The latest issue of American Survivor for January and February of 2019 has just been added to the Members Only / American Survivor page. If you are an on-line member you can download that PDF and over 65 back issues as well
The latest issue of American Survivor for January and February of 2019 has just been added to the Members Only / American Survivor page. If you are an on-line member you can download that PDF and over 65 back issues as well
Paladin Press’s Interview with James C. Jones
My latest book titled “The Live Free Book of Total Survival” is due to come out from Paladin Press this winter. The publishers are making it the featured book for their next on-line and printed catalogue and wanted to include an interview with me as part of the promotion. The publisher’s questions turned out to be very provocative and provided an opportunity to share some opinions and historic perspective with the readers. Paladin had to edit the answers a bit to fit their space. I have include the entire unedited interview questions and answers along with two additional commentaries that I hope you all will find informative.
I had a challenging childhood that forced me to be self-reliant and independent at a very early age. I don’t remember not having some kind of survival pack. Living poor on the Southside of Chicago gave me my urban survival training and my outdoor activities that included, rock-climbing, caving, rafting and primitive camping provided the rest. Survival/self-reliance as a movement started in the background of the social and political upheavals of the 1960. I helped organize Live Free USA in the late 1960s. The organization evolved from an outdoor survival club to a general survival and preparedness education group. That is now a tax-deductible, not-for-profit corporation. Their website is at www.AmericanSurvivor.org
Certainly the principles of personal and family self-reliance and independence have not changed, but the acceptance of the need for preparedness and sustainable self-reliance has change dramatically.
In the 1960s through the 1980s the general public felt that they lived in a fairly secure world threatened by one singe danger (nuclear war) that might or might not happen. This made various form of denial the prevalent mindset. Survivalists were regarded as paranoid or even dangerous. I did a lot of TV, radio and print interviews trying to explain that we were just responsible citizens that made everyone safer. The movement as such was a small outlying subculture at that time.
In the later 1990s the threat matrix of economic decline, political instability, depletion of resources, terrorism, epidemics, civil disorder, unemployment, shortages, natural disasters, effectively destroyed the public’s sense of safety and confidence. These were disasters that were happening to them or their neighbors now. Denial became much harder to sustain and preparedness and self-reliance offered real advantages and benefits. This is why the movement is growing, evolving and becoming a mainstream force for the future.
I get that question often when I do presentation for community groups and preparedness expositions. The biggest obstacle is just getting started and letting go of dependency and vulnerability. People are often overwhelmed by needing so much knowledge and supplies. I tell them to go home and fill some clean containers with water, buy some candles and start designating canned-goods for emergency use only. It’s a start. Set a budget and a list of preparedness improvement goals. Do something. Do it now. Keep getting better. Of course I have handouts and references to help them
The ten principles are distilled from a variety of sources, observations and experiences. They could be expanded or compressed, but ten is a manageable number to organize and communicate the mental and philosophical foundations of a survivor in times of crisis as well as daily life. Of course that eleventh principle “Never Give Up” is often the most important.
If you are reading this and hopefully reading my book, you have already taken the most important step. You have left denial and started to take control and responsibility for your own future in a hazardous world. One of my personal mantras is “happen to things before they happen to you” Of course things will happen to you, but if you are happening and proactive and mission oriented, these happenings will not stop you.
The mental attitude is pretty much the whole game in survival. I do a lot of studying of past disasters and human behavior. Often the only reason some people died was there inability to move from denial through deliberation and on to decision and action. They often had the knowledge and means to survive, but not the spirit and will to act. People who have experienced disaster or hard times have been shocked into being natural survivors. Others usually need training and determination. This is why I developed the ten principles program.
I think I answered most of this in question number-two, but the real issue is that this combination of developing and potential threats are all connected so that only one or two of them happening will trigger many of the others. For example: a cyber-attack or EMP would start an economic collapse that would generate civil disorder that would shut down the grid and create epidemics. Any one leads to the others. No matter what you are concerned most about, you need to prepare for them all and maybe even all together.
I started working at a rather large chemical plant back in the 60s. I guess my survival thinking led me to making safety improvements. This lead to a lot of certifications, promotions and awards. I did a lot of hazard analysis, incident investigation, emergency planning and accident prevention work. I was able to apply survival ideas to industrial safety and industrial safety science techniques to survival. This gave me a unique approach to both. Some of my ten principles and many of my articles were inspired by my safety management experiences and observations. I also became an EMT, Certified Hazard Control Manager and HAZMAT Technician. All that added to my background.
