Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Ways to Resist the Deep State

Call it the Deep State, or the Political Class, or the Elites, or the Globalists, or whatever else you want.  It is all just different names for various aspects of the same beast. A group of people - powerful, wealthy, influential - who want to fundamentally change (hmmm... where have we heard that phrase before) America and Western Civilization. A change that will leave them permanently at the top, above the laws and struggles that the rest of us face, with a tightly-controlled underclass without any real freedom or economic opportunity. 

They want an end to any real borders and the idea of national sovereignty, which requires an end to patriotism. They want ultimate control of the economy, which means an end to private property rights and the rights of inheritance (except for themselves, of course, and they do write the laws, installing loopholes for their accountants and lawyers to use). They also want an end to cash, preferring a cashless, digital system to better monitor and control the populace. They also want to be unfettered by morality, thus desire to end traditional Christianity, as well as traditional family and gender roles. Besides, they see both the Church and the family unit as competition to their desired One World controlled by them.

One only has to pay attention to current events, as well as historical trends over the last few decades to see their plan slowly working out. The question is How do we stop their plans? How do way resist? 

Get out of the system and build self-reliance. 

The more we are part of the system, the more control they have over us, and the less ability we have to resist their plans. Many of us are already afraid to speak out. We are afraid of being labeled as racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamopobic, or otherwise a "hater," and having to face the possible consequences such as losing our reputations, our jobs, our businesses, or even our friends and family. Political correctness isn't about wanting people to be nice or polite to each other, it is about intimidation. Do what we say. Think as we want you to think. Or we will destroy you.   

How do we get out of the system? Getting entirely out of the system will be extremely difficult, if not impossible. But we can extricate ourselves from much of the system, if we are willing to do the hard work and sacrifice to do so. I've written about this before, but here is a recap:
  • Homeschooling is better than parochial & private schools is better than public schools. 
  • Working for yourself is better than working for a small business is better than working for a large corporation or the government.
  • Owning out-right is better than paying a mortgage is better than renting.
  • A credit union is better than a small regional bank is better than a big national bank. 
  • Paying cash is better than a credit card.
  • Going all cash & barter is best of all, but probably impossible in practical terms.
  • Taking care of your health is better than needing a hospital.
  • Entertaining ourselves (reading, family game night, hosting a bar-b-que, going bowling, going fishing, etc.) is better than relying on TV, the movies, and pop culture.
  • Living in a small rural community is better than living in a city is better than living in a mega-city.
And the list could go on and on. Its not easy getting out of the system, and may be impossible to do so completely, but shed yourself of as much of the system as you can. 

Become much more self-reliant. 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. Turn off CNN 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. Read a variety of sources, investigate, 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. (You may be interested in a previous article I wrote: What is Self-Reliance?)

Preparedness is a part of self-reliance. Yeah, I know. Being a prepper has gone out-of-style the last few years. Many preppers took vacations from prepping after Trump won. Others have been intimidated away from prepping and survivalism by the media's constant portrayal of us as paranoid nut-jobs (and potentially dangerous). But being prepared for life's emergencies, be it a house fire, an unexpected job loss, a recession, or even a war, is a major part of self-reliance. Get back to prepping.  Or get started for the first time if you are not one.  Check out my article A quick, no frills, down & dirty guide to preparing for the End for an outline of basic preparedness. Looking for more prepper & survivalist articles, check the archives of this website and check out PrepperWebsite.com for daily updated links.

Privacy is paramount. The more I study what is going on, the more I realize the importance of privacy, and how difficult it is to guard. Don't fall for the stupidity of "only bad guys have to worry about privacy." Think about and take steps to protect your privacy, both online and in real life.

How To Resist?  The best way to resist is to the the opposite of what they want. 
  • They want opens border, so fight for secure borders and controlled immigration.
  • They want to end national sovereignty, so fight for national sovereignty and a strong military. 
  • They want to ridicule and belittle patriotism, so be patriotic, and encourage others to be patriotic, also.
  • They want to end private property rights, so fight for laws protecting private property rights.
  • They want to restrict inheritance, so fight to end restrictions and taxation on inheritance.
  • They want to end traditional Christianity, so be a traditional, Bible-believing Christian, and get out of liberal/progressive churches.
  • They want to end the traditional family, so fight for it. 
  • They want to end traditional ideas of gender, so teach your children to be Real Men and Real Women.

