Monday, August 25, 2014

home bias

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All of us suffer from Home Bias.  We place WAY too much importance on our homes in our survivalist plans and preps.  Whether it is placing a small fortune into a suburban dwelling where we plan on sheltering in place, a retreat where we plan on ending up, a farm where we plan on feeding ourselves or a small patch of dirt where we can legally squat so as never to be homeless and at the mercy of others, we all equate one spot with security.  This isn’t abnormal.  This has been the practice of 99% of humanity for near eight thousand years.  Since food forms all other behavior, and food production is now stationary, placing almost divine worship on to a geographical location is not irrational.  It is indeed a survival trait.  Until it isn’t.  Homes Bias, unfortunately, is a behavior that is going to have to be unlearned in time for the social collapse and the die-off, then once again embraced on a much fiercer level than in the past.  What I would like to emphasize here is our unrecognized behavior, so that you can recognize the danger.  I’ve hinted about this before.  You can’t be wedded to one spot when trouble comes your way.  And just because a spot produces food doesn’t make it a talisman against other dangers such as invasion.  I’ve told you that food production will attract thieves ( usually of an organized and well armed  nature ), and others have added that farming now is just to practice and learn.  Here, we talk about becoming too attached to land prematurely.  And how to modify this ( you won’t unlearn this, per se, except under abnormal circumstances, as it is so well ingrained ).


Those folks whose job it is to be parasites from others, the powers that be, are pretty good at what they do- they have to be to survive all those fights to the top and the infighting to stay there.  One great way to stay rich is to “give” away some of “their” money.  The welfare class was NOT put into place because our leaders gave two craps about the peasants starving in roadside ditches.  It was put into place merely to protect the means of production.  In an agrarian society, a peasant got uppity they were killed and another farmer stepped into their place.  Land was limited and people were unlimited.  At industrialization, jobs were limited and people were unlimited.  BUT!  The difference soon became apparent.  Machines could be sabotaged.  Workers rights were a bribe to forestall that.  Welfare states then followed that because the infrastructure that fed the means of production had to be protected against sabotage.  And as benefits flowed to more to bribe more the potential army grew and so benefits increased to pacify an ever growing, ever discontent mob ( Rush and other flaming idiots bemoaning every tax nickel the rich are forced to give the poor have no idea of history or any other nuance outside mercantilism ).  You don’t step off that fast moving train.  The other side of that coin was taking advantage of home bias to control the masses.  Continued next time.

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  1. I am amazed at the number of people who've never gone anywhere -and are proud of it. God just happened to have placed them in the best county in the whole wide world. Lucky them.

    Of course, a bit of travel might change opinions, so that's to be avoided.

    As much as I love where I live I'm not married to it. Travelling around the country I've found a lot of places that are pretty good -depending on the circumstances. Every place has tradeoffs. At least I know the strengths and weaknesses of my home area.

    Nothing like living out of a tent or a small boat for discovering how little a person really needs. It's also a great lesson in learning how to be a nomad, a most useful skill.

  2. Agreed, Fine hair and correct conclusion again. Any one spot you choose to improve and hold against all comers (even if its the US Army) will get you a single point of failure-that spot. What if there is a 'polar shift' and suddenly where your house is, is the new Antarctica? no matter how well armed you are you cant fight mother nature- you can only reach some sort of settlement for a little while at best. SO having places to retreat to, is a good idea, but since events could over take those places too, you need to also have a strategy on how to move on, and what you can do to belong to a new community that you have no previous ties to.
    Me? I have some basic skills and vague (by necessity) plans on how to retreat in any necessary direction and what (very little) to take with me. I also have 4 different places to go to in the event of an emergency with people in those places I trust who will take me and my family in (just as I will take them in if situations were reversed). Not a perfect plan and requires a large level of trust.
    Hopefully though we live out our lives on our homestead property and never need to retreat short or long distances, but we have plans and supplies for both.

  3. James, this is a very thought provoking post. Look forward to more.

  4. Just let me have mountains and trees and I'm happy.

    Idaho Homesteader

    1. It could be that to survive you will have to give those up. Being able to see the beauty (and resources) in many environments will be a huge advantage if one has to relocate to a different environment. I highly recommend everyone take a trip to any environment they haven't been in before. Even a passing familiarity and appreciation will be worth a lot more in the event of forced nomadism than complete ignorance (not that I am saying you are just that it is a good idea to not be too attached to any attributes.).

    2. I've been amazed several times by what I didn't expect moving to new climes/cultures. Korea was awesome- frigid cold winter but almost tropical monsoon summers. Not what you think watching MASH.