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Slaves to Progress: Thoughts from the New Plantation

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By Virgil - Posted on 14 October 2010

Having been lately fascinated with the Anabaptist way of life, I just watched the documentary “The Amish, A People of Preservation.” The documentary had the strange allure of a home-made movie, and throughout the entire film a strong thread common to all Amish emerged: they do not want to become slaves to Progress at the expense of their families, communities and Faith.

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Windpressor's picture

The allure of intentional community is a troubling mix with my libertarian angst. One can easily admire the LDS emphasis on family cohesion, work ethic and preparedness efforts and yet have serious reservations against their adherence to doctrinal effluent under hierarchical authoritarian ministrations. There is a lot to be said for a decent mix of sustainability, renewable energy, organic agriculture, handcrafting, etc. Puzzling that so much of the advocacy for such noble endeavor has been hijacked by cultic and collectivist ideological thuggery.
For some pointed commentary with a YouTube link to a production by the "1010 Global" initiative check --
Enviro-Nazis Lose Their Marbles

Agorism is a conceptual frame work that appears worth further pursuit.
From the promotional exposure I have seen about Homestead Heritage, I am impressed by how close it comes to looking like where we could find desirable accommodation -- but -- there is also cause for cautionary pause found in a GOOGLE link to an entry at

The work a day grind keeps us from a more thorough achievement of the dream for co-homesteading this acreage of junk infested habitat ...


G-Juan Wind

Virgil's picture

Well said Wind....I consider myself a Voluntarist as well so this is not that new to me, but the question is how to create more awareness about this and encourage people to walk away from the system? It's really a war of the minds and intellectual arguments worth pursuing and sustaining.

Paige's picture

"the English (as the Amish would call us) dedicate their lives to the 8 to 5 job, corporatism and a life-long pursuit of a career, all away from family and community."

Unquestioned story going on there...


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