Agrarian Resistance

One thing that is amazing to me, is that our slavery to the Banker-Industrialist class is one of voluntary slavery (at least at present). We are, to a large extent, able to walk away with our freedom and choose a different path. I say “to a large extent” because the reality is that many are so far down the debt hole that they can not climb out, they can however set their children up to live outside the bondage of the moneychangers. In the future we might not be able to walk away as easy, the past couple of years we have seen the government try to make it illegal to do everything from growing food to buying it. Food is an important part of the new “control grid” they are setting up. Most of the anti-establishment groups in this country are of no great concern to Elite, only Agrarianism truly threatens the very foundation of their empire and I suspect we will become the real villains of the State in the not to distant future. This being said, we still have today the ability to step away and a build the foundations of an alternate order. The best advise on how to do this comes from Lytle’s great essay The Hind Tit, which is available to read online. Lytle is one of the few people who really understood how to best resist the moneychangers.

To avoid the dire consequences and to maintain
life in an industrial imperialism, there seems to
one thing left for the farmer to do, and particularly for
the small farmer. Until he and the agrarian West and all
the conservative communities throughout the United States
can unite on some common political action, he must deny
himself the articles the industrialists offer for sale. It is not
so impossible as it may seem at first, for, after all, the necessities
they machine-facture were once manufactured on the
land, and as for the bric-a-brac, let it rot on their hands.
Do what we did after the war and the Reconstruction:
return to our looms, our handcrafts, our reproducing stock.
Throw out the radio and take down the fiddle from the
wall. Forsake the movies for the play-parties and the square
dances. And turn away from the liberal capons who fill
the pulpits as preachers. Seek a priesthood that may manifest
the will and intelligence to renounce science and search
out the Word in the authorities.

So long as the industrialist remains in the saddle there
must be a money crop to pay him taxes, but let it occupy
second place. Any man who grows his own food, kills his
own meat, takes wool from his lambs and cotton from his
stalks and makes them into clothes, plants corn and hay for
his stock, shoes them at the crossroads blacksmith shop,
draws milk and butter from his cows, eggs from his pullets
water from the ground, and fuel from the woodlot, can
live in an industrial world without a great deai of ‘cash.
Let him diversify, but diversify so that he may live rather
than that he may grow rich. In this way he will escape by
far the heaviest form of taxation, and if the direct levies
grow too exorbitant, refuse to pay them. Make those who
rule the country bear the burdens of government.

Lytle’s advise is as true today as it was when he wrote it. If the “agrarian movement” fails to see the power and importance of the subsistence economy, it will become as feeble as the other anti-establishment movements. The money crop IS IMPORTANT, but is not the MOST IMPORTANT part of the farm. We can’t do without it and it is stupidity to try not to have one, but we must not let the tool become the ends. We must balance our “Salatin” with a healthy dose of “Logsdon”.

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11 responses to this post.

  1. very good scott! my only caveats are community and a long 5-10 year plan. we had half-dozen families try moving out/walking away ten years ago ALONE and without much of a PLAN…thus most all are back in town/mainstream, or still alone without a plan. i think lytle’s writing assumes more “community” than we suspect, and far more planning for success when we’re talking about turning townies into farmers.

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  2. Well once again you have broadened my understanding of Agrarianism. I am thankful for it. As a reformed Presbyterian I have many debates with my Pastor over the ideas of Agrarianism and he is not very supportive of much of it. Particularly, he dislikes terms like Biblical Agrarianism as a descriptor for the system. Don’t mean to drag this off subject, just rambling about the general happiness of seeing some like minded interest.
    More on the subject, I am thinking of a current situation with a gentleman that is a brother in Christ, though of a different persuasion than you and I, yet also holds to an Agrarian way of living. His name is a household word among modern students of ‘ radical’ agrarianism. Of late, he is having some trouble making ends meet. He depends exclusively on charity from others to support the community and church that he has founded and is a very vocal teacher of all things agrarian. He has invested thousands of dollars and many years into becoming one of the foremost teachers of off-grid, sustainable living….and he is about to have to go find a job if more donations don’t come in.
    Last night I was reading Ecclesiates 10 to my wife and was stuck with this very apt verse which I am closely paraphrasing:
    A feast is made for laughter, and wine is for making merry, but money answers all things.
    Just this year, I met a fellow who was an analyst in a huge stock company that up and quit to go follow the teaching of the above mentioned brother. I wonder if he has learned to make wine yet? I haven’t had the time and I figure that it would be a cheap buy right about now.
    Anyway, thanks for the lessons and I am reading Lylte today.
    Bob M.

