Wednesday, April 3, 2013

ape group


APE GROUP

I was catching up on my reading over at Survival Acres and was reading his usual rants.


( towards the middle to end he really starts warming up against the system )

 Which you have to admire even if you don’t agree with what is being said because it takes a special brain wiring to be able to capture that much mental diarrhea.  Here he is, selling freeze dried foods ( a higher tech preservation technique ) and larding up his site with ads for $120 camp stoves ( which you can duplicate with a few bucks in bricks.  It’s a friggin rocket stove- a design with Third World natives, trash fuel and discarded tin cans in mind, which has been Madison Avened with a “Made In America” label ) and his article talks about dropping out of the system and ignoring the consumer culture.  He also talks about becoming independent of everyone and their systems.  Hey, granted, every system out there that helps us is also a wealth pump for a controlling group.  But that is just the nature of things.  This guy wants to throw the baby out with the bathwater.  Humans are nothing more than hairless apes, behavior wise.  We have expanded mental and tool making abilities, but we “ape” the behavior of primates in our group dynamics.  Har, har, I’m a friggin poet and I didn’t know it ‘cause I’m a Longfellow.  Seriously, I’m 6’2”.  And speaking of old timey dudes, here is a fun filled trivia fact apropos to very little.  Washington Irving used a pen name, Knickerbocker, which soon came to be a nickname for New Yorkers.  That is where the sports team The Knicks got their name.

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If you try to become independent of human designed and run systems ( economic, political, cultural ), you are stepping away from your primate group.  This is one explanation of the violent rejection of dirty long haired hippies by the “straights” of the day.  Of course, another explanation is that guys shouldn’t have long hair, as this is a marker for females.  No one likes to look at a chicks ass, have indecent thoughts and then you get a glimpse of the front where the bulge is waist high instead of right below the shoulders.  Anyway, you start rejecting the economic system of the predominant group and you are rightly going to be rejected.  Of course the powers that be throw up roadblocks to your living off grid and denying the power company, the sewage treatment plant and whomever their profits.  But it isn’t just about greed.  It is an infrastructure that supports everyone, even as it benefits a choice few in an insanely large transfer of wealth.  Of course most folks will go along with laws and zoning and regulations that try to squeeze the off-gridders.  It is a threat to them also, the average house dwelling grid sucking hump.  Humans have benefited from trade since the Agricultural Revolution started.  I hate this, but we aren’t going back to hunter-gatherers ( the best we can do is have a die-off and a lucky few can go nomad or pastoralism ).  Even with a massive 97% die-off, there will still be too many folks around and too few animals to hunt.  Humans will immediately start farming again, and that firmly locks all Agricultural infrastructure back into place.

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Being unable to provide everything we need because almost no location can provide this ( a fertile valley won’t have minerals to extract, for instance ), trade is a requirement for everyone, everywhere.  Which means that everyone benefiting from that trade must work within that system.  Survival Acres guy says to be self sufficient from outside systems, yet the UPS truck picks up canned food from him to deliver to his customers on public roads using imported oil.  Of course it is silly to not grow as much food as you can and to have minimized fuel requirements for the home and to try to cushion for the coming gasoline shortages and etcetera.  But that is merely using the system to build a disaster insurance policy.  SA guy seems to be advocating taking things much further and setting up a lifeboat independent of others.  But you simply can’t do that with a community in today’s world ( a single individual or couple might ).  Right off the bat, owning property firmly beholds you to an outside system with the requirement to pay property taxes and abide by regulations.  So unless you melt away into the wilderness you are beholden to others.

