Organizing Free America

As I’ve mentioned previously there’s no reason to wait for a superhero to start organizing our people into a new tribe.  I want to do my part and provide the foundation for an organization that provides a network to local communities to share information and socialize.  Eventually when things really get going that superhero is going to need a sophisticated network with all kinds of capability that the geniuses in Silicon Valley have invented in the last decade but for now Orion’s Cold Fire (OCF) and my primitive internet will have to do.

And in the underground you don’t take names and publish a membership list.  Pseudonyms and anonymity make a lot of sense when Dementia Joe is starting to act like another Uncle Joe of gulag fame.  I just finished Solzhenitsyn’s “A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch” and the idea of snitches pervading the society of a captive nation seems a lot more real now that the Left is adopting the idea of re-education camps and purging non-Leftists from all aspects of public and private life.

Well, all that’s fine with me.  The internet is a vast web of people who look for what they need.  And maybe what they need is hope.  And believe it or not I feel more hopeful in the last few weeks than I have in several years.  The endless delays by Bill Barr and the endless betrayals by judges and legislators was so frustrating that I often despaired of ever making any headway.  But in the midst of the political collapse after the fraudulent elections I see truth shining through and revealing our enemies for who they are and the eyes of the people finally opening to that truth.  That is what gives me hope and it sweeps away the false paths and points to the correct road.  We must abandon all the institutions that have proven themselves corrupt and build from the ground up.  And part of building up these new institutions is smashing the old ones.  It’s not enough to build a new political party.  We must destroy the Republican party to do it.  Primarying all but the loyal GOP office holders.  And any of the disloyal who get through the primaries need to be beaten by their Democrat opponents even in safe red states.  Mitch McConnell needs to be powerless and abandoned by his paymasters as a warning to those in our new party that might think of betraying us.

And just to be clear I’m no political mastermind.  I’m just a humble scribbler of stories who would like nothing better than to get back to writing stories and playing with my grandchildren.  But if those kids are going to have a country half as good as the one my parents gave to me then I’m going to have to try and wake up the sleepers and get them doing something in their local communities and talking together about doing something on a national level.

So here’s my sermon for the day.  Go out and talk with five or ten or twenty good men and come back and tell us what they think.  Build up a club and accomplish some small thing that feels like a small piece of freedom from the repulsive tyranny spreading out of Washington.  And come here and brag about it.  No names, no places, just ideas and tips on what works and what doesn’t.

Will the Right Learn Anything from the Tech Giants’ Blockade?

President Trump and a slew of his associates and supporters have been shut out of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram.  The payment processors like Stripe and PayPal are boycotting his election committee and his other sources of on-line funding.  Amazon, Apple and Google are conspiring to de-platform Parler.  Amazon is depriving them of server space on Amazon’s cloud.  Apple and Google are shutting Parler’s apps out of their app stores.  That effectively deprives them of access to the audience using Apple and Android operating systems on their phones.  Simultaneously, Google and Facebook are shutting down all of the commercial accounts of anyone they perceive as conservative.

Conservatives are shouting, “This is an outrage, something must be done about it!”

How about saying, “Why are you people so stupid?”  It’s like starting to rebuild your house on the side of Vesuvius while the lava is still smoking above Pompeii and Herculaneum.  How long does it take you to wake up?  Sure, it’s easier and cheaper to use the infrastructure that the Lefties built.  Sure, you took a chance and up till now you’ve enjoyed the benefits of using that premium service that they provide at rock bottom prices.  Fine.

But now that they’ve screwed you over wouldn’t it make sense to look around for another alternative?  Whining for Amazon and Apple to respect your rights just as the black hats are returning to the White House and the Supreme Court is scared to death of being packed by the Democrat Congress seems worse than useless.  It appears to be the action of a hopeless loser.

Lick your wounds, collect your wits and start over from a better position.  There are alternatives.  They aren’t anywhere near as lucrative as the fantasy land that YouTube and Facebook are.  You’ll have to pony up some dough and you’ll have to promote yourself and the profits won’t be nearly as good.

