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Off The Grid: Not A How-to, But a Why-To (Book Review)

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:12 AM
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Nick Rosen's book Off The Grid is subtitled Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government and True Independence in Modern America. That subtitle is important; this book is not about how you connect the red wire and the black wire. Instead, it is about how you connect to the people who do it. It is a different movement than the one we saw in 1969, that Alastair Gordon wrote about in Spaced Out. Alastair writes: What everyone shared in common was boundless faith mixed with a willingness to relearn everything, to embrace poverty and live as voluntary peasants. Inspired by Thoreau, they made little encampments with tents and tepees or in temporary sheds made from boughs and leaves. They weren't afraid. Nick finds that today, there are in fact different subsets of people living off-grid, which is more a state of mind than a source of power. They don't share a lot in common, and a lot of them are very afraid.... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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