Hey /adv/, does anybody ever feel like the western world is too regulated and nigh impossible to live in?
>I'm 23 and have no idea how real life works.
>I want to purchase a few acres of land somewhere out in the middle of nowhere, but it seems as if every municipality has some crazy restrictions on what you can do on your own land.
>Some counties even outlawed the collection of rainwater for personal use.
>Half of the country won't let you use a composting toilet.
>Even if I managed to find a piece of land I like, I'll probably never manage to feel free in the land of the free.
Are there any landownerfags who live out in the country that can give me some insight?
You can collect rainwater from your roof, also its totally justifiable to not let people collect rain water, it stops underground water veins from rebuilding, it might not seem a lot but if everyone who lives in the country did it at a large enough scale it would have a large impact.
A certain amount of regulation and infrastructure is required to make civilization possible. Maximizing personal agency -the ability of each person to, through his or her actions, have a meaningful impact on his or her life- must always remain the primary goal, but as long as this happens, agency and regulation do not need to conflict.
I don't think the US gets it completely right, but it gets much closer to the mark than just about anywhere else in the world. Most other places fail by losing sight of the goal, either going for personal aggrandizement (anarchies like Somalia or juntas like Burma), safety (most socialist regimes; communist regimes often start this way before making a hard turn toward personal aggrandizement), supremacy of one group over another (South Africa under apartheid) or more abstract ideals (pick a religious regime, any religious regime). At least the US has one major political party that hasn't lost sight of agency as the goal. This makes it a prime site for reintroducing agency to the world, as a place that hasn't completely forgotten it yet.
What you do on your land affects everyone around you, so of course there are laws about what you can and can't do. As long as you live in a way that doesn't bother the people around you it's fine, for the most part. You'll never be able to escape the reality of sharing a planet with other people, though.
You want the freedom not to be bothered by others. To have that freedom others must be have their freedom to act restricted so they can't do shit that bothers you without consequences. Same goes for you: you are not free to bother other people, since that would restrict their freedom. Regulation is part of how that balance is achieved.
You'll feel more free if you figure out how to harmonize your interests with those of your community, i.e. figuring out how life works. If you think living completely alone will make you happy you're in for a rude awakening.
Anyway, you'll need to do a lot of homework before buying rural land. There are many ways to get fucked over. Rural people know property laws better than you do and will happily sell you land with no water, or not access to roads, or that is otherwise effectively worthless. Don't be an idiot.