Christian Agrarianism Is The Answer

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pic is of my Sweet Potato harvest last week

The more I study theology, politics, and current events, the more I am convinced that Christian Agrarianism is the only answer to America’s problems. Those who follow my WordPress blog know that I have been disillusioned with politics as of late, and announced my *official* political burnout in a blog post back on the 1st of August. That has not changed.

Several years ago I read a great book titled Surviving Off Off-Grid. SOOG was written by Michael Bunker -a Christian Agrarian Separatist who lives on a homestead in central Texas. Bunker warns of the potential collapse of the JIT (Just-In-Time) grid system of electric power, water, sanitation, petroleum fuels, and corporate food stores. He considers this JIT system not just flawed and destined to collapse, but that the collapse will be a judgement of God upon those who have leaned upon this system instead of God for their provision. Most Christians would scoff at the thought that the Industrial Revolution and most of our “progress” in the last 250 years was not good, and that God commanded man to live a simple agrarian life. They may scoff, but I believe that it is true.

In addition to separating from the grid and the corporate economic system of this world, Michael Bunker no longer does politics. I am staring to think that he might be right about that.

There are others who talk of Christian Agrarianism, such as Herrick Kimball, Scott M. Terry, and Howard King. These three men have been involved in agrarianism much longer than me, and have some very valuable things to say. But none of them have made the radical step of peacefully and voluntarily separating from the grid and economic system as Bunker has. Michael Bunker said it, and then he actually did it. For this, I hold Bunker in esteem.

In the last four years and three months, I have indie published four books. There was an almost three year gap between the publication of the first and second book! I have grown a great deal spiritually in that time. The only two of them still in print/circulation are my August 2016 book As America Fades and my January 2017 book Bloggings Of An Amerikaner. My little book As America Fades was written a year ago when I still held to a glimmer of hope that the U.S.A. and the Constitution could be restored to the republic of the Founders. I now hold out absolutely zero hope that that could happen. While I would tweak a few statements in AAF were I to publish it today, and I am no longer promoting the America-wide Amerikaner concept, those two books are still in print as I think they contain essays of value.

Christian agrarianism is not just a lifestyle or theology -it is a complete worldview. It encompasses theology, purity of morals, gender roles and family structure, a kin based society, hard work, limited government, individual liberty, a clean environment, and honest economics all in one. It is a total worldview, not a fragmented worldview like all political parties and factions today are offering.

A return to true Christianity, an agrarian lifestyle, and traditional gender roles is what we need. If we did this, politics would follow. I delved into this a bit with my July 20, 2017 blog post Musings On Kinism and Agrarianism.

No movement can succeed without God’s blessing. Present day Christians have ignored 2nd Corinthians 6:14-18. I believe that the United States of America is being judged for her wickedness. That is why I am now focusing my life, my blog, and my YouTube videos on history, agrarianism, survival, and theology.

© Copyright 2017 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.

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Bugout Dreams 2.0

 

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(Note: I published an essay titled Bugout Dreams in my March 2016 book Putnam Liberty Notes. I had thought to republish it here on the blog, but decided to tweak it a bit, thus the “2.0” in the title).

This essay will be primarily devoted to the concept of “bugging out” in the event of two things: (1) societal collapse brought on by an EMP or economic collapse, or (2) tyrannical governmental takeover. There have been “prepper” and “bugout” type magazines for sale on the magazine racks at WalMart. There has even been a cable TV show called Doomsday Preppers in the last few years. Prepping fantasy has become mainstream among conservatives; now let us have some prepping reality.

When one surveys the perilous condition of our government and culture, and the apparent ignorance to it of mainstream Americans, one may certainly entertain fantasies of “Bugging Out” or “Getting Out of Dodge” when the chaos begins. I used to think of this, and I suppose that most patriots and survivalists have thought of this. However, I believe that most bugout plans are little more than fantasy, and could never work. I shall devote the rest of this essay as to why I believe this.

The primary problems are: where are you fleeing to and how? If there is a major event that brings some sort of chaos or tyranny to America, where would you be going to that was better than your present home (where all your food, weapons, ammunition, tools, and personal belongings presumably already are)?

