Let’s Win

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Last July [2008], I responded to a question from Kevin Baker of The Smallest Minority as follows:

And the alternative [to voting] is…

what, exactly?

Be specific. And detailed.

Because I really want to hear it.

My reply:


The people in this country who truly cherish freedom in all of its manifestations (thought, guns, speech, religion, association, private property, etc.) had better darned skippy get used to the idea that we are a cursed minority and will be for the foreseeable future.

The simple formula is this:

– We’re screwed

– There’s gonna be a fight

– Let’s win

Your posts on the courts and freedom issues in general mean that I don’t have to make the case for “we’re screwed” with you.

BTW, thanks for all that you have taught me through your writing.

So we move to “there’s gonna be a fight”.


Ain’t no way that the transnational socialists can leave an armed, educated, defiant remnant intact to cut and slash at their Utopian schemes at every opportunity. The tranzis have to do everything in their power to disarm (literally, perhaps, but certainly educationally and psychologically; see generally Snyder, Walter Mitty’s Second Amendment) everyone they can.

The reality is that the fight has been on for some sixty (or more) years.

You know that, per your writings.

So on to the fun part – “let’s win”.

Step one in “let’s win” is to refuse any further collaboration in our demise. That’s Billy Beck’s point – delude yourself all you want with your participatory democracy fantasies, but leave me the hell out of it.

Withholding collaboration takes many forms, however. It involves getting physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared for the really hard stuff. Specific steps include the following:


1. Fix teeth
2. Lose weight
3. Start walking at a fast pace regularly (1 mile 4x weekly)
4. Start working 25 yard jogs into your walks
5. Eat less and eat better
6. Get a complete physical
7. Stockpile any needed maintenance drugs
8. Start weightlifting by doing rifle dry-fire snaps (start with rifle at low ready, bringing up and dropping hammer just as sights align on light switch) 25 reps for strong side and weak side 3X/weekly
9. Integrate a light (20 lb.) pack into your walk/jogs
10. Bring one’s spouse along as much and as quickly as possible.


– read and assimilate the resistance canon (Heinlein, Ross, Vanderboegh, Bracken, Suarez, Royce, Spungin, von Dach Bern, etc.)

– read and assimilate the economic canon (Hayek, von Mises, etc.)

– read and assimilate the political canon (DoI, USC, BoR, Spooner, DiLorenzo, Bovard, etc.)


– Get square with God as you understand Him. Even if atheist or agnostic, one needs a Larger Context in which to place the upcoming suffering and struggle.

– Sort the sheep from the goats in one’s immediate circle. In some cases, that may mean divorce/separation, estrangement from children, parents, or other relatives, and the loss of friends. Better now than when the excitement has begun.

– For those remaining, get them up to speed on all fronts as much and as quickly as they can handle. Your associates’ ability to digest all of the bitter medicine that they must swallow will no doubt be a source of frustration. Keep trying.

– Understand, at a profound level, how our lives as mortal creatures are both fleeting and as meaningful or as meaningless as we make them. Commit to yourself and to your ideals that you will spend the remaining days of your life wisely and in furtherance of those eternal truths.

Now, compared to that list, do you really think it matters whether one votes for McCain, Obama, Barr, or the write-in candidate of one’s choice?

I respectfully submit that it matters not one whit.

Declare yourself into freedom, just as the Founders did 232 years ago.

Then do everything you can to defend that freedom, even unto death.

And I mean everything.

Remember too the cannibal’s paradox – that the time spent in overcoming a taboo can so debilitate the prospective actor that the action taken fails for being too late.

Keep bashing on, amigo.

Yesterday, a commenter on this post asked:

OK, but what is the average John Q Public to do?

The list above is a pretty good start, and I would add the following elements upon further consideration:


Psychological Toughening/Stress Inoculation: Start to wrap your brain around the fact that you will likely be committing multiple felonies, misdemeanors, and regulatory violations as part of your personal path to victory. Those folks who plan to survive in the new reality but currently pride themselves on being good, law-abiding citizens had best get over that silliness forthwith. After all, as Ayn Rand pointed out more than fifty years ago in Atlas Shrugged:

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.

Look around and tell me that we have not crossed that legal Rubicon.

