One of the latest trends rising out of the prepper “movement” is a number of intentional communities coming to the surface. As far as I know, all of the ones I’ve seen mentioned are still in the planning stages. Glenn Beck recently announced his plan to build such a community.
At first blush, many of these projects sound like heaven on earth. Self-sustaining communities providing all their own food, with medical clinics, schools, shops, you name it. Each family has a home, presumably a newly constructed one, and neighbors who by definition would also be preppers.
Here’s the reality check though. First, these things aren’t cheap. To secure your spot will likely require an investment of several thousand dollars at the minimum, probably more like $15-20k. Most preppers I know don’t have that sort of liquid cash on hand.
Second, to pull this off, the company putting this together will need to gather quite a number of investors. What happens to all that cash you’ve tossed into the kitty if the project never truly gets off the ground? Do you have any idea how many lawsuits are filed in this country every year against contractors who failed to fulfill their end of the bargain? And those are just run-of-the-mill home remodels and new constructions. Here, we’re talking about the creation of an entire town, essentially from scratch.
Third, let’s say they do actually get everything built and folks start to move in. Who’s in charge? Despite claims to the contrary, there absolutely must be some sort of government in the community. There have to be rules or laws put in place, with consequences for those who violate them.
One of the things often trumpeted around with these communities is that their schools will teach the “truth” and they will work to “deprogram” children. Ok, but who are the ones decided what is the truth to begin with? What happens if you don’t agree with them? Sometimes I wonder if “deprogramming” just means swapping the software for a different one.
I’m not saying these intentional communities are an inherently bad idea. As my regular readers know, I’m a big fan of community preparedness and such. My concern though is if you are thinking of signing on with one of these groups, you need to do your homework and go in with both eyes wide open. Look at it from all angles and make the decision that is best for you and your family.