"He's still alive, isn't he?" Orrin Porter Rockwell (June 28, 1813 or June 25, 1815 – June 9, 1878) “Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving.” - David Burge “...within an established totalitarian regime the purpose of propaganda is not to persuade, much less to inform, but rather to humiliate. From this point of view, propaganda should not approximate to the truth as closely as possible: on the contrary, it should do as much violence to it as possible. For by endlessly asserting what is patently untrue, by making such untruth ubiquitous and unavoidable, and finally by insisting that everyone publicly acquiesce in it, the regime displays its power and reduces individuals to nullities.” “Apart from the massacres, deaths and famines for which communism was responsible, the worst thing about the system was the official lying: that is to say the lying in which everyone was forced to take part, by repetition, assent or failure to contradict. I came to the conclusion that the purpose of propaganda in communist countries was not to persuade, much less to inform, but to humiliate and emasculate.” “If you are held responsible for what I do and I held responsible for what you do, does that make us not friends but mutual spies? Normal human bounds are dissolved by collective responsibility, to be repealed by distrust, fear, dissembling and withdrawal” “It is countries with no dissent, which live in the quiet of the grave, that are vulnerable and fragile.” - Anthony Daniels, The Wilder Shores Of Marx: Journeys In A Vanishing World
Publisher’s Note: It's 2019 and most of the country believes that communism and socialism are viable social models for modern human zoo-keeping. Go figure. When I was much younger, I couldn't imagine what led to the fearful, informer-based culture in the Eastern Bloc that we were told existed behind the Iron Curtain. I understand now, though. The bigger the government , the more it needs citizens who not only conform but have so swallowed the Kool-Aid they are willing to inform on their neighbors or friends or family. The confidential informant culture is a vital survival and leveling mechanism for government supremacists. Grok this in your everyday life. More thoughts on disconnecting from the connected world. People could not distract themselves endlessly as they can now, and this also had ramifications for social bonding: the pretense that we are all sovereign islands unconnected to and independent of others was a lot harder to sustain. Conversation became high art and debate started to reach its apogee only to plummets precipitously in the twentieth century. This in turn leads to mindless parsing of human attributes unanchored to morality or the human condition. Intersectionality is a mindless preoccupation with putting people into more and more refined pigeon holes. The only thing valid about it is that each individual human being is a unique intersection of varying attitude, aspirations, and aptitudes on a variety of subjects, issues, skills etc. I am amused at the intersectional cannibalism emerging from the myriad factions of mental illness parading as political discourse that seem to teem on the intellectual plains of the left-wing culture. I am convinced daycare and two working parents have caused trauma or irreversible damage to most children that makes them vulnerable to the deadly swansong of government supremacism. But remember, the left always pretended they opposed McCarthy on principle, when in reality they were only upset that it was their idols being blasphemed. Now that Woke Leftism has the cultural whip hand, they are gleeful at the prospect of enforcing their own blasphemy laws and dealing out McCarthy's tactics to their enemies in triplicate. In other news, yes, I am on the spectrum and I wouldn’t want to be neurotypical. "Neurotypical syndrome is a neurobiological disorder characterized by preoccupation with social concerns, delusions of superiority, and obsession with conformity.” Neurotypical (NT) individuals often assume that their experience of the world is either the only one, or the only correct one. NTs find it difficult to be alone. NTs are often intolerant of seemingly minor differences in others. When in groups, NTs are socially and behaviorally rigid, and frequently insist upon the performance of dysfunctional, destructive, and even impossible rituals as a way of maintaining group identity. NTs find it difficult to communicate directly and have a much higher incidence of lying as compared to persons on the autistic spectrum. NT is believed to be genetic in origin. Autopsies have shown the brain of the neurotypical is typically smaller than that of an autistic individual and may have overdeveloped areas related to social behavior. Celebrate neurodiversity. Don’t be a hater, NTs. 525 shopping days until the next monster in human form shambles into the Offal Office, children. Remember that Comrade Chuck (CPUSA-NY) wants to ban the placement of steel or composites on your body because... In the future, Simo Häyhä may become a verb. How a Glock works...really. 5010 rounds so far. No cleaning. Best rifle on Earth until the 40watt plasma rifle debuts... Make ready. -BB
“The limitation of tyrants is the endurance of those they oppose.” - Frederick Douglass” “Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer.” - Ludwig Von Mises”
Government History is not race, class, and gender; these are simply faux-sophisticated academic constructs that fit nicely in unreadable journal articles the usual suspects pass off as research in the wretched academic Marxian hothouses polluting the educational void after K-12 has thoroughly scooped out any brain matter that could think for itself. The universities (why do you think they aren’t heteroversities?) are simply the finishing school to further refine the brainwashed automatons that eagerly hop onboard any government supremacist passenger train passing their way. History of all government is the history of power, violence and slavery. Politician is a deceptive colloquialism for violence brokers. The brokerage is the potential and actual dispensation of state violence through taxation, regulation, fining, kidnapping, caging, maiming and killing in the tried and proven continuum of government compliance. The notion that a single man is incapable of self government but a single psychopath and his connected minions and apparatchiks is the key to a peaceful and just society lording over millions. It is no more complex than that, all government outside of self-government demands violence to see its project in train and complete. Left or right is simply misdirection, it is always the choice between individualism and collectivism, the choice between non-intervention and intervention. In North America, there is no single political party that doesn’t want the reigns of government so it can take its collectivist vision and enforce it at gun point. Whether the Mango Mussolini or any of his other predecessors in the Big House, they all have one goal in mind: compliance or else. That may be the three words that most simply tell you what the plan is for ANY government that forces itself upon you. This is not about questioning authority, it’s too late then. You must question obedience. One of the greatest powers of the political class is that they tend to attract not only the worse but in economic terms provide no reliable future framework for decision making at the micro and macro level. In order for markets to optimally function, people need to be able to project and forecast into the future the variables that guide decision making and price signals. The state wrecks this calculus fundamentally and existentially hence the power of kakocrats at every level to use their "office" to extend favors and withdraw favor. Politicians are the enemy of all free-range humankind. Have you noticed a trend in the US? No matter what wing of the Uniparty gets in office, government gets bigger at the Federal levels and the state subsidiaries continue to expand their portfolio of zookeepers instructions to the zoo animals? I am only slightly encouraged by the repeal of a number of regulations under the Trump regime but don’t anticipate the Deep State taking this lying down. Some of these repeals actually expand the power of the Federal government. I would urge you to examine the Brookings Institution findings on the repealed rules and regulations. It is not what you think it is. But then again, the Federal budget continues to accelerate under the Grand Old Politburo. 4.7 trillion dollars. 4.7,000,000,000,000 Federal debt bucks. Even the communist vermin at the NYT approved. 

