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Solutions Are Scary: Part 1 – It’s Time To Bring Back Citizen Militias

September 2, 2023

By Brandon Smith

The most common retort you will encounter from skeptics and dishonest people when it comes to discussing the issue of economic decline, social breakdown and the PROVEN conspiracy of globalist institutions to centralize power under the formation of a worldwide financial system and a world government, is that “It’s all well and good to talk about the problems, but unless you can come up with solutions your analysis is irrelevant.”

This is a classic disinformation tactic: Suggesting that the person who identified the problem must also solve the problem, otherwise they should not be taken seriously. This is called “deflection.” Often solutions to economic and social decline require that masses of people become educated on the threats so that they can organize to make changes, and that requires talking about the problems. Talking about the danger IS the solution (to a point).

In terms of direct conspiracy and tyranny, the solution is usually war and the elimination of the cabal behind the agenda. That requires talking about the problem and inspiring people to organize for the fight.

But what happens when you finally have the numbers to do something? I would partially agree that the conservatives, libertarians, independents and moderates that make up what I call the “Liberty Movement” tend to talk a lot more about the problems, to the point that solutions become lost in the fervor of discussion.

After nearly 20 years writing for the movement I have noticed a consistent pattern – When I publish an article identifying a concerted attack on the US economy, for example, the audience numbers run high. When I write an article about methods for preventing collapse, such as independent barter markets and localized production, the traffic is cut in half. The truth is, real solutions are not sexy, they are scary.

People can become addicted to watching the system break down and I realize it’s hard to look away from a train wreck. But when it comes time to doing something about the mess and make some hard decisions a lot of people run away. This has to change.

It is with this issue in mind that I am launching a series of articles focusing ONLY on solutions. These are not silver bullet solutions; they will not save people from struggle or hardship. They will not end the globalist empire with a single calculated social shift or technological innovation. Such solutions do not exist and anyone who claims otherwise is either ignorant or a fraud trying to lure you into complacency. The real solutions require hard work, sacrifice, courage, tenacity and above all, risk.

If a solution to tyranny and collapse doesn’t scare you at least a little, then it’s probably not a legitimate solution.

And, if there is one solution that has been demonized more than any other in our modern era, it’s the citizen militia. It’s hard to think of a greater taboo, a more sneered at and disdained concept than the militia, and that’s on both sides of the political aisle. Many leftists hate the militia because they fear it; many Republicans hate the militia because they think it makes them look “extreme.” Sorry sunshine patriots, but if there was ever a time for extreme measures, it is now.

Maybe it’s a matter of public conditioning? Militias are the villains in every movie, every TV show, every book and comic book. Articles in every major publication warn year after year of militias as the dark underbelly of American culture; a mode of organization for “racists” and “fascists” and most of all “terrorists.” They are the bad guys, right? Who wants to be seen as a bad guy?

So, conservatives and libertarians stumble around trying to come up with ways to organize a physical defense against the encroachment of authoritarianism without actually calling these efforts a militia. It’s understandable; the M-word has a stigma that was carefully crafted by the media over the course of decades.

Say you are starting a “neighborhood watch” and people listen with an open mind. Say you are starting a militia, and people see images of fat rednecks playing Batman in the woods with their buttcracks hanging out (rednecks are some of my favorite people, by the way). They shut down immediately, and they might not even know why. It’s because they have been trained to react this way.

There’s a reason why civilian militias were one of the first constitutional protections dismantled and rearranged by our government. Sadly, starting with giving the president the ability to call on state militias as a means of suppressing domestic rebellion through the 1800s, then slowly erasing militias altogether and replacing them with the modern National Guard though the Dick Act of 1903 (The NG is now nothing more than another branch of standing military and not a true militia).

An armed and most importantly TRAINED civilian population operating outside of federal oversight is a threat that no oligarchy would ever voluntarily allow. It is the ultimate wrecking ball against government corruption. This is why the 2nd Amendment has already, to some extent, been neutered.  It has lost one of two vital parts: Gun rights are still present, but citizen organization is gone. Without both elements the country will never be truly secure and free.

The reason the modern establishment media has been so hostile to the militia concept is because they fear patriot organization more than anything else. They want people isolated from each other, focused only on their own preparedness efforts but constantly vulnerable due to their limited ability to project defense or offense. If you are alone, your circle of security is your house and your front door – you are doomed. If you are part of a militia, your circle of security is your town, or your county, or perhaps even your entire state. You now have a chance to survive and stay free.

There will be people who argue that a militia solution is impossible because in order for such groups to be constitutionally legal they must be approved by the state government they reside in and operate at the whim of the White House. This is only if we were pursuing a “constitutional” militia; I think that ship sailed a long time ago. If the establishment has no respect for the original intent of the constitution, then we can no longer play by the same rules as our forebears. We have to organize outside of the lines.

Militias need to exist whether they are approved or not. Cooperation at the state or county level should be pursued, but this is dependent on the honor of that particular local government. If they are not cooperative and are not honorable then citizens will have to organize anyway.

I do foresee some red state governors taking action to form militias. I’m not the type of person that thinks every single political leader is “controlled.” If that were true then all the red states would have continued the covid lockdowns and tried to enforced vaccine passports as the blue states did. Instead, they fought back. I’ll give credit where credit is due.

If any liberty minded governors are reading this now, I would suggest that they seriously consider stepping up efforts to bring back the militia system in their state. These groups are going to form eventually anyway, adding some legitimacy through the state would defuse a lot of conflicts in the future. And I’ll tell you this, if you truly believe in freedom and the American ideal, there WILL come a time when you will have to lean on the common citizenry to maintain the security of your state. Not just from corrupt adversaries at the federal level, but from foreign invasion (or illegal immigration) as well as rioting and looting by leftist groups within your own cities. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

If a state government is not willing to back legally recognized militias, then it may be possible to organize at the county level. I would even say that the first county government to do this will start a firestorm and hundred of other counties will follow their example. All it takes is one to step forward. The same goes for state militias.

