Open Thread: Short List Of Necessary Reading For Recent Converts

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It’s starting to happen.

More and more people are twigging to reality.

It’s a bitter damned pill, but people are starting to understand:

Suggestions in comments below, please:

What 5 items should be read and discussed with folks who come to you and need the Resistance 101 quick-start version?

For the purposes of this exercise, assume the newbie is of known provenance to you, thereby mitigating the security issues.

Assume also that political indoctrination can come later, perhaps via another open thread akin to this one.


82 responses to “Open Thread: Short List Of Necessary Reading For Recent Converts

  1. How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It
    Book by James Wesley Rawles

  2. colddeadhandsdays

    Bracken anthology, Uninteded Consequences, A failure of Civility, Contact Max Velocity, Victoria

  3. warddorrity

    Civilization and Its Enemies – Lee Harris
    A World Split Apart (speech) – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  4. Alfred E. Neuman

    Reblogged this on ETC., ETC., & ETC..

  5. 2nd all the above.

  6. The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse by Fernando Aguirre

    Writen based on the authors experiances during the economic collapse of Argentina it is not political and deals with a lot of uncomfortable realities. Its its only flaw is the authors use of English which is not his first language

  7. frozenhelium

    Bracken: When The Music Stops: How America’s Cities May Explode In Violence

  8. Tess Pennington’s “The Prepper’s Blueprint.” the Declaration of Independence. The NRA’s “Rifle Shooting” (or pistol, or shotgun, just something to give a basic understanding). A basic First-Aid book. An edible plants field guide.

  9. MichiganJim

    The five items should be words.

    “Go with your own judgment.” Or seven…”You do go with your own judgment.”

    Oh sorry, that’s the political thread.

  10. T.L. Davis

    A Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich, to see what you are fighting to avoid.

  11. Resistance to Tyranny: A Primer Paperback – April 24, 2010
    by Joseph P. Martino (Author)

    a good over view of historical resistance with reference to the present.

  12. I would start with None Dare Call it Treason.
    Then The Creature From Jekyll Island.
    Find a one hundred year old copy of Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike (hat tip to SFC Barry) and find out what your local Lodge really is.

    For fiction, I would suggest Bill Branon’s Let us Prey. Read that along with Martin Keating’s Final Jihad. (hint, Matin Keating is the brother of the former Gov. of Oklahoma.)
    Read Matt Bracken’s Enemies trilology.
    Read John Ross’s Unintended Consequences.
    To get a flavor for the kind of society which we will need to become in order to outlast the imminent unpleasantness, read Steven Pressfield’s Gates of Fire.
    If you are a Christian and want to truly understand what is going on inside the Church, read Father Malachi Martin’s book Windswept House. It is not so much fiction as a carefully disguised documentary.

    For very practical purposes, get FM’s 7-8, 7-70, and SH 21-76. Find an infantry veteran and have him teach you how to read them and what they mean. Also get a copy of FM 5-35.

  13. More, get a copy of Jeffrey Snyder’s A Nation Of Cowards.
    Get Thomas Chittum’s Civil War Two.

  14. Larry Niven, LUCIFER’S HAMMER
    Gene Wolfe, “Seven American Nights”
    Jack Vance, CUGEL’S SAGA

    and almost any back-issue of “Coast Artillery Journal”

  15. Robert Peterson

    All the above plus: Bostons Gun Bible and Molon Labe, by Boston T Party
    Gardening When it Counts, by Steve Soloman
    When Technology Fails, by Matthew Stein

  16. Oregon Hobo

    +1 for Failure of Civility
    +1 for Contact, but it should be read after Patriot Dawn, also written under the nom de plume Max Velocity. The former is an excellent small unit tactics manual but on its own can get a bit dry. The latter is a fictional work that aptly illustrates real-world applications of the former. Patriot Dawn reads quickly and will help the reader deal with the fire hose of information that is Contact.

    I’ll also add Surviving Economic Collapse by FerFAL (another nom de plume). This is based on the authors experience riding out the collapse in Argentina, and covers ground not common to most other survivalist authors, who tend to deal with worst-case most apocalyptic scenarios. Rather, FerFAL writes of his experience over the many long years of societal degradation on the way to the worst-case.

