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Dealing with our new totalitarian reality, part II
(We have just two jobs to do)

Not overly fond

There’s a strange paradox at the heart of our unique and growing totalitarianism.

On one hand, our ruling classes are as putrescent as any powdered princeling from France’s ancien regime. They have been for a very long time. Marie Antoinette may never have said, “Let them eat cake” when informed the deplorable masses had no bread. But today public and “private” figures like “let them eat ice cream” Pelosi, “take your jabs and pay no attention to my depopulation dreams” Gates, and “fighting climate change by blasting hydrocarbons from my private jet” Kerry are an undeniable fact of our lives.

It’s hard to say which is worse among the elite — arrogance or cluelessness.

Virtually every traditional institution has lost all credibility. No one of good sense trusts any any official or any piece of information they can’t verify for themselves.

In other words, if ever a regime was ready to prolapse into an oozing lump of rotted illusions, it’s this one.


This same exhausted, diseased, and all-but-mummified elite controls — or is controlled by — the most extensive surveillance and superintendence apparatus ever known to mankind. No one, from Cardinal Richelieu of old to the STASI of recent vintage could have imagined, let alone operated, a system like the one that watches us day and night. Not only watches us, but has the power — through a few keystrokes or a decision by anonymous, autonomous AI — to turn us into pariahs.

This system — partially “private” and partly Deep State (but can you tell the difference?) — may have the capability to outlast the depraved class that built it. Whether it will operate autonomously as Skynet or be operated by humans … who knows?

But what we appear to have — our paradox — is a strong control system built by a weakening elite.

More about that toward the end of this screed.

If corona virus would save us from government

Source: John Wilder, The fall of freedom in Australia in 16 memes


There’s so much we can’t know. We can’t know whether our own ancien regime will fight for its life when the day comes or already be so rotted (like the old Soviet Union) that it will passively collapse upon itself at a touch. We can’t know what will replace it — something better or something even worse. Will we get Thomas Jefferson or Robespierre? Vaclav Havel or Fidel Castro? Or tiny states with different convictions (a few even leaning toward freedom!)? How about a Dark Age of a thousand years?

All we can know is that, after some unknown period and one or more unpredictable triggering event(s) (the classic “Gradually and then suddenly”) our decomposing elite will fall.

In the meantime we have two jobs to do. Just two: live with the new totalitarianism and plan to outlive it.

Live with does not mean tolerate. Outlive doesn’t mean to wait passively until it dies on its own. On the contrary.

Done patiently waiting

Living with the unlivable — in a spirit of freedom

No, we do not have to tolerate the intolerable. Our job of living with the new totalitarian reality doesn’t mean accepting it on its own terms. It means first acknowledging reality, evaluating our position, then taking positive steps to go around, through, over, or under the obstacles in our path. In totalitarianism, obstacles are many.

Early steps:

1. Because of the nature of the “crisis” that enabled mere tyrants to transform outright into totalitarians (albeit still “totalitarian lite”) the very first order of business in this first job of ours is to guard the sovereignty of our bodies.

Bad enough we’ve tolerated governments telling us that we can’t put certain useful substances into our own bodies. When they tell us that we must put certain substances into our bodies, they have gone too far. We must study, compare, judge — and resist (if such is our informed choice) — on our own.

2. If we find ourselves in a minority that is judged to be vermin, the cause of society’s ills, without redeeming value, then without hesitation we should get ourselves and our families to a safer place while we still can. DO NOT stick around and try to reason with a crazed mob. DO NOT imagine that reason and humanity will return in time. DO NOT hold false hopes. Go.

Where is your place of safety (if any exists)? I can’t say. Offshore (if you can get there)? At sea (if you have sailing skills or means)? Another state? Another region within your own state? A hometown where you’re known and respected? A family homestead? A hermit’s cave? Wherever it is, if you have good reason to believe it’s safer than living where people hate you merely for existing — go.

