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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Land of the Free



Eric Lack over at TPM Muckraker has an interesting story about a group wanting to create an armed survivalist compound in Idaho. Apparently, a group called "The Citadel" (no relation to the military school) wants to build a prepper's utopia on an Idaho mountaintop.
The Citadel, as envisioned and advertised by its creators, is to be a walled community of 3,500 to 7,000 “patriotic American families” who are ready for when The Shit Hits The Fan (TSHTF), i.e. the myriad potential society-collapsing disasters, either natural or man made, anticipated by preppers, survivalists, along with other fringe and breakaway strands of -ers and -ists. The Citadel is to be a place for people who want to be “removed and protected from peril in order to preserve ourselves, our posterity, and Liberty in the event of a national economic implosion.” And in whatever time is to be had before grid-down, economic collapse, The Citadel will provide a place to live “a free/freer life in Idaho (or elsewhere in the American Redoubt) amongst the current strong, self-reliant and Liberty-loving residents of the region.”
 Well, so far it seems that the group has only purchased 20 acres on an Idaho hilltop. I don't see 3,000 to 7,000 people fitting into 20 acres. But they say that they plan to buy more land in the area. The plans at the website look like a cartoon or Disney version of a walled fortress. There is a farmer's market, but no farm. And as for the cost, it cost $208 just to get an application looked at. According to the website:
We plan to purchase land for the Citadel in 2013 and break ground soon after. Even before unveiling our national advertising campaign, more than 200 families reserved space within our community!
 If living in an affordable, safe, well-prepared, patriotic community where your children will be educated in school rather than indoctrinated, consider the Citadel.
Approved applicants receive a Lifetime Lease (paid off in only 30 years). No credit check. No background check. Zero down payment. Zero interest. Zero property taxes.
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 I love the bit about no property taxes. Of course not, since everyone is only leasing the land, they don't actually own any land at all. The only industry in the area will be the gun factory at the compound, and all residents will be required to train with weapons. Ohhhh, I really love the reflecting pool next to the firearms museum.
Per the project’s Patriot Agreement, which every would-be resident of the community must agree with in writing, an armed citizenry and a trained militia will also be important parts of life at The Citadel. All residents over 13 must be proficient with both rifle and pistol, and each household will have to provide one “able-bodied Patriot” for once-a-month militia training and support. (In its branding and literature, The Citadel refers often to the idea of the three percent or “the III,” an allusion to the idea that only three percent of the Colonial population participated in the Revolutionary War, a statistic the Anti-Defamation League has called “not particularly accurate.”) Every “able-bodied Patriot of age” within the Citadel will also be required to maintain one AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle, five magazines, and 1,000 rounds of ammunition. 
So let me paraphrase, all land is owned by a central group and leased to the people, all work is controlled by the same central group, everyone is required to be drafted into their militia (any mental illness exceptions?) and all persons are required to have the same political beliefs. Land of the free indeed. 
Marxists, Socialists, Liberals and Establishment Republicans will likely find that life in our community is incompatible with their existing ideology and preferred lifestyles.
Protesting a bit too much, methinks. So a group of "rugged individualists" thinks this is a good idea. I wonder what will happen the first winter everyone gets trapped in together. In addition, one of the founders of this idea has served time in the past for fraud and extortion. He seems to be a brave fellow, conning a bunch of armed survivalists. The local sheriff and Benewah County official say that they have never even heard of the group. Perhaps they should call the project Griftwood Estates.

3 comments:

Camorris said...

Walled cities are so passe´ - they went out of style ages ago along with stone forts. Rather than becoming a refuge, they actually become a prison in times of conflict. Prospective inhabitants need to study history!

Kev said...

I'm sure that concentrating several hundred apocalypse-fantasizing paranoid wingnuts into the same place will never result in any infighting.

Anna Lemma said...

It would make a great reality show. I would pay to see it.