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Surviving Off Off-Grid: Decolonizing the Industrial Mind

Surviving Off Off-Grid: Decolonizing the Industrial Mind

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by Michael Bunker
     
 
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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Shannon Stonger
"We have salved our conscience with our little good deeds, but we haven’t even begun to address why we are here, how we got to this place, and what we need to do about it. We compromise so that we can still reap the benefits of an ungodly system. We are lukewarm at best...."

"I find this book to be one of the most profound books I've read in quite some time. It may even be the most relevant (and challenging) book of 2011 with all that is going on economically and politically"
David Sifford
"Do you consider yourself a preparedness person? You need to read this book. Has your financial situation only become worse over time, and are you in debt? You need to read this book..." --SiffordSojournal.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615447902
Publisher:
Refugio Publishing
Publication date:
02/28/2011
Pages:
354
Sales rank:
1,252,270
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Bunker is an off-grid farmer, author, historian, philosopher, iconoclast, husband, and father of four living children. He lives with his family in a "plain" Christian Community in Central Texas where he reads and writes books... and occasionally tilts at windmills. Michael is currently writing a fiction novel based on the philosophy found in Surviving Off Off-Grid entitled The Last Pilgrims.

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Surviving Off Off-Grid: Decolonizing the Industrial Mind 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can only recommend the following chapters in this book: 5, 6, 7, 10, and parts of 12 and 13.  In those chapters the author stops "philosophizing" long enough to actually tell his story of this homesteading experience.  Having been reared in West Texas myself, I can tell you that said philosophizing is what I heard most of my life:  primarily of Bible verses taken out of context, name-calling, and the denigration of people whose only experience in life has been to participate in the culture in which they were raised.  When Mr. Bunker begins to tell his own homesteading story, there is a touch of humor and humility, as well as celebration of what was learned and what went well.  If only this book could have confined itself to that, it would have been quite useful.  West Texans typically want to be led, not pushed.  If Mr. Bunker wants to be a leader in the homesteading movement, he needs to tell his story and leave the denigration and name-calling behind.  
Oklahoma_Mike More than 1 year ago
I'll admit, I have not read the book in its entirety yet as I just bought it last night. I am however a third of the way through and have yet to read anything I disagree with. This book will make you think and question everything you've been taught your entire life from society to religion. It's become required reading at my home and now I'm trying to catch up on the authors podcasts at the same time I'm reading the book. Buy the book, you will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It's not "a what to do" but more "a how to think" book. I find this book challenging. It defies many of the preconceived notions of post-modern thinking. It sets up a foundational claim against the established status quo. It's a book that I am beginning to read again and to consider the stipulated implications with more insight. Whether you agree or disagree with the premise of the authors philosophy the practical applications for daily living and sustenance for the survival of a culture are significant. I recommend this book to anyone minutely interested in sufficiency at any level even if it's just to build a more solid case against the assertions stated by the author. Nothing lasts forever, all civilizations eventually disappear, there needs to be more voices at the table because our current way of life of ever increasing consumption and greed is detrimental to all of us.
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KenSheek More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most thought provoking books I have read in recent years. As explained in the text, How to Think, is far more important than how to do when moving away from our current suicidal political and economic systems. I am telling everyone I know a bout this book. Well done Michael Bunker.
Sean-J More than 1 year ago
I have lived in the city my whole life and after reading Michael Bunkers book it has definitely changed the way that I think about electricity, and how I get my food and water. It has also has made me think about how much we rely on the worlds system for basicly everything and how it could be gone in seconds like in Japan. This is not necessarily a "How to" book but it will definitely change the way you think about the basic things in life. Anyone like me who has lived it the city their whole life should buy this book. It will open your eyes and change the way you see the world.
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Stewart22 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most profound books I've read in years. It directly applies to current world events as well as the history of the last century. It provides answers and hope. Practical, thoughtful, inspiring, and challenging...it caused me to think about things in ways I've never considered before. The book goes into some "how" but more importantly the "why" and "what now" - which the author defines as "Decolonizing the mind". It is about a new way of thinking. This isn't your typical survival book. This book essentially states that survival isn't just about making it through to when things are "normal" (as in the case of short-term survival with power outages, etc.) but rather a way of life that is sustainable and better. A way of life free from slavery to "the grid" (power, debt, consumerism). This book explores the way of life of prior generations, the founders of this nation, and people for thousands of years before that. There is so much useful content to this book that it is hard to summarize. Some of the key parts I appreciated were: 1. A historical background of prior civilizations such as Greece and Rome and their relevance to industrialized nations today. 2. How to analyze whether the benefits of a given technology outweigh the dependence and slavery required to maintain it. 3. The author is intellectually honest about his faith and where he is coming from so you can make an informed decision about the information he provides. 4. Several self-help tests to show you your level of slavery and dependence on the grid system. 