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A note about the forums + recreating the blogroll

First, a quick note about the Living Freedom Forums: If you’ve applied for membership any time in the last few months and never heard back, please contact me at memberships-at-clairescabal-dot-com. As you know if you’ve read recent comments, the application process got broken and I don’t know how far back the problem went. If you were caught in the screwup, I apologize and invite you to try again via the New! Improved! (And simplified) process.


Now …

Since Big Tech killed Parler (which has just arisen from the dead) and since The Evil Goog has become notorious for politicizing search results, bloggers are starting to revive the old blogroll.

I must have deleted the Living Freedom blogroll a few years ago and now I’m working to re-create it. Thanks to Brad at Wendy’s place for the idea.

Members of the Living Freedom Forums helped create this still-incomplete list. I’d love more suggestions from the blog Commentariat. In particular, I’d like your help finding lesser-known blogs that still have meaty freedomista content.

Topics include (but aren’t limited to): gun rights, prepping, rural living, drug legalization, sex-worker rights, general political commentary (anywhere in spectrum, as long as it’s open-minded and supports individual rights), free-market economics, homeschooling … well, all the usual, I guess.

Here’s what I’ve got so far:

90 Miles from Tyranny
357 Magnum
According to Hoyt
Adaptive Curmudgeon
Babylon Bee
Bayou Renaissance Man
Bear Bussjaeger
Captain’s Journal
Equipped to Survive (forum)
Eric Peters Autos
Freedom’s Phoenix
Gay Patriot
Gunbloggers (aggregator)
(also their onion addy, which I have to find)
Gun Free Zone
Honest Courtesan (Maggie McNeill)
Jim Bovard
Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
Knuckledraggin My Life Away
Legal Insurrection
Maggie’s Farm
Mises Blog
Monster Hunter Nation (Larry Correia)
Never Yet Melted
New Jovian Thunderbolt
Notes from the Bunker (prepping)
Organic Prepper (Daisy Luther)
Raconteur Report
Simple Justice (Scott Greenfield)
Survival Blog
The Firearm Blog
The Forty-Five
The Freeholder
The Gun Feed (aggregator)
The Other McCain
The Silicon Graybeard
The Smallest Minority
The Ultimate Answer to Kings aka Joel’s Gulch
The War on Guns (David Codrea)
Velojym (mostly cycling)
Watts Up With That?
Weasel Zippers
Wendy McElroy
Western Rifle Shooters
Wilder, Wealthy, and Wise

So. Your additional suggestions?


  1. Myself
    Myself February 20, 2021 4:03 pm

    Maggie McNeill

  2. Myself
    Myself February 20, 2021 4:10 pm

    And if I may inquire, do tou want only “all or nothing” websights, or would ones that are good on some issues, but not others work?

  3. Comrade X
    Comrade X February 20, 2021 4:29 pm
  4. Claire
    Claire February 20, 2021 4:40 pm

    Maggie McNeill is there — Honest Courtesan. 🙂 (I almost listed that one as Honest Courtesan (Maggie McNeill) — and maybe I should.

    And as to “all or nothing” — Absolutely I’d love to see some blogs that are good on some issues, not on others. Right now we need all the friends we can get, especially on free speech, gun rights, and economic freedom.

    One I’m already planning to add is Why Evolution is True, whose perspective is definitely outside “the choir.” I’m also going to find a way to work Glenn Greenwald, Matt Taibbi, and Bari Weiss into my permanent links somewhere, and they’re all solid liberals.

    So suggest away!

  5. Claire
    Claire February 20, 2021 4:46 pm

    Wow, Comrade X, fantastic list and thank you for them all. I read many of those sites myself and you’ve picked some good ones. You’ve also given some I’m not familiar with and look forward to visiting.

    This gives me the chance to add something I thought about but didn’t say. For the moment I’m looking strictly for blogs, not professional news/opinion sites like The Federalist or Reason. However, in the long run — and again because of censorship and various sneaky forms of silencing — I’m planning to make a separate list of news sites, advocacy sites (i.e. for medical freedom, drug legalization, economic policy, etc.), and other non-blogs and have a page just for those. So for now I’ll add the blogs you suggest and keep the non-blogs for later.

    Yeah, I realize the line’s gotten fuzzy (thus my inclusion of aggregators, one of which you’ve just added to the roll for sure).

  6. Steve
    Steve February 20, 2021 5:43 pm

    I know you left Zelnick’s original org but I still get current useful info from covers everything from the current plandemic (that will get you thrown off Twitter and Youtube) to the intersection of energy, economy, and the environment. Chris Martenson, who I have known personally for ten years, is a really smart honest guy who researches the hell out of whatever he is saying.

  7. Bibamufu
    Bibamufu February 21, 2021 6:07 am


    Here are a few more…

  8. Comrade X
    Comrade X February 21, 2021 8:17 am

    I understand completely Claire.

