Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Resisting the Elites: Protecting Privacy In the Emerging Police State

By Tim Gamble 
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We are living in an emerging Police State. Or Surveillance State if you prefer that term. Either way, our privacy and other rights are quickly going the way of the Dodo. And we are letting it. 

Privacy isn't a big deal according to many people today. Leftist's don't believe in privacy because it interferes with their desire to control others. Many "law and order" conservatives think anyone concerned about privacy "must have something to hide." Most millennials and Gen Z's , growing up with the Internet and its lack of privacy, are simply used to not having much privacy and just don't see what the big deal is. 

Yet, there are many reasons to be concerned with your privacy:
  • Identity theft in America is now more than a $20 billion dollars a year criminal industry.
  • Squatters and other criminals often scour social media and other sources looking for victims, determining work hours, vacations, and other times when their target will be away from home.
  • Politicians and bureaucrats can and do punish folks they disagree with, as the weaponization of the IRS, DOJ, FBI, ATF, and other federal agencies prove.
  • It is now very PC for government and law enforcement to consider preppers, homesteaders, conservatives, Christians, Trump-supporters, parents who criticize schools, Catholics, pro-life folks, and many others as "dangerous" and "potential domestic terrorists."
  • Employers now routinely "spy" on employees and applicants through social media, affecting employment opportunities, and chances for promotions and raises. Some folks have lost their jobs over social media posts, or for having the "wrong" political or social opinions.  
  • Many schools now routinely "spy" on students through social media and other means.
  • Many teachers, schools, and school systems have been caught asking students inappropriate questions about the political, religious, and social views of their parents, the presence of guns in the home, parent's views on vaccinations, family finances, and other private matters. 
  • Self-important bureaucrats, nosy neighbors, intrusive landlords. tyrannical HOAs, community activists, and self-appointed social justice warriors all pose threats in today's world of censorship, doxing, and cancel culture.  

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) policies at many businesses also pose a real threat to anyone who doesn't hold politically correct views. Employees are being denied raises and promotions based not on their performance, but on their political and social views. Some are even losing their jobs. Job applicants are being denied, despite their qualifications. Small vendors are being forced to adopt the politically correct policies of their Big Business clients. Even customers are being denied products and services merely because the Big Business has become aware of their "non-acceptable" views. There are even cases of  banks closing the accounts of conservatives and others who don't tow the line of politically correct viewpoints. 

How To Guard Your Privacy

1) Identify what critical information you need to protect. What is critical information? Examples of critical information may include financial information, social security numbers, passwords and PINs, medical information, political and religious affiliations, memberships in certain organizations (NRA, GOA, prepper groups, etc.), medical conditions, vaccine status, gun ownership, presence of valuable items in the home (guns, gold, silver, cash, etc.), and purchases of large amounts of food and other supplies. Even your vacation plans may let bad guys find out when you are not going to be home. 

2) Next, make sure that everyone in your family/group understands what information to protect. Share this critical information on a "need to know basis" only. Even within your family/group, not everyone needs to know everything. This doesn't mean that you don't trust your family or group members. Rather, the less people that know something, the less chance of it accidentally being revealed. 

3) If you have children in your family, you need to talk to them about not sharing certain information with non-family members. Teach them to respond to questions about the family's finances, religion, politics, firearms in the home, parents' jab status or opinions on vaccines, by responding "I don't know," and "You'll have to ask Mommy or Daddy about that." 

This includes not answering these questions from teachers and other authority figures. "I don't know," and "You'll have to ask Mommy or Daddy" are perfectly valid answers for a child to give their teacher. Young children will need to be reminded of this often. Also, be careful about what information you share with and around your children, as they do have ears, and they do repeat things.

4) Public, and even private, conversations, can be overheard. Be aware of your surroundings and topics of conversations. Even off-hand remarks can reveal critical information. Make sure your conversations are really private before discussing critical information. Having a private conversation in a restaurant? Chances are your waitress and any nearby diners will hear at least parts of it. Having a private conversation in your backyard? The neighbor who just happens to be on the other side of that privacy fence probably can hear every word. 

5) Be aware how certain information may reveal other information. For example, that "First Baptist Church" bumper sticker reveals not only your church membership, but also tells the bad guys you're probably not at home on Sunday mornings. Think through what the bad guys may able able to deduce from seemingly innocent information you do give out. 