We were doing what we do before the term “survivalist” became popular, then in the 90s it was “preppers”. I like the term “self-reliance practitioner”, but it’s not as catchy. My problem with “prepping” is that it is defensive. You are prepping for a particular thing or things to survive and recover. Not good enough. Survivalists live the philosophy and think differently. We apply survival principles to everyday life and assume that the expected disasters and the unexpected disasters will happen and that we will deal with them and retain our values and freedoms. Survival is more than just staying alive.
I find it amazing that most people and families muddle along, without defined missions and goals. I am a big advocate of a mission centered life. How do we know what success will look like if we never established the objective. Your survival and preparedness program should be built on the idea of perusing your mission and reaching your goals in-spite of the challenges and disasters that you may encounter. Don’t just survive it. Own it. I came to realize that the application of my ten principles had actually work for me and others even though they were not defined at the time. Yes, these are sound principles to live by on a day-to-day basis. Those I know who have had a lot of trouble and “bad luck” inevitably violated one or more of the principles.
Added Qs and As
The following questions were not included in the interview, but add my personal views of our future.
This is now a mainstream movement and will be a major factor in how Americans survive, adapt and endure thorough the challenges and disasters that they will face. The younger generation must embrace self-reliance, responsibility and independence or be dragged into a very dark future
I devoted a significant part of my life into building the organization and its relevance and future importance is just now becoming imperative. I can only hope that others will step forward and take it to the next level. The movement needs a not-for-profit, advocacy and support organization to unite and network the various groups and elements in our common cause. Certainly the enemies of self-reliance and personal independence are well organized, united and well financed. We need to be also.
SAFETY & SECURITY TEAM REORGANIZING
The Live Fee USA bylaws have always provided for the establishments of teams to assure coverage of all survival and preparedness related issues. These teams have acted as agencies to advance their specialties and then lead training events to improve that capacity among all Live Free groups and members. Until last year the “Safety and Security” Director was elected. The changes in the bylaws now assigns all specific tasks to designated “coordinators”. At one time our safety and security team was extremely well trained and conducted internal field training as well as external classes. Unfortunately this team has been largely inactive for several years. We know that we have a number of members trained in various aspects of self-protection, home defense, and related skills that can be the core of a revitalized team. This group would:
• Sponsor unarmed self-defense classes for Live Free events and Live Free chapter meetings
• Sponsor and organize firearms safety and armed self-defense classes for Live Free events and Live Free chapter meetings.
• Develop advanced defense training programs.
• Create and provide safety and self-defense articles, literature, blogs, and videos as needed.
• Provide security at all Live Fee sponsored events.
If interested in participation contact the new Safety and Security Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Checkout the new SURVIVAL MEDICS page on our website! The development of our full Survival Medics Course and the many. many first aid programs and articles that we have developed over the years has produced a lot of articles and training material specifically for emergency medical care under survival conditions. Live Free now has a specialized Survival Medic’s Group and available certification training materials. Live Free USA has been presenting and developing survival medicine and first aid classes since the early 1970s. On this page we have posted text articles and downloadable PDF files that you will find helpful in medical emergencies. We invite members to contribute articles related to emergency medical care and alternative medical care to this new page. Those interested in our training courses and materials can contact email@example.com
I discovered a great article on healing "weeds" right in our own backyard. Thanks to Patsy Clark I have been motivated to learn more about what we can use, other than "traditional medicines". I hope you are able to learn something new from this article!
This might come as a surprise, but many of you just might have a medicine cabinet right in your own backyard and you aren’t even aware of it. Yes, that is correct. As a Certified Master Herbalist I wanted to share with you some basic “weeds” that are known to have a profound impact on you or someone that you love health. Okay here we go!
Purslane– Is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Purslane is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids for vegans, vegetarians, and other people who do not or cannot eat fish. In fact, purslane is said to be the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids among cultivated green leafy vegetables. However, some wild-growing greens, such as molokhia and stamnagathi, have been reported to contain omega-3 fatty acids in amounts comparable to those found in purslane.
