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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

What Will You do When They Come for You?

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


"Tyranny seldom announces itself. ...
In fact, a tyranny may exist without an individual tyrant.
A whole government, even a democratically elected one, may be tyrannical."

-- Joseph Sobran



What Happens When they Come for You?


There are those who insist that if you’ve done nothing wrong and have nothing to hide, you shouldn’t worry about the government eavesdropping on your phone calls, reading your emails, searching your car or ransacking your possessions.

Clearly, these individuals have not been paying close attention in recent years.

The government doesn’t care if you’re guilty or innocent or whether its agents are violating your rights. What the government wants is power and control at the expense of our freedoms.


The Treasury and Justice Departments deposited more in civil asset forfeitures in 2014 than the FBI reported in burglary losses during that time frame.

Yes, the Feds confiscated more from Americans than burglars.
  Legalized theft is very lucrative for our government. 


Police abuse of civil asset forfeiture laws has shaken our nation’s conscience.

Nearly every level of government mismanages money, over pays itself and has a never-ending, voracious appetite for more of your money and a desire to restrict more of your freedom…


Nobody really knows how much power the government has…it has invaded every aspect of our lives and Americans are losing more and more of their rights every year!

With the rise in militarization of our police and the growing mistrust of the government, America has become more divided now than it has been in decades. I asked readers:  Has civil asset forfeiture become a way to fund local, state and federal law enforcement? Another way to strike terror at citizens to keep them quiet and pliable or has law enforcement just gotten better at finding the criminals?

Here are some of the responses we received:

From Daniel A.

This is not America anymore. Back in the ‘50s and ‘60s, a lot of movies were made about Eastern Europe and how you had no rights, were spied on, were afraid to talk, were afraid of the police and government and could be arrested for nothing and go to prison without a trial.
Man on a String and Escape From East Berlin were two such movies. I used to look at those movies and be glad that I lived in a free country. Those movies were scary. Now in 2015, I'm living in that same atmosphere; the only difference is they have not stopped everyone from leaving if they want and they have not opened the camps. Thanks to you Sovereign people, I have a real and solid plan that does not include buying food and hiding in a cave.

From Robert C.

Ladies and gentlemen: As the government at all levels gets larger, our liberties are put at risk. It has happened throughout all of world history. It is a shame that we have not learned from our previous mistakes, which are many! There are three critical mistakes that we made in the 20th century that we have yet to correct: going off the gold standard, creating the third central bank and using the tax code to influence human behavior! Since the Federal Reserve was created on December 23, 1913, inflation on a cumulative basis has gone up 2,200%, and purchasing power of our dollar has been reduced by over 90%!


“[A]s government grows to encompass more spheres of activity—from health care to finance to the Internet—agencies will be able to issue fewer written rules yet still expand control. They will not need a law from Congress, notice-and-comment rules, or perhaps even interpretive guidance or memos.” [Internal citations omitted.] —Clyde Wayne Crews, “Mapping Washington’s Lawlessness 2016: A Preliminary Investigation of ‘Regulatory Dark Matter’,” Competitive Enterprise Institute, December 2015



Red or Blue: What Happens When YOU Are Put On A List? “If You’re On That List, Your Right Is Cancelled”


Secret lists are becoming the law of the land. Overseas, Obama uses a secret list to authorize the killing of suspects (and bystanders) via drone strike. Execution, as determined by “secretive processes, without indictment or trial.” Some of those killed have been American citizens.

Secret lists have been used to determine who can fly on a plane, who is worth watching as a potential terrorist, and who can travel. None of this necessarily requires that a crime has been committed, or that the individual in question has done anything wrong.

But it won’t stop there.



7 Ways That You (Yes, You) Could End Up On A Terrorist Watch List

If you were to be mistakenly added to a list, you probably wouldn't know -- unless it stopped you from flying. The government has been extremely secretive about the names on the various watch lists. If you were to learn that you were wrongly placed on a watch list, good luck getting off it. As Scahill and Devereaux reported, you can file a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security's Traveler Redress Inquiry Program, which begins a review "that is not subject to oversight by any court or entity outside the counterterrorism community."


Contributors:  Jocelyn Smith, This is Not America from The Sovereign Investor, Marc Slavo



The myth of upward mobility in America continues to evaporate.


Not since the Great Depression have we seen such a lack of social mobility where most adults no longer believe their children will do better…Americans born at the bottom of the ladder are in fact are now less likely to rise to the top than those situated in most other nations, and only HALF as likely as their Canadian counterparts.


The proportion of children born on the bottom rung of society who rise to the top in the USA is 7.5% - lower than in the UK [9%], Denmark [11.7%], and Canada [13.5%].


These numbers should shock Americans but most aren’t even aware nor is it being aired on the nightly news.  Political leaders like Obama continue to paint a false picture of the American Dream when their policies of over regulation and political ego help to ensure our decline.


The economy is stuck and the types of jobs being created are mainly part time crap wage jobs and labor productivity has averaged 1.6% since 1974 while earning power in America has flatlined [except for the top one percent].  Our overly complicated and unfair tax system is also helping to drive away business and all the while, the only concern of most politicians is their continual quest at reelection to feed at the public trough.


Bureaucrats continue to saddle the nation with burdensome, costly regulations which are destroying existing business and inhibiting entrepreneurism at rates that I’ve never seen in my lifetime.


How do you conquer a nation without firing a shot? Leading Progressives like John Dewey came up with the answer over a century ago. Just embed your agenda into the educational system, and in a few generations you will transform the country. 

Political Progressives had little use for America’s founding principles. Woodrow Wilson, the first progressive president, complained that “some citizens of this country have never got beyond the Declaration of Independence,” and said the Declaration was “of no consequence” to modern Americans. This view now dominates in our public schools. 

And educational Progressives had little use for traditional teaching methods and purposes. Rather than teaching the Great Books of the Western tradition, Dewey recommended education as social development. The past century has seen curricular and teaching excellence replaced with short-lived theories rarely lasting more than a generation.

As a result, many public schools are no longer effective at teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic. They also no longer teach young Americans the history of their country—how it was founded on the principle of equal rights, and how it grew to become the freest and most prosperous nation in history.

Good citizenship is impossible without this knowledge about America, and as a result our liberty is fading fast.

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DAR said...

Lots and lots of thought provoking info for our end of year stew pot my friend. We wish you all the best, especially with your health.

escapeartist said...

Always good to read your updates Mr. Poor Man - looking forward to seeing you next month!