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Getting to high ground ahead of the flood

A few days ago a freedomista friend cried, “That’s it! I quit.”

He’s going to live strictly for himself and his family from now on. So he says. Forget politics, forget organizing, forget publishing, forget “movements” and “isms” and activism, and hopeful enthusiasms. He. Has. HAD IT.

Well, that’s common enough. I may have said things like that myself a time or two; perhaps you have, too.

But this isn’t just a case of burnout. Burnout is part of it, yes. But there’s something more, and more ominous, to it, as we’ll see below.

My friend is afraid.

Then this morning I ran across the acroynm TINVOWOOT. The expression is new to me, but the thought’s not new to anybody who reads this blog: There Is No V*ting Our Way Out of This. (Thank you, RedPillJew).

Apparently the slogan is making its way around the ‘Tubes, though I don’t know how far around or in which political corners.

The natives are getting restless – again.

Okay, the natives who know what’s going on have been restless for a long time, but the drumbeats are getting louder and more insistent.


“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme,” said Mark Twain.

Today’s political climate is is a lot like the one we suffered through (and I wrote my way through) in the mid-1990s. Sentiments like my friend’s were increasing then. Nothing is doing any good! Nobody’s listening! We’re running out of alternatives!

In fact, it was that hair-tearing frustration that drove me to open a book with the now-infamous quote. For me, it was come up with other solutions or (as we put it in those years) go postal.

And things were bad back then. We’d witnessed Waco and the Weaver persecution and murders, and watched the state-funded villains get away with both.

Antigunnery was triumphant. The first moves toward universal ID were being made. Militarization of every tiny police force was proceeding; asset forfeiture was an ever-growing boon to government.

The resounding “Republican Revolution” of 1994 had proved to be nothing but a PR scam designed to put a new bunch of power-mongers into office.

The Clinton administration was busy federalizing a whole lot more crimes. Controversial books were being pulled from the catalogs of publishers because merely sharing the information they contained could be a federal crime with Feinsteinian penalties.

Congress was skillfully sliding its way around the Constitution’s treaty requirements in favor of a “free-trade agreement” that had nothing to do with freedom, but continued the economic handover from the many to the few.

Those were bad, bad times and the groundwork was being laid for worse.

On the other hand, those were also the days when we could get angry at Bill Clinton for bombing an aspirin factory in the Sudan – an act of aggression that seems positively quaint now that we’ve had 18 years of forever-war (courtesy of three administrations, both R and D), bombings of weddings and funerals, the deliberate “collateral murder” of good Samaritans, and deepening military involvement in countries hardly anybody could locate on a map.

Oh, my. The “advances” we’ve seen in our political/cultural/economic situation since the days of Monica Lewinsky’s little blue dress!

The Un-PATRIOT act. The TSA. The crashes of 2000 and 2008, with the bottomless bailout of companies with sufficient political connections. The toxic influence of F*c*b**k and Twitter. The triumph of the surveillance state. A media that no longer even pretends to be impartial. Politicians so bereft of concepts of good governance that all they can do is try to outshout each other with promises of FREE STUFF! “Tolerance” that demands 100% agreement and “values” that shift with every random cultural breeze.

It’s “great” cities becoming sewers, in which young millionaires have to tippy-toe over the sidewalk leavings of drunken, addicted, but oh-so-entitled bums.

It’s every group for itself, and every branching subgroup for itself, and every splinter group of every subgroup clamoring for fulfillment of its own newly invented prerogatives.

And if you don’t agree with the conventions of the moment, you just might get your head kicked in on the street by freelance thugs – that is, if you haven’t already done something to earn a head kicking by government thugs who increasingly understand that they’re not to be held accountable to anybody. Certainly not to us mere peasants.

Nope; TINVOWOOT. Definitely.

But we already knew that. We knew it decades ago. Some of us have understood damn near all our lives tyranny can’t be v*ted away.

But if we thought we were on the brink of pitchfork time ca. 1996, how much closer are we now? And how much less hope is there that we’re going to come out of this with either freedom or mutual respect intact?


What shocked me about my friend’s declaration of independence was that he is of the generation that’s going to see the current mess through to its eventual stabilization, for good or ill. He’s been a leader in organizing and equipping a grassroots resistance.

He’s been frustrated a long time, for sure, and mostly by people who are supposedly on his own side. Let me count the aggravations: yammerheads, sloppy opsec, big egos fed by social media, refusal to train and prepare, snitches and agents provocateurs, people so foolish they might as well be snitches even if they don’t intend to be, backstabbing, sexism, profiteering and credit stealing, inability to see beyond tacticool toys, etc. etc.

Yet my friend isn’t merely personally burned out from hard, often futile, freedomista work; he’s perceiving that a force rising now is beyond all reason. Literally beyond reason, as in both unwilling and unable to think coherently.