What would be the purpose of these militias? To act as a deterrent to forces with ill intent, first and foremost. We cannot allow the federal government and establishment elites to hold a monopoly on the ability to project power. If we do, then the country will be enslaved. And though I have faith in the power of asymmetric tactics, the 50 million+ gun owners now active in the US could be far more effective if they were working together to utilize those tactics. They would certainly offer a much more imposing obstacle to the elites.

Deterrence is the best possible defense. When that fails, better to have friends than to be alone.

Secondly, there is ample defense training going on all over America and there are millions of serious shooters here. Dare I say, there are more serious shooters here than in all other countries combined. And by “serious shooters” I mean skilled and dangerous shooters that can do extensive damage to an enemy. However, there is virtually no large unit training going on right now; everything is aimed at personal defense and sometimes small unit tactics. Militias would be useful in teaching Americans how to fight as a larger force if necessary.

Of course, that would be “paramilitary training” and that would be “bad,” but who cares? The optics are becoming less and less important as the system degrades and crisis rises. Finally, I think it’s time to draw the line in terms of the course our country is going, and establishing militias is a solid way to send a message.

For those waiting on civic solutions, I’ll just say that political efforts rarely bear fruit. One surprising exception was the resistance to covid mandates – It’s a good thing we had so many conservative governors willing to end the mandates and stop the madness at the state level. So yes, voting can do some good, but it should not be relied upon to save us. There needs to be organization beyond political parties into the realm of active problem solving and security. Millions of citizens sitting around doing nothing while waiting 2-4 years to drop a ballot in a box is NOT a solution to our current predicament.

The old disinformation arguments will surely surface in response to the militia idea – They will say that a militia wouldn’t stand a chance against a tyrannical government backed by a modern military and that your “AR-15 is useless against an F-16.” The Taliban in Afghanistan has something to say about that delusion, just as guerrilla groups have had something to say about it for generations. There’s not a military on the planet that can take on 50 million+ gun owners, they would run out of ordnance long before patriots ran out of people.

But beyond that, we have to ask the question yet again: Why are they so intent on removing 2nd Amendment rights and stopping the return of militias if these things are not a threat to their power? If gun owners could be wiped out by a handful of drones and tanks, then why haven’t they done this already and rounded us all up? The reason is clear – Because if the establishment starts that fight, they know there’s a chance they could lose. If they are afraid of unorganized and isolated patriots now, imagine how afraid the technocrats would be if we reestablished militias.


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  • Gerald Montgomery September 2, 2023 at 8:30 am

    This is exactly the direction things need to take. I’m sick of the bleating mouthpieces constantly saying “resist” but stay “peaceful.” I’m sorry, this tactic is just giving the filth the time they need to complete the prison they are building around us. Q Anon served this purpose brilliantly and Alex Jones does too.

    • JoeInMissouri September 4, 2023 at 9:51 am

      Gerald Montgomery people need to get their heads out of their asses when it comes to state militias. The militia is “the people” and it is entirely defensive in nature.
      How the flock is self defense non-peaceful or violent?
      It is not.
      Check out:

      I do differ from TC as the militia needs to be formed ASAP.

  • Tonni September 2, 2023 at 8:54 am

    Historically, militias have been associated with Committees of Safety… research it. Then start with organizing members in your house… your block and several blocks around you. Security, trading among yourselves (gardens, other goods / services)… and then compliment with committee of safety (pseudo board) that can be elected members that act as liaisons among interactions with other militias and government entities/ reps…. just try an organize yourselves to help each other as local community.
    Living in So Cal…suburban area…SHTF week be chaotic… so have a neighbor to help lean on… garden, water collection…and security/medical too.
    Si vis pacem….You know the rest.

  • DogBoy September 2, 2023 at 10:02 am

    If not now, when? At the rapid pace they are bull-dozing over our constitutional rights, it may not be “legal” to form a militia in the near future.
    I have heard that there are some constitutionally minded sheriffs that will support and even encourage militias. It gives them an experienced pool of citizens to deputize in case of emergency.

    • JoeInMissouri September 4, 2023 at 10:13 am

      First of all there is no such thing as “constitutional rights.”
      Learn something about Natural law.

      The “constitutional sheriffs are a f’ing joke!

      They kidnap children from parents for the sex trafficking CPS with out any due process such as a writ of habeus corpus or a jury trial. (they are criminals)

      If you don’t pay the 1st plank of the communist manifesto (the property tax extortion ) the “Constitutional sheriffs” and will come to your house and murder you with no due process. (they are criminals)

      They will murder you if you refuse to leave your home and if you are 65 like I am they will also murder you by making you homeless. (they are criminals)

      The sheriff (the shire reeve) was a tax collector for the crown and NOTHING has changed. They still work for the crown.

      • John September 12, 2023 at 8:46 am

        Some of every sort of official is dirty.
        That doesn’t mean they all are.
        Just yesterday, two NM Sheriff’s refused to enforce a 30 day concealed carry ban ordered by the governor.
        There have been many such examples.
        Sheriff Dar Leaf of Barry county, Michigan fought so hard against the 2020 steal he himself is in legal jeopardy.
        Search his name,read the articles, you will see there can be very little doubt of his sincere dedication to doing right.

  • Rodster September 2, 2023 at 11:57 am

    TY for writing this timely article Brandon. We need stuff like this !

