Rally For Morality in Harrison June 2nd

On Saturday, June 2nd, at 11 AM, there will be a Rally For Morality in opposition to a drag queen show recruiting small children and a Gay Pride parade and Diversity Festival at the courthouse square in Harrison, Arkansas. Patriots from several different organizations will stand together to support traditional values and uphold our families against this onslaught. Bring your pro-heterosexuality signs and let your voice be heard!

Listen, over the next month there will be events in Harrison, AR., Little Rock, AR., Dickson, TN, Sevierville, TN. , and in the Ozarks. Point blank, I am asking for your involvement and commitment to the cause. Come out and stand with us if you can! I’ll be happy to give you the details on each of these opportunities if you’re interested in more information. If you cannot personally attend any of the several upcoming public rallies over the next few weeks, your partnership with our travel fund to help us get our people there is greatly appreciated. Paypal donations to roper_billy@yahoo.com or through concealed cash, check or money order made out to Billy Roper to PO Box 1937 Mountain View AR 72560. Either way, we appreciate your working with us. As you know, the ShieldWall Network doesn’t charge dues: we don’t even charge Phalanx members for patches or our affiliates for SWN business cards to use for recruiting purposes, so all of our organizational income is solely from voluntary donations. Thank you all for everything you do as my friends for our people’s future. This is going to be a VERY active summer as things heat up and accelerationism kicks in!

To Whom It May Concern

Cover Our People With Love

To Whom It May Concern,

I have been approached enough times in the past few weeks that I find the need to address this openly. While I am humbled and fully appreciate the praise for what I’m doing with Cover Our People With Love, I have no intention of ever applying for 501(c)(3) organization status. I do not do what I do for financial gain, popularity points, etc. I have no desire or need to have the government involved in what I do either. The only reason I even have a name/blog for what I’m doing is because in the beginning I had some people who wanted to see the blankets or get updated on what I was doing with the materials they were donating before I went public with what I was doing. It has just kind of unintentionally evolved from there. Anyways, I’m not going to apologize that…

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After Roper Endorsement, Morgan Wins Over 30%!

Despite a primary election eve endorsement of multimillionaire incumbent establishment supported Governor Asa Hutchinson, the corrupt RINO liberal whose NeverTrumper opposition to conservatism made the President’s statement of support a stab in the back to Jan Morgan, who was a staunch supporter and the Chairperson of Citizens For Trump, it was still a very close race, indeed, in Arkansas. Traditionally, any primary campaign against an incumbent officeholder barely counts as a protest from the party’s fringe, or in this case, from its populist base. However, Hutchinson’s widely known left-wing policies and views almost overcame the support he enjoyed from Wal-Mart Inc., the world’s largest retailer, and Tyson Foods, the world’s largest meat processor, both of which are headquartered in Arkansas and heavy backers of the Governor. The state’s big controlled media outlets, including the NBC and Fox TV outlets whose News Director takes his orders from leftist Arkansas Times editor Max Brantley, and the state’s biggest newspaper, the Democrat Gazette, shepherded by Jewish editor Paul Greenberg, all supported Hutchinson, as well.

It is estimated that through his endorsement of Hutchinson, Trump lost up to 5 points in expected Republican voter turnout on his behalf in Arkansas in 2020. The incumbent Governor, who refused to debate Morgan during the campaign, was given 4 million dollars to propagandize with by his corporate and liberal supporters, while the challenger raised about $144,000, largely through small donations from private citizens.

Jan Morgan, the conservative challenger, did best in rural areas of the state and in those northern and western counties with overwhelmingly White populations, as was expected, but she also carried Yell county, one of the regions most deeply affected by illegal immigration of Mestizos sponsored by the poultry industry. Another example of her support lay in Newton County, which is the Whitest county in Arkansas at over 99% White, and which she also won. Voters in those areas responded most favorably to Morgan’s hard line anti-immigration positions, which stood in contrast to Hutchinson’s support for sanctuary city programs and lax immigration enforcement. Her strong second amendment stance, c ompared to the Governor, also resonated with voters in the Ozarks and Ouachita Mountain regions. Hutchinson met with the anti-gun ‘Moms Demand Action’ lobbying group at the capitol, posing for a group picture with the hoplophobic activists. Liberals in the Republican Party painted Morgan as a xenophobe and bigot because she declared her indoor gun range and shop as a “Muslim Free Zone”, refusing to sell them firearms or ammunition.

