Back in the 18th century, people who wanted to be free of British tyranny had to organize and inspire those who would eventually become the leaders of the American Revolution. They did so by publishing letters and articles in various publications and newspapers. These publications ranged from pamphlets to small newspapers. The most famous of these were the 85 articles published anonymously, under the pen name “Publius,” but they were in fact written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison between October 1787 and May 1788, eventually becoming known to us as the Federalist Papers.

Back in the 18th century, newspapers were largely related to the affairs of government, whether proclamations, laws, orders, or money. This was by necessity; because of weak markets, tight credit, scare supplies, poor transportation, and irregular labor, printers who did not have a connection to government contracts had a near impossible time making ends meet. Sound familiar? We have the same issue today. The MSM publishes what they are told to publish. They say what they are allowed to say.

Reliance on government largesse shifted in the 1760s, as political items, stories, and essays about the burgeoning “imperial crisis” appeared more frequently. Starting in the 1760s the number of newspapers rose significantly, and the government had a tougher time controlling the narrative. These papers became so influential that the government of King George did all that it could to silence them. Parliament passed the Stamp Act in 1764, which taxed newspapers, almanacs, pamphlets, broadsides, legal documents, dice, and playing cards. Issued by Britain, the stamps were affixed to documents or packages to show that the tax had been paid. No document could be published without having a stamp affixed to it. This was a blatant attempt to prevent the press from publishing anything that wasn’t approved by the Crown.

The Colonists responded in the way that Americans still do today when they are told not to do something: they did it harder. There were more than four hundred pamphlets published in the colonies on the imperial controversy up through 1776, and nearly four times that number by war’s end in 1783. These pamphlets varied in their theme and approach, including constitutional theory or history, sermons and orations, correspondence, literary pieces, and political debate. Together, they instructed the colonial public that political and personal liberty were in jeopardy because British imperial reformers sought to strip them of their natural rights, especially the right to consent to a government that could hear and understand them.

Speech is a powerful thing, and it is required for people who would resist tyranny. It is speech that allows people to organize. It gives them hope, it gives them the ability to protest in an organized manner. Without the ability to motivate and organize, change and resistance to tyranny becomes impossible. If one or two people resist, they go to jail. Ask the J6 protesters what happens when you prematurely try to take action.

The key political pamphlets that supported resistance from 1765 to 1776 were:

  • James Otis, Rights of British Colonies Asserted and Proved (Boston, 1764);
  • Richard Bland, Inquiry into the Rights of the British Colonies (Williamsburg, 1766);
  • John Dickinson, Letters of a Farmer in Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, 1768);
  • James Warren, Oration to Commemorate the Bloody Tragedy of the Fifth of March, 1770 (Boston, 1772);
  • Thomas Jefferson, A Summary View of the Rights of British Americans (Williamsburg, 1774);
  • Thomas Paine, Common Sense (Philadelphia, 1776); and
  • John Adams, Thoughts on Government (Philadelphia, 1776)

Now I make no claim to being as influential or intelligent as those greats, but that is what I do here. I, like many other freedom bloggers, make people aware of what is happening. It took them decades to convince the colonists to revolt. That is why speech and “talk” is important. That’s why I support other bloggers and provide them a place to say what they want without interference. I do so at great personal risk. I recently had a group of people try to dox me. I know that I am not absolutely anonymous, and I also know that this places me at risk once things get sporty.

Even in 1767, speaking out was a risk. One of the owners of the Boston Gazette, John Gill, was caned in public by an outraged John Mein of the Boston Chronicle over an article that had been written by the former. Later, Samuel Adams, writing as “Populus,” described this clubbing not as a private affair between the two printers but instead a “Spaniard-like Attempt” to restrict press freedom.

Nearly two years later, Mein sought to embarrass the Sons of Liberty once again, this time the Chronicle featured fifty-five lists of shipping manifests revealing the names of merchants who were opposing the crown. In response, many upset Bostonians who embraced vigilantism. The Sons of Liberty had to stuff pistols in their pockets to walk the streets of Boston. A few days later a large crowd confronted the offending printers on King Street, producing a scuffle that left Mein bruised, Fleming’s pistol empty, and a few dozen angry Bostonians facing British bayonets. Mein eventually had to flee to England.

There are those who periodically come around and call me out for “just talking.” They demand that I take action. One did so just yesterday. There was a Fed who tried it in 2022.

There is an old saying: How do you spot the Fed or the police informant? He is the one urging you to break the law.

