Today’s Flash Back Friday comes from Episode 194, originally published in December 2013.

James Wesley Rawles, creator of has written a new book, Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse and was in the news recently for his discussion about the recent failures of the EBT (food stamp) system and what it would mean if there was a long term outage.

Rawles touts himself a survivalist author and lecturer. He’s also a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, and now works as a full-time blogger and freelance writer. Rawles grew up in the Bomb Shelter era, and says that mind set just never wore off.

In addition to his well known blog, he has authored several best selling nonfiction and fiction survivalists books with an expertise in retreat security, food storage, firearms, communications, first aid, and off-grid power systems. He has a B.A. degree from San Jose State University with minor degrees in military science, history, and military history. He served as a U.S. Army Intelligence Corps officer and has held a Top Secret security clearance with SCI access. In addition, James also attended the Army NBC defense officer’s course, as well as Northern Warfare School at Fort Greeley, Alaska. Before resigning his commission as a Captain, he worked numerous live intelligence gathering and analysis missions overseas the tactical and strategic levels.


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