Not good enough?  Well, the alternative is to go Left.  Maybe you can convince people that you’ve seen the light and you no longer believe in the first and second amendments.  It worked for the NeverTrumpers.  Well, up until now it has.  Word on the street is that the paymasters for that operation are going to discontinue that gravy train now that they no longer are trying to win an election.  It should be interesting to see what will be going on with the Fake Right in the coming weeks.  I expect the screeching to resemble a chorus of scorched cats.

Look, this thing is just beginning.  The Justice Department is sure to be sticking its diseased snout into all things having to do with political speech on the right.  They’re sure to try and torture us with every horror they can imagine.  Maybe it’s a good time to forget about politics and collect scrap metal and rags instead.  But for pity’s sake don’t whine that the bad old meanies aren’t playing fair.  These people hate you and they’re ecstatic that Dementia Joe and Willie Brown’s Ho will be running the show.  Expecting anything but a knife in the back from them is so abysmally stupid that anyone with a shred of dignity and an IQ above room temperature should be embarrassed to do it.

Find people on our side who can provide hosting and payment processing and stop looking like an idiot.  The sooner we start using our brains the sooner we start taking a big chunk of the on-line business away from Facebook, Google and the rest of the degenerates on the Left.  Who knows, maybe someday Amazon will be coming to us begging us to use some of their unutilized cloud capacity.  And wouldn’t it be sweet to tell them to go pound sand up their cloud instead?  Sure, it would.

10JAN2021 – Tech Alternatives

So in a comment, Chemist noted that Amazon is cancelling Parler’s server space in order to shut them down.  And that web hosts are purging evil thinkers based on their evil thinking.  This is all true.  But in the spirit of providing information, I did a little search and found this hosting company Klicked Media that is specifically aimed at hosting conservative web sites.  They also say they can monetize your site too.  I’ll need to look into the details a little but that sounds pretty encouraging.  I assume they do not use Google or Amazon servers for their hosting.  But it would have to be confirmed.  I’ll give them a shout and find out.

As far as social media sites I’ve been on Gab since 2016.  It’s not actually my cup of tea but I can see how it will satisfy the Twitter/Facebook users.  Now that Facebook and Twitter are going through with their purges Gab may turn out to be the real winner in this whole debacle.  Imagine if President Trump sets up an account there.  That would be something.

Vox Day has a social media site called Social Galactic.  I don’t know the details of it but Vox is an island of his own and you have to take him as he is.  So visit his website before getting involved to make sure that community is for you.

I’ll try to add more information for those interested.  But it is important to know that there are alternatives to working with those who hate us.

But the greatest presence on the internet and the smartest people in the multiverse are of course right here at Orion’s Cold Fire (OCF).  We few, we happy few, we band of brothers, well you get he picture.

05JAN2021 – A Good Omen

So today I went on an odyssey of rediscovery.  I ventured out of the compound to get the oil changed on the older car.  I had a free oil change pass that I earned when the service station botched some expensive repairs and felt that I should be assuaged to a small degree.  So, I drove out, full of excitement, as I headed into the big city, well the, slightly larger town anyway.  And because I am twenty minutes from nowhere, I arrived in about a half hour.

I dutifully handed in my business card with the words “free oil change” and a scribbled signature on the back that was as good as gold at this locale.  And after signing here, here and initialing there I walked into the waiting room and memorized the free Wi-Fi password and sat down to see what was going on in the outside world.  And then my whole world came crashing down.  No Wi-Fi service.  Oh, the pain, the pain.

So, I started writing a screed on my laptop about fake elections and their consequences.  I began to warm to the task at hand and I invoked Chicago’s Richard Daley and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and I was just getting ready to start summoning the peasants with torches and pitchforks to begin the reckoning when another customer showed up in the waiting room.

When he walked in, we both gave the polite head nod of acknowledgement.  I began writing again but I could tell he was fidgeting about.  He announced that he was going to order the $5 car wash to go along with his other service.  I averred that it sounded like a good deal.  And off he went.  But when he returned, I could tell he had some conversation in him and after thinking for a second I thought why the hell not?  Being locked away for the last nine months how many random conversations had I had in that time?  Why the hell not?

