlying philosophy and
>> motivation of homesteaders and Suvivalilsts.
I, too, agree with Lynn that survivalism is an opposite to homesteading.
I have experienced three waves of survivalists, the first in the
seventies, the second during the run-up to Y2k, and the current
revival. I have read the fearleaders, the writers, the authors. I have
the books. I have Mel Tappan's "Survival Guns." I have a big book with
plans for houses that are defensible and have secret places where one
is instructed to hide one's most valuable items, including one's
family when the hordes slink in during the night and garrote the
The survivalist mindset is born of fear. Survivalists gird themselves
against conditions that scare them. Survivalists think food storage,
gold, guns and ammunition are the answer.
> Homesteaders do not go into homesteading to weather a storm. Oh,
> it's a very good place to be during ecnomic or even personal storms,
> and no mistake. But homesteaders expect to be there no matter the
> economic times ... and for most, no matter the personal times either.
The homesteader mindset is born of love. Love for space, freedom, and
independence. Homesteaders work a way of life that is physically and
emotionally satisfying regardless of outside economic conditions.
Homesteaders think gardens, chickens and woodlots are the answer.
> Not all, in fact not many, of the survivalist or escapist mentality
> prepared to homestead. But almost all homesteaders are prepared to
> survive and escape. It is not their primary focus but merely part
> and parcel of the undertaking.
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