As state and local governments increasingly stretch themselves to the financial breaking point with free services and taxpayer-supported benefits, in addition to offering their normal services as well, they have become even more reliant on citizen participation in the mainstream.
In short, governments need all the tax money and revenues they can get, and they get them when citizens remain part of “the system.”
That’s why it is becoming more and more risky for Americans who choose to live their lives “off the grid,” so to speak; anyone who does reduces cash flow to state and local governments that rely on every dollar they can get in order to stay afloat.
This phenomenon came to a head recently with one couple living in Huntsville, Alabama; the city has forbidden them from living off the grid, as they have attempted to do, and has threatened them with jail if they refuse to jump back in line.
‘100 percent self-sustaining’ is now a crime in some cities
As reported by the Activist Post, Tyler Truitt, a veteran of the U.S. military, found it ironic that he was forced to answer for his attempt to live off the grid to a judge at city hall.
“I just don’t see how we’re hurting anyone by being here,” he told Activist Post.
As the Post further reported:
Truitt and his girlfriend Soraya Hamar are within Huntsville city limits but lived self-sufficiently without city utilities. The city officials said that’s simply not allowed and filed a lawsuit. They are claiming care for the couple’s safety – however, the couple are not without utility comforts, but have found a way to provide for themselves without the city services.
They live on their own volition and devices 100 percent; they have homemade utilities such as solar panels and they collect rainwater for their water use, among other assets. But city officials have classified their dwelling as a trailer and, well, trailers aren’t permitted inside the city limits.