Damnatio Memoriae: Brexit and Tubbies

oflag.jpgNothing is new under the sun. I am quite certain, as I have that on the highest authority, thought perhaps the means and methods change. The Romans, as many cultures did previously and continue to do, had a practice known as damnatio memoriae. When a Roman citizen did something so egregious or traitorous to the Roman ethos the Senate would attempt to erase the property, statues and very mention that individual even existed. To purge every vestige of his existence restored a modicum of the honor and pride of the community and family he had discredited. Stalin was quite fond of doing the same to his political enemies and that scion of integrity, the Great Soviet Encyclopedia. Much the same has happened this week, with our currency and the current stern talking down-to the Boy King gave the British.

Jacksonian. Wilsonian. Few people even recognize these terms anymore. I lament that Jackson’s policies were not more widely held and adopted, with the exception of his views on suffrage. Much of what I have read about the man seem to indicate he was a hard man, liked to have a good time, hated the central bank and wasn’t big on negotiating with his enemies. Wilson was much in the vein of Jefferson, but less than half the man and even less his intellectual equal. The two men could not have been any more different. Wilson was ambitious; the son of a minister that left his roots and was a lecturer and public administrator before taking his poisonous and ignorant views to the White House. Jackson lost two brothers and a chunk of his face to the British in the Revolutionary War before becoming a frontier lawyer and plantation owner. Wilson would have been quite at home today in D.C., his international meddling set up nearly 75 years of warfare and tyrannical federal monetary policy continues to affect us today. Jackson on the other hand, would have in all likelihood began immediately shooting people in duels on the White House lawn, or worse. Speaking as someone with considerably more Native American ancestry than Elizabeth Warren, I respect Jackson’s nationalist ambition to extend my country’s reach and influence, whether I agree with it or not. The man was a great warrior-chieftain for my people and did much to further our influence and power, we are still reaping those benefits today.

I give that brief, and admittedly slanted view of history to couch the following within that context. Jackson had to go. Anyone with a supra-100 IQ has noticed the current purging of our history and our culture. The slow demonizing of the Founding Fathers, the stripping of Biblical and Western symbols and statues from public lands or buildings, the faux-Confederate outrage, the gradually building hatred of white culture and whites in general, and now the currency. Such is the building crescendo of the statist’s damnatio memoriae. Finding it impossible to compete on the field of verifiable facts and historical evidence, they have resorted to erasing the past. The statists thrive on chaos; a culture-less, sterile wasteland must exist to provide them the tabula rasa necessary for them to foist their inferior version of existence on the common man. A man without a past is a man without a future, there is only the present. He has nothing to cherish, nothing to defend, has no lens with which to view life through, nor context to place it in. Such is the multicultural existence, everything is accepted as culture and nothing is culture…a twisted abortion of logic quantified by Hegel.

I saw the internet erupt in ire at the new diktat from our dear leaders in the U.S. Treasury, but few connected the dots to the similarly received criticism of the Brexit by our meddling Boy King. The British Empire was arguably the height of Western Civilization in terms of power and influence. While certainly not perfect, and admittedly less than amenable to the colonists in America, it played as pivotal a role in world history as the United States has. We inherited much from her, and despite the heavy German influence here, I dare say much of the philosophical and religious underpinnings of early America reflected a variation of Britannia. The statists will not have the British Isles becoming self-aware again. Though the seeds have been dormant for some time, we have been seeing an increasing awareness of the difference between your average British citizen and the third-world Wahabi filth washing ashore. Nationalist movements are making headway and Britain still has the Channel to keep the infestation at bay. Ergo, you saw our Boy King threatening not so subtly to wield the club of the petrodollar so that the British might be kept on track for their cultural damnatio memoriae. The advancement of culture, trade and technology made during the time of the British empire must continue to be erased. The proud and rich history must be erased as the island and all its people are absorbed into a post-nation-state hell of third-world disease, terror and mind-bending rates of rape.

I hold out little hope for the true implementation of the European damnatio memoriae. While certainly doable in most of Europe, the cultural void the statists are attempting to create has created a welcoming vacuum for an aggressively metastasizing death-cult. The Islamists are eagerly pushing into the continent and coopting the benefits of Western Culture and thus the vacuum continues to fill faster than the statists can delete the existing European cultures. The United States however presents a much more promising opportunity. We see much of it in Canada where the glorified Justin Beiber currently runs the government much like a yoga class in Berkley. Muslim invasion presents little threat here other than terrorism and the assorted crimes it engages in. The importation of enough Muslims to displace 350M people is mind-boggling. Rather, the Clinton-Warren ticket or Clinton-Napolitano ticket will befit us with a pair of pseudo-women unfit to run a house, let alone a country…and the damnatio memoriae will continue. The inexorable progress to a post-gender society will continue, as will the reinvention of national history and cultural identity. Teach your kids what Western Culture is, teach them to cherish their culture, their family and their history. Traditions matter, culture matters and tribe matters, do your job as a parent, sibling or family member. The culture war starts with you. People are rarely willing to die for nothing but take a look through history and you will find a crowded list of those willing to die for God and country, whatever the names used to refer to those two. VAE VICTIS!




