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Raising Feral Children

February 14, 2016

One of the prize-winning article requests was: “engagement/psychological preparation of children/youth in your planning and preparations—what the hell are you going to do with TMO?”

The following article is actually an excerpt from the working draft of the new book. It is not the exact content in the finished book, but pretty close. Mostly, just the layout is changed, to fix contextual issues that only make sense if you’ve read the six and a half chapters that lead up to this point, before getting into the training-specific aspects of the book.

For most people, the mental image that arises with the term “feral children,” is the boomerang-chucking little mute kid in the Mad Max: Road Warrior. Sociologically, the term “feral children” however refers specifically to children who live isolated from human contact from a very young age. This leads to a lack of cultural behaviors and understanding, including care and language. While historically, many feral children have been abandoned or confined by their parents as a rejection of intellectual or physical handicaps, there are cross-cultural mythological examples of feral children growing into successful adults. From the Roman foundation myth of Romulus and Remus, to the modern fiction examples of Kipling’s Mowgli, and Burrough’s Tarzan, we can reflect back to the earlier point from this book that “myth is history, told better.”

In the mythological examples, we see children with relatively normal levels of human intelligence and physicality, growing into a superior being, because of their enhanced physical attributes and survival instincts that have not been dulled by exposure to social behavioral norms. Of course, this concept is closely tied to the “noble savage,” or “Myth of the Golden Age,” but it also offers an extremely useful approach for developing cultural identity and raising children that will continue the survival of cultural values and tribal identity.

Feral is derived from the Latin “ferus” meaning “wild.” It is specifically defined as “untamed; undomesticated; hence, wild; savage.” A more contemporary edition of Webster’s includes “having escaped from domestication and become wild.” The issue then becomes, “who is defining ‘untamed,’ ‘undomesticated,’ and ‘wild?’” If we allow the imperial culture to define those terms for us, then most “traditional American values” are now the realm of “wild” and “savage” people, because they do not fit the cultural norms of the imperial culture. To the Roman imperial culture, the Celto-Germanic barbarians were—by definition—wild and savage and undomesticated, because they did not adhere to the customs and traditions of imperial culture.

Yet, even in the Roman example, we look at the foundation myth of Romulus and Remus, and we see a glimmer of memory of the barbarian, uncivilized youth of Roman cultural identity. We must strive for the same. We must strive to raise children who are not constrained by the morals and regulations of imperial culture, but instead, who are constrained by the cultural values of our tribes’ values and so, live in frið with the rest of the tribe—whether kin-group or sodality—increasing the chances that those customs and traditions will survive the death throes of the declining empire.

There are three basic aspects, in my understanding, to raising feral children (It is absolutely critical to understand that, to some degree, this section is largely hypothetical for me. While we do raise our children this way, our oldest is still primary-school aged. By the time she is a teenager, or young adult, we may have realized we were complete fucking retards on the subject, and ruined our child’s life through shitty parenting.). The first of these, as in all things, is leading by example. We cannot expect our children to internalize the cultural values we profess, if we do not provide the moral exemplar for them to look up to. At best, in such cases, we can only hope that, by setting such a shitty example, our children are repulsed by it, and strive to achieve a life opposite our own, thus actually succeeding at living the values we professed, but did not live.

If you profess to believe in critical thinking and logical decision-making, as a cultural value, you cannot get angry and scream at your child to “shut the fuck up, and don’t question your parents!” After all, by questioning the basis for not only your decisions, but even the basis of your authority to make those decisions, the child is successfully implementing the critical-thinking you profess a desire for them to learn. If your cultural value is that parents are, ipso facto, the source of all right thinking in the family, in the tradition of the patria potestas, that is fine. You’re a fucking moron, but that is fine too (let’s face it. We all know parents who are considerably less intelligent than their children. Case in point? You humble author). However, if you expect your child to learn critical thinking skills, you’d damned well better be able to explain to them that there is actually a philosophical basis for your parental authority.

If you profess to believe in the virtue of health and fitness to the survival of your tribe, then your children had probably ought not see you spending every available moment of free time, sitting in front of the television or the computer screen. While some time with either tool is not even noteworthy, your children should see you engaging in activities—and probably should be participating themselves—that validate your professed belief in health and fitness.