Beyond those initial steps, a lot of what we need to do to “live with totalitarianism” might be pretty familiar:

  • Black Free marketeering
  • Smuggling
  • Monkeywrenching
  • Mockery, non-cooperation, or malicious compliance with Authoritah
  • Ferreting out the truth for ourselves in a world of lies
  • Preserving books, movies, and historical documents from destruction
  • Using distributed online communications systems
  • Using encrypted and/or otherwise hard-to-trace communications
  • Transacting via barter or non-approved currencies
  • Secession — whether at state level, county level, or individual level
  • Focusing more on our neighborhoods or tribes
  • Developing alternative systems for necessary social functioning (e.g. medical care, education, justice, transportation)
  • Keeping principles and culture alive within our hearts and our families
  • Practicing our beliefs with greater vigor the more the regime attacks or undermines them.

Too familiar to long-time freedomistas? Sure, some of it is. But it’s time to do the above harder and smarter and with more resolution — and bolder Outlaw panache. Then do even more acts of freedom than we’ve thought of before. (The blog Commentariat is sure to have ideas.)

Living with totalitarianism does not mean going along to get along — except in the case of the Freedom Outlaw Mole, whose role of reporting and sabotaging from within becomes more important than ever as evil tightens its grip.

Under totalitarianism — with all its dangers even for the most mild dissenters — we deplorables will each make our own decisions about how visible we’re willing to be. Already some formerly public noisemakers have opted to slip away into silence while others redouble their public rages against the machine.

But even if we we choose to appear to be good, obedient members of the proletariat, we will not ever stop routing our way around or through a system that is bad to its tubercular bones.

Not usually a sign guy

Outliving totalitarianism — by being better and more adamant

Our second job — outliving a rotten system — also does not imply passivity. It means we do all we can to ensure our own healthy survival while hastening the ancien regime’s inevitable downfall.

Ugh where do I start

Ah, you’ve already noticed that some of the many items under “living with it” (above) do exactly that. Provide (hope of) safety. Undermine the already rotting roots of the system.

And that’s how it works when things get as bad as they’re getting. Real battles may be necessary, but merely existing as creative, free-thinking, sovereign human beings goes a long way. Because totalitarianisms rot from within.

Totalitarianisms are inherently flawed. Whatever the differences between them (and remember, that every totalitarianism looks different), they’re all based on the laughable belief that a tiny, out-of-touch elite and their minions can understand and completely control a nation or the world — and that the masses will either go along or be crushed like bugs so that more compliant masses can emerge.

In the beginning totalitarian elitists try to persuade said masses that their diktats, economic catastrophes, persecutions, restrictions on free speech or freedom of movement, even their mass murders, serve some greater good. In the beginning, millions may believe it. But in the end, control by an elite is simply impossible — and that goes double for an elite like ours, which is already in a state of decrepitude and decomposition.

What they’re doing now looks like an exercise of power, but it’s really desperation. They will stop at nothing because nothing — the abyss — awaits them when the billions realize they’ve been had.

But they will stop. Because one day they are finally so weakened that even their most ardent partisans won’t (or can’t) stand for them any more. At that point … doom. Their doom.

So to outlive totalitarianism may mean to fight, physically, to the death. (As I keep saying, I don’t advocate violence and I hope it doesn’t come to that. But as a sane person in a crazy world I have to recognize the likelihood.)

“Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum.”

As you cling bitterly to your guns, take comfort that, contra Biden and Swalwell, the mighty United States government and its entire Deep State apparatus was just trounced in Afghanistan not by F15s and nuclear weapons, but by tribal goat herders.

But equally, “outliving totalitarianism” may mean not taking up arms. It may mean being prepared to thrive when the totalitarian elite sink under under their own greasy adipocytes and their senescent confidence in their divine right to rule.

Be flexible, be fast, be ready to spot opportunity, even if it comes in a form you never anticipated. And oh please try not to be stupid. Let all the stupidity be on their side.

Finally, some hope

Let’s end on an upbeat — even if “upbeat” must be interestingly relative in these strange and parlous days.

It will be interesting to see what role, if any, the Biden regime’s recent theater-of-the-absurd (or was it Grand Guignol?) exit from Afghanistan may play in the eventual plunge. Trigger event? Or just another datapoint in the long history of the fall?

It will be interesting to see what role the giant global COVID control campaign will have. Trigger event? Mere datapoint? Who knows?

