Earlier today (I got up much too early) we were talking about the times ahead, and I will have things to say coming up.
For one, you guys have no idea how socially disruptive times process. No one who hasn’t lived through it knows. Plus you’re all poisoned with story. You have imbibed story by every means possible, some of it disguising as history classes, but really a highly fictionalized and compressed version of things.
I know we in the States do things faster (and generally bigger) but there is an internal logic to strife and revolution that is mostly hurry up and wait. And a bizarre lot of normal life subsists, interspersed with completely strange, reality-breaking events.
The strange, reality breaking events have started. We did not have an election, we had a Fraudiletion and a Frausident was elected. The members of the establishment who imbibed as much story disguised as history, and that story mostly from a Marxist perspective are in the thrall of the illusion they should submit so they will be eaten last, since “the people will rise up” and “The people” are of course communist. You should forgive these idiots, by the way. The bureaucrats and rulers have suffered from this illusion since the early twentieth century, and actually before. The French revolution scared the pants out of them and they took all the wrong lessons, which is why the remaining royal families are “climate change” tools, Muslim apologists and in point of fact enemy agents.
And that’s part of the problem we have. Count on most people in our institutions, who could stop the crazy train to the de facto if not the jure enemy agents.
And enemy is the appropriate name, since you know, it’s not just the fact they shout Death to America, they really mean it, and want to destroy ALL nations in the name of some bizarre, global super state.
No, they can’t win, but we can lose. Which is why it’s important for us, in the middle of the bizarre/normal/bizarre/normal events to find our feet.
We must both make it absolutely clear that should the fraudulent be sworn in, he does not have the “mandate of heaven” which is to say the confidence of the people. The bureaucrats and idiots need to wake up that while they’re afraid of astro-turf riots, they are facing…. well…. revolution and war. Probably a series of them. And the tech Lords with their curious illusions and their attempts at censorship can’t SAVE them. We will find a way.
Now this is a big and important purpose. And you’re going to think that it’s going to completely consume your life, and you’ll go out in a blaze of glory.
That’s story thinking. Fiction is simplified and fast. It’s real life with all the parts cut out. Real life works differently.
So this is the first article of a series. I was going to call it “Make your bed.” We’ll come back to that. I’m in fact not the least interested in your sleeping hygiene, but it’s a good encapsulation.
I’m one of the few people here who has lived through massive societal disruption (over and over again, because, you know, Portugal is a fractious little place, a family quarrel with borders, and you know what domestics are like) and I know how much the accounts clean up (and outright lie) what was a very bizarre series of years.
Because we are the ones pushing for change in this case and bizarrely (when all we want is our constitutional republic) the revolutionaries (most of the 20th century followed a Marxist script and they’ve only gone crazier in this century) we need to understand a few things about what we’re undertaking.
First, this is not a novel. You can be as pissed as you want to be, and you can take as much action as you can, ranging from passive resistance to the fourth box, but this will not — with very, very few exceptions — be your entirely life.
You’ll still have to earn a living, have relationships with other people, live in the normal world.
Most revolutionaries are miserable people, failures as parents and failures as spouses, and failures as humans. I leave it to someone with more time and head space to figure out what that means and whether people become revolutionaries because they’re broken, or whether they’re broken because they become obsessed with the cause.
It could go either way, and Peterson encapsulated it very well, in the idea of people striding abroad to fix the world’s problems while they have an unmade bed back in their room.
Because it’s easier to want to fix big problems that you know you can’t fix alone than to look after your daily life.
But go above and see where I said that you still have to live a normal life. That normalcy WEIRDLY prevails even in the crazier times. As we have had proof in 2020, as our governors and insane people try to change the way everything it works, and people keep going back to being people. (Which, btw, is the biggest resistance you can engage in RIGHT now. Just refuse to obey the insane orders. Come out, come out, wherever you are.)
Before 2020 I lived the transition from National Socialism to International Socialism. And I’m here to tell you that the most bizarre thing is that credentials stayed in place, the forms of normal life continued. I mean, money lost value at a bizarre pace (to make this clear, when the revolution happened the Portuguese currency was 7 to the dollar, and by 1985 (roughly ten years) it was $200 to the dollar. Prices were…. interesting. And there was the usual meddling of wage and price controls, and the black market was NEXT level. (There will be a fortune to be made in the black market in the next few years. I guarantee that. Already I understand “restaurant” and “club” “speakeasies” are the biggest thing. But I suspect a black market for food, for clothing, etc, will develop, should the fraudulent get control of our lives.)
What this means is that, through all this, you have to keep your normal life going as much as possible. You still have to go to work. You still have to be nice to the people around you. (Though meh, we’re more and more dividing, and no one requires you to be nice to people who want to kill you.)
To put it in terms of my own life: I still have to write books; I need to finish the remodeling of the house, since we’re intending to move out in a year. Where we move is slightly influenced by the situation. I mean I never wanted to live anywhere but Denver, and I always loved big cities. Given what’s happening to big cities right now, that’s been revised, as has the list of states on the differential. But we’d always have moved — because altitude is playing havoc with my life — and that needs to go on.
