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Why Are So Many Conservatives, Preppers And Christians Moving To The Great Northwest?

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

Thousands of Americans are flocking to “Big Sky” country, and this movement has become so prominent that it has even caught the attention of the mainstream media. Within the last several weeks, both The Chicago Tribune and The Economist have done major articles on this phenomenon. From all over the country, conservatives, preppers and Bible-believing Christians are moving to Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and the eastern portions of Oregon and Washington. As you will see below, this region has become known as the “American Redoubt”, and for a variety of reasons it is considered by many survivalists to be one of the top “safe zones” for when things really start falling apart in this nation.

Many of you that are reading this article may think that it is quite strange that families are quitting their jobs, packing up everything they own and moving to the middle of nowhere, but for those that are doing it this actually make perfect sense. A recent Chicago Tribune article on this phenomenon began by profiling an ex-California couple that decided to flee the state for the friendly confines of north Idaho…

Don and Jonna Bradway recently cashed out of the stock market and invested in gold and silver. They have stockpiled food and ammunition in the event of a total economic collapse or some other calamity commonly known around here as “The End of the World As We Know It” or “SHTF” – the day something hits the fan.

The Bradways fled California, a state they said is run by “leftists and non-Constitutionalists and anti-freedom people,” and settled on several wooded acres of north Idaho five years ago. They live among like-minded conservative neighbors, host Monday night Bible study around their fire pit, hike in the mountains and fish from their boat. They melt lead to make their own bullets for sport shooting and hunting – or to defend themselves against marauders in a world-ending cataclysm.

And of course the Bradways are far from alone. Over the past 10 years, approximately five million people have fled the state of California. If I was living there, I would want to move out too. Once upon a time, countless numbers of young people were “California Dreaming”, but those days are long gone. At this point, the California Dream has become a California Nightmare.

Only a very small percentage of those leaving California have come up to the Great Northwest, but it is a sizable enough number to make a huge impact. Unfortunately, many of those that have come from California want to turn their new areas into another version of what they just left, and that is often firmly resisted by the locals.

But it isn’t just California – there are people streaming into the “American Redoubt” from all over the nation, and many of them are some of the finest people that you could ever hope to meet.

An article in The Economist points to a 2011 manifesto posted by James Wesley Rawles as the beginning of the “American Redoubt” movement…

In a widely read manifesto posted in 2011 on his, Mr Rawles, a former army intelligence officer, urged libertarian-leaning Christians and Jews to move to Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and a strip of eastern Oregon and Washington states, a haven he called the “American Redoubt”.

Thousands of families have answered the call, moving to what Mr Rawles calls America’s last big frontier and most easily defendable terrain. Were hordes of thirsty, hungry, panicked Americans to stream out of cities after, say, the collapse of the national grid, few looters would reach the mostly mountainous, forested and, in winter, bitterly cold Redoubt. Big cities are too far away. But the movement is driven by more than doomsday “redoubters”, eager to homestead on land with lots of water, fish, and big game nearby. The idea is also to bring in enough strongly conservative voters to keep out the regulatory creep smothering liberty in places like California, a state many redoubters disdainfully refer to as “the C-word”.

Who wouldn’t want to live where the air is clear, the water is clean and the sky is actually brilliantly blue and not the washed out grayish blue that you get in most major cities?

And just having some breathing space is reason enough for some people to move to the Great Northwest. If you can get at least a few acres, you will quickly discover the joy of not having neighbors crammed in around you on every side.

Others wish to move to an area with a low population density for more practical reasons. As the New York Times recently reported, crime is rising in large cities all over America…

Murder rates rose significantly in 25 of the nation’s 100 largest cities last year, according to an analysis by The New York Times of new data compiled from individual police departments.

The findings confirm a trend that was tracked recently in a study published by the National Institute of Justice. “The homicide increase in the nation’s large cities was real and nearly unprecedented,” wrote the study’s author, Richard Rosenfeld, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis who explored homicide data in 56 large American cities.

Sadly, this is just the beginning. The chaos that we have seen in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Milwaukee, Ferguson, Baltimore, Chicago and elsewhere is going to get much worse. As the economy continues to unravel, we are going to see civil unrest on a scale that none of us have ever seen before. When that time comes, those that have moved to the middle of nowhere will be very thankful that they got out while the getting was good.