“Pretty soon there'll be a new kind of murderer, who will kill without any reason at all, just to prove that it doesn't matter, and his accomplishment will be worth no more and no less than Beethoven's last quartets and Boito's Requiem-- churches will fall, Mongolian hordes will piss on the map of the West, idiot kings will burp at bones, nobody'll care and then the earth itself'll disintegrate into atomic dust (as it was in the beginning) and the void still the void won't care, the void'll just go on with that maddening little smile of its that I see everywhere, I look at a tree, a rock, a house, a street, I see that little smile-- That 'secret God-grin' but what a God is this who didn't invent justice?--So they'll light candles and make speeches and the angels rage. Ah but 'I don't know, I don't care, and it doesn't matter' will be the final human prayer.” - Jack Kerouac, Desolation Angels Publisher's Note: I am a committed collapsitarian and thank my friend Skip for essentially reviving the term. Jim touches on some thoughtful notions germane to the coming Endarkenment. I am an antifragility advisor (one of my jobs) at my current employment and have presented two papers at the Military Operations Research Society annual symposiums on this very subject. The good news is that all insurgencies are by their nature antifragile while the counterinsurgency efforts in the western world have tended to a fragility that sunders their...

"The price of freedom is the willingness to do sudden battle anywhere, any time and with utter recklessness." ~ Robert A. Heinlein
Publisher’s Note: I just finished a 96-hour water fast, dropped some weight, cleared toxins and simply felt better. I had to gut it out several times but I held fast, pun intended. Our diet is paleo and keto minus because potatoes (a nightshade, no less) are my Kryptonite. This particular act of self-discipline caused me to reflect on parts of my life that need to be improved especially social media. I have never had a FaceBorg, Instagram or other social media modality but I have maintained a Twitter account for years and have finally pulled the plug, I won’t delete it but I won’t be posting anymore. My publisher told me that a Twitter account would boost my sales and I got sucked into the Twitter-verse. So while I have not closed the account, I will no longer be frequenting the Twitterverse. Trying to cut the frivolous screen addiction. Conducting my personal digital declutter… The screens that will remain in my life in addition to the work monitors are my Macs at home and the new Kindle Oasis, my Kindle DX (9.7” screen) that I purchased in 2011 is finally about to give up the ghost. The Kindle goes with me everywhere to supplement my life-long reading habit. I am trying to declutter my screen life. Cal Newport has some great insights: “The real problem — and this surprised me — is figuring out how to deal with all the free time this move toward minimalism suddenly injects into your life.” Pity that but I will muscle through. My oldest son is a minimalist, so I am on my way. Just finished ProfCJ’s interview with Cathal Nolan on the allure of battle in Episode #182. Yet another brilliant episode. I started at #53 and I am nearing the end to catch up. Want to make your commute fly by? Listen to ProfCJ. Kyle Reese from Blooded The Brave will be wearing the ZeroGov shirt and flying the abolitionist freak flag in his first video and title track to the new album "Sovereign Soulja". If you have Alexa or any other voluntary surveillance system in your house, get it out. And get a Faraday bag for your cell phone. The Jesuit magazine America has published an article making a case for communism for Catholics. I am not astonished. this is nothing new. Government supremacism and communism all share the same basic philosophical premise: individual natural rights are non-existent, but are privileges granted by the state, which may curtail their exercise at will so long as it is for the perceived "common good." There have been Christian apologists for Communism since the Paris Commune. Of course, it always begs the eternal question, when the last Catholic becomes Communist will freedom be made secure by strangling him in his own entrails? Personally I rather like Krushchev's line that when Communists become Christians, shrimp will learn to whistle. Given how Krushchev was buried in an Orthodox cemetery, there is a certain irony in that. One might call this the left wing analogy to Holocaust denial and revisionism. Maybe the Catholic church can start writing screeds advancing the joys of pederasty, cannibalism, sado-masochism, on and on...wait, they already do that. In other news, I have a day job so I couldn’t watch the moral Lilliputians eviscerate the feeble and imbecilic Comrade Mueller but the snippets I’ve seen are most satisfying to see the Deep State eating its own. The Uniparty will let the malefactor fade into a comfortable retirement. I don’t give a shit about the welfare or machinations of the Mango Mussolini but I think this performance has significantly dimmed the possibilities of impeachment thus Race Bannon will not become President in the Offal Office. Could there be a better example than this affair to demonstrate the utterly corrupt and chronic-to-the-point-of-terminal dysfunctionality of the US? This is a good one making the rounds: Question to Mueller: “What is your name?” Mueller: “Can you repeat the last part of that question?” Q: “your name?” Mueller: “…that is beyond my purview” Q: “…your name is on the report” M: “Report? What report?” Q: “…your report” M: “I cannot answer that question” Whatever the government vermin do to each other and ultimately against you, just prepare accordingly and harden your hearts for the coming Endarkenment. As a committed collapsitarian, my soul is at peace. “The parties of special interests, which see nothing more in politics than the securing of privileges and prerogatives for their own groups, not only make the parliamentary system impossible; they rupture the unity of the state and of society. They lead not merely to the crisis of parliamentarism, but to a general political and social crisis. Society cannot, in the long run, exist if it is divided into sharply defined groups, each intent on wresting special privileges for its own members, continually on the alert to see that it does not suffer any setback, and prepared, at any moment, to sacrifice the most important political institutions for the sake of winning some petty advantage. “To the parties of special interests, all political questions appear exclusively as problems of political tactics. Their ultimate goal is fixed for them from the start. Their aim is to obtain, at the cost of the rest of the population, the greatest possible advantages and privileges for the groups they represent. The party platform is intended to disguise this objective and give it a certain appearance of justification, but under no circumstances to announce it publicly as the goal of party policy. The members of the party, in any case, know what their goal is; they do not need to have it explained to them. How much of it ought to be imparted to the world is, however, a purely tactical question. “All antiliberal parties want nothing but to secure special favors for their own members, in complete disregard of the resulting disintegration of the whole structure of society. ” Mises, Ludwig von (1927). Liberalism [classical liberalism, not the modern definition] Von Mises called the ball nearly a hundred years ago.  Resist. -BB

"The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he's in prison."

- Fyodor Dostoevsky
"All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do."

"Even if the absence of government really did mean anarchy in a negative, disorderly sense - which is far from being the case - even then, no anarchical disorder could be worse than the position to which government has led humanity."

- Leo Tolstoy “We must ask, not whether an anarcho-capitalist society would be safe from a power grab by the men with the guns (safety is not an available option), but whether it would be safer than our society is from a comparable seizure of power by the men with the guns. I think the answer is yes. In our society, the men who must engineer such a coup are politicians, military officers, and policemen, men selected precisely for the characteristic of desiring power and being good at using it. They are men who already believe that they have a right to push other men around - that is their job. They are particularly well qualified for the job of seizing power. Under anarcho-capitalism the men in control of protection agencies are selected for their ability to run an efficient business and please their customers. It is always possible that some will turn out to be secret power freaks as well, but it is surely less likely than under our system where the corresponding jobs are labeled 'non-power freaks need not apply'.”  - Friedman, David. "The Machinery of Freedom Guide to a Radical Capitalism" 2nd Edition, Chapter: "The Stability Problem" p. 123-124  

an·ar·chy

-noun

  1. a state of society without government or law.