The second aspect is the inculcation of critical-thinking skills. If we accept that wisdom and good judgment are the basis of good fortune for both the individual and the clan, then it seems self-evident that teaching basic critical-thinking skills—logic—is a fundamental prerequisite of training our children to be leaders of their own generations within the tribe. If we teach our children legitimate logic and critical-thinking skills, they are less likely to find themselves coerced into actions inimical to their best interests and the best interests of the clan, through political and corporate marketing schemes that play on falsely created emotion.

The third aspect, directly related to the above, is the absolutely essential requirement of homeschooling our children. While this is often attacked by many within the preparedness movement as “impractical” for “most” people, that—in itself—is a failure of critical thinking and judgment. The typical reason provided for declaring homeschooling to be “impractical” is the “need” for two incomes, and the resulting inability for one parent to stay home. That is completely a function of surrender to the marketing of imperial corporate cultural programming. If removing Mom from the workforce requires a downsize of housing or material lifestyle, what are you losing?

  1. Oh, I don’t want my children to feel deprived!” This concern is an admission that you are allowing others to define the cultural values of your children. If your children are raised to value family connections and values over material wealth, how could they feel deprived by the opportunity to spend more time with their family? It is only when we see our children corrupted by the corporate advertising of the imperial culture—through public schooling, whether from teachers or their “peers,” or through television and other media marketing—that we see this raised as a concern.

  2. Well, what would the neighbors think!?” Who gives a shit? Unless those neighbors are part of your kith-and-kin, in which case, they should—by definition—share your cultural values and traditions, the opinions of your neighbors should be completely irrelevant to you. If they are of your tribe, and share your cultural values, and they voice opposition to your homeschooling, I would offer that there are two issues potentially raising their head: a) they do not, in fact, share your cultural values, at least in this specific area, in which case, you should reconsider where you’ve placed the boundaries of your tribal identity, or, alternatively (and possibly more likely) b) maybe they are not making a comment on your values, but on your ability to adequately teach those professed values. Perhaps, in the latter case, it is not the neighbors you are actually concerned about, but the unconscious understanding that you’re a fucking retard, and have no business trying to educate your children, if you are truly concerned about the survival of the tribe, rather than your own ego.

  3. There is no way my wife would go for that!” Like both of the aforementioned “concerns,” this actually illustrates nothing more than a failure of basic critical-thinking skills and good judgment. In the first place, it is a failure of critical thinking on the part of your wife, relative to the goal of survival of the tribe—and thus, of her own children. If your wife recognizes her role as the cultural arbiter of morality—in her role as the keeper of the hearth—then there is really no sound basis for refusing the role of homeschooling teacher for your own children. Does she believe that her income, as a method of funding more purchases of material goods, to assuage her guilt for not being home to raise her children, is more important than, well…being home to raise her children?

    This of course, reflects back on the other side of the poor judgment involved. If you are a husband who is married to a woman that does not share your cultural values and customs, you demonstrated a remarkable lack of good judgment in marrying her in the first place, didn’t you? The reciprocal is equally true of course. If you are a wife, who is married to a husband who insists that you cannot afford to stay home and take care of the children, because of financial considerations, and you believe that passing on the cultural values of your kith-and-kin is the most essential role you have in life…then you’re a fucking idiot for marrying his ass in the first place.

    The common retort to this that I often hear from critics is, “Well, I don’t believe in divorce! That’s a cultural value.” This is often offered as a defense for an unsuitable pairing that occurred because of youthful indiscretions and the lady of the house getting “knocked up.” I get it. Shotgun weddings are still a very real thing where I live. I’m not even referring to the morality or immorality of premarital sex(for me to protest premarital sex as immoral would require a level of ironic hypocrisy that even I am fundamentally incapable of) What we are referring to here is the “Well, she got knocked up, so I did the right thing by her and the kid.” Make no mistake, I agree this is the appropriate response. For better or for worse, you’ve passed on your DNA, and have—in my personal belief—a moral obligation to ensure the best possible outcome for the child. However, none of this removes the guilt of piss-poor judgment from your moral load. Now, because you lacked the good judgment to use a better form of birth control, or to abstain from premarital sex, you find yourself saddled with a spouse who does not share your cultural values. Undoubtedly, this was a result of the programmed conditioning you received in your own life, leading you to fall for a pretty face or a hard body. In the heat of the moment, good judgment and critical-thinking skills often fall victim to “damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” So, now you’re stuck, watching your children raised in the teaching of a culture completely foreign to your own values and traditions, with the forlorn hope that maybe—hopefully—you will be able to reverse that programming in the brief interludes you have with your children, at supper and on the weekends. Of course, at the same time you are struggling to achieve this, your efforts are being very effectively countered not only by the official programming of the public education system, but also of the unofficial programming of exposure to peer-group children with similarly contradictory values to your own tribal cultural values.