    It wasn’t about homesteading and living in a bunker in the woods, but about dealing with the daily realities of still having to leave his wife and kids alone to go to work and school every day as violent crime and government graft spiraled out of control all around them, the infrastructure crumbled, and a desperate viciousness set in all around, but still with the tattered trappings of society relatively intact. There was no patrolling with war belts, tactical vests, or rifles — he’d have been eaten alive by the police, who are still nominally functional in Argentina, though their functions reportedly tend more toward extortion and shakedowns than anything conceived by Sir Robert Peel.

    Even if things do degrade to the point where we’re living in the woods out of patrol bases, I’d expect at least even odds that urban survival will still be the reality for a good many of us for a good long interval. Yugoslavia illustrates one possible scenario, but not all collapses accelerate from zero to hell in a handbasket in 5 seconds flat, as illustrated by FerFAL’s experience.

    Convict Conditioning! This book offers a no-nonsense approach to functional strength training using calisthenics. By functional strength training I mean not just rapidly packing mass onto a few isolated muscle groups that might impress ladies at the bar but can’t function in concert with the dangerously neglected and vulnerable muscles, joints, and ligaments all around them, but training with the natural full-range-of-motion movements necessary to propel your own body (the first commandment of the move/shoot/communicate trifecta) with gusto, and to build the muscle mass to better hold your body together under awkward strains and violent impacts. It uses no fancy equipment and minimal reps (calories may be exceedingly hard to come by, remember), and it provides very gradual progressions that focus on building a proper foundation of tendon, bone, and joint strength first, and even stimulating the body to convalesce old injuries by gradually working those scarred and swollen joints and sinew to renew the life-giving movement of blood and synovial fluid before proceeding to the more advanced techniques with higher resistance and reps.

    As the good Sergeant Mosby liberally (pun intended) reminds us, brute strength is and will be critically important, but think about the sort of injuries people constantly inflict on themselves in weight gyms, and how that’s likely to go for you in a world that’s already gone sideways, where painkillers and ice packs are likely to be unavailable, let alone physical therapists or sports surgeons. Especially in a scenario where strength training could become a downright high-risk activity, slow and steady wins the race.

    That’s all I’ve got for now. Still have a grip of unread books staring accusingly at me from the shelf, including the works of the aforementioned Sergeant.

    Happy trails,


  17. I would have them watch this short video.

    It’s old and looking a bit dated, but it’s still one of the best “liberty” presentations out there, IMO. Was very influential upon me, anyway.

    This meshes nicely with the excellent essay from SLL. EVERYTHING stems from the intellect.

    Incidentally, you won’t see serious attempts at firearms’ confiscation until the PTB judge that the intellectual battle is being lost. Whilstever they own your minds (as they do now, in great part) … your guns are harmless. I reckon that will serve as your barometer, informing you that your Masters are feeling threatened.

  18. A list of fallacies, written up in a readable plain spoken form. If the convert still thinks something is true because a majority or an authority said so, they won’t be able to figure out what they know that isn’t so.

    _The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism_ by Robert Murphy. Otherwise they’ll want to implement the same communist central planning all over again, like import/export tariffs and price controls.

  19. 1) ,Rawles: “How To Survive The End Of the World As We Know It
    2) US Army/DoD: FM 21-76 Survival (any version 1970s-present)
    3) Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook (2001 or later, not the ubiquitous but craptastic and obsolete ST 31-91B from the 1980s)
    4) FM 21-26 Map Reading and Land Navigation (1993)
    5) FM 7-8 The Rifle Squad (1992)

    And for bonus reading, 6 more
    6) SH 21-76 Ranger Handbook (Any edition from 1980s to 2015 will do)
    7) FM 31-21 Guerrilla Warfare and Special Forces Operations (1961ish)
    8) FM 7-20 Infantry Battalion (1992)
    9) FM 5-31 Boobytraps (1965)
    10) TM 31-201-1 Incendiaries (any edition)
    11) OSS Simple Sabotage Field Manual (1944)

    1. Nota bene Most, if not all of the above are available multiple places on the internet as FREE pdf downloads, which can be reprinted until you kill your printer or ink supply, or passed along ad infinitum on thumb drive/flash memory for a few $/@. FTR, an 8GB drive will hold these, and 200 other manuals and texts, on a drive the size of 4 nickels.
    2. The primary use of the above is for rapid familiarization with basic skills, tactics, and procedures, with which a considerable number of people you may find/meet/recruit/bump into already have some level of familiarity, from nodding acquaintance to subject-matter-expert (SME), due to prior service any time from, say, 1960 to last week.
    3. They also serve as a jumping off point to thinking outside the normal range of responses and activities. If you’re going to be an unconventional insurgent, be an unconventional insurgent. The slow and dumb ones usually die off first.