My auto mechanic’s waiting room fellow inmate was an older fellow.  He couldn’t have been younger than seventy-five and for all I know he could be ninety.  I’d guess he was a healthy eighty-year-old.  Without much in the way of introductory remarks we began to discuss a wide range of topics, self-learning artificial intelligence, ivermectin as a treatment and prophylaxis for COVID, the security and surveillance state we live in and the appalling state of physical fitness among Americans.  I found out that my friend lived in my town and in fact lived on the same street as my daughter’s family.  I learned that he is a medical doctor interested in starting a hydroponic farm to supplement the food he currently serves at a restaurant that he owns in the area.  In addition to this I learned that like me he was born in New York City and was of Italian extraction.  And finally, after a few guarded questions we discovered that we were both of the conservative political persuasion.

Now we commiserated about the fate of conservatives living in New England and the general degradation of the American polity and we probably would still be there talking except that before we knew it my car was ready for me.  We parted on friendly terms and I promised to check out his restaurant sometime soon.  And all the way home I thought about the odds of a chance meeting on the first day out of captivity in weeks in ultra-blue southern New England being someone so obviously aligned with my world view.  The odds are very remote.  Or maybe they’re not that remote.  Maybe even in a place like this there are tons of good people left out there who are not crazy and who are working to make this world sane.

Giving up on this country is a bad idea.  Organizing the good people is the task at hand.  There are millions of us.  And even where we are not the majority, we are still a mighty force.  And that’s not just numbers.  It’s because we are the good and useful part of society and we can find a way to live the kind of life we want to live.  I’ve got to start getting out there again.  There really is a lot to see.

A Little Clarity

The post-election limbo has been going on now for a couple of months now and I realized today that I’ve been trying to figure out how I go forward.  I guess I’ve been waiting for a resolution to the election fraud.  But at this point I don’t think an external event is what is needed.  Well, sure, if the Senate votes to throw out the fraudulent states and declares President Trump the winner that would be a hell of an event.  There would be six months of uproar to write about and pitchforks and torches would be the accessories for all the best dressed revolutionaries.

But the externals would still be just the symptoms of the underlying problem and at this point addressing that problem also requires an internal solution.  What I mean is that I have to find a way to adapt to the reality of the world around me.  And this adaption for me means optimizing my ability to live the kind of life I want to by working around the system I’m embedded in.  And part of that life I want to live is contributing to the building up and expanding of organizations and individuals that believe in what I do.

And so, I can stop holding my breath waiting for the Supreme Court or the Senate Republicans or Mike Pence to save the day and free me from my jail cell here in the Gulag.  I’ll free myself.  I’ll take action to make this a better place for people like me by direct action.  Granted the action is miniscule.  My little blog and my family and small circle of friends is so small and insignificant that not even the trolls have found me yet.  Well almost none of them.  There have been a few minor eruptions.

But the actions that I do take are enormously important to my morale.  I don’t have to wait for the resolution of anything.  I don’t have to put my life on hold for a month or a week or even a single minute.  I can write my posts about things that I think are helpful and interesting to people right now.  Whether we prevail in this election or the Democrats are allowed to steal the presidency doesn’t change the fact that there is an enormous job ahead organizing the conservative people living within the former United States of America.  I’m actually more interested in finding the name of the most conservative Christian denominations in my area than I am about which RINOs will betray us this week at the Congressional Presidential Election Confirmation.

The reason that I am writing this is because when I figured these things out it provided clarity to my thinking and it actually made me much happier than I’ve been in months.  So, I hoped that maybe somebody out there reading this might find it helpful too.

I won’t forget about politics and all the mayhem that the Left is committing all around us.  I’ll still find plenty to say about all the outrages by the enemy and the occasional victories for our side.  But I want to spend just as much time talking about things that I can do or you can do to make things better and grow our community.  There’s nothing like direct action to erase a feeling of helplessness.  Think of this little explanation/pep-talk as my direct action for the day.

photog’s Right-Wing Guide – Part 3 – Cultural Identity, Education and Community on the Right

Why is the Right, or let us say the traditionally oriented Americans always under siege?  Ostensibly because the culture and the education system have declared many of the practices and beliefs that we hold sacred to be morally wrong or even illegal.

