January 15, 2013
There has been a lot of talk about gun control, the second amendment, and how to approach tragedies involving firearms in the United States. Some suggested that we ban certain guns or outlaw them flat out. Others say that gun control is the problem and instead we should arm up more citizens. However, some people have formed a solution outside of the typical narrative.
A patriot group called the Citadel is laying the groundwork to construct a 3,000 acre city in western Idaho (Benewah County) that will be able to accommodate 3,500- 7,000 families. The city could potentially have a population of 10- 20,000 people if the average household has three. According to the group over 200 families have already signed up for the project and this was before they even advertised the community. The Citadel also says that they will be purchasing the land this year and will be breaking ground soon after that.
The fortified city will not only be in a remote area but will be upon a mountain or a raised area of land. The project map of the compound shows an outer and inner wall with corresponding gates, inner and outer defensive towers, perimeter housing, neighborhoods, power and water stations, farmers market, an amphitheater, schools, firearms Museum, reflecting pool, a firearms factory, and the town center in which I guess is going to be for communal purposes.
The main emphasis of the group is to “voluntarily choose to live together in accordance with Thomas Jefferson’s ideal of rightful liberty.” The obvious motivation of this project is to build “an armed community to protect their liberty” from an oppressive government. The Citadel website also states the main ideals that potential residents should have in common are “patriotism, pride in American exceptionalism, our proud history of liberty as defined by our founding Fathers, and physical preparedness to survive and prevail in the face of natural catastrophes…or man-made catastrophes.”
The Citadel says that the community is open to all (i.e. races) as long as people share their common ideals and causes. The fortified city also aims to provide privacy for its residents and tourists in particular will not be able to see within the community (although they will not be barred from visiting). Another feature that the project has is the three-part application process that serves to gauge the compatibility of each family to the community. Their website says, “Approved applicants receive a lifetime lease (paid off in only 30 years). No credit check. No background check. Zero down payment. Zero property taxes.”
Once a family becomes a part of the Citadel, they may take a voluntary pledge “to follow the footsteps of our founding fathers by swearing to one another our lives, our fortunes and sacred honor to defend one another and liberty against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” It should be duly noted that just as families are free to live there, they’re also free to leave at anytime. This has to be mentioned since some may immediately associate this with a cult compound like Jonestown or Waco.
While I like the idea of creating a self sustainable community with others who have common interests, it’s hard not to think of the Ruby Ridge Massacre which just so happen to have taken place in Idaho. Randy and Vicki Weaver also had ideas of separating from society and preparing for an apocalyptic scenario. Although what happened at Ruby Ridge didn’t involve a huge number of people, it did have some similarities in regards to location, a descent amount of land, and hostilities towards any encroachment of liberties.
It will be interesting to see how this community develops and if it is a success or not. Of course, there are already leftwing Democrats types using the typical meme of “racism” and “preservation of white America” to scare off people from living in a communal setting similar to this. I have no problem with forming communities with like-minded people (although there should be safeguards from xenophobia). It is clear, at least on paper, that the city is not being built to separate the races but rather is an attempt to distance themselves from the long arm of the Federal government. Whether one likes their views or not is irrelevant, many people of diverse backgrounds in the US are considering the idea of building their own communities. Anyone that has their hand to the plow and their ears to the ground will tell you that.