I met the neighbour from just north of my land on the road Tuesday evening heading out. He's 63, cashed out of farming in the last 10 years, living modestly, effectively retired. So far as I know he hasn't worked for a salary. That makes him one of the last free men in North America. Beholden to no master. I greatly admire that, and am shamed to say I cant say the same, at least so far.
We had a discussion, about the price and cash flow of modern machinery and commodity farming, the hamster wheel of finance. Our conclusion is that capitalists have no use for a truly free man, they appreciate and can only use slaves and peons.
Is it coincidence that almost no men live by their own means and skills?
I admire any effort to de-monetize or otherwise decouple from the strategy to have everything done through cash transactions by ultraspecialists.