6) Shred or burn (instead of throwing away) all unneeded paper that may reveal critical information, including bills, shopping receipts, insurance papers, bank statements, tax records, pay stubs, ATM receipts  & other financial documents, pre-approved credit card & loan applications, prescription labels, expired passports & driver's licenses, among many others. This may also include any notes or lists you've made regarding your prepper or bug-out plans

7) Be careful of what trash & recyclables you leave at the curb. Even empty boxes may reveal to those nosy neighbors what, and how much, you are buying. Options to roadside recycling include taking the boxes to the recycling center yourself, or even burning them or using them in composting or sheet mulching. Remember to shred/burn critical papers.

8) Be cautious in your use of social media, email, text messaging, and the Internet. Realize that if you are emitting electronically, your use is being monitored, logged and stored. NEVER use electronics to commit illegal acts, make threats, or to stalk or harass others (you shouldn't be doing these things anyway). When surfing the Internet, avoid the "Red Light Districts" (adult sites, illicit drug sites, or other sites used for illegal/unethical activities), as visiting those sites greatly increases your chances for computer viruses, phishing attacks, ransomware, and attracting the attention of both the bad guys and law enforcement. 

9) Don't overshare on social media. Never share critical information on social media. Be aware of what information you might be unintentionally sharing. For example, that selfie you posted with your car's license plate clearly readable in the background. 

10) Use cash whenever possible. Cash (and barter) is the least traceable means of economic exchange, and the least likely to leave an electronic or paper trail leading back to you. 

11) Be mindful of how you use of affinity cards, as well as credit, debit, or checking cards, and even modern library cards, as they all collect and log data about you and your habits. This information may then be used by the company, shared with its vendors, sold to other companies, or stolen by company employees or outside hackers. It could also be obtained by the government (even without a warrant in many cases). 

*** You can find Tim Gamble on social media! Follow at Gab (@TimGamble), Instagram (@DystopianSurv), and Twitter (@TimGambleSpeaks). 
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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Resisting the Elites: Why Trump Failed and How MAGA Might Win

By Tim Gamble 
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I like Donald Trump. I admire his obvious patriotism. I appreciate that he kept most of his campaign promises (most politicians don't even try). I voted for in in 2016 and 2020, and I will vote for him in November. 

That said, I must admit that he ultimately failed in his efforts to drain the swamp and defeat the Deep State. It took a pandemic created by a bio-weapon, dangerously dishonest advice form Fauci, the CDC and the FDA, as well as a rigged election to do it, but the swamp eventually devoured Trump. (He will have second chance, and I am rooting for him.)

Why did Trump fail?

It turns out the Swamp is a lot bigger and deeper than anyone thought, and the snakes and gators of the Swamp are more corrupt and more willing lie, cheat, and steal than we realized. Those snakes and gators included many of the establishment GOP, as well as "experts" we thought we could trust because they were doctors and scientists. We found out that the Swamp exists everywhere, not just in DC. It is found in corporations, in social media, in school boards, in hospitals, in universities, in pop culture, in blue states and red states, and throughout America. 

Trump ultimately failed because two groups of Swamp denizens betrayed him - the GOP establishment and the medical and scientific advisors at the CDC, FDA, et. al. In fact, they didn't just betray Trump, they betrayed the American people. (Others also betrayed Trump, but these were the two groups who ended the Trump presidency.) 

The GOP establishment turned its back on Trump when he need them the most, refusing to investigate the obviously flawed 2020 election. Refusing to even acknowledge the massive of amount of evidence of fraud in places like Georgia. 

Trump's medical and science advisors provided bad advice and even engaged in lies, censorship, and intimidation in a coordinated effort to cover up what was really going on with Covid, creating the chaos which allowed the election to be stolen. Trump trusted these advisors because they were supposedly non-partisan "experts." But they proved to be snakes and gators instead. 

How MAGA (and Trump) might win: 

Unlike the Tea Party, which burned out too quickly, the MAGA movement shows no signs of fading. The movement is nine years old in June, remains highly enthused and energetic, and may yet re-elect Trump as President this November. 

But for the MAGA movement to ultimately win, it must do more than just re-elect Trump. MAGA has to be about more than just Trump.