    Mastering the simple basics in the first 5, let alone all 11, manuals, would provide any person/group/movement the tools that have proven adequate to hamstring Nazi Germany in Western Europe, and upending the Japanese in the Philippines, the French in Indochina, the US in Vietnam, Irag, and Afghanistan, and the late Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

    The ant eats the elephant one bite at a time.

    Von Clausewitz talked about the “friction” of war: the tendency of hundreds of petty-shit items to bog down a campaign, and hinder victory.
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with adding to that normal friction by adding gravel in transmission fluid, lapping compound in the oil, paraffin in the gasoline, pins through the coax, copper wire across circuit terminals, dropping a few sandbags and a barricade across a highway, removing a railroad rail here or there, crosswiring a few telephone circuits, removing manhole covers on convoy routes, cementing water meters closed, jamming bundles of rags into toilets, slapping up resistance posters, burying contraband in Quislings’ gardens and then turning them in to the authorities, putting dog crap or a dead rodent in an office water cooler reservoir,or any one of a thousand other little subversive activities to undermine the minions of a dictatorial state, long before you ever get to wholesale arson, sabotage, and assassination. Just imagine the fun if you did no more than wash a company’s laundry in hot water, and every uniform of every person was suddenly multiple sizes smaller. Now imagine adding some hideous color of dye, or a bottle of bleach.
    In France, in 1940, it took about a week for all street, road signs, and address markers to disappear.

    Don’t have enough C-4 to take out a building?
    What if you took along a few battery-powered hand drills, and ventilated the roof just in time for the rainy season? Redirected downspouts into basements? Hung dead fish and animals down chimneys? Pounded rubber corks into plumbing roof airlines?

    Whom gods destroy, they first make mad.

  20. Chicken Bone

    Unintended Consequences provides a valuable strategic framework on how to conduct ops to effect change in Sweeping, epic, change that gives us the.initiative….puts them on the defensive. Making our move while things are still normal would be way less painful than waiting until full blown ugly has been declared.

    The online ranger manuals on first aid, water purifying, small unit tactics, psyops,intel harvesting are well studied in my basement…along with a guide to medcinal plants,

  21. “Resistance to Tyranny: A Primer” by Joseph Martino

  22. Ditto. Country Wisdom & Know How is a good book.

    The sad reality is that you must do these things to kearn thrm.
    Reading aint gonna cut it. Do. Time is short.

  23. The King James Bible. Self explanatory.

    Bracken’s Foreign Enemies and Traitors- a snapshot of days to come.

    The Devil’s Guard. How to deal with communists effectively.

    The ARRL Handbook. Useful in many more ways than one.

    The Firefox Series. Worth their weight in gold.

  24. On killing by Dave Grossman

  25. Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know, by ED Hirsch, Jr.
    SHTF Intelligence: An Intelligence Analyst’s Guide to Community
    , S. Culper
    The Way of the Tiger, by H.J. Poole
    Extreme Ownership, by J. Willink & Leif Babin
    US Army Special Forces Small Unit Tactics Handbook, Paul D. LeFavor

  26. How about “The 5000 year leap” so as the dumbasses can see what they have given away to the heathen infidels. Maybe just maybe it will piss them off enough to fight for tribe.

