Men My Age

Men my age are horrifically boring. I don’t care about cars or home renovations or sports or your lawn.

I want to know what encrypted communication platforms you use, what your preferred fighting carbines and caliber are, what your time for a five mile run and distance for a 60 min ruck march is, and in what scenarios do you consider it time to rebel against tyranny?

Rules for my Son

1. Your freedom begins the day you realize nobody is coming to save you

Your life is completely in your own hands. And that’s what makes life beautiful. Internalize the fact that your success is your responsibility alone. Because independence is freedom, and freedom is power.

2. Self-discipline unlocks the world

To master the world, master yourself. Success requires consistent effort. And consistent effort is impossible without self-discipline. Discipline is your hedge against failed motivation. Do the hard thing, especially when you don’t want to.

3. Leaders don’t ask for permission

Leadership isn’t negotiated. A leader who begs for compliance is a leader in name only. Assume responsibility. Do what must be done. Do it competently. People will follow your vision because you attract them. Not because you chase them.

4. Be wary of the herd

In nature, the herd is usually running from danger. In humans, the herd is usually running toward it. If you never depart from the herd, you will always be following someone else’s path. Leadership means having the courage to change direction.

5. Laziness will kill you

An active mind requires an active body. A slothful body atrophies the mind. And a dead mind destroys the soul. You were blessed with arms, legs, hands, and feet so that you may move freely about the world. To receive such a gift and not use it is a sin.

6. True fulfillment comes from improvement

Man is only happy when he’s making himself or the world around him better. The arena of his improvement is less relevant than the progress itself. A life spent making the world more beautiful is never wasted. A stagnant life always is.

7. Growth requires pain

Physical, mental, and emotional growth requires physical, mental, and emotional strain. If it doesn’t hurt, you aren’t growing. If it isn’t uncomfortable, you aren’t at your limit. But be wary of pain, because while some pain is growth, some is a warning.

8. Comfort is a drug

Where pain is growth, comfort is death. And by the time you realize you’re addicted, the damage is already done. Your ambitions wither in a soft cocoon. Your life gets easy when you do something hard. And you can’t do hard things while indulged in comfort.

9. Kindness is not niceness

Kindness signals abundance. Niceness signals necessity. Ask yourself, “what do I expect in return for this action?” A man who wants nothing in return is a man who already has everything he needs. And there is nothing more powerful than that.

10. Learn from the failures of others

Learning the hard way is to learn from our mistakes. Learning the easy way is to learn from the mistakes of others. Failures are feedback, and every failure holds a lesson. Watch other people like a hawk. And when they falter, take notes.

11. Diet is destiny

There is no greater influence on your future health and wellbeing than what you choose to stuff into your face on a daily basis. What should you eat? Real foods. The fewer ingredients the better. Avoid seed oils. And never, ever skip your protein.

12. Money is not evil

If you want to change the world, it’s going to cost money. And it will likely cost a great deal of it. Money is an amoral tool, its virtue determined only by the character of its wielder. Money is not evil. The worship of money is.

13. Pay yourself first

Give every dollar you earn a purpose. And no matter what you do, always pay yourself first. With a few clicks on your phone, you can auto-invest in any index fund you choose. Invest your money in your future before you ever have a chance to waste it.

14. Threats are inevitable

Violence is a feature of humanity, not a bug. As long as resources remain finite, and as long as humans reproduce sexually, violence will exist. You will face threats. That is the world in which you live. Willfully ignore this fact at your own peril.

15. Practice situational awareness

As surely as you will face threats, you will also be the last line of defense for threats against your family. You must always be aware of your surroundings. Eyes up, head on a swivel. And you can’t do this with your face buried in your phone.

16. Women recoil from neediness

If you need her, you’ve already lost her. She doesn’t want you to need her. She wants you to choose her. She wants you to want her. If she senses you have no other options, or that your happiness depends on her, she will drift away.

17. Women don’t want to be with a child

They want to be with a man. If you behave like a child or expect her to mother you, you will find only creeping resentment. Mothering requires intense love and energy. And this is reserved for actual children. Be a man, or be alone.

18. Marriage means loving the whole person

If you expect perfection from your partner, expect to fail. Perfection is a standard no human can bear. Every person has flaws, and every flaw has a flipside. A person’s flaws make them beautiful, because their flaws make them whole.

19. Darkness causes blindness

Spend too much time in the dark and you’ll go permanently blind. But the same can be said of getting too close to the light. Ignorance of evil allows it to flourish. Abandonment of good causes good to wither. A man needs an objective view of both.