Let me also repeat what I said on this same subject, less than three months ago:

If you still feel that all we are doing here is talking and you disagree with me, feel free to go out there and stack up. Do what you think you have to do. Just don’t say that you weren’t warned, and don’t sit safely behind your computer keyboard and tell me that I am a coward when you yourself aren’t doing shit.

This post has gotten long enough and my wife is asking me to play cards with her, so let that be my final statements on the matter for this time. I’m going to spend some quality time with the Mrs.

Categories: The Collapse


Joe Blow · July 27, 2023 at 6:21 am

Blessings brother, this topic is a big one.
I agree with you – bloggers are the new federalist papers, who will be censored, persecuted, and arrested, evetually (yes, I think it will get that bad before people start to fight back).

The finger pointing has to stop, however. You are correct, Sir, but I see a lot of this sort of thing happening among us. Infighting. We are not aligned against our common enemy, rather dithering over how many dancing angels can fit on the head of a pin. This hurts our cause, significantly. We need to focus on common ground, common action: yes, Jan 6th 2 years ago was too soon, too early, why? Not enough people are awake to the severity of the problem, they are still asleep and dreaming. Our common goal should be waking more people up, not arguing over who is doing the most, or how they are going about it.
Support those on the same side as you, recognize your common enemy. I admire peoples efforts, even if I dislike their tack or direction. Like nurse rachet, gawd he’s a buffoon, but the boy can wield a keyboard and has a gift. I love seeing him spew forth his nonsense… because among the chum, you find pearls.

    Divemedic · July 27, 2023 at 7:31 am

    I agree. That’s why the Libertarian party hasn’t and won’t get anywhere. They spend all of their time arguing over whose position is the most pure libertarian.
    For now, blogs like this must continue to rally as many people as we can, to make people see that there is something wrong with the current system. The first step to solving a problem is admitting that you have one.

    Aesop · July 27, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    Says the guy who throws sh*t at me with both hands.

    See to the board in your own eye, Joe, and start practicing what you preach.
    And maybe apologize.
    Or not.
    Either response will show the sincerity behind your words.

      Divemedic · July 27, 2023 at 5:54 pm

      I didn’t get the personal attack on Joe’s part when I approved the comment. Sorry about that. Let’s keep things civil, both of you.

        Aesop · July 28, 2023 at 1:09 am

        His antics were on another blog, not this one.
        I’m happy to stay civil, as I have.
        But his sermon on infighting and friendly fire would have more impact if it were sincere.
        His ball.

MN Steel · July 27, 2023 at 8:20 am

I’m sorry I made you mad. That was not my intention.

It is a sad time when the only options one may see is stack up or speak out.

I did not mean to start any infighting, I was viewing your posts through a lens formed by having 6 months or so to prepare for the next winter and if you fail you may very well die, and that is while the infrastructure is mostly intact.

I’m no Fed, I’m a forester that thinks in long time horizons, and my major mistake was assuming others do as well. The forest is a lot different now than it was in the 18th century, and you can’t get sailing masts and wide planks from monoculture forests grown for biomass and 2x4s.

I don’t mean you have to start the fire to reset the process, you merely need to get out of the way and ensure the detritus is completely burned out, and be ready to re-establish the forest.

Again, I apologize for asking why you post some of the stuff you do, it’s your site.

Steve · July 27, 2023 at 8:57 am

@Divemedic, “This post has gotten long enough and my wife is asking me to play cards with her, so let that be my final statements on the matter for this time. I’m going to spend some quality time with the Mrs.”

Hope you have the tax stamp on those cards, mister.

Danny · July 27, 2023 at 10:05 am

Personally, I have found more truth here and in other blogs than in other sources of “news and opinion” out there.

It’s also true that we want to find people we agree with — we like to see our opinions and inclinations corroborated by others. And what’s wrong with that? We begin to realize there are a lot of people on the same page. It’s a little more complex than it was in the 1760s though.

I have no idea who, in my immediate vicinity, is “on the same page” as me so that remains to be discovered. People tend to covet privacy it seems.

    Brian_E · July 28, 2023 at 8:27 am

    @Danny – Privacy is a good thing. I detest those who use the “well – if you’re not doing anything wrong, what to you have to fear?” argument about not wanting privacy.

    And as to the determining who’s “on the same page” in your AO, a combination of seldom knowing your neighbors (as is all to common these days), and the wisdom of ‘The first rule of Prep Club is you don’t talk about Prep Club” – it makes it more difficult to ‘safely’ determine who might be allies and who will likely turn you in. Although the rainbow flag and BLM signs in the windows and/or yard are usually pretty good clues – as are any yard signs/bumper stickers promoting candidates and/or political positions during election cycles. And remember that goes both ways. It’s seldom a bad idea to be the gray man. Unless, of course – you like being a target.

