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)


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  • Brian Edward Miles

    Who would have ever guessed that ordinances were more about power and control than achieving anything useful. Rather than thinking, “Good that’s one less person for us to worry about” these bureaucrats go out of their way to make sure that there is one more person worrying about them.

  • Micha Elyi

    It’s obvious what the county’s real motivation is…

    I followed the supplied link and noticed nothing in it suggesting any such thing.

    I too can speculate. How about too many females agitated and complaining to the county because they consider the man’s trailer an unfashionable eyesore so they want it taken away?

  • Chris
  • Perelandra

    That’s happening in Indiana, not Iowa. So much for Hoosier values. . . .

  • pbecke

    It cries to heaven for vengeance.

  • Valentin

    I know that in most places in the US if you don’t have your house built according city and state standard they won’t allow people to live there why? I don’t know but with the way most modern and industrial architecture I certainly don’t trust their standards considering most buildings these days look boring, ugly, or that the designer acid beforehand and didn’t know a thing about physics.