  2. political and social disorder due to the absence of governmental control: The death of the king was followed by a year of anarchy.
  3. a theory that regards the absence of all direct or coercive government as a political ideal and that proposes the cooperative and voluntary association of individuals and groups as the principal mode of organized society.
  4. confusion; chaos; disorder: Intellectual and moral anarchy followed his loss of faith.
Again and again, people are shocked by even the hint of the elimination of large swaths, wholesale portions and the complete abolition of government at every level.  I do not advocate for reduction or cost effectiveness; I advocate for the complete withdrawal of government and its attendant violence out of lives. I have mentioned before that there is no such thing as limited government; that is simply the orchid hothouse for the future prosperity of the expansion of government. I do advocate self-government but that is the only self-limiting government in human affairs. Mind you, this is a dystopian vision in which the individuals, businesses and entities will fail and even perish but is nothing compared to the bureaucratized slaughter that has been the story of man for time immemorial under the illusion that GOVERNMENT COERCION AND VIOLENCE IS THE SOLE ORGANIZING PRINCIPLE OF HUMANITY. I want to take the time today to illustrate why anarchy is no stranger in human affairs and is, in fact, the ordinary everyday principle by which most of us conduct our business. John wakes up in the morning and prepares to go to work in the house he purchased for an extraordinarily inflated price due to the fiat currency, building regulations and property taxes forcibly extracted from him to turn the community’s children into shambling illiterate and innumerate morons who will respond obediently to the beat of the government society they are yoked to. In spite of this, John elects to pursue a career to bring the forty percent of his total earned income home and do the right thing with it.  He is a middle-class American struggling to make ends meet.  John is proud to be a producer and resents mightily the high taxation and regulatory tangle that has become life in America. He goes on to eat his healthful breakfast which is the direct opposite of the Food and Drug Administration’s soothing recommendations to ensure he does not truncate the end of his life.  After breakfast, he takes the prescription drug illegally stored in an unmarked container on his way out the door.  The children are home-schooled so there is no necessity to wake them up from their slumber.  He is eager to ensure the government does not get their claws into his children to turn them into to the aforementioned urchins of the state. He grabs his briefcase and pack and heads out to his truck.  Under Arizona law, he is practically unrestricted in his travel with a weapon and ensures that the Glock stored in the truck is fully operable and ready for social work knowing that the cops are far more interested in ticketing drivers than catching genuine criminals.  By their nature and incentives, the police cannot protect him in 99% of circumstances and he is on his own.  He dials the cell-phone and sets up his meetings for the day and ensures his lunch appointment is still on.  He pulls the truck onto the unimproved road and drives to the highway to head for work.  He drives as he wishes on his private road but knows that once he has hit the pavement on the government built road he will be in constant danger of being stopped by the armed tax-eaters for violations as minor as having a license plate light out to provide the impetus for a fishing expedition by the constabulary to exact new monies or escort him into the prison system. When he gets to the intersection, the entire signal system is inoperable due to a power outage but he simply waits his turn and eventually motors onto the interstate.  He is a polite driver not because of the law but because he realizes that cautious and defensive driving is in his own self-interest.  A woman on the side of the road is having to change a tire so he stops to render assistance. Once he arrives at the office, he strolls in and views with amazement the huge wall-space dedicated to the mandated posting of all manner of government foolishness concerning minimum wage (none at his office make anything approaching that even the interns), harassment and all kinds of silly mandates which do their best to retard progress and blunt effectiveness.  He shakes his head at the sheer waste and furrows an angry brow when he thinks that almost sixty cents of every dollar his company takes in goes to one government entity or another and he is not even paid or reimbursed for the collection service he is obligated to perform under penalty of fines or jail or worse. After corporate income taxes and the strangling regulatory burden, one third or more of his employees are directly paid to deal with tax accountancy and regulatory compliance.  He is consistently amazed at the sheer anti-business attitude of all levels of government from local to federal.  They seem to attract not only the kind of folks who never met a payroll but people for him business is a dirty four letter word.  Ironically, their very plush lifestyles are underwritten in part by the tremendous tax receipts robbed from productive enterprises everyday.  He remembers reading “I, Pencil” and briefly being amazed at the depth and magnitude of the spontaneous order needed to produce such a simple consumable – all with no coercion or violence whatsoever. He goes onto lunch later on and orders a burger “under the table” which is not cooked to the shoe-leather standards of the idiotic Health Department regulations.  In conversation with his usual lunch crew, they engage in friendly rhetorical contests about the latest political chicanery and the looming election that will change – nothing. After lunch, he heads back to work to spend the afternoon not pursuing profit but to deal with the latest ingenious move by the local government to exact more monies from his company’s wallet.  They are pursuing the age-old nostrum of all politicians – to extract wealth from the producers to provide for their various captured parasite groups they have assembled who are their most loyal constituency. John later calls it a day and heads home through the traffic snarl called government roads.  He is contemplating whether the new 8.2 mile private toll road is worth the monthly expense and decides to give it a try.  He was told by a contractor friend that private roads in new developments take an extraordinarily shorter amount of time to finish and do it under budget every time.  Of course, the local government has been more aggressive in annexing (a nice word for seizure) these roads shortly after construction which then leads to cops prowling for revenue enhancement.  One study reported that most signs removed improved driving instead of making it unsafe; in America, it is a simply a pretense to end-run civil liberties for ticketing although no one has yet caught a cop on or off duty coming to a full stop at a stop sign. John miraculously makes it home without being pulled over and wearily walks into his house to greet his wife and family.  She is a bit frazzled having spent the day home-schooling but glad to see the hunter return.  After a healthy dinner which again violates every nostrum of the vaunted FDA, he asks after his sons and daughter and the wife relates the verities of the day.  After a brief conversation, John proceeds to go to his shop to work on his gunsmithing hobby with his lads for the evening and then hit the rack in preparation for another day.
