This chapter looks at the concept of “Trailer Trash”, the history of motor vehicle homes, and the phenomenon of American ghost towns. How did this form of affordable housing lead to such negative stereotypes? Why did so many towns in the West go bankrupt and shut down? In quest for an answer, I physically move to several ghosts towns before settling down in an isolated Wyoming countryside. (more…)
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This chapter focuses on survivalist instincts that arise within rural poverty. Sometimes the education that is most vital does not come from school or books, but in the knowledge of nature and how to use it. This chapter describes the process of adapting to natural hardships in remote locations, as well as learning new skills such as pumping water so that I could construct a garden out of piles of trash. (more…)
This chapter studies the nature of boom and bust economies and how rural people survive economic crisis. In addition, it looks at how rebellious groups have tried to create temporary utopias that counteract the capitalist system — and the backlash and fear directed at those who are unwilling to conform. (more…)
This chapter represents the catharsis that can explosively ignite after years of poverty, frustration, and anger. Armed with a loaded shotgun, an American flag, and volumes of potent moonshine; I celebrated my 40th birthday on an isolated Wyoming ranch. Feeding the flames of an arson-induced fire, and wondering if I should add my American flag, I attempt to understand what responsibilities an indigent homeless man still owes to greater US society.
This is the final chapter of Lifting Fire. Poverty can lead you in many different directions. This chapter looks at some of the choices we can make and the possible outcomes. (more…)
This appendix shows the story hidden underneath the central story. There are so many amazing lives that have shaped history that we never hear about. Small and unimportant people are easy to forget, but they can also have powerful tales to learn from. (more…)