  • Serge September 2, 2023 at 12:30 pm

    “People can become addicted to watching the system break down and I realize it’s hard to look away from a train wreck. But when it comes time to doing something about the mess and make some hard decisions a lot of people run away. This has to change.”
    INDEED. A large proportion of citizens (or “citizen-consumers”…) – and not only in the United States! – are afraid to assume their responsibilities. They leave it to other people to find solutions and make decisions that they ALSO can benefit from without making any effort.
    It seems to me that you wrote an article or two (more?) on the topic during the “health crisis” (CV-19).
    With your weekly newsletter, you have already given advice and solutions to fight globalism and become more resilient in the face of the various threats that every citizen or group of citizens may face.
    Your numerous readers and REAL patriots must appreciate.

    There is no doubt that the globalists and the establishment are engaged in a full-spectrum war (“hybrid war”) on the peoples of the United States and the peoples of the rest of the West, in particular. Clearly, they don’t care about the U.S Constitution and will use any means necessary to impose their totalitarian agenda on the world population.
    The United States is the main domino (in the West) they need to bring down (too dangerous with millions of citizens armed and ready to die to protect THEIR constitutional rights).
    Indeed, prepare to fight back hard if the situation demands it.

    More than a fiction:

  • Forearmed September 2, 2023 at 1:01 pm

    Of course they won’t allow it, and that is the very reason that trained militias must be formed. When our Government uses Law Enforcement, those first responders will become no more than Cannon Fodder, which proves the DemonRats only want power and will do anything to maintain what they have already stolen, and that is exactly why we had a Revolutionary War.

    It is stated in that document, 2nd paragraph: “But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably to the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such Government and to provide new guards for their future security.”

    If you are retired military or have served your time, then think seriously about joining a militia. When Obama said we need to put together a civilian force that would be as strong and well equipped as is our Army, this is how we now interpret that statement.

    • Faceman September 3, 2023 at 10:51 am

      And look how well equipped and trained Antifa has become.

      Local police departments were (and are not) equipped and manned to handle such overwhelming numbers. More recently in France, the government not only brought in military assistance but hired mercenaries to quell the riots.

      The left loves Antifa and curse any conservative effort to counter. Of course the left owns the media so besmirching their enemies has become too easy.

      I never thought I’d see America the way it is and for the past several years, have come to the conclusion that the only answer is to dust off The Declaration.

  • Patricat September 2, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    They have left us no choice.
    Now it’s survival.
    Us or them.

    The sooner that people wake up to that, the better chance we will have.

    • Stephen R Baze September 2, 2023 at 10:23 pm

      Agree 100%

  • Henry September 2, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    Mencken remarked on the idiocy of delegating the enforcement of your rights to the very party that most of those rights were designed to protect you FROM.

    “Constitutional” militias suffer from the same Catch-22. Their design mainly helps states (not people) resist fedguv tyranny. But since states are now all smaller oligarchies of their own, none of them are willing to give their required blessing to the establishment of the kinds of militias required today.

  • Roundball Shaman September 2, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    “… if there is one solution that has been demonized more than any other in our modern era, it’s the citizen militia… Why are they so intent on removing 2nd Amendment rights and stopping the return of militias…”
    Watch any old Western on TV. Some gnarly guy has somebody else – or a group of somebodies – under his full control because he’s holding a gun on them. Then another guy with a gun sneaks up on the perp and now he takes control of the group. And what’s the first thing the sneak-up guy does? He disarms the first perp. Every single time. Just like how the gnarly did to the first group.
    Power and situation control is in the weapon – and in the timing and use of it. We the People are being systematically disarmed by the Dark State just like the guy holding a gun on others always disarms them before doing anything else.
    ‘Drop your gun! Slowly! No tricks!’ Every single time.
    Dark State will never stop their attempts to fully disarm The People. Dark State has already disarmed We the People financially. Dark State is disarming The People through the restrictions of Speech. Dark State is disarming The People in a long-running campaign to discourage and alienate People from our own selves and each other. Dark State will be disarming The People when the Mark of the Beast Central Digital Currency Con is unleashed. And to finish the job… Dark Side will never stop until We the People are fully vulnerable and with no means to protect ourselves.
    The Dark has bigger and more powerful weapons than The People ever will. But we retain the power of our will… our desire to be truly free.. and more importantly, our God-given spiritual nature which is even stronger than the flashy weapons The Dark Side waves around.
    The Dark State is nothing but a One Note Song. More power for Them… NO power for US. Blah, blah, blah. What a boring, selfish, song of noise. Playing on an endless loop and blaring in our faces without end. The sour note that keeps on fouling our air.
    “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined…”
    ― George Washington
    “The constitution shall never be construed…to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”
    ― Alexander Hamilton
    “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
    ― James Madison, U.S. Constitution
    ‘Weapons in YOUR hands are BAD! BAD! BAD! And we won’t let you have any!”
    – The Dark State and its Wokester Lackeys
    PRAY that things never get to the point where it becomes The Dark State vs. We the People in the streets and in the countryside. Because if that day does come… it will not end well for anybody.
    But know that the most basic human right is always – Survival.

    • JoeInMissouri September 2, 2023 at 9:07 pm

      Roundball Shaman please check out

      There is a small minority like you and I that have seen the answers and the sheep being too cowardly to discuss the solutions.

  • Patriot Boy September 2, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    I have been saying this stuff for 17 years and the people I talk to are couch patatos.
    I am the “M” word we use to have 30 people in our unit until the government whores said that the Christains & Militials were terrorist. Bou did they turn tale and run. We have about a fireteam to a squad of men.
    I am still here and will be until they kill me. I am bugging IN NOT out.

