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The 52nd Annual Meeting of Live Free USA, Americas oldest and best survival preparedness organization is scheduled for Saturday April 4th, 2020 at the Cabela's Hammond Indian store Conference Center at 1:00 PM. The agenda will include reports on the organizations progress and programs, Opportunities to be involved in a variety of preparedness and self-reliance projects and election of officers.

Camp Independence 2020 is now scheduled for Tepicon Hall at Tippecanoe River State Park in Indiana on the weekend of May 30th, 2020.  This is the the fifth decade of this event that includes hands-on outdoor survival classes and indoor demonstrations.  This event is held in a beautiful state park with camping and cabins available from the Indian DNR.  Meals are available on-site at nominal prices and there is a great Survival Stuff raffle.  Plan now to attend.

DETAILED INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED IN THE EVENTS SECTION OF THIS SITE

2020 FORESIGHT, The potential chaos in the coming year

The article below appeared in an earlier edition of our American Survivor newsletter.  Social/political conflict can be considered as much of a survival threat as other disaster conditions.  While we cannot predict how events will unfold in the new year, we can be sure that some forms of chaos will develop, that could result in a variety of survival challenges.  Watch our site for further articles, or --- better yet, join and and get access to all of our information.  Stay safe. 

20/20 Foresight

The Potential for Chaos and Conflict in 2020

While the election of Donald Trump seems to have put support for the self-reliance and survivalist movement into a state of extreme apathy, we are approaching a period of social and political conflict and chaos that could endanger every American’s survival, freedom and right to be self-reliant.  While attendance at preparedness expos is down, every survival periodical (except this one) publication has ceased, and membership in preparedness organizations is declining, none of the serious dangers to survival and freedom have actually diminished.  The economy has improved, but the national debt and other economic issues remain as a time-bomb.  The rest of the world is in an economic and political death-spiral, sending hordes of desperate people fleeing into the remaining few free and safe nations. The frequency and severity of natural disasters continue to increase.  Crime and various forms of terrorism are no less prevalent.  While a conservative, pro-freedom administration is certainly to the advantage of self-reliant citizens, most survival threats are beyond the control of government agencies.  Furthermore: we must anticipate a powerful and possibly violent counter-attack against freedom and self-reliance as the elections of 2020 approach. Special interests and extremists are gearing up for a life-or-death struggle to take back control and impose their agendas on the American public.  We can also be assured that whichever side wins the elections in 2020, the other side will not accept the results.  We can expect massive demonstrations, sabotage, domestic terrorism, economic disruption, and even massive civil disorder and possibly armed combat situations.  The wise survivalist or prepper should be taking advantage of this short period of calm to maximize preparations and organization instead of apathetic procrastination.

  We are already seeing terms like “resistance” and even “revolution” on demonstration signs and in social-media posts. We are also aware of growing militant groups at both ends of the political spectrum, some with definable objectives and values and others simply seeking chaos and power. The following is an examination of the options for a world-be survivor depending on how events develop before, during and after the 2020 elections.

  • Resistance: The political left currently uses the term “resistance” to stir-up support for demonstrations against a variety of political actions or for various legislation. As in the 60s, racism and economic inequality are often used as excuses for violence and destruction in the streets.  Of course true resistance movements such as those used against the Nazis in World War Two or the Soviet Occupations throughout the Cold War involved sabotage, assassinations and raids.  Resistance is by definition a counteraction to the existing regime.  So, whoever feels that they are the losers in 2020 are likely to take resistance to a new level in a sustained campaign.
  • Counter Resistance: While we see counter demonstrations on some issue, the major counter resistance groups have focused on financial support for candidates and conservative causes. If a robust and violent resistance develops after the election we could see the rise of “Home Guard” and “Militia” groups as a counter to crime and civil disorder.
  • Revolutionary Action: Both the extreme left and the extreme right contain armed and trained elements. Gangs might align themselves with left leaning revolutionaries while elements of the military and police might be inclined to support rightwing insurgencies. Such a development is highly unlikely, but not outside the realm of possibility. Actual armed conflict and a breakdown of law-and-order could develop and spread. Urban areas could turn into battle grounds. States could even secede.
  • Counter Revolution: If one side is actively trying to overthrow the elected or established regime then actions to resist such an insurgency are counterrevolutionaries. If a revolutionary force has already succeeded in some kind of coup or overthrow by whatever means, then the immediate efforts to prevent the establishment of that regime is counterrevolutionary.

Whether a group or movement is a “resistance”, “counter resistance” “revolution” or “counter revolution”   can depend on ones point of view and the propaganda value of the term.  Depending on how events in the next few years develop, many of us could intentionally or unintentionally find ourselves in one of these categories. Maintaining neutrality may be difficult to maintain.

