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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[1] on survival and preparedness topics.[2] Rawles is a Christian who is a conservative, constitutionalist libertarian.[3]

Mr. Rawles (JWR) is a New York Times best-selling author of survivalist fiction in the sub-genres of military fiction, and political thrillers. He is a former U.S. Army Intelligence officer and popular blogger and survival retreat consultant.[4] [5] [6]

Mr. Rawles also runs and posts content on his popular SurvivalBlog.com website -- a collection from 2005 to 2012 of 10,131 pages worth of articles ranging from peak oil to buying retreat land. 2561 articles were added in 2013. [7]

He was 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. Military fiction, political thrillers and survivalist fiction



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.[8] He resigned his commission as an army Captain, immediately after Bill Clinton was sworn in as President of the United States.[9] Rawles worked as an Associate Editor with Defense Electronics magazine in the late 1980s[10], and was the managing editor of The C3I Handbook and The International Countermeasures Handbook.[11] 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[12], and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). In 2005 he began full-time blogging. [13] Sometime after 2001 he relocated to a remote ranch at an undisclosed location "Somewhere in The American Redoubt.”

He is now a freelance writer, blogger and retreat consultant. His children are home schooled.[3]

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 warned about possible disruption that could be caused by the Year 2000 (Y2K) problem, and urged "an all-out effort" by programmers to be ready for the four digit date rollover.[14][15][16]

Rawles credits Mel Tappan as the primary influence in the development of his survivalist philosophy as well as the impetus for launching SurvivalBlog.com.[17]. 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." [18]

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."[19]

Economic views

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.[20] 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.[21]

As of January, 2008, Rawles stills sees silver and gold in "primary bull markets."[22]

Rawles predicts a deep recession or possibly a depression in the near future[23], triggered by a housing market collapse and an "implosion" of global credit and the derivatives market.[24]

Blog presence

Rawles is the editor of SurvivalBlog.com, a very widely-read and cited [25] blog on survival and preparedness topics. According to its statistics page, it has more than 220,000 unique visitors per week.[26] [27] 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.[28] He also advises his blog readers to store four year's supply of food[29] in preparation for future hard times, and "double up" with other families[30] to establish survival retreats. Rawles believes (as of his 2005-2008 writings) that the United States is headed for a hyperinflationary economic depression.[31] Rawles favors the abolition of the fractional-reserve banking system, and a return to the gold standard.[32] Rawles is also a proponent of Home schooling.[33]

Published works

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.[34] 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.[35] 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."[36]. The publisher's synopsis describes the novel as "distinctly pro-Christian, pro-preparedness, pro-gun ownership, and anti-racist." [37]

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)
  • SurvivalBlog: The Best of the Blog, Volume 1 from CafePress, No ISBN (February 2007)
  • How to Survive the End of The World as We Know It from Plume/Penguin Books (October 2009)
  • 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) [38]


  • Rawles Gets You Ready from Arbogast Publishing, No ISBN (August 2006)


Some Internet FAQs and Reference Articles by Rawles.[39]

Quotes from James Wesley Rawles Source Material

As James Wesley Rawles over at his SurvivalBlog.com has suggested 800 words seems to be a reasonable and commonplace except/quoting amount for Fair Use.

"SurvivalBlog is All Free, But Copyrighted"

"The content of this blog site is free to access, but copyrighted. Permission to use up to 800-word excerpts is summarily granted (no need to e-mail me for permission), but only if you include full attribution--most notably a link to the www.SurvivalBlog.com URL." [42]

Try to err on the side of linking rather than quoting. Not only does this make the Wiki quicker to read, but it also keeps us well within the standards of "Fair Use" for quotations.

All articles that are quoted, re-posted or linked are done so with great discretion and out of genuine professional courtesy under the doctrine of Fair Use, with legal precedent dating to the Statute of Anne of 1709, and confirmed by the doctrine of "Fairness Abridgement" in Gyles v Wilcox (1740) and later codified under 17 U.S.C. § 107.


See Also


  1. Second Great Depression just weeks away, warns expert by Derek Clontz
  2. [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/04/13/MNIL1008L2.DTL
  3. 3.0 3.1 SurvivalBlog Staff Biographies
  4. http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-04-15/the-most-dangerous-novel-in-america. The Most Dangerous Novel in America?, published 2009-04-15, Access on March 30, 2014
  5. http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/2011-10-23/hardcover-fiction/list.html. The New York Times, Jennifer Schuessler
  6. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/200/may/26/fears-spark-new-set-of-survivalists, Gillian Flaccus, Fears spark new set of survivalists, Spokesman.com, 2009-05-26, Accessed March 30, 2014
  7. http://www.survivalblog.com/archivecd.html accessed March 30, 2014
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  14. p_text_direct-0=0EB0477D786595EE&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM THURSDAY OFFERS A MINI-Y2K SITUATION, EXPERTS SAY The Sacramento Bee, September 8, 1999
  15. GETTING IN TOUCH WITH Y2K AND THE PROPHETS OF DOOM Press-Telegram, January 7, 1999
  16. "Do you live in fear of the millennium?", South China Morning Post, April 6, 1999
  17. SurvivalBlog.com
  18. http://www.survivalblog.com/2008/03/four_letters_re_use_of_force_i.html
  19. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/06/fashion/06survival.html
  20. http://groups.google.com/group/misc.survivalism/browse_thread/thread/91d596201f5f4099/00bfb0230b744507?hl=en&lnk=st&q=Rawles%2BCall%2BBottom%2Bsilver#00bfb0230b744507
  21. SurvivalBlog.com
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  24. SurvivalBlog.com - Derivatives
  25. [http://charts.technorati.com/blogs/www.survivalblog.com?reactionsdaily
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  35. WND Commentary Five novels of freedom by Claire Wolfe, WorldNetDaily, September 30, 1999
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  38. "Pulling Through" Screenplay
  39. SurvivalBlog.com FAQ list
  40. The Lowdown on AR-15/M16 Magazines by James Wesley Rawles, Fulton Armory
  41. The Lowdown on M1 Carbine Magazines by James Wesley Rawles, Fulton Armory, February 1998
  42. 50 word quotation Fair Use source: http://www.survivalblog.com/provisos.html SurvivalBlog is All Free, But Copyrighted - Important Provisos accessed January 22, 2014

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