Publisher’s Note: Just finishing Part 15 of ProfCJ’s phenomenal series on the “Not-So-Civil-War”. I highly recommend you make your drive time profitable by listening to podcasts and Dangerous History is one of the best out there. And give money to SubscribeStar to support him. My boys are coming down in the fall to train with me, I am so looking forward to it.   I have five children and three have gone to college. One has an BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering, one has a BA in a “soft” science and one stopped after completing her AA. None have debt having attended state colleges absent the Ivy League pedigree and had significant scholarship assistance. All home educated with short interregnums in a government school. There is a liberty gap across the sexes so my son came out unscathed by the Marxoid government supremacist programming and even personally introduced Ron Paul’s speaking engagement at his school in Idaho. My daughters have come out fairly whole in being human beings with a solid moral center instead of rabid communist man-haters. I have two sons who have not gone to college and I don’t want them to. I have no fear of losing them to the alien human extinction philosophical framework that informs the moral ecology of most campuses. They are stronger than that. I don’t want them to sink four plus years of their life into the morass that is the university campus, there is a reason they don’t call it a heteroversity because any ideas that county the orthodoxy of communism, government supremacism, collectivism and infanticide are not tolerated. So if my lads don’t want to go to college, they will get no grief from me, there are plenty of non-college professions out there (excepting policing, my lads know I would disown them). Imagine taking those hundreds of thousands of wasted dollars and four to six years of your life to build a business, become a craftsman apprenticing with a master, travelling or even being homeless. At least in the latter you’d be your own man instead of becoming a drooling communist stuck in the Copholm Syndrome collectivist spider web of lies that is government supremacism and other deballing activities of the modern left. Imagine investing tens of thousands of dollars in becoming the best shooter on Earth. Building your house with the cash you would have used for college. Learning a skill the Japanese way, Kintsugi and achieving the Gladwellian mastery of a craft or calling. Traveling to every corner of the planet you want to. We discovered in our travels east and west that nothing cures affluenza in children better than immersion in other culture for years at a time. The same applies to the raising of a family in a rural area instead of a hive. My children grew up in a Huck Finn lifestyle when we lived in north Idaho after I retired. If you have children and they are at a crossroads to go to college, be very careful with that decision and your guidance. You could very well lose your progeny to the most murderous cult in history because the collectivists control the heights of academia and they are using it to terraform the country into a vast slave plantation. Resist! -BB
“But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain - that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.” Lysander Spooner, No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority
I took a stab at modifying the 1776 American Declaration of Independence, a brilliant document announcing the divorce of thirteen nation states from London, to present standards of governance, moral malpractice and cowardice; I discovered that much would be left out on the cutting floor and severe alterations to verbiage would be necessary to keep the Homo Sovieticus Booboisie in America from filling their pants and gibbering in abject fear at the prospect of freedom with risks and costs not underwritten by their neighbors. I had to erase over half of it and wipe out any reference to any behavior absent government permission. So I had to move on to the more fitting document for human bondage and perpetual government, the Constitution. The Constitution buried the ideals of the DI to import the "London-in-a-box" solution the Hamiltonian Federalists designed to smother freedom in its fifteenth year after the coup in Philadelphia. The Declaration of Independence continues to be a masterwork of brevity and directness in its promise to sever ties and formalize a divorce.  There is no sizable sector of America today that would even have the temerity to sign it much less live up to it. Well, maybe at an abolitionist meeting but I digress. So I scrapped that project and found a document more in keeping with the modern 21st century American mood. Now, the Soviet Constitution is something that most Americans can cotton to with the slightest modification in verbiage.  I chose the latest of three variants from 1977.  I have included a link to the original text at the bottom.  All I changed were the descriptors and none of the prospective language. Most of the ahistorical tax Helots automatically associate the 4th of July with the wretched Constitution anyway. Constitution Day is in September but why wait when the DI has been so famously and ingloriously betrayed in every aspect of its essence and message. The majority in that decision would applaud the Soviet Constitution not that the earlier American version was any shakes when it came to liberty. The Fourth of July is the same day in 1863 that the defeats at Vicksburg and Gettysburg snuffed out any hope of the South prevailing in its divorce proceedings during the Second American Revolution and the Lincolnian juggernaut would take the Constitution to its final stages of expanding and securing a place for the leviathan state in North America. Happy Dependence Day, comrades. PREAMBLE to the 1977 Soviet Constitution slightly modified to American standards: The Great November Democratic Revolution, made by the workers and peasants of United States under the leadership of the US Government headed by its Presidents, overthrew capitalist and landowner rule, broke the fetters of oppression, established the dictatorship of the voter, and created the American state, a new type of state, the basic instrument for defending the gains of the revolution and for building government intervention and democracy. Humanity thereby began the epoch-making turn from capitalist to government intervention. After achieving victory in the elections and repulsing free market intervention, the American government carried through far-reaching social and economic transformations, and put an end once and for all to exploitation of man by man, antagonisms between classes, and strive between nationalities. The unification of the American Republics in the Union of American Democratic Republics multiplied the forces and opportunities of the peoples of the country in the building of government intervention. Social ownership of the means of production and genuine democracy for the working masses were established. For the first time in the history of mankind a democratic society was created. The strength of government intervention was vividly demonstrated by the immortal feat of the American people and their Armed Forces in achieving their historic victory in the Great Cold War. This victory consolidated the influence and international standing of the American Union and created new opportunities for growth of the forces of government intervention, national liberation, democracy, and peace throughout the world. Continuing their creative endeavors, the working people of the American Union have ensured rapid, all-round development of the country and steady improvement of the democratic system. They have consolidated the alliance of the working class, collective-farm peasantry, and people's intelligentsia, and friendship of the nations and nationalities of the US. Sociopolitical and ideological unity of American society, in which the middle class is the leading force, has been achieved. The aims of the dictatorship of the voter having been fulfilled, the American state has become a state of the whole people. The leading role of the US Government, the vanguard of all the people, has grown.