There are of course, despite these refutations, instances where it is not practical or practicable for mother to stay home and teach (Honestly, I don’t have a fucking clue what they might be, but people keep insisting to me that there are…). In such cases, in the tribal approach to surviving the decline of empire, we have a ready-made alternative, in the origin of education in much of America, when a local community built their own school, and hired a school teacher to come teach their children. In such cases, we have the opportunity to select a teacher that teaches lessons that correspond to your cultural values.

While the obvious example of this is private schools, whether secular or parochial, there is a less obvious example. That is simply, in cooperation and collaboration with others in your tribe, selecting a member of the tribe to act as the community schoolteacher, at least for the primary grades. It is, in effect, a return to the one-room schoolhouse model of yore (Yes, I am specifically talking about an obsolete, archaic system—that resulted in literacy rates estimated to hover steadily above 94%, versus current statistics, which hover between 80-85%, depending on how strictly you define ‘literacy.’).

We see the effectiveness of this educational model described by French emigre Pierre Samuel duPont de Nemours (Pierre Samuel was the father of Éleuthére Irénée du Pont, founder of the DuPont company.), who, in 1812, penned an interesting little booklet on National Education in the United States of America (Available in digital format, courtesy of the University of Michigan, at: http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015030974144;view=1up;seq=7) wherein he pointed out, “The United States are more advanced in their educational facilities than most countries…they have a large number of primary schools; and as their paternal affection protects children from working in the fields, it is possible to send them to the schoolmasters—a condition which does not prevail in Europe…most young Americans, therefore, can read, write, and cipher. Not more than four in a thousand are unable to write legibly—even neatly…the Bible is read; it is considered a duty to read it to children; and in that form of religion the sermons and liturgy in the language of the people tend to increase and formulate ideas of responsibility. Controversy, also, has developed argumentation and has thus give room for the exercise of logic…In America, a great number of people read the Bible, and all the people read a newspaper. The fathers read aloud to their children, while breakfast is being prepared—a task which occupies the mothers for three quarters of an hour every morning. And as the newspapers of the United States are filled with all sorts of narratives…they disseminate an enormous amount of information.

What we see then, is a historical model of community- and family-based education, predicated on the local community’s shared values, that led to the growth of the most powerful culture in the human experience. Perhaps—just perhaps—it is time to return to that model, on the local, community and tribal level, to ensure the survival of our cultural values?

Ultimately, the goal of survival preparedness, if we use “I want to survive!” is a dead end. You are not going to survive. Whether that is in the long-term or the short-term is largely predicated on your ability to develop the types of strong tribal ties that allowed your ancestors to survive the decline of previous empires. Simply building a gang of fellow preppers may be adequate to ensure survival in the short-term, at least until someone comes along who offers more benefit to your friends-of-convenience. In order to survive for the long-term, you need to develop that level of loyalty among your kith-and-kin—or within the intentional tribe of a sodality. Even then however, you can only survive to the end of your natural lifespan. The continuation of your cultural values requires passing on those values to the next generations. That requires strong families, with children who are indoctrinated in the values of the clan’s culture.

By providing the example to your children, of how to live in accordance with those values, and by educating them with the skills and lessons of those values, you provide the greatest opportunity for not only their—and your—short-term survival, but also for the long-term survival of your culture. That requires, as in all other aspects of life, emigrating “outside” of the metaphorical borders of the decadent, dying imperial culture’s definition of “modern family values.”

