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Column by Ernest Hancock - Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Well, depends on what your destination is. For many individuals it has been a desire that humanity have a general awakening of what is real.

Reality, and its companion Truth, have been under direct attack as far back as I can remember. The argument that reality and truth are subjective has weaponized information in an attempt to distract us from what is actual/real. I share this line of reasoning because we have to define our terms to avoid the mental gymnastics of the confused and the truth trolls/bots/AIs that are in a continuous battle for our minds.

Public Opinion is the most powerful force in a truly Free-Market… so I am arguing that General Public Opinion is the most powerful force on this planet. So, paradigm shifts, zeitgeists, revelations and enlightenment seems to be closely associated with actual and radical changes in our physical world,… aka Revolution.

"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." Samuel Adams

Efforts to bring about a One World Government has resulted in the creation of a One World r3VOLution. A LOV3olution doesn't seek confrontation. But we are challenged by a philosophy that believes, 'if you are not In Control then you are Out of Their Control and thus not 'doing your fair share to keep them living the life they have become accustomed to at your expense without the liberty protections promised in exchange. Not supporting beasts that are devouring your future is a revolutionary act in an atmosphere of coerced compliance and surveillance.

My hope is to be clear, so I'm taking a bit of space to define terms. 'Brushfires of Freedom' is a realization that individuals are capable of actually doing something,… 'I am free to build a home' means you are capable and are not physically restrained. 'I am at liberty to build a home' has been more associated with 'permission'. Being granted the liberty to do something isn't the same as being free to do the same thing. America combined the two sentiments in much of our founding documents in an attempt to make it clear that in America the government was created to protect the freedom of individuals by ensuring that the forces of government were created to ensure an environment of liberty where an individual's freedom was protected.

The Bill of Rights is full of such examples. You are at liberty to speak, worship, bear arms etc. in the exercising of your freedom's to do so without (in theory) worrying about various levels of government depriving you of you freedom to do so. So I have come to understand that Liberty is more of a societal norm… "General Public Opinion" thing where Freedom is a capability that must be exercised or eventually you won't be 'at liberty' to do anything central planners don't approve of.

I share this preamble so that my intentions are clear. I believe we are at a very important junction in the societal evolution of humanity. The American 'experiment' is still underway but we have enough evidence to evaluate America Inc's chances of ending up in the dust bin of history. What is not as clear is what is to become of the people and their freedoms that our democratically elected constitutional republic was promised to protect with Liberty and Justice.

With that out of the way I wish to examine the ever increasing freedoms we have as individuals to live a life as originally promised.

My wife Donna and I have desired a standard of living & a life of freedom that has only become technologically and affordably available in literally the last year or so. We decided to keep track of technology in 8 areas of interest. And not only has the technology caught up with our desires, so has the free-market demand for the solutions we have been advocating and experimenting with ourselves.

At www.PiratesWithoutBorders.com you can examine The Letters of Marque written by "Captain Marque" and his first mate "Reprisal" supplying some rhetoric for our method of freedom expression. At the top of the page you'll see clickable icons to several categories that highlight technologies that can empower individuals, their families and even small communities in the exercise of their freedoms. The simple goal of not being hungry, thirsty, cold, too hot, wet or isolated while living a comfortable life outside of liberty starved municipalities, has been very motivational.

My wife and my 4 children (now add 12 grandchildren) became aware of evil intentions back in 1988 and the only way I knew to live in liberty was to advocate it for everyone by openly demonstrating our freedoms... a'bunch o'times. Now my wife and I are preparing for the exercise of our freedoms in the creation of a self-sustaining home/life using the information, tools and relationships we have accumulated over the decades, and to be an inspiration to Generation Next.

It is now possible to combine the knowledge of the past with the technology of the present to Free ourselves and our posterity. I'll list the categories we thought most important to us along with some of the options available to be an inspiration and a starting point to increase your confidence to do more research.

The idea to "OccupyTheLand" is a new project years in the making but in its infancy as Donna and I have found the desert land we wish to live the rest of our lives crafting.

But first I wish to address something that has not been discussed in as much detail as I had anticipated, but has been constantly mentioned for over a decade. "Intentional Community".

I've done dozens of radio shows on the subject of Intentional Communities and I believe that an entire article would be required to even scratch the surface of what I would hope to share on the issue. In short, Ideally I require land with recognized borders of what is mine mine mine and Not anyone else's. I wish to live in a Live and Let Live environment where mine and other's Pursuits of Individual Happiness goes unmolested so long as those pursuits do not interfere with an other's. And I believe that from that comes a sense of Community and Cooperation. Please write me at Publisher@FreedomsPhoenix.com if you wish to have your questions and comments on this subject addressed in a future article.

