Without Rule of Law (WROL) by Joe Nobody – A Book Review

Joe Nobody, author of Holding Your Ground, Holding Their Own and TEOTAWKI Tuxedo has another book out – Without Rule of Law: Advanced Skills to Help You Survive. I have a review copy. Check it:

The “formal” book description reads as such:

WARNING: This book contains material that may be offensive to some readers. It is an instructional guide covering tactical actions and capabilities which should only be executed in last-resort survival situations.

This book was written for non-military readers who believe in self-reliance and wish to develop advanced, just-in-case capabilities for themselves and their families. It leads the reader through progressively more complex preparations and activities.

The work covers topics such as camouflage, breaching, hiding, stalking, looting, scavenging, infiltration and disguise. The book includes numerous examples, special equipment, exercises and instructional text on how to plan, equip and execute these actions in a potentially hostile, post-SHTF environment. It takes the reader through various scenarios and provides guidance should TEOTWAWKI occur and extreme measures are required to survive.

I’ll get to the bold WARNING piece in a bit, but let me first describe the books contents a bit more. It begins with covering gear, but its approach is a bit different. It talks about how to think about your gear, what to carry, why and how to train with it. It talks about your primary weapon (Joe Nobody is an AR platform fan). Then, at least for me, it starts getting into the more interesting stuff, things I hadn’t thought of before. How to hide. How to evade. How to infiltrate. How to scavenge.

Now on to the bold WARNING. This book may tick some people off. It’s not “offensive” in the way of foul language or graphic images. What it does is tell you how to do things that some might find immoral. The generally accepted prepper belief is that you prep to be self-reliant, secure. Taken a step further, it’s about adding additional preps, to help your family, friends, neighbors and strangers. It’s not about planning to kill, loot or steal.

Now we’ve had the looting debate before. If you’re of the mindset that looting is ethical under absolute necessity, for example: taking food to live versus a television to watch, than you won’t find Without Rule of Law offensive. If you’re of the mindset that stealing under any and all circumstances, and teaching someone how to steal, is immoral, than you might find Without Rule of Law offensive. Joe Nobody writes the book on the premise that if, for whatever reason, all of your preps have been expended or destroyed, there are skills you can deploy to increase your chances of living. This book describes those skills. It’s the kind of book that you don’t want in the hands of someone that is … evil.

As an example! Check this pic:

The left pic is a sample aerial photograph. The author suggests making a list of potential locations to pillage, and using the internet for photographs. The right pic shows a fictitious pilfering trip where the individual can hit multiple targets in one trip. Joe Nobody writes:

Clearly, the best time to start scavenging is at the end of the social grace period, and prior to complete desperation. Unfortunately, it may be impossible to accurately judge what is happening around you out there in the real world. ….. This is not to say that you should start raiding the local grocery store at the first sign of trouble. … There are so many variables involved, it becomes impractical to develop any realistic guidelines on when to evolve from a “law abiding prepper” to a “survive at any cost scavenger.” There are, however, some recommendations based on common sense and an honest evaluation of the situation …

… and  he goes on with his recommendations. The book talks about breach and entry, systematic looting, hauling off the goods, and so on. You get the idea. The potential controversy here reminds me of the Chad Person post I wrote where he takes note of all his neighbors’ assets for pillaging in a post-collapse environment. Is it immoral? Only you can answer for you.

Without Rule of Law is a close second to Joe’s Holding Your Ground, in my view. Where the latter is about defending your home to survive, Without Rule of Law is about leaving your home to survive. The two seem to go hand-in-hand. I like both.

– Ranger Man