All we can be sure of is that events will unfold very differently than we expect.

The odds are against us coming out of this with freedom enhanced. But I think we have two great hopes.

One — almost inevitable — is economic collapse. It may come in the form of hyperinflation, depression, bursting bubbles, the sudden demise of the welfare state, or all of the above. It won’t be pretty. It won’t be easy. And this time Fed conjuring just won’t be enough. But however it comes, people will be pissed. And desperate.

Desperate people may be crazed enough to demand even more of the same type of bad governance that get them into their hellhole in the first place. But some, at least, will see who’s really at fault.

The second hope — and this is trickier and has way less historic precedent — is that those “immortal” surveillance and superintendence systems our deepest Deep State elite created as their personal panopticon aren’t as immortal as they look from outside.

Now, if we actually get Skynet, yeah, that would not be good. But if humans remain in control of the technology even as one political system falls and something else strives to replace it, then different story. Because the reality is that the apparent immortality of surveillance and control technology is — like the power of the elite themselves — an illusion.

Data centers rely on huge power systems — and even big, savvy outfits like the NSA aren’t immune to  multiple explosions in their data centers. Green energy follies are making power grids more vulnerable, and even though smart spymasters build their systems with layer upon layer of backup, failures happen. Stuff breaks — on its own, or from human error, without the need for saboteurs or angry attackers.

And in this future we’re heading into where “diversity” and “equity” outrank skill and knowledge … who will fix the broken pieces of such sophisticated systems?

And what of the now-silent freedomista designers, programmers, and techs who help build and maintain the panopticon? What happens when they go full Edward Snowden and decide that they can no longer support the increasingly putrid ancien regime?

Whatever happens or doesn’t happen to oligarchs, plutocrats, technocrats, and the totalitarian systems they build, if those vast surveillance networks fail — or are given a well-informed strategic shove — we will have taken one giant leap toward becoming free individuals and building free societies once again.

Even introverts


  1. Fred M
    Fred M September 7, 2021 4:34 am

    Well done Claire. I can only add that I believe much of the current malise in government is caused by Biden doing what his Chinese handlers have told him to do. He is still the sly fox in the henhouse disguised as a feeble chicken. Time to hunker down and see what the future holds in store for us.
    Be well, be safe!

  2. James
    James September 7, 2021 4:45 am

    As you cling bitterly to your guns, take comfort that, contra Biden and Swalwell, the mighty United States government and its entire Deep State apparatus was just trounced in Afghanistan not by F15s and nuclear weapons, but by tribal goat herders.

    There’s a price to be paid for handing out such trouncings — lots of those tribal goat herders got killed, very much including the ones who were just herding their goats (or trying to attend a wedding), not even active in the trouncing process. I can’t, and don’t especially want to, try to speak for those Muslim tribal types; I’m a Christian, and am happily ignorant of the teachings of Islam concerning eternity. I’d guess they’re pretty repellent. But I will say that they seem to behave like people who know that their days in this life are limited; that sooner or later, we all hear the whistle blow, and hand in our lunch pails; and that the latest “later” is, on an eternal scale of reckoning, not very much later than the earliest. And, if they do think that way, well, so do I. I know that my Redeemer lives, and that my true citizenship is elsewhere.

    Admittedly, these may be thoughts that come more easily to me at the age of 67 than they would have done earlier. I’ve lived my summer, and I know it’s fall, with winter not far after.

    I won’t “cling bitterly” (yes, I know you’re alluding to the Obummer) to my guns. I think that’s poor form. Instead of clinging, better to get a good cheek weld, draw a deep breath, let half of it out, sights or scope on target, take up a little trigger every time the sight picture is right, and let the discharge come as a surprise. And I hope I’m smiling cheerfully, if the time comes for me to do that “for real.” Bitterness doesn’t help.

    Great post, Claire, as usual!

  3. Granny
    Granny September 7, 2021 4:55 am

    Wow. I’ll do my best to spread this article far and wide! So eloquent. Everything so well described.

    Thank you.

  4. Jerry
    Jerry September 7, 2021 5:19 am

    Fred M you give too much credit to biden. He is just a puppet in the scheme of things. Some one a lot closer to home is the puppet master. The RED czar maybe the director of the show? Just my two cents worth. Enjoying the blog, and others input.

