Dear Mr. Rawles,
So few understand insurgency and its intricacies that if the SHTF there would be no leaders in the towns and cities to teach the people who would become the auxiliary, the underground, and the guerilla units what they need to know to be successful that we would have an “epic fail” from the very start. Insurgency is more than picking up a weapon and shooting, in fact that is a small part of insurgency.
Most people can’t even define insurgency, and that includes the so called experts in survival. The fault doesn’t lie with the people, the fault lies with all of the professionals, the teachers, the web sites, and the blogs that are supposed to be teaching the people what they need to know to survive in a post event society. If people don’t understand insurgency they will die and all the prepping will have been for nothing.
I always recommend two books for people to “begin” learning the tactics and strategies of insurgency:
- War of the Flea: The Classic Study of Guerrilla Warfare by Robert Taber
- Resistance to Tyranny: A Primer by Joseph P. Martino
Along with these books you should read a tactical manual such as Contact!: A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival by Max Velocity, and a general SHTF preparation book like “How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It” by James Rawles. These books will get people started but you professionals need to start teaching this material in seminars, and courses, and online courses.
If the people don’t understand how to run an insurgency it will be over before it begins! If the people were aware of the importance of insurgency they would be ready, willing, and able to learn and master these skills. Right now they just don’t know that they don’t know. So who will step up and fill this void? Who will put together the regional and traveling teams, and the on line courses necessary to teach this most important subject?
Yours Truly, – Al H.