A week prior to the election a former state legislator turned anti-White NeverTrumper, partnered with an effeminate past “aide” of Hutchinson’s, attacked former state gubernatorial candidate Billy Roper’s endorsement of Jan Morgan. Although they and other liberal activists in the establishment state media and political machine called on Morgan to disavow Roper’s endorsement, she never caved in to the pressure to turn her back on the White voters of Arkansas. In fact, silly monkey and washed up former  TV talk show hostess Montel Williams publicly weighed in on the drama despite having no business being involved in the state’s politics, claiming that Morgan would not disavow Roper’s endorsement because she needed the “racist” votes which his support would potentially bring to her. Whether or not Williams was correct that Roper’s endorsement brought a large number of votes Morgan’s way is difficult to measure based on currently available exit polling data, but he may have been correct. Arkansas, as the rest of the country, is polarizing and dividing more and more every day, with an increasing number of White citizens no longer being intimidated into silence by the “racist” label used as a weapon by the left to keep them from acting in their own interests.

Despite the outcome, Morgan stated that her campaign had “laid the foundation for grassroots political movements in Arkansas” to oppose the establishment. As for Trump’s endorsement of Hutchinson, Billy Roper personally visited multiple polling places around the state on election day, speaking to a number of precinct workers who bitterly confided to him without hesitation that the President’s betrayal had “just about” proven to them that he is as corrupt as any other politician, and that the whole electoral system is a rigged and fixed game from start to finish. According to the mood of voters he interviewed, many Jan Morgan supporters chose to stay home rather than cast their ballots once they heard of Trump’s endorsement of Asa, in disgust. In fact, there was only an 18% voter turnout. They likely will do the same, come November in the general election.

That’s how Civic Nationalism dies, and Identity Politics fills the vacuum. That’s how we go Balk Right.

On Social Engagement

by Tharru

From The Purity Spiral

I’ve found one of the rather distressing realities about a desire to return to a more traditional life is that traditional life, in the past, often meant engaging in the public sphere with your neighbors and members of your community. However, no new commentary exists which may be offered as a solution to our modern problems. Much of what would be said has been said already by greater men than any modernity has produced thus far in a dissident capacity. To further compound this problem, very little remains of what was, and is, traditionally understood as “community.” Even if one were to desire participation in modern social communities, it is likely very few among these shallow representatives of culture and community would desire to engage with you.

So much of modern life now exists for the sake of convenience, sloth, and stupefying entertainment. Hard questions, and indeed hard tasks, are shunned increasingly by each successive generation since the Western generation which came after the end of WWII, or what can more accurately be described as the second European civil war. A very small minority among my generation balks this trend but, by and large, there is no talking to modernity about its problems. “What’s that new app?” “When does the ‘new’ iPhone come out?” or “Who’s in that new show?” are the interesting and important questions of my generation, questions which society says we ought to be concerned with. Even when members of this dead society turn their heads towards politics it is often only because they have been told, or have sensed, someone or something is threatening their convenience, contentment, or comfort. Modernity is thoroughly utilitarian and has convinced itself any suffering, struggle, or personal strife is an indicator of some deep perversity with society which must be corrected, regardless of its causes.

Our society no longer cares for things which grow anymore. Rather, we are a society which places the utmost importance on created things – things which have no intrinsic connection to the earth other than their existence as extracted resources to be molded and manipulated. In some sense, our creations are a reflection of ourselves, for we mold and manipulate just as we’ve been molded and manipulated. These European descendants no longer care for European things – ideas such as truth, honor, duty, obligation, morally righteous actions and thoughts, community, race, and nation. We have been turned into a rootless peoples who, in the absence of true roots, turn to worship of racial others in sports, fashion, global technology brands, and corporatized food chains. We are now increasingly enslaved to massive, hostile data-mining companies which have supplanted actual public squares with digital ones. These companies have created perverse fictional characterizations of actual human interaction which displays a solipsistic and cherry-picked ‘happy’ existence of each individual member, further warping our perceived reality. We are all but minds in a vat, with our reality increasingly existing as a fantastical smorgasbord of what we desire while viciously rejecting and attacking anything which interrupts the craving for the dopamine rush created by these platforms.

