Cory's "Outquisition" notion has certianly prompted much discussion over on Mother Boing. It seems the idea of traveling knowledge missionaries in a post-oh-I-thought-you-meant-that-button society has gotten lots of you excited, both for the fun daydream or from the frustration that well-meaning city folk might, instead of helping clean up, make a bigger mess.
It's a fun one to think about for me as I've always straddled the line between hillbilly and hipster. My family includes lots of farmers, but I was always the kid from the city. On the other hand, most of my friends haven't ever cut the balls off a yearling pig. As I get older I find myself wanting to spend more time learning the things that I only dabbled in as a child: hunting and dressing a kill (from nuts to soup!); farming and gardening; construction and building.
So you know the "bug out bag" concept, right? It's where you make a list of things you'd keep handy in case you find yourself in need of immediate unforeseen exfiltration. Usually includes some basic food, first aid, and navigation supplies. I don't keep one around anymore — I live in Brooklyn, so if there's a bomb or a zombie outbreak, I'm just going to have to ride it out — but when I was in my late teens I enjoyed the fantasy enough that I kept an emergency bag sitting around.
Well what if you were making a "phase 2" bug out bag? The sort of gear you'd like to have handy not for escaping a failing civilization, but for starting to build your homestead in a new one?
Here's one attempt off the top of my head, constrained to be storable and easily replicated. (That precludes things like livestock.)
• .22 caliber folding rifle and rounds
• A large flint and striker
• An all-around survival almanac such as the Boy Scout Guide (or a more modern reference)
• Several pounds of seeds, including both vegetables and grains
• A hatchet
• A large tarp for shelter, water collection
• Dice or some other random generator (for voting, entertainment)
Hrm. This is still too close to basic survival gear here. Help me out. If you were going to air drop in a duffel bag full of society-enhancing tools and references, what would you pick?