Well, that’s what the people at a Texas sustainable-living commune, happily named the "Garden Of Eden," tried to do. They wanted to live peacefully off-the-grid growing their own organic food, collecting their own water, and generating their own electricity.
And what happened to them?
A heavily-armed SWAT team raided their farm, handcuffed most of their members at gunpoint, and seized most of their produce, which consisted of "17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, 14 tomatillo plants ... native grasses and sunflowers.”
Redacted Tonight’s Lee Camp give the details along with insightful humorous commentary on why it’s not easy for people to simply “stop using government services” and rely on themselves: because the corporate state won’t let them!
“There are two reasons state governments are scared by sustainable living. One is because they can't allow you out of your corporate jail. I mean, if they did that, you might start doing other things like thinking for yourself, doubting the ruling elite, or questioning whether Monday Night Football really matters as much as they say it does.So why don’t we move away and start living on our own without government services? Simple. Because the government won’t allow us! The corporate state won’t allow us to grow or hunt for our own food, collect our own water, generate our own electricity, or educate our own children. They don’t want people to live without their services because they don’t want other people to realize that they can live without their services.
But the biggest reason off-the-grid communities are under attack is [because] they're good examples. Good examples are powerful. They can ignite fires and change minds, and America has often fought against good examples....If the state allows a few people to live a happy life away from corporations, away from slaving in an office job, away from money and advertiser influence, then every other douchebag out there might start thinking, 'Why not me? Why can't I live like that?'”