    Here’s one I forgot to mention;

    News and DOGS!!!! I’m hoping a good friend of mine who lost a good friend recently has found another too.

  9. Claire
    Claire February 21, 2021 11:10 am

    Ack! I left out David Codrea’s War on Guns in the first go-round. Fixed now. David is indispensable.

    Fred — I’ve got Gunbloggers and Maggie’s Farm; the rest look interesting and I’ll check them out.

    Steve — After JPFO was sold to SAF, I thought it went pretty much dead. There were few posts and some of them contained such shocking, slanderous, outright lies about how the sale was carried out that I never went back for another look. I see regular posts now, thanks to your link. Will also check out PeakProsperity.

    bibamufu — I love Kunstler’s writing and didn’t realize Defensive Training Group had a blog. Thanks

    And Comrade X — Dogs!!! Which also reminds me I should probably add some cute meme sites or somesuch, just for levity. (I haven’t found, or even been looking for, another dog. It feels weird not to have a canine companion for the first time in 31 years, but my life is too unsettled right now. Someday, when a dog is meant to happen, one will happen, probably in some unlikely way.)

  10. Kurt
    Kurt February 21, 2021 12:13 pm
  11. Jeff Allen
    Jeff Allen February 21, 2021 7:38 pm

    hoping this suggestion is “yes, and!” (not completely O.T.):
    many blogs can be listed with an RSS feed that shows the most recent blog entry,
    so scanning down the list shows changes & updates of topics.

  12. Claire
    Claire February 22, 2021 7:30 am

    I go off for an afternoon and evening and return to a raft of good suggestions. Some of these are completely new to me — just what I was hoping for. Others fall into the facepalm category of “How the heck could I have forgotten that one?”

    Nearly all will go either into the blogroll or into the later page of news, opinion, and advocacy non-blog sites.

    Myself — Most of those sites, unless they have blogs, will go onto the news/opinion/advocacy page. I particularly liked the sex-worker rights sites. I also want to find more for that page for drug legalization, medical freedom, free speech, and other topics both from libertarian and liberal viewpoints.

    Jeff Allen — I’m not sure how I can set up a blogroll that way, but I see that done with aggregators or sites like Feedly. I’ll look into it, but I’m starting with the assumption that it’s beyond my tech abilities. Definitely not OT, though.

  13. RR Schoettker
    RR Schoettker February 22, 2021 8:39 am

    I stopped reading ‘LibertyUnbound’ because of the presence of Bruce Ramsey, the 21st century amerikan empires ‘useful idiot’ before the old site went down last spring. After reading the new one through your link suggestions above with his piece ‘Looking back on the plague year” I see nothing that makes me question the validity of that decision. I admit this is to an extent tarring the whole site with my distrust of one person but nevertheless, he is listed as senior editor on the masthead.

  14. Jeff Allen
    Jeff Allen February 22, 2021 9:36 am

    Claire, I should have added this example: maybe there’s some reverse-engineering (or questions to the blogger) you could do? At least, you’ll see what I mean – the listed sites are not what I would include in this freedomista-oriented project, though…

  15. jed
    jed February 22, 2021 10:35 am

    I suspect that, if you with to include a “latest post” item for members of your blogroll, there’s a WordPress plugin for that which will make it easy. It might even be an available feature in your current installation, requiring only a checkbox.

  16. Myself
    Myself February 22, 2021 5:48 pm

    People will think this one is a joke, but Frank Kelly Rich is well worth listening to

  17. Claire
    Claire February 23, 2021 12:13 pm

    You didn’t miss it, Noah Body. That’s another facepalm for me and a good catch by you.

    And thanks for the further contributions and elucidations, jed, Jeff, and Myself. (Yeah, I’m not quite sure what to make of the drunkard site, but the others will be on the resources page for sure.)

    Now I’m off to the task of visiting, re-visiting, and collating all the many links in this thread into a ready-for-prime-time blogroll and a not-quite-ready-for-prime-time resources page for the non-blogs.

  18. Myself
    Myself February 23, 2021 12:30 pm

    When you have the chance, and should you have the desire, go to the Modern Drunkard sight, and scroll down to the section, News From The Front, and read The Pot Calling The Bottle Black, and thenvThe Battle For The Bars

  19. Claire
    Claire February 23, 2021 12:55 pm

    Disgraceful, stupid tactic by SAFER; good response by Frank Kelly Rich. However, that article appears to be 15 years old and SAFER has since morphed into something called VS Strategies, a consultancy firm specializing in cannabis policy. The last sign I spotted of their anti-alcohol tactic was from 2013. I liked the drunkard site quite a bit. Good writing and charming wit. But I don’t think it’s enough of an advocacy site to include on the resources page.

