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What’s an Outlaw to Do?

When all the world has gone insane … when all the news about freedom is bad … when you’re tempted to say, “Screw it” and give up hope, remember:

We are a silent army

An army of the mind. An army without hierarchy, without officers, without commands. We are an army of the intellect and the spirit that can never be targeted, bombed, or shot into submission.

We are invisible, which sometimes discourages us, but which is our secret strength.

We are masters of subversion

The subtle statement that gets our neighbors thinking. The helping hand extended. The act of independence. The idea that bursts the boundaries of the box. These are our weapons.

The power of self-defense is the defense of all. The power of one person to change minds becomes the power of many minds changed.

The power of defiance is a beginning. The far stronger power of creative disregard becomes a weapon of mass construction.

Just when change seems most unlikely … change happens.


Withdraw your consent. Stop cooperating.

You have no obligation to bear all the world’s pains. You have no duty to accept whatever’s imposed upon you against your will. The only obligations you must carry are your self-obligations — and with creativity they may be made lighter.

You owe nothing to those who want only to use and abuse you. You owe everything to your highest self.


Don’t let the bastards grind you down.

Don’t grind yourself down by focusing on the bastards. Have a life. Have your life.

Be a trickster

It tips the hierarchy. It enlivens the world. It surprises. It generates thought. It’s fun. It annoys the bastards. Why not?

Be dashing

Like a True Outlaw. It beats the heck out of being dashed.


Pray. Meditate. Watch a sunrise. What works for you. Freedom is spiritual before (and after) it’s political.

We are everywhere

The man next to you on the subway may be a Freedom Outlaw.

The woman who does your hair. The bright young college student running for student-body president. The kid who delivers your pizza. The little girl across the street playing with her cat. You may never know them. But your allies, or potential allies, are out there. Everywhere. Anywhere.

Be steady

When all around you are following fads, pursuing witch hunts, or reacting hysterically to the moment’s cynically managed news, be steady. Later, you’ll have nothing to regret while others — if they’re at all conscious — come to their senses and blush at the follies that swept them out of their sanity.

We will never “fix the world” but …

We can form a web of light around it. We can en-light-en ourselves, lighten our load, and throw some rays into the darkness.

We can go sane and lead a few along the way.


  1. Pat
    Pat May 5, 2011 4:37 am

    Thanks for this reminder, Claire, and summation.

    “Freedom is spiritual before (and after) it’s political.”

    Freedom Outlaws are all “spiritual” before we can become political.

  2. WolfSong
    WolfSong May 5, 2011 5:03 am

    Thanks Claire. This was a much needed read, and reminder, for our home today.

  3. zohngalt
    zohngalt May 5, 2011 6:28 am

    Thank you, Claire!
    This reinforces the idea that “cautiously looking around” may be a sign of enemy-hunting paranoia or it could be carefully looking for allies.

  4. It's Me
    It's Me May 5, 2011 6:41 am

    That’s quite beautiful, thanks for the smile you gave me.

  5. LibertyNews
    LibertyNews May 5, 2011 6:47 am

    Very well said!

  6. Joel
    Joel May 5, 2011 7:44 am

    That was beautiful, Claire.

  7. Scott
    Scott May 5, 2011 9:10 am

    Ay-men, preach it, sister..great words for this sunny Thursday. If you don’t mind, I want to add one tiny comment-something I learned in high school..a great many “important” things can be totally and completely ignored,and many of these “important” things involve fees/permits/filling out of endless forms…a great starting point is learning what youcan ignore.

  8. naturegirl
    naturegirl May 5, 2011 9:28 am

    Thank You 🙂

    This is copied and hangin on the wall….

  9. winston
    winston May 5, 2011 9:53 am

    Excellent as always!

  10. KFK
    KFK May 5, 2011 10:24 am

    That was excellent. Thank You

  11. Karen
    Karen May 5, 2011 12:42 pm

    Thought provoking and inspiring as always!

  12. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty May 5, 2011 2:32 pm

    I’ll be using that one. 🙂

  13. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal May 5, 2011 4:33 pm

    You knew just what I needed to read. Thanks!

