The Importance of Survival SkillsMarcus Devonshire
Dissidents face a choice: Either extricate themselves from the system through lifestyle design, self-sufficiency, and independence, or suffer whatever consequences will be coming to them in the increasingly urban, non-white, anti-male society of the future.
By the time the Covid restrictions hit, I was already living alone on a boat. I had no debt, a lot of money in savings, and a decent amount of wilderness skills, so I could fish for my own food. If I so desired, I could take off to some remote island for a couple of years to wait for the nonsense to wear off. If Covid had hit a decade prior, before I had achieved these plans, I would be an urban prisoner who would be at the mercy of the Covid central planners and desperate to hold onto my job.
The timing of things worked out for me, but they very easily might not have. As the saying goes, “Fortune favors the prepared mind.” We can’t see all the things that are going to happen to us in life. Some things will be unexpected, such as a car crash or cancer diagnosis. Some things will come with little warning, such as pandemics and natural disasters. Some things should be predictable by a wise mind, such as the housing, financial, and education bubble collapses and that the anti-white atmosphere will worsen in intensity. However you look at it, preparedness is going to benefit you in some way. Even if no crisis were to occur in our lives, which is unlikely, preparedness helps you live an easier life.
So what do I mean by “preparedness”? I use the term to separate myself a little bit from the term “survivalist,” as this has been sensationalized by irresponsible shows like Doomsday Preppers and Man vs. Wild. I also use this term to separate what are sensible skills that are applicable to everyday life from wilderness skills like firemaking and edible plants.
In general usage, being prepared is about being ready for something. In lifestyle design usage, being prepared is about structuring your life to remove as many restricting factors as you can — anchors around your neck that stop you from reacting to life’s many surprises, and reliance on external systems that, when those systems stop working, leave you vulnerable and exposed. Think of it in terms of poor ballast in a sailboat. As the wind changes, you cannot effectively move to a new tack to deal with the new direction as the ballast is stopping you from effectively making the move. Here are some of the more important principles that lead to preparedness.
Think. Visualize. Act: Examine every system in your life and think about whether you need it, how you will cope without it, and what you can do to mitigate its failure. Take the example of a blackout: do you have charged flashlights stowed nearby? Do you have at least one month’s supply of canned food? Have you frozen bottled water? Visualize the process of a blackout and identify areas of weakness in your current setup and fix those weaknesses. Perform an actual blackout test and see how well you hold up.
Remove yourself from bad situations: I recommend avoiding cities as much as possible. If you have to live in a city, then avoid the bad areas. If you see a bad situation coming, such as a congregation of dangerous people in a park, then get out as soon as possible. Always be alert to the situation around you at all times. If you’re anchored in a bad bay and the weather’s turning for the worse, move to a better anchorage and prepare accordingly. This thinking can also apply to bad relationships: don’t fester if it’s going south, get out!
Practice minimalism: Reduce material clutter in your life. Brutally go through all your possessions and ask if they are necessary. Reduce unnecessary proliferation of gear types in order to buy a minimal set of good-quality items: for example, you don’t need twenty fishing rods, but a good quality rod of each fishing type (fly, spinning, jigging, etc) is more maintainable. Minimalism not only reduces clutter that weighs you down in life, but it instills an attitude that stops you from buying crap you don’t need whilst getting vital items of a greater quality.
Practice sustainability: To sustain is to maintain and prolong. How sustainable are your systems? Take coffee as an example. An electronic coffeemaker is reliant on mains power. If you use a French press, then it’ll work for you in a blackout, on a road trip, or a camping trip. Is the French press glass? I broke a huge number of glass presses before I thought to buy a steel one that will last me for decades. By reverting to a system that relies on simple mechanical operation, you get a much more sustainable system. This example shows to what level this kind of thinking can go to before you start considering a completely sustainable mains-separated solar/wind-powered house or boat.
Practice self-reliance from people and systems: A helping hand is a controlling hand. Keep yourself as the center of power in your life. Learn what you do and do not control and don’t stake your mental well-being on other people or systems that you cannot control. Learn to be alone so you don’t need the crutch of a relationship. It’s fine to vote and hope for the best — but your life shouldn’t be destroyed by the results of an election or the betrayal of a politician. Be skeptical of the motivations of others and trust only with good reason. People stay with toxic people mainly because of weakness. This rule also covers owning over renting and. . .