Other Ideas for Resisting:
  • Elections matter, even if it is to only buy time, so get informed and vote! 
  • Control of the Judiciary is critical. Judgeships matter deeply.
  • Be very active in local politics and talk to local officials. Local efforts, where our "leaders" must deal with us face-to-face, can be very effective.
  • Influence your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and fellow church members. Don't be cowed by political correctness.
  • Make use of Alt-Media (Whatfinger News, Voice of Europe, Breitbart, PrepperWebsite's AltNews Hub, The Liberty Mill, etc.) to stay informed. But always think for yourself.   
  • Don't be intimidated by the Big Tech social media companies. See my article Preparing for Big Tech Censorship for more on this subject.
  • Men, lead your family and teach your children. Don't give in to worldly ways, modern sensibilities, and political correctness.
  • Be especially wary of polices and laws that can be used as a "backdoor" to limit or take away our Freedoms. Hate speech laws allow the government to define "hate" however they wish. School anti-bullying policies more often are used to prevent your children from wearing a patriotic shirt ("bullying" immigrants) rather than stopping a real bully from taking your kid's lunch money. Red Flags laws have "gun confiscation" written all over them, especially in light of the APA's recent willingness to define traditional masculine traits as harmful.

What about armed resistance? I occasionally hear some talk about this, so let me quickly address it now. I don't believe we are there yet. Armed resistance is an absolute last resort, extremely difficult with deadly consequences. Most of us are truly not prepared to become guerrilla fighters, and likely would only get ourselves and our families killed. And lone wolf attacks accomplish nothing. In fact, they have the opposite of the desired effect, damaging their cause, and giving the government an excuse for yet more restrictions to our freedoms. 

I strongly believe in the right to self-defense, but I also strongly reject the unprovoked or unnecessary use of violence to achieve our goals. Concentrate instead on resisting in safer and more effective ways.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

72-year-old Catholic Priest Is Latest Victim of a Sharp Rise in Muslim Violence in West Africa

By Tim Gamble
2-18-2019

Vatican News is reporting that a 72-year-old Roman Catholic priest and missionary was killed by Muslim jihadists in the West African country of Burkina Faso on Friday, February 15.  Father Antonio C├ęsar Fernandez, a Salesian priest, was traveling by car with three companions when the group of Muslims attacked a customs checkpoint near the southern border. In addition to Father Fernandez, four Burkina Faso customs officials were also murdered. Father Fernandez's three companions survived the attack.

Burkina Faso is a Muslim-majority country with a significant Christian minority (about 23% according to government statistics).

This region of West Africa (Burkina Faso, along with Mali and Niger) has seen a sharp rise in Muslim extremist violence over the past year.

Including the attack that killed Father Fernandez, Burkina Faso has experienced seven attacks by Muslim jihadis in the last month alone, with 41 people killed and 11 injured, according to reports gathered by thereligionofpeace.com. In Mali, there have been four Muslim jihadi attacks over the last month,  killing 17 and injuring 36. In Niger, there have been five attacks by Muslim jihadis during the same time period, killing 24 and injuring at least 10. 

Worldwide persecution, violence and genocide against Christians, primarily by Muslims and communists, is largely ignored by the mainstream media in America and Europe.
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Three Ways of Self-Defense

In the survivalist community, when we think of self-defense, we typically think of guns & ammo, knives, and other physical instruments of combat. In this article, however, I want to take a step back from that, and discuss self-defense from a broader perspective. There are actually three ways of self-defense, of which combat is only one.

Combat, stealth, and diplomacy are the three ways by which we can achieve the goal of protection from others.

Combat

Combat as a means of self-defense is obvious. This is the guns & ammo, knives, and blunt-force instruments (including our hands) that we can use to protect ourselves. It is defense measures such as body armor and gas masks. Its also the health, fitness, training, and tactics we need to effectively utilize these tools for self-defense.

Re-read that last line: "Its also the health, fitness, training, and tactics we need to effectively utilize these tools for self-defense."  This is the key part of the combat way of self-defense that is so often overlooked. I encourage everyone to take their health and fitness seriously. And please realize that "training and tactics" is more than an occasional Saturday afternoon target shooting at the gun range. Start taking defense shooting classes, and planning with your family or group how you will handle certain self-defense situations. (Also, see the book Retreat Security and Small Unit Tactics by David Kobler (Southern Prepper 1) and Mark Goodwin for more information regarding group self-defense.)