Liberation requires collaboration between free thinkers without infringement or censorship. In another age, we could meet in public spaces. Today avoiding the Crown's surveillance requires we exchange encrypted communication. But while privacy is an important trait of commerce, research, simple curiosity and intimacy, I am very concerned about PublicSEE.

The ability to openly share information has "The Crown" worried and motivated to maintain control of The Narrative.

Satellite broadband communications has opened up the wilderness but it will soon be obvious that the next step will include decentralized and distributed mesh networks (with and/or without satellites) to shield us from centralized solutions. With search terms like LoRa (LongRange and low power) communications you'll discover a world where 25mW of power can send a signal over 400 miles.

IPFS data storage and retrieval (InterPlanataryFileSystem) has been used by me and others for a few years now that allows for the uncensorable data storage of video and all forms of 1's and 0's that can be accessed by our readers and radio audience. I intentionally do not use Big Tech for distribution of our content in preparation for the day when we can't,… which has already happened. And if Content Providers think it is bad now, just wait until a world war breaks out or we get deeper into the next election cycle or an economic crash becomes even more obvious. www.PirateBox.info can help you secure data now if you are interested in a personal option and need some help understanding what's available from the liberty community.

Entire web replacements are also available and where we are going with our communications as we transition to 'Above The Grid'. Qortal is a WorldWideWeb replacement for the Privacy/PublicSEE communications. I am impressed with Qortal at this early stage. Bastyon is a Twitter/Facebook type Social Media replacement that does not link to your identity via phone number or email and we are working with them at development levels as well.

The desire for these types of communications has been around for decades, but only in the last few years/months has the technology and the education of those capable of such marvels been demonstrated. The crypto revolution needed about 10 years for young talent to be capable at to crafting such empowering tech.

Energy independence turns the gears of the visionary's imagination, and grants us individual control of our modern lives. No meaningful alternative to the Crown's system can be achieved without exploring decentralized energy production and storage.

Turning shafts to generate electricity can be accomplished many ways. Human/animal powered generators are far less preferable than hydro or wind power used to turn shafts. The power of steam used to turn turbine/shafts requires the burning of fuels except in the case of Nuclear reactors. And then there is always the promise of Fusion reactors. Solar is far more decentralized but has its limitations due to the amount of sunlight available. Solar is unique in that photons are directly converted into elections for immediate use or storage. Ahhhh, storage.

Twenty years ago I priced out a system that would allow for a continuation of the standard of living that I had become accustomed to that would cost about $60,000-$90,000. That same capability now with much longer lasting batteries and easy plug and play components is less than $20,000 and as little as half that if you are willing to build your system yourself with off the shelf components and a few hours of video watching.

Food & Water
The privateers of the Crown have turned our food and water into subtle poisons, making us vulnerable in mind and body. Therefore it is essential to cultivate our own heirloom nutrition and our own healthful water.

Soon, I think it'll be 'that Food Thing' on everyone's lips and minds. And even a few short years ago the vast majority of American's experience growing anything was in third grade at about 8 years old watching a tomato plant sprout and die in an empty half pint milk carton at their mandatory youth indoctrination camp.

Broadband communications now allows for the sharing of educational videos made by those that know with those that possess the desire to know how to feed themselves, their family and their communities. Donna and I have contributed to this education and have greatly benefited as well. We have raised goats, had up to 70 chickens producing 2-3 dozen eggs a day, created the AquaDome that ran for years using Aquaponics with a concrete fish pond made from a backyard water feature, and harvested Turkeys for Thanksgiving as an educational experience. Our 2 acre property in Northwest Phoenix, Az was a freedom hub of learning and activism for well over a decade we were there and that education has given us the confidence to believe that we can sustain ourselves with abundance on 20 acres 70 miles further west. You add water and everything grows at some time of the year here in the Sonoran Desert. Our home had 6 inches deep of irrigation every 2 weeks and produced 70 – 80 foot pine trees, several citruses, pomegranate, fig and apricots. What many do not know is that Arizona is number 2 or 3 in citrus production, #1 in Cotton and during much of the year #1 in lettuce…. In the desert parts of the state. But you better figure out that water thing.