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  3. Posted by Scott Terry on December 29, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Mr. Rockett

    Thanks for stopping in! I’m a firm believer in at least a 200 year plan. In my experience, it will take that long to see any meaningful change. Its a slow row to hoe.

    Bob

    I wouldn’t expect to many reformed pastors to “get it”. Most of them don’t even see the problem.

    I’m sure I know who you are talking about. I like the guy, but we have too many differing theological presuppositions. The biggest being the nature of the Kingdom and the second being the concept of “separation”. I’m an Agrarian Reconstructionist who is decidedly Postmil in my eschatology, so his radical anabaptist agrarianism is very different from what I propose. To the outsider looking in, we probably look alike in the way we live our lives though.

    We need balance on the money issue. Unless we bill ourselves as a “teacher” or “preacher” none of us are going to be living on donations. I’m not sure many readers of this blog would want to anyway. We must make a profit, but that profit can’t consume us. Lots of extremism on this subject, both ways.

    What drives my agrarianism most is my passion for the biblical family. Industrialism kills it, agrarianism allows it to grow and blossom. What Christian worth his salt would lobby for the economy that has killed effective Christianity in the west? The reason many reformed clergy don’t like my message is that their whole world is built on the fraudulent economy of the moneychangers. To admit this is just too much I guess.

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  4. Scott,

    how do you contrast the strengths & weaknesses of salitin & lodgston? like them both very much and was wondering what you were getting at? like the 200 year plan, but I’m thinking more like 5, 10, 20, 40 year plans — ones I’m likely to be alive to see come to fruition. we need to get at least the reformed men in on brain-stoming how best to sell the idea of covenantal/biblical agrarianism in a way that is most palitable and embracing of appropriate tech, without becoming a whore to modernism. thoughts?

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  5. Posted by Scott Terry on December 30, 2009 at 9:59 am

    I like them both very much as well. My point is that we need both of these men, not just one or the other. I’ve seen people pit these two against each other. I think Salatin does a great job of teaching folks how to succeed with the “money crop”. I think Logsdon emphasizes “the good life” and the non economic riches of the agrarian life. I’ve noticed that big Salatin fans tend to over emphasize the business side and and get stressed out by a diversification centered around selling everything. They wind up being in “agribusiness” of a more “natural” kind. People who follow Gene’s approach sometimes build a great agrarian lifestyle that has to be funded by off farm income. I think we need to blend these two together to get the “Real Thing”. Make any sense?

    You ask how best to sell the idea of covenantal/biblical agrarianism in a way that is most palatable and embracing of appropriate tech, without becoming a whore to modernism. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about that, and I’ve been spinning my wheels. I think palatability is the key. For some reason the idea of agrarianism is offensive to the average person, very offensive.

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  6. Good points all. The impact on family is also our concern. Your review of Salatin/Lodgston is right on and is to the point on my critique of our mutual friend. Balance is the issue, and palatability is very well the key.

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  7. Posted by Jay on February 7, 2010 at 3:47 am

    What drives my agrarianism most is my passion for the biblical family. Industrialism kills it, agrarianism allows it to grow and blossom.Scott, I’ve been too busy to spend much time reading stuff on the web recently, but everytime I catch up on what you are writing, I am provoked to love and good deeds. And, again, I want to be like you when I grow up. Pray for those of us who grew up in a different world who are trying to make that transition.

