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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Chaos: "This is What Democracy Looks Like"


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A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 


Chaos: "This is What Democracy Looks Like"


“Democracy and liberty are not the same  Democracy is little more than mob rule, while liberty refers to the sovereignty of the individual.”
- Walter E. Williams

We are facing the specter of a strange new phase in our nation’s history,” Mark Mitchell writes in the book, Localism in the Mass Age.

“Through massive spending we are embarking on an age of concentration, an age where economic and political power are not only allied, but centralized, an age where the two will become increasingly intertwined and difficult to distinguish.

“The long courtship is over. The ill–starred marriage has been consummated. The Wall Street bailout and stimulus package are the grotesque progeny of this unholy union.”

Mind you, this was written years ago about the aftermath of ‘08… but could easily have been penned last weekend.

Mark, if you don’t know him, is a member of the Front Porch Republic.

He and his rocking chair anti–comrades advocate for a turning away from the so–called “enlightened” doctrine of democracy in favor of what he calls “humane localism.”

Mitchell:

“Though the folks of Front Porch Republic come from different backgrounds, live in different places, and have divergent interests… we’re convinced that scale, place, self–government, sustainability, limits, and variety are key terms with which any fruitful debate about our corporate future must contend.”

Today, with this in mind, we take a peek out of our windows…

Not at the immediate chaos, destruction, and incessant gaslighting happening in our cities…

But, instead, at the centuries of political circus acts which have constantly fomented and fueled such flames.

(So, of course, directly at the chaos, destruction, and incessant gaslighting… right into the abyss.)

And, to boot, we’ll also show you why it should be clearer than ever that…

(Hold on to your hat…)

Democracy is a failed experiment.

(((Gasp!)))

The False Dichotomy

In the biggest boxing ring on earth, we have a blue corner and a red.

At the risk of under–simplification:

The Democrats are suspicious of big business, but trust wholeheartedly in big government to rein in abuses (with some obvious, but counterintuitive, exceptions). The donkey’s apparent goal is to bring about, at all costs, the liberal cosmopolitan utopia.

The Republicans don’t trust Big Gub, but largely trust economic centralization to solve social and economic instability. The elephant is rigidly suspicious of any utopian claims –– often to the point of believing the only social progress possible is, at all costs, the (token or actual) maintenance of law and order.

Both sides, however –– without getting too deep into the complex math involved in this equation –– are half right, half dumb, and half blind.

“Here,” says Mitchell, “is a principle that we would do well to grasp: concentrations of power in any form are a threat to liberty.”

Unfortunately, says Mitchell, “It may be too late for this generation to see this vital truth or, if seeing, to do anything about it. But nothing is inevitable, and there are hopeful signs that people are beginning to think seriously about the importance of localism, human scale, limits, and stewardship, the very things woefully lacking in the current spending orgy.”


The Third Way

Growing up, we’re told a series of BIG lies.

We’re told the most important and powerful ways in which we can change our own world for the better... express our individual uniqueness... fight corrupted power structures… and correct injustice…

1] Is by demanding tiny, dissociated centers of power “do something” for us...

2] Is through the blinding “power of choice” in the ritualistic voting booth...

3] And is by indiscriminately patting our own tribes on the back.

And what keeps you from getting what you want, need, and care for? What holds you back from doing what you need to do?

The people “over there” (oftentimes thousands of miles away) who...

1] Don’t demand the right things from those same power centers…

2] Don’t check the proper boxes…

3] And, of course, who pat the wrong backs.

Obviously, this is a recipe for disaster.

(Not only because it leaves us wide open to manipulation and taps right into our Reptilian tribal instincts.)

If you’re thinking there must be a better way, you’re right.

Mitchell:

“There is a third way, and although mainstream Republicans and Democrats generally fail to see beyond their false dichotomies and on–going animosities, it is just this alternative that animates the FPR project. What we might call ‘human localism’ appreciates the variety of local communities and resists the homogenizing impulse that is so strong in modern liberal democracies.”

Call it whatever you will… we’re talking about a return to original principles.

Principles which recognize, says Mitchell, “that the language of the global village represents an abstraction that will never satisfy human longings... characterized by a love for one’s particular place, yet at the same time it is not animated by fear of the other, for by an act of imagination it sees through the inevitable differences and recognizes the common humanity we all share.”

It recognizes each individual as a living soul with needs and longings that bind us together, “even as the particulars of our own places reminds us of our distinctness.”

It is a movement rooted in respect, not homogeneity.