  • Active Neutrality: Even in the most popular revolutions and resistance movements only a fraction of the population is actively involved.  Most just want to survive the conflict while others may wait until they can see how things develop before committing to even minimal support of either side.  Active neutrality may be best summed up in the slogan “Don’t Tread On Me”, but The very act of defending your home and family may force you into a resistance or revolutionary position. When your community or your associates are swept into the conflict, they may take a “with us or against us” attitude.  Neutrality will be particularly hard to maintain.  Active neutrality means taking your own side, alone against both sides.
  • Passive Neutrality: It may be possible to simply keep a low profile and avoid contact and commitment throughout a conflict. If you reside in a low density or rural population and have no vested interest in the situation, this may be your first option.  Of course this requires being able to survive the economic disruptions, grid dysfunction, and other challenges until order is restored.

Any involvement in these options should be positive on morally justifiable.  Destruction of property, looting, vandalism, disruption of public services (e.g. food, power, transportation, etc.) must be avoided. It is wrong and will only alienate the public that you need for support. Violence of any kind must be defensive and justifiable. Responsible resistance or revolution could include:

  • Active crime prevention when law and order systems are ineffective
  • Property protection against illegal seizures, looting, and vandalism.
  • Protection of schools, churches, business and political events.
  • Border protection if the border defenses have broken down
  • Support of the military and police as needed
  • Providing medical aid and support for victims of political violence
  • Active publicity for your side, including radio, internet and print.

Conclusion

Given to polarization and rhetoric in today’s society, it is difficult to imagine a peaceful election and post-election scenario for two thousand twenty. The current apathy and inactivity within the survivalist and prepper movement is unjustified and a prelude to socioeconomic disruptions in a few years. The wise citizen should be stocking-up, organizing, training and preparing for social and political conflict in addition to the existing threats of natural disasters, economic instability, terrorism and war that continue unabated.   Even if one is able to avoid direct participation in any conflict, the effect on one’s safety, property and liberty will be survival challenges for many citizens.

A Short History of Live Free USA

A Very Short History of Live Free USA

 

Live Free USA started as an NRA Shooting Club on the Southside of Chicago in the late 1960’s.  This was a time when Chicago was beginning to initiate its draconian gun laws so we diversified into an outdoor sports club.  While we still engaged in shooting sports when and where we could, we added rock-climbing, cross-country skiing, camping, rafting and caving to our programs.  We also started teaching survival skills and conducting survival-training activities.  We soon were camping in the middle of winter and testing equipment and techniques under survival conditions.  The temporary fuel shortages and recession of the 70’s combined with the nuclear threat of the Cold War increased interest in all aspects of survival and we expanded our programs to cover nuclear, biological and chemical war survival as well as general self-reliance skills.  At this time there were several national publications devoted to survival related subjects, including American Survival Guide and Practical Survival.  This allowed us to advertise and build a national and international membership.  We also launched our own newsletter titled Directions in 1977.  This was later changed to the current American Survivor.  We also had raised enough money to buy land for The American Survival Center” in Wisconsin.  In the late 70s the news media began to run stories about “survivalists”, but they had simply attached the title to a variety of religious, political and racial extremist groups that were prevalent at the time.  Live Free was faced with the challenge of correcting these misrepresentations, while defining the true survival, self-reliance philosophy.  We had some excellent spokesmen, positive explanations and excellent, ongoing activities to use in our campaign.  We were interviewed on national television, scores of magazines and newspapers and even were on Dutch television and the BBC.  We did get neutral or positive coverage because we had the right message and refused to be manipulated by the media.  This was a time when we recruited some of the core membership that would hold the organization together and serve as the framework for future growth.  We continued slow growth through the 80s, but the public’s misunderstanding of our mission kept impeding our progress and outreach efforts. The collapse of the Soviet Union that ended the Cold War in the early 90s, coupled with a temporary increase in oil supplies and economic growth created a false sense of euphoria and security.  The vast majority of the public was sure that the age of peace, safety and prosperity had come and that the coming millennia would be even better.  Our analysis of the world’s resources, economics and history told us that this was a very dangerous illusion, but no one wanted to hear that.  Most survival groups and publications when out of business by the mid 90’s.  Our membership and funds plummeted and we had been forced to sell of the American Survival Center property.  We were only able to have a few activities each year and the publication of the newsletter was sporadic at best.  The Twenty-first Century quickly revealed the growing cracks in national and world stability. As catastrophes of every variety began to multiply throughout the world, the public started to slowly awaken to their insecure present and threatening future.  This time the need for preparedness was acknowledged and acceptable.  This time advocating family self-reliance for a long-term or indefinite disintegration of the systems that we have come to depend on was not being rejected.  Unfortunately, it took Live Free’s remaining staff and limited funds a while to catch up with the demand for information and programs, but we still had a solid framework, and core group with 30-pluse years of dedication and experience.   We had to work very hard to regain recognition and rebuild our membership.  We were able to put on our survival education programs in public venues that would have rejected us in the 70s and 80s.  We are actually able to work with local fraternal, emergency response and community organizations in many locations. Membership, chapter formation and the number of programs continue to increase at a geometric rate as we bring together and support more and more skilled and dedicated survival and self-reliance instructors, writers and organizers. The challenge now is to carry out our mission while people can still travel to seminars and meetings and afford to buy the survival and self-reliance supplies and tools they will need.  While our programs will continue to support preparedness for common home emergencies, localized disasters and outdoor survival situations, our larger missions must be to:

  1. Increase public awareness of the unavoidable economic decline and associated disasters, emergencies, hardships and conflicts that it will generate in the next decades.
  2. Proved a variety of educational programs and training events that will help good people adapt to the future challenges and survive the very serious dangers and disasters to come.
  3. Build a national network of chapters that can provide improved survival resources for their members and be a framework for community survival, as situations grow more severe.

The fulfillment of these missions into the next decade will depend much on the commitment and dedication of the newest members to continue the work started almost 50-years ago.

 

 

Constitutional Sanctuaries for Citizens

Sanctuary for Citizens

By James C. Jones, EMT/CHCM

While the term “sanctuary cities” has been used to describe municipalities that have chosen not to cooperate with the Immigration and Control and Enforcement agency (ICE) in the enforcement of America’s laws, the term sanctuary and the now established concept of defiance of federal laws by local governments may be essential to defending legal citizens against unconstitutional violations of their civil and constitutional rights. Most of the candidates running for the presidency in 2020 are strong advocates of gun confiscation and socialist (anti self-reliance) legislation. Draconian gun-laws and other oppressive actions must be anticipated at the state and national levels within the next one or two years. While effective individual and small-group resistance to such unconstitutional and un-American activities has little chance of success, there is a real potential for effective and successful resistance on the local, county and state levels, through American sanctuary resolutions and legislation. In states where so-called “Red Flag” laws have been enacted most of the rural and many of the suburban police departments are simply refusing to enforce them. Some towns and counties have official declared themselves to be “Second Amendment Sanctuaries” in defiance of these laws. Many police officers in urban areas are “pro-gun rights” and the great majority of suburban, small-town and rural police officers are second amendment supporters. They are not going to be knocking down doors and serving warrants on their neighbors and law abiding citizens. They are not going to be welcoming or cooperating with invading federal agents who come to confiscate property and criminalize their friends and relatives. How the federal government would react to massive defiance is difficult to estimate, but the more wide-spread and organized the Constitutional Sanctuary movement is, the more likely they will back-down, without actual violent confrontations. Before the federal government enacts unconstitutional legislation, constitutional sanctuary towns, counties and states need to be declared and well established as a deterrent or the basses for national resistance. The establishment of scores of sanctuary states, thousands fs sanctuary counties, and hundreds of thousands of sanctuary towns will not only serve to protect the second amendment, but would be a revolutionary power shift away from centralized authority and back to local and state level autonomy. The first American Revolution started when the British acted to confiscate local armaments. The people understood that once they had lost control of their personal, and locally owned weapons, the British could enact and enforce any laws and taxes that they chose with impunity. Today’s elitist, and socialist look down on local governments and despise individualism and self-reliance, but by going after the guns they may be (as the British did in 1776) enabling a unified and dare I say, revolutionary response in the form of a massive establishment of sanctuary territories supported by law-abiding and responsible citizens who want nothing more than to have their constitutional and human rights respected.
An American Constitutional Sanctuary movement could and should be established. This could be an official organization or a cooperative effort by multiple pro-freedom organizations. A few of the activities that such a movement could and should initiate would include:
• Establishing networks between sanctuary and pro sanctuary towns, counties and organization.
• Initiating petition drives to encourage states, counties and municipalities to establish pro-sanctuary declarations or legislation.
• Sponsoring email campaigns to encourage candidates at all levels to sponsor and support sanctuary legislation and declarations.
• Creating publicity campaigns to support the constitutional sanctuary concept and candidates
• As anti-freedom legislation becomes more imminent, demonstrations and even civil-disobedience could be necessary.
While to specter of gun confiscation, higher taxation, regulation and centralization should be disheartening to those of us who value our rights to self-reliance, the impending struggle offers the opportunity to unite, energize and win. While a sanctuary is generally defined as a place of refuge it can also serve a basis for resistance and victory. .
The author would propose that Live Free USA official declare its support for all constitutional sanctuaries and enact a formal declaration at the next Annual Meeting.

