Organized Community Defense Is America’s Last Hope

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Brandon Smith of,

Not long ago, I felt compelled to address the idea of self defense as a moral imperative in an article titled “Violence In The Face Of Tyranny Is Often Necessary.” My intention was to perhaps undo some of the propaganda conditioning that Americans have suffered over the decades that has taught them that “all” forms of violent action are “immoral”, including the defense of one’s person, one’s property, and one’s freedom.

The recent uprising at Bundy Ranch in Bunkerville, Nev., confirmed my predictions that many Americans are tired of playing by rules chartered by the establishment and are ready to take measures outside of the boundaries set by the system. The reality is that change will never come without consequence and cost, and when faced with an entrenched tyranny, if the citizenry cannot present the threat of physical consequence to their oppressors, the oppressors have no motivation to relinquish power.

To use the schoolyard analogy yet again, it is a fact of life that the class bully will not leave a victim in peace because he is enthralled with the feeling of power over others. The bully will not stop because he has no incentive. Protesting only encourages him. Using the system as a shield only amuses him. Logic and reason only anger him. Punching the bully in the teeth is the only incentive he will respect. If you show that you can disrupt a tyrant’s abuse of power anytime you wish, if you show that you can hurt him back, only then will he take you seriously.

There is a rather insane notion within modern activist movements that self defense represents an abandonment of higher principle. They argue that to fight is to automatically lose, and to prepare for conflict is “extreme.” I would say that self defense is actually the HIGHEST principle one can value, for without the courage to physically resist tyranny, without the will required to put one’s life at risk to stand against the evils of the world, ALL other principles will be lost. Even Gandhi, the man often idolized by pacifists and “non-violent” activists, recognized this fact:

"Hence also do I advocate training in arms for those who believe in the method of violence. I would rather have India resort to arms in order to defend her honor than that she should in a cowardly manner become or remain a helpless witness to her own dishonor…"


"When violence] is offered in self-defense or for the defense of the defenseless, it is an act of bravery far better than cowardly submission…"

I believe that the idea that self defense is a morally unacceptable option for dissenting groups is an obnoxiously false one, promoted by the establishment itself and sold to easily brainwashed dupes to steer the public away from the only method that could in fact do harm to the elitist power structure. The holier-than-thou attitude of the pacifists is encouraged as the system plays to their exaggerated sense of righteousness. Good people want to remain seen as good people, and even though deep down most of them understand that fighting back against aggression is not wrong, the peer pressure of the sunshine patriots often convinces them to keep their mouths shut, or otherwise they might “hurt the cause.” I say that without self defense and the possibility of action, there is no cause.

As I write this, I am working during a brief trip to Alaska. I was invited by Stewart Rhodes, the head of Oath Keepers, to check out the logistical progress of a project he has launched in an effort to counter the apathy and inability of the American populace today to present a meaningful defense against a host of threats the public faces in these increasingly chaotic times.  The very real dangers of economic instability, poverty, civil unrest, open borders, viral pandemic, and Federal corruption are all factors that led to the creation of the Oath Keepers CPT (Community Preparedness Team) program.

The CPT program is a State-by-State program designed to reestablish the concept of localized community preparedness and self defense measures in case of regional or national crisis, including localized security, medical, food and water supply, as well as engineering and communications: everything a neighborhood, a town, a county, or state would need to rebuild in the advent of unexpected (or expected) catastrophe. The CPT mission is to train groups of people within as many communities as possible to a pinnacle of preparedness knowledge, and then send them out to train other citizens in other towns and counties, replicating their knowledge across the nation as they go until eventually every person has the ability to become self reliant and unafraid.

The establishment would have you wait for help in the wake of a disaster, begging a bureaucracy like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for aid that you may never receive, when you could be helping yourself and your neighbors without any need for Federal involvement. The establishment would also rather have you unorganized and helpless in the event that they choose to overstep their Constitutional mandate and deny you your inborn liberties.

They do not fear traditional protests and cardboard signs, as movements like Occupy Wall Street end up trampled, ineffective, and mostly forgotten. But they do fear citizens with resolve ready to fight to keep their freedoms, as we saw at Bundy Ranch with the outright retreat of the Bureau of Land Management. When in doubt, do exactly what the oligarchs fear.

I have myself joined a CPT group in my home county in Montana, and I have also seen excellent groups in training in Alaska. The people I have met through CPT come from all walks of life, a full spectrum of ages, and various career backgrounds. Many have military experience, from administrative to tactical. Each person brings to the table an impressive array of skill sets, from science and engineering to security to medical and beyond. All of them have been highly intelligent, effective, and unwavering in their principles, not to mention the finest collection of folks I’ve had the pleasure of working with. If America had to start again from scratch, I would suggest starting with the Bill Of Rights, and the kinds of citizens that make up the core of the Oath Keepers CPT.