Eradicate debt: This is so important that it’s a separate rule. One of the worst anchors around your neck in life is debt. Debt is slavery. It is probably the biggest external factor, after governmental regulation, that controls your life. When you meet someone who is stuck in a bad situation, it’s normally due to being limited in life and work from excessive debt. They’re stuck working endlessly until a very late age, normally with different types of debt such as child support, which open the door to extra governmental control. Work on eradicating any existing debt you have as soon as possible, reducing any unnecessary expenditure until you do so, then try to not get into any future debt unless absolutely necessary.
Be physically fit: Fitness acts as a general boost to everything you do in life. At the very least, you shouldn’t be unfit. Practicing the other attitudes in this list will help you if you have problems dropping the weight minimalism in reducing unnecessary and expensive foods will help: learn to do without and be satisfied with less. Drink water instead of pop. Use sweetener in your coffee if you can’t do without.
On jobs and income sources: This is another one that’s covered in general elsewhere, but is important enough for a mention. What’s important here is not putting all your eggs in one basket. Working for companies is going to be more difficult in the future as the government will force them to force you to vaccinate against your will. The bigger the company, the more anti-white and anti-male propaganda will be thrust down your throat. If you’re legitimately useful and talented (i.e., you work as the programmer who does the actual work among a throng of HR spinsters) then you’ll be able to retain some power and tell the company “no.” Make no mistake, though — adherence to the dominant culture will often take precedence over a vital talent and you may be let off anyway. All other companies will use it as a mark against you if you got dismissed for not taking diversity training. It’s better to be an entrepreneur than an employee as that takes the power and makes it your own. Still, diversify as much as you can — maybe write on the side, or work on a YouTube channel, etc. Ultimately, minimalism and debt avoidance will go a long way to lessening your reliance on working.
Learn wilderness survival skills: To my mind, survival skills are less about making fires and lean-to shelters, but are more about effecting a sea change in the minds of the people who learn them. It’s another, more extreme form of the rule about taking power into oneself and becoming independent. You also learn vital information about how fire works, how to purify water, and how to retain heat inside the body via proper clothing. These skills apply outside of wilderness situations all the time. I think it’s nigh-on impossible for a person who’s learnt these skills to be of poor and weak character like you see so obviously in the urban soy people that these times seem to produce in such abundance.
Upskill: Learning new skills, especially practical ones, is rarely time wasted. Learning how to sew saves one the cost of unnecessarily buying new clothes. Learning rudimentary carpentry can allow one to modify one’s own home to your desires.
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This is a good post. As far as outdoor survival skills go, I believe it’s good to keep one foot in primitive technologies. The wilderness is theraputic and keeps you sane. I went three weeks without electricity after Hurricane Katrina, it convinced me to be at least be a partial prepper. Land lines were out and it was difficult to make and recieve calls on a cell phone, so many people were attempting to make calls at the same time, even satellite phone servie was overloaded during this time. One thing to keep in mind is that smart phones weren’t around then. People are used to getting on their smart phones and getting online. In this type of scenario, it would be difficult to do. Natural disasters are good reason to be a prepper and each part of the country has it’s own type to contend with. Another thing to consider is that if government keeps going in the direction it’s going, politicians will not be competent enough to maintain infrastructure or carry out the necessary functioning of cities. Crime and civil unrest are another concern. They don’t seem to be competent enough to reduce either. A lot of Americans have to commute to a city to work. Not everyone can just up and bug out to the country. One fear many people have is that the U.S. will wind up like South Africa or Brazil, that is reason enough to be a prepper.
Yes, one can simply not trust in any competence from the government in the case of a natural disaster. Also, not only will government not protect you from crime – but it will actively put you in the path of it, as in the case of the “enrichment” of the white English countryside with asylum seekers.
I read an excellent account of Katrina in the book “face to face with race” by Jared Taylor. It sounded like a nightmare. A lot of people in that superdome were there because they were helpless, which a modicum of preparedness skill could have helped with. No skills – then you’re going to be controlled by planners who are incompetent and hate you. I say sod that!
Jared Taylor mentioned something in that article about Hurricane Katrina. It was the account of the white European tourists, mainly from Brittan, who had to take refuge in the superdome when the hurricane struck. The hostility they recieved from the native black population was disturbing and you will not likely hear these type of accounts from the mainstream media. Luckily, they made it out in one piece. Avoid large centers used as shelters such as this, where inner city residents will likely congregate. It’s good to have a bug out location in mind, such as a campground in a national forrest in the next state. Another thing that has been forgotten is the impact the influx of Katrina refugees had on the city of Houston. Look up the mayor of Houston’s response to that and the increase in crime it caused the city of Houston.
