Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The Citadel Society
The Citadel is a unique venture that is in some ways similar to a hunting lodge or a resort condo, but in other ways very different. It is a business that will lease residential and commercial property in a gated community that has a very specific purpose - to provide a secure living space for Liberty minded individuals who are willing to actively work to defend that living space. This business will be responsible for things like facility maintenance, snow removal, grounds maintenance and similar tasks - a fairly narrow focus, actually. There are many things we can and should do for ourselves in the Citadel that will fall outside the responsibility of this business.
The Citadel Society that I have in mind would be similar to fraternal organizations like the Elks or Moose Lodge in their original form. We have already discussed the idea that volunteerism will be a major factor in the success of the Citadel. Having some level of organization can make volunteer efforts much more effective.
Most people don't realize that those fraternal societies started out as much more than social groups. Before the days of Social Security, workman's comp, unemployment insurance, sick leave, medical insurance, etc., these mutual support societies were how the prudent man protected himself and his family. In exchange for membership dues, those societies provided a support system that would help in times of trouble. Sickness or injury could be devastating. No work, no pay. The group could provide food, assistance and enough money to cover basic expenses during recovery. If someone needed help with moving, or some similar task, there was help available. Some provided nurses for their members to go to for minor illness or injury. If you were laid off from work you had a built in network to help find other work. If you moved to a new city, a letter of good standing from your old Lodge would instantly give you a social group who would trust and support you. And, of course, you had a social group that you belonged to and felt a part of.
Here are my suggestions for possible functions of The Citadel Society. It's not a definitive list, just a starting point for discussion. The Society could run a thrift store, a library, a cannery and similar activities to benefit its members but that might not typically be well suited to a full time business. There could be a co-op to make group buys of bulk materials to save money and help make our preparations easier. It could have a newsletter or magazine to spread our message of Liberty. Tours of the Citadel could be run by volunteers from the Society. Interest groups for activities and hobbies could be sponsored, especially those that might have long term grid down survival benefits. A club house and recreation facility could be available to members for activities and events. The Society could provide the training and certification for compliance with the Patriot Agreement and encouragement to keep up those certifications by making compliance with the Patriot Agreement a requirement for membership. A group medical plan and facilities could be available to members. The Society might be an auxiliary to the militia and provide logistics support and possibly a means for those unable to actively serve in the militia to still support it. The Society could be the focal point for sponsoring outside activities like Three Gun, IDPA, RenFair and similar events. It could also grant scholarships to children of Citadel residents. And, of course, could sponsor social gatherings and activities. There could be different levels of membership for residents, non residents and those who simply want to support our goals. It might even form the basis for a national organization with chapters all around the country.
The specific activities of the Society aren't as important as the idea of organizing our volunteer efforts in a way that will improve our quality of life and chances for success in the Citadel.
There is a potential side benefit of this volunteer activity in that it may help reduce our cost of living. Our internal economy will be important. Every dollar that doesn't have to be earned and spent is a dollar that won't be taxed and a dollar that doesn't have to be made just to afford to live in the Citadel. This could be the difference between some businesses being viable or not. It could also reduce our dependance on outside income.
This organization will be totally voluntary and run by volunteers, but should provide such clear benefits for membership that joining and participating will be an easy choice.