Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,
Since projects at home and work have slowed down, a bit, I have been able to do a little reading.
Liberty for All: A Manifesto for Reclaiming Financial and Political Freedom by Rick Newman
This book takes a complex and wide ranging subject, the current economic difficulties, and sheds light on the subject, currently and historically, using a 'prepper' viewpoint
For y'all that have been around here for a while, you know that I try to emphasize the 'Why?' better known as the 'Big Picture' when I'm writing, most of the time. This big picture perspective allows you to take general information and use it in specific situations.
Take building a fire. All you need is some fuel, a little oxygen, some heat, and you have a fire with a little effort.
So, ... If all you have is your children's refrigerator artwork with some broken 2X4s and 9 volt battery with steel wool, you can make a fire
A car battery, jumper cables, and a pair of cotton jeans with some dry sticks.
Sorry, back to ...
Mr. Newman's book sheds light on some of the things (Mindset and Finances) that most writers overlook and some things you and your family might want to think about, like ...
The first lesson, our national mindset can cause you and your family financial problems, take television commercials. They show the 'perfect' home, the 'perfect' family, the 'perfect' vehicle, the 'perfect' Christ Mass, the 'perfect' ... to get you and your family to spend money on, basically, stuff.
The second lesson, that I would like to point out from the book, is the old financial lessons may be inappropriate for the current situation, take purchasing a home.
It has been suggested for many years for a young couple to buy the biggest house possible because they will grow into the home, physically and financially. That isn't true, especially the financial part, anymore.
The next lesson might be the most important and least understood. This lesson, debt saps your freedom. If you owe someone, you have to pay them back. Thus, you lose some of your freedom.
Lastly, the author offers six ways you can increase freedom; build community, live in a smaller world, underconsume and overproduce, know your vulnerabilities, just say 'I don't know,' and hug a prepper.
To Read or Not to Read
This is a good basic book for starting to learn about the possible new financial realities facing you, your partner, and your children. A future that your family will need to survive, the next few years.
However, ... And it is a small one.
Mr. Newman makes some anti-freedom remarks in the book. Yes, Mr. Newman believes, according to one or two statements in the book that, "Honestly, the "well-regulated militia" clause of the Second Amendment is almost like a practical joke the founders played on their modern descendants." and "The highest rate of gun violence in the developed world has done virtually nothing to persuade the majority of Americans it might be worth considering a few changes to the nation's tradition of readily available firearms."
So, ... If you can handle the vile comments made about your rights, you might want to read this book.
Hey, I recommended it to you, so you might want to recommend it to your adult family and friends, after you read it.
For children, no way, it's not that kind of book. Plus, you and your partner might want to change the 'stories' that you tell your children
Needless to Say
This isn't a 'How To' book, so ...
Borrow it from your local library or the inter-library loan program, at your local library.
Plus, in my opinion, it isn't worth the purchase price because of the anti-freedom opinions expressed in the book.