“I am a survivalist, and by nature a survivalist is an optimist…[i]t is difficult to find any well-recommended historian, economist, political scientist, sociologist, or military strategist that will predict that disasters are not inevitable, yet we survivalists dare to be optimistic about the future. We survivalists do not need to predict the probability of disaster any more than we need to predict the sun setting…[t]he survivalist can not lose because his survival preparations will be of value regardless of what the future has in store…[t]oday’s survivalist is an asset to his community and to the world and should be proud to say, ‘I am a survivalist.’”
– James Jones
Not entirely unlike Objectivism, I’ve had my own experiences with survivalism. Although I never self-identified as an Objectivist, I have described myself as a survivalist in the past, which I wouldn’t say anymore to be true. That being said, I am familiar with the subject matter of emergency prep, given my previous experience as a Boy Scout.
During my survivalist days, I started out as a “Rawlesian” because I honestly thought there were no other options, until I ran across Jack Spirko’s “modern survival” school of thought, which suited me a lot better; for example, I disagreed that “charity is a moral imperative,” yet I agreed that taxation is theft. While things like “civilization is a thin veneer” and “exploit force multipliers” are precepts I think are validly true, following Rawlesianism consistently to the letter is a bit comical to me, to be honest. Given that I’m now pursuing vonuence, let’s just say worrying about doom porn is one thing I don’t do anymore like I used to back in the day. Continue reading
Today’s article is an excerpt from two pages of “The Encyclopedia of Country Living,” 10th edition. Carla Emery was an organic farmer who taught homesteading skills; her book was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest mimeographed volume in general circulation at 700 pages in 1975. The following excerpt is republished here under the intention of the Fair Use doctrine – no copyright infringement intended.
October 1992. For the last 5 weeks, I’ve been going to barter fairs every weekend selling books, off in the most rural areas of eastern Washington and northern Idaho. At one fair in the Okanogan Highlands, where the stars at night look so big and bright you feel that you could just reach up and grab one, I happened on a quinoa (pronounced “keenwa”) booth. “Oh,” I said to the lady with delight. “Could I buy some seed from you?”
“No,” she stated firmly. “You can buy quinoa porridge, or flour, or quinoa grain for soups, but we don’t sell seed. We’ve spent 5 years developing our supply source direct from the high Andes and have too much invested to risk that.”
Well, phooey all over you, I thought to unspoken return, as I silently walked away. Sorry about that, Lady, but I’ll lay odds you’re growing it yourself right in this lovely mountain valley. It’s a perfect place for quinoa. And you may not like it, but in the new edition of my book I’m going to tell anybody who reads it how to grow quinoa. Yes, and where they can get seed right here in the United States. Some types of information I think should be public by God-given right, including where to get seeds and how to grow and process food. So here it is… Continue reading
“One could even say that there is a fascination with the royals among Americans. The popular British press has claimed that a substantial majority of the crowd in front of the Buckingham Palace on any given in London is American. The popular American press doted on Princess Diana and went into a frenzy when she died. Not a month goes by but that there is an article or television program devoted to the institution of the monarchy, Queen Elizabeth II, her children, or grandchildren. Some British friends have commented that Americans sometimes seem more attached to the monarchy than the average Briton.”
– William Moody
Superficiality is an indispensable feature of the servile society. Whether it be political crusading or the promulgation of the “white genocide” myth, unfairly pigeonholing individuals based solely on their physical appearance is truly evocative of judging a book by its cover. What many would consider to be a classic tale of historical fiction, serves as a critique of what is in reality an unjust class system, which is largely based on aesthetics. Continue reading
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“It is incredible how as soon as a people becomes subject, it promptly falls into such complete forgetfulness of its freedom that it can hardly be roused to the point of regaining it, obeying so easily and so willingly that one is led to say, on beholding such a situation, that this people has not so much lost its liberty as won its enslavement. It is true that in the beginning men submit under constraint and force; but those who come after them obey without regret and perform willingly what their predecessors had done because they had to. This is why men born under the yoke and then nourished and reared in slavery are content, unaware of any other state or right, and considering as quite natural the condition into which they were born.” [emphasis added]
– Étienne de La Boétie
Paulbaack’s “Kiss the Ring of Dracula.”
Carefully calculated submission, simply defined, is obedience to government laws for the sake of self-preservation when faced with superior firepower. It is a method used whenever openly resisting the State becomes unwise to the degree of becoming a suicide pact. Given the reality of lawfare, it is not always possible to conduct more effective pushback, even in the form of legal interstices. Continue reading
“Tactics lies in and fills the province of fighting…[w]hile fighting is a physical act, its direction is a mental process…[f]orce is a vicious cycle – or rather, a spiral – unless its application is controlled by the most carefully reasoned calculation.”
