I would like to introduce Jesse James, Editor-at-Large for ModernSurvivalOnline. He has already published a couple of articles here and has some very interesting and exciting stuff planned. I am really looking forward to seeing more from him.
Also – please keep in mind the definition of a “classical liberal” – A political philosophy that places high value on individual freedom based on a belief in natural rights that exist independent of government.
Below is a bit of background info on Jesse.
I began prepping in 2010 at the encouragement of my father, an ex-fighter pilot. I am currently in my third year of law school, an academic course which I recommend only to the masochistic. I have formal education in biology, chemistry, economics and government. I read copiously and enjoy the political works of the colonial US as well as military history and well-written political fiction. I am a classical liberal and adhere to Lockean political thought, and the Austrian school of economics. I disavow coercion by the government at the economic and moral level except to provide physical and economic security of its citizens. Economic security should be centered on the detection of fraud and deceitful business practices, and does not include the government reimbursing a private citizen with public funds for poor economic choices. Having said that, I am a Christian and adhere to a Judeo-Christian worldview. I believe there is a higher standard and that man should strive to meet that standard, which necessarily demands a level of conduct above what can be legislated by a man-made government. Simply because something is improper for the government to administer, such as charity, does not imply that an individual has an obligation to his fellow man.
I enjoy hunting (in reality scaring animals in the woods with ridiculous camo on), weightlifting, plinking and backpacking. The primary reason for my prepping is the level of security it affords me. I know whatever happens in my life, I have food, water and protection for an extended period of time. With the skyrocketing national debt, and the inability, nay, the outright refusal of our government to take the necessary steps to make the United States’ monetary system solvent again, an economic crisis will happen in my lifetime. What form that will take is anybody’s guess. I believe one cannot continue to print money backed by nothing but empty promises and expect no repercussions. I appreciate Rourke for giving me an opportunity to be involved with ModernSurvivalOnline and contribute to this awesome resource for prepping information. I hope that I can help you, the readers, on you journey toward preparedness for whatever life throws our way.
Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of ModernSurvivalOnline or John Rourke. While some readers may disagree with my beliefs, I believe in a free society it is crucial that we are able to have civil discourse with those of other beliefs, whether the differences be political, religious, or moral. It is my sincere promise to you the readers that while we may disagree about some things that there will always be a note of civility and understanding that will reflect well on all parties involved.