"...facing reality is never pessimistic. Believing the truth, no matter how difficult that may be, is the ultimate act of optimism because it opens up the panorama of options that will free us from further deception."
                                                                                                                      -Page 86 of Surviving Off Off-Grid

Western Society is in confusion, the industrial world is teetering on collapse, and it looks like things could get worse. Agrarian Blogger, historian, and "plain" preacher Michael Bunker has been living off of the grid for many years, and he has some advice for those living in the industrial / consumerist economy... living an off off-grid life is achievable. It has been done for thousands of years, and it can be done today...

It is quite possible that many people who have relied on a failing system for their means of survival will very soon find that they have made a mistake of historic proportions. Historic, because every major "classical" culture went down the same road our society is on today. This book is about the lessons we should have learned, and... what you can do to survive what history tells us must come next.

Also read The Last Pilgrims by Michael Bunker.  This exciting novel takes the philosophy of Surviving Off Off-Grid and applies it in a dramatic action/adventure story set 20 years after the collapse.

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Lessons from History
Snippets from Surviving Off Off-Grid

...Durant tells us, “Athens moves from household economy – wherein each household makes nearly all that it needs – to urban economy – wherein each town makes nearly all it needs – to international economy – where each state is dependent upon imports, and must make exports to pay for them.” From freedom to dependence in just ONE CENTURY. Because of this dependence on imports and exports, when the Spartans destroyed the Athenian fleet of the Hellespont, starvation followed in the cities of Attica...

...Uniting together against Rome, the barbarian armies on several occasions besieged Rome and in the year 410 the Eternal City - that shining, wicked, prosperous, arrogant city that sits on seven hills - fell to the barbarian hordes... The destruction of Rome was unthinkable, but the unthinkable happened. Rome indeed fell. Most of the people starved, died of disease, or were killed during the siege, but hundreds of thousands of refugees fled into the countryside as Rome was sacked and burned.

Today's City Dweller
...The urbanite doesn’t allow himself to be concerned with whether or not the grocer has food or the peddler has supplies because during good times those things are not his concern... I believe that if tomorrow there were some sort of massive and comprehensive systemic disaster...a loss in available grid electrical power and water...that fully ½ or more of the population of the United States (or of just about any country for that matter) would die in less than a year. 150+ million deaths in less than a year, just in the United States; and I believe that my prediction is probably on the conservative side. But Rome never thinks she can fall…

...Think about that. Most people who read that might scoff or deny that such devastation could be possible.  Like the Romans in 410 A.D., they cannot conceive that any such thing could ever come to pass, nor can they even begin to quantify the difficulties and realities of what will occur when such a thing does come to pass.

Why this Book?
This book is not really a “how to” book. There will be some “how to” and plenty of “why to”, but this book was not designed to be a manual on Survival.  This book is about teaching people another way to think and survive. There is another way. It is acheivable and it works. We would be wise to take the lessons of history and apply them to our own time while we still can.

Table of Contents

Forward Introduction
Chapter 1 – Defining Terms
Chapter 2 – Revolution
Chapter 3 – Something Must Be Done
Chapter 4 – Debt Slavery
Chapter 5 – The Grid
Chapter 6 – Light and Heat
Chapter 7 – Cool Stuff
Chapter 8 – Land… Of The Free
Chapter 9 – Different Strokes
Chapter 10 – Water
Chapter 11 – Food, Part 1
Chapter 12 – Food, Part 2
Chapter 13 – Food, Part 3
Chapter 14 – Preserving the Harvest
Chapter 15 – Building
Chapter 16 – Answering Objections
Suggested Reading List

PDF Samples

Chapter 5
Chapter 14

A Special Message from Michael Bunker

Greetings friends,

One of the primary questions I get about the book is "Is this book just some religious treatise, or some tool to jam somebody's Bible philosophy down our throats"? Not all of the questions are framed like that, but many of them have the question as their root. So I wanted to frankly share some thoughts with you.

I have been living Off Off-Grid for many years, and have lived and experienced the lifestyle about which I write. In learning how to live this way I have learned things (valuable things) from Buddhists, Pagans, Mormons, New-Agers, Atheists, and even Christians. I think it would be ridiculous and stupid of me not to listen to someone who can teach me something just because of some religious or philosophical biases I hold. In fact, I have listened to people attack and berate my religion (sometimes rightfully so) patiently in order to learn skills, tactics, and techniques that will be valuable (or even temporally salvific) for me and my family. There are humans out there with skills and wisdom and I am willing to learn things from them no matter what they believe about God and eternity. You should be too.

As I explain in the book, I am a Christian and unapologetically so. My attacks and condemnations are directed as much at modern "christianity" as much as at any other failed worldview. In my book I plainly state that I believe that the largest transfer of wealth, land, know-how, and freedom in the history of the world has happened during the so-called "Christian" era. This book takes to task that failed and apostate worldview, trumpeted by modernist "christianity" that has gotten us where we are today. It also, interestingly, puts a stake in the heart of many modern "survivalist", "prepper", and "off-grid" philosophies that are just as dangerous and just as harmful to our independence. Most people that make their money by selling useless crap to people who will likely die trying to use it, are not going to like my book.

But I find it interesting and distressing that supposedly intelligent and engaged people would consider depriving themselves of good and right thinking and information because of ignorant prejudices. I've tried not to do that, and so should you. I am absolutely certain that there is so much good and valuable information and wisdom in the book that it is impossible that you would not gain more than $19.95 by reading the book. At the very least you will have gained some valuable insight into a philosophy and worldview that I can assure you you probably have not studied before.

Anyway, I will make you this assurance and I will help some of you make your decision before it is too late and you squander the cost of a couple of Cappuccinos on something that is only going to piss you off. If you buy the book from Amazon.com and you read at least half of it (the least anyone can ask from a supposedly thinking person) and you do not feel it will help you or benefit you in any way, Amazon will take it back. This is an easy promise because Amazon has a very good return policy. You can't lose. However...

If you are a person that can't learn anything from anyone else because you already know it all... don't buy the book.

If your religion or worldview is so shallow and weak that it cannot stand being challenged or even being exposed to a different philosophy or worldview... don't buy the book.

If you are overly emotional and can't stand anyone saying anything you disagree with... don't buy the book.

And finally... If you think everything is ok, that nothing bad can happen, and that whatever bad DOES happen won't ever affect you or your loved ones... just don't buy the book.

See there, for some of you I just saved you $20! And it didn't cost you a cent!

Michael Bunker

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