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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

I started a local gun and preparedness club — leftists tried to interfere


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I started a local gun and preparedness club — and leftists tried to interfere
I live in the mountains outside a small town in rural Montana, a place you might assume is conservative through and through, and it is, for the most part. However, one rule I have found to be universal no matter where in the U.S. live or visit is that regardless of how conservative the population of a place is, leftists are almost always entrenched into city politics and they almost always run the local newspapers.

In the past I found this to be a strange thing; why are the viewpoints and ideals of most of the city government and the local journalists the complete opposite of the majority of the citizenry in conservative communities?

I did not understand until later that this is a product of misaligned priorities. Leftists (specifically extreme leftists) seem to gravitate to positions of influence, even those we might consider small and inconsequential. They see these positions as an opportunity to exert power over others. Conservatives tend to not care as much about having power over others unless they are a direct threat, and so we don't have any interest in wasting our precious free time climbing our way through a faceless bureaucracy.

I actually prefer that mindset. I like the fact that conservatives aren't always scrambling for position or power. That said, it might behoove us to pay better attention to who is in control of our local government. It may cause serious problems for us down the road.

For many years now, I have been working with a group of people who have been preparing for the events that are happening today, including the economic crisis, supply chain disruptions, civil unrest and government overreach. While many of these groups seek to remain private, I feel it is time for bigger discussions with the wider community on what people plan to do if the dangerous situation does not improve. In other words, are they going to work together?  Or are they going to work against each other?

This is a vital question because it is becoming increasingly possible that a full spectrum collapse will strike the U.S. in the near term. It is time for preppers and liberty-minded people to start gauging the sentiment of the community around them and seeking out like-minded individuals. The more active the community is in its own survival, the less likely they will be to conform to draconian rules or fear.

Private groups should remain private, and so should the extent of your preps. But it is foolish to think that you are going to survive a collapse on your own without working with others in the community. Think of it this way, if your circle of security is only the size of your property, when trouble arrives it will already be on your doorstep (in other words, you are dead if the attackers are organized and prepared). If your circle of security is your entire town or county, then when trouble arrives you might actually have time to respond.

Going "gray man" is an extremely short-term solution. Eventually, you will be caught alone and unaware and then all the energy and time and money you put into your preps will have been wasted and someone else will be enjoying the fruits of your labor.

Another problem I see is that conservatives are far less adept at organization than the political left; we tend to be more spontaneous when we group together for a cause. I'm not saying we need our own Antifa or BLM, but we do need to put more effort into working together and minimizing our exposure to threats. Conservatives and liberty activists often feel isolated, even though there are millions of us out there, and it's because we refuse to organize in any practical way for fear of ending up on a "list."

It's the threat of being on "the list" that controls conservatives. The list doesn't even need to exist in real life, and we are still dominated by it. I hear it all the time, the "nail that sticks up will get hammered down."  I say the nail that keeps its head down is more easily stepped on.

These are some of the reasons I decided to engage with the larger community by starting a local club that discusses firearms, preparedness and current events. I put the word out in as many places as I could, including tacking up fliers around town. These days, it's hard for anyone to argue that prepping is a "silly idea" for "kooky conspiracy theorists."  We have been proven right, everyone else has been proven wrong, but that doesn't mean our work ends here; we have to continue to educate as many people as possible on how it's done while there's still time. 

The more we do this, the safer everyone is.
The initial response was overwhelmingly positive. A lot of people are ready for this kind of information and setting up the discussions in a more public forum gives people a greater sense of involvement and shows them they are not alone in their concerns. To that end, I decided to hold the discussion at a local public park.

Then, I started getting emails and friends of mine started getting angry Facebook responses when discussing the club...

Officials from the city council using the primary city government email were not happy, though they did not identify themselves by name. They claimed the club could not hold an "event" in the park unless we got permission and permits from the city council, along with insurance. If we did not, then the police would be sent to kick us out of the park.

I thought this was rather bizarre; I didn't expect hundreds of people to show up to the club meeting, maybe a couple dozen at most. The requirements these people from the city council demanded were traditionally for large events with hundreds or thousands of people. Getting permission would have taken weeks and the emails suggested that permission was not guaranteed by stating "if we approve."

Frankly, parks are public property paid for with public dollars and the community has every right to use them for free assembly. But if you think this is common knowledge, think again; some politicians and officials think otherwise.

I responded as I usually do to these kinds of things, by digging my heels in. I thoroughly researched the use and legality of public parks for free assembly and found that as long as your group is not blocking access to the park for other people, blocking roads or engaged in criminal activity then the demands for permits do not usually hold up in court and removal by police is not justified. Constitutionally, you are protected.