  Publisher's Note: Here is Part II of the scintillating essay series by Andy on why the Glock very well be the only pistol to give us a path to perfection until the 40watt plasma pistols make their debut. This will be limited to the two part series. -BB Glock’s promotional tagline is “Glock Perfection.” Points for hyperbole, but as most of us know, a new Glock pistol is far from perfect. In fact, I have long maintained that a Glock is not a perfect pistol, but it is the perfect pistol hobby kit. I view a new Glock pistol as a platform for creating a personalized fighting tool that is superior to any other pistol. I believe that it comes out of the box as serviceable, but far from proper. As such, there are a number of modifications that I make to all of my Glock pistols on day one in order to achieve that “perfection” Glock glibly promised me. In this article I’ll detail mods I believe every Glock pistol needs, some optional ones I can recommend, and a few popular modifications I believe one should never make to their Glock pistols. As stated in Part 1, my evaluations here are couched firmly in the context of a fighting gun. I won’t waste our valuable time here touching on aesthetic or sport-specific mods. Those I mention here are about more comfortably and more effectively meting out startling violence in counterattack with a gun that survives the fight intact. The Must-Have Mods Sights Unless the pistol came with the factory iron night sights, and it’s hard to find one that does, the first thing every Glock pistol needs is new sights. I’m still not sure why Glock persists in shipping its pistols with those useless polymer sights, but they do and we must get that crap off the slide and replaced with irons. Glock’s polymer “U-notch” sights work just fine for sighting. The issue that necessitates replacement is the fact that they’re plastic and cannot hold up to the necessary abuse particular to training and fighting with a pistol. Things that can damage these plastic sights include the pistol falling to the ground; racking the slide on a belt buckle, mag pouch, furniture or other objects; or being bumped against objects on one’s environment while training or fighting. Any of these or other common or uncommon actions can move or even rip Glock’s plastic sights right off the slide. There’s a reason pistols have iron sights and a Glock needs them if it is to be anything more than a static, target-practice gun. - - - Here’s a short video showing racking the slide one-handed off my belt. Glock’s polymer sights can’t stand up to this compulsory abuse. - - - You won’t have trouble finding replacement sights, as every sight manufacturer makes options for every Glock pistol model. There are all sorts of options to suit your needs or preferences, including blacked-out rear sights, hi-vis front sights, narrow (precision) front sights, fiber-optic sights (I recommend you avoid most of these), glow-in-the-dark sights, Tritium night sights, 3-dot sights, 2-dot sights, lolly-pop sights, ghost-ring sights, and even other configurations. I mention that you should avoid most fiber-optic sights because most models feature exposed tubes of fiber, necessary for gathering the light that makes them effective as sights. As such, they’re far too susceptible to breakage, as the fiber strings are quite delicate. Unlike most fib sights, Truglo TFX Pro sights do a good job protecting the fiber so that it’s far less apt to be damaged. Since they combine the fiber optic qualities with a hi-vis, contrasting front sight AND Tritium for night-sight ability, they’re one of my two preferred replacement sights.   Sight replacement is not difficult, but it does require specialized tools. Get and learn how to use those tools or instead take your slide and sights to a skilled armorer (found at most indoor gun ranges) for replacement. After replacement, be sure to properly zero your pistol at 25 yards. Frame Contouring Glock’s nickname as a “Block” is well earned. Though the edges of the grip and slide are rounded, the overall shape is that of a rectangle; flat sides, flat top. This un-ergonomic approach makes its most egregious violations in the areas of the main grip area and the junction between the trigger guard and the grip. The flat-sided grip (left and right) is not too difficult an issue to warm up to, but many shooters simply don’t like it and so they opt for rounder, more ergonomically shaped grips found on other pistols, like M&P, Sig Sauer, Walther, etc. Due to a lack of grip material, it is not really possible to reshape the Glock grip into a rounder-sided version, so this is something we have to live with if we want the best pistol. I don’t have any problem with it, but I hear that some people do. Where we can make amends is with the trigger-guard-to-grip junction. This area on a stock Glock pistol can cause significant discomfort for most folks after shooting 50 to 100 rounds. It’s just poorly designed, but it’s nothing that a Dremmel tool with a barrel sander head can’t fix in a jiffy. I always contour this area, on both the right and left sides (proper training means shooting righty and lefty!), so that my primary hand middle-finger knuckle can comfortably rest there when I grip the pistol. The comfort difference between a stock Glock and one contoured in this fashion is remarkable. I do this contouring on day one after a purchase (I own 7 Glock 19s) and won’t spend time with a Glock not made to fit my hand. Stippling Every polymer-famed pistol that is a fighting gun needs to be stippled. There is not one made that has proper grip texture out of the box. So stippling is another day-one modification I give every one of my Glocks. I’m well practiced at stippling, but I deem that anyone can do a credible job with just a few moments’ practice (practice on the extra backstraps you’re not going to use). Much is made about the aesthetics of a stipple job, and as a designer I can appreciate such things, but the ONLY thing that matters is the proper purchase on the gun that stippling affords us.
Publisher's Note: In case you missed it, the Mango Emperor is no friend of private guns as no political wing of the Uniparty in the Offal Office has been friendly to private weapons ownership since the RedDR administration. Comrade Trump has done more to harm private weapons ownership than the entire occupation of the Awful Office by the Obamunists. We now discover that America's largest weapons prohibition organization in the private sector, the NRA, is rife with corruption, outrageous fiscal mishandling and a rather cozy relationship with an organization that contribute to the Bolshevik wing of the Uniparty. And now the NYC Progressive says this at a presser:
“I’d like to think about it. I mean nobody’s talking about silencers very much. I did talk about the bump stock and we had it banned and we’re looking at that. I’m going to seriously look at it. I don’t love the idea of it,”
Like most everything else he does, there seems to be no intellectual nor moral underpinning to any of the garbage that dribbles audibly from his pie-hole. As if the 1934 NFA monstrosity doesn't do enough damage in what it requires for a private human on the tax plantation in America to get a suppressor... And then he nominates a mouth-breathing coproach from the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) to be the next commissar of the incompetent and fetid swamp directorate, the BATFE. This organization has always been hostile to all aspects of private weapons ownership. Like almost all badged Orc leadership in the US, the eradication of private weapons ownership as advocated by their political masters is the final goal. There is a reason why coproaches tend to shoot on sight any human with a gun America no matter the circumstances. The International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, and the National Sheriff’s Association all support weapons control, but, again, the leadership tends to come from large cities which haven’t grasped the connection between strict gun control and higher rates of violent crime. Here is John's guest post here at the Green Dragon Tavern... The second part of Andy's Glock series will be published on Monday. You now have 592 days of shopping until the next shambler-in-a-suit stumbles into the Offal Office and the Deep State slips their fist in their ass and meat puppets the march to communism. -BB
Buy the best. Pay cash. Take delivery.” – Max Blumert “If you have a 10 dollar head, buy a 10 dollar helmet.” – Bill Buppert.
My buddy Mosby over at Mountain Guerrilla has been writing quite a bit about gear lately and I’ve enjoyed it. It’s something different for a change. I have been following the articles not necessarily to learn about his opinions on gear per se, (largely because I pretty much already know what he is going to say) but more to witness the reactions from the Lumpen-Patriotariat on the blogosphere. Bitter polemics often ensue amongst folks without real world experience. These folks are no different than WorldNet Daily and Daily KOS readers who are flinging rhetorical Starbucks lattes and Chick Fil-a sandwiches at each other over identity politics and culture/social justice war hysterics without any conception of actual freedom or with any critique of power. There is a maxim that used to be tossed around the training industry. I first heard it from the late, great, Paul Gomez, but I believe Massad Ayoob is the originator of it. It’s the hierarchy of Mindset, Tactics, Skills, and Gear. In the Threeper milieu (but also in most of the general firearms culture as well) we see this flipped on its head. All people want to talk about is gear. They may talk about skills secondarily, but heaven forbid having to demonstrate those skills on demand. Whereas gear, can just be a show and tell. While most was praise, I did catch flack from the Budget Build article found here: https://backofbeyondsite.wordpress.com/2018/05/03/junk-budget-builds-and-gear-reviews/ I’ll attempt not to revisit the same material as best as I can. Let's get started.
Publisher’s Note: Andy was kind enough to start this series on the fighting pistol for ZeroGov. I have owned and carried Glocks since 1991 and I have been sold on them.There is nothing close to the interoperability among models and the ability to downsize cheaper (now) .40 S&W models to 9mm [G23 > G19 and G22 > G17]. Like the AR platform, controls tend to be platform agnostic and the same training curve is available across the Glock spectrum for novice and expert shooters. Like the Toyota Landcruiser, their aesthetics come from the form following function in such a simple and elegant platform. Chuck Taylor:
"Eighteen years and 250,000 rounds later, after immersion in both fresh and salt water dozens of times; being tossed into the sand, dust, snow, mud and grit; being presented from a holster and fired constantly in temperatures ranging from sub-zero to over 100 degrees; and even being left on the bottom of the ocean for six months, my conclusion is that the test Glock 17 is without a doubt a heck of a pistol."