To ultimately win, MAGA must:
  • Realize that we cannot place our trust in any one individual, not even Trump.
  • Realize we cannot place our trust in any political party, not even the GOP. It is no longer about republican vs democrat or conservative vs liberal, but rather good vs evil.
  • Realize that we can no longer trust government or the "experts" to do the right thing.
  • Realize that state elections are actually more important than national elections, and that local elections are the most important of all. 
  • Realize that we are not just fighting against democrats and liberals, or even the Deep State, but also against DEI, ESG, CRT, the WEF, WHO, the UN, the CCP, the LGBIQ+ agenda, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, George Soros, Klaus Schwab, Blackrock, Google, the climate change "emergency," and globalism, among many other ideologies and groups. Folks, it is all tied in together.
  • Develop the leaders to come after Trump. (Tim Scott? Ron DeSantis? Vivek Ramasamy? Rand Paul? Tulsi Gabbard? Others?) And that is leaders with an s. It is dangerous for a movement to have just one main leader. We need many leaders. And each one of us needs to be a leader in our home and our community. 
  • Find a way around the mainstream media, academia, and pop culture so that we can drive the narrative.
  • Take control of our children's education, and our own education for that matter.
  • Build alternative systems to replace the old systems installed by the Elites for their own benefit. (Examples: alternate sources of news and information to replace the corporate media, homeschooling and private schooling to replace public schools.)
  • Think nationally, but act locally. MAGA must become a bottom up movement.
MAGA has to become about much more than just politics. If it does, MAGA might ultimately win, with or without. 

Unhumans: The Secret History of Communist Revolutions (and How to Crush Them) is now available for pre-order on Amazon with a "lowest price" guarantee. This book is receiving a lot of hype. Donald Trump, Jr. is talking it up on x (Twitter), and it has been discussed on a number of podcasts and video channels. From the Amazon write-up: "If you don’t understand communist revolutions, you aren’t ready for what’s coming. But this is not a book about ideology or politics. Unhumans reveals that communism, socialism, Marxism, and all other radical-isms are not philosophies but tactics—tactics that are specifically designed to unleash terror on everyday people and revoke their human rights to life, liberty, and property. These are the forces of unhumanity. This is what they do. Every. Single. Time. Unhumans steals their playbook, breaks apart their strategies piece by piece, and lays out the tactics of what it takes to fight back—and win, using real-world examples."

Friday, April 12, 2024

Resisting the Elites: Why the Tea Party Movement Failed and Lessons Learned

By Tim Gamble 
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The Tea Party Movement, which began in the run-up to the 2008 election and gained steam during Obama's first term as President, was a peaceful grassroots movement comprised of tens-of-millions of people (in 2009, polls showed a 40%+ favorability rating with the general public) and perhaps thousands of independent groups and organizations. The primary concern was promoting fiscal responsibility and limited government, but it also touched on other themes such as patriotism and individual liberty. 

No one leader emerged. Groups and organizations were independent of each other. The movement was self-funding, with no single major source of money. It was a true grassroots movement. The main tactics of the Tea Party were holding peaceful rallies and protests, and contacting elected officials by phone, in person, and at town hall meetings.

Ultimately, the Tea Party Movement failed. The size and scope of government continued to increase, as did the national debt. Obama won re-election in 2012. Obamacare was passed. By 2016, the Tea Party Movement was essentially dead, with no rallies or protests being held, and most tea party groups having disappeared from the scene. Favorability ratings in the polls dropped by about 20 percentage points, while unfavourability ratings almost doubled. 

Why The Tea Party Failed

In my opinion, the Tea Party Movement faced three main obstacles:
  1. Open and intense hostility from the news media, leftist politicians, and others, making false allegations that Tea Party supporters were uneducated, racist, sexist, and violent, and that the movement was comprised almost entirely of angry white men. All these allegations were false, but was what the general public was fed on a daily basis. 
  2. A deeply entrenched system which benefited, and therefore was supported by, most politicians, career bureaucrats, corporate leaders, and lobbyists. (Trump would later name this system "The Swamp.")
  3. Politicians who were and remained out-of-touch with the general public, and who were more inclined to listen to pollsters, lobbyists, and deep pocket donors than to their constituents. This included a number of GOP politicians elected in 2010 and 2012 as "Tea Party Candidates" but quickly forgot their Tea Party roots after being sworn into office. 
Because of these obstacles, many Tea Party supporters became discouraged. There was also large amount of naïveté within the movement. Many supporters expected things to turn around quickly after a few rallies and some wins in the 2010 election, and simply gave up when they didn't.