    King James Bible
    1968 Special Forces Improvised Weapons
    Shtf Intelligence
    Out of the mountains
    Storeys country skills
    Green eyes black rifles
    Convict conditioning (this works either way things go for the late to party crowd)

  27. Hadn’t heard of Victoria. Just purchased. Thanks!

  28. Know what is coming at you.
    In their own words:
    The Muslim Brotherhood Project For North America

    A PDF download page from Investigative Project On Terrorism
    (the second half is in English)

  29. Virgil Kane

    The fiction is to generate interest. Bracken’s trilogy was prophesy when it was written, now it’s the script for the daily headlines. If you have them interested give them “A Failure of Civility”. It relates well to everyday life without so much talk of tyranny and SUT. Basic prepper books about food and water storage. “LDS Preparedness Manual.”

    “LDS Preparedness Manual”
    “A Failure of Civility”

  30. Virgil Kane

    OK, good luck finding AFOC. It’s $175 on Amazon.

    Here is a PDF version

    LDS Manua

  31. “A Failure of Civility” – How to defend and protect you, your family, friends, neighborhood and America during a disaster or crisis. By Mike Garand and Jack Lawson. A very good read on how to hold a urban / suburban area together.

  32. Thoreau – Walden & Civil Disobedience.

    Buchanan – The Death of the West.

    Hans von Dach – Total Resistance.

    Essays: Louis Beam’s “Leaderless Resistance” and Bracken’s “When the Music Stops”.

  33. The Holy Bible, Unintended Consequences, the Declaration of Independence, The Art of the Rifle, A Failure of Civility, daily intel gathering and observation demonstrations (ie hikes) and training in our AO.

  34. Holy Bible, particularly end times prophecy.
    ABC’s of reloading and a quality reloading manual with a section on external ballistics.
    Boy Scout Handbook (preferably an older version)
    Red Cross first aid and CPR books.
    Firefox or other about wilds edibles.
    Accurate text on wild medicinals that includes an excellent section on identification.
    Constitution and bill of rights.

  35. Ed Grouch, MD

    Improvised Medicine by Iserson
    299 days series
    Short story anthology by Bracken
    Resistance to Tyranny by Martino
    A Failure of Civility

  36. Ed Grouch, MD

    Would also add a book on underground communications, perhaps Sparks31’s Grid Down Communications

  37. Five Acres and Independence

    Written in the 1930’s. An indispensable reference. Pre industrial land husbandry and living from it. Agrarian in scope and primal liberty in it’s breadth. Info, techniques, processes, thinking, farming on the family scale as it has worked for centuries, by a guy who not only is classically educated, but lived entirely as he preached.
    The one book to save your arse.

    Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game

    A WWII manual written by an Army Veterinarian for indigenous peoples. Solid info, no fluff, composed as a manual for people to fend for themselves.


    Morton’s Curing handbook. A few bucks from Mortons Salt.

    You need to know this method of food preservation, this pamphlet gets you zeroed in on how and why, you need to know how not to kill yourself preserving meat, poultry game, and fish. Salt and Sugar are the two ingredients, pretty simple. Learn the basics, and a whole world of food opens for you. Contrary to the brainwashers, you need salt, more than you ever suspected. Salt and sugar mix required per lb of meat is approximately 1 tablespoon per lb of meat. Salt and sugar is cheap, easy to store, 100lbs saved back dedicated to curing is enough to last far far longer than any other food preservation process. A hard cured side of smoked bacon or aged Ham requires no refrigeration. A prized family Ham is not considered proper till it reaches 100 years or older. I personally have 7 and 8 year old cured Hams hanging using the info from Mortons pamphlet.
    Alongside that, cured meat, real dry salt cured properly executed, prepared and consumed is one of the worlds great toothsome delicacies.


    This fellow Herrick Kendall is a treasure trove of doing and thinking. Agrarianism for our age. To be an Agrarian is not to prep and survive, but live and thrive. It is the oft ignored or forgotten essential component of true liberty.

    The Deliberate Agrarian

    Herrick’s website Planet Whizbang is another treasure trove of self sufficiency, the common sense simple way. Simple is best.

    I have used a number of his ideas and tool designs, his book is first rate.
    The agrarian retro-culture movement has everything going for it. It is the nuts and bolts of being independent. You have to eat no matter what, and you have to do it without gutting yourself out with failure, heartache and mistakes, because you starve if you screw up.
    The American agrarians, Thomas Jefferson and his contemporaries anyone, figured it out, they lived in this way, quite well. Agrarian living is the underground insurgency against the globalists. Get busy living liberty or get busy being a slave of the corporate state.

