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Living Freedom by Claire Wolfe. Musings about personal freedom and finding it within ourselves.

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Claire Wolfe

Welcome to The Hunger Games “Lite”

Monday, January 14th, 2013

“Hunger Games ‘Lite'” = USA ca. 2013. And “I prefer not to.”

This multi-part post by Todd at Survival Sherpa is an important read.

That would be true even if it didn’t also plug Rats!, the FREE anti-snitch book. (Thank you for that, Todd. And thank you, D, for the find.)


I attended a local preparedness fair over the weekend. It was, to say the least, sparsely attended. There was a smattering of people there when it opened. But by 1:00, when I returned to attend a presentation on preparedness for pets, the exhibitors had been reduced to browsing each other’s tables. Some were packing up and leaving even though the event was only half done.

I’d like to think this was because the fair fell after last month’s official Doomsday and everybody has temporarily dropped the subject, just as they did after Y2K. But the woman giving the pet presentation remarked that she’s done countless prep fairs over the years and that not much has changed.

The average age of attendees, she said, is usually 60+ and virtually everyone attending has already done a fair bit of prepping and is merely looking for extra tips. The young ones and the newbies aren’t showing up.



“Is the government planning to kill you?” Neema Vedadi and Michael W. Dean discuss several recent mysterious deaths of people in the gun-rights and/or freedom communities.

They also talk about my recent blog post talking to the would-be gun banners.

Over the years, friends and strangers have worried about my safety because I make noise. I’ve never worried. Yes, this country has changed a lot. Its armed agents are definitely becoming more ruthless to those who don’t play by their rules. Aaron Swartz. Bradley Manning. If they can’t kill you they’ll just hound you to death or lock you up forever in miserable straits. Hell, do you doubt for one minute that the fedgov would kill Julian Assange if they could get their hands on him? Drone strikes and covert assassinations. Indefinite detention and …

What do I mean, rules? These people no longer respect any rule but “he who runs the government makes the rules.” Still, I count on free speech being the last untouchable remnant of our ancient rights. Mere ranters seem largely immune. And even as ranters go, I am very, very small potatoes.

But I admit that recently I’m finding this country a damned scary place.

21 Responses to “Welcome to The Hunger Games “Lite””

  1. Woody Says:

    A correspondent of mine likes to say: ” The government will allow you your freedom of speech up until the point that people begin to listen to you.”

  2. Todd Says:

    Thank you Claire for you life work for liberty and freedom! Woody is right ya know about his correspondent. But it’s got to be said, right?

  3. Pre-press veteran Says:

    In this day & age – of technocommunications (and the ubiquitous monitoring) – what kinds of communication are still private? I mean truly private.

    Just wondering what’s left, you know?

  4. Water Lily Says:

    It is getting really crazy out there.

    It’s not what they are trying to do regarding weapons that bothers me – that was inevitable at some point, but it’s the rapid acceleration of the argument that is quite troubling.

    I read some posts by well-meaning progressive friends that are so screwed up – they re-define the 2nd amendment.

    The thought that won’t leave my head is: How did we get to this point so quickly after the last incident? That’s what’s most troubling. Too much too fast. What’s the next thing they tackle? My money is on cyber “security.”

    About 6 years ago, I started a dystopian novel, then left it alone for a another idea. The elements that the police used in that novel for surveillance/crowd control/security were futuristic – not in play back then. But they are now. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to write near-future novels, because the present keeps catching up to the future. Things seem to be accelerating. (At some point, I may have to abandon the near-future time period and move forward 100 years.)

    We we made up our mind a while back that we would not give in to fear. We’re too old. But I think about the twenty-somethings and what kind of life they will have if things continue on this course. That’s what keeps me writing.

  5. Matt, another Says:

    Yes a damned scary and depressing place.

    You have the right to free speech as long as it conforms to what the government wants to here.

    You have the right to petition for grievances as long as it is only on a message board at the white house.

    You have the right to keep and bear arms after the government decides what you can keep and where you can bear them.

