American Redoubt

The American Redoubt [1] is a political migration movement first Proposed in 2011 by best-selling survivalist novelist and blogger James Wesley Rawles [2] [3] qui Designates three states in the northwestern United States ( Idaho , Montana , Wyoming ), and adjoining portions of two other states ( eastern Oregon , and eastern Washington ) as a safe haven for conservative , libertarian -leaning Christians and Jews .[1] [2] Rawles thing this area due to the low population density and lack of natural hazards . [4]

Kim Murphy postpone for The Los Angeles Times , Summed up one motivation for the movement: “For a growing number of people, it’s the designated points of retreat When the American economy hits the fan When banks fail, the government declared. Martial law , the power grid goes down. ” [2] The same article identifies Rawles as “the guru of the movement”. [2] Summarizing one of his reasons for formulating the relocation strategy, Rawles stated: “I’m often asked why I make such a big deal about choosing conservative Christians , Messianic Jews , or Orthodox Jews for neighbors. that in a societal collapseThere will be a real vacuum of law enforcement . In such times, with a few exceptions, it will only be God-fearing that will continue to be law-abiding. Choose your neighborhood wisely. ” [5]

The American Redoubt concept is based primarily on the Rawlesian Survivalist Philosophy [6] including the precept Racism Ignores Reason . James Rawles is outspokenly anti-racist [7] [8] [9] and pro-Israel . [10]Rawles published a blog entry in 2010 titled “Lest Any Man Should Boast: A Christian Survivalist Perspective on Race, Religion, and Reason”, which covered the length of life. He observed that certain races have different genetics, but those do not matter before God. The only thing that matters when he meets his maker, he contended, was that he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. [11]

In an interview by G. Jeffrey MacDonald published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , Rawles was quoted as saying: “It’s time to distance ourselves from the vile corruptness that we see inside Washington, DC, Beltway …. [The American Redoubt movement] is analogous to the Puritan exodus (from Europe ). … In effect, we’re becoming Amish pistol-packing . ” [12] Rawles advocates a gradual demographic consolidation through political migration to the American Redoubt, but predicts that the federal government will “hammer” any states that attempt tosecede under the current political order. [13] Rawles also stated: “People who recognize that they are of the [Christian] remnant, that they are God’s elect, will increase their numbers to their feet.” [14]


In 2011, the American Redoubt concept was endorsed by the 2008 Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin , who had relocated his entire family to western Montana. [15] It aussi soon inspired the launch of a weekly podcast by Christian Libertarian journalist John Jacob Schmidt called Expired Radio Free Redoubt , [16] and a volunteer network of amateur radio operators called Expired AmRRON (the American Redoubt Radio Operators Network) Established in 2012 . [17] It aussi inspired the launch of the blog and weekly podcast by Alex Barron, called Expired the Charles Carroll Society , [18]Barron, a black Catholic Libertarian journalist, is the self-proclaimed “Bard of the American Redoubt” who speaks from a Traditional Catholic, Constitutional Conservative, American Patriot viewpoint. citation needed ] In 2013, he opined:

“[Rawles] coined the term American redoubt to explain this concept The American Redoubt has a simple concept, it is called political migration .” (…) “There are many groups who have done this over the years of the Puritans, Native Americans moving West to escape the European colonization, Americans of African descent escaping the Southern forced racial apartheid system (racial migration?). Many, many groups move because of various reasons. The American Redoubt is libertarian leaning Christian and Jewish traditionalist politically migrating from militant progressive secular states that are becoming increasingly hostile their Christian based western culture. “

In February 2012, The Seattle Times characterized the American Redoubt movement as appealing to “a growing number of people” but that did not matter that it was actually moved to the area. [2] [19] In April 2012, the business / arts columnist for The Ferry County View , a weekly newspaper in Republic, Washington (located inside the Redoubt region) was critical of the Redoubt movement, characterizing it as driven by fear. [20] By contrast, in October 2013, The 700 Clubaired a news segment that favored the American Redoubt relocation concept. In an aside, the news story mentioned how the growth of the movement has even inspired the minting of silver coins. [21]