  14. Ron Johnson
    Ron Johnson May 5, 2011 5:14 pm

    I like the words…Freedom Outlaws. I think I’ll start walking with a little swagger.

  15. Beth
    Beth May 5, 2011 6:12 pm

    This is good ol’ fashioned, vintage, brand-new Claire-writing. :^)

  16. Ken
    Ken May 5, 2011 6:41 pm

    Very well said, ma’am, and timely too.

  17. Mary Lou
    Mary Lou May 5, 2011 7:09 pm

    Thanks, Claire, this is lovely and so true

  18. capt gooch
    capt gooch May 5, 2011 8:30 pm

    Well said Claire.

    Stay Safe,



  19. Kerodin
    Kerodin May 5, 2011 9:11 pm

    An outstanding reminder of why we care about Freedom & Liberty in the first place. We must not spend every moment fighting for it and fail to enjoy what we have at this very moment.


  20. Glenn Jacobs
    Glenn Jacobs May 5, 2011 10:05 pm

    I am an old man.

    All these years I have been trying to “fix” our oppressors.

    You have made me realize we can’t fix ’em.

    Whatever it is to be free, I will now just DO IT.

    Even if the bastards kill me for it, I will have been free for that time, and I will then be free forever after.

    And it will have annoyed them.

    With any luck, some of the bastards will follow my sterling example and become free, too, to the great annoyance of the other bastards.

  21. Jim B.
    Jim B. May 5, 2011 11:25 pm

    One of my favorite ways of dealing with the world, is to go insane. Then the rest of the world would seem, finally, sane in comparison.

    Besides nobody wants to get involved with a nut, so they’ll leave you alone.

    : }

  22. Jake MacGregor
    Jake MacGregor May 6, 2011 7:03 am

    just what I needed to hear after watching the fed-propped banks attack silver, lie about unemployment #s, inflation accelerating, etc …

    lex axa carborundum!

  23. Don
    Don May 6, 2011 7:12 am

    I never forget that, “The woman who does your hair. The bright young college student running for student-body president. The kid who delivers your pizza. The little girl across the street playing with her cat.”, may be the one that turns you in for *suspicious behavior* just because. Be very cautious.

  24. Matt
    Matt May 6, 2011 9:23 am

    I might wind up draped in chains, shackles and manacles, dropped in the darkest hole of the dreariest prison, but I will never cease to be Free. I’m the one that gets to decide, not some govt employee.

  25. anon
    anon May 6, 2011 10:17 am

    The crypto-finance community is already forming a shadow economy.

    Withdraw your consent!

  26. Einherjar
    Einherjar May 6, 2011 7:42 pm

    Collectivists, Statists and blood suckers of all types want you to think you are alone and weak. Like they used to say in the ’60s, ‘Free your mind and your a$$ will follow’.

  27. Everymans_Heretik
    Everymans_Heretik May 6, 2011 9:46 pm

    Marry me Claire! ’cause I’m your Freedom Outlaw Huckleberry….

  28. CorbinKale
    CorbinKale May 7, 2011 9:54 am

    Thanks, Claire. That was just what I needed this morning!

  29. kunkmiester
    kunkmiester May 7, 2011 11:00 am

    So who all is working on getting thier local agora started?

  30. A Weapon of Mass Construction « View from Bippus
    A Weapon of Mass Construction « View from Bippus May 7, 2011 6:59 pm

    […] Hot Little Article at the backwoodshome website, and have yourself a read. Claire Wolfe is a premiere freedom advocate, and she can boost one’s freedom spirit, when it starts to flounder.  Her current work, titled “What’s an Outlaw to Do?” points out that real americans that love freedom, (I am thinking that is YOU and ME) can be weapons of mass construction. ha ha I love that term.   mass construction.  We can promulgate that little spark of liberty in others , keep their candle of liberty lit, and fan those liberty candles.  Fan them into flames.  Flames that are constructive of that love of freedom. That keep that freedom fire burning in the minds and hearts of real americans everywhere. […]

  31. naturegirl
    naturegirl May 8, 2011 6:34 pm

    Glenn Jacobs – Here’s to being annoying *toasting*

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