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"Alas, Brave New Babylon" new fiction by Matt Bracken
Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | August 26, 2013 | Matthew Bracken

Posted on 08/26/2013 6:20:36 AM PDT by Travis McGee

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This new short story is my own shot in the culture war.

I hope that you will read it and pass it along.

1 posted on 08/26/2013 6:20:37 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: Travis McGee; OKSooner

This is gonna be good. Read it tonite. :)


2 posted on 08/26/2013 6:21:51 AM PDT by OKSooner
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To: Travis McGee

note to self: return for reading later.


3 posted on 08/26/2013 6:21:53 AM PDT by grania
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For later, thanks!


4 posted on 08/26/2013 6:21:56 AM PDT by twistedwrench
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To: Eaker; Absolutely Nobama; afnamvet; Ancesthntr; An Old Man; APatientMan; ApesForEvolution; ...
I've posted my new short story "Alas, Brave New Babylon;" I hope you will find time to read it, and possibly share it around the internet. My goal is for it to be noticed by the statists and liberals, who will of course hate it, thereby instigating a discussion about the cultural rot they have been spreading, and it's likely consequences.


5 posted on 08/26/2013 6:25:02 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

Thanks.


6 posted on 08/26/2013 6:25:11 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: Travis McGee
Ping for later.

Thanks for what you do, Matt.

/johnny

7 posted on 08/26/2013 6:27:40 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Travis McGee

BTT


8 posted on 08/26/2013 6:27:47 AM PDT by fudimo
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To: Travis McGee

Thank you, I still paid the 99 cents anyway and got it early.


9 posted on 08/26/2013 6:28:16 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Travis McGee

Will do!


10 posted on 08/26/2013 6:29:07 AM PDT by bayouranger (Those Who Are Anti-Islam are a National Security Threat.- J.Brennan CIA Dir. Feb10)
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FReepathon
Day 57.

Please donate today.

11 posted on 08/26/2013 6:43:36 AM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: Travis McGee

Thanks for posting...will read tonight.


12 posted on 08/26/2013 6:44:44 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Travis McGee
Rudyard Kipling - Gods of the Copybook Headings:

AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "Stick to the Devil you know."

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "The Wages of Sin is Death."

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!


13 posted on 08/26/2013 6:48:25 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Travis McGee
Bookmark

Thanks.

14 posted on 08/26/2013 6:48:45 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Travis McGee

bttt


15 posted on 08/26/2013 6:49:41 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Travis McGee

Thanks, TM.


16 posted on 08/26/2013 6:51:49 AM PDT by Obadiah (Inside of every Liberal beats the heart of a fascist yearning to reveal their true nature.)
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To: Travis McGee

Can you imagine teenagers the day after SHTF.

Life with no TV or internet or cell phone or stupid music.

Knowing that most of their favored celebrities are probably starving too.

Forced to help mom and dad dig up the backyard to raise a garden, go hunting and fishing with dad, help mom can the veggies etc

School would look real good real fast. lol


17 posted on 08/26/2013 6:53:05 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Travis McGee

I wanted to highlight a single telling piece of the article.

Then I found a better one.

And the one after that.

I finally stopped the fruitless search.

I noticed a few snippets of the talks we’ve had in the past. I am humbled that I might have become a dry-erase board for your writer’s mind.

Again, Travis, Bravo Zulu.


18 posted on 08/26/2013 6:53:16 AM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: Travis McGee

Very Chilling. A good article/story, but you know in your heart that only a very few who already think the same way will take it to heart.

Oh yes, I had to re-read the FEMA/Walmart scenario a couple of times. Well thought out and very, very plausible I’m afraid. It leaves it up to the imagination of the reader but for myself... I can see someone trying to solve a future problem by getting the most needy ‘taken care of first’.


19 posted on 08/26/2013 6:53:21 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: Travis McGee

Always enjoy your writings...keep it going, Patriot.

W


20 posted on 08/26/2013 6:54:10 AM PDT by Wasichu
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To: Travis McGee

bfl


21 posted on 08/26/2013 6:54:36 AM PDT by upchuck (My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll see about that!)
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To: Travis McGee

As I said elsewhere:

VERY well done. You have given me a focus of survival techniques and items to acquire as well as a series of things I should read. Additionally — to those who are news-unaware and culture-oblivious — you have given them something to mull over.

I can honestly say you have ‘suited up and shown up’ much better than most, certainly much better than me. The best I have done in my writing efforts have been to reinforce what the like-minded already believe. if this gets in front of the other side, you might just sway a few minds.

Of that, we can only hope. I feel the shortness of the story is it’s brilliance. I, personally, find it much harder wading through a whole book. That, plus the high signal-to-noise ratio, have made this the singular most important thing I have read in 2013. That ain’t no bull(feces), neither, and for me to say that is a big deal.


22 posted on 08/26/2013 6:54:57 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Old Sarge

I’m just a little sponge that copies from the dry erase boards of many other freepers.