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A minion generously recommended the book “Pitcairn’s Island” to me some time back.  I read it and pretty much dismissed it as “just another example of the evil ways of bitches” ( the women the castaways brought with them [ ‘mutiny on the bounty’ guys ] got all kinds of needless drama going on with their cheating, unnecessarily causing much discord and death ).  The story came back to me after reading the above article, and I think I should have listened to said minion closer when he said it was one of the best survivalist literature pieces he’d ever read ( or words to that effect ).  This is group dynamics at work.  Our ape behavior.  Without a system of control over culture and behavior, the group destroys itself.  We have been so busy worshipping the all mighty cult of the individual we forget that without systems, not just for trade but for “crowd control”, without some form of individual sacrifice over control to the group, we fail individually.  Which is why anarchy will never be a viable system.  The marketplace might provide most needed controls, but not the most important- regulating couples and families.  Which is a more fundamental reason to oppose gay marriage and related issues such as liberal divorce laws.  Without a foundation of responsibility, the family unit is rudderless.  And without the family, the rest of the ape group can’t function properly. 
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Note: I'm playing around with the timing of my lunch at work.  Until further notice you'll be seeing the article now posted around 10:30 am.  Also, another Kindle book review today.

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9 comments:

  1. A Dakota fire pit is just as good as a rocket stove. All ya need is a grill for the top. Lots easier to pack too.

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    1. Thanks- I don't know why I always forget about that one.

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  2. The survivalist's belief that maybe they won't go down with the ship because of knowledge or stuff they've stocked up on is probably just wishful thinking. So... I would not sweat a little hypocracy of preaching one thing (drop out of the system) and doing another (being part of the system). I liked your advice from earlier in the week. It's probably better to just enjoy the trip over the waterfall. I've got my lifevest on, but I'll still probably get crushed on the rocks below.

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    1. Ah, but if you survive...Viking fun and games.

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  3. Only in America could survivalist/collapse/apocalypse information sites peddle their crap shamelessly, for a tidy profit, without recognizing their own hypocrisy. While their fellow 'brothers' who share the same survivalist mindset are being economically crushed, they move in to exploit them even further.

    Survival Acres plus a few dozen others (including You Know Who) are living quite well while they seem oblivious to what is really happening to the majority. They have read too many Republican Party brochures about the benefits of 'Free Market Capitalism'. They really think that the only alternative to a Marxist system is Robber Baron Capitalism. May God have mercy on their souls. The recognition of this fact is not envy (a ligitimate criticism) but it is just simply calling a Spade a Spade. Sorry if that offends some people. I just happen to know too many hard-working conservative families, who played by all the rules, that are now facing extreme financial hardship because they bought into Right Wing Economics. If you disagree with this assessment, then f*#k you. You are part of the problem.

    Pitcairn's Island is a cautionary tale for all those who think they will 'bug-out' to an isolated spot with a group of like-minded people and live happily ever after. Ain't. Gonna. Happen. Especially if one of the group knows how to build an alcohol still. Another lesson to take away from the book (it is actually historical fiction but based on true accounts - buy it through Jim's Amazon link of course) is that you need one woman for each man in a settlement. For obvious reasons. Jim's analysis of the bottom line being a need for a ruling authority is absolute spot-on wisdom. Absorb it.

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    1. Profit motive is fine. The problem seems to be now it is profit without conscience. Selling a $30 can of freeze dried slop is OK, to a point. But pushing for that as the bulk of your food supply leads folks to waste money and not have enough food total. They either want to kill you for their profit or don't actually believe in the collapse. I hope it is the later rather than former.

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    2. I've always been with you on the food thing James. Beans, Rice and Wheat first and foremost. Then the canned, freeze dried and luxury stuff. In fact I include TP as a totally luxury item ! The weed sprayer and water will do fine for that, tho in your case water is harder to come by...

      Most think that it is Capitalism run amock, which partially may have some credence of fact. Really tho the bottom line we both know is lack of cheap energy. Something which both sides of the spectrum fail to grasp.

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    3. But it isn't free market capitalism that caused the collapse of the so-called American Dream. There hasn't been free market capitalism since the founding of the nation. Government interference has always been and will always been more burden than benefit. The American Economy has always been based on a command economy model than anything resembling a true free market economy as espoused by Ludwig von Mises. Please if anyone truly thinks that free market capitalism is ruining anything, truly and deeply needs to look at the history of the United States since 1793, there has never been a free market anywhere at anytime, because Libertarians haven't been in control yet. Oh Yeah and I agree wholeheartedly that turds like the jerk in Idaho aren't interested in anything other than the culling of the human species at the species' expense.

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    4. US economy- socialism for corporations and banks, free market for the workers.

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