On October 14, 2013 Christian Broadcasting Network has been featured on the American Redoubt: Northwest at Haven for Dismayed Americans . [21]In the article they noted “… Some conservative American Christians are so dismayed that they’re looking for a safe place for their families.” They call it “American Redoubt.” “Westbrook continued,” I think that people recognize that it is time to think about their situation, it’s time to think about how they live, and the security of their family, the stability of society and how they are going to relate to .. .But I’m finding something else, too. ” he continued. “That is more and more people are resonating with this idea of ​​getting back to the land, of living a simple, more natural way.

It is unclear how many people have moved because of the American Redoubt concept. In an interview with the Charles Carroll Society podcast in 2014, James Rawles estimated the number “… but it is difficult to quantify, because the vast majority of people who are moving are preppers , who are by their nature very circumspect. However, this article is accepted as anecdotal evidence such as the growth of Pastor Chuck Baldwin’s Liberty Fellowship Church in Kalispell , Montana, where the growth has been phenomenal, and many of the families are moving out of the Redoubt states. ” [22]“The phenomenal growth of the church, which meets a local Hilton Garden Inn, according to the Church’s website, [23] but at his website, Baldwin mentions that some recent meetings were attended by than 1,000 people.

Evolution of the Movement

By 2016, Chris Carlson, a retired Democratic Party organizer, was comparing advocates of the American Redoubt to survivalists, with the difference being that the Redoubters have “become the shock troops for the Tea Party and are openly supporting certain candidates.” [24] Carlson also claimed that the political migration to western states like Idaho, Montana and Wyoming was led by Redoubtors seeking to be free from the federal government and while they disavow racism, they have chosen a location where there are no minorities. [24]

The American Redoubt movement continues to grow. An August 2016 article about the movement in The Economist magazine that “thousands of families” have now migrated to the American Redoubt and that the movement is “quietly gaining steam.” [25] Indeed, the election of Donald Trump has spurred on the movement. An urban news outlet says: “But more, they [Preppers] see more political violence in big cities, and more of a divide between rural and urban environments.The left’s reaction to Donald Trump’s presidency, they feel, has deepened the divide, making the day they’ve been preparing for seem ever more imminent. ” [26]

In a Chicago Tribune article by Kevin Sullivan on August 27, 2016 “It’s impossible to know exactly how many people are here, but newcomers, real estate agents, local officials and others said it was in the hundreds, or perhaps even a few thousand, across all five states. Here, they live in a pristine place of abundant water and fertile soil, far from urban , most of the population and predominantly by conservative, mostly Christian people with a live-and-let-live ethos and local governments with a light regulatory touch and friendly gun laws. ” [27]

Political Influence

As of 2016 , it has been asserted that Republican Party politics in Idaho’s northernmost legislative district has been pulled out to the conservative christian “preppers” fleeing more populated states. [28]

Betsy Russel wrote for the Spokesman-Review on May 16, 2016: “Two years ago, two ultraconservative state legislators were elected from the district: Reps. Heather Scott, R- Blanchard , and Sage Dixon, R- Ponderay . In 2016, longtime Sen. Shawn Keough, R- Sandpoint – 8-time incumbent and a moderate of the most conservative areas of Idaho.

Voices of the Movement

There are three primary outlets for the American Redoubt movement. James Rawles’ blog on a regular basis Redoubt news and focuses on “how to” guides. John Jacob Schmidt ‘s blog The Free Radio Show The John Jacob Schmidt Show on the American Christian Network (ACN) and KTW 630 AM out of Spokane, Washington carries news and commentary on the American Redoubt. And the Charles Carroll Society and podcast by Alex Barron, who focuses on politics and commentary on the American Redoubt and the many traditional Catholics located there.

See also

  • Free State Project
  • homeschooling
  • List of US state partition proposals
  • Christian Patriot movement


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