Furthermore, it’s the recognition that liberty can be sustained only alongside respect for limits, “and,” says Mitchell, “in the realization that human flourishing is best realized in the company of friends and neighbors sharing a common place in the world.”

The Disaster of Democracy

In order to truly understand the importance of this ‘third way,” however…

We must understand the Matrix which blinds us of its simplicity.

Today, we are joined once again by our friends at Classical Wisdom.

In the featured piece below, contributing writer Van Bryan peels back the centuries to reveal the ancient warnings of this strange experiment called democracy…

How we’re being tricked to give up our sovereignty…

And, even more, why we keep making the same mistake.

Read on.

[Ed. note: Sometimes, to secure a better future, you have to peel back the past. You have to understand what has been forgotten, as there’s often, as it has been said, nothing new under the sun. If you (like me) get excited by the prospect of using ancient wisdom to deal with today’s crises -- and of rediscovering the roots of our modern minds in ancient ideas -- then you’re in good company. Our friends at Classical Wisdom have recently released the ancient antidote to today’s crises. It’s called, The Essential Classics. Take some time to tune out the mainstream media’s madness. We’ve secured a special deal just for LFT readers -- all of the details are right here at this page.]

 


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The world is going to emerge much stronger as a result of this crisis.

Innovation is not thwarted by challenges, but promoted by them.

And anyone who thinks the government is going to take care of everything has already had their rude awakening…mantra of many of these anti-American Dems seems to be: "Please Loot Responsibly.'

Whether you're a homesteader or lifelong prepper, or someone learning about preparedness for the first time because of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is no better time to set yourself up for success in case things get even worse.

One of the first questions new preppers ask is: What should I buy? In the video below, Drop Forged Survival answers that question. He lists 25 items you should start stockpiling. 

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President Trump wants justice for all, with no exceptions. The actions he announced last night will bring order to our streets and get us closer to making sure that happens.
 
Vox chooses to lie about the President instead of shining a light on violence.


 


 

If you're like me, you're wondering if you've done everything you can do to protect your home and your family from violent mobs.

And you're not alone.

Here's one tip you can use right now: There are all kinds of "news map apps" you can install on your phone that will give you a heads-up for things going on in your area.

 


You should also be 
monitoring hashtags on Twitter, even if you don't use Twitter yourself.

Make a throwaway account and track some of the hashtags used to 
coordinate rioting and looting -- you'll be able to tell which those are because they'll be listed as "trending" on the Twitter search page.

Your local news pages on Facebook are also a good place to look for local updates on where rioting and looting are happening.

But 
there's a LOT more you can be doing, and it goes way beyond just monitoring the news for a heads-up to the violence.

This video will explain some very important mistakes to avoid while protecting your home and family from violence and social chaos.

 

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Additional FREE Resources

 
Living Frugally In Suburbia
You live differently than your neighbors.


 
14 Frugal Food-Rescuing Tips from Grandma
These depression-era frugal tips still work today!


 
8 Simple Ways to Put More Money in Your Pocket
Have more money without working harder!


 
Emergency Preparedness on a Budget 
Affordable ways to prepare for an emergency.

Contributors and subscribers enable the Poor Man Survivor to post 150+ free essays & free reports that I provide annually. It is for this reason they are Heroes and Heroines of New Media. Without your financial support, the free content would disappear for the simple reason that I cannot keep body and soul together on my meager book sales & ecommerce alone.  You can make a donation at top of this page via PayPal.

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Implementing these fixes will save you cold, hard cash all year long.

 

People who are spending more time at home because of the coronavirus pandemic may see their utility costs increasing

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Easy-to-use---No Maintenance. 


 

Steel River Emergency Go Bag-22 Items included+Bonus


Amazing number of useful, life-saving items included…LAST ONE!


Get Your own copy of this eye-opening documentary-The Deep State Exposed!


 

Find survival related books and items here!

Support our efforts by shopping my storefront…


 

 
 

A Smoking Frog Feature, Shallow Planet Production

 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Preparing for Civil Unrest -EASY, INEXPENSIVE FIRST AID KITS



Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 

Preparing for Civil Unrest -EASY, INEXPENSIVE FIRST AID KITS

Have you ever been in a dollar store and seen one of those cheap one-dollar first aid kits?

There's not much in there - just a few band-aids, maybe a piece of gauze, and a couple of other items.

But just because you're on a budget doesn't mean you can't upgrade that little medical kit to make a great drop-in kit for your pocket (such as when you're hiking), or for your bugout bags.