  38. The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression

  39. Ed Grouch, MD

    And the folks above reminded me of Mosbys works. Just get them all. Reluctant Partisan and his newer Tribe book.

  40. NC,
    It took 24 replies before God’s instruction manual was mentioned. Thanks!!

  41. King James Holy Bible
    John Locke Second Treatise

    The rest depend on disposition and personality and natural abilities. There is nothing more harmful than teaching a mechanic to be a farmer. They must pursue their own track for physical world advancement. And yes, let them fail.

    All children and teens, catch em young;
    RebelFire Out of the Gray Zone (boys)
    The Barcode Tattoo Series (girls)
    But boys and girls can read both.

  42. FrozenPatriot

    One Second After and A Failure of Civility

  43. AESOP, These are excellent ideas and I’d love someone to create a GIANT list of this type of resistance thing and share it here on WRSA. Any thoughts? You wrote:
    “Don’t have enough C-4 to take out a building?
    What if you took along a few battery-powered hand drills, and ventilated the roof just in time for the rainy season? Redirected downspouts into basements? Hung dead fish and animals down chimneys? Pounded rubber corks into plumbing roof airlines?”

  44. LaGrandeGuy

    Everyone please read and pass on this link:

    Protect your health and the health of those you love. Get FANATICAL about eating non-industrial quality food. The system is making you pay for your own demise. Absolute evil.

  45. Anyone have a line on where to get A Failure of Civility for less than the $100-$140 I see it priced at? The website is gone.

  46. Great references, Doug!

    I haven’t seen “Five Acres…” mentioned in decades, except by me. One of the books that encouraged me to go “back to the land in the 70’s. Highly recommended to all.

    Good job representing the only philosophy for life and living entirely off the grid. But, get in shape! None of this is easy and you newbies will have only one season to get it right enough to survive.

    No one, and I mean no one, is going to bug out, find a patch of ground and, starting from scratch and with nothing but books, make this happen.

    I’ll add The Small Farm Journal to the list. Farming with horses. Indispensable when the gas runs out.

    Note to Self: Gotta get that Morton’s book.

  47. First six volumes of Foxfire.
    Secret Forces
    Total Resistance

    Anything mentioned previously.

  48. 1984, Brave New World, Animal Farm, Atlas Shrugged and start), and The Mystery of Banking by Murray Rothbard

  49. I thought there were a lot more people coming here. I definite indicator that we getting closer to the end. My usual recession indicator is shopping for a new sports car, but i bought a solstice gxp last year and no recession yet.

    While not survival books, i recommend:
    1. enjoy the decline.- shows the trouble we are in, it cannot be avoided and how to live with it
    2. early retirment extreme – gets you away from mass consumerism and only living on what you need
    both of these should help you get to a place that you should be okay if there are no jobs and the banks restrict access to peoples money.

  50. I grew up on FM 7-8 but I suggest FM 3-21.8 and 3-21.10 (Rifle PLT/SQD and CO respectively). Doorstops but necessary to see the current TTP that will be employed for or against you.

    So many books, so little time.

    Great recommendations above, indeed.

    Centering your head for the coming Endarkenment demands a philosophical baseline that goes beyond political concerns and Stoicism is the personal solution for me. All my sons get a copy of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations.

    Two more books on Stoicism:

    Enchiridion by Epictetus
    Seneca – everything he wrote

    My four part series on Stoicism:

    Bill Buppert

  51. Resistance 101
    Anything by Matt Bracken
    James C Scott’s “The Art of Not Being Governed”
    Mark Spungin’s “Neither Predator Nor Prey”
    Tom McKenney’s “Jack Hinson’s One-Man War”
    Ferfal’s “Surviving the Economic Collapse”

    For the political side:
    Sibel Edmonds’ “The Last Gladio”
    Gene Sharp’s Trilogy “The Politics of Nonviolent Action”
    Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends & Influence People”
    John Taylor Gatto’s “The Underground History of American Education”
    Harry Browne’s “Why Government Doesn’t Work”

    Honorable mentions
    Boston T Party’s “Molon Labe”
    John Ross’ “Unintended Consequences”
    Niven’s “Lucifer’s Hammer”

  52. If you go to Mr. Kimball’s site go here — Its a 6 part series much of which draws from the travails of pre-Hitler Weimar. VERY informative.