The meek shall inherit the earth, but the future belongs to the commas


They died hard, those savage men-like wounded wolves. They were filthy, and they were lousy, and they stunk. And I loved them.     – General Douglas Macarthur 


main_900My entire life it has bothered me to be ignorant. I don’t speak of such things as which Kardashian or transvestite made the cover of whatever asinine publication litters salon coffee tables, but about things that matter. Whether it be a working knowledge of the European masters or how to wire a three-way switch, I feel compelled to continually plug gaps in my knowledge base. I am supremely blessed to have grown up in an environment where my parents were understanding of blown breakers, fried Frankenhairdryers and requests for everything from breadboards to Das Kapital. I fail to understand the dangerous attitude that ignorance is acceptable or even something to be proud of. I have little time for imbeciles unwilling to educate themselves and worse, smugly using that ignorance as if it is a virtue. Ignorance, like hope, is not a plan nor a tactic. 

I cannot force you to educate yourself. Likely most of the readership here is educated in many areas, but I see little difference in many who claim the patriot moniker in meat space and those we collectively deride as sheeple. ‘I don’t do _____.’ is not an acceptable answer if you want your seed to continue. The comment was made that the future does not belong to those who mix TATP in a bathtub. The future very much belongs to that mindset, one of terrifying, all-consuming perseverance of near Biblical proportions. A mindset like that will turn that period into a comma, ‘I don’t do ______, but I will learn because I hate them so.’ One need look no further than the Battle of the Plains of Abraham during the Seven Years War. It is quite often fatal to underestimate those willing to cross rivers and scale cliffs in the dead of night to have a chance to kill you. The Groundrod Primer is an excellent example. A dear friend and fellow patriot said it better than I could.

“It’s a new world. You should be thinking ahead. Looking behind and assessing failures, so when the next problem rises you may know what weakness looks like and exploit it. We are in 4th gen warfare. Adapt or fail. This is likely a skill set we lack and desperately needs development. We are playing tic TAC toe, they are playing chess. Do you see Indian tribes outside the benevolence of our master? No. Why? They played the old game, they didn’t understand or seek to understand the paradigm shift.” 

I want you, the readers, most of who I know have a high level of buy-in and are willing to do what needs to be done and learn what needs to be learned, to have frank conversations with those around you. If we truly believe this thing is going sideways then let us act like it, damn it! I see people stepping forward to train others in skills that we desperately need. How to shoot, how to gather intelligence, how to feed ourselves, how to patch ourselves up, how to communicate and protect that communication from others, and a dozen other subjects germane to keeping a tribe together and functioning in a world gone insane. Many are stepping up, but I see more periods than commas. I submit this is a binary equation. If you ‘don’t do _____’ then in an existential struggle, absent the Almighty you will live or die at the behest of someone who WILL do ____. I hope they are a friendly face. I am not making a call for unrestricted warfare, or the requirement that we all be masters of combat, agriculture, communications and medicine. I am merely asking that do absolutely everything we can to become as proficient in those areas as remotely possible with the time we have left. That we honestly ask ourselves how much we hate those that would destroy us and our way of life, and act accordingly. Perhaps it is better phrased another way. How much do you love your family, your way of life?

Dying is relatively easy. It requires little training, less effort and merely a deflated sense of self-preservation. Living for something is an altogether different beast. You must spend treasure and time in its pursuit. It takes consistent effort, often when you don’t feel like it, often when you have to forego more enjoyable pursuits, often the progress is difficult to quantify. Many of us will have to die to accomplish that, but dying is not the object, merely a means to an end. Let us make a determined and consistent effort to be better than we were last week, or last month. I for one find it unacceptable to contemplate the next dozen generations of history books written in Arabic or some sanitized communist screed extolling the ultimate victory of statism over the evils of individual freedom. Don’t like that outcome either? What are you gonna do about it?



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Plan to action_0.jpgWould anyone be interested in setting up a class in Virginia. I have an option available in Bedford, VA, but am willing to travel. I have 2-3 people willing to attend the class, and 10 is required as a minimum. Those in  mid-state North Carolina would have a reasonable drive as well. Cost is $300, so budget $20 for four months and you even have gas money. I’d prefer something in the early fall timeframe, but again that’s not set so let me know your thoughts. Let us not be all show and no go.