The only negative responses I have seen in reference to the CPT concept have come from establishment mouthpieces like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and from activists with a rabid attachment to pacifism who for some reason feel threatened by the mere idea that other activists might train for the worst case scenario.

In my view, if a goal can be achieved through a purely peaceful redress of grievances, then it should be. However, it is foolish to expect that some evils can be defeated by reasonable speech and refusal of participation alone. In fact, these methods are nothing more than a stop-gap, a delaying tactic in the face of inevitable conflict between those people who desire to control others, and those people who only wish to be left alone.

I find that people who deny this reality tend to be people who have no previous legitimate experience with self defense and preparedness. In the world of non-threatening white-bread activism, they can play at being heroes, patting each other on the back for their poetic speeches and catchy slogans. But as the movement evolves towards real tangible organized defense and proactive preparation, they lose their status as heroes and fall behind the curve. The “intellectual warriors” then have to become true warriors, or otherwise be left in the dusts of history. For some, the change is upsetting, and they tend to take the reprehensible position that NO ONE should be allowed to train effectively for self defense scenarios, lest the movement be labeled as a whole with the dreaded "M word" (Militia).  In response to their skewed philosophy I would ask one simple question - If we are doing what is right and what is practical, why should we limit ourselves by catering to the unreasonable fears of others?

I see great hope in the growth of the CPT program and Oath Keepers; perhaps the only hope this country has left. For if we do not organize with our neighbors to protect our communities from all enemies, foreign and domestic, then who will? I also see a welcome alternative to the long failing methodologies of “lone wolf” survivalists, as well as shamelessly recreational protestors.

When people ask me for solutions to the collapse of America, often they are looking for a predetermined top-down magic bullet response. There is no such thing, nor will there ever be. There is no scenario in which we will escape unscathed. There is no cartoon-land happy ending at the finale of this story.

The “solution,” as it were, is ultimately something that many do not want to hear about; namely, hard work, sacrifice and a willingness to put everything on the line for the future. Our only advantage is that we still have some time, and any time is better than no time. What we have left must be used now to the greatest effect possible by organizing together for self reliance and security during collapse.

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zorba THE GREEK's picture

AR-15 or AR-10 with frangible ammo is the best defense 

Slave's picture

Yep, or AK with Federal Fusion. Go test some. Thank me later.

Pladizow's picture

Be your own first responder.

0b1knob's picture

Organized community defense is the exact equivalent to domestic terrorism to the current government.

DHS has bullets with all our names on them.  Billions of them.

Slave's picture

Give me liberty or give me death. Not a bad position to be in, IMO.

Elvis the Pelvis's picture

America's problems are fixable.  It might take another five or six years.  But we'll climb out of the swamp.  Bitchez.

Keyser's picture

American citizens are the most heavily armed militia on the planet, as our Constitution made provisions for... If it comes down to repelling an enemy, I don't think any of the red states will have a problem... 

Manthong's picture

This is scary..

Next thing you know there will be FOLKs out there claiming to have green surplus ammo cans just full of rounds.

Maybe those are some of the ones Ebolomama admits to torturing.

Comte de Saint Germain's picture

Oath Keepers = government PSYOP designed to identify dissenters

2nd Amendment advocates = lower animals unable to think for themselves, extremely gullible and easy to manipulate, guided by a laughable and jingoistic patriotism. They don't have a single clue of what Martial Law is all about, no understanding and lack of experience in non conventional, unrestricted or asymmetric warfare. Dozens of thousands of these good-for-nothing will die foolishly while trying to challenge the Sovereign, and they will simply be remembered as the useful idiots from whom the gun manufacturers in America made so much money.

markmotive's picture

Community can't even look out for each other in good times. Scum like this will steal anything of value in bad times.

Never One Roach's picture

Benelli M2 is my favorite...bird gun.

Headbanger's picture

Wow!   I can't believe I'm seeing this article here !

I've been saying the same thing to all my shooting friends and especially reminding them of the first words of the Second Amendment to be a "Well regulated militia.." instead of a bunch of "lone wolf" preppers who will not survive long on their own when "SHTF Day" finally arrives. Or worse, letting it devolve into "mob rule"  like the French Revolution "reign of terror"

So this is an extremely valuable topic which must be promoted by all of us to survive as people and a nation or else we'll just murder each other and then occupied by our foreign enemies and allies alike.