Great social fights, no matter how justified and glorious, and even if we are — we are, you know? — putting our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honors on the line so our children might have liberty are not big explosions as they are in stories. The founding fathers still had businesses (most of them counted on their wives to run them, and some like Franklin, were not very nice in that respect as the wives ended up with everything dumped on them.
BUT though some of them paid the ultimate price, and some died as paupers, a lot of the better known ones prospered through this. They looked up their private lives if not first at least as much as their public lives.
So friends, brothers and sisters in this endeavor, look after yourself and your life. Create compartments. Allot a certain amount of time to the revolution, sure. It will be needed. Be ready to pay the ultimate price. It might be needed (though for a surprisingly small number. Right now, what most of us are in real danger of dying from is famine, weird as that seems, because the left is trying as hard as it can to engineer one.)
But keep your head about you. Work at your chosen avocation. Make money. Sure, if you want to save it in well used gold jewelry (because if you trade in a well worn wedding ring for a pound of meat, no one has any reason to think you have more at home.) or actually you SHOULD keep some in well worn gold jewelry (Pawn shops. We still haven’t broken my mom of her habit of buying used gold. It’s almost endearing.) But keep some in the normal bank account, keep some in investments, and keep your eyes open for things you can do to fulfill a need and bring in unexpected wealth in “these turbulent times.”
In my case, I hear that escapist fiction is selling very, very well. And as soon as I can get the craft room setup (at this point late December is the earliest) I’m going to start making things to sell and give away. Part of this is that I really need to disperse a lot of fabric, paint and craft stuff before we pack to move. Part of it is that in Portugal — and Portugal is different, being an hyper-social society — a lot of the black market was arts and crafts. As legitimate businesses were devoured by wage and price controls, a lot of street vending, with a blanket and running if you saw the police became a thing. A lot of the young people who couldn’t find a job worked at this stuff, and made not just modest incomes, but got experience both with managing finance and with the insanity of regulations. And yep, in a revolution, or the middle of a bunch of them, people still bought and sold toys, jewelry, clothing, etc. And if a lot of it was made from upcyled material, well, that was the time we were in.
We are lucky in that we have access to a ton more materials, and that there is now an internet. I predict a growth market in useful phone aps that are not what our overlords expect, and they will give the young people an outlet and a means to make a living. I suspect we’re not far from “gadgets” either. (And will whisper a word in younger son’s conch-like (d*mn big conch) ear.) And well…. we’ll see what offers. I’ve solidified my idea of what I want for a site for witers. Let me talk to the tech people in the house, and I’ll get back to you on what help we need and when.
Remember a great part of our ah…. revolutionary efforts right now go into protecting our first ammendment and refusing to be gaslit. This means honestly that there is money to be made in alternate avenues.
There is absolutely no reason that what makes you money shouldn’t further the cause, either. But remember that you must first make your bed: look after yourslef, those close to you, those you love. Attend to your primary responsibilities.
If you’re undercover, keep your head down at work. If you must vent, create a deep cover alternate identity for those efforts. I don’t care how unsuited you are. I kept this up for 15 years, and I’m the world’s least likely street agent.
We don’t know how long this is going to take. To an extent this is out of control. And since these events are actually worldwide, it is ….. uh…. even more complicated.
I don’t think the instability will last very long, but then again, have the same reliability as the magic eight ball. What I experienced was a summer rain compared to the storm that’s coming.
What I can tell you is that it will take much, much longer and be more complicated than you can imagine. And since the future belongs to those who show up, you must keep your head and keep yourself going, and keep yourself fed, and make sure you have resources for contingencies.
Yes, this means long term food storage. It means buying used gold for disruptions (which won’t be permanent, btw, but usually limited in time.) It means arming yourself, because in places and at times things will go kinetic.
But mostly? It means working really hard, and making sure you’re okay and those around you are okay: keep your credentials current, keep your skills sharp. Keep your eyes peeled and your mind flexible for new ways to build parallel structures and new ways to build things, so that the tech lords (more like the tech bums) will fnd they took control of the wrapper, not the gift.
This is not the time to plan your glorious demise. This is the time to plan discrediting, taking power away from and making irrelevant those who would enslave the entire world to their deranged illusions.
A lot of this starts with “make your bed.” Keep yourself sane, look after your every day responsibilities, work hard as hell, and be your best you. You’ll then be in the best shape possible to shape the future.
Me, I’m going to write a lot. And if they try to cancel my books, I’ll find new ways to get them to you. Because it’s the skill I have, I’m better at it than most of their darlings, and by gum, I’m going to be good and work as hard as I can.
I’m not saying not to plan for long term and extreme survival. I am. I’m not saying not to resist. I am. I’m not saying not to even plan a move to a safer place. (We are, though there are also other reasons.)
I’m saying, unclench. Stop expecting fast and explosive. Plan for the lonnnnng fight. Plant to thwart anything done to destroy us.
You probably, unless the one reading this is a military VIP or has a key position in bureaucracy, if you are, carry on, can’t do much about the big actions in this long war, but you can do EVERYTHING about the small actions: make yourself solid, prosperous, find your best position (a flea might give a conductor an itch, but the conductor can derail the train.)
The future belongs to do who show up. And by Bob (Heinlein) we’re going to show up. And we’re going to win the future for liberty.
Be not afraid. Stop fretting about your impotence. And go do what you can. We are the majority, and we are going to win this.