My next ex-girlfriend: Cruz, Cleveland and Cucks

A point comes in everyone’s life, whether it be a car, a gun or a woman, when you know better. You KNOW you know better, but you don’t really know. True knowing, Heinlein said it best with the term groking, implies action consistent with that knowledge. I know a burner is hot because of the radiant heat and that cherry-red metal, ergo I will refrain from grabbing it. Lest you think I’m Spok and posses nothing but logical, rational judgment, then let me disprove that theory post haste.

Ted Cruz reminded my of a particular redhead I used to know, not to be confused with the current red-head of protestor fame and possessing a decidedly more graceful personality. She had all the red flags anyone who has every dipped their toe into the pond of the fairer sex would recognize, and no doubt some of you cringe at the thought of past encounters. Of course I knew they were there, but I did not KNOW they were there. You grok? While no doubt this will ruffle a few feathers, let us take a look at Mr. Cruz with the same lens we would use if his last name had a D attached to it. Much like Obama he grew up with a father who was not a citizen, and from an entirely different cultural norm. Like most who eventually make it to the ‘approved’ list on the DNC or GOP ticket he studied at Harvard. Once done he clerked for SCOTUS, did private practice for a year (representing some guy named Boehner), and started working for the Bush campaign in ’99. Interesting note, people oft forget he was instrumental in getting Roberts, yes THAT Roberts, on the Bush legal team for the hanging chad debacle. He then served as director of policy for the FTC, during those golden years of synthetic CDO’s, no-income, no-job loans and unremitted fraud. I’m sure you’ve heard the rest, solicitor general and then TEA party fame, all the way to D.C. A forty-six year old man with less private sector job experience than I had before I turned 20. A man who ran for AG as soon as he got back in the private sector and bowed out, and run for a Senate seat two years later.

Anyone else see the red flags here? I look at the young, hungry lawyer and I see much in common with our current POTUS. Perhaps some policy disagreements, but if your schtick works then stick with it. The Beck people and those perhaps less misanthropic and desperately seeking a political savior see the projection of their mind and not the man. I look at the campaign doing everything shy of breaking the law or the RNC rules, and I see shrewdness on the part of the Cruz camp, but I also see much of the Bush campaign circa. 2000 in Florida. I also see the company he is beginning to keep. A man willing to take the silver for an opportunity to ‘fix things’ rarely does. I’m sure Jim Bakker started out with good intentions. The office is calling to Ted, his actions have changed in the last few months, as has his rhetoric. Cleveland will come and go, the silver will be offered and will be taken and America will have their next-ex, to begin anew the perennially amusing abusive relationship with D.C.  I hope not, but I know enough history to bet against it. A man does not spend decades willingly in D.C. and politics without compromising his soul, particularly under the Bush administration and at the FTC. A man who claims to be an ‘originalist’ and ‘strict constructionist’ does not consider himself to be natural born if you are the son of a Canadian ex-Cuban Revolutionary and born in Calgary.

Ted Cruz has paid his dues and definitely was not the first choice, but the longer I watch the more convinced I am that perhaps I was incorrect about Ryan. Bush will assure those in the halls of power that while there will be rumblings and a few ceremonious heads will roll, the business will go on as usual even if there has to be frothy, public dissent between the ‘insiders’ and Cruz. Shakespeare put it best, “Let me have men about me that are fat, sleek-headed men and such as sleep a-nights. Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look…He thinks too much; such men are dangerous.” A real revolutionary would never be allowed to even entertain the idea of headlining the ticket, even if voter fraud made their election impossible. It would give the general populace hope, and hope often begats perseverance…a truly dangerous thing. One need only look at the Ron Paul campaign for evidence of how far a true public servant is allowed to get, let alone someone itching to eviscerate the bureaucracy. Like any tribe, they put aside petty differences of opinion when faced with a perceived existential threat. The only person the DNC, RNC, China, Saudi Arabia, all of Hollywood, half the country and every cuck from here to Europe seem to all be coalescing to protest is not named Ted Cruz and is in fact a natural born citizen. Do I like Trump? Nah. Cruz is much more satisfying on an intellectual level for me, if I can push away that feeling of being sold a time-share property by a revival preacher. Trump is vulgar, he’s clueless about some things, he’s arrogant, he’s rich and points it out, but he’s at least done something. Political office is not his career, he is beholden to no one. An actual civil servant, even if I don’t agree with the man on much of his policy. I’m not ginning up support for Trump at all, I’d much rather 2M people stay at home on election day and the other 364 days of the year convert their fellow man into starving the beast into submission and buying every scrap of food, ammo and training they possibly can. We will never vote a man capable of real change into office because we forfeited that right demographically long ago. I digress though. The fraud will be strong this year. If nothing changes then I would be little surprised to see a Cruz/Kasich or Cruz/Rubio ticket lose to Clinton in the general. My hope is that in doing so, people open their eyes to just how deep the corruption and feckless self-serving run in this country. That 2016 becomes the final push to illegitimacy in not just the primaries or elections, but the entire system. We can only hope. If you have any thoughts, questions or rude, snide remarks then leave them in the comments section below.

