The document below has been superseded by a new document under development known as “Design Patterns for Resilient Communities”. We have placed the introduction to “Design Patterns” here and we anticipate having the full document on the web soon.
Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
Resilient Community Development is a real estate developer. Our initial target area for operation is in the vicinity of Athens County, Ohio. Our work involves buying raw land and building a full scale community. These communities are private, rural, and carefully planned. We believe in the location identified there are opportunities in agri-tourism and theme park operations that provide the basis for growth and success.
Our communities will be centered around market places, including farmers markets, malls, flea markets, and all manner of exchange services. Our communities will have their own silver coins and digital currencies for local trade. There will be numerous meeting halls, including large dining halls with available kitchens for small or large gatherings. Each community will include land under cultivation, land for grazing animals, wild land for hunting, large home sites, small home sites, apartment buildings, shopping facilities, office facilities, light industrial facilities, warehouses, community centres, hunting lodges, hotels, and campgrounds. In addition, we plan to locate near or adjacent to existing state forests, national forests, and other land suited to hiking and recreation.
All of our work will be open source, and each of our communities will have its own online presence. In addition, there will be a set of forums for discussing new communities in what we anticipate should become a network of many different kinds of communities, of all sizes, owned by various individuals and enterprises.
The Resilient Community Development Services team includes author, entrepreneur, real estate developer, and financier Jim Davidson and software and crypto-currency developer Dan Sullivan. The chair of our board of advisers is author Wendy McElroy. Various other team members have been identified, each one of whom brings unique credentials to the work we are doing. We have also identified architect Sven Erik Allstrom to assist in the city planning and building design work.
The company, Resilient Community Development Services (RCDS) is anticipated to be financed with a seed round and other financing, or with advanced sales to customers, or both. This web page is not an offering of securities of any kind.
Our initial operations will acquire raw land currently in agricultural use and “convert” it to agricultural uses only. These uses will include organic farming; raising high value animals such as bison, reindeer, elk; operating menageries and petting zoos; agri-tourism such as corn mazes, hay rides, pumpkin patches, cut-your-own Christmas tree farms. From ag uses to farmer’s markets is a small step.
Another small step involves adding a hunting lodge for bow-hunting and rifle-hunting enthusiasts, staffed with experts from the local community who know the hunting in the area. This element of the business is also consistent with developing our search and rescue and mutual aid response teams.
A few home sites will be prepared to provide early revenues. Homes would either be available on long-term lease (such as 99 year, renewable) with an initial payment and peppercorn rent, or by subdividing the property and selling off finished lots. Additional home sites and apartment complexes would also be developed. A campground adjacent to a large space for festivals and concerts would be included.
From agri-tourism to rural-themed parks based on similarly successful venues such as Silver Dollar City, Branson, Pigeon Forge Tennessee (DollyWood) and the like is also a logical step. We would include a hotel and spa, adjacent to a healing arts centre. There would also be sites designated for other hotel operators to bring in hotels, conference centres, and similar facilities.
All the way back in 1996, Jim began planning a business that, at the time, he called the “Libertarian Real Estate Investment Trust” (LREIT). Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) were fairly big at the time. Part of the plan he developed was to hold much of the land in common, along the lines that Spencer MacCallum and Michael van Notten had been developing for the Somali Free Port which he got involved with at about the same time. People participating in the venture would be able to buy land at fee simple, but they could also choose a long term lease with a pepper corn rent. Leasehold land would have the taxes paid by the trust, so there would be no registration of deeds with the government. Instead, deeds would be registered digitally and in a paper hall of records. Today we would use the blockchain.
Some explanations of where Spencer and Michael were going with all this stuff can be found by looking at Wikipedia on Heathian Anarchism, an interesting topic. Part of the Somali culture they were wanting to fit into would require that participants in the free port have insurance so that Somali traditional law would have an “abaan” or patron against whom complaints might be lodged. So if a tenant of the free port got into a car accident, there would necessarily be insurance for that matter. Same for any crime or tort – Somali traditional law is entirely compensatory, there is no punishment as long as the victims are all compensated. There are good reasons to look into a similar structure for a future judiciary for the community.
At that time, Jim was very enamoured of L. Neil Smith’s covenant of unanimous consent which his buddy Dennis Lee Wilson of Arizona was promoting extensively. Jim was thinking that property owners/lessors in the LREIT would necessarily sign the covenant. Basically it is the zero aggression principle, or non-aggression principle. It provides for no limit to self-defence, allows no one to engage in acts of aggression.
As this plan developed, 1996 turned into 1997, and Jim had set backs and advancements in business and personal life. He hit upon the idea of a theme park based on the books in “The Probability Broach” series by L. Neil Smith. Basically, a Denver cop gets into a chase scene in a laboratory, jumps through a portal, and finds himself in a “parallel universe” or as we now say, “alternative narrative thread” in which the Declaration of Independence had one extra word. Instead of “…governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed…” in that universe/timeline Jefferson wrote “…governments derive their just powers from the universal consent of the governed…” and the people there rallied behind the Whiskey Rebellion, and shot both Hamilton and Washington as traitors.
Part of the “Probability Broach” theme park concept was to have everyone inside the theme park carry, openly, knives or guns, or whatever they want. Of course, in Kansas and 11 other states, you can do open or concealed carry without a permit. Depending on how the theme park develops, these may be “guns” along the lines of those in the original film “Westworld” rather than fully operational guns.