    You have the right to a jury trial as long as the jury does exactly what the judge tells them too…

    I’ve been trying to get some young coworkers to understand the whole concept of freedom and civil rights and they just can’t wrap their minds around being able to let others make decisions for themselves.

  6. smitty Says:

    behold..the future:

    We are raising a generation of deluded narcissists

    By Dr. Keith Ablow

    Published January 08, 2013

    A new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has accumulated data for the past 47 years from 9 million young adults, reveals that college students are more likely than ever to call themselves gifted and driven to succeed, even though their test scores and time spent studying are decreasing.

    Psychologist Jean Twenge, the lead author of the analysis, is also the author of a study showing that the tendency toward narcissism in students is up 30 percent in the last thirty-odd years.
    This data is not unexpected. I have been writing a great deal over the past few years about the toxic psychological impact of media and technology on children, adolescents and young adults, particularly as it regards turning them into faux celebrities—the equivalent of lead actors in their own fictionalized life stories.

    On Facebook, young people can fool themselves into thinking they have hundreds or thousands of “friends.” They can delete unflattering comments. They can block anyone who disagrees with them or pokes holes in their inflated self-esteem. They can choose to show the world only flattering, sexy or funny photographs of themselves (dozens of albums full, by the way), “speak” in pithy short posts and publicly connect to movie stars and professional athletes and musicians they “like.”

    Using Twitter, young people can pretend they are worth “following,” as though they have real-life fans, when all that is really happening is the mutual fanning of false love and false fame.

    Using computer games, our sons and daughters can pretend they are Olympians, Formula 1 drivers, rock stars or sharpshooters. And while they can turn off their Wii and Xbox machines and remember they are really in dens and playrooms on side streets and in triple deckers around America, that is after their hearts have raced and heads have swelled with false pride for “being” something they are not.

    On MTV and other networks, young people can see lives just like theirs portrayed on reality TV shows fueled by such incredible self-involvement and self-love that any of the “real-life” characters should really be in psychotherapy to have any chance at anything like a normal life.

    These are the psychological drugs of the 21st Century and they are getting our sons and daughters very sick, indeed.

    As if to keep up with the unreality of media and technology, in a dizzying paroxysm of self-aggrandizing hype, town sports leagues across the country hand out ribbons and trophies to losing teams, schools inflate grades, energy drinks in giant, colorful cans take over the soft drink market, and psychiatrists hand out Adderall like candy.

    All the while, these adolescents, teens and young adults are watching a Congress that can’t control its manic, euphoric, narcissistic spending, a president that can’t see his way through to applauding genuine and extraordinary achievements in business, a society that blames mass killings on guns, not the psychotic people who wield them, and—here no surprise—a stock market that keeps rising and falling like a roller coaster as bubbles inflate and then, inevitably, burst.

    That’s really the unavoidable end, by the way. False pride can never be sustained. The bubble of narcissism is always at risk of bursting. That’s why young people are higher on drugs than ever, drunker than ever, smoking more, tattooed more, pierced more and having more and more and more *, earlier and earlier and earlier, raising babies before they can do it well, because it makes them feel special, for a while. They’re doing anything to distract themselves from the fact that they feel empty inside and unworthy.

    Distractions, however, are temporary, and the truth is eternal. Watch for an epidemic of depression and suicidality, not to mention homicidality, as the real self-loathing and hatred of others that lies beneath all this narcissism rises to the surface. I see it happening and, no doubt, many of you do, too.

    We had better get a plan together to combat this greatest epidemic as it takes shape. Because it will dwarf the toll of any epidemic we have ever known. And it will be the hardest to defeat. Because, by the time we see the scope and destructiveness of this enemy clearly, we will also realize, as the saying goes, that it is us.

    link to article:

  7. R.L. Wurdack Says:

    Two books:

    “”The Dumbest Generation””, by Bauerlein talks about the percentage of high school graduates (graduates, mind you, doesn’t include drop outs) capable of making a correct political or ethical decision at 30%. non-fiction

    “”Essential Liberty””, Rob Olive (fiction) makes a case for how bad leaders can lead otherwise good people (cops and agents) into horriffic evil.