Tsgt Joe · July 27, 2023 at 10:09 am

I just love it when some “anonymous” commenter is chastising someone for not manning up. Are you ready to sacrifice your family, job, your place in the community, even your freedom or life? I would suspect that a number of folks who went to the Jan 6 protest didnt realize what they were risking.

    Beans · July 27, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor.

    That’s what is on line.

    Is anyone out there ready to take that final leap?

    For most, that final leap is when, yes, lives, fortunes and honor are finally being taken. That’s the tipping point. And those on the Right tend to know that the result of the tipping point will be ugly for all, bloody, full of needless deaths of old people, children, lots of innocent blood on the hands of even the most pure-hearted patriot.

    That right there is what is holding back the stack and attack people.

    There’s still a chance to claw back from the edge. Still.

    Violence and mayham is always an option, but it should be the final option.

      Jonesy · July 27, 2023 at 3:17 pm

      Very well said. The tipping point….that final leap – It’s not easy to see the other side. The tools that will be brought to bear against us will be immense. Your job, property, and retirement savings….most don’t realize it could all be gone.

      No one wants to go first. Maybe for the first few, the choice gets made for them.

      Free speech and open discussion is what prevents us from reaching the tipping point. We have lots of options at our disposal. Frustration with the state of things makes it seem like there are not.

Dirty Dingus McGee · July 27, 2023 at 11:42 am

I’m not a blogger. I don’t have the ability to express most thoughts in a cognizant form that would hold someones interest. I do have a lot of respect for those who DO have that ability. Perhaps because I was educated as an engineer, my brain works different. I have thoughts, just difficulty getting them into a readable form. I restrict myself to commenting on extremely few blogs, even tho I read many, same with certain news sites.

There are however other avenues one can take to be a PITA to TPTB. Getting involved in your local politics is a good example. These days I attend as many meeting’s as I can of the local county commission. Being as my county is now turned purple from red, and is on the verge of becoming blue, there are more than enough items up for approval that need the light cast upon them. I try to make them as visible as I can because I can. I’m not worried about losing a job, my property is paid for and in the name of a trust which handles the taxes so I’m not too worried there. I though at one time about running for a seat, but the demographics have changed to where I would have zero chance of success. So I will just go and raise hell when I can.

I cut my teeth so to speak in political activation nearly 30 years ago as a volunteer lobbyist at the state capitol. To any who have never been that close to watching how laws are passed, it’s an eye opener. Backstabbing, double dealing, outright lying are the normal way in those “hallowed halls”. It’s about like beating your head against a brick wall, it only feels good when you don’t do it any longer.

TL;DR everyone can do something so do what you can

Gryphon · July 27, 2023 at 2:19 pm

The flip side to the (mostly fedscum) Posters saying “Get off the Porch or Shut Up” are the ex-mil 11b’s screaming about how “Unless you Hump a Ruck and learn Imperial Army ‘small unit tactics’, you will be Worthless in the upcoming (un)Civil War.” These guys are more Annoying, IMO, than the fedbois is obvious fedbois. These are also the ones who take Money and run “Training Courses” of running around in the Woods wearing Camo, and wasting Ammo. And of Course, Nobody in the STASI pays attention to those who Participate in this nonsense.

Use It Or Lose It · July 27, 2023 at 2:44 pm

The enemy walks among us and there will be plenty of time for reckless battle.
Use the time wisely with some new learning and unlearning faulty programming.
Commie socialism is never going to work here as people like owning things and don’t like being told what to do by busybodies.
It all comes down to when you were educated and the younger generations are fully onboard for muh communism.
There’s gonna be a fight so make sure and win.

Noway2 · July 27, 2023 at 4:36 pm

“There are those who periodically come around and call me out for “just talking.” They demand that I take action.”
Sir, if I may, to quote Three Dog from Fallout, “you are fighting the good fight”. Like Three Dog, you are using your voice for the betterment of everybody. The time to act will come and we will know it when we see it. There is no purpose in becoming “a one off loon” or a martyr.

Aesop · July 27, 2023 at 5:18 pm

It’s quite possible to both blog, and make concrete preparations.
Most smart folks are doing at least the latter, which is better than nothing.

The problem is the shortage of thinkers and organizers who can’t look past Step Two, and the plethora of yakkers and flakkers who think this is a one-step process consisting of either/or, and are probably doing neither to any notable degree, let alone working on any of the higher levels of The Pyramid.