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21 Comments
  1. What is apparent here is that many of us are not starting from a blank slate, speaking for myself, I have made a lot of stupid decisions that have backed me into a corner where the current state of affairs sucks, but so does divorce, and so does my son’s mother who I am sure would have DCS on my ass if I didn’t have enough $$$….so I have made all the above mistakes, I guess my bloodline and I are too far fucked to be the target audience here. I see now why people fantasize about apocalypse–that’s the only way they’ll get a clean slate instead of spending the rest of their fucked up lives doing damage control because they didn’t gain wisdom until after accumulating baggage. So how does a man act honorably, when taking action to fix one problem triggers a negative cause-effect relationship with the others? How do you decide who gets the short straw? I am having trouble seeing outside the MC Escher stair case I managed to build. Not expecting answers here, just trying to be useful as an example of what not to do. Young guys reading this- wait. Give yourself time to figure out your value system before you think about getting any pussy without wrapping that shit up. After you’ve figured out your value system (JM’s books and blog should be helping you refine that process!) give yourself more time after that before you think about having kids or getting married.

    • I’m not going to lie. I was fortunate in the fact that I was taught well, early. I held off on getting married until I was well into my 30s. While I did fuck around a lot before that, I was also extremely conscientious about a) who I was sleeping with, and b) making sure we were using some form of birth-control to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.

      As far as how to remedy already extant problems? Critical thinking skills have their very own dedicated chapter in the new book!😀 I can’t answer those questions for anyone, because I don’t know their situation, nor their cultural values and customs. Generally speaking though, applying fundamental critical thinking skills, through the filter of your values and customs, seems to be the best solution to finding answers.

  2. “The third aspect, directly related to the above, is the absolutely essential requirement of homeschooling our children. While this is often attacked by many within the preparedness movement as “impractical” for “most” people, that—in itself—is a failure of critical thinking and judgment.”

    BRAVO! Somebody had to say it! I’ve had enough with excuses.

    For your edification, homeschooling is easy:
    http://strike-the-root.com/homeschooling-is-easy

    • Odgreen permalink

      John, I have lurked here for sometime and have gained a lot of knowledge from you. As a father of 7 homeschooled patriots I am delighted to hear you deciding to educate your precious children! There is no greater joy than preserving your offspring from the mindless indoctrination of the .gov schools. You, Sir, have made the right choice and I applaud you. I have often said if true, Liberty minded patriots would simply marry their own kind (Liberty minded) have 5, 10, hell, have 15 children and homeschool them, and associate with other like minded families where our offspring can then marry like minded spouses, in no time we would be a force for Liberty to be reckoned with.

  3. Phenias permalink

    We homeschooled both of our children and now are daughter has married a gaming metrosexual who is 250 lbs. overweight. The metrosexual almost not male vicariously lives his off time playing computer games late into the night stuffing his face w cheese cake. Mean while his 8 year old son is not chosen by his pubic school mates for football,baseball etc. cause the kid can’t even throw a ball or run. I’ve endeavored to teach him these skills but live 1500 miles away. The end of our clan is a far gone conclusion unless I relocate my 60 year old ass and save this kid from his parents. I will endeavor to mold this kid Hudson into the warrior class, thanks for the insite above, you are having an influence on my clan.

    • Sean permalink

      @Phenias: I’m about to have my first daughter this summer, and have intended to homeschool my kids for years. Respectfully: what went wrong with your daughter that she ended up with this guy? Is there anything you would have done raising her differently?

      Again, I don’t mean any rudeness, just would like to learn from your example for my own attempt at daughter-rearing.

  4. Wombat permalink

    A real eye opener on several matters.

    Top stuff.

  5. JMH permalink

    Relating to the 3rd point: My wife won’t go for that! I know several women that really do not like their own children and/or homelife & view their jobs as the escape. Is this due to their lousy skills in choosing a husband? Perhaps their crappy parenting skills, so much so their don’t like the little human they ar raising? Maybe both…not sure.
    I’ve also seen it with special needs kids – totally overwhelmed and flying out the door to have a few hours of ‘normal’ – or at least societial approved normal.
    There is also an undercurrent amongst us women that keeping a job is some kind of protection in the event the marriage goes south. She will have financial means when he leaves, but they often neglect the marriage which causes problems in the 1st place. Thanks femin-nazi’s

  6. TFA303 permalink

    Great article.

    We’ve been homeschooling for the last 15 years or so through three kids. I won’t say that it’s easy, but we’ve tried both methods and I will say with confidence that it’s no harder than having them in a classroom school. Furthermore, the return on that investment is outstanding.

    Another key step in raising kids this way is to get rid of broadcast television. I can’t tell you how good this has been for our kids, for our marriage, our finances and our souls.