We do not walk anywhere, we drive. We do not talk or write letters anymore, we text or email. Our existence increasingly exists as one in which our reality is presented to us through neon screens. We go camping to “get back to reality” but bring our anti-reality and anti-culture devices with us, creating the anti-nature we’re trying to escape in the first place. Our technology has rendered much of our evolved body useless or increasingly less useful. Of course, this is not a new critique – indeed, it’s one of the oldest. In the epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh begins as a man coexisting with nature alongside the animals and plants. It is only after Shamat, the owner and purveyor of Uruk’s brothel, lures Gilgamesh toward civilization that Gilgamesh’s ties to his original natural habitat are cut. When Gilgamesh returns to his old dwelling place he finds the forest and plains animals no longer enjoy his company but instead flee at the sight of him.

A curious side-effect of this rapid decay and degeneration is that, though modernity increasingly rejects nature, nature still manifests in producing technical and mechanical geniuses who flourish in this technical modern dystopia and have become the new aristocracy. But they are an aristocracy in name and wealth only. No sense of virtue, noblesse oblige, or honor is taught to them, and they exist only as agents of the new modern order working to further entrench its power and death grip on all who fall under its watchful eye. They exist to worship their god of technology and science only, and their virtues are whichever virtues best increase its dominion over all.

These virtues in modern times have been labeled “Democracy” but the democracy claimed to exist, the democracy propagandized to children and adults is an illusion. It is an illusion given to the people to blind them to the chains modernity and its zealous believers have slipped over their necks. It is destructive, chaotic, and ultimately accountable to no one. Political elections are now a circus show which creates outrage that is used to stir the people into parroting slogans of the new moral order, further inculcating the dependency of the people on the new moral order. Politicians, not unlike much of what remains today of the old order, are simply shallow representations of their former offices and exist simply to maintain the veneer among the people that nothing has really changed when, in reality, everything has changed. Everything exists in this modern world to prop up illusions about community and culture so that White people do not open their eyes and realize they’ve been tricked into enslaving their minds and dooming their children.

The modern “aristocracy” lives by a special code of equity, equality, non-confrontationalism, and a rejection of natural truth and natural law. Of course, in areas the truths of nature cannot be ignored, such as biology and chemistry, a dissonance is induced and new slogans, followed blindly by the common people, are formed. Biologists who recognize biological truths are “biological essentialists”. They have been labeled, belong to a group, and can be harangued by other (artificially created) groups to set an example that no dissent will be tolerated. At the same time, the new moral order incorporates, in a perverted manner, the findings of the essentialists into its larger church of technology and science.

Nonetheless, deviation from the moral code of the new moral order is met with the utmost social, economic, and political hostility. This upside down world view renders all followers of the moral code, both willing and coerced, volatile and chaotic underneath a surface veneer of gilded tranquility and a feigning and false openness. Many turn to drugs, alcohol, or degenerate promiscuity to fill the deep, unsatisfied hole which now exists in place of what used to be robust spiritual virtue. In place of virtue it is filled with hedonistic, ephemeral, material pleasures. Fantasy, myth, and belief have been supplanted with hollow forms and artificial modern concoctions of hedonism and perversity. Art, education, technology, film, and music – in their modern forms – reinforce this chaotic modern moral order. On their surface they would appear synchronous, in the Jungian sense, but beneath the surface they are tightly intertwined so as to create an ironclad absolutism of moral authority and moral truth. Where once our European myths were concerned with the virtuous self-conquering of our own desires and licentious hungers, the new moral order promotes myths of metal, mechanics, and material: Our myths have been turned against us.

Built into this new moral order is a concomitant hostility to anything which threatens the moral order in word or deed. Even if this word or deed manifests as a passive and non-interacting community living on the outskirts of modernity both geographically and metaphysically, it is still viewed as a threat by this corrupt order. No alternative to the new moral order is allowed to exist freely, for it knows no bounds and will never tolerate alternatives- it must be destroyed, utterly and completely.

Balkanization & Back To Blood

By ROD DREHER

The American Conservative

Politico has a fascinating story from Minnesota, about the fight splitting up the foundation started by the late Sen. Paul Wellstone’s family and supporters.  A majority of the board of Wellstone Action, which trains progressive activists, kicked the senator’s sons off the board. Why? They cared too much about rural poor white people. Excerpt:

Founded after Wellstone’s death in a plane crash in 2002, Wellstone Action has trained thousands of progressive candidates, campaign operatives and community organizers throughout the country, with alumni serving in local and state offices and in the U.S. House. In 2016, the last year for which tax filings were available, the group reported providing training to 2,135 data and digital strategists, 723 nonprofit leaders and community organizers, and 854 aspiring political leaders.

David Wellstone and other Democrats close to his father began objecting last year to what he described as Wellstone Action’s abandonment of disaffected Democrats in the rural Midwest — the rural poor were an early focus of the late senator — with an increasingly narrow focus on gender politics and people of color.