– B. H. Liddell Hart
A broad history of hand-to-hand combat throughout the world showcasing the variety of martial arts traditions is valuable for understanding military combatives. Photos of soldiers training are accompanied by illustrations demonstrating particular methods of defeating enemies. At approximately 180 pages, this book is small enough that you could bring it with you to your next sparring session and use it as a reference manual. Continue reading
“This is the difference between the power of our Creator and anything else, particularly evil, that you go into a pitch black room full of evil, call it darkness, and light a little candle, and instantly, that darkness flees, but you can’t do the opposite. You can’t go into a well-lit room full of truth and wisdom and righteousness and joy and health and harmony with the universal power – you can’t take any amount of darkness and go into that well-lit room and have any effect whatsoever. That is the metaphor which I frequently think of, when I think that I’m not empowered, it is the greatest lesson for me, and I think everybody else to know, that we are on the winning side, and that we’ll win in the end.”
– Leonard Horowitz
Deborah “Deb” Jordan, Pete Santilli’s (former?) co-host on The Pete Santilli Show.
The Citizens for Constitutional Freedom (C4CF) were a group of American constitutionalist patriots who conducted a sit-in at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon last year. They were arrested concurrent with the ambush that got LaVoy Finicum killed by government police. Subsequently, the C4CF membership were charged with violating 18 USC § 372 (“conspiracy to injure or impede officers of the United States”); on October 27th of 2016, a federal jury delivered not guilty verdicts for several, but not all, of C4CF. Continue reading
Last month, I was on Cyrellys Geibhendach’s “Mind Mix in the Evening,” where she and I discussed my article on fake news by the mainstream media as well as my other article on the power of non-compliance. Thankfully, Mind Mix Radio enjoys open-access podcast archives, so feel free to use the embedded player below and/or go listen at this direct link.
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“Know thyself. Know thy adversary. Adopt and adapt their strategies – not to dominate them, but to keep yourself free. Do everything possible to postpone any sweeping countermoves your adversary may attempt and keep on buying time – perhaps enough time for them to start killing each other off. And, why not? They’ve been using that particular tactic on us for millennia.”
– The Anti-Terrorist
The accompanying chart was published by Rayo in 1973 so as to illustrate what he thought was a way to measure the efficacy of vonu itself. He wrote:
“Occasionally, especially when some project isn’t going too well, I ask myself: Can G and I achieve enough vonu for vonu to be attractive on more than an experimental basis? Or have we reached a point of diminishing returns beyond which a vast effort will yield only a small improvement? To conceptualize this better I made the following graph. The vertical axis represents vonu expressed in terms of mean time to harassment (MTH). Each vertical unit is approximately a ten-times increase in MTH. The horizontal axis represents amount of activity; also difficulty of concealment.”
Mean time to harassment, then, can be defined as the strength of vonu, which is expressed in years. Continue reading
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“When the phone, fax, pager, or one or both of the two radios on my belt weren’t going off – and if no one came by for answers – I’d just sit there and stare at a particular photograph I had hanging on my wall. Indeed, I could have looked at that picture for hours: wishing, hoping, and dreaming for a way of life I wanted, but did not have…[t]he scene was literally a thousand miles away, yet it was always with me, occupying a special place in my free moments of thinking…[b]ut when I did have time to think, I’d dream about that place in the picture…it was just a picture. A picture of horses grazing on open country…[f]our basic colors made up that picture. In the foreground, the brown of the mid-winter valley floor, dotted with horses. Beyond that, where the land goes up, the thick green of probably a million tall trees. Above timberline, the pure white of deep, cold snow. The bluest of big Western skies capped off the whole thing. To me, it was a picture of incredible grandeur. And right there, where those horses grazed, that was my property, although I never got to think about it much.”
– Brian Kelling
Obviously, this article’s picture isn’t the exact one described by the referenced quote, but that is beside the point. A sense of nature, peace, and freedom is conveyed through both, for each illustrates what many Americans have been missing in their own lives; namely, a sense of belonging and home. The pace of Western civilization has accelerated so much that growing segments of mankind are unable to keep up, thereby necessitating a reevaluation of the inescapable feeling of being trapped within one’s own lifestyle. Continue reading
The following definitions for “income” are taken from Ballantine’s Law Dictionary (3rd edition), Bouvier’s Law Dictionary (6th edition), Black’s Law Dictionary (2nd edition), and Webster’s Dictionary (1828):
A word having different meanings, dependent upon the connection in which it is used and the result intended to be accomplished [Equitable Trust Co. v Prentice, 250 NY 1, 164 NE 723, 63 ALR 263]. For tax purposes, the gain derived from capital, from labor, or from both combined [Eisner v. Macomber, 252 US 189, 64 L Ed 521, 40 S Ct 189, 9 ALR 1570], including profit gained through a sale or conversion of capital assets [Doyle Case, 247 US 183, 62 L Ed 1054, 38 S Ct 467]. In reference to a life tenant, something produced by capital and severed from capital, leaving the property or principal intact [Rhode Island Hospital Trust Co. v Tucker, 51 RI 507, 155 A 661, 83 ALR 1253, mod on reh 52 RI 277, 160 A 465, 83 ALR 1259]. Ordinarily, but not necessarily, cash or money; sometimes taking the form of property [United States v. Siegel (CA8 Mo) 52 F2d 63, 78 ALR 672, cert den 284 US 679, 76 L Ed 574, 52 S Ct 140]. In the usual signification, net, rather than gross, income [33 Am J1st Life Est § 284]. Profits earned rather than a fixed annuity [4 Am J2d Annui § 3].
See gross income; net income; ordinary income. Continue reading