James Wesley Rawles
James Wesley Rawles (born 1960) is a non-fiction author, survivalist-fiction author, economist, blogger, and survival retreat consultant. He has appeared many times on the Alex Jones show InfoWars. He has been called an expert on survival and preparedness topics. Rawles is a Christian who is a conservative, constitutionalist libertarian.
Rawles was born in Livermore, California in 1960 and received a Bachelor of Arts|BA degree from San Jose State University. He was a United States Army Military Intelligence officer, serving from 1984 to 1993. He resigned his commission as an army Captain, immediately after Bill Clinton was sworn in as President of the United States. Rawles worked as an Associate Editor with Defense Electronics magazine in the late 1980s, and was the managing editor of The C3I Handbook and The International Countermeasures Handbook. He worked as a technical writer through most of the 1990s with a variety of California and Nevada companies including DAZIX, Grass Valley Group, Oracle Corporation, and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). In 2005 he began full-time blogging.  Sometime after 2001 he relocated to a remote ranch at an undisclosed location "Somewhere in The American Redoubt.”
Philosophical and political views
Rawles is an outspoken proponent of family preparedness, especially regarding food storage and his advocacy of relocating to lightly populated rural "retreat" areas.
Rawles credits Mel Tappan as the primary influence in the development of his survivalist philosophy as well as the impetus for launching SurvivalBlog.com.. Rawles has been called "The intellectual heir of Mel Tappan", and has been described as "...the survivalist voice of reason, following in the footsteps of Mel Tappan." 
Rawles was also strongly influenced by Robert Heinlein, Jerry Pournelle, Pat Frank, George R. Stewart, Mel Tappan, David Brin, Tom Clancy, Howard Ruff, Dr. Gary North, Ayn Rand, and Ludwig von Mises and by Military fiction, political thrillers and survivalist fiction.
Rawles was quoted by the New York Times in April of 2008 that "interest in the survivalist movement 'is experiencing its largest growth since the late 1970s'”. He also stated that his blog's conservative core readership has been supplemented with "an increasing number of stridently green and left-of-center readers."
In a Usenet post in February of 2001, Rawles fairly accurately called the bottom of the two-decade long bear market in the price of silver that had brought silver down from a high of $50 per ounce, to under $5 per ounce. In the post, Rawles mentioned a potential low of $4.25 per ounce. It actually bottomed just a few months later (intraday) at $4.03 per ounce.
As of January, 2008, Rawles stills sees silver and gold in "primary bull markets."
Rawles is the editor of SurvivalBlog.com, a very widely-read and cited  blog on survival and preparedness topics. According to its statistics page, it has more than 220,000 unique visitors per week.  The main focus of his blog is family preparedness for disasters. In his blog writings, Rawles recommends that investors put at least 25% of their portfolios into gold, silver, and barter goods. He also advises his blog readers to store four year's supply of food in preparation for future hard times, and "double up" with other families to establish survival retreats. Rawles believes (as of his 2005-2008 writings) that the United States is headed for a hyperinflationary economic depression. Rawles favors the abolition of the fractional-reserve banking system, and a return to the gold standard. Rawles is also a proponent of Home schooling.
His first book, Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse, a novel, was first released in 1998. It was first released as Internet shareware in the early 1990s, and later published in interim form as TEOTWAWKI: The End of The World as We Know It, in the late 1990s. The story is set in the near future and describes a period of hyperinflation and a socio-economic collapse. While it is a fictional story, it is essentially a survival manual dressed as fiction. It was re-released in December, 2006 in expanded form. One early reviewer of the novel commented: "While it is true that the protagonists appear to be part of the religious right, it is clearly incorrect to stereotype them as intolerant racists or anti-government zealots.". The publisher's synopsis describes the novel as "distinctly pro-Christian, pro-preparedness, pro-gun ownership, and anti-racist." 
His second book, Rawles on Retreats and Relocation, was non-fiction. It describes how to geographically select a survival retreat and stock it with key logistics.
His third book, SurvivalBlog: The Best of the Blog, Volume 1, was non-fiction. It is a compendium of posts and letters from the first six months of SurvivalBlog.
He also authored an action-adventure screenplay, loosely based on his novel Patriots.
Rawles also co-authored the Rawles Gets You Ready preparedness course, released in August, 2006.
He is also the author of numerous Internet FAQs, primarily on firearms topics.
- Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse from Huntington House Publishers, ISBN 978-1563841552 (November 1998)
- Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse (33 chapter expanded edition) from Xlibris, ISBN 978-1425734077 (December 2006)
- Patriots - A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse (33 chapter edition with Glossary and Index) from Ulysses Press. (April 2009)
- Rawles on Retreats and Relocation from CafePress, No ISBN (January 2007)
- The Survival Blog: The Best of the Blog, Volume 1 from CafePress, No ISBN (February 2007)
- Survivors: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse, Atria Books (September, 2011)
- Founders: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse, Atria Books (September, 2012)
- Pulling Through (A feature-length action-adventure "spec" screenplay) WGAw (WGA West script registration service) #714352 (April, 2007) 
- Rawles Gets You Ready from Arbogast Publishing, No ISBN (August 2006)
Some Internet FAQs and Reference Articles by Rawles.