“I said, ‘After Trump, we’ve got to figure out how we are going to go back after those Democrats that we lost,” David Wellstone said. “We can do all the stuff we do. We do great stuff on communities of color, we’re doing great stuff on gender identity politics. But we need to do some of these other trainings. … Nobody wanted to have a discussion about that.”

Read the whole thing. 

Serious question: how many people think that having a truly liberal, non-identity politics is possible anymore? On this day in which Tom Wolfe’s death was announced, I’m reminded of this passage from his final novel, Back To Blood. The speaker is a character named Edward Topping IV, a white American who, in Wolfe’s fiction, is editor of the Miami Herald:

“Everybody… all of them… it’s back to blood! Religion is dying… but everybody still has to believe in something… So, my people, that leaves only our blood, the bloodlines that course through our very bodies, to unite us. ‘La Raza!’ as the Puerto Ricans cry out. ‘The Race!’ cries the whole world. All people, all people everywhere, have but one last thing on their minds – back to blood!”

The novel (which is not very good, or at least not the part I read until I gave up from boredom) is about ethnic cultural conflict in contemporary Miami. Tom Wolfe built his entire career as an observer of status in American life. I wonder what he thought of what was going on in Trump’s America, and how we were dividing over race and other identity markers. Look at this headline from an essay in The Forwardtoday: “Intersectionality Has Abandoned Jews. Should We Abandon Intersectionality?” If the emerging left-wing politics has no role for poor, rural, and working-class white people, and a diminished role for Jews, will they turn to the Right? What about white gays, as the gay rights issue fades among Republicans (the GOP leadership already doesn’t care about it, and it’s going to become a non-issue as older Republicans die off).

If thinking about American politics this way makes you uncomfortable, well, I think it should. But progressives — the kind of progressives who kicked Paul Wellstone’s sons off the Wellstone Action board for caring more about economics than identity politics — are driving this train. David French writes:

Linker’s essay reminds me of a recent Remnant podcast with Jonah Goldberg and Michael Brendan Dougherty. I’m paraphrasing, but Michael made the point that the Left is simultaneously crowing about the decline of the white voter while scolding any white voter who racializes their politics. A message that essentially declares, “Ha! White people your time is over!” and “It’s racist for you to care” is unsustainable outside progressive academies or corporations. [Emphasis mine — RD]

The answer isn’t for politics to strive to ignore race. To ignore the role of race and racism in American history (or the American present) is to ignore reality. But I can think of few developments more destructive than doubling-down on racial identity as the defining strategy for coalition-building. Given the fact that American demographics are hardly changing at the same rate in every community, this is a recipe for Balkanization and division far more than it’s a recipe for Democratic dominance.

Another serious question: what are the meaningful forces in American culture that push back against racial balkanization and other forms of identity-politics balkanization? Can they be strengthened?

A final question: It is a Noble Lie that America only started practicing identity politics recently. Our politics have always had a strong racial and ethnic element. Sometimes they were nakedly present (e.g., Southern segregationist Democrats’ appeals), but more often they were submerged in the peaked waves of meringued rhetoric like Woodrow Wilson’s speeches about how ethnicity doesn’t matter in America. Is it better to be honest, or will we miss the Noble Lie when it is gone?

UPDATE: A view from across the Pacific, from reader Seoulite:

To frame this in terms of race, with a view from an outsider:

The US originally was a white empire with black slaves which became a white dominated multi-ethnic empire. Until now this has been relatively stable because: 1) there was one undisputed majority group, and 2) economic and political ascendancy allows people to look past a lot of grievances. Like an indebted gambler who’s still on a winning streak, those niggling problems seem like far away things to be tackled some other day.

Now that whites are no longer the undisputed dominant group (at least in the mind of the people, not yet in reality), the empire is starting to fracture as do all multi-ethnic empires. Think of what is holding China together: 1) economic prosperity, 2) the relentless dominance of the Han Chinese. If the economy was seriously faltering or Beijing started giving an equal voice to any and all identity groups, how long do you think the country would hold together?

So in answer to your questions Rod:

1) non-identity politics is no longer possible because there is now a feedback loop. Identity politics grants one power, which means more people in power are identity politicians, which strengthens identity politics, and so on. Heck, many groups aren’t even really in the game yet. Whites haven’t yet taken the field in earnest under this new paradigm. Nor have East Asians, or those from the Subcontinent. Let alone black Africans. It could also be argued that hispanic identity politics is still nascent, as the conversation in America is still dominated by black-white history. This identity politics thing has barely even begun.