My time with a 1911 when I was on a Pacific Regional Navy Rifle and Pistol team cured me of any ambition to ever own a 1911. We will not solve that fight here nor do I care to. If you have a reliable 1911 and that is your fighting sidearm, there are legions of blogs and books that will assuage and entertain that confirmation bias.  Skip, our Village Armorer, has also been rocking the Glock nearly as long as me and has built several of the 80% Glock lower builds with terrific results. Enjoy. -BB For the past handful of years, I’ve been training with my Glock pistols several days every week, firing up to 40,000 rounds a year through Glock pistols alone. Almost all of that has been with my carry gun, a Gen 4 Glock 19. Today I own several G19s and a couple of other Glock models. These constitute the entirety of my pistol collection; save for a couple of curiosities I’ve picked up over the years. All other pistols I sold because they held no purpose for me. I did not start out owning and shooting Glocks, but I soon learned and amended the error of my ways. I’m not blind to other popular pistol models, however, as I have also spent the past few years putting a different pistol model through its paces every month in my capacity of writing firearms reviews for my local indoor gun range’s blog. In doing so, I’ve put hundreds and even thousands of rounds each through Walthers, Sig Sauers, Caniks, Tauruses, Kimbers, Rugers, Springfields, Smith & Wessons, CZs, FNs, Colts, Brownings, Sphinxes, Hudsons, H&Ks, Remingtons, and likely others; in most cases, several models from each of these manufacturers. All of that is to say that I’ve not lived my shooting life in a unidimensional Glock box. I’ve spent copious time with other models, often in extended use and always with careful examination and deliberate or unconscious comparison. With few exceptions, Glock pistols are superior in many discrete, substantive measures and always superior in the overall comparison of substantive measures. Note, however, that this evaluation is firmly couched in the context of a fighting gun. I do not care about a target gun or a competition gun or a range gun. I evaluate every feature and overall package exclusively in the context of a fighting tool that one carries all day every day in the course of normal, everyday activities in public and private. I have almost no regard for specialized pistols made for something other than the job of assuredly stopping violent people or animals so that I and those I love can escape their violent intent. My G19 is the pistol I carry in public and private, the one I use in at-least-thrice-weekly training, the one I used in target competition, and the one I use in run-and-gun competition. It is the only pistol to which I entrust my life. A little objectivity, please. Now, many intelligent and discriminating folks won’t simply rely on someone’s experience and hard-won insights and take them at face value. I’m a stranger with a stranger’s opinion. Fair enough. Luckily, there are a great many others in the world who extol the virtues of Glock pistols and there are several objective measures that qualify a Glock pistol’s quality and explain its widespread popularity among responsible folks and experienced warriors who get to choose their own tools. The primary reason that Glocks are the most popular choice among trained individuals whose lives depend on their guns is Glock’s incomparable reliability. There are no pistols on the planet that have taken as much abuse and grime and time between cleaning and lubing and still functioned perfectly as Glock pistols. In fact, they’re deliberately engineered to stay in the fight despite imperfect or even awful conditions. I’ve seen top-tier instructors who have deliberately not cleaned or lubed their Glocks for many thousands of rounds just to see where the failure point would be. The lowest round count I’ve seen documented was 7000 rounds without cleaning or lube for a Glock 19, by instructor Kyle Defoor. He said that at near 7000 rounds it began to cycle a bit more slowly and get the occasional stovepipe (tried and failed to find that Instagram post from a few years back). In my own near-170,000 rounds through Glock pistols, I have experienced zero—not one—malfunction in a G19, G17, G30, G30s, or G43 that was not due to a faulty aftermarket component or a part that I should have replaced thousands of rounds beforehand. The full extent of my Glocks’ malfunctions includes four instances:
  • two occasions of a stovepipe due to 1) an aftermarket recoil spring that quickly broke (only ever use Glock stock components) and 2) where my G19 recoil spring was long past its useful life and should have been replaced 2-3k rounds before,
  • a new, poorly cerakoted slide that had cerakote in the slide-rail channels, which occasionally prevented the proper loading of the first round of a magazine – until after about 400 rounds had been cycled,
  • a broken magazine-catch spring that I should have replaced about 10k rounds before.
That’s it. Not a single one of those had to do with a responsibly maintained Glock pistol failing to work—in ~170,000 rounds and none of them were the Glock’s fault.
Publisher’s Note:  I have been scarce in writing since I have been on vacation. I have reading some good books that I will be talking about in future posts. Less than 612 shopping days until the next empty [pant]suit shuffles into the Offal Office. Prioritize your training and your purchases with that in mind. Remember, a gun cannot be violent, therefore, there is no gun violence.  Tick tock. One benefit of the new millennium is the communists have become much more bold and confident in their control to advance their deepest held beliefs in the public sphere. The faculty lounges are filled with disenchanted feminists who waddle into the professors' lounge, park their brooms on the rack and step over to the cauldron with other miserable wretches to conjure new ways to make government supremacism a reality. I can't making any of this shit up and it is hard to understand that my tax dollars were thieved to subsidize this kind of Marxoid swill. Hence Comrade Sophie Lewis has articulated out loud what many totalitarians in the last hundred years have daydreamed about: abolishing the family to sunder capitalism. Rosemarie Ho [irony abounds] interviewed her about last month: "I sat down with her over a cup of tea at The Nation’s offices and talked about why rethinking gestation is central to an emancipatory politics, how we can use surrogacy to subvert oppression, and what kinship beyond possession, beyond capitalism, beyond patriarchy could look like." They talk this way, they really do. If you can read the entire article without an air sickness bag, good luck. And keep in mind, a publisher edited this and went to the trouble to publish and promote this. I'm so sick of this pseudo-scientific crap, these social analyses pulled so easily from the ass of the Neo-Marxist. Pretentious fabrications like "heteronormativity." This is why I pull away from socialism and communism. Marx and Engels have nothing to offer our age. I stand my my notion that private guns are infinitesimally less damaging than government guns informed by shooters who believe this poisonous alien bile. If you want some incredible insight into the communist project, Dalrymple's tour guide of hell on Earth from thirty years ago offers a raw and personal insight that is hard to beat and eminently readable. On a personal note, my youngest boy rotates back to the states in three months, can’t wait. We have a lot of lost time to make up. He is a world class shooter. His squaddies call him Jason “Fucking” Bourne. Range time! Skip, the Village Armorer, is up at the Overland Expo showing off his extraordinary Toyota Landcruiser and trailer build. Custom fab and very thoughtful engineering. -BB   I would have never guessed I would be fighting against the mass appeal of communism again in my lifetime [I am in my late fifties]. Mind you, my definitional standard for what makes a communist may be more broad than the accepted constructs by “polite society”. I suggest that every government supremacist no matter their perceived affiliation along the cleverly manipulative falsehoods of the bidirectional nonsense of left and right ends up in the same continuum as the aspiring communist sympathizer. There are individualists and collectivists but nothing in between, all collectivists are naturally interventionists and through their simpleton conceptions of employing violence to form society, they set the conditions for leviathan states that snuff out every aspect of liberty and freedom informed by atomized moral volition. The alt-right clown posse even flirts with the alt-Marxian visions of the national socialists and the Mussolini-style state corporatists. By employing political frameworks that put homicidal violence brokers in empty suits in positions of power over vast swaths of humanity, they shape the conditions for the gulag states that modern education and technology enables. I have said before that if the federal government in the US were forbidden from stealing a single dime from its supplicant populations it would wither and die and further, if it was unable to transfer a single ruble of its stolen booty to the vast government enstupidation factories from K-PhD, communism would die on the vine in the west as a “rational” framework in a generation. The education complex in America is the primary communist software virus hothouse in the US if not the west. All the privation, starvation, death, caging and destruction of communism is a feature not a bug. For one to be a champion of communism in 1919: existentially naive and stupid but mildly excusable. 2019: Criminal intellectual negligence and a death fetishism. Communism is a cargo cult. Politics never delivers freedom because one can’t eradicate cannibals by eating them. The nationalists tend to have it backwards and they are presently repelling most collectivists but gaining a following as an alternative but they are not a path to freedom.