– JJ

BTFD: Largest coal company goes under




Peabody Energy filed for Chapter 11 today, after posting a loss of $2B last year and seeing it’s shares nosedive, ending the day at $2.07. Arch Coal, the 2nd largest coal company in the U.S. filed for bankruptcy in January. The talking heads cited renewable energy of all things as a key component in the disappearance of profits as well as a weak Chinese market and sliding prices of natural gas. Little was made of draconian regulations pending, part of the Boy Wonder’s plan to “bankrupt the coal industry.” Peabody employs nearly 8,000 people, most of whom will likely find fulfilling part-time work at prestigious jobs such as Fryolator Peon #3 at McDonalds and Kroger Checkout Man #5, and will most assuredly have more time to praise our great and wise leader with, as they will only be working 20-25 hours a week. Fear not, their health care coverage will be taken care of by the continued financial raping of those not reconstructed yet and forced to buy a crappy product at 300% markup.

originalI would caution those doubleplusungood thinkers who point out that should natural gas and other companies continue to struggle in the progressive’s war against heated dwellings and light bulbs, it might take awhile to reconstitute a company and train a workforce. Such unpatriotic critical thinking would deny us proud residents of this most glorious nation the opportunity to create multi-billion dollar government initiatives like “Go dark for Gaia” and  “Polar Bear Love: Turn your House into a Winter Wonderland and Have a Coke!” or PBLTHWWC for short. Our economy has never been stronger and our infrastructure never more sound.

normal_Broken_Axle_and_twisted_-torques_ibeam_memberIn all seriousness, little has been said about the changing face of energy in the U.S. As it has shifted further away from coal and regulations have made nuclear power an unworkable alternative, the grid has increasingly turned to natural gas. As the heavy trucking industry continues to push for conversion to natural gas, it will provide additional squeeze on the commodity, pushing prices northward. Those interested should look up the price hikes in Allentown, PA during January when there were widespread power outages. $2.00 kw/hr. Outstanding. Should the Boy Wonder’s regs make it pass SCOTUS, heh, at least two dozen coal plants will be decommissioned, and 60Gw of capacity will disappear with it. That’s 60+ nuclear reactors. California continues to lead the way and plans to eventually shut down nineteen gas-fired plants and a pair of reactors by 2020. Where will the energy come from? Well, thirty states already mandate you buy more expensive electricity that comes from ‘renewable’ sources. I’ve been assured that it works better and is essentially the Fiji Water of electricity. Which you will pay because you have to, and you will like it. While this may not effect many who frequent this site in terms of utilities, it does effect us all in other ways. I’ve seen first hand how restless the natives get when there’s not power for a week. By Day 7 there were no more happy fun times, and that was with AEP continually assuring people when the power was coming on and actually delivering on that promise. Two weeks. Different strokes and all, but here, two weeks. You’d start to see individuals coalescing and what life looks like under the thin veneer of civilization. Coalmageddon isn’t going to end us all. However, it adds just a little more pressure on everyone, takes just a little more money away and likely will make things just a little more uncomfortable for people. Little things have a way of turning into big things if you keep adding them up. Just ask the RNC.


– Jesse James

PSA: Save the date

Do you want to meet the man, the myth…the legend, the one men want to be and women want to be with? Yeah, me too. Or if you want to tell me how much you admire my piercing wit, and ruggedly handsome ( think Quasimodo) features and shake my hand, tell me I’m an idiot,  or listen to those smarter and more qualified than me, then be there or be a crayon-eating, multicam drag queen (credit goes to Barry for that). 



When: June1-6

Get your $$ in before May20th. 

Perception Vs. Substance, And “Rank” Amateurs

Excellent thoughts to consider. I’m a big fan of solid colors and not being a walking human flare. I do think hunting camo works well as dual purpose garments, since I hunt as well. At least around this area camo is about as innocuous as jeans in most areas. Correct me if I’m wrong but the sniff test seems to be pretty helpful here. What are the locals wearing and how can you not look like a sore thumb.

Mason Dixon Tactical

From the desk of JC Dodge

I had a conversation with someone last week that involved me asking them what they were in “The Movement” and their “State militia” for. My direct question was “Are you in this for “Substance” or the “Perception”? The answer I was given was “Substance”, so we then discussed why State and National level martially “organized”(cough) groups have a lack of reality in their “Substance” and they are more about “Perception”. I know it should be obvious why being about the “Perception” is wrong, but lets review.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Multicam and a well stocked “Modular Food Storage Unit” (MFSU) Impressive! I pray to God they are airsofters!