    • JoeInMissouri September 2, 2023 at 8:45 pm

      I have also Patriot Boy…..Please check out
      as they are doing exactly this.

  • Olde Reb September 2, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    .CORRECTION: Authority for the President to call out the militia was considered at the writing of the Constitution and was rejected as too much power to one person. Authority to call out the militia to “suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions” was given to Congress —which also has the authority and duty to appoint the officers [of the called out army ?] and to train the militia. How this is not considered military training escapes this reader.

  • JoeInMissouri September 2, 2023 at 8:43 pm

    I have been yelling this from the rooftops for 20 years.
    Also the need for informed jurors.
    Red Beckman told us as much 50 years ago.
    NOW there is an organization with a very well thought out plan to bring back both the
    militia and the grand juries at a county level.
    Please check them out:

    Here are all of their books in PDF for free:

    • Faceman September 3, 2023 at 10:56 am

      Enough blog pimping, once is enough.

    • Some guy September 6, 2023 at 1:17 pm

      This is awesome stuff, thank you for sending.

  • Guy September 2, 2023 at 11:13 pm

    Quote from Sun Tzu, The Art of War
    “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
    An 18th century decentralized militia may be effective at localized security, defense and area denial, but the tools and tactics of coercion and control being most effectively wielded against the people are digital. Information control, disinformation and behavior modification via social and digital media channels; economic control via digital financial instruments and transactions. The reason the public was able to resist the Covid mandates and continues to resist the vax can be largely attributed to the effective use of alt media information channels. In the digital era the skills of coders, hackers, and EW specialists may be more effective at “subduing the enemy without fighting.” Hope to be reading more about that in upcoming installments in your Solutions series.

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      Brandon Smith September 3, 2023 at 12:22 am

      You are misinterpreting Sun Tzu – He meant that great strength would be required to DETER the enemy from ever attacking in the first place. Strength is not shown through public engagement; public engagement is how you eventually build strength. The Covid mandates were defeated for one reason and one reason only – Millions of Americans with arms refused to comply, and the elites realized to continue would mean war. But, they never should have felt safe enough to try. With organized militias, there would have been NO covid mandates to defeat. This is what Sun Tzu meant. There is no digital silver bullet solution; this conflict will require rebellion and great sacrifice. There is no other way.

      • Joe September 3, 2023 at 2:57 am

        Agree 100%………..the vote has become USELESS, anyone who thinks we can vote our way out of this mess is a FOOL. I can say this because the Democrat Party has been hijacked by Marxist’s and the Republican Party has been hijacked by “do nothing” ESTABLISHMENT RINO’s. Each of them has their own reasons for what they do and one thing has become very clear; those reasons don’t included protecting the rights of average everyday Americans or acting in the best interests of the country. Which is their FIRST RESPONSIBILITY.

        So with that said you’re correct “there is no other way”. I’m 62, still young enough to do something but as you said “if you’re alone you’re doomed”. Unless we act and act now (and I don’t mean wait around to vote) this country as founded will die with my generation.

        • Mike Hendrix September 10, 2023 at 1:49 pm

          “…and the Republican Party has been hijacked by “do nothing” ESTABLISHMENT RINO’s.”

          They weren’t hijacked–they are COMPLICIT, and have been for many years. All just part of Democracy kabuki, nothing more. They have their part to play in the Big Con and they play it well, as is evidenced by the millions who still continue trudging off to “participate” in national “elections” thinking it anything other than the complete waste of time it so truly is.

      • Defector September 5, 2023 at 3:52 am

        The main question I believe is what is the tipping point? What percentage of the populace is sufficient to successfully resist the tyrany?
        My estimate is 3-5% may be enough.
        The rest will be passive.
        After all, those will be the brightest and the smartest.
        Tyrants are less than that anyway.
        Brandon, you are more competent, would you care to comment?

        • woody188 September 5, 2023 at 8:33 am

          There has to be an event. Something so awful and public that it can’t be denied by the media whores. Boston Massacre, Lexington and Concord type of events. We have to be prepared to get the word out.

          COVID was close. Mandates were clearly splitting the population. A line in the sand was established, and the globalists decided to back down. Brandon likes to think it was patriotic Conservative leadership in the states, but I believe they were instructed to back down.

          We’re being used and fed, like rats in experiments.

          • Some guy September 6, 2023 at 1:21 pm

            Yeah can you imagine if they tried to force everyone unvaccinated to get a covid test EVERY WEEK??? Even if we were willing, they would have run out of covid tests mere weeks in. You would have to wait at the doctor’s hours and hours every single week. They realized the OSHA mandate was absolutely unenforceable. They were hoping the vast majority would vaccinate to comply.

        • Defector September 10, 2023 at 12:35 pm

          I have found the percentage in question. Martin Armstrong says 16%. Looks high. But maybe we will reach it.
          Looks like mine was wishful thinking.

    • JoeInMissouri September 4, 2023 at 10:17 am

      Besides the determent factor of the militia, 5th generation or unrestricted warfare is a way to “subdue the enemy without fighting”.

      We have lots of 5th gen warfare being used against us. It is time for us to use it against them.

  • Jack September 3, 2023 at 5:56 am

    Well written and thought provoking. Man of action man says go!

  • Lloyd McGallion September 3, 2023 at 7:09 am

    Gaining organization will be the hardest. But there are already some organizations that would be a great place to start.
    *Volunteer fire departments have organized in a civic manner and can provide a framework for organizing.
    * churches, locally owned business even rural post offices.
    * think locally elect county officials who are like minded and can provide leadership (point person) justice of the peace. Constables etc.
    * having a underlying purpose with a overt purpose of civic organization. Think Cajun navy. With the floods, wild fires and train derailments, covid lockdown etc. These natural and man made disasters can provide the ability to organize.

