Yesterday I did not have that great a day so I was seriously considering what it would take for me to live for free. And by living for free, I mean both in terms of economics and inalienable rights. It dawned on me that there are large swaths of land set aside by the United States Department of Agriculture designated as National Forests. If you have not taken the time to learn much about these great places of beauty, then you simply must take the time to visit the U.S. Forest Service website. Anyhow, the more I took the time to learn about the ins and outs of the National Forest System, I learned that there are even time limits for being able to camp out in them.
These time limits are about 2 weeks in length and clearly they are designed to prevent people from taking up long term residence in them. These laws are done under the guise of protecting the natural resources of the forest. However, like most laws, these can be traced back to the simple economics: Follow the money. Most people that would deign to dwell in a National Forest for a given time longer than a weekend camping trip would most likely be good stewards of the land and certainly a sight better than the weekend car camper. Those making the decision to live (permanently) in a setting like this will most likely revere and care for the setting.
In actuality, the law is really protecting the land ownership class and protecting people from living for free. In the days of the 13 colonies, the land ownership class could not bear the thought of somebody living in the woods for free because it cut into their profits. Therefore, land was claimed quickly claimed and people evicted from the said land. Somebody living with freedom for rent was (and still is) deemed a threat to the establishment. In simpler words, “Plebes simply could not be allowed to squat‘ anywhere or for any length of time.”
It should be especially galling that these places set aside to “preserve the natural beauty of America, are being opened to corporations for mineral and logging exploitation. Again, wealthy get unfettered access to pillage whereas us plebes are limited under the supposed protection of natural resources to 2 weeks in most forests and sometimes less in others. It used to be that you could simply change sites for camping. Now you have to vacate the forest for a minimum of 10 calendar days before returning. I want to challenge this. These are public lands which we have paid into through our own personal toils.
Perhaps there is a way to exploit the permit system to gain longer periods of access if we did it under the our guise of research or some faked religious intentions. I am angry that large regions would be willingly opened to a wealthy corporation for exploitation but for simple people whom want to dwell in the woods we are limited by code. I truly believe the other reason for this is because someone living outside of society cannot be as easily tracked by government. The United States is essentially a surveillance society and the wealthy encourage surveillance. Those living outside the surveillance umbrella and under the radar cannot be monitored. And our founding fathers strongly believed in our rights to be free from this kind of tyrannical control.