  53. For butchering I might suggest this alternative text — Its free for one.

    Item: If you are looking for ole time texts make sure to go to first. They may have that exact text or a suitable substitute available.

  54. Ball Canning Guide. Preservation techniques in summer are required to survive winter conditions.

    Or go here — USDA canning guides. But be sure to download them.

  55. For a new person I can’t emphasize enough A Failure of Civility. (FMs and tactics manuals come after you get a Neighborhood Protection Plan fully implemented. Then read Total Resistance by von Dach.)

    A medical book: Where There is No Doctor (and Where There is No Dentist). You’re only worried about gunshot wounds? Diseases like dysentery have killed more soldiers than combat. To say nothing of the number of civilians killed.

    Commo book: ARRL Handbook, any edition or The Modern Survivalist & Communications for 3% & Survivalists by sparks31.

    A gardening book for your area and Seed to Seed on seed saving.

  56. Uncle Larry

    Kevin McDonald’s “The Culture of Critique”.

  57. Grenadier1

    Most of you are giving suggestions on the “How to” but not the Why’s. The newly awake cant get dropped into the deep end all at once.

    Starship troopers by Heinlein (for that matter The moon is a harsh mistress and Stranger in a Strange land)
    Mad Sheep by Linda Failace (the governments war on a family sheep farm)
    The creature from Jekyll island by G Edward Griffin
    The Declaration of Independence
    The Constitution
    Any book by Ludwig Von Mises
    The Road to Serfdom by Frederich Hayek
    Frederick Bastiat’s The Law
    Free to Choose: A Personal Statement by Milton Friedman and Rose Friedman

  58. King James Bible, yes indeed.
    There are no atheists in fox holes and shtf.

  59. “Find a one hundred year old copy of Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike (hat tip to SFC Barry) and find out what your local Lodge really is.”

    Indeed. The “worshipful master” is not the Creator.

  60. Oh ya, it’s my go to reference too. Funny you said how it changed your perspective, it did for me also. It also brought to light many things I did but didn’t understand previously. After all these years I constantly find something new and practical in this work. I think it is because as time goes by the practices of Agrarian living evolve and it isn’t only techniques and technology of it but the hidden wisdoms learned through practice.

    Just the understanding of use of lime alone is worth ten times the cover price.
    It is a book of wisdoms and their common sense application.

    I’ve heard of the Small Farms Journal, have to check it out.
    My grand dad had two mules he and a neighbor shared when I was pretty small growing up in NH. They where pretty stout critters, and gentle too. I remember skidding our firewood with them. Those guys said a mule was the single most valuable farm equipment a man could own.

  61. To be more specific than just saying the King James Bible, though it is the only source of absolute historical truth on earth…

    …Romans chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Know this information cold and so much else will fall right into place. For those who simply insist on being under the bondage of the law, the book of Galatians was written to you.

  62. Jack Vance, the five “Demon Princes” novels….

  63. Anti-Fragile, by Nassim Taleb….

  64. The Reluctant Partisan – John Mosby
    SHTF Intelligence – Sam Culper
    The Road to Serfdom – F. von Hayek
    Battlefield America – John Whitehead
    The US Constitution: A Reader – Hillsdale College

  65. UC.

    Gulag Archipelago.


    Victoria…could you please explicate?

  66. In addition to, if we’re allowed to submit bulk links, has a bunch of old time books for all aspects of rebuilding society (after EMP).

  67. The most important book on the issue of “money”.

    The Creature From Jekyll Island.

  68. To all Bible readers and lovers of the Book of Revelation, references to end times etc, do not follow the Book of Revelation. It is darkness that has somehow become attached to the NT and should not be read let alone referred to as a possibility. They should have left it out of the Bible but I think they kept it just to scare the folks to follow the line. There is enough information out there without going the Revelation route. Alex

  69. Doc, I’ve learned a lot from your blog
    Great info. Highly recommend others visit and learn.

    Do you have a recommendation for a layman’s list of antibiotics, which ones are suitable for which infections?