2) The meaningful forces that could have held the US together were civic nationalism and Christianity.

We have already begun to see some groups reject civic nationalism outright (#NotMyPresident, #TakeAKnee, pulling down statues, renaming buildings, Founding Fathers were racist, etc). It clearly does not have the power to unite people anymore. Or those who previously rejected it no longer feel the need to keep quiet.

The Church, as you’ve said many times, is weakening. The only religion that could hold the US together would be a muscular (Islam-style) Christianity that strongly rejected racial identity while enforcing Christian identitarianism. This of course would be rejected out of hand by atheists, liberal Christians, and any others who believe that multi-faith, multi-ethnic empires are sustainable. It is far too late for any of that.

As I’ve written above, this has barely begun. The legacy of slavery narrative is still so loud that other conflicts are being drowned out, but as time goes by this black vs white history of America will be replaced by a multitude of voices. I’m thinking of the political battles between Asians and Hispanics in California. Or Hispanics and Blacks in California. Or Muslims and whites in Michigan. The list goes on and on.

The story of the American Dream requires prosperity and American exceptionalism to unite people. If the USA is no longer #1, what is this American Dream and why would an immigrant from North Africa care who died in the civil war and what they blasphemed about one nation under a false god?

The White Minority Illusion

Not to encourage CivNats, because the increase in identity politics, especially accompanying the ongoing voluntary internal migrations resulting in racial segregation by region within the United States, makes national unity under ANY of the contending forces less likely than ever, but what liberals fear is that their necessary pandering to identity politics for nonWhites will create a backlash among Whites and a growing sense of corresponding political racial identity. Combined with growing regional racial segregation through voluntary migrations, that will equal balkanization. This portends a white pill for the Balk Right. 

by Damon Linker

The Week

If there’s one thing that’s sustained liberals through the trials of the 2016 election and its aftermath, it’s faith that demography will come to their rescue to ensure that they eventually prevail against the right-wing, racist populism of the Trump-era Republican Party.

That assumption, which originated with the “emerging Democratic majority” thesis of the early 2000s, has animated a thousand tweets and undergirded an untold number of think pieces over the past year and a half. The most recent is Ezra Klein’s erudite reckoning with just how much President Trump’s toxic racism and xenophobia diverges from the American norm. Klein’s conclusion from a perusal of American history is: not much. The United States has never been especially liberal or democratic for non-whites, and Trump represents the last gasp of those in American life who would like to keep it that way.

It’s likely to be their last gasp because, as Klein writes, “if current demographic projections hold, we will be a majority-minority nation in less than 30 years.” Once that happens, the country’s formerly white majority will have no choice but to reconcile itself to a changed demographic reality. And that will hopefully allow historians of the future to look back at our moment to conclude that what seemed like a potentially dire threat to liberal democracy in America during the Trump administration was merely “the turbulence that has always accompanied racial progress in this country.”

It sounds reassuring. But is it true?

Don’t bet on it.

Yes, the U.S. is on track to become at some point around 2045 a “minority white” nation — in the sense that if we lump every person who isn’t white into a single demographic category of “non-white,” whites will be outnumbered. The problem is that no such politically homogeneous category of citizen exists in the real world. It’s the creation of demographers and liberal data journalists eager to mollify their anxieties.

Such people convince themselves of its reality by making a habit of talking about how “people of color” are uniformly oppressed by hegemonic “whiteness” in the United States. But the truth is that people of Hispanic, African, West Indian, East Asian, South Asian, and Arab descent don’t perceive themselves as (or vote as if they are) members of a unified bloc. They are discrete groups. Most of them do lean Democratic, but not uniformly, and they do so for disparate reasons rooted in the cultures they brought with them to this country and in their distinct histories since arriving. (That’s true of white voters, too, of course.)

Now, as critics have pointed out, it’s most likely misleading even to suggest that these ethnic categories will remain stable over the coming decades, given rising rates of intermarriage among the members of each group. But even if we assumefor the sake of analysis that the categories remain intact, it’s important to recognize that “white” is going to remain the plurality group for a very long time to come. In 2045, when the shift to “minority white” country is supposed to happen, whites will be 49.8 percent of the population, with Hispanics, at 24.6 percent, the next largest group at roughly half the size.

That’s not the portrait of a country in which demographics are going to deliver liberals an automatic and permanent victory. It’s the portrait of a country in which politics will continue as it always has, with different parties and politicians jostling for the support of a range of different groups.