I am a firm supporter of our right to self-defense and the Second Amendment which guarantees us the tools of self-defense. Notice I said "guarantees" not "give us." Our right to self-defense comes from God, and cannot be legitimately taken away by any government or worldly authority. I strongly urge you to stand firm on our rights of self-defense.

Stealth

Stealth as a means of self-defense covers a wide range of topics such as situational awareness, operational security, being the "gray man", and not making yourself a tempting target for the bad guys.  

I've written an excellent article on Situational Awareness and the OODA Loop, and a three-part article on Operational Security (OPSEC). Be read those articles if you haven't already. 

Think of the "Gray Man" as urban camouflage. The gray man knows how to fit in with his city, especially among his neighbors and co-workers. He doesn't stand out as anything particularly special or noticeable. He and his house, vehicle, and family blend in with their community. They look and act like they belong, and don't draw unnecessary or unwanted attention.  

Also, know how to not look like a victim. This is somewhat similar to being the gray man, but not exactly. Don't make yourself a target by wearing expensive, flashy clothes & accessories, or driving an expensive car.  Don't make yourself a target by appearing easy prey - wear practical clothes and shoes, pay attention to your surroundings, and walk confidently, head up.  Know, and avoid, bad neighborhoods and dangerous areas. This includes parking in well-light, highly visible areas when out and about town. Travel and shop in groups whenever possible, and let people know where you're going and when to expect you back. Don't bury yourself in your smart phone or IPod. Practice situational awareness. 

Diplomacy

Diplomacy is the third way of self-defense. A way that many folks in the survivalist community may not even realize is a form of self-defense. Worse yet, some may look down on it as a weakness, because diplomacy involves compromise and working with others, instead of just doing things our "my way, and only my way."

Think of it this way - if your goal is to protect yourself and your family or group from others, one way to do so is to turn your potential enemies into allies. This is not always possible, but when when it is, it will not only provide protection, but other benefits to everyone involved. 

Diplomacy is a lost art, if it ever was one, within the survivalist community. I don't remember ever reading an article or watching  video on diplomacy in my years as a survivalist. Maybe its because we tend to be staunch individualists, and not very trusting of others on top of that - which has a lot to do with why so many of us have so much trouble finding or forming community.

Diplomacy requires effective communications and tact, a willingness to consider the needs of others, the ability to compromise on non-essential aspects, and a desire to find and work towards common goals. It also means putting aside egos and pride in favor of doing what is in the best interest of all - not just ourselves.

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy. -- Isaac Newton


The Bottom Line

Each of these three ways of self-defense has its proper time and place. None of these three ways is appropriate or effective in every situation. None will be 100% effective all the time. They are three tools in your self-defense toolbox, and it is up to you to choose "the right tool for the job." Commonsense and an even temperament are required.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Survival and Self-Reliance Skills to Learn

Everyone in the survivalist community seems to accept the maxim that "knowledge and skills beats lots of stuff every time." But what knowledge and skills do you and your family or group need? Here is my list of possible survival and self-reliance skills to learn, in no particular order. However, the last one listed is the most important, in my opinion):
  • Situational Awareness & OODA Loop (link to my article)
  • Operational Security (link to my article)
  • Shooting & Self-Defense
  • Home Security - more than just guns (recommended book
  • Adaptability (link to my article)
  • Gardening & Permaculture
  • Beekeeping (book recommendation for beginners)
  • Animal Science - care & husbandry
  • Canning & Food Preservation
  • Herbal Medicine & Lore (recommended book)
  • Foraging for Wild Foods (recommended book)
  • Water Collection & Purification 
  • First Aid & CPR - essential skills for everyone
  • Budgeting and Personal Finance
  • Living Within Your Means (frugal living)
  • Negotiating & Bartering
  • Weather Forecasting (link to my article)
  • Hunting & Fishing
  • Camping & Hiking
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Auto Maintenance & Repair (link to my article)
  • Farm Mechanics (recommended book)
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Carpentry & Woodworking
  • Home Repair and D.I.Y. Skills
  • Plumping & Electrical Work
  • Knife Sharpening & Tool Maintenance
  • Sewing and Clothes-Making
  • Accepting Personal Responsibility for Your Own Life 
Its impossible for one person to have all these skills, but between all the members of your family or group you can hopefully cover many of them and all the major ones. This list is not complete., of course There are many other skills that can be added. Suggestions? Please leave a comment below. 
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