I liked this article. I would like to hear more in this vein, including more about the author’s island hopping experiences. The recent freeze taught me a lesson about food storage. I was frozen in for a week and had gone through all my food supplies, which generally last about a week. The grocery stores were sold out. I was down to eating Vienna sausages. I will be storing a month worth of canned goods in the future.
I intend to write more on this topic in the future. This was a bit of a primer for the uninitiated. Being a liveaboard is a unique thing so I’d like to write on how to become one, if CC would accept an article only tangentially related to politics.
It is a topic that’s going to blow up with dissidents, as more people are surely going to want to get away from the covid restrictions and forced diversity. Luckily, there are good non-dissident resources like Jack Spirco’s survival podcast (http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/category/survival-preparedness) and many YouTube channels on the topic.
Also. If you haven’t served in the military, buy the Ranger handbook, The Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad FM, and Infantry Attacks by Rommel. Learn them.
I’ll check them out. Here are some resources from my end:
Books: The SAS survival handbook, finding your way without map or compass, Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival.
Videos: Ron hood’s survial course, Ray Mears TV programs, Bushtucker man (les hiddins) TV program, Survivorman (Les Stroud) TV program, Paul Kirtley YouTube, Mors Kochansky
YouTube: David Canterbury, Jack Spirko, junglecrafty, Karamat Wilderness Ways, MeatEater, nutnfancy, Ray Mears & Woodlore Ltd, Survivorman – Les Stroud, The Gray Bearded Green Beret, Tom McElroy-Wild Survival.
Another good aspect of outdoor recreation is that it is mainly a white pastime, at least for the time being. This includes hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, etc. 80% of visitors to national parks, national forests, and other public lands are white. If you engange in any of these activities, you will likely encounter mainly white people. It will also give you time to practice bushcraft skills a little at a time, things such as fire making and water purification. It’s mainly whites who have a cultural intrest in outdoor activities.
Can you elaborate on the type and size of boat a person such as yourself (or a couple) would be comfortable living on? Sail power? Etc.
Thank you for an interesting article.
So much of it depends on you. Some people rough it and crap in a bucket, some people need some mod cons. Take a sailing course near you and see how you like a sailboat, book yourself in a fishing charter and see how you like a motorboat. Got a friend with a boat? Bribe him for an overnighter. Walk around a marina and see what’s there and possibly talk to the people about how they like x, y or z boat – boaties are often happy to help!
Boat size is a goldilocks situation – too small, and you don’t have headroom and you’re showing over a sink. To large, and you’re paying exorbitant marina fees and taking forever to scrape your own hull.
Catamarans/trimarans – I’ve never been on one, but they’re more stable and have a larger living area up top. They can also get close in to shore – putting you in a more protected part of an anchorage. They’re more expensive and can flip more easily. It’ll also be more expensive to store one at a marina.
Fixed keel Monohulls – The most common type of sailboat. You have more options to buy second-hand models and there’ll be more variety. Wood boats. Concrete boats (yes, really). They lean when sailing but are harder to capsize. They also rock more in swell conditions and cannot get close to shore than their keel length dictates.
Daysailors/retractible hulls – Like the monohulls but you can retract the keels. They can capsize more easily and thus are limited to coastal waters and are smaller, cheaper boats. You can get closer in to shore with them.
I went with a 36ft fixed-keel sloop cruiser sailboat. These types of boats are common as gulls and there’re a lot of them on the market. I think a 36ft boat is a nice upper-limit for one person and a minimum for more than one person. You do want to go with as much mass as you can though – a longer boat sails faster and a bigger boat is easier to sail. Also, more boat weight holds you steadfast in a rolly anchorage.
This comment turned into a bit of an essay and I’d definitely like to write a piece on this – maybe a series on living on a boat. As you can see, there is a lot to consider as in all things. If you want to know more then please post more info in what you want to achieve and where you want to go, etc.
Sensible article, but if the proverbial hits the fan isn’t it also important to be part of a group whose members can look after each other?
I used to work in a BBC building in London that had a nuclear fallout shelter in the sub-basement. It had a seriously impressive steel door to keep out the rabble, a generator, radio transmitters, and basic cooking facilities. The ‘entertainment’ options were a dartboard, pool table and chess set. The Government had paid for it; the idea being that Soviet warheads would have taken out the TV networks, but this reserve radio station could continue broadcasting state information to the cowering multitude.
