The Brighteon.TV founder started his program by saying that compared to other preppers, Harris put an emphasis on community-level prepping where people help each other in times of need. According to the Health Ranger, preppers who pull off a "lone Rambo" instead of collaborating with others often found that it did not work very well.
Harris then proceeded to elaborate on the Full Spectrum Survival channel that he ran. His channel focuses on events around the world and how these affected people, their independence and their lifestyles.
"There are so many things that are happening right now – from our financial crisis that each one of us is facing differently in our own households, to the totalitarian overreach that we are seeing in every aspect of our life. We try to meld that into some sort of forward motions so that we can each work toward some sort of preparedness for what's coming tomorrow," Harris said.
Adams then asked how Harris's channel managed to bypass YouTube censorship and still get modest view counts despite the lack of keywords in his videos. He continued: "I know you've been shadow-banned, but they haven't de-platformed you yet. How do you accomplish that?" The Health Ranger's ban from the Google-owned video-sharing platform led to the creation of the Brighteon Network – and later, Brighteon.TV. (Related: Health Ranger lawyers issue demand to YouTube: Show justification for termination or reinstate video channel.)
Harris gave three steps he and his team did to avoid YouTube's ban. First, they "took apart" and analyzed videos that were taken down to see what caused the censorship. Second, they listed down keywords that YouTube and the powers that be do not like people saying or hearing about and took note of these. Third, they used "alternative terms" in their videos when talking about certain things. Harris used "security tools" or "security implements" to refer to guns in his videos.
"[So] far, we've navigated those waters safely. But you never know, because this world is changing very quickly," he added.
The Full Spectrum Survival channel owner shared how he and his wife were introduced to prepping. He grew up in Tampa, Florida which had a million people living in it. Seeing where the world was going, and the fact that he was spending $1200 every month for rent, made him decide to move.
Harris and his wife reached out to people about "nice areas where people can live poor." They then packed up all of their belongings and went to northern Alabama – a move Harris called "the best move [he and his family] could ever make." Alabama was an open carry state, and their neighbors were more than willing to help them out. (Related: Is your state a good place for homesteading?)
"[That] move to that sort of environment really showed us that this is the change … individuals are going to need to make, and it's a change that we're really happy to make as well," Harris said. True enough, an April 2019 article in Bio Prepper noted Alabama as one of the best states for setting up a homestead.
However, Harris acknowledged that their move to Alabama to build their own homestead made it more difficult for other Americans to do the same. He said: "[That] is the future everyone is being pushed toward – it's living poor. [Unfortunately], the separation between the haves and the have-nots has only gotten worse since we made that move – and made it harder for other people to follow those steps."
Despite this, Harris remarked that those who do not have a lot of things tend to survive serious crises. "[At] the end of the day – If you have something to eat, shelter over your head, a way to keep you and your family safe and drinkable water, you're going to survive most events this world has to throw at you," he told Adams.
Harris continued: "You don't have to have so much to begin with. Just do what you can each and every day and get a little bit ahead, so when the hammer does strike down – you know what to do."
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