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A Letter from the Borg Collective — 17 Comments

  1. Always an interesting read.

    The challenge for a balanced and rational discussion rather than a “rant” however is that some measure of controls do bring huge value – this is very very under rated until you have to live with the alternative of having no controls in place.

    I live in a poor country with virtually no building “rules” and as “liberating” as that sounds to westerners its also brings with it a great many pitfalls.

    I am a retired builder by trade and with everything I know it still makes me cautious stepping into any new project, for the average person its nothing short of high stakes gambling.

    One simple example here is you basically have to build everything new, quite simply you cant trust the cosmetic veener paint and stucco on anything – period.

    Two its impossible to “trust” anyone to do a “good job” – to take pride in their work – every single job you “contract” needs to supervised personally hour by hour minute by minute.

    You cant trust tradesmen to do a good job or the “right thing” – even people that would be considered honest, cant be “trusted” because they will often act in a way that is the “way its done here ” without any ill intent or malice and still royally ^&(*&(* things up.

    Here houses are cheap, very cheap by western standards but there is a reason for that – the guy that does your plumbing is the same guy that did your electrical and the same buy that built your roof and he knows next to nothing about any of these “trades” – the guy that “taught” him knew nothing either, no apprenticeships, no trades trading, no builders guarantees. nothing.

    The real problem is that the answer to these challenges, the truth – like all challenges lies in the middle ground – neither too far left or too far right – not much or too little “control”

    And that makes for uninteresting, boring politics – sadly around the world we elect our civic leaders based on stances and positions and grandstanding and what we need for good governance is someone that walks the middle ground.

    No one ever got “elected” for promoting the middle ground – politics is a popularity competition and we made it that way.

    We bring these things on ourselves and as is human nature rather than wanting to sleep in the bed we make for ourselves we want to blame someone else.

    “Greed?” – there are as many greedy, cheating, unqualified, blatantly stupid “builders” operating in the 3rd world with nothing more than a battered pick up truck and a dozen mindless labourers that dont have a clue as there are corporate fat cats in the west.

    Would they describe themselves this way – heck no, they are just honest hardworking men trying to make a living.

    Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

    • It’s a complicated subject. My intent isn’t just to rant, but to draw attention to the problems and try to point people toward solutions/options. But really, maybe it’s too late. That’s the way it seems sometimes. The whole political process, society in general, building codes — almost everything it seems — is screwed up. Who’s going to fix it? How can you fix it when corruption runs rampant? So the best thing still seems like moving to rural areas with few building codes and trying to get something that works for you. That’s what I’ve done (and Kelly and thousands of others) so I know it can work. But then again, this may not work for everyone.

      Update: I forgot one key point. It’s important to simplify the construction process as much as possible to reduce the need for specialized contractors. Some modern homes are starting to look like spaceships with all the high tech stuff being added. Simplify the design so you can do most everything yourself and save money. Try to stick with basic materials like earthbags, straw bales, wood poles and plaster.

      • Here’s my rant, you’ll probably want to delete it LOL

        In my opinion, the public at large is brainwashed. The actual state of our country is worse than the former Soviet Union.

        But people who watch TV don’t know the truth, the mainstream news and the mainstream media keep them distracted and indoctrinated.

        The vaccines, the public schools, the chemicals in our food and water, and especially the TV – both news and dramas; are used to control the public.

        … and it works well.

        Our situation is dire, but the average person doesn’t even know it.

        I know too much, I often think of leaving the country.

  2. This isn’t so bad, our government (way down under in NZ) had to clamp down on so many shonky (professional) home builders and developers in recent times due to poor building practices. In simple terms, the houses were falling apart within just a few years from using untreated timbers and other sub standard materials. So, a new law was passed and has now come into effect. Only a qualified builder or developer is permitted to build a house for anyone and if you want to design and build your own container home, as I did, then you have to employ one of them to do it for you. Thus making the whole project very expensive and the authorities fat from all the permit fees that are now just part of the game. And if that wasn’t bad enough, I (a qualified welder and structural steel worker) would have to teach the wood worker what I was doing so that he could do it using his builders qualification. Keep up the good fight and don’t let them stop you. The threat as I see it, is real.

      • People down here in NZ always sit back and except things instead of voicing their opposition to these new so call ‘laws’ and then complain once they are implemented, probably the sheep mentality rubbing off considering we have 40 million sheep to 4 million people. The food bill will be the next one to be passed here in NZ as has already been in the US, thanks Monsanto!
        As an architectural designer and builder down here i have refused to become registered with this new government law and are happy to fly under the radar doing what i want on my own land to provide shelter for my family without going into debt. My wife and i sat down and watched Money as Debt last night, very very good video, thanks for the link.
        Excellent work Owen keep it coming!

  3. You cant resist the power of the dark side,the rebels number are small and we
    have enslaved the nation with our BOOK OF CODES. It dosent matter if you have a better cheaper way of building homes.We well find you and fine you.
    Well it seems like that at times.

  4. This post really hits the spot. It tells the truth very well. Good job Owen!

    A few years back I saw the video “Money As Debt” and after seeing it, my understanding has been that fiat money could be a good thing; assigning a certain value by law to the money. I guess the money system we got out there now is a form of fiat money, an evil form. I’m going to google “Money As Debt” and watch that video again.

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