5. A very personal story of the author's grandmother that strikes a chord with the situation many of us have faced or will face with our loved ones in an urban/industrial/consumer way of life. 6. Particularly fascinating for me was a chapter on land that involved an example for how an "off off-grid" community could form, expand, and thrive together. 7. Some moments of humor throughout. The author is not afraid to make fun of some of his attempts to move "off off-grid" for your benefit (and so you can learn from his mistakes). 8. Surviving Off Off-Grid goes into intermediate steps for moving out of the system. 9. There are some interesting ideas about how some specialization is good in agrarian/off-grid life (i.e. - not everyone is a farmer). That people can absolutely use the skills they are gifted with in an "off off-grid" life. The problem today is that most people are hyper specialized into uselessness (...including myself). This book is about a revolution in your mind that will eventually lead to a revolution in the way you live. It is about freedom and hope...and leaving behind a system that is falling apart. I ordered several extra copies of the book for family and friends because I want them to see how things were, how they are, and what they could be if we return to the old paths. I included a chapter listing below for those who may want to see it: Ch 1 - Defining Terms Ch 2 - Revolution C 3 - Something Must Be Done Ch 4 - Debt Slavery Ch 5 - The Grid Ch 6 - Light and Heat Ch 7 - Cool Stuff Ch 8 - Land... Of The Free Ch 9 - Different Strokes Ch 10 - Water Ch 11 - Food, Part 1 Ch12 - Food, Part 2 Ch 13 - Food, Part 3 Ch 14 - Preserving the Harvest Ch 15 - Building Ch 16 - Answering Objections
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is literally a life changing book and I don't mean that figuratively!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This review is from: Surviving Off Off-Grid: Decolonizing the Industrial Mind (Paperback) If you think you know all about surviving off grid, you need this book. If you don't know anything about surviving off grid, you need this book! Bunker brings some fresh insight in to the "separatist movement" that is starting to gain momentum in this country. Don't look for it to tell you everything you need to do to live off the land, it is more of a why to than a how to book. Sure, there are several chapters that cover food storage, gardening, construction tips and finances, but the great thing about "Surviving Off Off-Grid" is the way it makes you think about everything you thought was right in a whole new way. The mind is the most valuable tool anyone has and Mr. Bunker will really give yours a tune-up. You will be edified and challenged as you are shown what can happen if you seek the old paths and dare to return to a lifestyle that our forefathers enjoyed and the true freedom that comes with living in obedience to God the way the Bible describes, not the way the modernist church espouses. This book will shake you up and probably make a lot of people mad, but it will also change and save some lives too.
cito More than 1 year ago
An excellent book. A mind opening, inspiring and encouraging work offering real solutions that could solve a bunch of world's problems, beginning with ourselves. People all over the world are revolting against powers that be, against unemployment, against their future (dead sure) poverty, thinking that the problem is in their leaders, thinking that changing them will make a change, while never stopping for a second to think they are a part of the problem, never stopping to think that their whole way of life, consumer's life, has made them so dependable on the system (food, heat, water), like a baby is on its mother, that they have indeed in the last century become children who cannot take care of themselves. Mr. Bunker in this book brings hope to all the lost children of this industrialized and unsustainable world so they could become real men and women able to take care of themselves and their own.
SiffordSojournal More than 1 year ago
In "Surviving Off Off-Grid," Mr. Bunker begins by taking you through a history of past cultures, their movements away from the land to specialized societies centered in metropolises, and the downfall of those cultures as a result. Once he's shown in history these failures, and compared them in their drastic similarities to current day, especially in the United States, he offers a solution, which actually isn't a new one: it's back to the old paths (Jer 6:16), how it used to be, how God instituted work: he takes you back to the land, back to an agrarian culture and society. In it, Mr. Bunker describes how people lived before industrialism. He describes how it is possible to live growing your own food, making your own clothes, and drinking water from your own reservoirs. He covers land and farming methods; preserving food, even without canning; storing food for long-term storage; building various types of buildings involved in sustainable living, like green-houses, living quarters (that are developed according to climate), root cellars, barns, etc.; how to have light and heat without electricity; and other information. At the end of the book, he answers common objections to this life-style and worldview. This book is not a book detailing specific how-tos -- it deals more with the philosophy and generalities of the how-tos, why living this way should be done, and how it has been done in the past. It is more about engaging the minds of people to hopefully see that there is another way to look at their lives and the world around them. Do you consider yourself a preparedness person? You need to read this book. Has your financial situation only become worse over time, and are you in debt? You need to read this book. Have you had grandparents or great-grandparents that talked of a different time around the farm? Do you try to eat organic foods and stay away from processed foods? Do you see the world around you as just how things are, and haven't considered it may not be the best for you and your family? You need to read this book. It is my prayer the Lord will use Mr. Bunker's "Surviving Off Off-Grid" book as a means to enlighten those whom He will; and, in the process, bring glory to His name in revealing more of Himself and His will.
OnBigTurtleCreek More than 1 year ago
Surviving Off Off-Grid is the best new book I've read in a long time and has earned it's place right next to my Bible and my vintage dictionary as a life-reference. Michael Bunker has done an outstanding job combining excellent historical background with practical information using enough humility and humor to let the reader know he's not just making this up. It will be a life changer and a daring wake-up call for those who can see the wisdom in questioning society and the world around us and who are brave enough to trade living materially for living abundantly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago