Saturday, March 10, 2012

Homeless by Choice: How to Live for Free in America

More than a decade ago, Daniel Suelo closed his bank account and moved into a desert cave. Here's how he eats, sleeps, and evades the law.

"Our whole society is designed so that you have to have money," Daniel Suelo says. "You have to be a part of the capitalist system. It's illegal to live outside of it."

Suelo has defied these laws. His primary residence is the canyons near Arches National Park, where he has lived in a dozen caves tucked into sandstone nooks. In the fall of 2002, two years after quitting money, he homesteaded a majestic alcove high on a cliff, two hundred feet across and fifty feet tall. Sitting inside and gazing into the gorge below felt like heralding himself to the world from inside the bell of a trumpet.

Suelo's grotto was a two-hour walk from pavement, and he settled in for the long haul. He chipped at the rocky ground to create a wide, flat bed, and lined it with tarps and pads and sleeping bags that had been left out with someone else's trash. He built wood-burning cook-stoves from old tin cans. He learned to forage for cactus pods, yucca seeds, wildflowers, and the watercress that grew in the creek. He drank from springs, bathed in the creek. From a chunk of talus he carved a statue, a ponderous head like some monolith from Easter Island.

In warm months the cave attracted occasional hikers, and when Suelo was away, he left a note. Feel free to camp here. What's mine is yours. Eat any of my food. Read my books. Take them with you if you'd like. Visitors left notes in return, saying they were pleased with his caretaking. Read more..........

4 comments:

  1. I was gonna polk fun at this article. Needless 2 say, I enjoyed the story. May God grant us all Peace!!!

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  2. This is why more people need to invest in bitcoins. The govt. does not like a bartering system they cannot control. Look into it.

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  3. 10:55 YOU MY GRASSHOPPER, NEED TO LOOK UP THE 5 THINGS THAT MONEY MUST HAVE! "BITCOINS" =GOVERNMENT CONTROL! SUX

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  4. 1) DURABLE
    2) DIVISIABLE
    3) CONSISTENT
    4) CONVENIENT
    5) VALUE IN ITSELF (INTRINSIC VALUE-Real Value)
    by: Aristotle

    Sounds like gold and silver to me! It's the CONSTITUTION, Stupid!!!

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