  8. R.L. Wurdack Says:

    Not sure about the prep faire, but I went to the show Saturday.

    It was an absolute zoo. The ticket line was 3 blocks long and it was 22 degrees F in the parking lot. (Members don’t need tickets, so they went inside as soon as the doors opened at 0800.) There was no room to walk and darned near no room to stand inside before all the ticket buyers got in. Folks were backed up 3 and 4 deep at the ammo tables and they didn’t have any 223. Prices for what they did have were exciting. Magpul 30 round mags (what few there were) new were marked $65. Old GI mags were $35. There wasn’t a Ruger mag of any kind in sight. I saw 1 used Ruger Ranch SS 223 with the cheap wooden stock for $1300. Non-FFL ARs were $2000 and up. What little 223 there was at non-dealer tables scattered around was going for $0.80 to $1 per round and 22LR was mostly north of 10 cents a pop. When I came out there were people directing traffic to park across the street in the overflow parking.

    This is the Monroe fairgrounds show, smaller of the two local shows in the area. The ‘big’ show in Puyallup is next week. WOOHOO!

    This is clearly a fine endorsement of the public trust in government.

  9. Pat Says:

    I can relate to what smitty said. My 16 y/o grandson suddenly “got serious with life” when he started school this year, stopped playing video games, and wants to “study politics” when he goes to college. He doesn’t yet know what he wants to do there, except “to change the world”. Well, good luck! He’ll never make it as long as he takes the traditional route.

    I’ve just (today) ordered a copy of “The Bad Attitude Guide to Good Citizenship” for him to read before he gets too far into Politics. He needs to know what it’s REALLY all about – and “The Bad Attitude” is the fastest way I know to sober up a political idealist who doesn’t yet have a handle on reality.

  10. Bear Says:

    Water Lily: “The elements that the police used in that novel for surveillance/crowd control/security were futuristic – not in play back then.”

    I took a lot of flack in emails over the “unrealistic” abusive laws and regulations I described in Net Assets (also some scenes like the IRS shootout).

    Those laws and regs (except for the ones I invented once things in the novel reached the SHTF stage) were _real_ and already in play before I wrote the book. And the scenes? The IRS shootout, just for instance, was based on an actual event in Georgia (local LEOs, though) in the early ’90s.*

    But it was all “unrealistic”.

    Before I gave up on writing, a few folks suggested I update Net Assets to reflect things that have happened since the first release (NA was written a decade ago, and based on a short story from the mid ’90s). I looked into it. And decided it couldn’t be done. The current laws, regs, EOs, and military precedents make it impossible, without a higher testicle count than I believe America has. I told the helpful people to live with it and pretend that NA and the sequels take place in an alternate universe that isn’t populated by cowards.

    (* Last I heard, the one cop was doing well in rehab and might eventually learn to walk again. With crutches.)

  11. A.G. Says:

    Not sure that “prepper fairs” and their success (or lack of it, as the case may be) is indicadive of the preparedness movement and its growth from Gen X on down. When even furrow browed hairy knuckle draggers (FBHKDs) such as myself can access a wealth of data and online retailers via pocket computers, what needed niche is there for such inefficient FTF bazaars, with their attending markups? Gun shows OTOH operate with a different model, despite being similar to the eye.
    Besides, one fair in one region with unknown amounts and quality of promotion is hardly a sample group of a movement. Only across the board sales figures and online web visit counts would begin to paint an acurate picture.

  12. EN Says:

    The notion that John Noveske was killed by government agents is total and complete BS. I understand why there would be suspicion, and not to be harsh, but what happened to Noveske was his own fault, PERIOD!!! I urge everyone who hears these rumors to shut it down right away. If John wore a seat belt he’d be alive today and his wife and three kids would not be so broken. He rolled his truck, which sustained very little damage to the cab… but he was also ejected from the vehicle at a high rate of speed. There’s also a lot of rumors and downright jealous people saying John was a millionaire. The hell he was. When he died his wife and kids were left with the money in his pocket and his AR factory with a lot of parts ready to be assembled, and not much else. John was a great innovator and manufacturer of quality ARs but not rich. There’s been a memorial fund set up for him and anyone who can contribute it would be appreciated.