  5. Simon Templar
    Simon Templar September 7, 2021 5:23 am

    “. . . we should get ourselves and our families to a safer place while we still can.”

    If I knew of such a place I would already be there. Does such a place exist? If it exists now, will it exist tomorrow? Does anyone know of any such places? I am open to suggestions, but I have a feeling this may not really be an option.

  6. Capt Jack
    Capt Jack September 7, 2021 6:06 am

    @ Simon – A “safer place” is any location where your tribe – YOUR people – are the majority. No one-size-fits-all location that’s “safer.” Demographics = Destiny. But like-minded families lashed together in community are the key. The like-minded then must build alliances with the similarly-minded. This approach may require relocation, but more importantly it requires doing the hard work of relationship building.

  7. Toirdhealbheach Beucail
    Toirdhealbheach Beucail September 7, 2021 6:39 am

    Claire – Mostly at your suggestion, I have voraciously consumed Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option and Live Not By Lies over the weekend. While these are arguably focused to a specific subgroup (Christians in this case), the points that he make in terms of survival and “living to fight another day” apply across any group that will be “unpeopled” by the Totalitarians (for example, I was aware of Vaclav Havel and have read many of his works, but was not aware that that the primary resistance of the Czech and Slovak people was largely not a single group – religious, political, social – but a mix of all of these). Arguably the models that need to be followed are those of Havel, Benda, and Solzhenitsyn.

    One of the largest issues that I, at least, had to get my mind around is that we are much farther gone than I had imagined. In that sense, the world is not “still in play” – the Totalitarians hold the upper hand at the moment. Progress cannot be made until that fact is acknowledged and accepted.

    That said, there is still a great deal that can be done (as suggested in your fabulous list).

    The points of hope that you make at the are not to be underestimated: The global system – which now enables this sort of totalitarianism – is a very complex system and, like any complex system, very fragile. Economic challenges, energy challenges, food challenges – any of these is enough to cause significant disruptions and cause parts of the system to endure hardships or even collapse. And these things are completely outside of the control of those that seek to mire all in their system.

    The most important thing – which Solzhenitsyn said – is that we must live not by lies. We must not add legitimacy to the system wherever possible by actively supporting, agreeing with, or repeating its lies.

    Ironically enough, the future has never looked brighter. That which we feared is now here and, by seeing its shape and form, can now be assessed and addressed.

    (To all: If you have not read Vaclav Havel’s essay “The Power of the Powerless”, I would highly recommend it, along with Solzhenitsyn’s “Live Not By Lies”. They are excellent descriptions of how to cope and fight back under totalitarian regimes.)

  8. Simon Templar
    Simon Templar September 7, 2021 6:47 am

    Thanks, Capt Jack. I understand the concept quite well, and I have a few places where I have many like-minded friends. But the only place “where your tribe – YOUR people – are the majority” is my house, or the house of one of these friends.

    “Majority” is the difficult requirement to fulfill, even on a very small scale. I don’t know of even a small neighborhood, dead end road, or cul-de-sac that could fulfill the majority requirement of even just basic, broadly defined libertarians. But maybe that’s just me. It seems that right-wingers or right-leaning authoritarians, or left-wingers or left-leaning authoritarians, or some other flavor of statist / government supremacists, or some combination of these, comprise the majority everywhere.

  9. Old Trainer
    Old Trainer September 7, 2021 7:10 am

    Very good! I’ve got ‘hope’ for the future and that it will eventually be a ‘good’ one that my grandkids will live in. This essay says it a whole lot better than I can.

    In my personal situation and age/status, we’ve become about a prepared as we can and have settled in for the upcoming fight. However I am at a loss for a way to connect to a tribe on a physical basis (local, local, local / meat space baby) as there is no more family left here and I’m in a neighborhood/community that is at best clueless and wants to stay that way. With that, I still intend to live my life on my terms and will do the best I can to help the positive change that can be our future. Thanks Clair as well as one and all for providing support and comfort.

  10. Comrade X
    Comrade X September 7, 2021 8:14 am

    Courage is Contagious!