  20. Myself
    Myself February 23, 2021 6:11 pm

    You’re much smarter a out these things than I

  21. Claire
    Claire February 23, 2021 6:59 pm

    Smarter? Hell, no! I just know what I’m looking for — and you already supplied quite a lot of good sites I otherwise might not have found.

  22. Kurt
    Kurt February 23, 2021 7:21 pm

    One other I forgot to mention, though perhaps someone else did, and I missed it:

    Especially his mini-essay “Why Did it Have to be … Guns?”


  23. Danny Jones
    Danny Jones February 24, 2021 1:45 pm

    If you could give us the static IP addresses for these places and a refresher course in how to use them, maybe we could “direct dial” so to speak and circumvent some of the politically based plug pulling we’ve had lately.


  24. Claire
    Claire February 24, 2021 2:09 pm

    Hello, Danny. We’ve had some discussion about that in the Living Freedom Forums, and I mentioned something related in passing on the blog not long ago.

    I think it’s a very good idea for individuals to find and keep record of the IP addresses of places they visit often (and people may even have a “hosts” file in their computer for doing exactly that). However, that’s best done by individuals, who know what sites are most important to them, rather than by one blogger creating a blogroll that most people probably will never use.

  25. Large Marge
    Large Marge February 25, 2021 12:31 am
    Retired LawEnforcementOfficial, DoD ex-contractor.
    For over a decade, Larry critiques old battles, discusses aircraft, and offers alternatives to urban living from his rustic White Wolf Mine in nowheresville Arizona.
    If you miss Ol’ Remus and WoodPileReport, Larry might offer some solace.
    Active comments section.

  26. Large Marge
    Large Marge February 25, 2021 12:40 am
    Mostly anchored among the Honduras islands, Captain Ray Jason shares his offshore perspective from decades of full-time live-aboard on sailboats.
    He makes a strong case for joining any of the hundreds of ad-hoc Sea Gypsy Tribes.

  27. Large Marge
    Large Marge February 25, 2021 12:45 am
    Contributors to American Renaissance discuss the concealed thousands of assaults/murders of European-heritage folks… crimes concealed by TheMainStreamMedia.

  28. Large Marge
    Large Marge February 25, 2021 12:53 am
    The lovely-n-talented Jan comments on current trends “…with a healthy dose of snark…”.
    She has a mutual admiration with meme-artiste extraordinaire Earl Of Taint.
    Mondays, she posts a tasteful black-and-white portrait of her remarkable 6’1″ athletic form… nude.

  29. Large Marge
    Large Marge February 25, 2021 12:59 am
    Irish is hilarious.
    Irish is primarily a ‘carnivore with breaks for coffee’, and has photographs to encourage others to join in.
    Irish has Friday Femme Fatale to start the weekend.

  30. Claire
    Claire February 25, 2021 7:20 am

    Greetings, Large Marge. And thank you. I’m not familiar with a single one of those sites and they all look interesting and different. I hope you stick around.

  31. Claire
    Claire February 26, 2021 5:58 pm

    And thanks for your good, well-focused site, Commander Zero.

    And Paladin — good link.

  32. Myself
    Myself February 28, 2021 1:45 pm

    Happy too

    I would advise everyone to work out communication now that doesn’t require internet, or cell phones for that matter.

    And for f’s sake, buy some burner phones now, while you still can

  33. Claire
    Claire March 2, 2021 5:20 pm

    Okay, you win. Or rather, if we were competing, which we’re not, you’d win. I’m reasonably sure you added at least a few items to those lists after visiting my “inadequate” blogroll. I’m absolutely sure I’ll return and steal a few now from you.

    With things as they’re becoming out in the big world now, the more blogrolls the better and the more links in them the better.

    Nice knife, Dundee.

  34. Bill Quick
    Bill Quick March 7, 2021 11:28 am

    Daily Pundit –

    In continuous operation since 12/15/2001.

    We named the Blogosphere.

  35. Claire
    Claire March 7, 2021 12:04 pm

    Good additions. Thank you!

    CA, I can’t leave T.L. Davis out. That’s for sure. But no matter how many scripts I allowed, I couldn’t get his site to load on Firefox. I’ll try again with another browser, but if I didn’t know who T.L. was I’d be suspicious of any blog that required more than one or two scripts. (Good to hear from you, though. I hope you’re doing well in these insane times.)

  36. Claire
    Claire March 7, 2021 12:32 pm

    “We named the Blogosphere.”

    Truth? Good one!

    May the blogosphere grow and thrive long after FB and Twitter have rotted in the trashcan of history.

  37. DH Young
    DH Young March 19, 2021 9:53 am

    Huh. I did apply to join that forum dingus a while back. I got all involved with trying to answer the questions in a way that made sense to me…didn’t really know what to expect out of that, but I’m pretty sure I don’t want to do it again!

    Anyway, I like the crowd around here. OTOH I go months without reading anything, then get in a mood and binge. So either way, it’s fine with me really.


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