Unless, that is, liberals can convince the non-white members of their current electoral coalition to begin thinking of themselves, first and foremost, as “people of color” united by their antipathy to, and in their oppression by, white America. If racism is defined, in part, by the tendency of whites to view everyone but themselves as “not white,” then this would be a form of counter-racism in which non-whites positively affirm as a politically potent identity what was once treated as a form of stigma.

The doubling down on identity politics among liberals since Donald Trump’s election follows from something like this ambition to unify non-whites against the Republican Party and in favor of the Democrats. (At the same time, the left’s growing emphasis on intersectionality, which sows division instead of unity by highlighting the distinctive, irreducible grievances suffered by the members of ever-narrower demographic sub-categories, adds a heavy dose of self-contradiction to the project.)

It would appear that the “emerging Democratic majority” requires anti-white identity politics as its midwife.

That would be inadvisable in civic terms even if demographic trends over the next half century favored non-whites more convincingly than they do. As it is, liberals risk actively antagonizing (and hence galvanizing against them) what will remain for some significant time to come the single-largest demographic group in the United States.

There may be more foolish electoral strategies out there, but I’m hard-pressed to think of one.

Survival Skills to Teach your Kids

Have you been prepping? Do you have everything you need for your family to survive? Maybe you do, but do you have the skills necessary to make it through long enough to find the new normal? More importantly, do your kids have the skills to make it through various disaster scenarios?

Kids think differently from adults, they frequently fail to analyze a situation enough to determine how to respond to it appropriately. This is why your children need to be trained. As preppers, you will agree that you should train them, but most people are complacent or lazy. We all talk a big game, but at the end of the day, we are happy if our kids can dial 911. The problem is that emergency responders can’t always save us. Even if we are not facing the end of the world, kids can make fatal mistakes in everyday survival situations, such as home invasion, fire, spring flood, accidentally getting locked out or being bullied. This is why, when we talk about survival skills to teach our kids, we talk about a wide array of skills.


Younger Kids 

Skills to Teach Younger Children

    1. Learning personal information. Sometimes, situations arise when it is necessary for our children to relay to public service employees who they are and where they live, so it helps when they can memorize that information. Teach your child to say his or her first and last name, your name and your spouse’s name. Kids 3 years and up can be taught addresses as well. Sometimes, it is easier to teach the child to write the house number rather than to say it. They may remember the number sequence better visually. As long as they remember the street name, you should be okay. If your child cannot remember the street name, ask her to describe the outside of the house to you. Walk around the house and find landmarks that stand out: a certain type of tree, a yard decoration, the color of the door or something of that nature. It s actually a good idea to put a yard décor item in front of the house, so your child can help identify the house by saying something like, “It is a red house with a green door and an angel on the front lawn.”

 

    1. Calling for help, Your children may end up being the only means of your survival if, for some reason, you were hurt and immobile. Kids may also end up being home alone and experience a home invasion. Teach kids to get the phone, dial 911, stay calm and reiterate what’s going on to the operator. Explain that they can only dial 911 in case of extreme emergencies and give examples of events that qualify.

 

    1. Basic First Aid and CPR. It is possible to teach children as young as 5 and 6 years old CPR, and although there is no guarantee that they’ll be able to perform it under stress and unguided, it is a good way to start teaching them life-saving skills early on.

 

    1. Surviving being lost in a public place. Children are scared when they are lost. They will naturally try to walk around and find their family. Train them to stay in one place, as soon as they figure out that they are lost. Explain to them that by the time that they figure out that they are lost, you are already looking for them.
    2. Surviving a fire. Surviving a fire is about responding to the fire alarm or carbon monoxide alarm, finding the closest exit, using a rag to cover your face to breathe and dialing 911. Perform a few drills with the kids and talk to them about not trying to grab their things prior to getting out.

 

    1. Surviving a home invasion. Home invasions and burglaries are scary and incredibly dangerous. Depending on the situation, hiding or escaping may be appropriate. Hopefully, your young children are never home alone in the first place, but if they are, teach them to keep doors, windows, blinds, and curtains closed and have the phone nearby. Instruct them to call you and report suspicious activity, like someone knocking or walking around the house.

 

    1. Stranger awareness. Even though we tell our children not to talk to strangers, strangers come in different breeds. Teach your kids to be aware of what’s going on around them when they are playing outside, riding bikes or walking to a playground. Give directions explaining where they should run if someone is following them, teach them to avoid playgrounds if they see an adult there with no children and help them learn to defend their personal space.