If one is to flee with more than a backpack full of gear, than they must load up a vehicle. To flee in a vehicle implies that one can safely travel on government roads and purchase gasoline. This implies that the collapse has not yet happened and that one is leaving everything (including their job and most of their belongings) behind to head out while there is still time.

It is unlikely that most people will “check out” before they have to, and thus they will not check out before the collapse. If one plans to leave after the collapse, they will be on foot, bicycle, or horseback. Almost all of the food, vitamins, medical supplies, weapons, ammo, camping gear, and precious metals that one may own will be left behind for government troops or looters. Now, under great danger, you will attempt to move to somewhere (hopefully preplanned) where one will be safer than their (former) home -which may now be in ashes.

Unless one has the money to own and maintain multiple locations –a house and a retreat- (and keep both of them stocked with food, weapons, and ammo) you will have left behind your life’s supplies of life sustaining materials. I personally do not know any prepper inclined people who have the money to own a modern home and a retreat.

Now that one is on the run with a backpack of gear, where are they headed? Unless they have a retreat within a couple of dozen miles, they likely will never make it. Traveling hundreds of miles cross country in dangerous times (surrounded by government troops and/or desperate city dwellers with no personal means of survival) while one is on foot or bicycle is just a dream.

Trying to run to a wooded area will be a fantasy for most people. Unless one is a fit young male, and near a national park or huge national forest out west, there is nowhere sufficiently wooded and away from population centers that one could flee to.

The Smoky Mountains National Park is about a half a million acres; what if half a million desperate people try to walk there from Knoxville and other nearby towns? And even then, one would have to live a basically nomadic mountain man lifestyle, while being alone and coming into contact with other desperate people doing the same.

There are no sufficiently large wooded areas near my AO for many people to flee to. The Hoosier National Forest is in the southern third of Indiana, and much of it is in Orange County and the neighboring counties of Martin and Crawford. Orange County, per the 2010 federal census, has a population density of about 50 people per square mile. Very rural by east of the Mississippi River standards, but way too densely populated for everyone to go mountain man. That being said, there is almost 13 acres per resident, and even leaving the forests stand, Orange County properly cultivated could easily feed its population.

When one considers the amount of game in a fairly rural state such as Indiana, and the amount of people, it is clear that all the deer would be dead in a month if the corporate stores ran out of food. The unprepared urbanites (and small towners) would likely live long enough to destroy the wild game and loot any farmers unprepared to deal with them. I have stockpiled less than 100 rounds of hunting ammunition for my rifle, because I do not expect much hunting to be going on after the collapse. I have a decent supply of defense/combat ammo, but very little hunting ammo.

On a philosophical basis, what is the underlying assumption for bugging out? The motivation is personal survival -not group survival, the restoration of America, or the preservation of the White race. A man is not going to bug out on foot with his wife and five little children. A man and his neighbors are not all bugging out together into the unknown. In bugging out, there is no effort to form units to stop looters or resist tyrannical government troops. The “bugger outer” is concerned with nothing but escaping personal danger so that he may live another day, and presumably go back to a lifestyle of accumulation of money and things when the situation settles down. Bugging out is not so much a patriot or nationalist idea as it is a survivalist idea.

The whole concept of bugging out is based solely on personal survival, implies leaving behind one’s supplies, and is just a fantasy for 99% of the people who think of it. Bugging out is not the answer.

Food production is the basis of survival; reading Michael Bunker’s book Surviving Off Off-Grid helped me to understand that. Leaving the land makes on vulnerable to whatever may come. Long term survival –and the restoration of liberty- will require group cooperation.

I believe that the answer is to live on the land (where one can raise their own food), be with their stockpile of supplies, and be surrounded by family, friends, and neighbors who will (hopefully) help each other in the time of crisis. The United States of America is on thin ice, and is likely heading toward a period of economic collapse, racial crisis, and political tyranny. One had best prepare to weather the storm.

Does my answer guarantee survival? No, nothing can. Prudence and obedience are our responsibilities, results are up to God. However, if one does as they should, God may aid them. Likewise, if one does not do as they should, why should they expect aid from God?

© Copyright 2017 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.

