May 06 2014
– Code Green Prep
If you are fortunate, you have managed to secure a reasonably large lot for your retreat, and if you are very fortunate, the chances are your lot will be larger than what you could work yourself in terms of cultivating crops, grazing livestock, and so on, particularly in a future scenario where mechanical productivity aids like tractors are no longer available to help you in your work.
There are plenty of good reasons why you should wish to have a larger-than-you-can-handle lot size. For example, it allows you to expand the number of people you admit to your retreat, because extra people can productively be put to work to provide food for themselves and extra for everyone else. It also gives you a geographical buffer against natural disasters and unexpected misfortunes, ranging from fires to floods, infestations, and who knows what all else. It also gives you a ‘buffer zone’ and some added isolation and security.
If the commonly held views are correct, if/when a major crisis destroys our society, it is likely there’ll be some sort of exodus of people from the cities and from the towns, too. These people will be looking for land to settle on and live on, and when they see your large spread, they’ll feel entitled to take some ‘fair’ (in their eyes) portion of it for themselves, especially if it is land that is lying fallow and not being actively in production by yourself.
This is not just conjecture or speculation. We confidently assert that it will happen, because there is plenty of historical precedence for such things – you only have to look back 150 years in our history to see plenty of examples of such things as our own west was settled.
This is the point where some preppers start to mutter darkly about weapons and tactics and all that sort of stuff. We’re not so sure that’s the best response because there may likely be some downside to you and your family members if you and the other people truly do start trading shots, and in this type of future, with diminished access to any type of healthcare, and the essential role of everyone in your community, such things are likely to be more impactful than they already are now.
If you do this, you’ll be reliving the range ‘wars’ and recreating the tensions between the cattle barons and the homesteaders in the late 1800s during our country’s ‘cowboy’ era, and such altercations seldom brought any good to any of the people involved.
There’s another consideration, as well. If you choose to aggressively defend your land, it will be something you will need to do on an ongoing basis. Some people will appear today, and after you beat them off, another group might appear tomorrow or next week. You will need to win every one of these ‘battles’, and hopefully to do so bloodlessly too. Sooner or later, you’ll find you’ll lose rather than win. To be realistic rather than defeatist, you can’t fight against all 330 million of your fellow Americans (or even the massively smaller percentage who will actually come to your land).
If you have land that is not being used to best purpose at present, why not cooperate with such people and strive to create a win-win arrangement for you and them. Why not encourage them to settle, and even help them get established.