Case Studies, Combatives, and Resistance

I am a huge fan of James LaFond who writes history, historical fiction, and on other topics like combatives, cultural resistance, and case studies of criminal predation and aggression from personal experience living in Baltimore (Bodymore, Murdaland).  He has been a great help to me in shoring-up my confidence to handle a rainbow coalition of marijuana traffickers who moved-in two houses down whose landlords are in Shanghai.  I wrote to ask James about his work:

You have 16 pages of books on Amazon.  I only own 3 of them: The Violence ProjectDon’t Get Boned, and When You’re Food.
I’d love to know which fall into the category of case studies/after action reports like Don’t Get Boned and When You’re Food.  These types of books are extremely valuable for avoidance of violence.  Your readers can recall how you handled urban yoof from memory when confronted by similar problems.  When you advised me on how to handle those yoof ogling my wife, I wish I’d just read more of these types of books beforehand.  These are books about the moral and mental levels of war.  As John Boyd and Bill Lind remind us, the moral and mental levels of war are higher than the physical level and are thus more important.  Winning on the moral and mental level keeps you out of jail.
The Violence Project is about the physical level.  THis is the best book I’ve read on this topic, and I’ve read Rory Miller and Marc MacYoung.  Which other books are about the physical level: fighting itself?  Since this book also contains information about the stick and knife, do your readers also need the books about agonistics, stick fighting, etc?  THe modern term for this category is combatives.
Which books are about cultural resistance?  This is a topic of my blog.
What other categories are needed? 
I don’t have enough room on my shelf for all of them, but the books on the case studiescombatives, and resistance are the most important to me right now.
James’ editor replied that she created a bookstore on his blogspot site.  James replied as follows.

We have broader categories on the BlogSpot bookstore, so let me try and target the three categories you are looking for.

The hybrid book that falls into all categories is Let the Weak Fall, which is half how to and half what happens.

For cultural resistance I would recommend Alienation Nation from the Harm City Category and everything in the Masculinity Category.

Masculinity

https://jameslafond.blogspot.com/p/masculinity.html

For what I call fractional autonomy information on anarcho-tyranny in Baltimore, that is all of my Harm City stuff beginning with War Drums in 2015.

Harm City

http://jameslafond.blogspot.com/p/harm-city.html

For empty hand and weapons go with The Punishing Art and Twerps, Goons and Meatshields as a how to fight text.

My three how to fight/combatives books, reference the two how to fight titles and are divided into ring, cage, duel and street segments and are:

-Being a Bad Man in a Worse World

-The Combat Space [in editing process]

-On Combat [my final combatives title headed to the editor next week]

Combatives

http://jameslafond.blogspot.com/p/combat.html

Basically how the library evolved from The Fighting Edge and Logic of Steel [comprising the Violence Project] and the Logic of Force [rolled into Let the Week Fall] was into the Harm City urban journaling category and the how to fight category, with some titles written to link the two back up, such as Let the Weak Fall and being a Bad Man in a Worse World.

For case studies of avoidance I recommend:

-When You’re Food: Raw [if you bought the first edition let me know and I’ll send you the Raw PDF]

-Waking Up In Indian Country

-Thriving in Bad Places

-Autumn in a Dying City [banned]

-Winter in a Dying City [pending]

-Harm City to Chicongo [the final Harm City title, pending editorial process]

Survival

http://jameslafond.blogspot.com/p/survival.html

Bone strikes

Never punch with a closed fist in a street fight.  You will break your hands.  I have done it.  Instead, bone strike.  Combine this with The Fence when you can’t talk your way out of a situation you failed to avoid.  The Fence is effective.  I have used it.  Bad people sense your line in the sand.

Since combatives are way more important tactically than gun fighting, I will be writing more about them in upcoming posts.

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.