And all because Obama!

lincolnsteffens's picture

Obama is but the latest in a long line of usurpers of the public trust. The problem is the public has been trained to trust too much and not verify. Besides, he is just a useful tool to those that think they don't have enough for themselves yet.

bigrooster's picture

@Comte de Saint ...

Cowards and fools like you will be the ones to die first.   With no means of self defense you will overrun by the Free Shirt Army and the Illegal Brown Cloud.  But when we come out the other side it will be nice to have a lot less of you around.


I am a member of Oathkeepers and the members are honorable men and women who have served this country and are now trying to save it.

Uncle Remus's picture



I am a member of Oathkeepers and the members are honorable men and women who have served this country and are now trying to save it.


Good for you. Comte de Saint may have a point regarding OK not being all that it seems. Everything past that is horseshit though. Stewie doesn't have a good track record when it comes to confrontation with the PTB goons. Bundy and before that DC are the better known examples and Bundy was a doozy.

I took the same oath that 10s of thousands of others have taken and being a dues paying card carrying member of anything isn't going to make a difference. Only YOU can make a difference and a piece of card stock in your wallet won't stiffen your spine anymore than it is. How many SOBs strutting around the Pentagon have the same card? How about pepper spray boy in blue WB7 has so much fun with? And the choad sniffers in New Mexico?

Look, we've got enough cults of personality fucking shit up as it is. Stay locally focused, prepared and aware.

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

I took my oath along with my commision back in '78 and believed every word I said and still believe it. It may make me a fool or whatever but I'm still willing to die for it.

Uncle Remus's picture

That oath has really picked up a lot of mass over the years.

H. Perowne's picture

Comte de Saint Germain = 11 week DHS troll amirite?

villainvomit's picture

Cds says "2nd Amendment advocates = lower animals unable to think for themselves, extremely gullible and easy to manipulate, guided by a laughable and jingoistic patriotism*

LOL ! 

Where did you learn that bullshit ? 

It's called inalienable rights.  One of which is the right of self protection.  Are you gonna trust Feinstein or a NYC Cop to protect you when three or four criminals bust in your door at three a.m. ?  hahaha


Fuck you !




gatorboat's picture

"If it comes down to repelling an enemy, I don't think any of the red states will have a problem... "

So you'll let this govt go full communist long as they don't send goons after you? 

How can such a defensive posture "take Ameirca back"?

It can't. 

"Taking America back" would require a massive offensive effort, which I just don't see happening.

So-called "patriots" have admitted defeat pretty much.  They've given up on "taking America back" and adopted this "just protect me and mine" mentality.

Keyser's picture

Where else is a person to start other than protecting yourself, your family and your property... Once secure, taking back the country is the next step... No one said it would be easy... 

gatorboat's picture

When you leave your property to "go take America back", it's no longer protected.

So your idea of protecting your property then heading off to "take America back" is bullshit. 

It's just another excuse to put off doing what you know cannot be done. It's why nothing has been done toward that objective.  No planning, no organizing, no leaders, no nothing. 

"Take America back" is logistically impossible now.  Tactically impossible.  Strategically impossible.  Everybody here knows it, but nobody here will admit it.

Citxmech's picture

I tend to think you cover yourself and your family first - neighbors and community second - and then if communities can band together with a common interest great, but much more than that will be counter-productive.

villainvomit's picture

Oh it's proteced allright.....but you will have to learn that on your own.

Nothing is impossible. 



all-priced-in's picture

What % of the military, state & local police will

- join the fight against the government

- participate in the slaughter of American citizens

- do nothing just disappear


Even if 25% join the fight  against the gov - then the government will lose, it doesn't stand a chance - I would guess 60% will.

You know most people in the military and police have families and they will not be real happy about being ordered to shoot them.







R-502's picture

All it took in the beginning was 3%....Just saying :p

JoeSoMD's picture

I'm sorry, but lots of them will shoot at us.  And they will shoot very accurately.  Go back and look at what the police and firemen did to protesters at the Ford plants back in the day.  Leathal force used.  Several dead.  They were friends and neighbors too.  Same thing happened at coal mines.  This was loooong before modern training methods were employed for soldiers and law enforcement that broke the inherrent block in the brain that inately prevents humans from pulling the trigger when they had another human in their sights.  See "On Killing" by LTC Grossman.  It was based on his PhD dissertation.  He was an Army special forces psychologist who traced the training methodologies employed for authorized shooters.  Back in the day, very few would pull the trigger.  Training methods that desensitized authorized shooters were developed just prior to Vietnam.  Kill rates skyrocketed.  Now, very little formal training is required because of violence that we have become comfortable with on television and in the movies.  The people will be slaughtered by agents of the powers that be.