Here he is, an intelligent, skilled leader, but he fears the people on his own side and his opponents’ side who are now careening toward a head-on crash without benefit of reasonableness or respect for one another’s humanity.

He doesn’t merely want out because he’s tired; he wants out to avoid being swept away and drowned in the very currents that he himself helped unleash. He didn’t mean to play a role in unleashing the torrential forces he sees sweeping down on us; he started out believing that there was enough good sense and solid grounding in freedomista principle remaining among the loyal (or disloyal) opposition that TINVOWOOT wouldn’t necessarily mean shooting the bastards.

Now? God knows. All he can think of is personally scrambling, with his loved ones, onto high ground. He fears both what the enemies of freedom and what freedom’s supposed upholders might do.

Of course, my friend remains a political junkie (it’s a lifelong affliction, I can tell you). Within days of his declaration he was sending alarms to his contacts about a developing situation that ultimately didn’t develop. (Yet another price of practicing fabled and impossible freedom vigilance 24 hours a day.)

Perhaps his reversion to alert status means his original outburst was less than it seemed. However, I know he is ultimately headed for the exits, even if with a few detours and delays.


The upcoming political/cultural revolutionary crowd will have its own ways – and those ways may be violent or socialistic (or socialistic, then violent; or violent, socialistic, then violent again). They may be theocratic, jingoistic, nihilistic, fascistic – or heaven knows, something else altogether.

Whatever those ways are, they won’t be the ways of the past, though the past will always influence them. Even my friend – who is still quite young and under other circumstances might have provided rational leadership for decades – recognizes that his day, the day of forceful, but well-reasoned action, is over.

And whatever else those ways of the near future are, they won’t be based on sound philosophical or economic principles. They won’t be based on a comprehensive knowledge of history. They won’t be based on each side’s recognition of the other side’s shared humanity. They won’ t be based on anything except the chaotic urge for destruction.


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  1. Fred M.
    Fred M. November 26, 2019 12:29 pm

    Welcome back Claire!

  2. Comrade X
    Comrade X November 26, 2019 1:22 pm

    IMHO we all should be headed to high ground because as with a tsunami there’s no stopping it but only getting out of it’s way before being swept up by it and then waiting for it to play out after that you can return to lower elevations to view the wreckage left behind and search for the survivors.

  3. SKSK
    SKSK November 26, 2019 3:34 pm

    I’ve been trying to think of how to formulate this in print. It seems to me that an atmosphere of profound CONFUSION has been introduced into our cultural process in this country and other places on the planet. ( I have my notions about where this got started, but perhaps that should be left unsaid for now.) The result is simple…when an individual is confused it’s difficult to make wise decisions and move forward with intelligence and skill. And confused people are much easier to control. I’m seeing more and more of this everyday. Which is why I’m completely grateful for sites like this!

  4. free.and.true
    free.and.true November 26, 2019 3:39 pm

    Yep. TINVOWOOT = Just another way of saying, “America is at that awkward stage. It’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the b*st*rds.”

    Only now, add in the horrific, irrational, destruction-bent beast of prey described by tormented sculptor Steven Mallory in ‘The Fountainhead’: “You’d know that the thing can’t hear you, that it can’t be reached, that it’s moving and breathing there before you with a purpose all its own…”

    There’s a hell of a lot of what you might call mundane horror being revealed in recent years — and worse, raised up as supposedly righteous. I think this is why so many people have been saying that ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ and ‘Atlas Shrugged’ and ‘Brave New World’ were supposed to serve as warnings, not instruction manuals.

    Is this what your friend has been sensing? That somehow he’s unwittingly been supporting the enemy by preparing to resist their evil?

  5. david
    david November 27, 2019 6:36 am

    Ever since the mass shooting by government agents at my college in 1970, I have refused to trust government. IMO, the potential rebellion of armed citizens is the only reason we are still a nation without a dictator – one we damned near got in our last election. I have chosen for the last 50 years to try to stay under the radar and off the screen. I have also chosen to be that guy who’s demise will be ‘more expensive than beneficial’ to anyone – i.e. I am willing to ‘stand, fight and die’ like a dog soldier rather than be a slave to the NWO.

    The mention of your friend taking his family to ‘the high ground’ is tactically prophetic. Mountains seem to always be strongholds for resistance. They are hard to access with large units of force, large vehicles, and easy places to commit sabotage – or just to hide in. Strangers stick out like a boner in a Speedo. You can hear vehicles coming long before they arrive.

    If you have noticed the map of “rewilded areas” that Agenda 21 produces you’ll notice that most of them are the good places to be left alone – difficult to access, remote from population centers, and providing lots of opportunity for self-sufficient folks but not so much for the serf ‘community’ of willing subjects. That’s where I’m headed – off the radar and into the boonies.