Given the current situation, ’tis best to get on with your new life as a criminal. As a warm-up exercise, I’d suggest violation of at least one malum prohibitum law per day — be it speeding, tax avoidance, unauthorized concealed carry of a deadly weapon, removing the flow restrictions on showerheads and faucets, tossing a rock through an appropriate statist window, or any other of an almost-infinite number of other meaningless rules.

Embrace the life of a malum prohibitum criminal every day, and insist that others in your tribe do the same.


I am not going down the list path in this post, other than to remind you that you’d best be getting your “Six Bs” finalized before the the current “rip-your-face-off” suckers’ rally ends in the financial markets.

What are the Six Bs?

Beans: Food for a minimum of one year for each member of your tribe.

Bullets: A bare minimum of a long arm capable of killing a man at 100 yards for every tribe member over the age of 10, along with a bare minimum of 1000 rounds of ammunition for each long arm. Every adult (16 and above) should also have a centerfire pistol and no less than 500 rounds of ammunition for the sidearm. Holsters, slings, and webgear will be essential as well.

Bandaids: Medical supplies to allow your tribe to survive disease and/or injury without reference to existing medical systems.

Brains: Training and reference works to operate and sustain all of the bean/bullets/bandaids elements above.

Balls: Courage and sheer willpower will be dispositive. Strengthen yours and that of each tribe member.

Buddies: You will need a minimum of 14 like-minded people to stand even a basic lookout watch on a 7/24/365 basis. Got real friends? You’re gonna need ’em.


The bug-out/bug-in debate is handled ad nauseum elsewhere. My point here is that wherever you are, you’d best have a detailed plan (along with several back-up plans) for how you and your tribe are going to defend your space. Remember, too, that defending space (i.e., fixed positions) is how hajii has been dying in droves in Iraq and Afghanistan; many of the people coming to hurt you will have had experience in the “fix ’em and then kill ’em” tactics used by the .mil in those struggles. Ergo, best to have a “going mobile” component to your plan — or, as a wise man once told me, “Don’t plan on being where they know you live if you want to keep living.”

When John Q Public is squared away on those items, I’ll bet this blog’s smart readership will have other “to-do” lists to keep the Public tribe moving towards victory.

And defining “victory”?


1) Survive the first die-off.

2) Keep your kids alive.

3) Kill the enemy.

4) Keep fighting.

5) Stay alive.

Any questions?

Audentes fortunat iuvat.

22 responses to “Let’s Win

  1. There’s something in the air this weekend. Lot’s of like minds thinking thoughts like these. Thanks for reposting this.

  2. Semper Fi, 0321

    Nice idea, and I really hope it works. I’ve been stocked up for ages too.
    But, there is this nagging feeling that tells me this isn’t how it’s gonna go down. I went to NBC School in the USMC and have NEVER forgotten for almost 40 years how easy it is to kill people with just one tiny eyedropper of germs or chemicals.
    The smug, uncaring attitude of the power elites leads me to believe that they really don’t have a care in the world concerning the armed masses, they have an instant solution for us! Starvation and disease will cripple us so fast that we don’t even count as a threat. Even if you wear your decon gear 24/7, something, somewhere will still get you. You cannot live in a completely sterile environment and continue to function normally.
    So, besides that, LET’S WIN!

    • Those thing suck.

      But my operating assumption is that the high-level PTB don’t think they’ll need such a thing.

      The killing of a few domestic terrorists with some fancy stateside kinetic activity and all will be well.

      Hell, they may be right.

      I think often these days of the Americans on Wake Island in December, 1941.

  3. 1) Survive the first die-off.

    2) Keep your kids alive.

    3) Kill the enemy.

    4) Keep fighting.

    5) Stay alive.

    Right on, CA. You nailed it. I could not add a single word.



  4. Highlander

    SemperFi 0321; Chemical and Biological wepons are only successful on a large group or congested area. The more dispersed a group the less effective the use. I suspect that the use of NBC type wepons will be on sheeple as a terror tactic. I spent a lot of time doing NBC stuff in Germany in the 80’s and the Reserves in the 90’s. Chemical and Bio hazards have a limitied life to be used in denile tactics. After that follow CA’s list and we’ll at least let ’em know we are around!


  5. Mark Matis

    Won’t get much complaint from me if the Masters decide to clean out New York, DC, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, et al. Regardless of whether that is done by NBC or by the Religion of Peace.
    My fondest wish, however, would be to have, in a paraphrase of that old Loudon Snowden Wainwright III song “Dead pigs in the middle of the road, stinkin’ to high heaven!” For it is THEY who have brought us here.