  70. KJV is based on less accurate manuscripts than newer translations and is written in archaic language. You don’t speak THAT language. ESV or NASB are the best word-for-word translations. NIV is a paraphrase and is becoming more politically correct.

    Revelation is an apocalyptic style of literature, and trying to derive a SPECIFIC interpretation is not really possible. But its canonicity is not in doubt.

    I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Frank Turek and Cold Case Christianity by Jim Wallace are great resources to demonstrate the rational basis of Christianity.

    Many great references above. John Seymour’s book on self-sufficiency is excellent.

    Bracken, Culper, Velocity, Mosby, Sparks…bUT of course!

  71. Mortons book is basic science. Curing meat is pretty easy, you’ll learn it by following the formulas. Time and temp. Long as you keep your meats temperature below 38 deg F, and above 35 deg F, pretty simple. You can buy supermarket pork, chicken, beef or fish and experiment with small bathes. Pork is best to begin with. Pick up a loin roast, or a fresh shoulder, (cured smoked shoulders are fantastic, makes the best barbecue sandwiches on a bun with sweet home made slaw), get some Mortons Suger Cure or Smoke Sugar Cure, (very good if you don’t have have a cold smoke house), and your good to go. Oh ya, a refrigerator thermometer they sell at hardware stores is very helpful to adjust your fridge’s temp. I have an old timey used Kenmore fridge dedicated to curing, picked it up for $50. Some stainless steel, porcelain, or food safe plastic lugs are what you want to cure the meats in, because the cure mix will corrode aluminum, cast iron or steel containers and taint your meats. Large heavy gauge ziplock bags work well too, like the 2 gallon size.
    Couple times, ran out of fridge space because we butchered a couple large pigs. Put 4 gallon milk jugs filled with water in the deep freeze, take two out once frozen and put them in a good portable cooler, every day swap out the ones in the cooler for the ones in the freezer, they will keep the meat right at 37-38 deg F for as long as you swap out the jugs daily.

    I figured this out due to thinking about loss of grid power. Cure in the winter, when the ponds or lakes/rivers freeze, I could saw out blocks of ice and use them in a insulated bunker made of foam board and lumber. Kind of like how it was done in the past before electrification. It has worked perfectly so far, 5 times experimenting with an ice bunker/cooler using frozen water jugs. I’ve heard if you want to drop your temps quickly using salt on your ice is very effective for rapid cooling purposes. Like to get meat temps down below 42 deg F within the 24 hour golden period before bacteria growth begins to escalate. Which you should do in any case.

  72. While I have to agree that following the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ is not doctrine for believers saved in the dispensation of grace (we must be “caught up”; the dispensation of grace comes to an end, before any of that prophesy takes place), it is an integral and most critical part of Gods book. To say that “they” should have “left it out” of the Bible implies that men compiled the Bible and therefore it is not Gods fully inspired, preserved and revealed word to man. If the book was not included, the Bible would be massively incomplete and prophesy itself would make zero sense at all. GraceCountryBibleChurch at yahoo dot com if you would like to explore with me further Alex.

    It is during the revelation that “thy Kingdom comes to earth as it is in heaven”. It is what the nation Israel had been promised since the world began. It is what Christ taught Israel (not the church which is His body) to pray for. A Kingdom with a Righteous King to rule over all the earth. The body of Christ is not a nation; it is an unprophesied “new creature”.

    Gal 6:15… “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.”

    When once there was a very big difference between Jew and Gentile, there is now none. In this dispensation God does not recognize any nation, for He has reconciled Himself to all men everywhere (2 Cor 5:17-21), by grace through the faith OF Christ alone.

    Gal 2:16… “Knowing that a man is NOT justified by the works of the law, but by the faith OF Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith OF Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”

    God will destroy all the kingdoms the god of this world (satan) and man have together constructed before said Kingdom comes. This is a future promise. It will occur.

    Daniel 2:44… “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a Kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the Kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.”

    Rev 21:1-5… “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”

    Hardly “darkness”, though things get ugly before they get good; but new “light” in total. Evil must be totally destroyed and the world is evil. That’s gonna be a messy project.