You could look it up:
[Word To Your Mother: It’s a 22-step process, and you’re not even functioning at Step 3 yet.]

Franklin and Adams spent the entire Revolution wining and dining in France (Step 9 if you’re keeping score at home), and all that talking and diplomacy got us was money, arms & munitions, and military support sufficient to gain our actual freedom.

When you notice somebody talking intelligently about “stacking up” some international support, pay attention.
Just don’t hold your breath waiting for them, or any backing, to show up.

And for anybody dishing on those holding training for the non-military-experienced out there (that would be 97+% of everyone, according to census data since 1975), unless you’ve got your own well-regulated platoon – that’s 30-plus pipe-hitters for Common Core grads – of Immortals trained, supplied, organized, ready, and standing by for pear-shaped society, you probably ought to re-think your cleverness. Tribes and greater are the only thing that’s worked since before recorded history. Solo actors and family-size units are a death sentence, since about 50,000 B.C or so. But keep thinking you’ll be the exception. Maybe God holds you in special esteem.

Most of the loudest whiners (who are, so far, not deliberate fed-poasting agents provocateur) are going to blow their load, fail, get pissed, and run to emulate Benedict Arnold when no one wants to do things their way.

History doesn’t repeat, but it rhymes.
For those who have ears to hear.

    Gryphon · July 28, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    “And for anybody dishing on those holding training for the non-military-experienced out there…” Well, that’s exactly the mindset that I’m being Critical of here. It is effectively Un-possible to create a Platoon-sized Infantry unit – Go ahead, try it, I dare you -you’ll have 27 Fedbois signed up within a Week after you start. Nobody advocating that course of action thinks about that, much less can elucidate a Scenario where such a Unit has value. Or where crawling around in the Woods with an M-Forgery while the Enemy has Air Superiority is going to be Practical or Effective.

    “Resistance” is going to have to be along the lines of the Irish Civil Wars, where Sniping, IED’s, and ‘targeted assassinations’ are the Rule. Organizational Cells larger than a few people are going to be easier to Find and Eliminate, particularly if they engage in ‘obvious Militia is obvious’ behavior.

Steve · July 28, 2023 at 9:26 am

I agree with this article, and Aesop’s as well. I don’t always agree with all the blogs I visit, but I appreciate what they do. I also tend to learn more from those I disagree with.

I’m starting to think things will get spicy once this country gets involved in Ukraine. I mean actively involved in the fighting, units called up, etc. The 3000 who are going over now, are logisticians and the like, which Gen Flynn indicates is a prep move for massive callups, mobilizations, etc.

When that happens, I expect it will be all the focus of attention in the media, hoping we won’t notice when the Drooler in Chief declares Martial Law or a reasonable facsimile thereof. That’s what I’m thinking. It’s coming, just don’t know when.

I hope and pray that I’m wrong.

John · July 29, 2023 at 9:51 am

Interesting discussion. I have been called “The biggest idiot ever to be dropped on Virginia” by no less than Bracken, not to mention being disparaged by both Aesop and Borepatch for choosing to participate in an armed protest that they thought would be a “Buffalo Jump”. For the record, they were wrong (it’s hard to force armed buffalo to jump), and the protest accomplished little to nothing, as the laws we were protesting were mostly passed anyway.
I have also been videoed speaking before our county board of supervisors in support of us becoming a second amendment sanctuary (another largely symbolic gesture). But if you aren’t on a list by now, you are doing it wrong.
My point is that those of us that are doing know that we are doing and have no need to disparage those we think may be doing it wrong, or not doing it enough. Those that disparage us for, in their opinion, doing it wrong or not doing enough likely do so because they are insecure in their own “doings” and thus lash out.

    Gryphon · July 31, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    John – I used to read and respect Bracken’s opinions, but when he got Hysterical with that “Buffalo Jump” meme, I’ve Ignored hm ever since. I attended that Rally, lugging an M1-A and .45 and too many Rounds of Ammo. Nothing Happened, because .gov KNEW that the instant they started any shit, they would ALL go down. I’ve never seen groups of Cops being so polite in public. In the aftermath of… Nothing, neither Bracken nor any of his sycophants ever admitted they were Wrong (just like all those who pushed Hysteria and Lies about the coronascam).

    IMO, the “Now is Not the Time!” crowd are just as Bad as the 11b’s and wannabees who scream “Form a Group, ‘hump a ruck’, and Get off the Porch!” idiots. Likely all just fedbois in the end.

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