  6. Alan W. Mullenax

    Thanks for posting.

    Heavy duty conversation with some of the boys this past week-end. Progress this time though. I’m beginning to get some inquisitive questions rather than the usual light hearted ball-busting I take for the stuff I try to get across to them.

    I downloaded the thread and I’m making hard copies to give to them. Great little synopsis and checklist for the uninitiated.

  7. Semper Fi, 0321

    so what if we see another 1918 Spanish flu epidemic? You’re saying we can localize or stop it? The Spanish flu was kindergarten stuff compared to what’s sitting in the labs today. And if you think the big boys will play nice when their necks are on the block….
    I just think we have our mind’s set on conventional issues, maybe we need to think OUTSIDE the box also. They really act like they don’t care and that makes me wonder what else they are up to.

    • Highlander

      The Spanish Flu epidemic was transported by people moving about. I don’t think that once Big Brother starts there will be a lot of that. Every year there are potential epidemics in the US and elsewhere that could potentially cause that kind of chaos most die out with only a few cases. With a collapse of the infra-structure those desieses will run rampant in any confined group, but will be confined to that locality. We, as a group, are thinking outside the box but I would bet against a government trying to survive and control being able to think outside the box. They will be over-whelmed by events and a lot of thier trained personell will be gone, just trying to safe themselfs and family. It’ll take a little time to get organized and start crushing any uncooperative types in the cities and urban centers.


  8. I, too, have been thinking of the Marines on Wake, circa 1941. I think the final lesson was, if your commander or whoever, is wrong, don’t go with them. You got to think and act on your own, when you know what is right. And the Navy turning back because it would be hazardous to re-supply or evacuate……………………… The most swinish behaviour there is.

  9. As is my strategy when finding solutions to automotive and mechanical/electrical problems, try the cheap stuff first. Verify operation of the stuff you have, fix/orient/preserve what you have, then do low-cost upgrades with good bang/buck ratio.

    Listing dental work as a very high priority is excellent. If you live near a dental school, get enrolled as a patient ASAP. MAKE TIME to make appointments, which is particularly easy in the current economy if un/under-employed. Not only are you getting top-quality care for bottom-dollar (gold crowns for $550 cash/uninsured instead of $2K, insurance accepted if you have it), you are helping to educate the next crop of dentists. I talk to my dental students about money and politics as much as time allows, starting on about the 3rd appointment (which is about when a “plan” for the dental work is emerging) and getting approved by the instructor dentists (who you cannot afford to go see at private practice, if you could get to be a patient). Dental students are mostly really nice people who are highly focussed on their education to the exclusion of almost everything else, as it should be when taking on debt of $300K! We need them on our side, and let them know that they are welcome (and needed!) into the freedom movement.

    Garage Sale, Yard Sale, Thrift Store, Surplus Store shopping should be the only places casual shopping is done. Even at these places where 7 cents on the new-retail dollar is the norm, be a miser and shop from lists for the best quality goods. If buying several items, ask for a cash discount (10%), in addition to whatever other discounts can be wrangled. This is how shopping is done in the 3rd world, so get used to it.

    Items to look out for specifically: Sporting Optics. Low-cost binoculars that were “good stuff” in the 1960’s and 1970’s are still useful. Ignore tiny pocket models and focus on Bushnell/Tasco 7, 8,10 fixed-power (not zooming models unless really-cheap and perfect) with 38-60mm objective lenses. Fixed-power models tend to be physically tougher, easier to use, most-importantly: fixed models tend to result in sharper/brighter images and sometimes have ranging stadia in the viewfinder. Look for words like “coated lenses”, “Made In Japan”, “Fogproof”, “Nitrogen-filled”. Of course, high-grade bino’s made by Steiner, B&L, Leupold or military surplus (sometimes with very neat useful accessories like Polaroid variable density filters anticipating desert use) are worth having, but it’s a miracle to find a functional pair for $5. A case, good rubber eye-cups, and lens caps included is a nice bonus, which can be spray-painted to dull the usual obvious rectangle-shape and vinyl-tan. I buy empty binocular cases for $1 or $2 whenever I can to mate with uncased bino’s or to hold other stuff (easily painted as a group on a sunny day). The point is to have a bunch of useful items for look-outs and patrols to give a little more ID reach in daylight and dusk (thus time to respond) without having to choose between a pair of bino’s and an SKS in the current budget. To a certain extent, binocular-wearing people will be considered “important”, like map-holders, patrol leaders, commanders. If everyone is wearing a binocular-type box or a set on their person, it’s harder to tell who is in charge, thus deceptive/obscuring “force protection”.