  6. david
    david November 27, 2019 6:56 am

    I should also note that I think there is a balancing act going on which may help us. Sure, the totalitarian ideologues and their stooges (Congress seems a good example) do want to ‘throw the switch’ and go full-on NWO – but there are very rich people who will be the low hanging fruit when wealth confiscation begins, and who may decide to fight against being forced down into the ‘unwashed’ masses. Bloomberg for example thinks he knows how much soda you should drink (nanny-state authoritarianism), but he’s also rich enough to pay ‘some guys’ to collect heads (literally) of NWO types if he feels endangered (Arkan-ism). Gates, Bezos, Jobs, Zuckerberg come readily to mind – and there are so many others whom I doubt will quietly give up their privilege for the sake of the whole. The very guys who are now selling us out to big government may someday be our sudden allies.

    Of course, I cannot prove any of this. It’s merely the result of my suspicious observations over 5 decades since the college massacre. But perhaps some other minds mulling it over can figure out if I’m right or wrong, or if there is a way to bring the rich to our side now – before the war for planet Earth begins.

  7. Jolly
    Jolly November 27, 2019 7:30 am

    What if – Trump is “on our side?” – Sometimes an ally comes in sub-optimal forms. WWII – we allied with Josef Stalin to defeat an even bigger foe. Trump is far less vile. His election may be the result of the non-liberty-minded folk to solve the obvious problems in our Republic. His opponents compare him to Julius Caesar – but he acts more like an incoherent Cicero. At the very least – you have to admit he’s indefatigable. And, the ear-splitting cacophony from the people we liberty-minded people consider evil is – well, fun at least.

  8. Joel
    Joel November 27, 2019 8:02 am

    I don’t believe Trump is on any side but his own, but it hardly matters – his election seems to have upset applecarts all over the place. A vote for the other one would have been a vote for the status quo, in which our overlords had come to be quite comfortable. The road to serfdom would have continued in an quiet, orderly and controllable manner.

    Now nobody seems to know what the hell is going on – the loony left has come out to play, tearing the mask off and convincing the Trump voters that everything they feared was right. I imagine there’s been quite a boom in luxury bunker sales over the past couple of years; the rich are openly despised by both sides, the politicians are reduced to kabuki theater, and the bureaucracy is getting more light shown on it than it probably enjoys. Street violence is a thing, and since the “right” people are the ones indulging in it our beloved masters don’t dare call it what it is and stamp it out.

    Damned if I know what the next decade will bring – but we certainly seem to be not edging but careening toward Interesting Times. Heading for the hills might not be ultimately successful in keeping the world at bay, but I wouldn’t call it an irrational thing to do.

  9. Comrade X
    Comrade X November 27, 2019 8:28 am

    +1 to everything Joel said!

  10. Antibubba
    Antibubba November 29, 2019 8:22 pm

    With the advances in surveillance and data mining, I’m not sure there any “hills” to head to anymore.

  11. AC
    AC December 4, 2019 9:23 am

    My suggestion to your friend would be to study 4th Generation Warfare and Open Sourced Insurgency, as that is likely where we are headed whether or not Trump succeeds in his bid to get us out of the FED/IMF empire and into BRIC.

    If he’s unlikely to see these links, perhaps emailing him a note to check them out would save him a lot of frustration-or worse- in the years to come.

    The same spirit of the age has infected the business world and other formerly stable hierarchies, so that reasonably competent and rational individuals are having to divorce themselves financially and emotionally from there as well.

    I don’t mind a young person in management being inexperienced and prideful. It’s the destruction they are hell bent on EVEN WHEN THE DATA IS CONCLUSIVE on subjects that I find intolerable. Watching venerable organizations get wrecked in slow motion is the norm now for those of us of “The New Silent Generation” (GenX).

  12. Pat
    Pat December 5, 2019 6:06 am

    AC said: “It’s the destruction they are hell bent on EVEN WHEN THE DATA IS CONCLUSIVE on subjects that I find intolerable.”

    I often wonder if people even recognize DATA for what it is.

    We live in a world of opinions, both official (from politicos, MSM, academia, and research paid for by self-serving interests), and unofficial (social media, commentary by celebrities and “influencers”, and the man on the street).

    At least three generations have been brainwashed by the American school system which generally no longer teaches pupils how to think, reason, or judge an issue in the light of reality or truth.

    Can people even differentiate facts from feelings, or understand what they hear/read as coming from knowledge vs “beliefs”? I doubt that many stop to assess the difference anymore, before they react.

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  14. TK421a
    TK421a December 8, 2019 7:42 am

    I totally understand where your friend is coming from, I walked away a couple of years ago too.

  15. Beau Jest
    Beau Jest December 8, 2019 8:36 am

    I totally understand why your friend walked away, I did too a few years ago.

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