 

    1. Using personal protection items. Even young kids can have personal protection items. One of these items s a cell phone. There is an app called “Circle of 6” that allows you to input 6 emergency numbers into a phone and at a click of a button, the phone will text and call the numbers on record. It will also allow the police to locate your child. Other personal protection items include hairspray (yes, hairspray is great to spray in strangers’ eyes), spray chemicals if you are at home (for the same reason) and other items that may deter a potentially dangerous individual.

 

    1. Surviving the wilderness. Wilderness survival is really tough. The best thing you can do for your kids is teaching them the common sense skills, like finding or building a shelter, trying to stay warm, finding safe water, being proactive in order to get rescued, etc. Of course, it doesn’t hurt if your child knows how to pitch a tent and use PET bottles to disinfect water.

 

    1. Surviving on the water. This boils down to teaching your child not to panic, to float on his back and to swim.

 

    1. SHTF skills. This is the toughest category of skills to teach kids. It is hard enough for adults to learn these skills. SHTF skills include short-term and long-term skills. Short-term skills include surviving extreme weather events, finding family members if separated during the crisis, finding food and water, target shooting (for kids over 7 years old) and going undetected during social unrest. Long-term survival skills include fire starting, shelter building, foraging and finding water.

 

How to Teach Younger Kids Survival Skills In your serious prepping mode, do not forget that your kids are kids. They like to have fun. This is why when you teach young children preparedness skills, it is imperative that you make it exciting and interactive. In other words, make it a game. For example, when you train them to find the appropriate exits out of the home, you can place stickers or some sort of tokens on windows and doors and allow them to redeem each token for a prize or a piece of candy. You can turn on the music and have them run around the house collecting tokens. You can also print off large red arrows for their first fire drill so they can follow the arrows to “make it out of the burning building.” After the game is over, sit them down and explain what you practiced. Ask questions and let the kids reiterate what they learned.

Another very important thing to remember when teaching youngsters is that they need repetition to learn and retain information. This means that you should be ready to play those games on a weekly basis to begin with and reduce to monthly and then bimonthly as they grow and master the skills. To keep them from being bored, vary the stickers and tokens based on the season, occasion or their favorite movie characters.


Teens and Tweens

Survival Skills to Teach Your Teens and Tweens

    1. First aid and CPR. Unlike younger children, older kids can learn first aid and CPR fully. You should go as far as signing them up for CPR classes and getting them certified. A set of first aid skills is among the best, most in-demand survival skis that you just can’t go wrong with.

 

    1. Advanced medical aid. If one of your kids is medically inclined, you can focus some energy on helping them acquire additional medical skills, such as trauma response and management, making stitches, stapling, figuring out which antibiotics to give to other family members and similar tasks.

 

    1. Surviving a home invasion and helping younger siblings. Older kids have a bigger role to play and certainly can take on more responsibility in the event of a home invasion. They should take care of taking smaller children to safety (generally the furthest room on the top floor of the house), barricading the door and calling 911 while you attempt to ward off (or fight off or scare off) invaders.

 

    1. Surviving a personal attack. If you have a tween or teenage daughter, you have the same concerns as every other teen girl parent. Girls get followed home, date raped, drugged and kidnapped. Some statistics suggest that one out of 3 female college students who live on campus get raped. That is an insane statistic! Teach your girls to avoid strangers and to run like the wind if somebody gets physical with them. Even more importantly, teach them to dress and act modestly and avoid putting themselves in potentially dangerous situations. Instruct them to practice situational awareness, keeping track of who is around them at all times. It may be very challenging to practice situational awareness when using public transportation in a big city, but practicing this skill regularly helps.

 

    1. Surviving a fire. Just as with home invasion, older kids should have an additional responsibility here They should focus on getting the younger kids out. If you have a fire extinguisher, they should know how to use it.

 

    1. Hunting and fishing. Teens and tweens usually enjoy outdoors and have fun learning to fish and hunt, especially in good company. The best way to teach them is to take them along with experienced hunters and fishermen in the area.

 

    1. Outdoor and SHTF survival. Unlike younger kids, your older children should be learning everything you learn about outdoor and SHTF survival, from fire starting to trapping, to building a log cabin.