Here are a few notes on some of the things we might like to put on 410 acres in Ohio, near Athens, preferably where we can option a bunch more acreage. Note, we are intent on including provisions for farms that can be broken off and owned separately. And, naturally, any land owner within 50 to 100 miles can join the mutual aid and search and rescue group that would have teams available to ride to the rescue in any emergency.
Community Resilient community design. We’ve identified a good architect to work with on the design. We’re looking at Fibonacci spirals and fractal land styling, as well as grid, because the spirals and the grid work together to provide access along useful diagonals as well as right angles.
Acreage As above, we’re thinking to look for a thousand acres and to option nearby lands. We will also look for 40 acre pieces, and 160 acre pieces, as well as any other sizes that we’re asked to look into.
Food Cattle, pigs, chickens, organic farming. Somewhere nearby there would be a bison ranch. We’d probably put together some underground cultivation tunnels, and thereby reduce our cost for keeping reindeer cool in Summer. Mushroom farming works well with artificial lighting. So do other kinds of farming. And in the post-atomic holocaust, having tunnels ready to go seems wise. People gotta eat!
Entertainment Festivals, concerts, events, dances, rodeo, theme park, and entertainment will make it obvious that lots of people coming and going are part of this development. There are lots of reasons to want to have a place where it is not unusual to see any kind of vehicle, any kind of visitor.
Petting zoo, menagerie, botanical gardens with greenhouses, probably some Buckminster Fuller tensegrity domes, definitely some butterflies on the wing. Museums. Palaeontological and archaeological exhibits. The local native American Indian communities should be invited to display stuff as they wish.
A healing arts centre, and probably a good clinic that can grow into a hospital. Definitely some ambulance service vehicles.
A search and rescue team, complete with horses and helicopters. There are some very interesting rules allowing a county sheriff to get military surplus hardware on behalf of any search and rescue operation in the county. And there is ever so much interesting military surplus hardware.
Pet boarding. A pet hotel, since there will also be people hotels.
Hunting lodges, complete with hunting guides. Hotels. Campgrounds.
An outdoor gun range and, if someone convinces me the air filtration can be done right, an indoor gun range.
Community kitchen, including spaces where individuals can cook for a few people, or their own family, if they want to do so. A large dining hall. Meeting rooms.
Wendy McElroy has written extensively on the intentional community work of Josiah Warren and others from the 19th Century. Having a place where people can dine together and having their own money were two things that kept the more successful of these communities together for much longer than those that did not include these things.
Marriage should never involve the state. So we think a wedding chapel, like in Vegas, perhaps less tacky on most days. Plus there would be open invitations to people of various faiths and beliefs, as well as disbeliefs, to have spiritual centres, churches, synagogues, what have you.
Most importantly, and central to the entire thing, the agora. All kinds of shoppes, plus both open air and under pavilion shopping areas where people can rent a booth for a day or a week or long term, and set up whatever they want to sell. Definitely a farmer’s market as part of that area.
Finally, there would be various communities and multi-use projects. Some offices. Some light industrial. Some apartment buildings. Lots of homes on different sizes of lot, with home builders invited to showcase their talents.
To partially credential Jim, in addition to the above notes on his Somali work, please be advised that in 1991 he worked in Friendswood Texas on a project (a) building private roads (b) developing raw land (c) providing finished lots, graded and with utilities in place to home builders – the total value of all the homes on all the lots in the three phases of “Eagle Lakes” are now worth on the close order of $500 million, we believe. And, no, there were no lakes on the land, but there are now, along with a community centre, and many amenities. Jim’s buddy Mitch wanted to do the same thing on the Moon, but so far that hasn’t happened. Yet.
We have established an advisory board which currently includes the following:
Wendy McElroy is the chair of our board of advisers. A founder of the modern voluntaryist movement (1982), Wendy has published on individualism, political theory and freedom strategies for decades. A contributor and associate editor to a wide range of movement publications, from Reason to the Foundation for Economic Education, she is also active in the mainstream. For ten years, she was a scriptwriter for the documentary production company Knowledge Products, eventually becoming the head editor. For five years, she wrote for FOX News (NYC). The author/editor of over a dozen books and several hundred articles, she has appeared in venues as varied as Penthouse to Penn State to The Hill. Freedom strategies, such as independent communities, have been a theme throughout her career with cryptocurrencies becoming a recent focus.
Greg Barr is our adviser on volunteer organisations, charities, and the human settlement of space.
Justine Cooper is our adviser on arts, music, and community development. She has extensive experience as a volunteer, parent, and traveller. She also has a background in permaculture, horticulture, homesteading, farming, ecology major, business minded (accounting background), arts, history, and purveyor of freedom.
Gabe Scheare is the founder of FortGalt.com and is an experienced community developer living and working in Chile.
Paul Rosenberg is a legendary freedom activist, private judicial services expert, virtual privacy network provider, and author of fiction and non-fiction works such as A Lodging for Wayfaring Men.
Carl Mullan is a publisher, author, and entrepreneur, expert in digital money going back to the digital gold economy.
Strengths include an experienced team, a significant advisory board, ample finances, and low cost of land.
Weaknesses include comparatively low population in the area, necessitating some marketing to visitors from nearby big cities; controversies surrounding animals and hunting; state of Ohio law restricting long-arm hunting to black powder or smooth bore only.
Opportunities include extensive interest in freedom festivals since 2002, a growing worldwide network of freedom enthusiasts, and extensive contacts with other freedom communities around the world.
Threats include the usual threats from the state, possible “not in my back yard” concerns from some locals (people complain about no development and about any development, in our experience), and sundry permitting and tax “obligations.”