I emailed the official or officials back and reminded them that they risk a civil court issue by trying to stop people's free speech on public property and warned them that the city would be subject to bad press as well. I was perfectly ready to refuse removal and to be arrested if it came to that.
Another interesting discovery: The park in question was host to a bunch of BLM protesters only two weeks earlier. Did they have to get permits and insurance to hold their event in the park?

I decided to reach out to the only conservative member of the city council I knew of and talk with him. He confirmed my suspicions. There were multiple hard leftists in the city government, but no one had actually brought up the issue of my club and the use of the park to rest of the council before sending me the threatening emails.

So, it was probably only a couple of weasels trying to make it look like they represented the entire city council's position. He also confirmed that the BLM protesters had no permits or insurance and that certain members knew ahead of time that their protest was going to happen. In other words, the lefty council members were acting unilaterally to give BLM open access to the park and then tried to interfere with my gun and preparedness club.

This was a clear political bias applied to the usage of public property.

I have learned from past experience that these types of people do not like a stand-up fight. They prefer to try to frighten you away from doing a thing through intimidation instead. They try to get you to give up voluntarily by painting a host of consequences in your mind. You start to worry about all the things that might happen; no one wants to have confrontations with cops these days, you don't have to be insane like BLM to have concerns.

Luckily, my brain doesn't really think in terms of risk over reward. I only really think about what is necessary. I held the club meeting in the park anyway, and I made sure that whoever it was in the city council that was trying to interfere knew I was going to do it.

Long story short, the meeting was a success. I met a lot of locals who I had not talked with before that had the same concerns as me, and we discussed primarily the issue of community security if the system completely breaks down. The meetings will continue, perhaps even in the same park for a while just to make a point. The police never showed up, so the people making threats either didn't want to risk a lawsuit and confrontation, they realized they didn't have as much power as they thought they did or the cops refused to bother with something that was clearly legal and constitutional.

The only confrontation happened 100 yards away. A man looking for the meeting approached a group across the street that was organizing a separate community event. He told me that when he asked them if they were part of the gun club, a woman yelled at him "No, those people are across the street at that illegal meeting!"

And there you have it. I highly recommend you hold an "illegal meeting" of your own for your community. These discussions need to start now, and people need to know that they are not alone during this crisis. It is time for conservatives to start banding together and planning ahead.

To truth and knowledge,

Brandon Smith


Note:
It is no longer possible to go into town without seriously preparing for the possibility of crossing paths with a dangerous person who might physically attack you for simply disagreeing with them.

But we can't let these people prevent us from going about our lives.
Good men and women must be prepared to fight back. That means being prepared with the proper gear AND training...

We all know that our gun will be a major deterrent for most threats...


How liberals are trying to destroy the NRA and 3 actions you must take

With all the violence going on, you’d think gun grabbers would look for a better time to attack our Second Amendment rights.
Instead, they’ve mounted an attempt to destroy the NRA in New York’s shady legal system.
Here’s what’s happening…
The Attorney General for New York, Letitia James, has just sued the NRA in a brazen attempt to put them out of business.
James’s suit alleges misspending and self-dealing by NRA brass.
But the timing is more than a little fishy.
Not only is society in full upheaval, with citizens left to defend themselves...
But we’re just months from one of the most divisive elections in history - one that promises violent clashes regardless of the winner...
And now the liberals come after the largest gun rights lobby group in the world?
This is too much of a “coincidence.”
And it should frighten any patriot and Second Amendment advocate.
Opponents of the Second Amendment would like nothing more than a world without the NRA…
Then they could stomp on our rights without fear of expert lawyers fighting back to preserve our liberties.
So, they’re pouncing on anything they can use to take them out.
And now it looks like no matter who wins November’s election, the fight for our Second Amendment rights is already in full swing.
While the battle for our gun rights rages on, here’s some things you can do right now to protect your family and preserve your liberties…

Stockpile your ammo: Ensure you have at least 1,000 rounds of ammo, in every caliber, for every gun you own.
More is better if you can afford it.
Check your magazines: Now’s the time to test your magazines to ensure the springs are still good so you don’t end up with unnecessary ammunition feed issues.
Any magazines you find that don’t work, mark them and eliminate them from your kit.
The last thing you need is a needless jam in the middle of a firefight because you grabbed the wrong mag.
In addition, if you only have 2 or 3 mags for your gun, I’d recommend buying more. Aim for at least 5 mags if you can afford it.
“Ghost Guns”: the government can’t confiscate what it doesn’t know about.
That’s why you should have a few “ghost guns” in your arsenal that the government doesn’t know exist.
Make sure they’re guns you’re confident defending the lives of yourself and your loved ones with.
In the event the unthinkable happens, you’ll need to rely on your “ghost guns” to combat tyranny and preserve your liberties.
Whether the liberal gun grabbers succeed in bringing down the NRA or not, one thing is crystal clear:
They’ll stop at nothing to eliminate our Second Amendment rights...
Regardless of civil unrest... regardless of how it affects our personal safety and liberties… regardless of the death and destruction it brings.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Bolsheviks began as a small, violent minority of communists


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The Bolsheviks began as a small, violent minority of communists.