Homeschool Vibrancy in 2017

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Homeschooling is a pretty common method of education on the far right, including with Kinists. I was homeschooled from grades five through twelve. Thus I have seen, and vividly remember, both the public school and homeschool scenes. I graduated in 2001, so that is my frame of reference. It seems things may have changed a bit since then…

Both of my parents attended and graduated from public schools. In their day, it was either public school or private school. I glean that private schools back then catered to the wealthy, unless they were (often Roman Catholic) religious schools. My parents did not come from wealthy families, and thus attended public school from beginning to end.

Homeschooling really took off in America in the last fifty years. The homeschool movement was in large part a way to escape the cultural filth and degrading academic standards of the public schools of the time. Homeschooling became rather popular among conservative Christians, and the Christian Reconstruction movement seems to have played an important role in advocating for it.

When my parents took me out of the local public school, they chose to educate me with curriculum from A Beka Book (now simply branded as Abeka), which was associated with Pensacola Christian College. Abeka was supposed to be a more rigorous, 1950s type curriculum than some Christian publishers put out. Some of the people we then went to church with used different curriculums, such as those put out by Bob Jones University. Abeka was openly Christian in worldview, and somewhat Puritan oriented.

I was a member of a homeschool group for several years in the 1990s. It was for homeschoolers in the Orange County area, and usually met in a church basement in the town of Orleans. It was pro-Christian, but non-denominational. Everyone there was White.

We would often go to a convention room at a hotel that an A Beka Book salesman came to once a year to view the books, and to then place an order for the next year’s curriculum. One year, my family and our preacher and his family even carpooled to this event. Other families would be there, who we had never met. As I recall it, all of them were White.

In 2008, long after graduation, I started attending a Baptist church, which loved large families, natural foods, and homeschooling. Literally every family homeschooled. But it was a bit different. There was an interracial couple there who homeschooled. And before I left a large, homeschooling white family with half a dozen or so biological kids showed up –with the three children they had brought over from Liberia and adopted. The times, they are a changin’…

Last week I was sitting in a restaurant with Fox News playing on the television on the wall. I saw something that I had never saw before, a commercial on mainstream TV for Abeka homeschool books. Oh the vibrancy! This commercial depicted children of several races, and Negro parents homeschooling their children. Seriously? Either things have changed dramatically in the last 15 years, or Abeka is virtue signaling that they are not rayciss’, no sir! Look at our vibrant commercial!

Then I did a little research. I found a study that stated that during school year 2011-12, 83% of homeschooled children were White, with only 5% being Negro. (It also noted that only 3% of American children were homeschooled that year). I guess that there are now a few black families in evangelical churches who are homeschooling, but I never met any in the time I was homeschooled (1993-2001). There are now even websites for Black homeschool families. Imagine the outrage and cries of “rayciss” if White people started *openly White* homeschool family resource websites.

Black woman with the common wild flower known as a Blackeyed Susan.

Has the homeschooling scene suddenly got much more “vibrant”? Perhaps, but it is still overwhelmingly White. Are homeschool curriculum publishers virtue signaling that they are not that dreaded “R” word? Oh yes. Maybe, in the lust for mammon, they are simply trying to widen their audience? Most likely.

Everything that White people do is marketed to Blacks. Every institution that we built is opened to them. Our own people go out of their way, as in this Abeka homeschool commercial, to act like the minorities are the majority, and to cater to them. (Well, in this case, to make some shekels from them).

I suppose that in present day Imperial America, one can cater to any special interest, minority, or subgroup –except straight white male Protestant Christians. Funny thing, as that was the group that settled this country and founded its political institutions.

When I was a child, my mother read me books about the past, of frontiersmen and of cowboys and pioneers; these heroes were White. The first church that I went to as a little boy was 100% White. As a child and teenager, every preacher in my area that I personally knew -regardless of denomination- was a White male. Gun shows in my neck of the woods, 15-20 years ago, did not have Blacks in attendance. Homeschool groups were exclusively White. America was White. This is no longer the country of the Founders. This is no longer America.

© Copyright 2017 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.

