Books for parents

To understand the results of modern parenting, look no further than The Collapse of Parenting by Leonard Sax, MD. Sax is a pediatrician who has observed the results of Baby Boomers parenting the Millennial generation for 20 years. His observations are not a longitudinal study but are the best science we’re going to get nowadays. Martin Van Creveld echos many of Sax’s observations in Pussycats.

The data show that Millennials are poorer, marrying later if at all, and aimless, though some of us have established families and had children. This post is for Millennials trying to raise a family in an era where there’s no such thing as male and female.

The first step in having a family is getting married and having kids. Many Millennials are afraid to have kids because they’ve heard horror stories about months of sleepless nights. Mothers turn to online forums or doctors for advice. The forums are a black hole of hysterical liberal mothers who have no common sense and are obsessed with safety. If it were that hard to safely raise an infant, there wouldn’t be 7.5 billion people on earth. Disease killed most babies in the past, and we’ve mostly conquered disease. Doctors are another dearth of advice, because many don’t have children themselves and they pass along idiotic advice from “researchers.” The only book I can recommend for babies is The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp, MD. The gist of his argument is there is no colic in the third world. Parents from tradition-based societies know how to keep their babies asleep rather than waking every 90 minutes. If you use his 5 Ss, your baby will sleep too. I have mountains of experimental confirmation of this. So, step 1 is have kids and don’t worry about it.

Once you have kids, the most important thing for them is that the parents stay together. If you’re a Christian, chances are you’ve heard very little preaching on the roles of husband and wife and their duties towards one-another. How can you stay married if you don’t know what marriage is? Strengthening Your Marriage by Mack is a good place to get a biblical understanding of marriage. So is Rev. Shawn Mathis’ series Life in Post-Christian America. Men, I highly recommend CR Wiley’s Man of the House. Once you understand marriage and gender, I recommend John Gottman for the mechanics of making a marriage work. He’s not a Christian. So what? He has studied marriage for 25 years and can predict divorce with 98% accuracy based on attributes of a marriage. He has devised a formula for staying married.

The next step, if you’re Christian parents, is to take your kids to a good church every Sunday. Never skip church. Having established regular church attendance, men, lead your children in worship at home. Church and family worship can prevent a lot of harm caused by the world, the flesh and the devil.

Now, let’s get onto the mechanics of parenting. The only good parenting expert is John Rosemond. He is technically a psychologist, but he claims to be a historian of parenting methods from an era when parenting worked. He has interviewed numerous old people and asked them how they raised their children before the invasion of parenting advice from child psychologists. As your child grows, start with Making the Terrible Twos Terrific and Toilet Training without Tantrums. Then read The Well-Behaved Child and A Family of Value. Rosemond’s parenting methods do not use corporal punishment but rather the loading of consequences onto the child using the assumptions that the parent is trying to mold a child in whose heart foolishness is bound. Rosemond converted to Christianity after writing most of his books, but he still agrees with his past advice. We couldn’t figure out discipline until we read The Well-Behaved Child. Spanking didn’t work. Consequently, we don’t spank. For a good introduction to Rosemond, he has a couple of short videos on PragerU here and here.

Both Rosemond and Wiley have good advice on how to vector your children into the productive world. Rosemond recommends that older children develop hobbies besides sports. Hobbies are things you do with your Hands, like Ham radio, chemistry sets, bushcraft, etc. “Leisure” comes from the Greek word for “school,” according to Wiley. Hobbies can be leveraged into small businesses and expertise in some field, since you tend to get good at your hobbies. Wiley recommends that men develop small businesses or home businesses by taking work home and making it a hobby. The hobbies of your children and your hobbies can thus overlap into a productive home economy. I think this is what many third-world parents do. Thus, they see their children as profit centers versus cost centers. Wiley, for his part, recommends getting kids into productive work so they can be seen as profit centers and therefore desirable. Martin Van Creveld similarly laments that kids aren’t allowed to work nowadays, so they’re not given valuable experience that helps them in the adult world. Benjamin Franklin said that kids as young as 5 should be working.

I don’t have time to summarize all of these books in detail, but if you desire to swim against the tide of cultural parenting filth, these are the books you need to read on your own. I will say that it’s very difficult and isolating to go against the grain of modern parenting culture, especially if you’re white. Maybe live in a Mexican neighborhood since Latin Americans actually have kids and like to box. I’m not really kidding. There are no ares with “good schools” nowadays anyway. This will be the subject of another series of posts.

James LaFond reviews FerFAL’s “Modern Survival Manual”

I read this book about 12 years ago during the Minority Mortgage Meltdown of 2006 when I realized the United States is not being run for Americans nor are things going to get better.  There are many parallels between the United States and Argentina.  FerFAL’s book is one of very few in this genre that give accurate survival information.  For example, he pours cold water on the idea of a rural bugout.  Instead, he says that things will go on as before, just worse.  You will need to use your personal network to provide safety from criminals and extract yourself from entanglements with the government which doesn’t do much about the criminals but grows more rapacious.  Bad times have a way of bringing out the worst in bad people, so know and surround yourself with good people.  He also discusses finance: how to store money when the banks have become unreliable and inflation is so bad you can’t store wealth in the local currency.  He wrote this before cryptocurrencies existed.  I think stablecoins may offer some alternatives to storing wealth as gold.

