Permaculture/Survivalism/Alternative energy and farming
It seems to me that these things should be of interest to co-alphaists. The corporate farming system is where you do things on a huge scale, borrow lots of money from the bank, spend a fortune on inputs, produce huge amounts of outputs for the global market and have a modest profit left over if you are lucky. Apparently there are vastly more efficient ways of going about producing food and other primary resources, but of course the system has no interest in these.
Becoming proficient in these might allow people to form functional financially viable societies in remote areas. One of the traditional requirements for a functional society was to share a resource base. Outside jobs tend to ruin everything. Some measure of autarchy would reduce the leverage the system people had to screw with a functional society. Also, the global food distribution system is more fragile than it looks and could collapse at any time, in which case it would be good to be in an isolated farming community with food on hand, rather than facing starvation and the zombie apocalypse in the cities.
An example of alternative farming would be the method of farming grazing animals developed by Allan Savory. It should be possible to buy houses cheaply and then lease marginal land in some godforsaken town in the middle of nowhere that has no current economic basis and then make a good income with this style of farming.
Re: Permaculture/Survivalism/Alternative energy and farming
I think commercial farming, meaning farming to sell food, is highly regulated in America. But I have been interested for a while in the idea of buying a small family farm to supply my family with food and maybe sell a little to people I know. In Texas one can buy good farmland within driving distance to a city, so one could even work part-time in the city and then most of this money could be saved since a family farm would provide for most of one's needs. The main problem is that I know nothing about farming. But my brother-in-law does and I am trying to convince him to join us on a family farm.
Besides the economic advantage of growing one's own food, I also want to eat healthier food. Corporate food had become very unnatural and unhealthy, especially the meat.
By the way, the video was great, a great example of how misguided liberal policies can harm the environment.