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  8. Posted by Tommy Rightwing on February 28, 2011 at 4:38 am

    Yes, CALLED Christians (not all folks are actually “called” as in John 17:9, dig to learn who is who) are EMBASSADORS of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 5:20) and his Kingdom of God on Earth as in Heaven (object of “Lord’s Prayer!) The Lord is the Lawmaker (and judge and ultimate king) Isa 33:22. His law and prophecy is not abolished. (Mat 5:17-19) Don’t try to obey 2 masters! So…

    Essentially we are called to separate from the DC/global-humanist regimes. God is the supreme Authority, not others. (Rom 13 has confused many. Make sure your “church” never “registers” with any secular pseudo-authority.) We’re called OUR OF BABYLON (Rev 18).

    Ps 119:44-46 tells of one who obeys Godlaw AND so walks in liberty since he seeks precepts of God (clearly Godlaw, “law of liberty” we’re to do and gain by this – James 1:25 in New Testament, that speaks of our King replacing other regimes, I Cor 15:24-25.)

    Now in that law “we” (called ones) are not to pay interest; in this law “money” is keceph, is SILVER. Use it in barter! Dump use of the enemy “money” paper loaned at interest to govt and you.

    We need to build an ALTERNATE ECONOMY… as the mainstream paper money and corporatized, banker-lender system crashes (as in USSR, where paper ruble collasped and most folks had no cash! Barter.)
    But unlike USSR, don’t let the paper become “stablized” again.

    Preparare for short and longer scenarios. Definitely have food, FUEL, and items likely to need replacement for short survival.
    Definitely have weapons able to neutralize trained forces. {Is that biblical? Luke 19:27, Mat 10:34-38, Ps 18:11-34, etc} But look to REBUILDING A WHOLE CALLED-CHRISTIAN NATIONAL ECONOMY!

    WE need folks who know skills to set up home-shops away from the obviously Babylonized urban and alien-invaded regions. WE actually dominate over 90% of North America, just not the “control” part.
    Every industry is composed of components, even building aircraft.
    Replace the mega-corporate model (to kill competition) with local craft workers, linked, to fill actual needs. Unlike mainstream we need not waste huge outputs on other crap!! (Like much “education” that is just politically correct thinking training for “leaders.”)
    However do get real skills via whatever way is best for you.

    To that extent do not just be farmers! We need folks (OUTSIDE the big “Babylonized” metro areas) who can make almost everything, via local shops – collaborating with others in a silver-trade network.
    Certaily we need FUEL (mostly produced in rural areas, even your own woodlot is crucial! Especially when mega-city power lines fail)

    We need ALTERNET MEDIA… NOW! (If 24-120 communities each began outputting media news, history, entertainment, living info, all over, each just doing one show or slot of shows per week, we’d have an alter-network now. Also for trading, home schooling, etc.
    Linked via internet? Maybe at first, but we MUST have alternet via other links we build, own and regulate – linked EMBASSIES of God.
    In emergency make sure you have analog shortwave to hear and talk)

    ———————
    Oh, about money, I suggest using old silver shekel. It’s close to 2/5 troy ounce. Define it as 0.400 tr oz silver. (If 85% pure the coin would be 14.64 grams, a bit larger than old US silver 50c.) Mint fractions down to 1/10 and 1/20 shekel (a “gerah” of old). A large copper coin (12 grams?) a pence could trade at 1/100 shekel.
    With fractions of pence also. (Silver is far rarer than you know! After looking at 1900 data, a farm worker might make 10p per hour.
    There isn’t much more silver around than in 1900. Many more people and a deluge of paper money!) Get silver early… and be a winner!

    Oh, for convenience, old (90% Ag) US silver coins have 1.80 shekel per dollar face value. (Over-weight silver dollar is 1.92 sh.) And Canadian (80% Ag) coins have 1.50 shekel per dollar face val.

    So we can start re-using these now! I propose making a trade token of 2p in my new alloy: ideal for making very dense bullets, you can shape any way in low-temp home oven, with no lead or cadmium. It’s a “Turner” for old English twopenny, also for a guy who spoke against US judges taking away firearm rights. (Hal Turner, in jail)

    Comments welcome.

    “Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s!”
    (Was tricky answer to guys trying to trick him into angering Rome.
    The coin discussed was a silver denarius. Who owns silver? See…
    Haggai 2:8. Obscure Old Testament info! Does your precher know it?)

