Living off the grid is illegal in Iowa

If you want to irritate the heck out of me, send me a link to a story like this.

Dick Thompson, a 72 year-old Iowan man, lives in a trailer on 32 acres of land that he purchased from his parents. He prefers simple living — no plumbing or electricity — and has a few animals. But according to Madison county officials, he’s breaking too many ordinances and laws by living this way. So on November 30, he was served an eviction notice.

“I’m a country boy,” explains Thompson. “I just want to be left alone.”

If government officials can prove his lifestyle is harming the public, fine. Until then, this man’s liberties are being denied him. It’s obvious what the county’s real motivation is: they want his land developed so they can collect more revenues. It’s a combination of government over-reach and greed.

(Hat tip: The Market Ticker)


Zoe Romanowsky


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