    We all have only one life, the question each of us must ask ourselves is how do we want to live that life; as a slave or free?

    As for me I pick FREEDOM, and if you do too then it is time for you to Stand and Deliver;

    Courage is Contagious!

  11. pyrrhus
    pyrrhus September 7, 2021 8:44 am

    All this high tech “control” depends on a vast supply of uninterrupted energy…which is extremely vulnerable to monkeywrenching of infinite variety….Of course, such activities would be a very BAD thing, sure hope it doesn’t happen…

  12. gilespayne
    gilespayne September 7, 2021 9:14 am

    We all have to remember, every petty tyrant is local to someone.

    There is no one untouchable on the planet.

  13. Andiamo
    Andiamo September 7, 2021 1:18 pm

    There isn’t a safe place. I live in NW Montana and it is filling up with escapees from the blue states quickly. Conservatives are on the run from blue states.14% growth in the Flathead valley in the last year.

    Get into a community of your own kind and get ready to make a stand.
    When it is known where the Redoubt will be move in mass for safety. Make it a fighting retreat and don’t stop to bury your dead.

    The Lord is coming back soon and the world we grew up in is coming to an end. Chaos will rule for a short period and then fatigue will set in and quiet while we consolidate and perfect our defense.

    Leave your porn, sodomy, abortions, divorces, paganism, sissified religion, vulgar language and all such ungodliness behind. But bring your Bibles, guns, ammo, good tools, recipes, meds and skills with you with a good work ethic. And as much food as you can.

  14. Capitalist Eric
    Capitalist Eric September 7, 2021 2:04 pm

    We should talk about data centers. Let’s just say I know a thing or two about them.

    Please ping my email or IM me via my blog (old, but still useful).


  15. Those People
    Those People September 7, 2021 2:50 pm

    Claire, thank you for a masterful series. Hope–we must live in hope.
    Often heard at our house: Q. “Are we going to make it?” A. “We have to!”

    The two jobs:

    1. Live with it. Safe place…..we’ve chosen to stay put in our rural town. It’s been long scorned by the urban elite as a backwards rough and depressed place to get through as quickly as possible. We moved to a relatively safe neighborhood in which Covid got us all outside and getting to know each other. We don’t have children or grandchildren to provide for. Instead we have determined to go deep into this place and work for its people’s good. Retired business owner Husband knows everybody and is widely respected. We’re both active musicians in our church and community. I volunteer here for the Alzheimer’s Association, and we serve on the ham radio ARES team for county emergency management. And yes, we have our preps in place. This plan may seem naive, but it makes sense to us.

    2. Plan to outlive it. Again, this requires a spirit of hope. Something I read lately resonates here. Each day, think back on any thing you did that got you a step closer to your goals. Give thanks for it, smile about it. Wrench yourself away from wallowing in “It’s too hard.” Learn to enjoy and smile in the small details of everyday life as you are guided by your beliefs, principles, culture. Feel what the act of smiling does to your brain chemistry. Smile. Nobody can take that from you.

    James, I echo with you “I know that my Redeemer lives.” That is my ultimate joy, peace, and freedom.

    Blessings All, and enjoy the ride.

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  17. patrick fowler
    patrick fowler September 7, 2021 3:22 pm

    Wonderful Claire , dozens of good points , I hope that there are at least a few million people that understand whats being said here thank you! Patrick

  18. John Wilder
    John Wilder September 7, 2021 9:56 pm

    Stickers. Really. Popped on a lamp post, placed out of camera shot. Little bits of freedom that we all can see. The first part of having a resistance is letting others know that they’re not alone.

  19. Ron Johnson
    Ron Johnson September 8, 2021 1:00 am

    Your post was timely. Today the company lawyer said it will be the jab or the job, most likely. He’ll announce in a couple of weeks. I’m not waiting around to see what he finally decides. Even if he decides against the jab, what’s to say he won’t change his mind over some future scary story or Fauci pronouncement. So I decided last night to leave the job and the company I’ve loved and from which I hoped to retire. Looking for another position…I don’t care if it’s working at some menial job paying just enough to cover the bills. What a hell of a way to end my career.