    Getting kinda long here, lunch!

    • +1 on the garage sales. Got a large ALICE w/frame, straps and waist hardware for 15 bucks this past weekend. Guy didn’t know what he had. There are more mundane but useful things to be found as well, hand tools such as saws and brace/bits. Metal cookware, warm, layerable clothing, fishing tackle. Get out there and hunt up those deals, good luck.

  10. (1) Survive the first die-off. This is the more general version of Rule One for Insurgent Fighters: you must be alive to fight.

    Personal and recent experience with dental work: I felt generally kind of wimpy, like people who are over-worked/under-rested and who might attribute to not being 19 years old anymore. Not really bad, just not enough energy, hard to concentrate, lung capacity sub-par and too-early muscle tiring. I slept okay, got about 7 hours a night average, don’t drink more than about 4 (alcoholic beverages) a week, never more than 2 at once. I don’t use any of the popular local herb. Typical American 43 yo: 20 pounds overweight, high-end of normal BP. It had been about a year since my last dental appointment, but no dental pain, no obvious problems, brush/floss pretty well. Initial exam was pretty good: no wiggly teeth, gums in good shape, still have 32 teeth, but a couple were interesting for my student to work on.

    X-rays were even more interesting: above #11 and #12 was a low-density spot in the bone, which is left side of face next to nose. More poking and testing led to the probability that #12 was needing a root canal now or pretty-darn-soon. Short story: 2 more appointments, 2 weeks draining before putting a filling in the crown they drilled through, no antibiotics, $565, and I feel a lot better. I felt noticeably better starting about 2 days later.

    In a post-collapse dental scenario, this could have led to really bad outcomes within a year. Without a lot of swelling/pain to get attention, an oral infection can get big/serious and be hard to localize. Pus acts a lot like slow acid against bones, causing decalcification, and if it gets loose in your blood, lots of trouble.

    In the 1950’s UK, oral infections due to bad teeth was a major killer of British adults. That was after several major antibiotics were available! I’ve spoken with one pretty regular British Subject who indicated that Americans have “dental vanity” because we are not tough enough for National Health Dental!

    Rummage Sale 2 weeks ago netted an ALICE magazine/grenade pouch and a MOLLE pouch for $5 combined as the vendor was boxing up for the evening. Last-minute deals can be very good, as they hate packing up.


  11. The alternative to voting is “voting” and helping to motivate other people to express their displeasure with the current situation, in addition to all that other stuff. There may be elections that require your lack of consent to be expressed where the “margin of fraud” is close. Especially in local or county elections, you can still count by merely a vote. There’s a nice scene from Charlie Wilson’s War recounting Mr. Wilsons’ entry into politics was how he drove 95 black people who wouldn’t have voted to the polls to defeat the neighbor who fed his dog ground glass.

    Prepare for the other stuff, too, at the same time. I’d hate to be holding a rifle without knowing that I went above and beyond in doing everything legal and marginal to avoid it. I will take and hold the moral high ground.


  12. Sidewinder

    I’ve wondered, for a couple of years now, what the effect might be if we awoke one morning to headlines that the bodies of several leading communist activists around the country had been found in varying locations dead from different mysterious circumstances.

    Kinda along the lines of those scenarios found in the book, “Unintended Consequences” by John Ross.

    Just curious as to how that may affect the current debate?

  13. Speaking wholly hypothetically, and for entertainment purposes only, of possible conflict in the near future, let me throw this question open to the floor.

    What if the State collapses under its own cancerous, necrotic weight, which could possibly even be happening before our eyes today? What if? Perhaps your most likely candidate for OPFOR isn’t the Army, the cops, or blue-helmeted UN “peacekeepers.”

    The Obama administration’s spending spree has put this country so deep in debt–fourteen trillion dollars, with a T–that I can conceive of no way of paying the debt. The country is broke and the breaking point just may be closer than anyone thinks.