    Rev 22:5… “And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”

    Fortunately God has not appointed those saved by His grace in the faith of Christ unto the wrath to come.

    1 Thes 5:9… “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,”

    Trust in the finished work of Christ today and be saved.

    Gal 1:3-5… “Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

  73. Resistance to Tyranny

    Unintended Consequences

  74. I really want to share a revelation with everyone here. In a sense it has much to do with the intent of CA’s post here.
    I’m sure some will howl and scold me for what I have to say, but as John Mosby is want to do at times, it is healthy to stomp on some sacred cows.
    My intent is not to disparage anyone or anything, throw an outlier out and see what is reeled in, but to plant a seed of alternative thought. Because if there has been a takeaway for me on this journey called freedom, which really began all those years ago when CA first fired up WRSA, and I was fucking blown away by the audacity and courage of this guy who had the the balls to poke the elites in the eye with an ugly stick, it is, it all, begins with each of us. That is where the answers lay. Trust me, it really really does…

    Now why self determination, Agragranism, and Liberty is such a revolutionary and rational way of living?

    Humans in groups make insane decisions. Demotism of any form dooms a civilization and those within it. Your looking at the truth of that right now right here, today, eyes wide open in front of you as the vast majority of America commit economic, cultural, religious, and political hari cari.

    It is why the liberty movement looks to outsiders who pay it at best lip service, or espouse it’s ideals, without the actual dirt labor and grit required of living it, those who grouse and cry it’s a loosers proposition, why you hear so many rag on about resistance is futile, we are all toast, there is no going back and so on.
    I beg, plead, to differ. And I have the courage of my convictions and the proof of living it to prove it. If there is one thing that has made every and all difference in my freedom, my liberty it is self determination and ruthless individualism.
    Self determination is individualism writ and lived large.
    This is where it gets very difficult to convey something of profound nature. It isn’t a organization, or a movement like the tea party or the IIIPercenters, it isn’t even really an idea, it is action, it is audacity lived. That is the crux of the matter.
    As well intentioned those movements are, as hopeful as it their adherents are, Liberty is only possible through one simple primal action, and it is action, the act that matters, there is no panacea, it is self determination that is the big secret. No secret to it to those of us who cross the threshold. Because that liberty you want so much, it only begins, and becomes something indomitable, possible, with each of us, not as a group per say. It is then, and only then, by dint of our labor and will, starting with each of ourselves, the fruits of our individual efforts and labors become something that can not be denied by any force on Earth.
    There is no getting around this. There are no profound or easy workarounds without becoming your inner dirt person, figuratively and literally. Yet the act of self determination and individualism made in the intent to specifically free oneself and live in liberty, that is where the whole armor of freedom comes from. It is liberty’s fulcrum. It is the lynch pin upon which all else, all the components of liberty are connected. It is the act of collective individualism, (an oxymoron?), that creates that plural composite of the most powerful weapon ever devised against every evil known and the root of the tree of liberty.
    Get busy living liberty,
    or get busy dying in tyranny.


    Alex: Agreed. The Book Of Revelation was not really popular at the early church councils and there was some debate as to whether it should even be included in the Bible. That being said, the bigger problem are the legions of evangelical loons who hang on every word, interpret every natural cataclysm as a sign from the Almighty that the end is neigh, and refuse to engage in the daily battle of life because of it. They truly believe in this Rapture nonsense and, in their own deluded minds, already have their GET OUT OF HELL FREE card,
    The Eschatology Business has been a huge financial windfall for the major mega-churches in Amerika. David Jeremiah, John Hagee, and Charles Stanley come to mind immediately. And, there are many others, including the two hucksters who made millions off of the LEFT BEHIND series. These carnival barkers are laughing all the way to the bank. And, their followers have their heads totally in the sand. Sad.

  76. “Five Acres…” was written in what… 1945? Amazing. Prescient. Indispensible!

    Got a hands on primer on skidding with mules from an old time Ozarks logger, many years ago. Gentle on the forest, when time was not of the essence, gentle on the mind and good for the soul.

    Admire your writing… getting better and better all the time. Keep it up- agree with pretty much everything.

  77. Thank you, Pastor.

    I’m so thoroughly tired of the Romans 13 state worshiping 501c3 pull pits….