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Title: Inside the American Redoubt
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URL Source: https://unherd.com/2023/11/inside-the-american-redoubt/
Published: Nov 20, 2023
Author: JACOB FUREDI
Post Date: 2023-11-20 09:39:15 by Ada
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Views: 467
Comments: 11

Christian conservatives are building a fortress — and preparing for anarchy

North Idaho has long been home to those seeking to escape the looming collapse of America. This is a region doused in frontier spirit; a land where people openly carry guns, and where bounty hunters still operate, tracking down fugitives hoping to bolt into Canada. It is here, on rugged fringes stalked by mountain lions, bears and wolves, that the American Redoubt was born.

The Redoubt is both a prophecy and a movement: a pre-emptive response to the anarchy on the horizon. Economic meltdown, nuclear war, the lawlessness that will follow the total defunding of the police — all, its followers warn, could bring an end to American civilisation. And so they have started to prepare. First, by relocating to easily defensible ranches in the wilderness; and second, by stocking up on food, firearms and fuel. While their country teeters on the brink of bedlam, they are building a fortress.

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If the Redoubt has a Messiah, it is James Wesley, Rawles. (The comma is an affectation.) A former US Army intelligence officer, Rawles has spent decades preaching about America’s imminent implosion to thousands of Christian conservatives, and the importance of them retreating to the mountains. They first flocked to him in 1998, after his book Patriots, both a survivalist manifesto and a novel about the country’s descent into disorder, became a surprise bestseller. The Daily Beast called it “the most dangerous novel in America”; others claimed it “could one day mean the difference between life and death”. Such hyperbole only widened his appeal.

Every Redoubter has read Rawles — yet few have ever seen him in person. He disguises himself when he needs to emerge from his secret ranch to get supplies. Otherwise, he communicates through his blog to 320,000 readers a week. It’s a peculiar assortment of survivalist tips and Christian precepts: recent posts consider the benefits of stun guns, the southern border crisis, and a recipe for potato soup.

It was in 2011 that Rawles issued his definitive call to arms, informing his readers that America’s death spiral had reached its climax. Following a news report about a couple in Florida who were unable to pay for a road toll using cash, he decided the time had come for “good men to take action”— to “move to the mountains” and join the Redoubt.

Rawles’s inspiration was the Schweizer Reduit of the late-19th century, when the Swiss Government, faced with the increasing likelihood of a German invasion, proposed the construction of Alpine fortifications from where its army could make a final stand. This time, however, as Rawles explained in a clarion essay, the threats were far more profound. For decades, he wrote, secular capitalism had defiled the Christian- conservative values on which America had been built. Just as in Europe before the First World War, the forces of modernity could no longer be tamed. Instead, civilisation had become a “thin veneer”. The centre was not holding, and the United States of America was degenerating into a state of nature.

If it sounded like a programme for religious separatism, that’s because it was: “I am a separatist, but on religious lines, not racial ones,” Rawles wrote. The reason for his Christian criteria was as much pragmatic as it was theological: “In calamitous times, with a few exceptions, it will only be the God-fearing who will continue to be law- abiding.”

With low-density populations and abundant hydro-electric power, Rawles decided Idaho, Montana and the eastern sectors of Oregon and Washington were the perfect places to retreat. Neighbouring North and South Dakota, he explained, would not be as easy to defend: their vast plains and steppes would provide ample room for large armies to manoeuvre.

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#1. To: Ada (#0)

Isn't that interesting. I the perpetual critic can't help but wish separatists would put all that energy and talent into hard-right politics and activism. If even a few % more conservatives got active that way things would turn around dramatically (not aimed at you).

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2023-11-20   15:21:03 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: NeoconsNailed (#1)

The orcs can and do deal easily with activists. These guys seem to want to stay beneath the radar.

Ada  posted on  2023-11-20   16:27:13 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Ada (#2)

Only activism can save us -- and nice safe opportunities for it still grow on trees.

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2023-11-20   16:51:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: NeoconsNailed (#3)

The goverment knows how to take care of activists. Ask those J6ers who are serving enormous sentences for petitioning for redress of grievances.

Ada  posted on  2023-11-20   19:17:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Ada (#4)

Ask those J6ers who are serving enormous sentences for petitioning for redress of grievances.

And the E.O. signed by George W Bush which started the Great War on Terror has never been reversed.

It is for this reason the Constitution is suspended. Those J6ers had no right to petition for redress of grievances.

I was doing some reading up on how all of this has come about. ;)

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one." Edmund Burke

BTP Holdings  posted on  2023-11-20   19:43:58 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Ada (#4)

Only activism can save us. No activism means we die in misery and ignominy.

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2023-11-21   0:53:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: NeoconsNailed (#1)

If even a few % more conservatives got active that way things would turn around dramatically

It doesn't take much to tip the scales in the right direction. ;)

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one." Edmund Burke

BTP Holdings  posted on  2023-11-21   8:15:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: BTP Holdings (#7)

Other countries like Holland, France and even Canada have had recent activist movements but none so far have produced any positive results.

Ada  posted on  2023-11-21   11:27:09 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: BTP Holdings (#7)

Absolutely right! And in actuality it's only a tiny percentage of the population jewing us. We could run them into the Atlantic overnight if enuff ppl wanted to.

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2023-11-21   12:21:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: NeoconsNailed (#9)

Never forget the ADL is an unregistered foreign agent for the state of Israel. Abe Foxman is living proof. ;)

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one." Edmund Burke

BTP Holdings  posted on  2023-11-21   20:06:19 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: BTP Holdings (#10)

Operating ILLEGALLY as an unregistered agent of a foreign govt -- for 60 YEARS now. But the entire Congress is doing exactly that now too. After one of Trump's zionist atrocities he matter-of-factly admitted everything he did in office was for Israel, and ameriKa be hanged.

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USA! USA! USA! Bringing you democracy, or else! there were strains of VD that were incurable, and they were first found in the Philippines and then transmitted to the Korean working girls via US military. The 'incurables' we were told were first taken back to a military hospital in the Philippines to quietly die. – 4um

NeoconsNailed  posted on  2023-11-21   23:53:13 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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