Joe’s Political Burnout

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Over the last week, I have finally reached my political burnout. After giving much of my time to political writing and trying to wake up white Americans for sixteen months, I have tuckered out. In this time I have indie published three small books of essays, started this blog, posted over 120 blog essays, and left perhaps 1,000 comments in various forums. For the last 2 ½ months, I have been dual publishing many of my blog essays here and at the multi-author site Identity Dixie. Several times I questioned why I was marching on when those around me did not care, but I marched on.

I have received a lot of views for some of my essays, and made “internet acquaintance” with some well-known members of the Alt-South and Kinist movements, but have had little effect on people that I know face to face/in real life.

I believe that a movement needs to be grassroots to be successful. The Alt-Right have been doing a series of rallies this summer, for people across Imperial America to come and meet face to face at. While this is no doubt more gratifying than internet-only acquaintance, I am not sure what long term value this will result in –when the other activists one meets live several hundred (or more) miles away from you, and your neighbors are not in the movement. Further, the Unite the Right rally to be held in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12 is trying to bring together everybody –White Nationalists, Alt-Right, Southern Nationalists, American patriots, and even the Proud Boys. (The Proud Boys are a “western civilization” advocacy group that embraces white culture and historic achievements while rejecting “racism” and the racial origin of what they defend.)

The local Committees of Safety of the American Revolution, the war effort and army formation of the Confederacy, and the Great Trek and subsequent republic formations of the Boers worked because they were local movements of the masses of the common people. Further, these groups were of common ethnos and culture, and often common religion. None of these characteristics apply to the wider Alt-Right.

One of the straws that broke the camel’s back of my final political burnout, was the reaction to Trump’s announcement via Twitter that transgender soldiers could no longer serve in the U.S. armed forces. I do not think that transgender or homosexual people should serve in the armed forces –or hold political office. They would not have done so in Revolution era America, the Confederacy, or Reformation era Geneva.

But, Trump did not kick the sodomites out of the armed forces, only those who have had or want to have their bodies surgically mutilated and then hormone therapy to make them the opposite physical sex of what they were born. This executive decision by Trump does nothing to kick sodomites or women out of the armed forces of the Empire. It does not make transsexual operations illegal, which would be under state jurisdiction anyway. Open homosexuals are still embraced by and full members of the armed forces of Imperial America, and women can still be not only members, but be assigned to combat units.

But most importantly, Trump’s Tweet did not declare transgendered people to be sinful, evil, defective, or mentally deranged. It had nothing to do with morality, or fear of offending an omniscient God who will judge the earth and all men. And yet, some Christians are excited that Trump is standing against degeneracy, when he is not doing so. Go read the Old Testament law and you will see that adulterers were to receive the same punishment as sodomites; then go read everything that Jesus said about the definition of adultery in the New Testament. That subject is something that Christians who cheer Trump do not want to think about.

Let me clarify, that like the 17th century Westminster and London Baptist Confessions, and like John Calvin in his Institutes (Book 4, Chapter 20, Point 16), I do not think that all countries are duty bound to enact the Mosaic law word for word. This being clarified, if the U.S.A. was under that law, then huge numbers (the majority?) of the citizens, the majority of the politicians, and perhaps the majority of church members would all be lying outside the gates under piles of stones. We are not currently a righteous country, not by any stretch of the imagination. To think that God will help us in this state is a Biblically ignorant fantasy.

Let me lay out the surgical mutilation sexual perversion game of transgenderism; it is really just a five step descent. We start with a God approved society: manly men leading their houses, feminine women keeping the home and caring for their children, Christian morality, small governments with low taxes, separation of the races (if multiple races are present in the same land), and an agrarian social order. We basically had that in 1775, and the South did in 1861.

Step 1 in the descent is for women to get out of their God ordained and historically occupied roles: to dress indecent, to cut their hair, to demand positions of leadership in the church, and to demand a voice in politics. Parents began to send their children to public school (indoctrination facilities) for free education by the state.

Step 2 is when women go to jobs outside the home, wear pants like men, send their daughters to college, vote, and even hold political office. Man no longer truly rules his home, and usually goes to a factory or office -as does his wife. Men began to dress softer. With the workforce socialization of married people of both sexes, in marriages that are no longer structured and working according to God’s model, inappropriateness is everywhere and adultery becomes commonplace.

