The EMP Enclave distribution model re-bundled here:
After a stint on the road where I got to visit what I thought might prove to be the nexus point/location for national EMP preparedness, I’ve learned in the crucible of experience where my real-politic is leading me. Visiting my mother’s home in Carlisle, Pa. which also happens to be the home of the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks, and the subject of a featured chapter in the seminal EMP Preparedness volume “Electric Armageddon” by Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, I learned frustratingly why it might be more prudent to change your own personal (in) dependence of the grid rather than wait-out big changes in the macro-politics of the EMP national preparedness campaign.
After playing phone tag and emailing certain actors involved in the national effort to educate the general public on the EMP threat to the critical infrastructures of our nation, and getting put on hold and waiting for weeks to get a reply to simple email requests for an interview for a blog feature post, I realized I’m not the citizen journalist cut out for that job.
What job? I don’t really know, but it had something to do with influencing our legislators to act on behalf of the average American’s safety and security in the 21st century where virtually all of us are dependent on uninterrupted supplies of electricity to keep life functioning normally. Also, I fancied that with the medium of this blog and going all-in for podcasting I might be a voice to help awaken our citizens to the critical urgency of protecting our commercial, electric grid.
Now, I think my sensibility and real world schooling of late has caused a change of priorities…
The wheels of bureaucracy grind exceedingly slow. It can be argued that is a good thing much of the time. When it comes to modernizing the nation’s grid so that it can withstand the existential threat of an EMP assault, it would be encouraging to see political manipulators put things on the fast track for securing this critical infrastructure. That doesn’t seem to be happening quite yet.
Awkwardly, I know, I’m explaining that the convoluted pathways to influence decision-makers and policy- wonk types in the D.C. beltway and regions of that great megalopolis known as the Eastern Seaboard are best left to those who have proven themselves adept at finagling and finessing their way to bottom-line productivity in the real world of the Eastern establishment. Cultivating relationships that can make a difference in that commercial culture of urban and suburban America is not for the timid or un-educated – that’s for sure. Nor is it welcoming or particularly rewarding to the impatient, rural outliers un-accustomed to city ways like myself.
I admit it. I’m a candy ass on the mean streets of playing hardball in the suit and tie world of political and commercial gamesmanship as currently played by the pros and semi-pros of today, armed as they are with their smart phones and gleaming sleek automobiles.
Life is best described by the worldly and crafty post-modern sophisticate as: “a hustle”. Fast-paced and competitive, navigating your way through the maelstrom of contemporary urban culture requires a daily upgrade to fortify your psyche for the onslaught of getting through the hours with some integrity and aplomb still left intact. I didn’t get through my visit unscathed by my brush-up with life in the fast-lane.
In fact you could say I feel like an utter fool when it comes to figuring out how to gain access to those personalities who actually can change the way things are done in Washington and the surrounding environs of the Big East. Running with the big dogs is not a game for amateurs. Or the weary, I guess.
Is elbowing your way into getting a seat at the parley table really only for those who have deep pockets? And do you have the temerity to hang around long enough to actually find out if you’re indeed a player?
I pass. Instead I’ve stumbled on what should have been my true agenda all along. While I maintain that citizen engagement on the front-lines is vital to the process of ensuring Liberty and citizen enfranchisement, a large pro-active effort of dis-entanglement and non-dependency on “the system” is also necessary at this time. Protecting American (economic) independence and freedom for the masses is a job best left to those unwilling to be locked into the status quo of total dependency on “the grid” and servility to corporate profiteers controlling the country’s energy production agendas.
The Hardy Open Source Capitalist
I was able to witness that the smart social activist of today is the socially-conscious entrepreneur who is innovating and introducing technology that is making dependency on the powerful, gargantuan and monopolistic (controlling) corporate structures of today increasingly irrelevant and un-necessary.
We are rapidly approaching an era where technology will literally transform society and remove civilian everyday-dependency on expensive/exorbitant costs for powering our homes and businesses. Say goodbye to debt-serfdom and the government-protected cartels that fix prices and perpetuate their own profitability at costs no longer sustainable to our shared, eco-friendly future. Say hello to locally-controlled energy and power production capabilities responsive to neighborhood needs and requirements for keeping a clean environment. Is this possibly right-around the corner?
Power to the People! Right on!
While that new technology is hatching, we can steer our individual and community efforts in areas that will enhance energy independence and sustainability right now. We can help ‘lighten the load’ now by creating what I call “EMP Enclaves” or “Off-Grid Oases” or “Off-Grid Outposts” right where we are. No matter how crowded or challenged your neighborhood; even an economically-disadvantaged, rust-belt impacted residential community can pool their resources and elect to create their own EMP Enclaves in the midst of a planned micro- community that will support a network of people determined to survive and thrive in the turmoil of change many folks feel lies just ahead.
Experimenters and innovators in off-grid living and modern alchemists who envision a truly regenerative community lifestyle deserve our admiration and financial support.
Together, let’s assure we transition to the world supportive of all inhabitants of the globe, including all creatures great and small. What is required is that we become more conscious of the impact we make daily not only on the physical grid but what we may refer to as the quantum grid.
That is our shared electromagnetic continuum that supports life forms at all levels of the spirit/matter cosmos.
For starters we can make the small steps required to move from being mere consumers to “prosumers”. And from there, we can begin to grasp that every single purchase decision we personally make* could be a vote cast for supporting business-as-usual or moving to a frontier of wholesome, earth-friendly living that spells a bright future for generations to come.
The future belongs to all of us, not just to those who think they’ve cornered the market or those gaming the system. Let’s see to it…
* Or some might say every kilo-watt we consume