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      Brandon Smith September 3, 2023 at 7:44 am

      While engaging with the community in a positive way is always a good thing, Oath Keepers already tried the “civic” route and it really went nowhere, mainly because it didn’t go far enough. It was a half measure; a safe way to pretend like we’re organizing when we’re really not. Again, if there’s no risk involved, it’s not a solution. If it doesn’t bother the establishment in the slightest, then it’s not a solution. The days of half measures are over.

    • JoeInMissouri September 4, 2023 at 10:22 am

      “…..* churches, locally owned business even rural post offices……”

      Lloyd McGallion churches are where the continentql militia resided.

      “….* think locally elect county officials who are like minded and can provide leadership (point person) justice of the peace. Constables etc……”

      Government is a potential enemy and you need to be very careful of the relationship between the militia and the state.
      The people you refer to are the people that told the militia to disband after the “Lincoln’s war of enslaving the states.” They are the very reason that we don’t have a militia!!

      The Missouri Militia (I am a member) has been totally neutered by it’s relationship with the state and it was IMHO planned that way

      Check out

  • Larry September 3, 2023 at 7:13 am

    For 20 years I’ve written about our slow but accelerating decay. Like you, I found little interest in discussing solutions, probably because reading about problems is entertainment for most – but solutions involve work and responsibility.

    Since 2008 I’ve written about the potential value of militia. Here is a brief about their long history and how they could help us today:

    Here are links to 140 posts about solutions, grouped by type:

    Keep up the good work!

  • TheTruthBurns September 3, 2023 at 8:27 am

    All Government is EVIL Top to Bottom. Unless we can Exterminate the Demonic 1% with Extreme Prejudice Nothing changes. In The Old Testament GOD Commands Us to Destroy Evil wherever it Exists but today Cotton Candy Christians and Fake Christian “Churches” are No Better than Mentally ill Trans Freaks – They All Don’t Know that the 1st sign of Wisdom is the Fear of GOD. Today Many people are Self Absorbed & Believe in Nothing but Themselves. No GOD – Only Government & “Science”. Mystery Babylon Will Fall & We All Will Suffer. I will continue to Pray to Jesus even as things deteriorate & then I will be prepared to do what needs to be done up to and including Extreme Prejudice to those that would attempt to Harm My Family.

    • JoeInMissouri September 4, 2023 at 2:13 pm

      “…All Government is EVIL Top to Bottom….”

      So you listened to Samuel in the book of judges and are a Christian anarchist like myself?

      Congratulations for figuring it out.

  • Steven September 3, 2023 at 9:54 am

    Agree with both your analysis, and your solution on this issue. The history of successful civic uprisings has been white-washed for many. Very few know, or are even aware, of how personally devastating the fight to gain our independence was to those Founders who stood up and declared their intentions. Many died, almost all lost EVERYTHING before the English were driven out of our newly founded country. There was no shortage of personal bravery on the part of these men.

    The average American is now soft, compliant, intellectually lazy, ignorant and dare I say it… cowardly. We have many who will stand up to tyrants (those rednecks, who have ALWAYS answered the call to fight), but most of these brave men and women will only do so to defend their immediate family and/or home. To your point; tyrants fear militias for the very reason that it organizes those relatively few willing to use violent resistance against authoritarian oppression.

    To this end, those wanting to enslave a population must first gain control of the education system in order to program the population to their ideology (check). Next, they must gain control of the media, to propagate and saturate the message of compliance to the masses (check). Finally, they must disarm the population to avoid the very thing you are pointing out; large scale; armed resistance, to their power and control, by the population.

    Once they have all three (they now have two and are well on their way to the third, as you pointed out) the population will quickly realize they are no longer citizens, they are subjects and what follows will be the painful lesson on how these differ. But it will be too late and any effort to regain their freedoms will very likely require the ultimate sacrifice.

  • Robert J. Borer September 3, 2023 at 11:33 am

    It’s our Second Amendment.

    A well-regulated militia being *necessary* to the security of a free state….

    No need to shy away from it. It’s the language of our Constitution.

  • Hank September 3, 2023 at 11:49 am

    According to the federal Militia Act, all males of fighting age are members of the militia by default. The number of known US gun owners total 80 million, many times more than the five largest armies combined. The US military is about 1.5 million and most of them are serving overseas. To that you can add perhaps another half million state and federal law enforcement. And of that 80 million many have military training. As for Biden’s foolish boast about needing F-15s and nukes, the VC or Taliban would scoff. If any president ordered the bombing of US cities the Generals themselves would take him out.

    • Surak September 5, 2023 at 7:08 pm

      “If any president ordered the bombing of US cities the Generals themselves would take him out.” I would like to hear your take on Ruby Ridge and Waco, then. The armed forces will not take out a city. But a rural population like East Palestine, Ohio or Lahaina, Hawaii – or Ruby Ridge or Waco?

  • Doug Hanlon September 3, 2023 at 1:45 pm

    The Oathkeepers were destroyed by the bad judgement of their Lider Maximo (which is another story: a national organization MUST have a collective leadership, not be a one-man band). There is lots of evidence that 6 January was a set up, a trap. But it was a trap our people voluntarily stumbled into.

    We need to follow the French example and have a ‘service d’ordre’, made up of fit men with training in how to be stewards at demonstrations, how to marshal them, both to defend them (with sub-lethal means), and how to deal with provocateurs and hotheads.

    Another point: whatever happens in America, we are NOT going back to some state-less anarchy, a rural pastoral fantasy. There WILL be a government. We have to try to make sure that it’s one we want.