How to reap the health benefits of summer purslane
Purslane starts to lose its nutritional qualities immediately after harvest. Therefore, the best way to maximize the health benefits of purslane is to grow your purslane and harvest it as needed. If you don’t have a big garden or if you fear that planting purslane will take over your entire vegetable garden (after all, purslane is a weed), consider growing purslane indoors as a microgreen. All you need is an empty container, some potting soil, organic purslane seed, and a sunny window sill. Simply sow the seeds, keep the soil moist (but avoid over-watering), and watch your micro-purslane grow!
Dandelions– Are rich in potassium which is often lost through excess urination. Dandelions are exceptionally high in vitamin A, vitamin, C and iron with more iron and calcium than spinach.
Almost all the parts of dandelion herb are in various traditional as well in modern medicine. The principle compounds in the herb have laxative and diuretic functions. The plant parts have been used as herbal remedy for liver and gall bladder complaints. The herb is also a good tonic, appetite stimulant and is a good remedy for dyspeptic complaints. The inside surface of the flower stems used as a smoothing agent for burns and stings (for example in stinging nettle allergy).
Here are some serving tips:
* Young tender shoots, raw or blanched, used in salads and sandwiches either alone or in combination with other greens like lettuce, kale, cabbage, chives, etc.
* Fresh greens may also used in soups, stews, juices, and as cooked vegetable.
* Dried leaves as well as flower parts used to make tonic drinks and herbal dandelion teas.
* Dandelion flowers used in the preparation of wines, schnapps, pancakes; and are favored in Arab baking.
* Lightly roasted and grounded roots used to make wonderfully flavorful dandelion coffee.
Chickweed-Is rich in nutrients that nourish the lymph and glandular systems. Chickweed is best known for it’s ability to cool inflammation and speed healing for internal or external flare-ups. Chickweed tea is an old remedy for obesity. Herbalists like myself drink teas of fresh chickweed as one of the classic spring tonics to cleanse the blood. Chickweed poultices are useful for cooling and soothing minor burns, skin irritations, and rashes particularly when associated with dryness and itching. Chickweed is taken by mouth to treat stomach problems, intestinal complaints such as constipation, disorders of the blood, arthritis, lung diseases including asthma, kidney disorders, inflammatory conditions of the urinary tract, rabies, and scurvy or vitamin C deficiency. It is also used to relieve extreme exhaustion. Chickweed is applied on the skin relieve various skin conditions such as skin wounds, ulcers, burns, arthritis pain and symptoms of eczema.
How to Enjoy Chickweed
Chickweed leaves can be steamed or added raw to salads. You can also make a tea from the leaves by steeping them in a cup of boiling water for ten minutes.
Rosemary-Reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease due to it carnosic acid.
Health Benefits of Rosemary:
The wonderful smell of rosemary is often associated with good food and great times, but it could just as easily be associated with good health. Rosemary contains substances that are useful for stimulating the immune system, increasing circulation, and improving digestion. Rosemary also contains anti-inflammatory compounds that may make it useful for reducing the severity of asthma attacks.
Rosemary is used for digestion problems, including heartburn, intestinal gas (flatulence), liver and gallbladder complaints, and loss of appetite. It is also used for gout, cough, headache, high blood pressure, and reducing age-related memory loss. In addition, rosemary has been shown to increase the blood flow to the head and brain, improving concentration. So, the next time you enhance the flavor of some special dish with rosemary, congratulate yourself for a wise as well as delicious choice. Some women use rosemary for increasing menstrual flow. If you’re pregnant please take care with consuming or eating Rosemary because it is also know to cause miscarriages.
Rosemary is used topically (applied to the skin) for preventing and treating baldness; and treating circulation problems, toothache, a skin condition called eczema, and joint or muscle pain such as myalgia, sciatica, and intercostal neuralgia. It is also used for wound healing, in bath therapy (balneotherapy), and as an insect repellent.
Milk Weed-Milkweed is useful for kidney problems, dropsy, scrofula, conditions of the bladder, water retention, asthma, stomach ailments, and gallstones, female disorders, arthritis, and bronchitis. It causes increase in perspiration, thus reducing fever. Some Native Americans rubbed the (latex) juice on warts, moles, ringworms; others drank an infusion of the rootstock to produce temporary sterility or as a laxative. A folk cancer remedy. Some milkweed species are highly poisonous.