Lessons Learned

Restoring the Republic will not be easy or quick. It took decades for the US to get into its current mess, and it will take decades to work our way out of it. Winning one or two elections will not be enough. This is a generational battle.

Public opinion matters. The Left's control of the news media, social media, pop culture, and academia allows them to control the narrative and to mold public opinion. We must break this control and drive the narrative ourselves. 

The system is much more entrenched then we realized, and most of the wealthy, powerful, and influential are determined to maintain it at all costs. We should expect lies, false accusations, and other dirty tactics (such as cancel culture,  the weaponization of government agencies, and the exercise of "lawfare"). Most importantly, we must be prepared to resist those dirty tactics. 

We cannot depend on politicians or elections to turn things around. We cannot depend on the GOP or even "conservative" politicians. This is no longer about Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, Left and Right. Those are false choices. It is about good and evil. Be on the side of good, not on a political side.

We the People must be the driving force behind restoring the Republic. 

Unhumans: The Secret History of Communist Revolutions (and How to Crush Them) is now available for pre-order on Amazon with a "lowest price" guarantee. This book is receiving a lot of hype. Donald Trump, Jr. is talking it up on x (Twitter), and it has been discussed on a number of podcasts and video channels. From the Amazon write-up: "If you don’t understand communist revolutions, you aren’t ready for what’s coming. But this is not a book about ideology or politics. Unhumans reveals that communism, socialism, Marxism, and all other radical-isms are not philosophies but tactics—tactics that are specifically designed to unleash terror on everyday people and revoke their human rights to life, liberty, and property. These are the forces of unhumanity. This is what they do. Every. Single. Time. Unhumans steals their playbook, breaks apart their strategies piece by piece, and lays out the tactics of what it takes to fight back—and win, using real-world examples."

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Resisting the Elites: Keeping Cash Alive - Why and How

By Tim Gamble 
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Going to an all-digital economy, meaning a completely cashless, is a huge part of the "global reset" and a tool for the Elites to control the masses. 

There are two main reasons behind the push to eliminate cash: 1) using cash makes it harder for governments and corporations to track and control your behavior, and 2) the bankers can't make any money off of cash transactions and money that isn't deposited in their banks. 

Governments, banks, and large corporations would all greatly benefit from an all-digital economy. Regular folks and small businesses will be hurt by such a move. 

Those wanting to go cashless won't admit the two main reasons. Instead, they say it will control crime, prevent tax evasion, eliminate black markets, and help track terrorists. Folks who are opposed to a cashless society will be painted as old-fashioned and backwards at best, and as rightwing nutjobs and potential criminals or terrorists at worst.

Why Is Going Cashless a Bad Idea?
  • Loss of privacy, as government, banks, and corporations will be able to monitor and track every purchase and every deposit you make.
  • Government will know who is buying guns, ammo, body armor, and other survival/prepper supplies. Makes future confiscation easier.
  • Government know who is buying and stockpiling food. Makes future confiscation easier.
  • Forces all charitable donations, including religious tithes and donations, to go through the digital system, allowing government to track and even regulate such donations.
  • Weaponization of the IRS. Remember the IRS scandal where Tea Party and Conservative organizations were targeted? 
  • Moves us a large-step closer to a consolidated, one-world government.
  • Enables a vigorous social credit score system such as the one in China.
  • Forces individuals to be bank customers, even in a negative interest rate environment. 
  • Forces individuals who use cash envelope systems for budgeting and personal debt management to quit using those systems, and become bank customers instead.
  • Government will have the total ability to restrict your spending of your money. Possible examples: restricting meat purchases in the name of climate change, restricting medical services if you don't have the jab, restricting travel to fight climate change, or even "cancelling" you from your money if you post "misinformation" about stolen elections or make a "trans-phobic" claim that minors shouldn't have their genitals cut off. Starting to see the power grab, yet? 
  • No more cash-only side jobs. No more cash transactions at flea markets, yard sales, etc. 
  • No more cash for anything...
HOW TO resist the move to a cashless, digital economy

The best way to resist the move to a cashless, digital economy is by using cash whenever possible, and encouraging others to do so, too

Remind people, especially small business owners, that cash is much more dependable than electronic systems, and can be used when the Internet is down, when there is a power outage, when the card reader breaks down, and even when your smart phone's battery is dead. 

