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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Are You Suffering from Eleutherophobia? My Last Thanksgiving Message

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

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"In our country, the lie
has become not just a moral category
but a pillar of the State."

-- Alexander Solzhenitsyn


Are you Suffering from Eleutherophobia plus my annual Thanksgiving message


In 2014, there are tens of millions of Americans that are anonymously leading lives of quiet desperation…


I wish everyone a happy, fruitful Thanksgiving. 

I’d like to extend my thanks to all of my friends, family and others for their support for our efforts at providing free, useful resources to those in need  and for your purchases from our storefront which fund these efforts.


The average American is worse off this Thanksgiving than in previous years, which has been a depressing trend.  Any student of history knows that our rapidly growing income disparity is creating class struggle which ultimately will end in some form of class warfare.


In 1999 we started our first self reliance group with monthly meetings at our 38-acre farm.  We hosted various speakers and even offered certified pistol training on our private range.  However, after a Fox News helicopter flew over our property and told viewers of our ‘compound’ we’ve kept a much lower profile, rejecting requests to appear on various TV shows including NatGeo’s Extreme Prepper show.


I started the Poor Man in 2009 under the delusion that people would welcome the mostly free resources we have offered to help folks make or save a buck and to make them aware of how our government has rapidly overwhelmed our nation with red tape and ridiculous policies.


There has been scant support, especially on facebook.  Therefore, we’re now going to post these resources to only to certain groups and on Twitter.


I’ll continue to make posts [probably once or twice a week] here through January 18th and I’ll keep our main website open as well until through that date.


Besides, I’m having a whole lotta fun with my new, Exotic Cutie site and its related storefront!


But I have to ask you…

Are you in better shape financially than you were last Thanksgiving?  If so, you should consider yourself to be very fortunate because most Americans are not.  As you chow down on turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce this Thursday, please remember that there are millions of Americans that simply cannot afford to eat such a meal.  According to a shocking new report that was just released by the National Center on Family Homelessness, the number of homeless children in the U.S. has reached a new all-time high of 2.5 million.  And right now one out of every seven Americans rely on food banks to put food on the table.

  Yes, life is very good at the moment for Americans at the top end of the income spectrum.  The stock market has been soaring and sales of homes worth at last a million dollars are up 16 percent so far this year.  But most Americans live in a very different world.  The percentage of Americans that are employed is about the same as it was during the depths of the last recession, the quality of our jobs continues to go down, the rate of homeownership in America has fallen for seven years in a row, and the cost of living is rising much faster than paychecks are.  As a result, the middle class is smaller this Thanksgiving than it was last Thanksgiving, and most Americans have seen their standards of living go down over the past year.

Have you noticed how what starts off as small, occasional encroachments on our rights, justified in the name of greater safety, becomes routine, wide-ranging abuses so entrenched as to make reform all but impossible?

We saw this happen with the police and their build-up of military arsenal, ostensibly to fight the war on drugs. The result: a transformation of America’s law enforcement agencies into extensions of the military, populated with battle-hardened soldiers who view “we the people” as enemy combatants.

The same thing happened with the government’s so-called efforts to get tough on crime by passing endless laws outlawing all manner of activities. The result: an explosion of laws criminalizing everything from parenting decisions and fishing to gardening and living off the grid.

Whether people know it or night, the world is in an economic depression. In the following interview with Australia's news program The Business, Jim Rickards explains how that can be the case despite positive growth and declining unemployment, and why this depression looks nothing like the 1930s.

This is one of the primary reasons I started the Poor Man Survival series so many years ago but alas, few have paid attention or have supported our efforts.  With that in mind, we’ll be ending the Poor Man site in January.  We’ll keep the blog going but with fewer postings.




A few resources you might enjoy…







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The campy, the sexy, the odd, the risqué and retro [and even the practical] Gifts he’ll appreciate!


Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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