    Although unimaginable now, this might involve the splitting of the current United States into more than one country. No one knows the future. All we can do is to prepare to defend ourselves and our communities should the worst happen.

    For an example of community outreach work, check out the Houston Branch of the Texas State Militia:

  • Steven September 3, 2023 at 7:52 pm

    THANK YOU for this, and I look forward to seeing what other solutions and suggestions you have. I absolutely love this, it’s what I’ve said for years – “Voting can do some good, but it should not be relied upon to save us. There needs to be organization beyond political parties into the realm of active problem solving and security. Millions of citizens sitting around doing nothing while waiting 2-4 years to drop a ballot in a box is NOT a solution to our current predicament.” Voting only helps so much, that’s absolutely true, and there needs to be more organization against the globalist fascist agenda of pseudo-science, depopulation, and enslavement.

    • Doug Hanlon September 4, 2023 at 11:07 am

      One of our problems is that we have been ‘educated’ by Hollywood. Forget highschool civics classes … most people’s concept of how the world works is a template consisting of a Very Bad Man (or group of Bad Men), eventually brought down by a Hero: Rambo, James Bond, Batman.

      The reality is very different, and boring. But the lessons we must learn from it are: organization is everything. Avoid like the plague people who talk about ‘exterminating’ anyone. At best, they’re hot air merchants, who won’t do any exterminating themselves, or anything else. At worst, they’re agents of the enemy.

      So what do we have to do? First of all, try to form a Community Defense Group. Whether or not that is possible at the moment, we must be actively engaged in politics: starting at the local level: the school board, in particular.

      Eventually, we need a national organization. And there’s the rub. At the moment, ‘national’ figures tend to be ego-maniacs, who want to be the Supreme Leader. We’ll have to start from the bottom, with local groups … eventually coalescing into state groups, with leaders who have been tested in practice. Once we have enough of those, we can consider a national group.

      I have watched while at least three national groups self-destructed: the Oathkeepers, the Three Percenters, and the (much smaller) Civilian Defense Force. The Modern Militia Movement website folded after 6 January. The other national website, MyMilitia, was taken over by someone whose aim was to make money from it by selling advertising.

      And yet … there are thousands of determined, sensible, serious people out there … we see some of them here. How can we get together to discuss what needs to be done?

  • Surak September 4, 2023 at 11:30 am

    Well, I am shocked that this website still has a service provider. Congratulations for remaining on air, at least until the DS steps in…

    Brandon has touched the third rail, broaching the subject no one dare consider: the use of non-governmental armed force in collective – not individual, but collective – self-defense. This implies the willingness to defend oneself from the party that has the ultimate power to threaten us – the government itself.

    At that point, you are in “seditious conspiracy” waters, and as I have said multiple times, the ultimate solution will have to be secession. Brandon’s part 1 provides us with the means to that end.

  • JoeInMissouri September 4, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    “….There will be people who argue that a militia solution is impossible because in order for such groups to be constitutionally legal they must be approved by the state government they reside in and operate at the whim of the White House. This is only if we were pursuing a “constitutional” militia;….”

    Both Edwin Vierra and David Zuniza have inverted this myth called the “constitutional militia” — when there is no such thing! The militia has existed for 1,000 years and article 1 section 8 paragraph 15 does nothing about establishing a militia! All it does is allow the Federal government to call out the state militias.

    The word militia according to the founders is synonymous with the people.
    The people need no approval from the state to either arm themselves to to train in group defense. So if militia membership is limited by the government there is nothing to keep you from forming your own groups for self defense.

    You are a militia member at this very moment whether you know it or not. But you are a very poorly trained member and we need to change that ASAP.

    Too many other thoughts to put here for now…..

    Check out Tactical Civics dot com. Their basic plan is very good. I have a few beefs with them but nothing but enough to throw the baby out with the bath water.

  • John September 5, 2023 at 7:21 am

    As a foreign observer from Switzerland I believe that the creation of armed militias is an excellent solution. As you certainly know, the Swiss are an armed people by constitution and no government would dare to disarm them because they are a citizen militia.
    Having a peaceful armed militia and I mean “peaceful armed” is the greatest danger for the globalist government, the government will try with all legal or illegal means to destroy it in the bud but if you officially declare that this militia is only self-defence against a situation outside control due to the government no longer being able to lead a country, this will not lead to an armed confrontation between its citizens and the government will not be able to instigate a civil war, certainly the mass media will immediately create fear at the appearance of these patriotic militias, mercenaries will be used to highlight the danger of these armed militias but a limited armed self-defence response backed by well-organised independent information will be necessary.
    Demonstrate that they have a peaceful counterforce to the corrupt power, the government will not dare to attack this peaceful but armed militia force, this militia will be an example of a force that no government can repress effectively, even with small starting numbers they will give the way to a greater mobilization and a good part of the population will support them even if only morally because after these dictatorial period demonstrated with the Covid of the various governments, the population is now ready to regain control of its government.
    Then the government and those who control it will be naked, I agree that the militia is its only strength.

  • Gauntlet33 September 5, 2023 at 1:58 pm

    My family here in SoCal is armed, but not organized and also not trained in arms, but hope to figure it out when the time comes.
    Fortunately, there are others in SoCal who are organized as another posted I met online said they established a “neighborhood watch” to deal with any problems.

  • Doug Hanlon September 5, 2023 at 2:10 pm

    A group of friends get together. They talk about what the future may hold, and plan to protect themselves and their community should disaster — which can take many forms — strike.

