Sites You Should Be Reading: A Resource List From TOWR

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,
Sally Fallon
– 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

Enjoy.

Author: Kit Perez

Kit Perez is a liberty activist, longtime writer, and intelligence analyst specializing in deception detection and HUMINT. She is prior Air Force, holds a degree with honors in Counterintelligence and has a Master's in Intelligence. She writes at PatrickHenrySociety.com.

9 thoughts on “Sites You Should Be Reading: A Resource List From TOWR”

  1. I use the same procedure as you to read my articles! I Collate all the sites I read with Feedly and then save these articles in Pocket for reading when I have time later. You mentioned in your article that “you shouldn’t use either of these tools if you need/want to hide what you are reading”; If I am reading articles about survival, government, prepping and politics (exactly as you are;) How Can I accomplish this in a secure manner and maintain OPSEC from an oppressive government who is constantly invading our privacy while using these information tools/sources? How can I read/collect articles from the Internet in a safe manner? How can I protect myself from government intrusion into my liberty and privacy?

  2. Two words: Risk assessment. Decide how much you want to hide, and what you’re willing to do in order to ensure it remains hidden. In my own personal risk assessment, I’ve decided that the large majority of what I read, while it SHOULD be able to be private, isn’t going to be. I’ve assessed that tradeoff and I’m willing to make it. Now, for the things that I have deemed as material I don’t want to advertise that I read, I use a different identity, different VPN server, different feedly account attached to an email address not linked to me, etc. Those are all things we teach in the Basic Privacy and Anonymity class we do. There are a few spots left open in the class starting 20 September, if you’re interested in that. Shoot me an email at admin@whiterose.us.

  3. If I may,I would like to suggest two blogs and two books for your perusal. The blogs are
    Western Rifle Shooters Association at https://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com

    Brushbeater at
    https://brushbeater.wordpress.com

    and then the two books;
    Boston’s Gun Bible available at Amazon
    https://www.amazon.com/Bostons-Gun-Bible-chapters-31-46-ebook/dp/1888766069/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1474243211&sr=8-2&keywords=The+gun+bible
    Quite expensive and “OLD” printed in 2002, but probably one of the most informative books on guns. Definitely a 5 star book.

    The next is out of print but available for free online, in PDF format so you can put it in Kindle or any other reader. Long book, over 749 pages. One of the best novels that I’ve have ever read. It weaves the 2nd amendment into a griping novel with several moments of real history woven into it.

    The name of the book is “Unintended Consequences” by John Ross.
    You can find it at: https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Uploads/129/Media/Unintended_Consequences.pdf

    I really find your articles interesting for the “FreeFor’ individual. Keep up the good work.

  4. Just stumbled on your site today … for some reason I’m unable to use Feedly to track your blog, is that by design?

  5. @Kit Perez Do you have any articles or resources that can can assist me on how to provide privacy and OPSEC “for the things that I have deemed as material I don’t want to advertise that I read, I use a different identity, different VPN server, different feedly account attached to an email address not linked to me, etc.”? I am especially interested in : How can I read/collect articles from the Internet in a safe manner? How can I protect myself from government intrusion into my liberty and privacy?
    Thank You 😉

  6. Hi Robert,
    First off, I highly suggest you attend our Basic Privacy and Anonymity webinar in November. Secondly, I suggest using Tor, the TAILS operating system, a VPN, and other tools. There are a lot of resources out there. EFF.org is an excellent site that offers certain tools and how-to guides. Above all, you need to understand that just using tools isn’t enough. You need to also change HOW you use the internet, including when and from where.

  7. Thanks for all the information you are dispensing. I look forward to ALL of your topics.

    In regards to your article on “Open source alternatives”, I have joined “Diasporia”. I really like it. Are you on it, if so how are you listed??? I’m listed as Alfred E. Neuman…..

    I changed my operating system from Windows 10 to Ubuntu 16.04. A learning process but well worth it.

    Also in the process of downloading “Tails”.

    One thing I did not do is to use “Signal”. I looked up the history of the ones developing the programs and they were to closely linked to the Obama administration. That NIXED it for me..

    Thanks again for all that you do for the “FreeFor”….

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