    When the paychecks stop coming, I do not expect the cops or the Army or the alphabet-soup goobermint agency jackboots to continue eagerly kicking down the doors of suspected “right-wing militia extremists.” I expect them to load up their families in a “liberated” police cruiser or HMMWV with a trunk full of all the guns, ammo, food, and gas cans they can grab, and head for the hills. That part of The Problem might even be self-solving and self-correcting. I’m not even worried about them.

    On the other hand, when the welfare checks stop coming in the mail, when the electricity and water stop working, the big cities on America’s coasts are packed with sixty million or so illiterate crackhead parasites who believe with a fervent religious certainty that Whitey owes them three hots and a cot, forever, because since around 1965 an assortment of “community organizers,” the sort of people we used to call “ward heelers” and “wire pullers,” have found it useful to tell them so, because it keeps them shuffling into the voting booth every four years to press the big shiny button with the “D” on it. And they are going to get hungry, thirsty, and cranky.

    Now, it’s obvious, and everyone already knows, that with nationwide disruptions in utilities and transportation, it seems unlikely in the early stages of such a collapse that sufficient food and water for the needs of these “wonderfully diverse cultural enrichers” could be trucked in even if the government had the resources for it, which I’m predicting they eventually won’t. I submit that there’s gonna be a positively Biblical die-off among these populations. But the smartest, toughest, and luckiest 5% or 10% might, just might, get organized after a certain fashion (think “troop of baboons” here), arm themselves, and set out into the countryside to demand the handouts that you honky muhfuggas/pinchi gringos owe them. Hell, it happens on a small “low intensity conflict” scale every Saturday night, and it’s been going on since before most of the people reading this were born. C’mon up to Detroit for a visit, any Saturday night. You’ll see.

    So–got ammo? Got a place to go? Preferably one with good fields of view and good fields of fire? Maybe everything is going to keep on going just like it always has, maybe. Or maybe it’s almost Mad Max time. And if the time comes, will you give in to despair? Will you submit to propaganda and bare your throat and your childrens’ throats for their knives, because “they’re people too and they have a right to survive and they’re really just misguided kids and and Jeebus said we should love our enemies and turn the other cheek, and anyway five hunnert years of RAAAAAAAAAAAAACISMS, etc.?” Or do you have the will to do whatever is necessary to protect your families and do what must be done? Running an eight-minute mile, that’s easy, even for old farts. Going to the range every Saturday to shoot at paper silhouette targets, that’s easy. Eight-second El Presidentes? Easy. Wednesday nights after work at the dojang beating hapkido or Krav Maga or jujitsu into your muscles and nervous system? Easy. Looking another human being–or hominid, anyway–in the eye, then focusing on the front sight and pressing the trigger? How about smacking him across the teeth with the handle of your sharpened e-tool then splitting his skull with it when he flinches and steps back? Do you have what it takes? If you don’t, Rastus is going to get your gun, your ammo, and your crates of MREs, and then he’s gonna wear your kids’ ears around his neck on a string. Believe it.

    There are a number of blogs and other sources out there detailing the stories of survivors of the ethnic cleansing of Rhodesia and South Africa, as well as smaller-scale disturbances like the 2001 currency crisis in Argentina. You would do well to read them. As they say in Special Forces, your mind is your primary weapon. In my opinion, mindset and will are going to count for at least as much as who bought which model ACOG and who got his cavities filled before the race war–because that is what it will be–started.

    • Ain’t about race. It’s about culture. Or the lack thereof. And lots of people of different races are in complete agreement with you.

    • Suppose there was another Los Angeles riot. The police would form a perimeter, partially to distance themselves from the dangerous rioters, and partially to prevent anyone else from charging in and showing they can do a better job than the police. Afterwards, the police will prosecute the Korean grocery store owners for daring to act more bravely than the police. Think of what FEMA did for NOLA, it ran off church groups who showed up to serve free food to refugees.

      If a region goes Mad Max the police will not head for the hills — there’s nobody to steal from there! Instead the police will move to the middle of the biggest herd of the decent and peaceful, and “keep order”, which means stealing from the law abiding under color of law.

      The law enforcer is the natural parasite of the law abiding.

  14. kunkmiester

    While most have spoken well on when/after the baloon goes up, I’d point out that there is a bit to be done before, besides prepare.

    Agorism teaches “countereconomics” as an insurgency strategy, depriving the government of resources until it’s too weak to defeat the new “order.” People might not like the anarcho-capitalism the New Libertarian Manifesto talks about, but the process for defeating the government and it’s forces is nonviolent and potent.

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