Over the last several years, my wife and I have met countless numbers of people that have moved up to the Great Northwest. All of their stories are different, but there is one common theme that we have noticed.

In the vast majority of cases, families tell us that they moved to the Great Northwest because they felt that God was calling them to do so. Individuals from many different churches and denominations have all felt the same call, and that creates a sort of kinship that is quite unusual these days.

Something big is happening in the Great Northwest. If you have never been up here, you might want to check it out some time.

And once you get here, you may never want to go home ever again.

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6 comments to Why Are So Many Conservatives, Preppers And Christians Moving To The Great Northwest?

  • Paul T

    My wife and I moved out to Montana to the Bitter Root valley in western Montana for just about the entire year of 2015. We had a chance to sell our house and move out there and we took it. We’re from the Mobile Bay Area in southern Alabama and ended up moving back here at the end of the year for a number of reasons but mainly, while the system is still running, it’s hard to make a living out there unless you have plenty of money already. We definitely loved it in Montana, but I needed my saltwater back. No place like home. But Montana will always be our second home. I highly recommend the Bitter Root valley for anyone who wants to live the prepper lifestyle and it’s full of awesome people and mild winters for Montana. Wasn’t too bad of winter for this southern ol boy

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    I got as far as visiting for a short time, as far west as Denver, Cripple Creek, etc. My knowledge of the Montana area, is from reading (etc). I originally am from SE-Michigan, but spent most of one winter, near the shores of Lake Superior (100 miles NW of Marquette) and DAMN it was COLD. (Houghton-Hancock area). Sometimes it would stay -20F or even sometimes hit -30F
    in the middle of the afternoon. Not always, but I remember that it was a painful cold, my face felt like pins and needles and your lungs hurt to breathe that cold air.

    But sometimes, on a really boring weekend night, I put on my heavy boots, full length army coat, etc, and take a 2 or 3 hour walk into the deep forest at about midnight until 2am or so.
    Yes, I’d pack a .45 automatic and couple of extra mags in my pocket just in case I came face to face with any local wolves or hungry coyotes (never saw any).

    All that helped to add to my opinions about long term survival when the SHTF, and I don’t like the idea of increased hardships of a northern exposure and the massive need for heating, and short growing season, and lack of Vitamin D for MANY long months adds greatly to the medical stresses.

    And now it turns out, that the entire north west region is part of America’s HOT SPOT for Fukushima fallout. Not just the coastal areas, but even Salt Lake City registers some of the highest rad counts from those reactors.
    When it comes to the most logical places to survive a big crisis, especially as we get OLDER and less able to cut & haul TONS of firewood, or shovel the ice and snow, it becomes clear that the less able we become, the more it requires an easier life style and less demanding environment.

    That’s why I chose the central area of the Florida panhandle with short winters, double or even TRIPLE growing seasons, reliable & plentiful rainfall, and NO state income taxes.

    I’m over 60, and I’ve always had poor & low energy levels, but thankfully, I have no aches, pains or damages that hold me back at this time. I can survive these winters with just a sleeping bag on my bed, even on those nights that get down to about +20F because as soon as the sun comes up, it usually hits from +45F all the way to as high as +65F.

    This “panhandle” has attractive rolling hills and real trees. It’s heavily forested except for the cities and cleared off farmlands. Not a lot of jobs here either, but at least the expenses are low, winter heating is low, food can be grown just about all year long (especially in a hoop-house/green house or enclosed patio, etc).

    Droughts don’t happen here, but if you don’t pick this tiny little “safe zone strip” of geography, you’ll have to worry about hurricanes (but THIS little area (both sides of Hwy 331), and 35-60 miles inland from the shoreline, is the most safe zone anywhere in the entire gulf of Mexico.

    My GPS says my house is 300Ft above sea level. Not even a 200Ft tall Tsunami would ever reach me. (But almost all of Florida, is less than 50FT above sea level, and MUCH of it is less than 9FT… OUCH).

    So, if ANYBODY is thinking or dreaming about moving, consider how well your body, hands, legs & back will be working when you reach 70 or 80 years old. Will your hands be able to handle a 40 caliber handgun? A chainsaw? sledge hammer? Rototiller? Split wood stack wood?

    OLD people are always complaining about being COLD (because the circulation is reduced and the metabolism is slower.) That’s why WARM places are the place where SO many retirees move to. I decided to make the move before I got STUCK up north and would NOT be able to move my crap.