20. Your life is already happening

People waste years waiting for their life to begin. But your life is happening right now. Every moment is a chance to grow. The quality of your future is determined by the caliber of your present. Any time spent thinking otherwise is wasted.

The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries

1. Pillage, then burn.

2. A Sergeant in motion outranks a Lieutenant who doesn’t know what’s going on.

3. An ordnance technician at a dead run outranks everybody.

4. Close air support covereth a multitude of sins.

5. Close air support and friendly fire should be easier to tell apart.

6. If violence wasn’t your last resort, you failed to resort to enough of it.

7. If the food is good enough, the grunts will stop complaining about the incoming fire.

8. Mockery and derision have their place. Usually, it’s on the far side of the airlock.

9. Never turn your back on an enemy.

10. Sometimes the only way out is through. . . through the hull.

11. Everything is air-droppable at least once.

12. A soft answer turneth away wrath. Once wrath is looking the other way, shoot it in the head.

13. Do unto others.

14. “Mad Science” means never stopping to ask “what’s the worst thing that could happen?”

15. Only you can prevent friendly fire.

16. Your name is in the mouth of others: be sure it has teeth.

17. The longer everything goes according to plan, the bigger the impending disaster.

18. If the officers are leading from in front, watch out for an attack from the rear.

19. The world is richer when you turn enemies into friends, but that’s not the same as you being richer.

20. If you’re not willing to shell your own position, you’re not willing to win.

21. Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Take his fish away and tell him he’s lucky just to be alive, and he’ll figure out how to catch another one for you to take tomorrow.

22. If you can see the whites of their eyes, somebody’s done something wrong.

23. The company mess and friendly fire should be easier to tell apart.

24. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a big gun.

25. If a manufacturer’s warranty covers the damage you did, you didn’t do enough damage.

26. “Fire and Forget” is fine, provided you never actually forget.

27. Don’t be afraid to be the first to resort to violence.

28. If the price of collateral damage is high enough, you might be able to get paid for bringing ammunition home with you.

29. The enemy of my enemy is my enemy’s enemy. No more. No less.

30. A little trust goes a long way. The less you use, the further you’ll go.

31. Only cheaters prosper.

32. Anything is amphibious if you can get it back out of the water.

33. If you’re leaving tracks, you’re being followed.

34. If you’re leaving scorch-marks, you need a bigger gun.

35. That which does not kill me has made a tactical error.

36. When the going gets tough, the tough call for close air support.

37. There is no “overkill.” There is only “open fire” and “reload.”

38. What’s easy for you can still be hard on your clients.

39. There is a difference between spare parts and extra parts.

40. Not all good news is enemy action.

41. “Do you have a backup?” means “I can’t fix this.”

42. “They’ll never expect this” means “I want to try something stupid.”

43. If it’s stupid and it works, it’s still stupid and you’re lucky.

44. If it will blow a hole in the ground, it will double as an entrenching tool.

45. The size of the combat bonus is inversely proportional to the likelihood of surviving to collect it.

46. Don’t try to save money by conserving ammunition.

47. Don’t expect the enemy to cooperate in the creation of your dream engagement.

48. If it ain’t broke, it hasn’t been issued to the infantry.

49. Every client is one missed payment away from becoming a target and every target is one bribe away from becoming a client.

50. If it only works in exactly the way the manufacturer intended, it is defective.

51. Let them see you sharpen the sword before you fall on it.

52. The army you’ve got is never the army you want.

53. The intel you’ve got is never the intel you want.

54. It’s only too many troops if you can’t pay them.

55. It’s only too many weapons if they’re pointing in the wrong direction.

56. Infantry exists to paint targets for people with real guns.

57. Artillery exists to launch large chunks of budget at an enemy it cannot actually see.

58. The pen is mightiest when it writes orders for more swords.

59. “Two wrongs is probably not going to be enough.”

60. Any weapon’s rate of fire is inversely proportional to the number of available targets.

61. Don’t bring big grenades into small rooms.

62. Anything labeled “This end toward enemy” is dangerous at both ends.

63. The brass knows how to do it by knowing who can do it.

64. An ounce of sniper is worth a pound of suppressing fire.

65. After the toss, be the one with the pin, not the one with the grenade.

66. Necessity is the mother of deception.

67. If you can’t carry cash, carry a weapon.

68. Negotiating from a position of strength does not mean you shouldn’t also negotiate from a position near the exits.

69. Sometimes rank is a function of firepower.

70. Failure is not an option – it is mandatory. The option is whether or not to let failure be the last thing you do.

Rules for Gunfighting

1. Bring a gun, Preferably two.

2. Only hits count. Misses add to your opponent’s opportunity to win.

3. If your shooting stance is perfect, you are worried about the wrong factors in a gunfight, not moving fast enough, using cover correctly or putting your front site on your opponent is a priority.

