Reading is one of the most important things you can do as a patriot/activist/whatever you’re calling yourself. As I wrote this week on Patrick Henry Society, learning is critical. There was a discussion on social media this morning about people who announce things like, “If you believe _______ then UNFRIEND ME NOW!” Aside from being a completely puerile thing to do (the online equivalent of sticking your fingers in your ears and singing “la la la la la” so you don’t have to hear anything you don’t like), it completely closes us off to not only critical information that we need in order to understand the enemy, but it also closes us off to information that may—if we are intellectually honest with ourselves—may force a mindset change. All of that is aside from the basic premise that you need to read in order to enlarge your own knowledge base on everything from theory to skills. Reading isn’t a substitute for practice, but it’ll definitely give you ideas on WHAT you should be practicing.
Many of us read the big blogs: Western Rifle Shooters, Survivalblog, etc. But there are far more sites out there that you should be incorporating into your daily reading ritual (you DO have a daily reading ritual, right?). I use Feedly to collate all of the sites I read; on average I see about 450 post titles a day from a long list of sites spanning everything from politics to urban survival to intelligence to comms to whatever, and fully read up to 250 articles a day. It takes time, but that time can be found in places you probably haven’t thought of yet. Instead of spending hours scrolling your Facebook feed, jump on Feedly whenever you have a moment and skim your delivered headlines for things you might need to read. It only takes a few moments, and you can save them to Pocket for when you have more time to sit down and read them. (It should go without saying that you shouldn’t use either of these tools if you need/want to hide what you’re reading. Neither are secure, but for general reading they’re fine.) Both Feedly and Pocket have mobile apps that allow you to do this on the go. Even for those who bemoan the fact that they’re “slow readers,” this is a good idea because guess how you get to be a faster reader? You read.
This list hopes to showcase some of the sites out there that will get you thinking, or that offer some kind of “training” whether you realize it or not. Training isn’t always sitting in a classroom or being in the woods. Training can mean simply studying various resources and learning about new ways to do things or even new ways to think about things. Contrary to popular opinion, critical thinking is a skill. Bottom line is, you need to be reading a lot more. So check out the following links and see how fast you can learn. Not every site has 100% pertinent content, but that’s another skill—being able to find the info you need in the pile.
This list will continue to be updated as well, so bookmark it now.
Stop Shouting Blog – This site is a must. You can find information on 4th generation warfare, OSINT, and much more. Knowledgeable, thorough, and just plain awesome. This one gets the award for Best of Show.
Bellingcat.com – Billed as “by and for citizen investigative journalists.” It’s a nice roundup of information from all over, much of which is pertinent depending on what you’re looking for. One specific post you might find notable is on how to find corruption using open source information.
Waiting for Barbarians – This is a relatively new blog but it’s got solid commentary and thought-provoking articles. Bonus: He does a Daily Links post that can help you get more information faster.
Virginia Freemen’s Society – Another site that offers solid commentary on issues much bigger than Hillary’s “health.” Be careful though…you may have to deal with some cognitive dissonance (yours, not his).
Mason Dixon Tactical – Solid work by a solid guy with the bona fides to back up what he’s saying.
The Liberty Zone – Blunt, sometimes profane commentary. I don’t agree with every single thing posted, but I don’t have to. And neither do you. It’s all about thinking and evaluating information.
Statement Analysis – Nationally known analyst who trains law enforcement (including feds) walks through current cases and media reports to show you how to find deception.
DIY Drones – Self-explanatory. Community for those who are either doing it or want to.
Sparks-31 and Signal-3 – The definitive comms blog.
That should get you started, and most of those sites have blogrolls with more resources to check out.
As a bonus, I’m including a few books. Some are from the reading list from Defensive Training Group–another site you should be reading—some are gleaned from other sources. You should read them all.
– A Failure of Civility, J. Lawson/M. Garand
– Total Resistance, Von Dach
– The Tiger’s Way, H. J. Poole
– The Last Hundred Yards, H. J. Poole
– Strategic Rifleman, H. J. Poole
– How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
– Ultimate Navigation Manual, Lyle Brotherton
– The Warrior Ethos, Steven Pressfield
– Learning to Eat Soup With a Knife: Counterinsurgency lessons from Malaya and Vietnam, J. Nagl
– Back to Basics: How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills (Second Edition), Reader’s Digest
– Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats,
– A Complete Study Guide for Technician, General, Extra Class Ham Radio Exams, Joseph Lumpkin
– Communications For 3%ers and Survivalists, Sparks31
– Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, by Abigail R. Gehring