Coming Articles to Help You Survive 2020

As the year 2020 approaches we must consider the potential impact of the political conflicts combined with the existing man-made and natural disaster threats.  We may call this a "Chaos Matrix" .  Articles in our American Survivor newsletter (members only) have explored the potential impact of today's political environment and offered information on how to survive these effects.  No other publication has done so. Three recent articles will be posted in the near future for non-member to read.  They are:

Is America Headed for Another Revolution

20/20 Foresight

Surviving the Coming Age of Civil Disorder

Watch this site for these articles.  Better yet -- join Live Free USA online through PayPal and get access to over 70 back issues and each new issue as it comes out. BE READY TO SURVIVE 2020.

EIGHT LIFESAVING MEDICAL SKILLS CLASS

DATE: Sunday December 8th

LOCATION: This Class will be conducted in the second floor conference room of Cabela's Hammond Indiana Store on US 41 just south of the I-80 exit.

TIME: 1:00 PM till 3:00 PM

This free class will cover the basic and essential skills to recognize and treat eight of the most common causes of death under disaster situations. The subjects are: Respiratory Arrest (Chocking), Cardiac Arrest (CPR), Arterial Bleeding (tourniquets), Heat Stroke (hyperthermia) , Cold Exposure (hypothermia), Sucking Chest Wounds (pneumothorax) , Shock,  and Severe Dehydration.

Opportunities to practice airway clearing, CPR, use of an AED, and application of a tourniquet will be available.

The Latest Issue of American Survivor Uploaded

The November/December issue of American Survivor newsletter has been uploaded to the members only/American Survivor page.  The index of articles for all of the back issues has been updated as well.  Only members who have joined Live Free USA online can access all of these issues.

A downloadable fifty-page Members Handbook will be available to download early next year.  Printed versions may be available later.

Survival Gear and Pack Lists

While preparing my next book for  Skyhorse  Publishing, I found it necessary to review all of the survival equipment and all of the lists for various kits and packs. I have created new lists for:

  • What to have in your pockets
  • What to have in a Get Home Bag
  • What to have in an Evacuation Pack
  • What to have in vehicle
  • What to have in an outdoor survival kit.
  • What to have at home
  • What to have in your Bug Out Bag

I also discuses hybrid survival packs and caches

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Survival Lists

While preparing my next book for  Skyhorse  Publishing, I found it necessary to review all of the survival equipment and all of the lists for various kits and packs. I have created new lists for:

  • What to have in your pockets
  • What to have in a Get Home Bag
  • What to have in an Evacuation Pack
  • What to have in vehicle
  • What to have in an outdoor survival kit.
  • What to have at home
  • What to have in your Bug Out Bag

I also discuses hybrid survival packs and caches

SurvivalLists8-08

Coming Soon to Live Free USA

COMING SOON!

In the coming months Live Free USA will be moving forward with several projects and improvements.  The challenges and hazards of the coming years demands that we strengthen our base and expand our membership.  With a larger and more active board of directors we are now able to pursue multiple objectives.

Website Improvement

We are working to creat a more attractive and interactive website with more functions for online members. We also hope to have more activity in the survival medicine, chapter activities, and other specialized pages. We are also exploring ways to offer discounts to members who purchase survival gear through the site.

Chapter and Affiliated Organization Support

One of our directors will function as the Chapter, Affiliate Coordinator, regularly communicating with each chapter and providing support and and involvement.  A Chapter Leaders handbook will be available by early 2020 and maybe a regular Chapter Leaders online newsletter.to follow.

Permanent Survival Training Facility

A land-site in northern Indiana is being developed as a site to conduct advance survival and self-reliance training operations.  This site should be available in early 2020. The site will include campsites, sanitary facilites, a traing building, and a rifle and pistol range. We are seeking donations and pledges to help us make improvements and maintain the facility.

Added Value to Membership

  A members Handbook will be available by the end of 2019.  The book wil include information about Live Free organization and philosophy, but will also containe valuable survival information.   It will be available online free and a printed version will be available at nominal cost.  We may increase membership fees slightly and include the handbook with all new memberships. Other ideas are being considerd to add value to membership.

Expanded Survival Instructors and Programs

  Camp Independence will continue at Tippecanoe River State Park in Indiana, but may be franchised to other locations throughout the USA.  We also plan to revive our Certified Survival Instructors program to develop new instructors and support current instructors.

Opportunities to Get Involved

We currently have two opening for Directors to the Board of Directors.  These posted can be filled by designation by the board untill the next election.  Filling these posts will definitely help us reach the above goals. Additionally the board is authorized to designate Deputy Directors and establish teams to work on projects.  We would welcome hearing from members new and old who want to get involved and active. Since we now use the internet and online meetings it is not necessary for officers to reside in any nearby location.