How many of you have seen guys claiming to be militia while running around in the latest and greatest camo (usually some form of multicam), with the coolest of cool looking unit, ideological, and morale patches and rank available. Even if the guy isn’t grossly overweight…

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Contra Praeteritum: Why patriots today are gearing up for the last insurgency

Forever Scotland! – Lady Butler

My experience this weekend and the excellent article by JC Dodge HERE started a train of thought I couldn’t shake. I went to a training event a local group hosted and was treated to a particularly frustrating experience. Someone was there in Gucciflage all pretty and matchy-matchy (if George W. can invent words then so can this Texan) but failed to bring a holster for his sidearm (because who needs a holster when you look that good), so the planned iterations of transitions from long gun to handgun were interesting to say the least. Not that it mattered, as most had difficulty putting a controlled pair into steel at a 1/4 sized target 10 yards away with a handgun. I kid you not. The PT standards I and others had screamed for were scrapped for some feel-good joke of a run ( 11:30/mile is NOT a standard…it’s a brisk walk) and pushups on your knees, Girl Scout style. It deteriorated to a lot of back-patting and insistence that we all wear the same man-jammies (multicam of course) with a few pointed looks in my direction since I came in something less threatening. While I attempt to refrain from expressing my frustrations and admittedly caustic sarcasm on here, as I feel I owe the readers a modicum of maturity and good-taste, I use the former to illustrate my point. I see much of the modern patriot movement doing exactly what we sneer at the Pentagon and military brass for doing, namely fighting the last war.

Society, industry, culture, warfare and just about every other aspect of civilization evolve. It is a natural and healthy part of a functioning ecosystem, whether that is literal or financial or martial in nature. Clubs begat swords and spears which begat muskets which eventually arrived at things like the Dillon Aero M134. Similarly, the way in which the last two wars were prosecuted against insurgencies were rather bungled, though exactly who should shoulder the blame I will leave to others more qualified. Many patriots point to the insurgencies in Iraq, Afghanistan and some Ireland as examples of how insurgencies can and do defeat regular forces. While there are salient points to be drawn from these historical events, very little critical and realistic thinking is done on the part of Captain Awesome running his ‘mulisha.’ I very much agree with both JC Dodge and Max Velocity on the abandonment of military uniforms, nomenclature and patches. Partly because I view it as a lack of creativity, someone who cannot think of an original name should not be counted on to think outside the box in operations, but also because I believe one should not act like the 800 lb. gorilla in the room unless you ARE the 800 lb. gorilla in the room…and probably not even then. While the uniform issue is easily enough remedied, I think it is endemic of a systematic failure of critical analysis of what and who the Taliban, Isis and IRA were. Three issues in which the patriot movement has significantly overestimated themselves and misidentified the success of these various groups is in funding, cultural influence and what I will refer to as population motivation.

1. Funding

The best guesses for the Taliban’s funding put their annual income somewhere between $100-300M between profit’s from the poppy industry along with a healthy slice of all the aid that flowed into Afghanistan. Current estimates on ISIS run anywhere from $30M to $50M all the way up to $2B a year. The IRA was similarly well funded by Americans, various illegal behavior and allegedly the Soviets and Libyans. The current funding for any single militia, is what exactly? We can’t even create any type of leadership structure let alone compete with that type of funding. Maybe a few thousand dollars or ten would be the best the local community would be able to scrap together. The Oathkeepers and even the NRA could not compete with that kind of cash if you scale what $300M buys in Afghanistan to the equivalent in American purchasing power. Certainly nothing on the scale of what the aforementioned organizations had. This is important because money matters. It buys cool toys, it buys expertise whether through training or outsourcing, it buys contacts, information and influence. Money buys full time employees, meaning ideally you have all those smart guys focused full-time on furthering your goals instead of working 50-70 hours a week and doing it part-time.

