From time to time when skipping around the net in liberty/patriot/prepper blog land, one will see consistent comments or posts so angry they can only be purposed for one of two goals: Cathartic venting or instigation. The long term effect of both can be distracting you, the NPT member or leader from your objective: Completing your NPP and distracting you from equipping, prepping, and training your NPT.
To be sure, cathartic writing/posting for some folks is great tool for the purging of emotions built up from the frustration of seeing the daily news and watching our elected representation bumble about as if they were playing a game of, “Blind Man’s Buff” (or ‘Bluff’, depending on where you come from). Most rational people can see when an article, bog post, or comment is just that and, after a while, as people tire of the vitriol, they move on to more productive and focused information, such as the, “how to’s” of setting up a Neighborhood Protection Plan (NPP) and a Neighborhood Protection Team (NPT) ; getting the requisite skills and material to ensure their little corner of the country can mitigate conditions in scenarios that no sane person wishes to see. The cathartic writer then, finally vented for a time, can also move on to more useful writing and activities.
Instigation, on the other hand, which is the purposeful, and many times, subtle urging of people (other than the writer, of course) to take various matters into their own hands and, ‘straighten things out’ is not rational, but it is nevertheless real, and is purposefully attempting to get people to do their bidding at the cost of themselves and their families. Tragically, these ‘agents provocateur’ are sometimes effective, because the agenda and narrative provided seems to point to a resolution with a cost (none of which affects the AP, however). Recent examples include, but aren’t limited to, the Hutaree and Georgia Militia cases. If one looks carefully at various sites, there’s never a shortage of incendiary commentary on what ‘others’ should or may have to do, or vilifying entire professions such as the military, law enforcement, federal services, etc, rather than calling out the individuals who are corrupt or violating our laws for action by local, State, or federal government powers. You can also see the purposeful division among commenters and the formation of ‘circular firing squads’, so to speak. To fall prey to these instigators is truly tragic.
Stay focused on your primary objective of setting up your NPP/NPT. It is almost inevitable that you might have contact with someone who’s not who they claim to be, or has a hidden agenda. Clair Wolffe has a great little pamphlet that you might consider reading, called, ”Rats.” Here’s a snippet:
This book is for you if …
You are a non-violent person engaged in any activity that may be controversial, illegal, or merely “sensitive” or unconventional. These days, anything out of the ordinary can make you a target. Some people who could use this book: Anti-war or environmental activists Recreational drug users Participants in the underground economy or anybody who does business in cash Critics of local or national powers-that-be Anyone whose profession involves “sensitive” information or activities Gun owners or dealers Third-party or “fringe” political activists Hobbyists who work with dangerous materials Photographers/videographers Religious dissidents People with offshore or unconventional investments (including perfectly legitimate ones) It doesn’t matter where you fall in the political spectrum or even if you’re apolitical. If police might target you or your activities, you need to you need to understand how snitches could mess up your life.
This book is NOT for you if …
You aim to commit violence against innocent people. In that case, reporting on you isn’t snitching, it’s self defense.
You can get it here, free.
Remember this when forming your NPP or NPT: Anyone who starts to tell you or your members that they can help you get things going by providing illegal or dangerous items, or is overtly attempting to ingratiate themselves to the point that your red flags go up, is most likely doing it for a reason, and it’s not to help you out. The only way to rationally handle something like that is tell them in no uncertain terms:
“We are not interested in, nor do we wish to discuss, anything illegal. If you bring the subject up again, you’re out. End of story. We are not interested in developing or participating in some sort of ‘half-assed’ plot against the government. We are concerned with preparing our neighborhood and families to deal with a WROL scenario that could be brought about by a great number of things. Either accept that or leave now.”
Now, once you do that, walk your talk. Don’t put up with anything that seems to ‘nudge’ your NPT in that direction. Stay focused on your purpose, and you’ll do well.
That’s one of the reasons we endorse, “A Failure of Civility” and use it as a primary source for training. It is a sane and rational reference for people who are concerned with various SHTF/WROL scenarios to use in preparing to protect and defend their own community.
Keep your eyes peeled and resist the temptation from the instigators out there.