    My spirits were buoyed a little when I saw the video of Justin Trudeau getting pelted with gravel while being screamed at by an angry mob. I suspect the gravel will turn to stones if he doesn’t get the clue, and the stones will turn to Molotov Cocktails. I wonder if he understands that throwing gravel at a Canadian Prime Minister is a crack in the wall of civility. Once that wall is breeched…la deluge.

  20. PrinterChick
    PrinterChick September 8, 2021 9:43 am

    “As you cling bitterly to your guns, take comfort that, contra Biden and Swalwell, the mighty United States government and its entire Deep State apparatus was just trounced in Afghanistan not by F15s and nuclear weapons, but by tribal goat herders.”

    As sad as that statement is in relation to how low things have sunk thus far, that just absolutely cracked me up! Tribal goat herders! Who’d have thunk it?

    Even in times like this, Claire, you still make me laugh at this crazy world we live in. Thank you for that. It made my day. 🙂

  21. Jasmine
    Jasmine September 8, 2021 3:23 pm

    Tyrants are an arrogant and intellectually dishonest lot. The Chinese 100 year plan of conquest is predicated on many stars aligning or predictive models of human behavior. Don’t be predictable, don’t follow, don’t play their game by their rules. Be the change you want to see. If enough people do that there is no path to victory for the tyrant.

  22. Emmel
    Emmel September 8, 2021 10:26 pm

    For many uprooting and going to a “better” place is problematic, or VERY problematic but what you can do is look for like minded groups of people in places like American Contingency a patriot based group focused on preparing for the onrushing turmoil. There are chapters in every state.
    Most states have several groups of like minded folks but the better ones are hard to find since they seldom have a visible public presence, low key is the word of the day.
    I’m not talking about militias but groups dedicated communication, water, food, energy and yes personal security.
    I’m located in Kentucky and have found it to tick a lot of the boxes for folks looking for a safer place, low property prices, a tolerable climate, plentiful rain, mostly conservative neighbors etc.

  23. kentmcmanigal
    kentmcmanigal September 9, 2021 3:12 pm

    Other than the dire lack of water hereabouts, I’m coming to be glad I live where I do– no mask mandates, no vaccine passports, lots of guns (I assume), etc.. On the other hand, I wish conservatives loved liberty as much as I do, rather than being such fans of legislative tyranny as long as it suits their superstitions.

  24. Granny Jo
    Granny Jo September 10, 2021 7:13 am

    I have read many books by female Muslim authors from different Muslim countries all stating the same thing. That the goal of “Islam” is to take over the European and Western worlds in a hundred years. They are presently in about year 75-80 and going strong. The Biden administration’s ignorance in foreign affairs and their lack of knowledge in foreign cultures and policies is contributing to the escalation of just that. I hope the puppeteers are exposed soon….but I feel one of them IS a Muslim with his hand on the throttle of takeover. God help the U.S. A., because we turned out back on Him years ago, and now are suffering the consequences. However, where there is still a speaking voice that can pray, there is hope.

  25. MIKE
    MIKE September 10, 2021 1:45 pm

    One of your best, Claire. Like one of the earlier commenters said, I think we might be at some sort of inflection point. Wish I was younger for no other reason that I’d like to see what comes out the other side. I’m constantly reminded of the old Pogo line, “We’ve met the enemy and he is us.”

  26. larryarnold
    larryarnold September 16, 2021 8:08 am

    the mighty United States government and its entire Deep State apparatus was just trounced in Afghanistan not by F15s and nuclear weapons, but by tribal goat herders.

    Well, no. The Taliban didn’t “take” Afghanistan, the deeply incompetent and naïve administration handed it to them. (Or maybe that’s what you meant.) There are still people in the Deep State Department who believe world opinion will civilize people who have been religious fanatics for 4,000 years.

    Any combat arms second lieutenant could have competently withdrawn first civilians, then equipment, then troops, then security.

    As for the future of Afghanistan, it will deserve studying. Governance by perpetual civil war will be interesting. From a distance.

  27. KaD
    KaD September 29, 2021 9:04 am

    The most important alternative system: FOOD. Gardening, livestock.

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