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  9. Posted by Alex on February 28, 2011 at 9:14 am

    As a former Methodist (47 years) and freshly-minted Eastern Orthodox (ROCOR), I can tell you that the Russian Orthodox priests and their parishioners “get it”.

    As we begin the Great Lent fast (40 days no meat, no eggs, no dairy), we have a week prior called “Cheesefare Week” where cheese is allowed. Several of the parishioners brought in fresh eggs from their own hens, homemade cottage cheese and pimiento cheese from their own cows and even a delicious cheese made with goat’s milk that I cannot remember the name.

    VERY down-to-Earth people – not scary like the propaganda in the 60’s had me to believe!

    I asked them why they are so into this and several said that the promised reforms after the collapse of communism failed to materialize. The average Russian is actually worse off than what he was during those days. They appear to take advantage of our industrial economy for the very basics…and do the rest for themselves. Strong sense of community; as a Scots-Irish amid mostly the same, I feel ashamed that we aren’t as co-dependent on each other as they are. But they accept me as their own so it’s just as well!

    Very good article!
    (PS – When you have had enough of all the dozens of Protestant sects telling you “they” have the true path, look to the 1st century Church. Look into Orthodox Christianity.)

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  10. Posted by Foofighter on February 28, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Alex is right w have to get back to original 1st century church, but it was certainly not “Orthodox” system of that denomination, nor was it Romanism – the main influence on churching after 320 around when it became official religion of the Roman Empire… and piles of ex-pagan priests decided to join a new bandwagon for jobs but wanted to change as little as possible! Especialy they clung to the pagan Roman calendar (basis on our seculat western and also our church cycle in most denominations) with old pagan days like Dec. 25 (Mithras birthday in Roman Emp to placate Persians) now turned into birthday of Jesus – who was clearly born in fall (See Appendix 179 in Bullinger’s “Companion Bible” but he misses exact date near his estimate, actually revealed obscurely in Scripture!)

    Most of all, the new Romanized system (incorporated into Orthodox, and mainstream Protestantism) dropped God’s own Sabbath (Saturday) for Sunday (which had been pagan Rome’s offical rest day.) Moslems switched it to Friday. Hence their Koran is definitely defective.
    (Many other errors, and it calls for them to fight Christians).

    Oh, and there is not “lent” in Scripture. Nor “Easter” which was Ishtar day (another pagan SUNDAY holiday), since an exacting look at events shows Christ was crucified on the 14th day of first month in the lunar Israelite calendar, immediately followed by 15th day at sunset, which is always a special “sabbath,” abd he arose 72 hours later (three full days and nights) ending 17th day of first month – which that year was Saturday, since the empty tomb was found very early next morning, stated as Sunday (=first day of week).

    And although Jews of Orthodox Jewry keep the right day, they are not actually Israelites, but got rejected by Jesus! (John 10:22-31)
    (To learn who they are ask guys in “christian identity” or read the “Antiquities of Jews” by Josephus, Book 13, chap 9, line 257+)

    Why are such details important? Well, we’re to keep SABBATHS! (This is weekly Saturdays, plus original holy days on original calendar; plus Sabbath years! And “Jubilee” super-sabbath years.
    Lev 23 & 25 outline these, and the last chapter named also talks of how we’re to handle some finances and human relations.)

    Oh but the “curse” of laws was abolished? Yes, punishment for NOT keeping them is removed from called person who respond correctly, but the law and calendar is not changed! (Mat 5:17)

    But there is “greatness” imputed to folks who do keep and teach such laws (and calendar Sabbaths) Mat 5:17-19. REWARDS are also to ones who honor the LOrd. (Rev 22:12) wehn our Master returns and established his new administration! (Forcefully! Rev 19:11-21) So do not be afraid of all judgment! (Don;t quake at judging others as w need some Bible LAw and order. We’re to have our own courts is the rarely quoted meaning of I Cor 6:1-6. Separated Christian communities need such courts, don’t they? Work on building this.)

    IT IS A SIGN TO GOD WE KNOW HIM! Ezekiel 20:12-20

    And obey all the rest of God’s Laws, since they actually empower us! (As noted in lead-up comments to my reply.)

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  11. Posted by Brillianss on February 28, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Looks like the main article and comments gives us lots of ammo…
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