Remind people, especially small business owners, that cash doesn't have transaction fees. That's right! When cash is used, there are no bank fees! (No wonder the banks want to stop cash transactions.)

Remind people, especially small business owners, that customers paying in cash are supporting local businesses, rather than Big Banks and Big Corporations. 

Remind people that cash is the only true "private" transaction, and that digital transactions are monitored and tracked by the government, the banks, and large corporations. 

Remind people that cash is unhackable, and a cash transaction cannot lead to identity theft.

Complain loudly whenever you encounter a business that doesn't accept cash, and refuse to do business there. (My local Walmart grocery store experimented with not having cashiers in the early morning hours, instead having self-check out lanes that only took cards. People complained, and the experiment only lasted a couple of weeks). 

Going 100% cash-only all the time is not possible for most people, but we can and should go cash-only when it is possible to do so. 

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Sunday, April 7, 2024

Resisting The Elites: Become much more self-reliant.

By Tim Gamble 
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This is the second article in the Resisting the Elites series. Click here to read the first article.

Be able to think for yourself, and do for yourself, as much as possible. The more self-reliant you and your family are, the less you will be affected by what is coming, and the more you'll be able to resist. Do everything you can to build as much self-reliance as you can while there is still time. 

Thinking for yourself means uncluttering your mind of all the rubbish coming out of the mainstream media, pop culture, and academia. Stop blindly trusting "experts." Turn off mainstream media and the late-night comedians. Tune out much of the current pop culture. Explore the alt-media, but don't just blindly accept what their pushing either. Read a variety of sources, investigate for yourself, and think for yourself. Ask yourself questions: Does this really make sense? Is it logical? Does it fit what I already know to be true? Does it give facts that I can check, or is it just speculation? 

Self-reliance is also being able to do for yourself. Take responsibility for your own life. Don't sit around waiting for others, or the government, to do things for you. Get informed. Make your own decisions. Learn skills. Gain experience. Do things. 

Seven Facets of Self-Reliance

1- Assume responsibility for your own life. Don't wait around for others to take care of you. Take care of yourself without waiting for the government or anyone else to do it for you. Also, don't sit around whining that life is unfair, or that others have it so much better than you. Instead, get off your a** and do something about it. You are in charge of your life, so act like it.

2- Take the blame for your own life. Don't scapegoat others. Don't "pass the buck." If you are blaming someone else, you are not being self-reliant. Even when things happen that seem beyond your control - such as being robbed, being laid-off, or even getting cancer - you are still in control of how you react to those things.

3- Be informed. It is your responsibility to find out the facts and information you need to make informed decisions. Keep up with current events, especially on the local level. Keep up with the trends in your industry. Know where to get information. Ask questions. Be a lifelong learner. Remember the acronym ASK - Always Seek Knowledge.

4- Know where your going. Know what you want in life. What are your goals? What is your purpose? What do you hope to accomplish? Don't just drift through life. Think. Know yourself. Plan ahead.

5- Make your own decisions. Don't let others run your life for you - and that especially includes the government. Don't worry about what others think of you. Don't worry about being politically correct or socially acceptable. Don't give in to peer pressure. Don't just "go along to get along." Be informed of the issues, and decide for yourself. Be independent.

6- Learn skills. The more skills you have, the more self-reliant you can be. And by skills, I don't just mean various homesteading, bushcraft, and country skills so popular with most preppers, but other skills as well, including mechanical skills, computer skills, negotiating skills, business skills, financial skills, budgeting skills, leadership skills, networking skills...

7- Gain experience. Experience gives you wisdom. Knowledge learned from books, classrooms, and videos, is often theoretical. Theoretical knowledge may turn out to be wrong, incomplete, or impractical. Skills can be learned under perfect conditions. But real life tends to be messy, not perfect. Your skills may be challenged by difficult conditions or a lack of resources. Nothing beats actual real world experience. Find ways to gain that experience.

On my Dystopian Survival website, there are over 550 free articles on self-reliance, personal finance, health & fitness, first aid, gardening, safety & security, homesteading, general preparedness, and other modern survival topics. Please check it out. 

The single most important thing you can do to survive any future chaos is to start taking responsibility for your own life now. This is self-reliance.


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