2. Cultural Influence

One of the more memorable passages I remember from Killcullen’s Counterinsurgency was his description of how influential the Taliban social structure was. Summons to Taliban courts would be served even in Kabul and individuals were more likely to show up than a summons from the official Afghani government. To me this illustrates the realpolitik of the average Joe (or Achmed in this case). There was certainly a sizable segment of Afghanistan that did and still does support the Taliban, similarly ISIS seems to have built a coalition of support. The IRA originally built a rather impressive base of support, even spanning the Atlantic until the shifting cultural dynamic turned against them, partly because of their own actions (Omagh 1998, whether perception or reality), partly because of the absorption of Sinn Fein into the government, and partly because of how terrorism was perceived by the public in Western countries after 2001. During their heyday both the historical and modern IRA enjoyed support among the indigenous population to one extent or another. The patriot movement enjoys no such support among the population. While some may support it online, how many in the local community would look the other way or actively harbor someone the government deemed a ‘domestic terrorist?’ I know of a handful of people that know me personally who would, but the brand is MY name, not of any organization. Other tribes enjoy support here in the US so I contend this is a lack of organization and effort, not a cultural issue. Ask local LEO how many people saw something after an incident in a primarily black community, particularly if it is in a gang’s territory. Other examples exist, but that is the first one that comes to mind. So while Captain Awesome may think he will ride about in multicam and it will be some kind of Red Dawn type groundswell of popular support for his merry band of matching ‘operators,’ the fact of the matter is he has not a fraction of the cultural standing, authority or support any of these insurgency movement leaders that he so gladly is willing to use as historical evidence. Pray tell, who is the American Michael Collins?

3. Population Motivation

Religion. Politics. Culture. These things make people to fight the status quo, fight to preserve the status quo and generally motivate people to stop sitting in their own blood and go spill their enemy’s. ISIS and Taliban, if what I read can be believed, are motivated along all three of the aforementioned lines. Establishing a political structure that suits their religious beliefs, a religion that commands and supports their actions, and their cultural rejection of Western values and politics. The IRA was motivated along similar lines, though in my opinion less so by religious beliefs than the other two. An essential precursor to money and cultural influence is a base of support sufficiently motivated to support an organization because they represent an ideal they espouse. It has to be idealistic in nature because the existing regime has the benefit of discouraging support through prosecution, curfews, taxation, and a myriad of other soft and hard political force.  My point being is that one of the symptoms and perhaps the most damning one of this long con we have been victim of is that of the demographics of the nation. One look at the comments section of WRSA reveals how fractured we are on all three fronts. Not quite a three legged stool, but two would be nice if you’re trying to solidify support for a movement. Those conditions simply do not exist at this point in America. The suburbanites in Captain Awesome’s AO do not have his ideals most likely, in some cases they may, but in most they do not. They are increasingly not sharing his religion and most especially not his politics. They are not ideologically motivated and the portion that are call themselves Black Lives Matter, Bernie supporters and social justice warriors. Motivated populations also provide a pool of potential recruits, as we have found out the last several years in the Middle East.


In conclusion, it is the height of folly to blindly point at some historical examples that seem to support a pie-in-the-sky assessment of the future battlefield. These insurgencies had things that will not exist here in America. While this may fly in the face of my thoughts about being optimistic, one should not allow a positive outlook to cloud hard facts and real assessments. I fail to see how modeling any patriot groups, or tribes after a semi-regular insurgency forces that have taken place under vastly different circumstances is anything but a recipe for disaster. It success impossible? Not at all. However rather than model things after an unholy bastardization of the US military, Taliban, Chechens, IRA and other historical examples we need to stop making the same mistakes as the Pentagon has since Vietnam. It’s a sobering thought to think that patriots have less support, less money and fewer friends than any of these historical insurgencies. It is all the more reason for us to be extremely critical of ourselves, our skills, our tactics and our tribe-building. This is not meant as a Chicken Little assessment, but rather a reason to motivate us to be serious. Things will not just work out, it will require planning and God-awful amounts of perseverance. We are Americans and we do it better, so let’s get to it…and for goodness’ sake get a pair of khaki or olive pants and quit being a gear queer!


Jesse James


In defense of optimism…


I commented:

By “fix” I meant 20-30% casualties. Another term or two of an approved candidate and I’m groking 10%…survive.

The question was poised to me by Concerned American in the comments on this thread:

You know what RADM Stockdale said about optimists….http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com/2010/02/repost-stockdales-paradox.html citing http://www.selfdiscoveryportal.com/arStockdale.htm quote:

“…Finally, after about a hundred meters of silence, I asked, “Who didn’t make it out?”

“Oh, that’s easy,” he said. “The optimists.”

“The optimists? I don’t understand,” I said, now completely confused, given what he’d said a hundred meters earlier.

“The optimists. Oh, they were the ones who said, ‘We’re going to be out by Christmas.’ And Christmas would come, and Christmas would go. Then they’d say, ‘We’re going to be out by Easter.’ And Easter would come, and Easter would go. And then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas again. And they died of a broken heart.”

Harden your heart.

10% is 32 million people.



