This has to be one of the most terrifying nightmares I have ever had. I was filled with such of feeling of powerlessness and lack of control that I woke in a cold sweat. The PTBs of the dream were not all that menacing all they wanted was names, for me to help them stamp out other “terrorists” and how I was so dependent on the Government for my checks and how they could simply make any bad things go away if I just cooperated like a good citizen. I’d love to say that I was filled with indignation, claimed my rights and spit in their eye but I simply was so filled with fear I simply shut down and could not speak at all. I never felt more alone and then I woke up!
It is very easy to say how you will stand against the PTBs but doing it is a bit different in real life. I’m not saying you should go “grey man” or stop shouting from the mountain tops but there will be a price to be paid for either action. I made my choice back in 2011 that I would continue this blog and try and help people to prepare and quite honestly it scared the crap out of me and it still does when I take the time to dwell on not only the risk to myself but to others in my family that don’t even prep. I find that doing nothing is just not something I can do and I hope that I will not been seen as a threat to the PTBs as this is a small blog and I can help others in a small way. I know many of my commentators have been prepping for decades, I read many bloggers and they have made peace with their decisions to keep blogging, though that might be a bit of “normalcy bias” as we haven’t been detained yet so we won’t be detained in the future.
I would like you to take a good hard look at the risks you are willing to run being an open prepper/survivalist. I got no problem if you go “gray man” as you might be the best hope for survival. There are a lot of people that are taking a real risk by blogging and being open preppers trying to help others as I see it. While I can only speak for myself, speaking out and blogging is something I must do to consider myself doing something to fight the system that tries to label us as crazy at best and possible terrorists at worst.
You want to strike a blow for Liberty it easy, just stop playing the game. Grow a garden and preserve what you grow. Ride your bike when you can and don’t pay the idiotic gas taxes the US and state governments add. Have cash on hand and PMs like silver for insurance in case of a grid down situation, get rid of your credit card and as much debt as you can as that makes you a slave to the lender. Cut costs by learning to cook, bake and preserve, get rid of your TV cable, satellite dish and expensive cell phone plans. I like keeping the internet as that is a bit harder for the PTBs to control and I get a great deal using Magic jack for my home phone and Roku for my TV shows. Learn to make your own beer and wine and eliminate the taxes you pay for those items in the store. Always look for ways to starve the beast of government and become more independent.
I know it is tough to give up those conveniences. I’m using Roku, Magic Jack, use wood in the winter to heat my home and tolerate a warm house in the summer using only small air conditioner rather a heat pump or electric furnace. I have paid off a lot of debt and it is no fun, as it is hard to see fast results when you “screwed the pooch” like I did before I got disabled. Pay cash whenever possible and watch yourself when you make the argument that you can make the monthly payment rather than look at total costs of adding interest and insurance.
I know it is tough to do these things. I started because I got smacked down to rock bottom and was forced to change my outlook. Many people have not yet felt that sort of pain and I understand they might think I’m a screwball but I wish they would understand I don’t want them to go through the days I went through when my dog was sick racking up a $600.00 month vet bill and have the choice of buying food or paying utility bills and putting my dog down. Having food on hand and paying a little ahead on bills as well as reducing debt gave me another 7 years of joy with Tuffy.