    This means making sure that they know the basics of first aid; that they have enough food and water stored away to sit out a prolonged ‘interruption of service’; that they can communicate with each other should the telephone/internet system go down; that they can defend their community should a violent mob of looters appear (which also means knowing firearms law, and laws governing ‘private armies’ and ‘seditious conspiracy’); that they can deal with a collapsed building (perhaps with living people inside), a downed power line, a blocked road that needs to be unblocked (or vice versa); that they can transport themselves, or others (injured people) a reasonable distance even if gas stations are not functioning; that they have alternate means of getting at least enough electrical energy to power Baofengs and flashlights. They organize public classes for all these things: every subject here has a dozen YouTube videos that can do most of the talking. They do their best to liaise with local first responders.

    Are they a ‘militia’? The men who assembled at Concord Bridge on 19 April 1775 would have recognized them as fellow patriots, organized to defend their community. Who cares about a word?

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      Brandon Smith September 5, 2023 at 3:20 pm

      Or, they can just call themselves what they are – a militia. Like you say, who cares about a word?

  • Gauntlet33 September 5, 2023 at 3:53 pm

    Also, the FreeNow Foundation in SoCal is a legit threat to their goal. I’ve gone to their last 2 meetings, and they discuss coordination and Neighborhood Watch, etc.

  • Luke September 5, 2023 at 6:03 pm

    Great points man all the way through this article. Brandon sadly I am not of the mindset that we have any “Liberty minded governors.” I love the concept you have laid out. Not sure we’ll get the blessing from anyone in a state capital though. At least not on the record.

    We really have to do this though. It’s the best way. I understand the importance of getting to that state level tho. Governors have a lot of power. We need a sanctuary for lack of a better term. Thought the best thing to do was pick a state(s) and call it home. Then turn it as Liberty movement minded as we can. This may be the best method. They would no doubt work together I assume.

    It might be best accomplished at the county level or city. And if the governor is a so called conservative might be be a bit nervous to harass the M word. It’s why it’s extremely important to support Republicans and Libertarian types. You can at least pressure them. Try that with a Dem Gov and see how it works. People at least need to go out and vote even if it’s only local.

    When conservative voters bitch about voting and both parties suck remember you better do all that you can to affect change at a local/state level. You can have all the firearms you want but God forbid you ever have to use one in a location run by a Soros lackey.

    PS….maybe do some marketing and come up with a replacement for the M Word??

  • Dennis September 6, 2023 at 3:29 am

    Hi Brandon, thank you 4 a great article! “Amicus meus, inimicus inimici mei”

  • Rev Kev September 6, 2023 at 4:06 am

    I suggest that existing political or educational resistance organizations, of which there are many, form militia wings. This must be done simultaneously.

  • Gotheart September 6, 2023 at 8:47 am

    Great discussion. Well hell, the first course of action is to take your kids out of their institutions. That is where the real battle should begin. Yes it will disrupt your schedule. Yes you may have to downsize. But hell if you are not willin to do that then screw all this militia talk. Our men need to get their women out of the work force. The women need to break free of the double talk of feminism. See their place in the home as an honor and privilege and build a family. If folks are willin to do this then I’d say you are sacrificing your kids to the pretend gods runnin their country. It’s not ours. Let’s take our country back startin at the core of this nightmare. Our families. A militia is great. But take our kids back first. I’ll stop there. Sincerely. Gotheart

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      Brandon Smith September 6, 2023 at 9:34 am

      The school problem is the easy part (just homeschool). Family is the easy part (be a leader in your family). It’s barely worth talking about. I will probably mention feminism briefly in one of the later parts in this series, but I won’t spend much time on it. If you don’t have security you have nothing. That’s why the militia issue comes first. We are WAY too far down the timeline to be hyperfocused on social issues. When you are facing a complete economic collapse, you’re not going to be wasting your energy worrying about feminists and schools – Those problems will sort themselves out during the crisis. This is a common brand of deflection I always run into with a certain percentage of the liberty movement – Bring up militias and they automatically want to run from the issue and talk about something less important.

      • Gauntlet33 September 6, 2023 at 10:50 am

        I agree with you Brandon that many might deflect, but I think one of the reasons (besides laziness, social awkwardness, etc.) is that many probably don’t feel the immediate need to start or join a militia. In other words, they don’t yet hear the boot kicking down/in their door or feel it on their throats. But it’s also likely at some point that if they don’t organize before TSHF, then it might be too late to hastily organize.

  • PokeTheTruth September 7, 2023 at 11:06 am

    Today is September 7, 2023; 5 days after Brandon Smith issued the clarion call to all of us to stand up to tyranny from his blog.

    I’m 76 years old from Buffalo, New York. I read the 57 comments posted so far and I understand the mood of those men who see what is good about America being destroyed from within. I also thought about what can be done to reverse the decline in: moral behavior, the caring for the family unit, local community support, personal work ethic, domestic economic opportunity, representative government and equal justice under the law.

    An organized military militia inevitably leads to martial conflict against government power. Refer to our own history of the American Revolution and the War of Secession. Look at the blood spilled during foreign revolutions (e.g., French, Irish, Russian, Chinese Revolutions, etc.)

    The salient question comes down to this indelible fact:

    “Are you willing to die for your family, neighbor or stranger to further the advancement of freedom for them and their progeny?”

    If you hesitate to say “yes” then forget about fighting as part of a militia. You can join a militia and practice with firearms and learn to maintain them as well but you’ll chicken out when a call to arms is made in earnest.

    But, if you say “yes” emphatically then you are prepared to give meaning to the words, “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.” Your death will be honored by your kith and kin and you will be remembered.

    I listed eight things I know of that are broken about our Republic and I’m sure others can add to it.