Step 3 is for the total breakdown of the traditional family by adultery, divorce, and remarriage. Fractured families become the norm, with children only being related to one of the parents. In the advanced stage of this family chaos, both spouses may have children from a 1st marriage, and then have children together, so that it is a three way split among the cohabiting half siblings! Traditional gender roles are little more than a memory, and are maligned by media, government, and movies. Birth control drugs, so that women may be promiscuous without consequence, become common. Children become rebellious; just as the man no longer rules his house, it is only to be expected that he and his wife no longer have real authority over their offspring. Pornography is available, but somewhat censored. Homosexuality becomes commonplace, and accepted by many. Abortion becomes legal, so that “liberated” women may kill their unborn offspring, the care of which might inconvenience their career, or other interests and indulgences. At this point the society is beyond repair.

Step 4 is where pornography, adultery, and all manner of sexual impurity is commonplace –and on display in public places and celebrated by the media and prominent individuals. Homosexuality is not just accepted, but legally protected and celebrated by the state and prominent cultural figures. Laws against discrimination may be passed at this point, to protect the degenerates. At this point abortion, the pre-birth destruction of a human life, is now construed to be a human right.

Step 5 is the end. With sodomy now mainstreamed, people, even children, become so perverse and deranged that in addition to queerness, they imagine that they are not the physical sex that the private areas of their body obviously show them to be. They demand a “right” to fix themselves through drugs and mutilation surgery. Also, pedophilia becomes less taboo and some people noise that it is just another sexual “orientation” –just like being queer or bisexual. At this point, things are absolutely irreversible, unless God rains his judgement on the land to wipe away the egregious evil.

It is pretty clear that we are right now entering Step 5. My parents were born when America was in the late stages of Step 2, and I was born in Step 3. We, as a nation, are now entering Step 5. Considering this, to see professing Christians who not only accept but rejoice in Steps 1 and 2, and all of Steps 3 and 4 except for the abortion and sodomy, get excited because Trump said no more transsexuals in the army of the Empire is rather frustrating. To put out the fire on one corner of the roof, while ignoring that the multi-story building is engulfed in flames down to the basement, is ridiculous. There is no redemption for America, or any geographical part of it, without going back to a God approved society.

That my readers, is a large part of why I am officially ceasing to blog on politics. I am glad that I published the three books that I did. Though there a few things I have tweaked my position on since I published it last year, As America Fades is still in print and available at Amazon and CreateSpace, and I intend to keep it that way. (link to AAF on CreateSpace: https://createspace.com/6409138  ) If I thought it would do some good to continue my political commentaries I would do so, but I doubt that it would. I am not going to delete any essay from this blog; it all stands here as a witness to my countrymen. I am glad that I have spoken out. I am just done with my efforts to revive a political corpse.

I am still writing and blogging a bit. At least at this point, I will continue blogging weekly. My bloggings will now focus on American (especially Southern) history, race and traditional white culture, Christian theology, agrarianism, the limited government concepts that America was founded on, and survival topics. My next book project will be theological. I am going to do a lot of study, and a lot of work developing the homestead. I may occasionally reference current events, but I am done with political commentary posts.

I am a strong believer in the Kin basis of nations, and in separate lands for different people. I consider myself a Southerner by culture, ancestry, and arguably by geography also. I would love to see a free, white, moral Dixie in the future. But at this point, that is still a dream. I think that any future free Dixie will begin at the grassroots level, with communities of moral people and family farms. At this point, logic and decades of experience evince that elections will not restore a free Dixie. I do not see how Alt-Right street rallies that bring together *one country/America wide* White Nationalists, Nazis, Neo-Pagans, the Proud Boys, and the Alt-South will advance a restoration of the South. Sorry, but that is how I see it.

The Bible teaches us that a corrupt tree cannot bear good fruit. America has become the Weimerica that I wrote of last week. There is hope for the future, but it will likely not come until we have an economic collapse or long period of tyranny or crisis. As long as the bowel is filled with pathogens, the body will not recover its health.

Do you smell smoke? Yes, that is me burning out. Stay tuned on this blog, for the new course I am charting for it.

© Copyright 2017 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.