Flourishing in our new autonomy requires that we construct secure habitats in which to dwell. Cutting edge materials and methods provide unimaginable new options, allowing us greater mobility, and access to many previously uninhabitable environments.

Just a few short years… months ago, much of the Earth was too difficult/expensive to inhabit due to a lack of Energy and, for many, the lack of dependable and high speed Communications. With quality solutions for Communication, Energy, Food and Water requirements we are now able to consider Shelter options best suited to our tastes, resources and climate. My wife Donna and I are deep into this research and experimentation in the Sonoran Desert of central Arizona and are beginning to share our experiences and revelations. We are constantly evaluating suggestions, but are far more interested in other's direct experiences in site selection, methods of taking ownership, permission slip mentalities, zoning, building methods, costs, materials and integration with site infrastructure just to name a few items of interest. Much less credible (but not worthless) are other's desire to have us experiment on unproven ideas that they themselves have no experience with.

It is our desire to gain direct experience with proven (to us by our own hands) results that are regularly shared with others with the same goals. It is this stage of living Above The Grid that we are encouraging participation at www.OccupyTheLand.org (stay tuned for the launch by the Ides of March)


The Crown has conspired with the medical industry to ensnare us in a web of control and dependency. To avoid their notions and potions it is essential to take responsibility for our own health, and pursue sound medical science.

Let your Food be your Medicine and your Medicine be your Food,… oh, and get off your butt and build something useful (exercise) and many of your health issues with be solved. Donna and I are very excited to OccupyTheLand after almost 3 years of http://lovebuslibertytour.com/ living (a bit too comfortable really).


The Crown has claimed regulatory control of every means of conveyance, stifling the free travel of individuals and their property. This is an intolerable act. Superior transportation technologies already exist, but are suppressed by regulations.

For years I would complain on air about my generation being promised flying cars by now. Soon the audience would start flooding me with every version of VTOL (VerticalTakeOffLanding) vehicle available and being developed. The answer to the question of remote living with rapid access to goods and services at commerce hubs has "Yes" as an answer… it's just how much are you willing to spend? Of course the cost will fall as time passes. One of the properties we were considering near our primary selection had the farm road in front designated as a runway for private aircraft. So I guess some may consider the building of hangers.


Humanity's labor has been greatly expanded by the use of machines. We must maintain decentralized automation for the future use of labor saving and humanity serving tools, or we will be victims of the Crown's automatons.

Jarvis!… Not Alexa!

What I'm referencing when I say Jarvis not Alexa is the idea that I have no problem with push button or sensor driven automation, but I will not outsource such information to Big Tech, or even off my property. Marvel's Tony Stark had Jarvis as his personal AI while millions have Alexa constantly scanning every sight and utterance In Their Home. Oh Hell No!

Our 2 acre irrigated lot in NW Phoenix was a great experience for our young grandchildren and we have a whole new wave of young ones ready to benefit from the dopamine hits they get from collecting eggs and getting food that they helped raise from the garden for the dinner table, instead of Big Tech pumping their brains with screen dope. Our neighbors had horses and cows and sheep and goats and chickens and and and that created lots of work. Our small efforts were augmented by grandchildren eager to help and learn, but I'm all about automating many of the important but time draining jobs that is much better suited to a camera or a sensor that prompts a step motor or actuator to perform a simple task that doesn't require my constant attention.

I greatly benefit when my generator automatically starts should my solar not keep up with battery charging or the Chicken's water is filled while we are visiting family in the city or the garden is watered while camping with friends at various festivals or our security system alerts me over my private VPN'd tunneled server that some intruder needs photographing and yelled at from my "goes to Eleven" speakers. Tech must be my servant and not my master… or The Man's snitch.


Living in the information age has not insulated us from misinformation. When the Crown controls education it controls the very lens through which we see the world. To see the world as it is requires us to re-evaluate how we educate ourselves, and others.

We pulled our 4 children out of government schools when our oldest was in 3rd grade. Didn't even study the limited options available to us in the mid 90's when we made the best decision for our family we ever made. Another article on this subject alone is warranted but the bottom line is that 'government education' is so toxic that almost anything else under the supervision of a loving parent is far superior. Add to their education the ability to read, do arithmetic, write, grow food, take care of animals, personal hygiene, show empathy for their family, friends and pets and build their own homes and you will have produced a great big add to humanity and another bright future for another young family.

Liberty doesn't birth Freedom… Exercised Freedoms birth a society of Liberty.

Ernest Hancock