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Still Mine: The movie. James Cromwell in the perfect Libertarian/Prepper lead role

The trailer:


Based on the true story of an over-reaching government messing up peoples lives for no reason but sick tyranny.

An 89 year old man building a perfect house with his own hands...for his dementia ridden wife. The government doesn't even approve of the trees on his land as lumber for the house.

Picked it up at Redbox.

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Another Great Film...

...that might get overlooked if not for fellow DPers highlighting it.

Watched it before dinner tonight, and really enjoyed it, so thanks for posting this.
Coincidentally, I am in the process of constructing a shed/outbuilding on my property BY MYSELF so...I really identified with Mr Cromwell's character (working alone until it gets dark, and then some).
And since it's raining I had a day off to enjoy this.

You might recall another film that I chose to highlight here in DP-Land, entitled "DIG":

Another reason I consider myself lucky to be aboard "The Ark".
Isn't the Daily Paul a wonderful place?

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

Problem is that you can't really own land in the USA anymore.

This is evidenced by the rent (property tax) one pays every year. There is a lot of legal mumbo jumbo, but it basically boils down to the state owns all the land and allows people to use some of it as long as they pay their rent and follow the rules that are endlessly invented. And if you don't like it they have Darth Vader squads standing by.



Saw this post, and watched it with my wife

Bot of us loved it. Thanks for the great suggestion.
I am not sure why I never saw this movie before, but
it must not have gotten very good distribution.

While it is a great libertarian piece, I fail to see
the "prepper" theme. Wife and I will be watching it
again today and I will look/listen more for that sort
of material in the movie.

Certainly contained great examples of independence,
self reliance, regulatory overreach, property rights,
etc. I would have enjoyed just a few more minutes
in the courtroom, perhaps to hash out the what
"property rights" means.

Man Against the Machine. Enjoy!

The prepper part is...

He builds shelter with his own hands, from things he gathers on his own land. He chops his own firewood and uses it to heat his house in the winter.

Remember, a man who chops his own wood is warmed by it twice.

He has his own cattle and grazing land, his own farmland where he can grow his own food.

To me, that is the ultimate prepper.

One day, I'm gonna' change my name to Dale Lee Paul

OK, I see your prepper points

I am not so sure I would call all those things
"prepper" material... but I would be the first
to agree that a prepper would have many of
those skills, and many more.

I guess I am a bit oblivious as to what would
be "prepper" skills.


Set to watch..

and the first 10 minutes or so made me realize it's well worth saving for tonight when I can fully absorb it...
Watching it at Primewire dot com

Edit: I set to watch and it was very poignant...my dad was a pretty headstrong state engineer and had similar problems with an inspector when he and my mom wanted to put in a new house. Can't put it here and can't do this and can't do that. Do this and must do that... he was furious.

They were married over 60 years and were rarely ever apart.. it took my dad falling and hitting his head and my mom getting sick to put them on a spiral of downfall.

Like I said up there.. very poignant

Daughter of 1776 American Revolutionists

Watched it Last Night

Wife and I watched it last night and we both loved it. Great libertarian themes and heart warming story. That's what marriage is all about. Highly recommend it. Thank you op.

"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." Voltaire

you are welcome

That's what marriage is all about. Highly recommend it. Thank you op

One day, I'm gonna' change my name to Dale Lee Paul


Have tissues ready.

...let it not be said that we did nothing.
-Ron Paul

I am in China

My student here, in Yichang (Hubei), showed me some pictures of her father building himself their family house. No architect, engineers, ore contractors are involved and the house will be finished next year. Why we have allowed this to happen: people in the communist China presently enjoy much more liberties than we do?

The basic problem is that one believes that everything is real, and thus everything is treated as such.
---Kalu Rinpoche

Universal building code, pure

Universal building code, pure agenda 21.

Never heard of it....

I'll be watching it tomorrow, thanks!

"Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society."

— Henry St. John

I just watched it with my

I just watched it with my family and it's really recommended. A love story and message about government over reach. I really loved it because I'm going through the same thing, sawing my own timber and building my own place. The inspector has been understanding and easy to work with in our rural community, but he could have made my life a nightmare. It really hit close to home for me. I don't think the family realized how it affects me, but they took it in with me all the same.

Just watched it.

Great movie! I really enjoyed it. The libertarian theme you see really becomes almost secondary. The two factors (the wife and the house) complement each other to make a great movie.

"Why would I need a permit?"

"This is my land."

Have had this same conversation with some county busybodies.

You know,

I'm gonna have to watch this now, thanks a lot !

"Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free men."

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Four Stars!!

Love it! This is what America is all about..

Thanks for posting..


this took place in New Brunswick Province


But yes, this is what liberty is all about

One day, I'm gonna' change my name to Dale Lee Paul

Whole movie free on YouTube!


Is it really free?

If the movie owners made it free, fine and dandy.

But since they appear to be selling it on DVD, it's also possible the YouTube is pirated. I like to demonstrate respect for the property rights of others.

Many films don't make back their expenses for years. The filmmakers can't make more if they don't ever pay back the investors.

I'm just sayin', if it's worth watching, it's worth paying for.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

I dont believe in intelectual peoperty

There are something's that you would be willing to watch for free, but not if you had to pay. I don't think you can really argue with this point.

Youtube has kept it up for a year. The cost for getting something removed from YouTube is inconsequential. I could do it at my leisure. If the production company wanted to have it removed, they could very easily.

If you want to buy the movie, please do. There are a number of movies that I have purchased even though they were available to me for no extra cost. Those movies are more valuable for me to own than the cost of purchasing them. There are a number of movies that are not that way.

I donate to the daily paul. I never had to. I receive no extra benefit. I do it because there is value in it for me.


and Ben Franklin would agree with you

He never patented a single invention of his own.

If it bettered humanity, then Ben was successful.

So what did they do for him in France?, as a thank you for discovering electricity?

They honored him and thanked him with his likeness' on dinner plates.

Sorry, but that is pretty epic. Especially in 1779

One day, I'm gonna' change my name to Dale Lee Paul

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Looks like Netflix has it on DVD.

Looks like it came out in 2013. Looking forward to this!

Google is government.

just ordered it


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This is why I love the Daily Paul.

How would I ever have heard about this otherwise?

Thank you

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.


Just watched it and it was really good!

Thanks for posting this guys. =]


This movie looks incredible, thank you so much!


It was better than I expected

You're welcome

One day, I'm gonna' change my name to Dale Lee Paul