The County Restoration Handbook: Building the future one county ata time
by Eric Vought and Cathi Vought0.1.1: Minor revisions to 1st Major Printed DraftPublication date 2010-11-12
This project is a collaboration between the Well-Fed Neighbor Alliance, The Statesmen For Our ConstitutionalRepublic, and other organizations. The goal of the handbook is to provide a guidebook and framework for restoringthe sovereignty, good stewardship, stability, and general resilience of the counties of the United States, starting withLawrence County, Missouri, as our initial focal point. Sovereignty is the focal point of this effort: none of the otherterms we use: good stewardship, stability, and resilience, make sense outside the context of local people having controlover their own lives.None of this is intended to imply that a locality can or must isolate itself from the rest of the country or the world. Eachlocality, however, can and must be prepared to provide its most critical needs for itself, when it must, during all kindsof emergencies or crises. A locality must also have alternatives for any of its basic needs, even those it traditionallyprovides for itself. Without being able to provide for its own needs, neither a community nor its individuals haveautonomy nor control over their own destinies: you cannot successfully negotiate for anything when you cannot walk away from a bad deal.The Lawrence County document is meant to be heavily tailored for different localities. Clearly Greene County, MO,Tioga County, NY, Los Angeles County, CA, and Pima County, AR have very different needs and must meet themdifferently. No single effort can hope to cover all these diverse needs, but many ideas and best practices can be shared.The Handbook is a compendium of knowledge developed in an online shared-authoring environment at http:// countyrestorationhandbook.thestatesmen.org. Periodic snapshots are published from the online information.