    1. The End of Election Integrity – The visible fraud committed against the people who are eligible to vote in America and denied them the lawful count for the candidate of their choice. In the 2020 presidential election we witnessed electronic voting machines were programmed to change votes as well as well as illegal paper ballots were added to the overall count.

    2. The End of the Constitutional Separation of Powers Doctrine – The “political check” on the three branches of the Federal Government and the Federal Government, the States and the People has been swept away. President Joe Biden committed an act of iniquity with malice and foresight by ignoring his duty to “take care the laws be faithfully executed” when he issued an executive order to the CBP (U.S. Customs Border Protection) to not enforce federal immigration and naturalization law. By doing so he usurped the primary function of the U.S. Congress, which is to make statute and regulation. The federal judiciary failed in their duty to declare Biden’s executive order as “unconstitutional.” The U.S. Congress also failed their charge to issue an impeachment inquiry against Biden as well.

    3. The End of Equal Justice Under the Law – The blindfold that covers the eyes of Lady Justice has been removed. She is now a malevolent arbiter whose scales she holds in her hand are easily tipped with “coins of political capital” to favor one adversary over the other.

    4. The Unfettered Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture – The Old English Law of the taking without due process is an abomination of police powers and just government. The idea that an inanimate object (e.g., real property, personal property, cash, etc.) can be charged in rem whereby the owner has to prove no criminal involvement rather than the State proving guilt, violates the historical tenet of presumption of innocence.

    5. The Expansion of Corporate Power – Corporations originate at the State level and are given the status of a “legal person” in order to conduct direct business related activities. However the permission granted to a corporation to create a PAC (Political Action Committee) for purposes of campaign contributions to a candidate seeking high office or an incumbent is nothing more than a bribe. Only people eligible to vote should be allowed to give money to a campaign.

    6. Failure of Basic Representative Government – It is incumbent upon an elected official to be an advocate for the lawful wishes of his/her people. The idea that a politician dictates rather than represents is a fundamental flaw in governance that must be corrected.

    7. Allow None of the Above on a Ballot – This does not exist as a legal concept but if the people are dissatisfied with the incumbent and the candidates seeking political office then the people have the right to reject the ballot entries by casting their vote for “None of the Above.” If that tally exceeds the tally of the count for all the candidates combined then new elections must be held with new candidates. The incumbent steps down at the end of the term regardless of the outcome.

    8. A Citizen’s Recall Tribunal – This does not exist as a legal concept but is needed when a politician acts so blatantly unlawful and when the legislature fails to impeach and remove them from office in a timely manner.

    • Truth in Tension September 9, 2023 at 7:54 am

      Thank you for your well thought out comment. It rings of freedom for me. Who is $ John Galt?

    • Hubbs September 10, 2023 at 6:32 am

      @Poke. Hi. went to Nichols School, grew up in OP, now am 68 in NC. Never served in the military but as my “Stop the steal” protest sign read at the capitol steps of Columbia S. Carolina in December 2020, I listed four critical requirements for the US to even being able to address the discord. Currently there are no practical political, legal, or constitutional remedies for what awaits us.

      1.) Honest money. End the FED and the fractional reserve debt based fiat monetary system, i.e. unbacked currency.
      2.) Honest media
      3.) Honest rule of law
      4.) Honest elections in the context of repeal of the 19th amendment and voting rights requirements as originally established by our Founding Fathers via a Constitutional Republic.

      We have none of the above.
      “Diversity is strength” is yet another hoax being perpetrated on the common citizen meant to fragment our society, lower standards and eliminate civility. Any attempt to form a militia in an ethnically divided community is likely to be inflammatory, not stabilizing. I would be interested in Brandon Smith’s rebuttal.

  • Hadaqar September 9, 2023 at 9:22 am

    “But when it comes time to doing something about the mess and make some hard decisions a lot of people run away. This has to change.”

    I agree “that this has to change,” but am disheartened concerning the possibility of this happening in the near future.

    Working in a sector of retail that entails thinking about the future, I am regularly encountering the paradigm of: “well, that will become someone else’s problem.”

    If older members of our citizenry are unwilling to consider and be responsible for tomorrow, how could it possibly be that younger members would truly be different??

    I expect it will take a lot of pain to push people into action and it will most likely be the younger generations because it is THEIR LIVES AT STAKE. They are totally not prepared.

    Hopefully, there are still trained Veterans who will step up to lead the youngers when they rise up? Hopefully they are already involved in militias or forming their own groups?

    • Serge September 9, 2023 at 10:07 am

      @Hadaqar, I 50% agree with you. But as said Patricat(in previously comment):
      “They have left us no choice.
      Now it’s survival. Us or them. The sooner that people wake up to that, the better chance we will have.”
      On both sides, it’s a matter of life and death.
      Everyone has to assume responsibilities – younger or older.

      FYI: living in Europe, I can tell you that many people (TOO MANY?!)are still asleep or in denial when it comes to today’s major issues and threats.

  • Jack September 9, 2023 at 9:39 am

    I agree 100% and have been wanting the same thing for years now. We need a organizer and leaders to come forward to get us to be a workable group. I wonder in there is anyone here from west central Indiana who would like to chat and see what might come of it. I will send in my support and subscription. Take Care and Be Safe God Bless All Jack

  • Marian Wilson September 10, 2023 at 9:44 am

    The US Military has just over 2 million active service and reserve members. Contrast that figure with 50 million gun owners.


    Nelson Mandela ran a militia in South Africa before he was jailed and later released and become president. The militia group, which toured Africa for financial support and to secure training, went on to only target govt. assets that were necessary to maintain the govt’s operations. The group planned events to avoid civilian casualties, and therefore struck at the infrastructure that maintained the status quo.

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