Optimism. Cynicism. Realism. The meaning of these words often say little about the situation, but much about the person using them. Like poverty, the meaning of these words in the English language must be couched in much context, for without context they are truly meaningless. Poverty in Palo Alto is vast wealth in Bangladesh, if we were to fix poverty on strictly monetary value. The concept is further complicated by the abstract ideas of value humans place on things, some would argue a monetarily poor man with family, good friends and employed doing the thing he loves is not poor at all. Many would posit that a 10% survival rate in the event of a nationwide socio-political, racial, and economic disaster would be pessimistic. Others, Concerned American among them, would consider it optimistic. However, I digress. Either label does not get to the true crux of the matter. It merely indicates where my position lays in relation to their point of view, the sole fixed point on the gradient scale.

Why do I believe 10% of Americans have it in them to survive the coming badness? I have an acquaintance who does such estimation professionally for .gov and while this is strictly hearsay to you, 10% was the figure given as a survival rate for a nationwide EMP. Apples and oranges, but the outcome is much the same in my opinion. Those with medical conditions and on regular prescription medication will likely have a massive die off, along with those who have compromised immune systems and a severe lack of common sense about where they live, the ownership of weapon and the reality of socioeconomic conditions. The reasons for people’s demise are nearly infinite, so perhaps it is more germane to focus on why those who survive will survive.

America is a large place, over 3.8M square miles. A reduction of 90% would significantly separate groups, leaving miles between single families. Tribal and internecine fighting is much more difficult to conduct when your population is less that 1 per square mile. It becomes more so when the prevailing mode of transportation for nongovernmental actors becomes bipedal or horse drawn. Vast swaths of the land will support significantly more than 32M people, roughly 10% of the population, even if ancient agricultural methods were required. A significant portion of the midwestern states and rural areas still raise gardens and posses a rudimentary knowledge of raising food, and the growing interest in sustainability within the last 10 years has further increased that knowledge base among the general populace. It’s my hope that this helps to ameliorate some of the die off with respect to those unable to feed themselves. I credit the preparedness movement with raising awareness nationally to the vulnerability of many people to their food situation. While merely storing food does not solve the problem, it buys you precious time to arrive at a solution to it. Much of it will be luck. Right place, right time, right action. The 10% will be comprised of effective leaders and their tribes, those fortunate enough to already live on functional farms and brutal enough to keep their farms. I see much sharecropping. 2% of the population currently farm or ranch. While small, I do not think it improbable that their extended family decides to take up the only viable family business. Not included are those that do it on a recreational basis, such as a family garden or hobby farm.

Lastly, I fail to recall (with an admittedly faulty memory after a 13 hour workday) any catastrophic national event incurring even close to a 90% die off. While not impossible, it would make the event one with no historical precedent. I suspect most of those lucky enough to survive will depend on the geographical location, their nascent knowledge, and the effectiveness of their local tribe and their willingness for what we today see as sheer brutality, or total war. I mean Old Testament, Sodom and Gomorrah, scorched earth killing. In short, Americans 200 years ago. Ultimately, I believe in our ability to adapt, morph and thrive in adverse conditions. Within this continent lies the genes that built and carved this country out of wilderness and continued to flee civilization until they reached the west coast. For better or worse Americans have always excelled at being the rebellious son of Western Civilization, and I suspect this time will be no different. Yes, the vast majority will die, but those who survive will likely return to their roots. If we truly believe that values matter, skills matter, and tribe matters, then those will make up the vast majority of the survivors.

I am optimistic because as dim as our light is, like Bradford, I still believe we are the city on a hill. We are the only western nation that still retains that ability to look imperious authority in the eye and spit in it. Europe has a generation of decline on us, and is far beyond hope, not simply because of her culture but also her concentrated population. I continue to believe the saving grace of America is her sheer size. An undercurrent of decency and values still exist, albeit an extremely small minority. This has been allowed to continue to exist because the sheer breadth of the country and ingrained rebelliousness against authority, particularly among the white middle and lower classes, prevents all but the most despotic regimes from exercising true control of the population. So while perhaps I am optimistic, the zeitgeist I have seen building in the United States tends to make me believe that there is a minority of people who have the ability to survive and thrive a catastrophic disaster of the first order. There certainly exists other and varied analysis that is far beyond the scope of this reply. Insurrection here will not exist in a vacuum, and there will be state actors. However, this is my reasoning as best as I can explain it in this short amount of space. What say you?

