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Homesteading is great, but unlike the past it is more complicated today. Our forefathers existed on dairy and occasional beef from cattle but mostly pork and chicken local fish, birds  and small game. The work animals were oxen, draft horses and mules these did the hard labor of hauling wagons of hay grain and building materials  to tilling soil much work was done by hand.

Given the cost of equipment today you would be hard pressed to have an animal contingent standing by to handle work if your equipment became disabled by evil design or natural breakdown. I have seen where tractors had to be abandon stuck in a mud bog until the weather turned because all you would do is get all your other equipment stuck attempting to get it out.

The elephant in the room is lack of knowledge the basics of rigging ropes chains or hoists is an art, done improperly your fighting against natural forces like gravity and friction if your ignorant you will make things worse or dangerous. The basics of felling a tree is not a unlearned act it takes experience and training to spot / know if the tree is hollow which is the master limb and how to use this to make it fall to your advantage. Even experienced loggers have been killed.  even a small tree can house enough bees to kill you add in chainsaws and improper use of straps in place of chain and a slight miscalculation will get someone dead.

Animals need to be of a temperament to be worked and used if not they can go wild and and make dido's in your field with you being drug behind your plow or getting run over putting on the harness. Little house on the prairie has retarded a few generations of people to the thinking that animals are subservient to humans , nothing is further from the truth they are powerful and just as fickle as any irritating human can be.

Unless you have many gallons of stored fuel and a couple of spare tractors you can scavenge with all the tools and know how eventually your tractor will lay down and not work. Animal harness is not so simple there are differing harnesses as to use like pulling a wagon or a cart carriage or use as a plow or log drag and there are implements and tools associated specifically designed to handle each or else you will work yourself silly.

then there is knowledge of animal husbandry care of hooves brushing cleaning feeding and you need a barn for protection in harsh weather. Kept animals thrive in spite of our interaction wild animals because they are the fittest and wary, when you train an animal to your will they loose some of their defenses a feral horse is not going to allow you to bridal it or an ox allow you to put on a collar someone is going to get hurt and it is not the critter. and regularly have to be interacted with and used or they will reacquire their independence and buck you at every turn some don't but they are not the rule.

Knowing how much to plant and to hold back and store for next crop is  important every seed produces a differing amount of  fruit vegetable  kernels pods or legumes some portions are not good for animal feed some plants can be wholly eaten by man or animals some strip the soil some have to be turned into the soil to to nourish it back and there is the knowledge of crop rotation and which to use.

Anyone can buy and homestead a piece of dirt but even in the best times farms and ranches go broke drought is claiming the west back to desert natural disasters on the other side of the world can alter weather here. insects and critters like birds rabbits and grasshoppers flies mosquitoes ticks fleas then fungus mold and other spores can decimate animals crops and all vegetation at regular intervals.

I will make this "religious" as long as this country has let God rule and we as a nation were rational we have been very blessed with an abundance of EVERYTHING, America has more natural resources at out disposal than any other nation, they may have it but it is in the ground or not under their control or have the money or ability to extract it. Power is safety respect comes from an understanding your not the only one and others have the same rights you have up and to the point of interfering on your rights or commanding you yield to their demands or pay for their failings. as we have moved away from God and kicked him out of our schools government and lives everything has gotten more complex more violent confusing and unsure, I can remember going months or up to a year without hearing of some insane murder rape of mass killing. That is no longer true, piss moan and argue all you like one is linked to the other history proves it, goodness and morals comes from God not feelings or emotions you cannot will decency or peace  right or wrong laws change the 11 commandments do not yes 11 the last commandment was to love your neighbor as yourself I don't see that, do you? most children born out of wedlock single parent raised by Television and other children by default. colleges that teach do as you will and group identity is more important than peace rights and morals are fluid there is no standard of proper etiquette or rational thought common sense is almost extinct it took less than 50 years to devolve into what we see today because our leaders and people have left God and bow down to the idols of greed self indulgence and intolerance except that of their group identity.

This is how every civil war starts, a clash of words then violence then  terrorism lawlessness mass murder and last a usurping external power takes over and forces all to bow to their will. the Greeks Mead's Persians Rome the french revolution the Nazi's  Cuba Venezuela. there is no middle ground if you have a thief in your home your going to get robbed and those that tell you there are no rules morals or truth are robbing us of our peace and prosperity because you cannot have one without the pother and destruction comes.

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