But they quickly grew their support among the mass population of Russian peasants.

And the reason they were able to accomplish their goal is the same reason why the government, the corporate press, Hollywood, Universities, and radical leftist movements like BLM can gain public support for their insane ideas and policies. 

Whether it’s mass mask wearing, mass denunciation of “whiteness”, mass acceptance of police state lockdowns…

...it all hinges on one thing missing from the minds of the general public. 

This secret can be found in one of the first actions taken by Lenin after seizing power.

Lenin and his Red Guards proclaimed Soviet rule at the end of 1917, and Lenin became the first dictator of the first Marxist State in history. 

At the time, most of the peasant society in Russia was illiterate. 

Lenin knew he had to gain the support of the peasants if he hoped to maintain his new rulership. 

So he created the People’s Commissariat of Enlightenment and in 1919, sent out trained instructors into the countryside to create a network of literacy centers. 

The plan was simple:

Teach peasants to be literate and inundate them with Bolshevik ideology and literature. 

This morphed into its own department, called the Department for Agitation and Propaganda in the early 1920s. 

Oral-agitation groups were sent around the country to persuade ex-tsarist soldiers to join the Red Army. 

Agitational trains and ships were sent deep into remote parts of Russia carrying leaflets, posters, and other forms of propaganda for the peasants who lived far from any major cities. 

The Bolsheviks even created plays, films, and other art forms that were explicitly political and pro-communist. 

All of this came to be known as “Agitprop.” 

Fidel Castro also undertook a massive literacy campaign in Cuba. 

Prominent (dishonest) leftists like Michael Moore even point to Cuban literacy rates as an example of socialist success.

When, in fact, Castro used literacy to spread propaganda and gain support for his regime. Nothing more.

He wasn’t actually interested in uplifting the minds of his people. 

And neither were the communists in Russia. 

But why did it work?

The same reason propaganda peddled by the corporate press and government work. 

Because literacy is slavery…

WITHOUT critical thinking. 


Neither the Bolsheviks, nor the Cuban socialists, nor American public schools for that matter, teach people how to think and reason in any meaningful sense.

You can be literate and still be hopelessly mentally enslaved if you don’t know how to critically think and analyze the information being crammed into your head

Most people can comprehend what the technocrats in the CDC and WHO say…

But they don’t know how to THINK about what they hear. 

They simply trust.

Believe. 

And OBEY. 

That’s why we call these types of people “sheep” or “NPCs.” 



They don’t have a mind of their own - they’ve abdicated their minds to the shepherds on TV, in their political party, and the mobs on the streets. 

The antidote to mental slavery isn’t mere literacy…

It’s critical thinking and principled action.
 

Most people are pawns in a grand chess game that they don’t realize is being played with their lives. 

You recognize the rigged game being played against you.

You can spot the propaganda. 

And unlike the unthinking herd, you have an opportunity to do something about it. 

The Counter Markets Newsletter is an antidote to the pervasive disease of propaganda infecting the minds of so many worldwide. 

There are over 3 dozen issues fully loaded with techniques, tactics, strategies, and methods for OPTING OUT of the rigged system you find yourself trapped in. 

It requires literacy to consume...

But it demands critical thinking to apply what we teach intelligently and consistently in your life. 

By the way, these emails you get from me are a form of propaganda. 

All advertising is.

But my goal isn’t to persuade you to follow and comply.

It’s to reveal hidden paths to self-liberation that NO ONE else is telling you about. 

And as the saying goes, “I can only show you the door...”

While the rest of the world is endlessly propagandized into puppets for corporate and State interests…

You can hop off the rigged game board and set up your own system for better health, more wealth, and increased liberty. 

The first step is opening the door and seeing what’s inside:

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Underground Bunker Sales Booming


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his is a really good time to be selling underground bunkers.  The COVID-19 pandemic, civil unrest in major U.S. cities, and concern about what else may be coming have combined to create a tremendous amount of demand for “survival real estate”. 