The Truth Shall Make You Free

We live in a post-truth society.  Consequently, lies are all around us.  The first step in organizing for a greater purpose is deception detection: recognizing liars.   Otherwise, your group is vulnerable to infiltration.  We know that the elites don’t want us to have the freedom of association unless it’s within the confines of their Antifa groups, but cooperation is how things get done.

If you can’t afford to travel to Arizona to take a classroom course, online training is also available.

Vindicae Contra Tyrannos

One of the things I learned in reading Kit Perez’ excellent “The Basics of Resistance” is how much resistance depends on ordinary resistance in small things.  Evil should always be resisted, whether it’s from the government or corporations or private persons.  Resistance is not a set of ideals but a set of exercises.  It is the exercise of natural rights extending from natural law against people or groups trying to suppress them.  If we cannot cooperate and engage in lesser forms of resistance, we will not be able to cooperate and engage in greater forms.

For example, Big Tech is trying to eliminate the First Amendment by controlling channels of communication which we’ve grown to depend on for the past 10 years.  Big Tech can easily be resisted because there are no laws requiring us to use social media.  Big Tech should be resisted for many reasons besides its suppression of free speech.  For example, social media distracts us from accomplishing anything in real life or talking to our neighbors and friends which, at the very least, allows us to gather actionable HUMINT.  Before Twitter or even the Internet, we were much better at communicating with our neighbors by inviting them over to barbecues, helping them paint their houses, and talking over the fence with them.  Unsurprisingly, we were much better at cooperation and our government reflected this.  We got things done on our own so we didn’t ask the government to grow larger to take care of us.  Our kids played at each-other’s houses so we didn’t ask the government to provide after care at the local public school.  If we can’t wean ourselves off Twitter, Facebook, Amazon and Google, how are greater forms of cooperation and resistance possible?

Are you afraid of HR? You know, free speech dies at work.  Many of us now have lunch or hallway conversations looking over our shoulders for some aggrieved minority who will report us to HR.  If we can’t stand up for our rights to HR, how much less will we stand up to Hitler? And why are we so dependent on large, Orwellian corporations for our employment?  What happened to small business creation?

Are you exercising your rights to free association and peaceable assembly?  We’re still allowed to go to church unlike in China.  The common men who fought the Revolution were very religious, meaning they attended the same church every Sunday and knew their Bibles which helped them know their rights and exercise them.  They formed local militias and committees with men they knew their entire lives.

What about voting? Are you voting?  Our elections are only partially free but not all of them are rigged.  Perhaps many of them at the local level are completely free.  It turns out your local school board election is really important.  A lot of the crime coming into your city might be due to the fact that your local city councilwoman is importing vagrants from around the state in exchange for donations to her favorite charity.  Your local district attorney determines how state law is applied to you should you have to defend yourself against the vagrants your city councilwoman is importing to invade your home.  If we can’t get good people elected locally and local officials are needed to resist bad state or national officials, why worry about the rest?  Why worry about national gun laws if the local DA will charge you for carrying a butter knife for self-defense?

Speaking of self-defense, I have a friend who lives out in the country near a decent fishing river.  Meth-head vagrants have started living across the river which is usually low enough to cross.  One has started living in nearby bushes.  “Why don’t you tell him to leave?” I asked.  I say this after finding out experimentally that criminals would rather not deal with steady pressure from local homeowners.  He looked at me annoyed, “Naw, man, I work two hours away. If I piss them off, they might come back in a larger group.”  “Huh,” I said, as if to acknowledge a good point.  But I wondered how he was going to stand up to more serious criminals or a Gestapo if he can’t convince these petty criminals that his area is a bad place to live?  Don’t worry, though, when the Revolution comes, he owns an AR (that conforms to ever-tightening state regulations)!  I can’t see how he or any of us will resist tyrants if we can’t resist dope fiends invading our backyards.

What about our families?  Almost every philosopher of every faith or tradition has agreed that the family is the basic building block of civilization.  If ours are coming apart, how will we have the support we need to play IRL Call of Duty come The Revolution?  How can we preserve our way of life if we’re failing to raise our kids?  How will our local prepper group respect us, if our wives don’t?  How can we cooperate on greater levels if we can’t cooperate on a family level?

These are questions I intend to explore in upcoming articles.  As a leading-edge Millennial who was raised by diligent parents who brought me to church and are still married, I still feel like I’ve had to learn everything from scratch.  We have lost all our traditions [L. traditio = hand down] and so no knowledge is being handed down to the next generation and our civilization is dying.  Since this website is a “vanguard movement of Western civilization,” let us begin with ourselves and practice the small-but-important things in the hopes they will lead to greater things.