White Clover– has useful compounds to treat bronchitis & respiratory disorders. Herbalists revere red clover for several purported health benefits, including detoxification, decongestion and reducing inflammation. Red clover is also considered a rich source of isoflavones, an antioxidant associated in some studies with combating certain types of cancer, including breast cancer and prostate cancer. The isoflavones in red clover have also been found beneficial in reducing bone loss and menopausal symptoms in healthy women. White clover has not been found to possess the same constituents or health benefits. Remember that no herbs have been FDA-approved for medical use and you should always consult with your doctor before taking red clover tea for any health-related purpose. All clovers, including white, possess some amount of vitamins A, E, C, B-2, and B-3, calcium, chromium, lecithin, magnesium, potassium and silicium. Among other things, clover is a blood purifier, is antispasmodic, and an expectorant. The tea is good for asthma and bronchitis.
For medicinal wash or internal use of Clover:
Steep tea (This can be any part of the clover plant.) in water for 30 minutes, then take 1-2 oz. frequently or 4-6 cups daily.
Nettles– Are useful in arthritis, gout, asthma, hay fever, and Alzheimer’s disease and soft tissue conditions such as fibromyalgia and tendonitis. Patients with Lupus and other auto-immune disorders suffering from joint pain experience relief from drinking a cup of nettle tea or eating stewed nettle leaves daily. Nettle is high in iron making it excellent for combating anemia and fatigue. It supports the liver. Urinary tract support. A great herb for treating bladder and urinary tract function. Nettle aids in digestive issues as well. Nettle leaf is effective at reducing symptoms of the digestive tract ranging from acid reflux, excess gas, nausea, colitis and Celiac disease.
Lavender-Has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Both the flowers and the leaves of the lavender plant are used in herbal medicine, usually in the form of an oil or as a tea. The compound linalool, found in lavender oil, is known to have an anti-anxiety, calming effect. Lavender oil is often used as a relaxant during massages, added to lotions for babies, children and adults, and used in soap. Lavender has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain killing) attributes.
Lavender health benefits are many: Lavender Reduces anxiety and emotional stress, heals burns and wounds, improves sleep, restores skin complexion and reduces acne, slows aging with powerful antioxidants, improves eczema and psoriasis, and alleviates headaches.
Preparation Methods & Dosage: Lavender tea can be made from the fresh or dried flowers. Lavender essential oil should only be used externally, and can be used in massage oils, baths and aroma lamps.
Lavender Side Effects: The volatile oils in lavender can be very hard on the liver and kidneys of cats and dogs so no internal use of the herb is suggested for our animal friends.
Burdock-May reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack. Besides its culinary uses, burdock root has long been praised for its healing properties. The rest of this article is dedicated to shedding light on the numerous nutritional and health benefits of burdock root (or gobo, as the Japanese call it). Burdock root contains insulin, a type of beneficial fiber with numerous positive health effects. Most of these health benefits are linked to the ability of insulin fiber to promote the growth of bifidobacteria in the large intestine. Bifidobacteria are health promoting microbes that are naturally present in the gut. These bacteria have been found to destroy harmful bacteria in the intestines, promote easy bowel movement, and improve the immune system. Some studies also suggest that bifidobacteria may be able to reduce the levels of certain colonic enzymes that convert pro-carcinogenic molecules into carcinogens (cancer-causing molecules).
You can add it to soups and saute it in a stir fry with carrots and sesame seeds, yum! You can also throw it in some coleslaw, or even just add it to your normal everyday salads. Burdock can also be juiced for a delicious and refreshing healing beverage. I have also discovered that traditional Chinese medicine also has used burdock synergistic-ally with other herbs to treat cold symptoms and sore throats.
Sow Thistle-is useful for treating inflammation and digestive upsets. Nutritional info about sow thistles. Sow thistle leaves are said to be a good source of vitamins A and C, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, phosphorus, and iron. Young sow thistle leaves are wonderful in salad, adding substance and depth to the flavor of other greens. They have a slight bitter edge (just like some lettuces do), but they’re less bitter than dandelion leaves. The flowers are also delicious in salads.
I hope you really enjoyed reading up “backyard weeds” and their health potentials.
Disclaimer: Information contained on this website is for general information purposes only and must not be used to treat or diagnose dental/medical conditions. The products and statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended as dental advice. Should you have any health concerns please check with your medical doctor before self-administering any natural remedy.