Let us take an example.  If you work in a company and Dennis is your manager and one day Dennis’s boss calls everyone into a conference room and informs you that Dennis is now Denise and when “she” returns from surgery “she” will be wearing dresses and a wig and you should call “her” Denise and show your support “her” by joining the LGBTQ allies club and invite “her” to all of your family occasions you probably would be pretty unhappy, especially if Dennis with a wig is extremely creepy and hypersensitive to any issues either personal or work related.  About the only thing you can do to avoid this nightmare is look for another job.

And this is not a made-up example.  I have experienced this one myself.  Although this is a pretty egregious example, there are a hundred other problems large and small that now make life in the progressive world miserable.  What they have done is to preclude people like us from living life the way we want to.

And what are our choices?

  • We can fight a civil war and impose our values on our opponents.
  • We can fight a civil war and divide the country into an area for ourselves and an area for our opponents.
  • We can just give up and be slaves.
  • We can get together in the areas that we control and create our own organization that give us the space to live the way we want.

Choice number four is the one that I want to talk about here.  It’s probably impossible to attempt to organize a community within any of the blue states.  They would go out of their way to persecute anyone they found trying to avoid their traps.

In a Red State you will be allowed to at least organize a community your own way.  That is the critical precursor.  But it’s just the beginning.  Because our opponents follow us into the areas we control the only way to avoid the endless aggravation, we are going to need a system that allows us to separate ourselves from them.  People are always talking about building our own Facebook and Google but what we really need is our own schools and churches and businesses.  As an idea of how something like this can work think of the Amish.  Obviously, they are an extreme example.  They are completely a people apart.  And they live by rules like no one else does.  But no one can propagandize their children or tell them how to worship their God and no one can tell them how to live because they form a self-sufficient community that doesn’t need anything and doesn’t want anything from the outside community.

But we don’t have to go that far.  We need our own churches and we need our own schools.  Those organizations will allow us to socialize and form a community because those organizations will be allowed the freedom to define a community.  And within that community can grow up the small businesses that are needed in communities.  Small stores and tradesmen and car dealerships and banks and whatever other local businesses that people can think to open.  Outsiders may move into a town where a community exists but they won’t send their kids to your school and they won’t go to your church because they don’t believe what you do.  A tight knit community has the environment you need to support children growing up and provides a pool of young men and women who will form the next generation of new families.

Can we do it without a church and a school of our own?  I would say no.  And not just because it will give us the constitutional protection it affords.  It’s the other way around.  A church and a school will foster a sense of identity.  And only that identity will allow us to survive the nihilistic deconstruction of our culture that is the true mission of the progressives.

In my next installment I’ll speculate on what the content of this new identity might be.

Building the Underground

Last week I read Angelo Codevilla’s essay “Conservative Resistance” in American Greatness.  His thesis was that since the Leftists have begun selectively to ignore federal law (e.g., marijuana illegality) that it has come to the point where Red States will start ignoring social policy laws that they disagree with (e.g., abortion, homosexuality).

Whether things will actually progress very far this way anytime soon remains to be seen but I realized that we already live essentially in two different worlds.  The conflict over the last sixty years has been over which world will rule the other.  And essentially it is not a matter of agreeing on a common set of rules that we can reach a compromise on.  We are being systematically undermined in all areas of the most important aspects of life.  The Left’s social projects have absolutely nothing to do with freedom.  They are efforts to destroy the traditional family as the means to eradicate the people they cannot control.

Looking at things from that point of view it seems plain to me that until we can reassert control over the agencies of the government that are infringing on our freedoms of speech and religion, we must in some ways look upon ourselves as people living under a foreign power.  We live in occupied territory.  This is similar to how the people in Eastern Europe endured the Soviet occupation.

The Soviet occupation controlled every facet of civic life with an unbreakable grip based on the military strength of the Russian army.  But the people lived a dual life and their inner life expressed the truth of what they actually believed as opposed to the outer rituals that the state forced them to observe.  So, whereas Poland was officially a communist state with atheism as the official position, the Poles clung desperately to their Catholic faith.

