UPDATE: Let's continue exploring the concept of a physical III Community.
I think many of us agree that Wyoming has many advantages, not the least of which is the fact that it is already one of the most Liberty-minded states in the republic.
Let's also continue our theory of importing our own industry so that we can continue to interact with the rest of the country from the safety of our own community, earn a real living in a business we enjoy - we open a firearms manufacturing company.
Now, look at the county map of Wyoming above. Essentially, as offered by several great folks who have firsthand knowledge of the state, we have mountains in the west and high plains desert in the east. Eastern land is cheaper as a result.
Where would you choose to settle a III town, if we were to pioneer the effort? Personally, I'd choose the western part of the state with mountains at our backs, that comes with the big game many of us like to eat. Farming meat is already an industry in the state. The only thing missing for me is access to serious salt water.
Now let your mind consider the power to negotiate an incoming, job-producing industry has when choosing where to settle and set up shop. A group of business owners intending to open a hypothetical firearm factory would have bargaining power with city, county, and to some small extent, even state politicians. Tax breaks, favorable terms for infrastucture development, carving out the boundaries of a new town...the potential is significant.
Consider selecting a county and sitting down with the existing county Fathers, and negotiating a new town, with state/county recognized autonomy...
Once the factory is up and running, electing proper county-level officials gets easy, as J. Croft suggested.
If there are a few small towns already in the area, even better. Who wants to start from scratch? We'd have all the benefits of actually starting from scratch, without having to actually rough it quite that much.
Do you see the potential?
Is this not the concept advanced by the secessionists amongst us, a defacto separation, self-sufficiency with the ability to engage in commerce and self-governance under the Natural Laws recognized in the DoI, Constitution and BoR?
Is this not as close as any of us will ever come to self-determination...while building the ability to defend ourselves if it ever becomes necessary?
We are not re-inventing the wheel. Mining towns have operated on this model for centuries. If the primary local industry is employee-owned (rather than by those evil Robber-Barons), is it not what our most Liberty-minded Founders had in mind?
Isn't it what you have in mind when you think of how things should be?
This comment from J. Croft deserves a thread. It is from the III Brand post below.
J. Croft Mar 6, 2012 11:08 AM
What's needed isn't a logo, it's action.
If it's shooting then get away with it.
I propose making a III open carry safe zone.
Picking a town with a corrupt, incompetent government and run a full campaign ticket of candidates, constantly pounding on the enemy's faults and once elected, FIRE EVERYONE and hire Patriots. Scrap most or all the local ordnances, encourage entreprenurialism, get the funds listed in that town's Consolidated Annual Financial Report-not the budget-and give back to the community that twon's shysters looted from.
Broadcast the results and you'll have a peaceable Second American Revolution. And a brand for the Three Percenters.
What J. Croft is proposing is essentially a FreeState Project on a small town/village/County level, correct?
This is a concept I have considered for a long time, but I could never get around the issue of revenue - how do we feed ourselves without going agrarian.
Consider: A state like Wyoming that is already Liberty-friendly. Find a county that has a low population, so it would not take a mass migration to move into the area and elect a III Sheriff, and then III Patriots to other essential offices.
Here's how we feed ourselves and make a statement: What if we started a firearms company? Wyoming passed the Firearms Freedom Act, which included the power to arrest any Fed who pushed. A III Sheriff, supported by a III community would almost ensure a Constitutional Crisis if the Feds pushed...
Starting a firearm manufacturing company is something that Mrs. Kerodin has researched in-depth. The paperwork side is annoying. The insurance isn't the cheapest. But the skills needed, especially with modern CNC equipment, make turning out high quality firearms with a (relatively) low investment possible.
Patriots who move into the county could work at the company - I don't think there are too many who visit III blogs who would have a problem being part of such a business. The earning potential, especially if employee-owned, would be open-ended. Such an endeavor could, literally, give even 40-somethings & older folks the chance to change careers, if you've been locked into a trade/profession you'd rather abandon.
Housing: If the company owned a piece of property, why could it not drag in cheap trailers for initial housing? Or, build a dorm-style building for starters? As the company grows, incomes grow, and people can build what they want, where they want.
Community: Could not the company build a small "Town Hall" or other community buildings? We have III folks who would probably love to farm - what if we had a few III folks who chose to grow food rather than work in the gun company? All sorts of support businesses would pop up, from restaurants to whatever...
Capital: There's the hardest part, of course. But it is not insurmountable. It won't happen by selling flags & mugs, but it can be done.
Is such a concept not the classic "Build it and they will come" scenario?
If you, the average III Patriot, knew you had a job and place to sleep, and the potential to evolve your position into a real income, in a community filled with people who shared your values - would you go? Consider having the ability to truly influence the curriculum in your kid's school.
Yes, I know I am flying at the outer edges of the envelope right now. But would not this concept even appeal to the secessionists?
Weigh in, please. J. Croft, thank you.
And folks, while such a concept is BIG THINK...it is not impossible. We are Americans. If we choose to do something, we can get it done.
Is this something worth considering?