 
“The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.” Jeff Cooper, Art of the Rifle “To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.” Adolf Hitler
Publisher’s Note:  I had been on a tear to complete ProfCJ’s Dangerous History Podcast (stopped temporarily at #160) and got sidetracked by a recommendation to listen to Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History six-part series on World War [Part] One in six very long episodes. It is worth the slog to get through it. I have found it very compelling. His episodes can run three hours but it makes a commute to work useful. Highly recommended. My keynote speech at Porcfest in 2012 still resonates. Less than 650 shopping days until the next empty suit and its Deep State handlers slithers into the Offal Office. -BB As a weapons owner in America, you are a negro living in the politically violent Democrat-dominated south at the turn of the twentieth century and that is quickly metastasizing into a variant of the Jew [Slav, homosexual, gypsy, on and on] in National Socialist Germany or a Ukrainian farmer in the 1930s USSR. You are being targeted for wishing to peacefully practice the most fundamental right in human volition, armed self defense. The red flag laws are now allowing the badged Orcs to seize your weapons before you have committed a crime. Miss McConnell is gleefully crafting a national law that will do just that in the Grand Old Politburo dominated US Senate (an ambulatory wax museum for reanimated communists). They are, like the drug prohibition regime, a quick compromise of any existing rights one may have to be safe in your person and property from the depradations of the state. Thank the Gods that wood-chippers, carpentry tools (hammers and clubs have killed more people than rifles per annum according to the Uniform Crime Report, 467 people were killed with “blunt objects (hammers, clubs, etc.),” while 403 were killed were rifles in 2017. Vehicles haven’t been used in mass killings with frequency in the US ...yet. Of course, it would be fascinating to hear the indignant urinalists berating the penchant for hammer violence or woodchipper violence or car violence but that clunky phraseology is limited to the awkward notion of “gun violence”; does that mean that a rash of hangings by suicide is rope violence? As a matter of fact, almost ten times as many children die in buckets every year than rifles deaths across the board for all age groups. Much like the imperial conditioning for unlimited searches brought to you by the living dead in the TSA and the multi-billion dollar “drunk driving” pre-crime scam across the fetid plain. The list of malum prohibitum crimes in which the only victim is the state are legion and may be ninety percent of all laws on the Federal register. Billll’s Idle Mind ran a very interesting excerpt from a weapons rights newsletter in Colorado. The violence brokers there occupying the august halls of the CO State House (what a delicious turn of phrase, of course it is) have again passed a rather Orwellian pre-crime treasure trove posing as law and justice. Books have killed many more millions of people than guns have in the history of mankind especially in the last six generations since the Marxian software virus has liberated the communist dark passenger to build corpse piles to the stars. What if one were to substitute the term book or car or hairbrush or hammer in the legislation instead of gun? A man gets a divorce and has all his power tools or lawn implements seized so he doesn’t potentially harm someone. Most thinking humans (a minority in America, I know) would think that absurd and silly. There is one reason the government supremacists always go after weapons in private hands and it has nothing to do with private weapons violence. Power. You will note there are no impassioned clarion calls to disarm the largest existential murderer of all time, government. So here is the excerpt, my comments are not italicized:  1) Your status as a gun-owner/concealed-carrier needs to be a secret. Most relatives, co-workers, neighbors, even friends don’t need to know. Don’t talk about specific guns you may own, particularly military rifles. Maintain a low profile. Find other things to talk about! The first rule of gun club is don’t talk about gun club. I have to constantly remind myself of this little gem. 2) Guns you own need to be adequately secured, and always out of sight. Ammunition boxes, loose rounds of ammunition, gun magazines and other literature, holsters, rifle magazines, accessories, etc need also to be kept continuously out of sight. Casual visitors to your home, office, car should never see any of that! You should start spreading the wealth to different locations.
It’s that time again. High Holy Day. Today is the 244th anniversary of the “shot heard ‘round the world” at Lexington and Concord. The British regulars who started the fracas were following an age-old government tradition of seizing powder, munitions and property for a pretentious King who had assumed such wide distribution of the tools of resistance should be available only to the government approved groups such as soldiers despite the danger on the frontier. We celebrate that time of defiance against tyranny when for sixteen years (1775-1791), all thirteen colonial provinces and the thousands of rural polities that exited outside or alongside the framework enjoyed a freedom they had not previously had and after 1791 would become enslaved once again under the totalitarian doomsday machine known as the Constitution. The lobster-backs and British taxing regime would be replaced by a domestic variety of even more extreme virulence whose sole safety mechanism was a constant western diaspora trying to escape the clutches of the “Republic”. The whitewashed history since then has lionized the inauguration of the divorce from the United Kingdom on this day and mistakenly links these events to all the “freedom” enjoyed under the Constitution. The Federalist coup in 1787 that reestablished an English-style yoke of central planning, national taxation and slight tinkering with indentured servitude to a kinder and gentler tax and regulatory apparatus did no more grant individual freedom than the Romans gave to conquered lands. The Declaration of Independence, whether penned by Thomas Jefferson or Thomas Paine, is as elegant a jeremiad against tyranny as has been written. The relationship between the Declaration and the Constitution is the same as the one between the crucifix and the vampire. They stand as opposite documents embracing wholly different visions of freedom. One cannot be consonant with the other because their aspirations are antithetical to the other. As the brilliant Lysander Spooner would opine: But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain - that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.” CPT Parker commanded the militia this day for an idea that was smothered and crushed by the Federalist coup in 1787 culminating in the creation of the ratification of the most clever slave document of the age. When you look around on this day in this time in the minimum security (for now) Club Fed that is America, ask yourself what Parker would think. Everything you see (and don’t see in the surveillance state that surrounds you) is a product of the glorious Constitutional Republic that Spooner described so splendidly. As an Appleseed Instructor and Shoot Boss on extended sabbatical, part of the instruction in this extraordinary marksmanship program was a gripping retelling of the Three Strikes of the Match that led to the divorce proceedings with George III and started the First American Revolution. While I don’t share all the goals of the program hence the extended leave of absence, the telling of this ripping yarn has no match. I regret you can’t hear this from a seasoned instructor but the reading can be compelling. For those who wish further elucidation, I recommend Rothbard’s Conceived in Liberty and Fischer’s Paul Revere’s Ride. The two books will lead to many more books to better understand the hoodwinking you have suffered through government schooling and the attendant media apparatchiks who reinforce the mewlings of the mind laundries. These books will lead to better understanding the modest but brilliant interregnum when the North American Confederation was free excepting the large number of indentured servants and chattel slaves. But the Constitution would remedy this by nationalizing the former and codifying the latter. The destruction of individual liberty would begin apace. Please attend an Appleseed marksmanship weekend seminar if at all possible at your local range. You can make sure Parker’s sacrifice, he would die in September of that year, was not in vain. The taxes and limitations on liberty, you ask? 1750 The Iron Act was designed to restrict the manufacturing activities in the colonies 1763 The end of the French and Indian War (Seven Years’ War) left the British with a massive war debt. George Grenville became the British Prime Minister and to pay the war debt the British, under the leadership of Grenville ended their policy of Salutary Neglect in the colonies. The British started to enforce the Laws of the Navigations Acts and looked for ways of imposing new taxes in the colonies. 