  13. naturegirl Says:

    Thank you, Claire, for all that you do. Your courage is contagious ;)

    As for the prep fair, it’s not surprising. Since the world didn’t end like it was suppose to people have gone back into their false sense of security. Not to mention it’s no longer a fad until the next time, LOL.

  14. jed Says:

    I went to the ‘Self-reliance Expo’ last year in Co. Springs. Wasn’t crowded, but I wouldn’t say it was sparse either. And there were folks there of all ages. Probably not as busy as the promoters and exhibitors would’ve liked. Stopped by the BHM booth — no Claire! ;-)

    They did another (I think the same outfit) at the Stock Show complex later in the year, and what I heard was the table prices got jacked way up, and there were fewer exhibitors and low attendance.

    Hard to say why any one particular show was a bust. Except for gun shows, I suspect people are recovering from the holiday spending, so I wouldn’t expect a lot this time of year. If a lot of them are poorly attended, then maybe the promoters aren’t reaching the target audience. I wouldn’t’ve heard about the Self-Reliance expo had it not been for a couple friends mentioning it. Of course, I have no idea how an advertiser would reach me, because I’ve become quite good at tuning such things out. OTOH, it’s hard to miss seeing a Tanner Gun Show billboard around these parts.

  15. J. Fox Says:

    IRT plugging Rats!, I’ve mirrored the HTML version here:

  16. Claire Says:

    J. Fox — Thank you! The more mirrors, the better. I’m off to check out your site, too …

  17. IndividualAudienceMember Says:

    EN wrote, “If John wore a seat belt he’d be alive today”

    …And your all-seeing, all-knowing, crystal ball tells you this?
    And, People who wear their seatbelts in these situations never die?

    EN wrote, “The notion that John Noveske was killed by government agents is total and complete BS.”

    …Could be so, but you didn’t provide anything in support of the notion.

  18. Bear Says:

    IndividualAudienceMember: “…And your all-seeing, all-knowing, crystal ball tells you this?”

    Read EN’s post again. He explained his rationale: Minimal damage to cab. Occupant ejected from cab. That is exactly the sort of situation in which seat belts are an advantage

    “Could be so, but you didn’t provide anything in support of the notion.”

    Uhm… Wrong. The folks propsing a positive correlation (feds killed Noveske) have to offer proof. You’re now demanding that EN perform the logically impossible act of proving a negative.

  19. kevin m Says:

    1]. Thank you Smitty. 2]. I have been telling folks for years that the powers that be are working on setting up a very dystopian future for us and people are finally listening now that they can see it with their own eyes. 3]. This country is doomed.

  20. kevin m Says:

    Oh and as an interesting aside. Yesterday the Joliet Il. police arrested 4 young adults for robbery and murder. They were playing video games next to the corpses when arrested. Nice.

  21. EN Says:

    “…Could be so, but you didn’t provide anything in support of the notion.”

    Actually I presented a lot more evidence than those articles did. The family wants to keep some things private. That was a mistake. It appears that if you want to keep your affairs to yourself that means the government did it. I’m not one to believe the government wouldn’t do something like this, but I’m also not one to make up fantasies as to what took place. At the end of the day, at least for me, there’s the truth and then there’s the rest. Noveske was killed in a roll over auto accident shortly after leaving home one evening. As was his habit, he was not wearing a seat belt. As was also his habit, he was living his life to the fullest. His wife Lorina came upon the accident shortly there after. Having had my youngest son do this very same thing in Sept, I’m more than aware of what happens to a body when you’re driving at a high rate of speed and you role your truck. John “misjudged” his speed in relation to the corner by quite a bit. He was thrown down an embankment (more like a cliff). That’s probably telling too many tales out of school right there. The family’s wish is for it to remain private but Lorina and Sheri have asked everyone to dispel all the crazy rumors floating around. It’s not helpful John’s kids or the rest of his family.

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