Not to be dramatic about this but there is a way for us to live a similar inner life.  We will have to foster a separate culture and society from the one we live in.  We will need to have our own fiction and philosophy, our own music and movies.  We will need to communicate together over our own channels, websites and networks.  And someday we may need to invest our money in our own banks and businesses.  We’re actually luckier than the Poles and the Czechs.  Theoretically we still live in a free country.  If we are careful and patient, we can make a lot of progress without depending on some kind of upheaval to get what we want.  But it will require slow methodical effort by large numbers of like-minded people to lay the kind of foundation needed to bypass the converged infrastructure currently surrounding every facet of our lives; schools, social networking sites, businesses, federal bureaucracies and even churches and non-profit organizations.

All these things are possible and relatively easy to understand.  The hard thing to do is how to pass along this information to the children today.  If you homeschool your children then this simplifies matters enormously.  But if your kids are in the public (or private) schools then it will be a struggle.  They are saturated by the propaganda that the culture and its representatives broadcast at them continuously.  It’s like a fish in poisoned water it can’t escape the effect.  To tell them the truth will seem to them like madness.  It will fly in the face of everything that is drummed into their heads twenty-four/seven.  But even here there are ways to use the natural advantage of the truth to simplify the effort.  When a child tells you about global warming have facts on your side.  Point to statements by alarmists like Al Gore about how the polar ice caps would be completely melted by 2017 and then show a photo of the Arctic today.  This will be understandable to the child.  Then it would be useful to explain that not everything that is taught in school or on television is true.  You can then introduce the concept of political bias and how this can cause people to lie about objectively true things for the sake of gaining political power.  It will also be necessary to explain how arguing to the authorities about their lies will only get the child punished.  It will have to be explained that for the sake of keeping appearances the truth won’t be mentioned.  But introduction into the inner world of those who know will be an interesting phenomenon for him and allow a space where you can talk to the young without confusing them.  Another good way to break them out of the propaganda mode is to give them books and movies from the earlier times before the worst of the madness evolved.  Books and movies that showcase the qualities and behaviors of Western civilization and the normal occupations of men and women before the present confusion was inflicted on society will be interesting and attractive to their minds.

For an American having to do this seems Kafkaesque.  And probably that is the apt word.  Modern American life with its continuously weirder new outrages and never-ending assaults on the wholesome and sane appears like some surreal nightmare from which we never awake.  But teach them we must.  The memes and other tactics that the dissident and alt-right employ are meant to show the normies out there, the absurdity and illogic of the Left’s signature positions.  This we have to incorporate into our dealings with our children and grandchildren.  It is hoped that we can one day recover control of the culture and return it to normal.  And with President Trump some of that is actually happening.  But I know it’s much too soon to even think we can go back to business as usual.  We are behind enemy lines and will be so for the foreseeable future.  We will therefore have to act accordingly.

After you’ve read enough sexbot articles on Drudge maybe switch to something interesting

Thriving in the Post Normal World – Part 1

This post is a variation on the theme of how do we get on with our lives as the progressives dismantle all the institutions that used to anchor people to the things that make life meaningful.  So, if the Boy Scouts is turned into some kind of transgender pride indoctrination camp then take your sons and grandsons camping with other normal people.  If the schools rewrite history to make villains out of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson then buy some old books and teach a class on American History.  If your office is giving a lunchtime seminar in Unconscious Bias then choose to eat out at Chic-Fil-A with other like minded employees.  In other words be proactive.  Choose to create alternatives to the narrative approved default.  Instead of going to Drudge, go to WhatFinger News.  Instead of CBS go to Fox or Real Clear Politics.  Instead of Google use DuckDuckGo or Brave.  Instead of Facebook go to blogs that you like (hint, hint).  And make sure you have some fun doing these things.

None of these alternatives are perfect.  All of them are work-arounds.  But they work.  And we need to build bigger and better things.  Losing the Boy Scouts and the schools isn’t a good thing.  Having your church try to indoctrinate you into LGBTQ gibberish isn’t acceptable.  We’re going to need new organizations and new churches.  That’s a tall order.  But it’s going to have to be done.  Maybe some of these things can be reformed.  But that will be very difficult and life is short so starting anew may be the better choice.