- AR-15 Magazine FAQ 
- M1 Carbine Magazine FAQ 
- M1911 Magazine FAQ
- M14/M1A Magazine FAQ
- The FN/FAL & L1A1 FAQ
- The Mauser Bolt Rifle FAQ
- The Pre-1899 Antique Guns FAQ
- European Ammo Box Translations (editor)
- Noncorrosive Priming Information for U.S. Military Small Arms Ammunition(editor)
- Protecting Your Family From an Influenza Pandemic
- Recommended Retreat Areas
- Retreat Owner Profiles
- Survival Gun Selection
- The National Animal Identification System (NAIS)
- Peak Oil: Implications for Preparedness and Self-Sufficiency
- Kenneth Royce (Boston T. Party)
- Mel Tappan, "Grand-daddy" of the Preparedness movement, Oregon
- Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast
- M.D. Creekmore of TheSurvivalistBlog.net
- John Jacob Schmidt - Radio Free Redoubt Idaho
- Alex Barron - Charles Carroll Society Idaho
- Ragnar Benson - Prolific Preparedness author
- Joel Skousen - Strategic Relocation - North American Guide to Safe Places and World Affairs Brief Utah
- Alex Jones - InfoWars Nightly News and Prison Planet Texas
- Chuck Baldwin - Liberty Fellowship Montana
- Dave Duffy and Claire Wolfe of Backwoods Home Magazine
- Paul Wheaton - Permies.com Permaculture Montana
- Nutnfancy - Nutnfancy YouTube Firearms Channel Utah
- List of celebrities who support the Second Amendment - usually Conservatives or Libertarians
Related Movements and Organizations
- Boston T. Party’s State Firearms Laws Rankings from Boston's Gun Bible -- Vote with your feet strategic relocation from liberal gun control Nanny states (Blue state - "unfree state"s) to Conservative-libertarian Second Amendment-supporting "free states" (Red states).
- Unfree states and Big Government Gun control: Liberal ObamaCare-Common Core-Social Security Welfare state leads to Nanny state, leads to Gun control, Militarization of police, Asset forfeiture and Domestic mass surveillance of law-abiding citizens via the Police state: Globalist-United Nations-Statist-Socialist-National Socialist-Communist
- Bill of Rights: Gun rights - Unalienable rights - civil rights to Self-defense, Home security and Deterrence against Tyranny is protected by the Second Amendment and most Conservatives, Republicans, Libertarians, Patriots, Preppers and Oath Keepers such as:
Other Related Articles
- Gun control:
- List of celebrities against Second Amendment - always Liberal Elitists
- Big Government: Liberal ObamaCare-Common Core-Social Security Welfare state leads to Nanny state, leads to Gun control, Militarization of police, Asset forfeiture and Domestic mass surveillance of law-abiding citizens via the Police state: Globalist-United Nations-Statist-Socialist-National Socialist-Communist
- Second Amendment unalienable Gun rights versus Liberal Gun control
- Essay:Why do conservatives own firearms? -- According to Thomas Jefferson it is as the final deterrent against potential Tyranny of government
- Invest in tangibles: Firearms - buy Precious metals (that is Copper-jacketed lead and [[Firearms])
- Boston T. Party’s State Firearms Laws Rankings from Boston's Gun Bible -- Vote with your Feet
- Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
- You & the Police! by Boston T. Party a.k.a.Kenneth W. Royce
- One Nation, Under Surveillance - Privacy From the Watchful Eye by Boston T. Party
- ↑ Second Great Depression just weeks away, warns expert by Derek Clontz
- ↑ [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/04/13/MNIL1008L2.DTL
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 SurvivalBlog Staff Biographies
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- ↑ GETTING IN TOUCH WITH Y2K AND THE PROPHETS OF DOOM Press-Telegram, January 7, 1999
- ↑ "Do you live in fear of the millennium?", South China Morning Post, April 6, 1999
- ↑ SurvivalBlog.com
- ↑ http://www.survivalblog.com/2008/03/four_letters_re_use_of_force_i.html
- ↑ http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/06/fashion/06survival.html
- ↑ http://groups.google.com/group/misc.survivalism/browse_thread/thread/91d596201f5f4099/00bfb0230b744507?hl=en&lnk=st&q=Rawles%2BCall%2BBottom%2Bsilver#00bfb0230b744507
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- ↑ WND Commentary Five novels of freedom by Claire Wolfe, WorldNetDaily, September 30, 1999
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- ↑ "Pulling Through" Screenplay
- ↑ SurvivalBlog.com FAQ list
- ↑ The Lowdown on AR-15/M16 Magazines by James Wesley Rawles, Fulton Armory
- ↑ The Lowdown on M1 Carbine Magazines by James Wesley Rawles, Fulton Armory, February 1998