By the author of The Faithful Prepper and Zombie Choices
The struggle on American soil to access necessities is challenging and will only continue to worsen. I believe there is a workaround to this, though: creating an American Free Market Network (AFMN). An AFMN is a concept for creating a more accessible and resilient community while still enabling you to purchase what you need to purchase. When the world at large refuses it to you, an AFMN will allow you to communicate with others.
We already see this in France, the Philippines, Australia, Canada, and other countries across the globe. Business owners and others are denying people access to restaurants, grocery stores, and other sellers of goods simply because those people don’t have particular papers. Teachers and children are having things forced upon them. Employees throughout those countries are as well.
Here are the components of what an American Free Market Network entails.
#1 Local food free market network
It’s only a matter of time before American patriots can not access grocery stores and other locations. Therefore, I highly recommend getting an alternate food network in place now. Go to your local farmer’s market and pick up a business card from each farmer there. You will now have the address, contact info, and information on products produced from a large swath of your local farmers.
I did this at one of the farmer’s markets in my area this past week and was able to get info on ten different food producers a short distance from my house. I now have information on where to get vegetables, berries, pears, apples, peaches, herbal teas, pork, rabbit, poultry, eggs, beef, mushrooms, and more. In addition, I was able to get contact information on a local herbal medicine practitioner, a few soap makers, some shampoo/deodorant makers, a host of bakers, and other goods producers.
The more you look the more you find
That’s a lot of helpful information that can keep my family well-fed should I not be permitted to enter a store. And keep in mind this was just from one farmer’s market. The more you look, the more you find. There are several other markets available in my area producing a wide range of goods. With this knowledge, I could effectively cut out shopping at major chains altogether.
Don’t overlook the Farm and Garden section of your local Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace either. At this point, homegrown goods are still allowed to be advertised. Make your connections NOW before this changes and get the conversation OFF of social media as quickly as possible.
Adjusting your diet now to make the most of local foods is an important step toward self-reliance.
#2 Dedicated CB radio channel
Let’s say there’s an internet blackout, and the power grid goes down. In addition, peoples’ cell services get shut off because their bank account has been closed, or some other similar event keeping people from getting in touch with others. How will you communicate? In any of these situations, CB radio will still serve as a means of communication. As long as you have a radio and some off-grid means of keeping it powered, you can get and disseminate the information that you need.
Within an American Free Market Network (AFMN), CB radio is the best means of off-grid/restricted comms. While ham radio would be preferable, not everybody will have the time or desire to learn their way around the licensure process or how to use their radio. In my experience, CB radio is much more user-friendly. Anyone can sit down and switch to channel 17 no problem, instantly putting them in touch with those they’re seeking out. Having an emergency communications plan is essential.
CB radios are affordable. For example, right now, you can get a President brand CB for around $200. I recommend getting a CB radio with a single sideband (SSB) that operates on FM mode. An SSB-capable CB radio will give you a host of more channels to operate off. Meaning you can work your way around unwanted local traffic and have a greater degree of security to what you’re saying. If I’m on channel 17, lower sideband, only people who have an SSB-capable radio are going to be able to hear it.
SSB CB radios are a tad more expensive than CB radios without this feature. Therefore, they’re not as prevalent, meaning there are not as many ears tuned in to what you’re saying. I don’t recommend getting an AM CB radio either. FM capable CB radios will give you a much crisper sound than the fuzzy static AM CB radios tend to emit.
#3 Dedicated CB comms window
While you could leave one channel open all day long for discussion, I recommend setting up a pre-planned “comms window.” Let every morning from 0700-0730 and every night from 2000-2030 be established as the time people in your AFMN discuss needs, availabilities, and other news. This better ensures your information can get out to as many people as possible. You don’t have to worry about how you hope enough free market network people are listening.
With a comms window, you know that you stand a good chance of getting the requests and availabilities news out there to as much of your target audience as possible.
#4 Free market network healthcare
I highly recommend collecting the names and contact info of clinics in your area that are the worksites of patriotic Americans and that you do so now. You need to know who is still willing to see you should you lack the necessary paperwork to “legally” walk through those doors. You need to know where you can get treatment, where you can get medication, etc.
Should Americans begin to lose their insurance plans in the future – or should massive spikes in rates for particular Americans’ insurance costs be in the picture – I also suggest looking into clinics with a ‘subscription plan.’ These clinics permit you to access all of their services whenever you need them provided you’re a paying member of the clinic. These may also be called “concierge medicine” clinics.
These are few and far between, so find them now. I recommend discussing such options with doctor friends of yours as well. There will be a host of doctors leaving their positions in the next few months due to mandates, and this idea gives them the means to continue producing an income for their family as they continue practicing medicine for their community.
#5 An educational free market network
Figure out what you need to do to get your children started with homeschooling. While you may not be able to stay at home to teach your kids yourself – and similarly, your kids need tutoring on the material you’re no expert in – there is always the option of hiring a tutor for such.
We’re seeing – and are going to continue to see – a massive let-go of American teachers. These people will still need income, and your children will still need teaching. Consider getting together with a group of other parents in similar situations, hiring a few tutors for various subjects, splitting the cost amongst yourselves, and having your children being homeschooled with professional tutors assisting them along the way.
This necessitates getting the contact information of tutors now. It requires getting your homeschool materials now. And likewise, it requires discussion with other parents now.
#6 Do NOT use social media to network
Social media networking is a foolish idea, and given future globalist legislation is liable to blow your AFMN to pieces. I would keep this on something of a need-to-know basis. If you do use social media to make initial connections, get the conversation off of there and in-person as quickly as possible.
Personally, I’m a fan of people using Signal to form messaging groups.
Signal is an app that utilizes end-to-end encryption, meaning only people within your group should be able to read the messages. Such a message group provides an extra layer of comms, gives you a more secure means of comms than CB, and should be your primary comms channel under “normal” circumstances. It’s the app recommended by whistleblower and internet privacy advocate, Edward Snowden.
Here, people can ask questions, request assistance, provide pertinent info, and the like.
FREE information printable
I highly recommend collecting all this information in a free market network printable handout to give to future members of your AFMN. Below is a link to download a printable to use for this information. Consider a monthly newsletter for your members as well. For instance, the newsletter would provide tips on where to get seeds, what to plant when, where to buy livestock, etc.
What do you think of creating an American Free Market Network?
It is time for Americans to take back their economy from those who use financial means to destroy our nation. It is time for us to create more resilient economies and more disaster-resilient communities. Now is the time to increase our levels of personal freedom, protect the minds and character of our children, and remove our dollars from businesses that do not support American values.
I believe that an American Free Market Network is an easy, grassroots method that we can implement virtually anywhere on the planet.
What are your thoughts? Are there other factors you believe could be included? Are there suggestions you would like to make? Let us know in the comments below!
Aden Tate has a master’s in public health and is a regular contributor to TheOrganicPrepper.com, TheFrugalite.com, PewPewTactical.com, SurvivalBlog.com, SHTFBlog.com, ApartmentPrepper.com, HomesteadAndPrepper.com, and PrepperPress.com. Along with being a freelance writer, he also works part-time as a locksmith. Aden has an LLC for his micro-farm where he raises dairy goats, a pig, honeybees, meat chickens, laying chickens, tomatoes, mushrooms, and greens. Aden has two published books, The Faithful Prepper and Zombie Choices. You can find his podcast The Last American on Preppers’ Broadcasting Network.