23 posted on 08/26/2013 6:55:18 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Kartographer

bump


24 posted on 08/26/2013 6:57:16 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Travis McGee

Well done!!!


25 posted on 08/26/2013 7:05:03 AM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: Travis McGee

Downloading to my Kindle today!


26 posted on 08/26/2013 7:05:10 AM PDT by melissa_in_ga (Laz would hit it.)
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To: harpseal; TexasCowboy; nunya bidness; AAABEST; Travis McGee; Squantos; wku man; SLB; ...
Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!
27 posted on 08/26/2013 7:09:56 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: GeronL
Forced to help mom and dad dig up the backyard to raise a garden, go hunting and fishing with dad, help mom can the veggies etc

Those would be the exceptionally lucky ones.

How many people do you know today who don't even have a backyard to dig up to plant a garden, to say nothing of having no seeds or tools, nowhere to fish or hunt, don't even have jars to can with, no a clue on how to do it, to say nothing of having nothing to can?

I planted a significant garden this year for the first time in many years; next year I'll be doing a lot of things differently.

What's mind-boggling is how much space is needed to grow significant calories; 100 square feet will, on a good season, produce 30,000 calories of potatoes.

That will feed one person a starvation diet of 1000 calories per day for one month.

Scale from there.

28 posted on 08/26/2013 7:17:15 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Travis McGee

You had me from I-81 in NE Tennessee. I know that exit.

Will share widely.


29 posted on 08/26/2013 7:20:41 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: DuncanWaring

bump


30 posted on 08/26/2013 7:21:12 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Travis McGee

That was a good read, and quite imaginable, given the recent events.


31 posted on 08/26/2013 7:22:38 AM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: Travis McGee

Dayum, Matt. Started reading figuring to come back later and really read it and by “The Hawk’s Nest”, realized I was ALREADY really reading it and couldn’t stop until IT stopped.
Wow. Just wow.


32 posted on 08/26/2013 7:27:35 AM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: GeronL

By the way, I referenced potatoes because they maximize the calories-per-square-foot you get; that’s why the poor Irish subsisted on them for generations, until the blight hit in 1847 and 2 million of 6 million starved, and another 2 million were exported to the New World.


33 posted on 08/26/2013 7:28:00 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Travis McGee; ixtl; waterhill

Well written as always. Hopefully it will remain as fiction for now. It truly is remarkable how fragile our society is and how quickly it could turn very ugly even for the prepared.....


34 posted on 08/26/2013 7:28:38 AM PDT by Envisioning (It's the Jihad, stupid......)
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To: annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; Nachum; onyx; ...

Super ping to all lists...
Disregard doubles or triples, but get here.


35 posted on 08/26/2013 7:36:48 AM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: Travis McGee

Matt,

I can’t wait to download. I thank you for your efforts to make me think of the unimaginable outcomes that could happen.

Best,

MFO


36 posted on 08/26/2013 7:36:56 AM PDT by Man from Oz
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To: Travis McGee
Excellent!
(Bump)
37 posted on 08/26/2013 7:38:18 AM PDT by blam
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To: Travis McGee

Thanks.


38 posted on 08/26/2013 7:41:08 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: OKSooner

Wow..! U r an amazing writer.


39 posted on 08/26/2013 7:41:25 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: MestaMachine

excellent


40 posted on 08/26/2013 7:43:34 AM PDT by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: Travis McGee; appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ..

Preppers’ PING!!


41 posted on 08/26/2013 7:45:31 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Travis McGee

bump


42 posted on 08/26/2013 7:46:08 AM PDT by real saxophonist (All you poor, all you needy, all you're doin' is givin' to the greedy... Temptations, 'Power')
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To: Travis McGee

I like it!

Thanks!


43 posted on 08/26/2013 7:46:30 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Travis McGee

Have your other books on Kindle. Thanks for this.


44 posted on 08/26/2013 7:46:55 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: verga; cartographer; Morgana
Might be good for the Preper list
45 posted on 08/26/2013 7:47:08 AM PDT by verga (Liberals and protestants, not all that different if you look closely enough)
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To: Travis McGee

Bumpitty bump bump!

Good job!


46 posted on 08/26/2013 7:49:15 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: Travis McGee

I enjoyed the read, thanks for posting.


47 posted on 08/26/2013 7:51:56 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Kartographer

Thanks Kart - read it on Saturday ;-)

I put a review/comment of it on The Western Rifle site.


48 posted on 08/26/2013 7:55:16 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: DuncanWaring

You can do a LOT more with potatoes if you go vertical.
Try this out some time. The neat part about it is you can peel away the base and start eating ‘taters while the top wrungs are still growing.

http://lifehacker.com/5202849/grow-100-lbs-of-potatoes-in-4-square-feet


49 posted on 08/26/2013 7:57:51 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Travis McGee

I’m at work now and only got to read the first part, unfortunately — it’s really good!! Well-written, scary but believable and most likely exactly what will happen when the economy crashes.

Will read the rest when I get home later and pass it along.


50 posted on 08/26/2013 8:02:38 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (Oh, What Fresh Hell Is This??)
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