That’s the way to sit out societal breakdown in relative comfort.
Good point. I generally don’t subscribe to mad-max scenarios where the disaster is prolonged, but when one reads about Katrina, then people banded into groups along racial lines in that situation, so that was a case where group affinity could be life-or-death.
I would say that in our controlled futures, living around like-minded people is going to be absolutely essential. Living on land means always living under the shadow of the government – which is why I opted to live on a boat.
You definitely want to foster a communal attitude as much as possible and that could have been a bullet-point in the article. Your own family unit is a a small community and you definitely want to spread the skills if there is more than one of your – everyone has to be in on the plan. I’m a loner, so that’s why the article is written in that way.
Interesting point on the BBC. I wouldn’t want to be stuck in a metal box with a bunch of BBC employees though.
One of the things to consider after a natural disaster is not only the lack of electricity, but the possibillity that cell phone service may be knocked out or difficult to use. People who are use to getting on their smart phones and getting online and reading may not be able to do so. The abiltiy to relieve bordem will not be easy to do. You might have to rely on old fashioned books to read something.
I’d also recommend learning self-defense/martial arts and weapons usage, including firearms if you’re in a nation or locality that allows for them. Self-defense also includes things like situational awareness, as you mentioned, conflict deescalation, and knowing the laws in your area and what to do when reporting a crime or otherwise interacting with the legal system. The world is going to become more and more hostile towards Whites in more ways than just the corporate work environment. Physical violence will become more and more common and the legal system will become even more hostile towards Whites defending themselves as well. You don’t want to end up like the McCloskeys or the men who defended themselves from the peaceful jogger.
Good point. I definitely should have included that in the article. It could be a part of upskilling, fitness and awareness, like you said, but is important enough to justify special mention.
I also recommend EDC preparedness – so always carrying some basic items on you all the time. Items such as a folding knife, ferrocerium rod, good flashlight. Having a car kit or a backpack kit that contains a survival kit and multitool, etc.
My main worry about self-defense is that a person may be tempted to act like a hero and choose to fight and intervene rather than practice avoidance and escape the situation – which I feel is the better choice. Our people are not going to get any brownie points for acting the hero and we won’t get justice if we end up dead. Selfishness sounds bad to advocate, but that’s the age we live in.
Self defense is a must for us. It’s like you say, keep up with the laws. Remember the nightclub owner in Nebraska who defended his business against the violent BLM mob. The state and the local prosecuter went after him anyway to appease the BLM activists. Counter Currents had an article about that a while back.
Leaving aside knives and guns. In my opinion, a person wishing to learn the most effective self-defense must:
1) Be practical: No fancy flourishes, should emphasize the basics such as straight punches, minimal kicking, solid stance, etc.
2) Do fighting/sparring practice: Nothing beats experience and you have to actually fight to know how to fight. A lot of karate does point-based sparring that’s of no use.
3) Study concepts such as the three second fighter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctZtDTnyppw) which deals with the reality of how street fights go down. Verbal taunts, fences, cheap shots, brutality. This is how fights go down in the real world.
4) Always prioritize avoidance and retreat before fighting.
In short. Studying boxing, being fit, and knowing the three second fighting techniques is of far more use than tai chi or fancy kung fu and doing only sparring.
Two “survival” skills I think will be very important moving forward under Puppet Biden revolve around gunsmithing. Be able to assemble “homemade” firearms from spare parts with no serial numbers or traceable codes. Be able to pack your own rounds. For a sizable portion of lawful gun owners and noob license holders, these two skills are exceedingly rare. Learn them. Be your own armorer.
Also, reloading saves you money on ammo. Another aspect of reloading is that it allows you to tweak the rounds to get to a desired velocity, many reloaders find this useful when hunting. Some towns have only one or a few reloarders who can do custom loads for a fee. It could be a way as a side income.
Damn. That’s another good point I could have emphasized. I would phrase it in a general way as learn to mod your kit – when it comes to knives, learn how to sharpen all your knives and how to re-profile a knife edge and bring an abused knife back up to sharp. For guns, advice like you gave, but also how to completely strip them and duracoat/cerakote the parts. Even how to make your own bow.
Don’t sweat it.
You’ve started the conversation.
Be able to assemble “homemade” firearms
As a shotgun is basically a metal tube with a stock and simple firing mechanism, even a novice should be able to make one. It’s even easier than I had supposed judging from YouTube tutorials.
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