– Jesse James

Varusschlacht: Hubris, Ryan and Bad Ideas


Herbst_01.jpgPublius Quinctilius Varus. The name rings infamous in some circles, to many he’s unknown, but to the Germans he was a harbinger of things to come. While the mistakes he made were legendary, let us pause a second to look at the man. Few realize he was a patrician from a family of rather humble means. His father had supported the Senate during the Julius Caesar debacle and killed himself after the Battle of Phillipi, when Octavian and Mark Antony cemented their control of the empire by defeating Brutus and Gaius in a rather nasty pair of battles. Enter Publius. Father disgraced, family fortune long ago gone, his class the only thing of real value he inherited. The makings of an inspirational story, difficulties forging the soul of the man into something truly great…or a twisted, small-minded and cruel administrator. Publius hopped around governorships in Africa and Syria, his cruelty to the Jews prompted a mention by Josephus in his response to the Messianic revolt there after Herod’s death. Two thousand Jews lay crucified at the end and his tactics further exacerbated the already tenuous relationship between the Romans and Jews. Following a transfer back to Rome, as problem children often are in bureaucracies, after his brother had pacified the western German tribes across the Rhine he was again appointed a governorship to Germania. It’s worth note that of the three generals who pacified Germania prior to Pulius’ governorship, Tiberius eventually became emperor, and further study indicates a high level of competence by all three in military matters. Enter Publius. By all accounts respected by the Senate, though nothing is told of his respect by the men under him and certainly not the populaces in Africa and Syria, he was given Legions XVII, XVIII, XIX. Typical of Germans, an uprising soon ensued. Publius far underestimated the Germans, marching all three of his legions through the Teutoburg Forest to deal with these people, likely in the same way he had done previously. Long story short, the legions were forced onto a narrow path in a thick forest which stretched out and severely weakened their defensive capabilities. The felt and armor on the legionnaires became a liability as the felt became wet and heavy, further reducing their ability to respond to the German light infantry. All three legions were lost in the ensuing combat, prompting the disgraced Publius to commit suicide. The defeat ended the Roman occupation of western Germania and despite the ensuing retaliation, would allow the Germans to mount continuing and ultimately successful raids against Rome. We all know who was knocking on Rome’s door in 410 A.D.


Why the history lesson? Publius by all accounts was a failure as a governor thrice over. While he may have been a cruel, small-minded politician, the systemic inability of Rome to self-purge of incompetents had very real-world consequences. While it is merely conjecture, by inferences from reading about the man showed insecurity, massive incompetence, but a shrewd cunning when it came to navigating the political and bureaucratic landscape of Rome. Eventually his mistakes became self-correcting, rising to the level where his incompetence could not be ignored anymore. So it is today. Some may see POTUS as our modern Varrus, particularly with the rise of ISIS and our withdrawal of personnel from Incerlik, Turkey this month. I would posit he is a Caligula, too wrapped up in the vagaries of his own mind and simply lacks the intelligence to even grasp what he is doing. No, I am talking about the “Republican Jesus,” Paul Ryan. He failed in his VP run, but emerged after the Boehner crisis as Speaker. This displayed a level of shrewdness, particularly his demand of absolute loyalty. While he has certainly displayed a deft, sometimes harsh hand when it comes to navigating the Beltway…qui bono? Certainly not you or I, but Ryan. Beneath that exterior of sad eyes and homeless beard, lies a calculating, shrewd incompetent. The budgetary fiasco alone demonstrates his lack of spine and rather insidious level of self-advancement. He has set himself up by manipulation of the rumor-mill to ride in on his white horse and offer to save the GOP. It would do well for us to remember another person riding on a white horse, with three of his friends, in Revelation. While I deign to worry about whether the Red Boot or Blue Boot is in power, I do worry about the results from an incompetent. The legionnaires perhaps scoffed at the proto-Napoleon with little military acumen and even less leadership ability, but nevertheless they found themselves in Teutoburg because of him. While Ryan has explicitly stated he does not want to be nominee, I will remind the reader that the same was said before he suddenly emerged as Speaker of the House. Like Varrus, he will have conned and weaseled his way into a position of import, but at his core he is an administrator, not a leader. The only question that remains will be, where lies his Teutoburg?

In conclusion, I dearly hope we are the Germans in this rather loose allegory I’ve created. I long for the day people will finally see the sham elections have become in this country. It is offensive to be told your primary vote does not matter, particularly those who continue to insist that voting will solve this disaster. Perhaps this will provide the final death blow to all illusions, that you may vote for prepackaged and virtually indistinguishable candidates, but none else. Nothing will change until the illegitimacy of the system is revealed and it is my great hope that Ryan does win the nomination and loses very nearly every state. We have arrived at the crossroads of Bad Ideas. The Good Ideas have been left behind long ago and we must now choose the least bad of the Bad Ideas. I am beginning to increasingly choose the destruction of the ‘conservative’ party as my version of ‘least bad.’ The train derails before it can continue to gain velocity and perhaps a few less people die. Let us not despair, but continue to harden our body, mind and soul to withstand the inevitable…and enjoy documenting the demise of the American Empire. For perhaps our posterity will read, learn and stem the Hydra-like rise of cultural and social entropy a little longer than we were able.

– Jesse James