4. Move away from your attacker and go to cover. Distance is your friend.

5. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, trick gear or tactics. They will only remember who lived.

6. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating, covering your brother or sister and planning the next position of advantage.

7. Accuracy is relative: most combat shooting standards will be more dependent on individual focus and commitment than the inherent accuracy of the gun.

8. Have a plan and a back-up plan. “No battle plan ever survives 10 seconds past first contact with an enemy.”

9. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours at all times.

10. Never forget no one can protect you better than yourself. Always be prepared. It is a personal responsibility.

11. Watch their hands. Hands kill. Smiles, frowns and other facial expressions don&. In God we trust. Everyone else keep your hands where I can see them.

12. Decide TODAY and from this point forward to take the initiative and never lose momentum in a gun fight.

13. Always be professional, polite and respectful. But, realize at anytime people you encounter may plan to kill you.

14. Train, train, train. But, realize it will be your personal commitment that will prevail in the fight. Destiny favors the prepared.

15. The important things are simple, but no one said they are easy.

16. Professionals are predictable, amateurs are dangerous.

Spencer’s Standing Orders for the Urban Defender

1. The defense is the strongest form of war. The attacker must come to you and you must be in prepared positions. He must cross the open street to attack you. Kill him in the streets and alleyways.

2. Never stop preparing the defense. Even when you are fighting you should be continuing to improve your positions.

3. Make the attacker go where you want, not where he wants. Build barriers as high as you can. Block all streets, alleyways, doors, and windows. Turn the city into a fortress of walls that make the enemy enter your prepared traps.

4. Use concrete. It is your greatest defensive resource. Do not use wood and sandbags, they are weak. Concrete reinforced by steel bars (rebar) is one of the strongest materials. Build barriers and fighting positions out of it.

5. Always hide yourself, your position, your weapons. Always believe the enemy can see you from above. If he can see you, he can strike you with missiles, bombs, and mortars. If you are always hiding, moving inside buildings, under tarps between buildings, the enemy will not be able to strike you.

6. Use any and all underground facilities. If there are none beneath you, start digging. The attacker will bomb you before assaulting. You can use the underground to hide, escape, protect yourselves, store supplies, move, and counterattack.

7. Surprise is everything. The attacker cannot see through concrete. You decide when and where the fighting will occur. The enemy fears urban snipers deeply. Make him think every window holds a sniper.

8. Fight in groups. One fighter is not enough. Fight in a minimum of 3-5 person teams.

9. Always attack from a protected and hidden position. It does not matter if you are throwing something or shooting something; do so from inside a building, from high or low floors, behind piles of rubble, or popping up from the underground.

10. Always have an escape plan after attacking. Put holes in walls, floors, and ceilings so you can run between rooms and buildings when the enemy bombs are falling, or if they are too close to you. Dig tunnels under buildings and houses as escape venues. Make lots of different interlocking attack positions. Pre-position supplies everywhere: ammo, grenades, rocket-propelled grenades, water, etc.

11. Do not get surprised. The enemy fears urban warfare. He will attempt to sneak past your defenses. Never have more than 2/3s of your fighters asleep.

12. Drink water. You cannot fight if you are dead. You can survive only 3 days without water, but 3 weeks without food. Purify any water (boil it, add bleach or iodine). If your pee is clear nothing to fear; yellow or brown you are going down.

13. Wash your hands before eating. Disease can kill you more than enemy bullets. When you eat and drink ensure that your latrines are more than 100 meters away. Do not let flies touch your food.

14. You must follow the laws of war. You must wear markings to identify you as fighters. No matter the enemy’s tactics, you must follow the laws of war to include handling of captured enemy fighters.

Graham’s Killhouse Rules

1. NOBODY IS COMING TO SAVE YOU. Whether an event lasts a few seconds, a few hours, or even a few days – you have to work as though nobody is coming to save you.

2. You are your own first responder, so start working because EVERYTHING IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. You are your security, you are your medic, you are your rescuer.