Will Durant said that civilizations begin in stoicism and end in epicureanism.  We see the latter every day, complete with public orgies found in ancient Rome.  Can our destruction be far behind our decadence?  We may not be able to preserve the United States.  In fact, I think it is near its end.  We can recover our traditions and preserve our way of life, or at least try.  How?  I’ve become convinced that the United States began with good Americans.  In one sense, there were never golden years to look back on because “former days were not better than these” (Ecc 7:10).   However, even secular historians such as Durant and many of our Founding Fathers agreed that civilizations die in licentiousness.  Civilizations follow an arc of birth, life, and death and most indicators point to our death.  If this is the case, we should look forward to rebuilding and we can start with ourselves.

Most of my writing will focus on the moral and mental levels of resistance because there are already enough writers addressing the physical and tactical levels which are not my area of expertise.  But keep reading: Bill Lind frequently reminds us that mistakes on moral/strategic and mental/operational levels nullify victories at lower levels (tactical/physical).  What about the spiritual level? Christian theology recognizes three deadly enemies to our souls: the World, the Flesh and the Devil.  We should consequently add a spiritual level and win on the spiritual, moral, and mental levels.

 

Psalm 73

Do the wicked prosper and flourish?  Do the righteous suffer in vain?  Not at all.

The End of the Wicked Contrasted with That of the Righteous.

A Psalm of Asaph.

73 Surely God is good to Israel,
To those who are pure in heart!
But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling,
My steps [a]had almost slipped.
For I was envious of the [b]arrogant
As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
For there are no pains in their death,
And their [c]body is fat.
They are not [d]in trouble as other [e]men,
Nor are they plagued [f]like mankind.
Therefore pride is their necklace;
The garment of violence covers them.
Their eye [g]bulges from fatness;
The imaginations of their heart [h]run riot.
They mock and [i]wickedly speak of oppression;
They speak from on high.
They have set their mouth [j]against the heavens,
And their tongue [k]parades through the earth.

10 Therefore [l]his people return to this place,
And waters of abundance are [m]drunk by them.
11 They say, “How does God know?
And is there knowledge [n]with the Most High?”
12 Behold, these are the wicked;
And always at ease, they have increased in wealth.
13 Surely in vain I have [o]kept my heart pure
And washed my hands in innocence;
14 For I have been stricken all day long
And [p]chastened every morning.

15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
Behold, I would have betrayed the generation of Your children.
16 When I pondered to understand this,
It was [q]troublesome in my sight
17 Until I came into the [r]sanctuary of God;
Then I perceived their end.
18 Surely You set them in slippery places;
You cast them down to [s]destruction.
19 How they are [t]destroyed in a moment!
They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors!
20 Like a dream when one awakes,
O Lord, when aroused, You will despise their [u]form.

21 When my heart was embittered
And I was pierced [v]within,
22 Then I was senseless and ignorant;
I was like [w]a beast [x]before You.
23 Nevertheless I am continually with You;
You have taken hold of my right hand.
24 With Your counsel You will guide me,
And afterward receive me [y]to glory.

25 Whom have I in heaven but You?
And [z]besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the [aa]strength of my heart and my portion forever.
27 For, behold, those who are far from You will perish;
You have [ab]destroyed all those who [ac]are unfaithful to You.
28 But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord [ad]God my refuge,
That I may tell of all Your works.

 

Starting a website with open-source WordPress

Vox Day has said numerous times that the internet economy has entered a “Third-World” phase where tech providers such as Facebook, Google, WordPress and many other software and social media providers can deplatform you for violating “terms of service” or “User” agreements.  These agreements are written in such a way as to give the provider almost all of the power in the relationship.  Here’s an example from PayPal’s terms of service:

“The User Agreement for PayPal Service states that PayPal, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to limit an account for any violation of the User Agreement, including the Acceptable Use Policy.”

These platforms have also monopolized the channels of speech and therefore thought and even commerce and banking so it’s important for freedom-loving people to develop alternatives.  Welcome to the resistance!

WordPress offers both a service (wordpress.com) and open-source software (wordpress.org).  The former is a “fee-for-service” offered according to worthless “terms of service.” The latter is free open-source software that can be installed on any server, such as those provided by A2 hosting or Digital Ocean.

Hosting sites such as A2 Hosting often have 1-Click WordPress.org installation when you sign up for their hosting and lease a domain name.  This is easy and is an alternative to WordPress.com.  I strongly recommend against hosting sites such as GoDaddy.com and whoever hosted Gab.ai as they have already deplatformed conservatives.  Aside from deplatforming, the web hosting business is fraught with numerous other minefields for customers.  This, incidentally, is the risk of running your website off of ANY hosting site versus just leasing a domain name from it.

Digital Ocean will host your site but doesn’t provide domain domain names like A2 Hosting.  This video outlines the process for using WordPress on one of their servers and pointing a domain name purchased from a hosting site to a DO server.  The process on A2 Hosting was slightly different than as described in the video on Digital Ocean. I had to open a support ticket to figure it out.  A2 Hosting responded very quickly, enabled “DNS Management” on my account, and then told me to update the nameservers on my account as shown in this picture.

The domain name still had to be pointed to the Digital Ocean IP address as explained in the video.

This process was more difficult than paying WordPress for a service but now I have a wordpress server that’s independent from my domain hosting site and I can back up my wordpress server on my home PC.  This is triple-redunancy against losing my platform and all of my work.  Ask questions in the comments.