1763 Proclamation of 1763 was an attempt by the British crown to separate white settlements from Indian country 1764 Sugar Act - Law passed by the British Parliament setting a tax on sugar and molasses imported into the colonies impacting the manufacture of rum in New England. The Sugar Act was repealed in 1766 and replaced with the Revenue Act of 1766, which reduced the tax on molasses imports - also refer to Colonial, Continental and Revolutionary Currency 1764 Currency Act - Series of Laws passed by the British Government that regulated paper money issued by the colonies 1765 The Quartering Act: The first of a series of Laws requiring the provision of housing, food and drink to British troops stationed in towns designed to improve the living conditions of troops whilst decreasing the cost to the crown 1765 The Stamp Act of 1765 placed a stamp duty (tax) on legal papers, newspapers and pamphlets. Vehement opposition by the Colonies, led by patriots such as Patrick Henry, resulted in the repeal of the act in 1766. 1765 The Sons of Liberty. The Sons of Liberty was an an organization (a secret society) formed by American Patriots who opposed British measures against the colonists, and agitated for resistance 1765 The Non-importation Agreements (1765–75). Associations were organized by Sons of Liberty and Whig merchants to boycott English goods In response to new taxes. American colonists were discouraged from purchasing of British imports. 1766 The Declaratory Act: Declaration by the British Parliament that accompanied repeal of the Stamp Act stating that Parliament's authority was the same in America as in Britain and asserted Parliament's authority to make laws binding on the American colonies 1767 Townshend Acts - Series of Laws passed by the British Parliament placing duties on items imported by the colonists including glass, lead, paints, paper and tea. The reaction from the colonists was so intense that Great Britain eventually repealed all the taxes except the one on tea. Acts included the Revenue Act of 1767, the Indemnity Act, the Commissioners of Customs Act, the Vice Admiralty Court Act and the New York Restraining Act. 1770 March 5, 1770: The Boston Massacre during which British troops killed 5 Boston civilians. 1773 Tea Act - Law passed by the British Parliament allowing the British East India Company to sell its low-cost tea directly to the colonies, undermining colonial tea merchants. The introduction of the Tea Act led to the Boston Tea Party 1774 December 16: The Boston Tea Party - Massachusetts patriots dressed as Mohawk Indians protested against the British Tea Act 1774 Intolerable (Coercive) Acts: The Intolerable Acts also known as Coercive Acts were a were a reprisal to the Boston Tea party rebellion. A package of five laws aimed at restoring authority in its colonie March 31, 1774: The Boston Port Act May 20, 1774: The Massachusetts Government Act May 20, 1774: The Administration of Justice Act June 2, 1774: The Quartering Act June 22, 1774: The Quebec Act established on June 22, 1774 Reflect and remember this day should force you to think on the state of your chains, whether you acknowledge them or not. –BB The First Strike of the Match It’s 19 April, 1775. In Massachusetts Colony, the times were hard. The Colonial government had been abolished, and a military governor, General Thomas Gage, controlled Boston under martial law. Boston was practically a ghost town. The Port Act had seen to that, as the port had been closed to all traffic for months. The town slowly died without commerce, and many of those remaining in town relied on the kindness of outsiders to acquire food and necessities. Troops destroyed buildings and their contents for fire wood. Disease was rampant. The King was bent on breaking the radicals and bringing the colonies back in line, where they would pay dearly in taxes and subjugation to the motherland, and he was close to doing it. The precedent had been set. In order to subjugate the colonies, England would have to disarm them. The colonies had a long standing custom for militia, and the militia was armed. The most expedient method of disarmament was to take their ammunition. Gunpowder was typically stored in a specially built powder house for safety and security and drawn for the militia when needed. It was a simple matter to march in and take the colonists powder supply, and they had indeed done it before. In September of 1774, they had marched swiftly into Cambridge and carted off 250 half barrels of powder, hauling them back triumphantly to Boston. This had so alarmed the colonist that with 24 hours there were nearly 30,000 men on the march to Boston, hearing rumors that the Brits intended to burn and shell the town. The incident ended without bloodshed, but General gage, penned up in Boston with barely 3,000 troops had been so frightened that he asked the crown for an additional 20,000 men. Paul Revere swore that this would never happen again, that they would not be taken by surprise, and instituted the Committee of Observation, an elaborate spy network throughout the colony. Then they began to smuggle arms and powder and hide them in various remote locations. They had even stolen four brass cannon right out from under Gage’s nose, a theft not taken lightly by General Gage. Then in December, Paul Revere had ridden more than 20 hours straight, through a blinding blizzard, to warn the colonist in Portsmouth, New Hampshire that a British patrol was on the way by ship to confiscate their powder and ball. The Redcoats were met by a band of militia who raised the drawbridge across the river and simply taunted them. After a short skirmish, the Brits marched back to their ships empty handed this time. But the failure stung the pride of the British, and they yearned for revenge. Now the stage was set for another such raid. This time to Concord where they would have the added honor of capturing not only the provincial government, which had been meeting there, illegally, but also perhaps the traitorous Sam Adams and John Hancock, who were destined, they thought, to swing from the gallows in England. There was also rumored to be quite a stockpile of war materiel stored there. The Colonist had been forming an army, but as yet, it was only an “Army of Observation”, which was mostly sent out to shadow the British Regulars when they made forays into the countryside. This “Army” consisted of three groups: The main body was the Militia, mostly men from 16 to over 60 and able to fight. The second body was formed by taking 25% of the young men best suited from the militia to serve as “minute men”, who would drop what they were doing and report with musket and ammunition on a minute notice. Those not falling into either category made up the Alarm List, and were tasked with spreading the alarm and supporting the militia. General Gage knew he had to operate in total secrecy, for the colonist had an early warning system in place, with spies in Boston and alarm companies throughout the countryside. He told no one of his plans to raid Concord, save his trusted General Smith, and of course, his American born wife. This was to be his undoing.