    Good luck to all of you (and hopefully for ME too.)

    • Paul T

      Craig, if I had to guess, I’d say you’re living in Jackson county or over near Britton Hill. That area is actually THE BEST county in the entire country for peepers when you factor in every single thing a proper is looking for. Smart choice sir

      • Paul T

        *preppers a not peepers

      • Craig Escaped Detroit

        You’re off by quite a bit. It’s “Walton County” & I’ll tell you (and everybody else) why this area is better than the area that you mentioned.

        1- I researched the weather history, (Hurricanes, lightning strike hits & tornadoes), some history going back to 1950 or 55. The strip of land up to about 5 or 8 miles on either side of Hwy 331, has the least amount of lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes of anyplace in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, etc.

        2- Panhandle (in general), has very good quality aquifer-well water (so good that Nestle’ company put a “Spring water” bottling plant operation into this aquifer.) Normal Florida has TERRIBLE well water, but the panhandle aquifer starts either in Tenn or Ky and moves to the gulf.

        3- Walton county sales tax total is 7%. (Compare that with other counties and STATES where the combined “state & local” sales tax can add up to 10%).

        4- Walton county also contains the highest land above sea level in the entire state (in a border town next to Alabama called Paxton, Fl.) 341Ft.

        5- Walton county property taxes are only 12.5 mills (only Dade county is the same, but who wants to live at 6Ft above sea level in America’s 2nd most humid city, with all the crime, etc?) All the rest of Florida, typically charges 20-24 mils.

        The property tax structure (and FLorida’s generous “homestead discount”) makes Walton county cheaper than almost any place in all the southern states. (Most places in the country, even if they have a cheap “state tax”, but then they hit you with COUNTY taxes, fire dept taxes, school districts,etc. I’m living in a manufactured (mobile) home (1986), sitting on 5 acres and my ANNUAL tax bill (without claiming the homestead exemption) is less than $300 per year.

        6- My car insurance (Progressive), I’ve got FULL coverage ($100 deductible), on my 2001 mini van, no tickets, age=62, I pay $280 every 6 months. It’s so cheap, because of me, AND my location more than 5 miles outside of town, in the boonies-cow-zone area. Lots of farms, no crowding. Closer to town, it costs more. I’m in ‘the sticks’.

        It takes me a full HOUR to drive to the beaches (I’m pretty far inland), but that gives me HIGH elevation (and greatly reduced danger from any hurricanes, they are documented to lose at least one full “category” during the first 20 miles coming overland.) The gulf weather patterns, because of the earth’s combined system influences, makes this little strip, the MOST favorable area in all of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi & Louisiana, etc. I did not do the complete weather studies of the Texas coast because Texas has TOO many drug cartel routes and influences.

        Yes, they are everywhere, but at least I’m not on their fast-lane.
        The Walton county COASTLINE, sits half way between Panama City Beach & Ft. Walton Beach, but BOTH of those areas are OUTSIDE of Walton county.

        The “county seat” (county government headquarters) is DeFuniak Springs (population about 5,000), 10 traffic lights, NO high rise buildings, no “one way streets”, but has a nice big, 24 hr super Walmart, Lowes, Walgreens, all the typical fast food joints, 3 good grocery stores, lumber, hardware, medical, Dollar Tree, Dollar General, auto parts stores, full size Chevy dealer, etc. Basically, for a small town, the only thing they don’t have is a movie theater or bowling alley. I rarely have to drive to any bigger town for stuff.

        Crime rate is relatively LOW. No heavy industry here to pollute anything. No Nuclear power plants UPWIND from the panhandle (as the winds come from the ocean, duh). No gangster/ghetto community, no Muslim community (just a few loners).

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    @Paul, I just checked the maps and you were not far off.

    I’m about 10 miles south of ‘Britton Hill’ area. But Jackson county’s taxes are nearly double from Walton’s.

    I had investigated some homes in Paxton, but the much fuller shopping is at Defuniak. Paxton’s sister town just a mile north is Florala, Alabama. They’re both small, but ok. Gas prices are 10c cheaper in Alabama. Florala is cute, like Andy Griffith’s Maybury.

    I’d advise people to stay on the north side of interstate 10, safer wind zone, lower house insurance, higher elevations.

    I think Paxton is too far from the decent shopping of Defuniak, but Paxton holds livestock auctions & farm equipment.

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