UPDATE 5.17.22: There’s a lot to like about being self-reliant in times like these or any time for that matter. I wrote this piece for you with that in mind. Originally posted August 16, 2021. You may have noticed that every time America endures a crisis, people start getting back to the basics. Oftentimes that means farming. The Wall Street Journal's Krithika Varagur reports on a new wave of young Americans returning to the land in the wake of the pandemic and violence in the cities. She writes: More young Americans are joining the agriculture sector and changing what it means to work … [Read more...]
Looking for a Better America
After decades of urbanization, Americans are rebelling against the “bigger is better” mentality of city-living. Seeking a smaller, more affordable, sustainable, and secure lifestyle, some are venturing out from the mega-cities in search of a different life.
A number of techniques have become popular in an effort to save, especially scaling down the size of one’s home. Living small and saving big is even better when it’s coupled with living in a state that treats you more like a human than an ATM it can withdraw money from.
Look for a better America today. Start by reading what I have written to help you below:
You saw during COVID lockdowns a ramp-up of the ability of the government at every level to track, trace, and control the movements and interactions of Americans. Many Americans found this modern "virtual Panopticon" a bit disturbing. Of course, politicians loved the new capabilities afforded to them via emergency powers, and have begun pushing for more. In Houston, the city wants certain businesses to implement surveillance on themselves, and to pay for it, and to require those businesses to store the footage and hand it over whenever it's requested. Elizabeth Nolan Brown explains at … [Read more...]
You can see with your own eyes the separation of states. This isn't Lincoln's Civil War; it's the virtual war of our times. Never in our lifetime has the crossing of borders from blue state to red meant so much for one's freedom. Look at the outcomes from COVID and how it was handled across red states vs. blue. The red states won by a landslide. The Wall Street Journal's editorial board writes: The nearby table shows the state ranking based on a combined score of the three variables. Utah ranks first by a considerable margin over Nebraska and Vermont. The Beehive State scored well across all … [Read more...]
What does suffering under an oppressive regime sound like? In the past, that may have been a difficult question to answer directly, but not anymore. Video posted to Twitter by author and radio host, Patrick Madrid, of people screaming out their windows in despair after a week of being locked down in Shanghai is the sound of pure oppression. The translation she gave me: “It’s Shanghai, everyone is screaming, started with a couple now everyone is screaming, after a week of lockdown, something is going to happen, no one knows when this is going to end.” He says they can’t even step outside … [Read more...]
The last time America's big cities faced a crippling wave of crime, criminologist, James Kelling, and political scientist, James Q. Wilson, wrote what is probably the most famous criminological article of all time in The Atlantic. It was titled Broken Windows. In the piece, Kelling and Wilson make the common sense argument that setting expectations for crime and justice can affect the amount of crime in an area. They write: But the link between order-maintenance and crime-prevention, so obvious to earlier generations, was forgotten. That link is similar to the process whereby one broken … [Read more...]
No way I'm heading to NYC. Check this out. And consider the big-name residents all over the city selling. Karen Zraick and Ashley Wong report for the New York Times: When it was completed in 1931, the City Bank-Farmers Trust Company Building towered over the financial district as one of the tallest buildings in New York City. It was, in fact, the tallest with a stone-clad facade, which featured 14 Assyrian-style busts, called “giants of finance,” watching over the narrow streets from their perch on the 19th floor. Replicas of coins from around the world adorned the entrance, representing … [Read more...]
In summer 2020, city dwellers were pinched by COVID lockdowns on one side and the rampant violence and crime unleashed by the rhetoric of Democratic politicians on the other. That combination led them to flee their cities in droves. The cities with the largest losses of residents were San Francisco and Manhattan. CNS News’s Terence P. Jeffrey reports: New York County, which is the borough of Manhattan, and San Francisco County, which is the City of San Francisco, led the nation with the highest percentages of population decline from April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021, according to data published … [Read more...]
This week a Quinnipiac University survey asked Americans “What would you do if you were in the same position as Ukrainians are now, stay and fight or leave the country?” While 68% of Republicans said they would stay and fight, and 57% of Independents said the same, only 40% of Democrats said they would fight for their country. In response, Matthew Hennessey asks in The Wall Street Journal “What in the hell has happened to this country?” He continues: One can hardly imagine Americans of yesteryear exhibiting such high levels of yellow-bellyism. Where have all the Minutemen gone? The … [Read more...]
The sad impact of progressives' efforts to eliminate bail and jail time for criminals was almost immediate. The "no bail, no jail" attitude of the liberal left running America's big cities put criminals right back on the street with no collateral standing between them and repeated offenses. Americans are sick of it. And now, sensing that they have gone too far, the left is desperately trying to backpedal. New York Governor Kathy Hochul is pushing a sleight of reversals to the progressive pro-crime agenda. No doubt she's hoping a u-turn on crime will give voters time to forget her party's … [Read more...]
Even before his first day in office, Mayor Eric Adams has been known to prefer the company of the city's celebrities, spending time at famous night clubs. Shortly after his election, Vanity Fair wrote that the mayor "parties with CEOs and rappers—and insists that nightlife will be part of his day job." Given his preference for celebrity friends, is it any wonder Adams is focused more on appeasing celebrity ball players than on removing masks from toddlers? After criticism from NBA and MLB began stacking up, Adams responded saying he'd find a solution. But what about parents of young … [Read more...]