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The future is smaller– that’s the only way this works

Andorra

July 22, 2014
Andorra

Leopold Kohr was a rather obscure Austrian economist from the early 20th century who spent the better part of his career railing against the ‘cult of bigness’.

Kohr’s fundamental premise was simple: Big doesn’t work. Big corporations. Big governments. Big countries. There are just too many problems from size.

Think about ancient Rome. As the empire expanded, Rome’s imperial government had to create layers and layers of bureaucracies. Municipal levels, provincial levels, regional levels, etc.

They had to maintain a massive standing army to secure their constantly-growing borders. Tax collection was a nightmare. Infrastructure constantly needed expansion and maintenance.

It was all so costly, and absolutely required that Rome run an unwieldy, behemoth government.

History tells us that large governments almost invariably lead to waste, corruption, and overextension of power. It’s the large governments that rattle the sabers and constantly threaten warfare.

It’s large governments that maintain police states, that spy on their citizens, and commandeer nearly every personal choice imaginable with regulatory agencies that tell us how to educate our children and what we can/cannot put in our own bodies.

As Kohr theorized, bigness often leads to tyranny.

Moreover, it all ends up costing far more than a nation can afford… which is why big governments historically rack up even bigger debts.

Most of today’s big, established ‘rich’ countries are in exactly the same boat that Kohn predicted: heavily in debt. Militant. Aggressive. Tyrannical.

If you look at the more financially successful nations today, i.e. those with solvent governments who do not indebt future generations to drop bombs by remote control drones, they’re nearly all small.

Hong Kong has some of the lowest tax rates in the world. And yet the local government is awash with so much cash that they frequently send tax refunds back to local residents.

Singapore is in a similar position; the city-state has zero net debt, a strong defense force, incredibly low tax rates… yet they still manage to funnel excess tax revenues back into the economy, often as tax breaks or business incentives.

Here in Andorra is another example.

The personal income tax hasn’t even been implemented yet, but it technically only goes as high as 10%. Local property taxes are a joke– a friend was telling me she pays 70 euros a year to the local municipality.

Corporate income tax tops out at 10%. There are no estate or inheritance taxes. No wealth tax. No capital gains tax.

Yet this place remains one of the most civilized counties on the planet, and is tremendously affordable to boot.

(It doesn’t hurt that Andorra is gorgeous– postcard perfect. And it gets about 300 days of sunshine per year with some of the best skiing a human being could possibly ask for.)

Smallness is one of the key reasons why these places thrive.

The Andorran government would never be able to afford some massive police state or wage wars in foreign lands. They can’t afford bureaucratic regulatory agencies or obscene surveillance programs.

And the place is way too small for politicians to be able to hide. If the Prime Minister does something stupid, he’ll have 20 neighbors standing in his front yard the next morning taking him to task for his incompetence.

Large countries lack this sense of community and accountability. Everything gets lost in the bureaucracy and size.

It’s this very size now that is causing many of the largest economies in the world to collapse under their own weight.

In fact, all over Europe we’re seeing independence movements, from Scotland to Catalonia. There’s even been serious discussion raised about breaking California apart into six separate states.

This seems radical to most people. But when you look at the evidence objectively,smaller is about the only way an organized state can really work.

http://www.sovereignman.com/trends/the-future-is-smaller-thats-the-only-way-this-works-14717/

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    Starter Preparations List

    This is a short list of basic items every survivalist should have. This list is by far not all encompassing, but will get you started and well ahead of 95% of the population and should be considered BASIC MINIMUMS. You should eventually have more:

     LDS Food Calculator here: http://lds.about.com/library/bl/faq/blcalculator.htm

    Food: 1-year's worth for each member of the family.

    Per Person amounts:

    275 lbs Hard Red Winter Wheat 

    125 lbs Rice

    75 lbs Beans

    65 lbs Sugar

    60 lbs Powdered Milk

    30 lbs Salt

    2 cans Eggs

    4 gallons Cooking oil

    2 cases of MRE or Freeze Dried Foods

     

    Water: 1-year's worth for each member of the family.

    Per person amounts:

    700 gallons stored

    Portable Water filter

     

     

    Shelter: 

    Clothing

    Boots

    Tents

    Structures

    Quality hand tools for construction of shelter

     

    Weapons/Security:

    Per Person:

    Battle Rifle

    30 full capacity rifle magazines

    5000 rounds of ammunition per rifle

    Side arm

    15 full capacity pistol magazines

    1000 rounds of ammunition per sidearm

    Holster

    12 Guage Shotgun

    250 rounds of shotgun ammunition

    .22LR rifle

    10,000 rounds of .22LR ammunition

    Scopes

    Magazine carrying equipment

    Multi-caliber Cleaning kit

    Fixed Blade Knife w/locking sheath

     

    Medical/Dental

    Per Person:

    Mobile Medical Kit

    Chest Seal

    IV equipment

    Medications

    Dental Hygienist tools

    This list needs further medical personnel input

     

    Communications

    Per family:

    HAM/SSB transceiver

    Portable antenna

    MURs radios (or CB/VHF)

    Rechargable batteries

    Charger

    120W solar panel(s)

    Charge controller

    100Ah deep cycle battery

    Wiring

    Sine Wave Inverter

     

    BOB/GHB:

    Per Adult Person:

    Unfortunately, this is somewhat personal in nature, but there are some needed basic items

    Tarp or Rain Poncho (shelter)

    Knife

    MREs and/or Freeze dried pouches

    Water bladder/pouches

    Portable water filter

    Flashlight

    IFAK

    Compass

    Maps

    Lighter/Firestarters

    Bug Spray

    Spare Socks

     

    Miscellaneous:

    Night Vision (Gen 2 or better)

    Heirloom Seeds

    Grain Grinder

    Vitamin/Mineral Supplements

    Common size rechargeable batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9V, CR123a)

    Solar battery charger

     

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    Where There is No Doctor

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    Making the Best of Basics

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