 In all my years of writing, I have never seen anything like this.  I have been hearing from so many people that suddenly feel a great urgency to prepare for the total collapse of society, and quite a few of them have either recently relocated or plan to do so in the near future.  For some, moving entirely out of the country seems like the best option, but for most others the goal is to find a way to survive the coming chaos here in the United States.

Of course a lot of people are still tied to major population centers by their jobs, and for a lot of those individuals a “survival bunker” in a remote location that they can bug out to if things get crazy enough is an attractive option.

In South Dakota, one company has established the “largest survival community on Earth”, and the New York Post recently interviewed a 69-year-old man named Tom Soulsby that purchased one of the very first underground bunkers in that community…

Tom Soulsby, 69, and his wife, Mary, were one of the first to buy a bunker at Vivos xPoint — the self-proclaimed “largest survival community on Earth” — near the South Dakota town of Edgemont. In 2017, he made a $25,000 down payment and signed a 99-year land lease (with fees of $1,000 per year) to occupy an elliptical-shaped, 2,200 square-foot 
underground concrete bunker once used as a military fortress during World War II to store weapons and ammunition.

For a while there, sales were not happening too briskly.  But then 2020 happened, and at this point sales of underground bunkers at Vivos xPoint are “up over 600 percent”
When Soulsby signed on the dotted line, he was one of a handful of new owners. But in 2020, Vivos xPoint has become hotly sought-after real estate. The price has jumped to $35,000, says Robert Vicino, the California developer and CEO of the Vivos Group, which launched in 2008, and bunker sales are “up over 600 percent.”

I really admire what they are trying to do, and I am sure that having major news stories done about your community helps sales, but it will also make the community a target when things really do hit the fan.

Another project that has been making a lot of headlines is “the Survival Condo” in central Kansas.  It is completely underground, and it was originally designed to survive a nuclear war

The Survival Condo has a lot of the hallmarks of your standard fallout shelter. It’s underground (200 feet underground, in the middle of rural Kansas, 200 miles from Kansas City). It was built during the Cold War (as a nuclear missile launch facility). It’s also been retrofitted with nine-foot-thick reinforced concrete walls designed to survive everything from tornadoes to 12-kiloton nuclear warheads dropping half a mile away.

This converted nuclear silo has been described as an “underground skyscraper”, and this is how author Bradley Garrett described his visit to “Level 11”

On level 11 of the Survival Condo, about 50 metres underground, Hall and I visit a 1,800 sq ft home. I have had the same feeling as walking into a bedroom in a hotel chain. The apartment has never been used. It has a Navajo print rug, a cushy white sofa set and a stone electric fireplace with a flat panel TV over it. A marble countertop extends to a bar separating the living room from the kitchen, which is filled with high-end appliances.
It sounds quite lovely, but the units are not cheap.

In fact, prices start at more than a million dollars

Half-floor apartments here are $1.5m (£1.2m); full-floor apartments $3m (£2.4m); and a two-level, 3,600 sq ft penthouse has sold for $4.5m (£3.6m). In total, 57 people will be living in 12 apartments, each paying an additional $5,000 (£4,000) a month in residents’ association fees. One apartment, bought with cash, is designed to feel like a log cabin, with a loft looking down on a fake fireplace flanked by a six-screen display of a snow-capped mountain range.

The company selling the units insists that the location is super secret, but if that is actually the case it probably is not a good idea to let reporters roam around inside the facility with a film crew.

In any event, only the ultra-wealthy will get to live there, because most Americans could never even dream of being able to afford such an elaborate bug out location.
But all of us should be doing what we can to get prepared for the hard years that are ahead, because things are about to get really, really crazy.



We live in truly unprecedented times, and what we have experienced so far is just the beginning.

As global events spiral out of control, many among the elite will be heading for their underground bunkers, and some are already there

As coronavirus infections tore across the U.S. in early March, a Silicon Valley executive called the survival shelter manufacturer Rising S Co. He wanted to know how to open the secret door to his multimillion-dollar bunker 11 feet underground in New Zealand.

The tech chief had neve­r used the bunker and couldn’t remember how to unlock it, said Gary Lynch, general manager of Texas-based Rising S Co. “He wanted to verify the combination for the door and was asking questions about the power and the hot water heater and whether he needed to take extra water or air filters,” Lynch said. The businessman runs a company in the Bay Area but lives in New York, which was fast becoming the world’s coronavirus epicenter.

It sure must be nice to have a luxury underground bunker in New Zealand.
Unfortunately, most Americans are going to have to deal with whatever is ahead right where they are currently located.

But whether you have an underground bunker or not, the truth is that challenging times are coming for all of us, and no amount of money is going to change that.

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