Many prepper/survivalists maintain that secrecy and security are more important than networking and organizing. Live Free USA has been in existence as a high profile advocate and teaching organization for survival and preparedness for over 45-years. Over these years we have seen hundreds of survival preparedness organizations come and go. A group that limits its goals to preparing for some future disaster and limits its vision to just “surviving” always deteriorates and dissolves over a few years. Only those groups that interact with their communities and likeminded groups have been successful over the long haul. A successful group is about growing, building, advocating, teaching and making a difference no matter what the future brings. Networking is a key factor in personal, family and group survival.
Networking can be categorized into four levels.
Personal and Family Networks are built through discussion of on-going hazards (e.g. economic decline, climate change, crime, lost freedoms, shortages, etc.) and potential disasters (e.g. financial collapse, civil unrest, storms, floods, droughts, epidemics, etc.) with coworkers, neighbors, family members and friends. Such discussions must lead to suggested actions (plans, purchases, stocking up, learning) and further cooperative activities to help each other be better prepared and move towards sustainable living (gardens, alternate energy, trade and barter, etc.). This should lead to a formal or informal network or group that strengthens everyone capabilities. The group should always be open to helping others and be involved in the community.
Community Networks are formed through involvement of existing organizations in preparedness and self-reliance activities. This may be a network of dedicated preparedness groups, but more often should include community groups, church groups, veteran’s organizations, fraternal organizations and sports (e.g. hunting, shooting, etc.) groups. Such networks will have greater resources and a vested interest in bringing preparedness and sustainable living to the community. They can host seminars, workshops and even full scale preparedness fairs.
Regional and National Networking* is critical to the long-term survival of independent and self-reliant families. Without such networks a culture of centralized control and dependency will prevail. Although the internet can help facilitate the development of such networks, they should be built on “boots on the ground”, face-to-face” contact with adjoining and linked groups of all kinds. Being represented at preparedness expos, seminars, and meetings . Is critical to this phase of network building. Live Free USA also actively links up chapters and affiliates in geographically adjoining areas. For help in contacting other groups e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Virtual Networks are the most popular and easy way to network with other preparedness and self-reliance practitioners. While these systems boast hundreds or thousands of members they are not “real” networks. They are however very great tools and portals to developing real connections and real networks. For a variety of reasons, depending on any internet system for sustaining disaster preparedness organization would be a mistake, but it is a great starting point to facilitate networking.
One of the best networks to use is: AmericanPreppersNetwork.com These folks can get you networking with national a regional preppers and groups as well as keep you informed about meetings and expos around the country
* Live Free USA established an effective national network in the late 1970, before there was an internet. It can be done!
LIVE FREE USA IS DEDICATED TO BUILDING THE PREPAREDNESS AND SUSTAINABLE LIVING MOVEMENT. YOU CAN ALWAYS CONTACT US FOR HELP IN ORGANIZING AND NETWORKING.
Preparedness Expositions and Seminars
Attending expos is one of the best ways to establish real contacts with other preparedness groups as well as to learn new skills and try out the latest emergency survival and sustainable living equipment. Many are listed with: americanpreppersnetwork.com and in Live Free’s AmericanSurvivor.org website in the “events” tab,
At this point we have done a total of seven radio programs for the Preparedness Radio Network at PreparednessRadioNetwork.com. Of these two have been edited and are available to listen to. Once we get all of the links we will post themm to a special page, but for now. Here are the links for the ones we have.
First Interview: http://www.preparednessradionetwork.com/listenepisode.aspx?id=a160c5fe97c547b191ff77cbbdc4d641
Second Interview: http://www.preparednessradionetwork.com/listenepisode.aspx?id=08dca0ffa1ae4a3db78e32066936e015
Live Fee USA continues to grow with new "boots on the ground" working chapters in more states. These are great gruops that serve their members needs for security, preparedness and self-reliance while bringing survival information and education to their communities.
The two newest chapters are:
The Middle Tennessee Live Fee Chapter near Nashville IN. Contact: email@example.com
The Northern California Live Free Chapter. Contact: Blackbelt51@aol.com
I have post below a listing of all current Live Free chapters. This also includes some information on how to start a chapter or affiliate an existing group as a chapter. Together we can do more and be more secure.