Totentänzerlied's picture

This is not directed at you specifically, I'd like to see what anyone who professes to believe that "taking America back" is not a meaningless and physically+logically impossible endeavor, to attempt an answer:

How do you plan to deal with the at least 90% of your fellow citizens (let's just call it 275,000,000 people) who are either indifferent to, mildly antagonistic toward, or actively hostile to your cause, and will never come around to your side?

These people are not a unified foreign occupying enemy or collection of invading armies, they are your colleagues and peers, neighbors and acquaintances, probably even friends and family, you live with and among them.


Of course the point is, the America you want back is a distant memory, to the small extent that it ever actually existed outside of wildly embellished literature/propaganda. Just to be clear about the history, it was harassed and beaten frequently starting with the replacement of the Articles of Confederation and Shays' Rebellion, savagely maimed circa the 1850s, humiliated more with each passing decade, slowly poisoned, finally executed between 1913 and the 1930s, and systematically purged from history ever since. The historical moment has well and truly passed. There is nothing still in existence to "take back", and even having an idle desire to do so is enough to earn you the distrust and/or enmity of 9 out of 10 of your countrymen, most of whom would be economically ruined if your vision was realized (in fact, of course, they are already ruined, they just haven't noticed yet).

What we're obliquely discussing is of course ultimately nothing short of a counterrevolutionary revolution, with all that implies.

Disclosure: There's hopeless, and then there's flat-out cosmically improbable on a human timescale. This falls in the latter category. Alaskan secession - after its oil production EROI falls some more - taking parts of western Canada, is a far, far more workable idea. Or for that matter, peacefully colonizing the Russian interior/Far East/Siberia.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Americans are swimming in a vast ocean of half-truths and outright lies. As long as they continue to do so, your pessimism is entirely justified.

However. If the bullshit factory ever breaks down, and the ocean gets suddenly drained, you might be surprised at what happens next.

TheReplacement's picture

Just whose side will the 90% be once they do realize their economic ruin?

wee-weed up's picture



Unfortunately, advocating anything like...

"Organized Community Defense"...

Will get the DHS, CIA, FBI, DOD, EPA...

As well as your local LEO's...

All over your ass!

Bad Attitude's picture

As one of Dear Leader's heros observed: "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun." -- Mao Zedong

Forward (over the cliff)!

Wild tree's picture

Fraid you are thinking more with the Pelvis, Elvis.

DaddyO's picture

Molon Labe, Bitchez!


e_goldstein's picture

On the issue of equipment procurement, I think we could all follow ISIS' example.

Citxmech's picture

Be a useful idiot for the State Department?

Trogdor's picture

Yes, yes they do ... and I've watched them train with those bullets and been astounded by how badly they suck and putting them on target.  It's actually been very heartening to know that even with the best equipment and ammunition, the statist's private thugs can barely hit a dinner plate at 200 yards from a bench - and certainly not twice in a row .....

NidStyles's picture

200 yards is rather far away for any one that is in a firefight... 


It's the less than 100 feet range that actually matters. 

Manthong's picture

I took the missus to the range last week.

Although I like the idea that I can keep a close group at 75 feet . All I tried to do was help her keep them all in the black at 15 feet.. point of aim.. no squinting.

Manthong's picture

Yes, and the reason open carry is important is that a large frame is easier to keep on target.

Headbanger's picture

Open carry makes you a target for gang-bangers after your gun.

If you're in a fire fight at 75 feet,  it's probably way too late for you or you better get more  "geometry" on your side.

200 yards is a normal range for most shooters I know.

The other guy probably has a bigger caliber than you do.  And a a better scope.  That's zeroed.

So good luck.


runningman18's picture

Gangbangers are faries.  They won't go near someone open carrying, they only go after easy targets. 

I do agree though that engagement distances can vary.  The claim that "all engagements happen within 50-100 yards" is garbage.  Look at Bundy Ranch, it was wide open sniper country.  You never know what terrain you will end up in, so train for everything.   

TheReplacement's picture

Speaking of which, if in an urban environment, virtually none of the ranges discussed have much application.  Do not go door to door.  Pick a wall and go through that to the next room.  Rinse and repeat until you get to the end of the block.  Don't forget, unlike most 3rd world urban environments you will find a vast underground complex of sewers and whatall that will give you mobility without the threat of being seen from above.  Again, ranges will be very short.  These things are not something I see people include when writing of training for a SHTF big government throwdown.  Urban warfare done right is a meatgrinder for both sides.

Against a modern government military force open space battle would be very difficult and not recommended.  They can outsee, outshoot, and outboom just about 99% of anyone who would fight them.