The American who quit money to live in a cave

Paul Mobbs mobbsey at
Thu Apr 19 17:48:20 BST 2012

On Thursday 19 Apr 2012 09:05:02 frank bowman wrote:
> Don't expect free areas to camp for a start.

But for the last forty years, travelling around the UK, I've always camped 
for free. I don't 'expect' it, I just do it. There are even places, like 
Dartmoor, where this ancient right is still protected under the bylaws of 
the common.

What I was implying was that in the USA, people like this bloke CAN 
renounce mainstream society and live off the map -- and in American culture 
that's idealised as a form of "freedom". In the UK its denounced as a form 
of weird seditioius anarchism because no one is willing to seriously 
consider/take-on the case for why it should be regularised, even though it 
would create such a public benefit.

In Scotland, rough camping is a defended tradition; in England and Wales it 
seems people are not willing to take destiny in their hands and 'just do 




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