 

  1. Creating tools and equipment for survival. In the event of a long-term crisis situation, we may have to invent our own tools to survive in the interim. Bows and arrows, hunting traps, solar ovens and other inventions that replace the everyday things that we are used to, may become a necessity. Give your older kids some freedom and resources to invent cool survival gadgets. It may be fun to make it a contest and see what they can come up with. Getting hands-n now and learning the ropes of basic hand tools may save their lives down the road.

How to Teach Teens and Tweens Survival Skills Teens and tweens are all about having fun, too but they are on a whole different level. Most of them will understand the seriousness of the training, but in their mind, it is still taking time away from what they may want to do more (being with friends, playing video games, watching TV, etc.) This means you have offered some benefit other than the direct benefit of being prepared. They definitely won’t go for tokens, but you can run your drills on a Saturday and do pizza and ice cream afterward (make it a family night).


While camping out and running fire drills is great, survival demands that we and our children master even more intricate skills – personal and social skills. These include communication, conflict management and resolution, de-escalation, active listening and more. These are the kinds of skills that can prevent violence by allowing your kids to appropriately address everyday situations that have a potential to become violent. Furthermore, if your children end up living in a post-apocalyptic society, they will need to display leadership skills, strategic planning skills and communication skills in their communities. People will be sharing, bartering, helping, and tolerating each other on completely different levels than we do today. They need to develop and display patience, kindness, tolerance, ingenuity and work ethic that are becoming rarer and rarer among today’s youth.

It may be a challenge to remember the steps involved in addressing various emergencies for both younger kids and teens, so a great way to have them learn, follow and review the steps is to laminate several documents detailing various processes or your family’s escape plans. For younger kids, laminate flash cards and have them do sequencing exercises to remember the order of steps in each process.

Ultimately, your children will need to know how to use their heads and common sense to make decisions. Staying calm and safe and thinking things through is probably the most practical survival skill of all.

Always watching out for you,

Sterling Mason

Talk to Billy Roper About Balkanization

At 7 pm on Friday, May 25th, Billy Roper will be the cohost of a call-in radio show discussing the future of the Balk Right and the ShieldWall Network. Do you have questions or comments about the coming breakup of the United States and the rise of ethnostates? Want to share your ideas about how the balkanization will happen?  Join the chat or call in. We look forward to your participation.

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What steps have you taken to become more self-sufficient?

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to become self-sufficient. One of the major steps you can take is going “off the grid”.

This means that you no longer use a gas and electric company, or water and sewer company, and you no longer need to rely on their infrastructure to supply essential utility services to your homestead — a huge plus in a survival situation.

What you need to understand first is that this is a major undertaking that involves a significant investment of time and money. This is why most people who go off-grid do it one step at a time.

The main consideration for going off-grid is choosing the right location.

You want to have land that aids in energy production. You also need to acquire water and mineral rights for the piece of land that you purchase. With that said, there are 5 additional considerations for going off the grid: electricity, water, water heating, sewer, and energy back-up.

Electricity/Gas. Two primary sources of power that are not derived from fossil fuels are wind power and solar power. Installing solar panels and wind turbines are simple enough, but both options are pretty expensive if you buy pre-manufactured systems from commercial dealers. They’re still well worth it in the long run, but you can save up to 50% (or more) on the costs by building your own home energy system. Ideally, you’ll use both sources to power your home. There are many other ways to create energy for your house, such as using Propane gas or using fertilizer and waste, but solar and wind energy are free, abundant, and easy to harness once you know how.

Heating. If you live in an area that gets cold in the winter, you need a way to heat your home. While you can use electric power to heat your house, you may want to consider installing a wood burner as well.

Water. To truly live off the grid, you’ll need to have your own water. You can install a well and a pump. Whether you’re building a new, energy-efficient home or thinking about installing a well for your current home, check your area water table to see if a well makes sense. Also, most municipalities in the U.S. do not allow wells to be installed within their boundaries, so check your local zoning laws.

Heating Water. You may not have thought about the need to heat water yet. Actually, there are many options. You can install a solar water heater or a propane water heater, use solar panels or hook your water heater up to your wood burner.

Sewage. The only way to deal with sewage in a sustainable way is having a septic tank installed. The tank will process the waste and release the product into the soil. This can be costly and can be tough to implement in urban areas, but if you plan it right for your off-grid property, a septic tank will last a lifetime.

Backup plans. Having a generator and/or battery backup to meet your energy needs in the event that your primary energy sources fail is a no-brainer. Everything I teach is about being prepared for unforeseen circumstances, and if you don’t have a well-thought-out backup plan then you’re not really prepared for anything.

Always watching out for you,

Sterling Mason