0229 – Avoiding Civil Unrest

When we think about our own personal safety we have to consider it on two fronts.  First the severity of a particular dangerous scenario and second, the likely hood that the scenario will actually happen.  Many people have been predicting since the 2008 financial meltdown that we may be facing a threat to our personal safety and security in the form of civil unrest.  I can’t disagree more with these folks.  We aren’t facing a new threat of civil unrest.  It has been there since the beginning of civilization.  We might have a fresh motive that hasn’t been around for a while, but the threat isn’t new, it isn’t necessarily even greater, it just is.  We saw in the past week that mobs can be a problem when the goons in Oakland made it clear.  This serves as a reminder that whatever the consequences are from civil unrest it isn’t just plausible and possible, it is likely.

I want to make clear that when I talk about mob violence today I have no intention of making political statements.  In this into I referred to the individuals involved in the violence in Oakland as goons.  Understand, I meant it.  The word I used to describe their behavior has nothing to do with the political views they espouse it is simply in reference to their thuggish behavior.  I don’t care if you support The Occupy movement or if you detest it.  The simple fact is when you launch explosives at police, the actions are criminal.  Don’t make the mistake of turning my non-political comments into anything other than commentary on how to live a safer life.

0229 – Avoiding Civil Unrest


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Avoid Civil Unrest

Stupid^3 Rule – Don’t go to stupid places to do stupid things with stupid people.

  • Issues
  • People
  • Places

Keep an eye on the Media

  • Mainstream
  • Social Media
  • Twitter Trending

Keep an eye on your surroundings

  • Location
  • Who is around you?
  • What are they doing?

Pay Attention to your gut

  • Don’t ignore thousands of years of success
  • Be ready and willing to act

Escape Civil Unrest

  • Have a plan
  • Know your location
  • Know your most efficient exit
  • Path of least resistance
  • Stay on your feet


May be your only option and this is a good reason to be prepared to fight.  Carry your gear.  You never know when things are going to turn south and when they do you won’t have the option to go home, or back to the car to gear up for the fight.  You have to be ready now!

  • Seek an immediate change in tide through Violence of Action
  • Target individuals to destroy the group
  • Utilize weapons disparity of force
  • Think about unconventional weapons
  • Continue to reevaluate escape
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