Regulated out of Existence: Off-Gridders Forced back on the Grid, Camping on own land Illegal

“if you don’t like the way I’m livin’ just leave this long haired country boy alone.”
– Charlie Daniels

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Some people just want to be left alone. They don’t ask for anything other than peace and independence. It is an interesting, and in my opinion pretty desirable version of the American dream. No bills. Few neighbors. Quiet nights filled with stars. Many of these hardy souls have found refuge in the American Southwest. But even there the city folk encroach.

Living off the grid is a laudable goal. I certainly would love to do it at some point in my life. (My wife and children probably have a different opinion on the matter.) I mean, I’m not totally giving up the Internet or air conditioning, but if there is some super windmill which makes living off the grid and the Internet and air conditioning possible then I’m on it.

The people in the attached article don’t seem to need (or probably want) my necessary creature comforts.

Why can’t government just let people be?


Last week tensions reached a boiling point, as a scheduled county commissioners’ meeting in San Louis, Colorado, turned into an ugly shouting match between sheriff deputies and off-grid homesteaders. The conflict comes as the county is attempting to ban camping, and force off-grid home owners back on to the grid.

Twenty-year resident Paul Skinner summed it up at the planning commission meeting, “We are residents who have come to live off the grid. It’s all our land.” … “These are harsh economic times. We have nowhere to go.”

“We’ve been regulated out of life,” resident Robin Rutan told CPR. “I came here because I couldn’t live by the codes [in other regions]”

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