And we’re going to have to learn how to separate from the outside world.  You will have some friends and family that are so bought into the narrative and the progressive mind set that you will have to exclude them from many of your more important activities.  But you’ll also make new friends.  Embrace those who believe what you do.  Some of these people will be very different from you in background but don’t be surprised if you get along well.  Having common beliefs often goes hand in hand with social compatibility.

If your state is just too blue for you to breath, then move.  Find a state and a community where your values are shared by the majority and you don’t have to feel like you’re living in occupied territory.

And share information.  For instance, if your church has been overrun by the progressives and you need to look for alternatives a good source of information is a book by a guy named Rod Dreher called “The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation.”  Not everything in it will be applicable to you and some of it you may disagree with but there is a lot in it that will make you think about how to improve your situation.

I’ve spoken lightheartedly about starting a fraternal organization but it’s more than half serious.  Men need a place to go to enjoy each other’s company and also talk about things that are serious.  Every venue has been compromised either to allow women to feel important or to forestall normal men from having a voice.  I seriously think it’s time to start new clubs that appeal to men.  You can start it as a gun club or a fishing club or a religious society or even a softball team.  Just make sure the members you invite are not on the progressive team.  And in addition to political talk and projects make sure there is a good deal of fun.  Without fun the club will last about a month.  And whatever you do don’t allow women to be members.  As has been shown to be axiomatic by now, women will destroy any organization that they control and they will control any organization that they are not excluded from.  Look at any church that allows women priests.  But they can make sandwiches so they won’t be completely left out.

If any of you have any examples or links that you think will be helpful to the audience put it in the comments.  In the second part of this I’ll try to include some more resources that might be helpful.

The Worriers Are Worried

One of the guys in the office is agitated.  He thinks Trump has collapsed and the world is coming to an end.  There are articles this guy read that say that Trump is caving on judicial appointments to some of the Circuit Courts.  And also, he’s worried about the Wall not getting built.

So, what do I think about all this?  My bottom line is Barr must get approved soon.  I saw that Graham gave the Dems an extra week before the committee vote takes place.  I read that this timing will give Mueller the opportunity to damage the President during some announcement he is working on.  Fine, Graham is useless, I know that.  My read on this is that Barr should be approved by February 15th.  If by March he isn’t approved then I’ll start to think that Trump is trapped.  Getting control of the Justice Department is the most important objective Trump needs to get done right now.  If he lets that slide then there is little hope of reining in the Deep State that is running amok arresting his friends and associates at will.  So that is what I tell those panicking.  If we reach March and Barr isn’t Attorney General then I’ll admit Trump has been boxed in and won’t be able to clean out the Justice Department.

But getting agitated does nothing.  Start taking concrete steps in your own life to protect yourself and your family from the terrible people and things that are going on all around you.  Form alliances and relationships with people who have shown themselves to be reliable and you can trust.  Support people who are brave enough to identify themselves as supporting the truth about what’s going on.  Ignore the liars and cowards of the establishment republican slate.  Don’t support them and don’t give them a penny.  If the Democrats take the Presidency then we are the real resistance.  They will dismantle this country.  They showed us that under Obama.  Then we have to decide how we respond to that.  Make a stand or leave or become slaves.  Those seem to be the choices.

Mining the Benedict Option for Practical Advice – Part 1

As I mentioned I’m seriously interested in starting some kind of local organization to allow me to impact the community around me. But other than hot air of, which I possess an abundance, I was short on practical know-how.   I started re-reading Rod Dreher’s,”The Benedict Option,” and I think it will be useful.  I previously reviewed it last year.

A Short Book Review of Rod Dreher’s – The Benedict Option – Part 2

But now I’m looking at it more as a handbook, so it will take a good deal more time to weigh the information to decide what is helpful to me.   At this point, at the very least it has given me a number of resources for researching directions to go.  If anyone else is looking for ways to build alternative social platforms I recommend that you take a look at Dreher’s book. There are definitely some useful starting points at the very least.  And even if your position is non-religious there are things to think about in this book.