3. You are your own best resource to SAVE WHO NEEDS TO BE SAVED.  Nobody wants to save your life more than you, so set yourself up for success by having the simple tools and knowledge to do so: do what you can with what you have. Recognize that nobody is in a better position to start saving your life than you.

4. Sometimes saving lives means you have to KILL WHO NEEDS TO BE KILLED. The more effective you are at taking a life, the more successful you’ll be at saving one. Be swift, be decisive, be final.

5. Mostly, ALWAYS BE WORKING. There is always something you can be doing to improve your position. Always. Because nobody is coming to save you.

The Code and the Path

1. I will take care of my physical health by exercising, eating properly, and getting the rest I need to recover and rebuild. I will take care of my physical surroundings, keeping them in order.

2. I will develop myself mentally by reading, writing, drawing, building, creating, and engaging in other activities that sharpen and expand my mind.

3. I will not waste time. Time is precious.

4. I will not waste money and I will make prudent financial decisions. Money is hard to earn.

5. I will set goals that I will strive toward.

6. I will excel in my job because work is integral to life.

7. I will be humble and not allow my ego to negatively impact my decisions.

8. I will control my emotions and not allow my emotions to negatively impact my decisions.

9. I will put others before myself. I will help other people and protect those that cannot protect themselves. I will take care of my friends and family and treat other people with respect.

10. I will be ready to protect my friends and family. My gear will be ready. I will train and prepare to defend myself and others.”

The Path is:
A war against weakness, so it leads to strength.
A war against ignorance, so it leads to knowledge.
A war against confusion, so it leads to understanding.
The Path is your LIFE.


Roger’s Rules of Ranging

1. Don’t forget nothing.

2. Have your musket clean as a whistle, hatchet scoured, sixty rounds powder and ball, and be ready to march at a minute’s warning.

3. When you are on the march, act the way you would if you were sneaking up on a deer. See the enemy first.

4. Tell the truth about what you see and what you do. There is an army depending on us for correct information. You can lie all you please when you tell other folks about the rangers, but don’t never lie to a ranger or officer.

5. Don’t never take a chance you don’t have to.

6. When we’re on march we march single file, far enough apart so no one shot can go through two men.

7. If we strike swamps, or soft ground, we spread out abreast, so it’s hard to track us.

8. When we march, we keep moving till dark, so as to give the enemy the least possible chance at us.

9. When we camp, half the party stays awake while the other half sleeps.

10. If we take prisoners, we keep ‘em separate till we have time to examine them, so they can’t cook up a story between ‘em.

11. Don’t ever march home the same way. Take a different route so you won’t be ambushed.

12. No matter whether we travel in big parties or little ones, each party has to keep a scout 20 yards ahead, 20 yards on each flank, and 20 yards in the rear, so the main body can’t be surprised and wiped out.

13. Every night you’ll be told where to meet if surrounded by a superior force.

14. Don’t sit down to eat without posting sentries.

15. Don’t sleep beyond dawn. Dawn’s when the French and Indians attack.

16. Don’t cross a river at a regular ford.

17. If somebody’s trailing you, make a circle, come back onto your own tracks, and ambush the folks that aim to ambush you.

18. Don’t stand up when the enemy’s coming against you. Kneel down, lie down, hide behind a tree.

19. Let the enemy come till he’s almost close enough to touch. Then let him have it and jump out and finish him up with your hatchet.

Christian Duty

The first duty of all Christian churches is to proclaim clearly the gospel of Christ as Scripture has revealed it to us.

This message is that man by nature is a deserving object of God’s wrath, utterly without hope of saving himself. Dead in his filthiness, he is without God and without hope in the world. But before all worlds, God the Father selected by name a people to be called by His name, the number of whom cannot be increased, diminished, or counted by man. When the appointed time for their redemption came, God the Son took on human flesh and was born of a woman. According to the predetermined plan of God, the eternal Word of God died on a tree as a perfect and efficacious substitute for His people, those whom the Father had given Him.

As the message of this gospel progresses throughout the world, God the Spirit comes upon the men and women selected for salvation and in a wonderful and effectual way, regenerates them; those whom God has ordained to eternal life believe. This being the case, what shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? No true child of God will ever fall from the everlasting arms.

So here is the task before us. The Christian faith calls us to nothing short of world conquest. Without the power of the Spirit anointing it, all the doctrinal reformation in the world will simply be words and more words.

Douglas Wilson, “Mother Kirk”