In fact, if you've got multiple survival kits, this is a quick way to make multiple first-aid kits cheaply.
Just do a little extra shopping in that dollar store, and add the following items to the kit:

1. A sewing kit, which can do double duty for extreme emergency sutures.
2. Single-use super-glue tubes, which can seal small wounds.
3. Antibacterial ointment, which doesn't come in the kit but is a must-have.
4. A disposable lighter for sterilizing needles and cutting blades.
5. A razor blade or other cutting edge that will sit flat in the kit.
6. Some duct tape, which you can unroll from the big roll, then fold flat on itself so it will fit in the kit.

If you get all these items in the same dollar store, you just got a much better first-aid kit for only 7 dollars, and you were able to customize the content to whatever you needed.

Not bad, huh? Not only is it cheap, but it's EASY... and when you're building your survival kits, you can use the same strategy.

 



In addition to medical kits, a lot of people want to build survival kits, or build up the one they have (or make multiple kits, etc.)... but they're not sure how to start.

Starting with some small, commercial kit is a great way to customize and build up a survival kit, or any number of them, that are perfect for you and your family.

For example, you can get one of the little "survival grenades" pictured here...

...and then use its contents either to build up another kit, or to form the basis of a completely new kit.

If you look around a little, you can find all kinds of pouches and containers to put survival kits in... and don't be afraid to get creative!

For example, a lot of us don't use Compact Discs anymore... but there are still compact disc cases out there that make perfect survival kit storage.

Use your imagination and you can build up a supply of survival kits very inexpensively... and even give them as gifts while you're trying to "convert" friends and family over to survival.

Again, not a bad way to get started... and a perfect way to customize what you want for your gear without busting your budget!

Get ready. Fight back. Stay alive.

- SG&T

 

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Civil disobedience is actually a sign of a functioning democratic society. Thoreau outlined civil disobedience in Walden Pond as a necessary right when expressed through passive resistance. Both Gandhi and Martin Luther King espoused passive resistance as a way to protest without causing damage or harm to others.

 Unfortunately, the right to free speech and to assemble in public to protest is not always governed by the calm and sound thinking of Thoreau.

 The benchmark for civil unrest usually occurs when a protest staged by a large gathering of people goes from free speech to violent action. What motivates that action is proportional to the reason for the protest. A protest against higher local taxes does not spark the level of outrage that would lead to damage or violence...

 

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Because of the pandemic, countless people have been learning how to make facemasks, and how to make hand sanitizer. But this time of social distancing offers an opportunity to make many other items that are expensive or in short supply.

 Making these do-it-yourself products will help you limit your trips to the store, and they'll introduce you to many simpler, healthier alternatives to store-bought items. The best part is that you probably already have many of the ingredients you need.

Here are 27 everyday items you can easily make yourself...


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$370-Average weekly unemployment benefits in 2019.

$970- Average weekly unemployment benefits in 2020 (owing to Congress’ coronavirus Paycheck Protection Program).

68%- Of the people who are unemployed, what percentage of them are now receiving benefits that exceed their lost earnings. Sources: Politico, University of Chicago.

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Struggles in the food supply chain have forced the cost of these staples higher.

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Additional FREE Resources

Living Frugally In Suburbia You live differently than your neighbors.

14 Frugal Food-Rescuing Tips from Grandma These depression-era frugal tips still work today!
 
8 Simple Ways to Put More Money in Your Pocket Have more money without working harder!
 
Emergency Preparedness on a Budget 
Affordable ways to prepare for an emergency.



Contributors and subscribers enable the Poor Man Survivor to post 150+ free essays & free reports that I provide annually. It is for this reason they are Heroes and Heroines of New Media. Without your financial support, the free content would disappear for the simple reason that I cannot keep body and soul together on my meager book sales & ecommerce alone.  You can make a donation at top of this page via PayPal.

24 Mistakes That Send Energy Bills Soaring


Implementing these fixes will save you cold, hard cash all year long.

 


People who are spending more time at home because of the coronavirus pandemic may see their utility costs increasing

No-Brainer Device Cuts Power Bills Up to 90%

Easy-to-use---No Maintenance. 


Steel River Emergency Go Bag-22 Items included+Bonus


Amazing number of useful, life-saving items included…LAST ONE!


Get Your own copy of this eye-opening documentary-The Deep State Exposed!


 

Find survival related books and items here!

Support our efforts by shopping my storefront…


 

 

 

 

A Smoking Frog Feature, Shallow Planet Production