  7. Roseman permalink

    Our children went to our small town public school graduating twenty years ago. My wife was a stay at home mom who spent time reviewing their papers and homework as well as augmenting and reinforcing their daily lessons.

    That being said, public schools today have changed and not for the better. If we were starting out now, home schooling would probably be our choice.

  8. … Case in point? You humble author). However, if you exp …. errors

    Learned a lot — thanks

  9. Reblogged this on The way I see things … and commented:
    Feral? Not the word I would have chosen to describe the parenting I did but it is fitting …
    I feel learning comes through fun and sometimes that water running over in the sink is a science experiment😉
    Only the PARENT knows what is right for that child and their family. My parents raised me different than their parents raised them and I in turn raised mine even more different. I think that my children are doing a fabulous job with their little ones. Still different than I operated but I also feel I am different in “raising” as a grandparent.

    “Ultimately, the goal of survival preparedness, if we use “I want to survive!” is a dead end. You are not going to survive. Whether that is in the long-term or the short-term is largely predicated on your ability to develop the types of strong tribal ties that allowed your ancestors to survive the decline of previous empires. Simply building a gang of fellow preppers may be adequate to ensure survival in the short-term, at least until someone comes along who offers more benefit to your friends-of-convenience. In order to survive for the long-term, you need to develop that level of loyalty among your kith-and-kin—or within the intentional tribe of a sodality. Even then however, you can only survive to the end of your natural lifespan. The continuation of your cultural values requires passing on those values to the next generations. That requires strong families, with children who are indoctrinated in the values of the clan’s culture.

    By providing the example to your children, of how to live in accordance with those values, and by educating them with the skills and lessons of those values, you provide the greatest opportunity for not only their—and your—short-term survival, but also for the long-term survival of your culture. That requires, as in all other aspects of life, emigrating “outside” of the metaphorical borders of the decadent, dying imperial culture’s definition of “modern family values.”

  10. h. in australia permalink

    another interesting and insightful article.

    first off, i’m not sure if it is true or not, but many years ago i was told that there was a fundamental difference in the way americains and australians hold conversations. this being, that to show you are listening americans will pick points they agree with and use them to further the conversation, where as australians will pick points they differ on and use those. that being said, please don’t take offence if i disagree with you and offer some counter points.

    to give you an idea of my background i’m nearly 40, i have 2 daughters about to turn 20 and 19 (both finished school) and two sons 10 and 5. (the 18 and 10yo’s both have adhd and asbergers too😀 )

    i haven’t got a clue what the education system is like in america, but in australia it isn’t the best. that being said i have still sent my children to government schools. my wife and i chose to do this, not so much for the formal education they would receive, but so they learn about the variety of people in the world and their differing viewpoints on life/the world. plus of course, how to survive in a social world. (also add your favorite sun tsu “know your enemy” quote here)

    a potential downside from home schooling is from magnifying your faults onto your children, none of us are perfect and our imperfections will show in our teaching, learning from multipule teachers should soften the imperfections of any single teacher as well as giving your children a basis to judge the quality of what they are learning and who they are learning from.

    i think you need to give your children a bit more credit, if you put in enough time with them and you show some amount of leading by example, they will more than likely fall in with like minded children. yes a few of my daughters friends have been a bit sketchy and not the best of influences, but all of the ones that they didn’t ditch are, at worst, good people with a few flaws still searching for direction, some are examples of the best people you could hope for your children to be friends with. both my daughters have so far avoided the major mistakes my wife and i made and look set to keep on that way.

    i can guarantee that teaching your children to think will lead to some interesting times during their early to mid teenage years. they will continually question your rules and motives and try their logic and critical thinking against everything you put forward.

    another source of “training” to look at is the scouting movement. remember the original premise was to train children and youths to be scouts for the military. plus it can make the learning fun and give them plenty of experience.

  11. Daniel permalink

    Great stuff. I would argue the kids in the system are the feral ones, not the other way around. They’re more likely to lack social skills, be unable to have an intelligent conversation, or make basic contributions to society or community. Looking forward to the book…

  12. May I recommend John Locke’s “Some Thoughts Concerning Education”? I have found it very useful guidance (well, so far!) in raising my daughter. Locke’s basic view was to treat children as ADULTS to the extent that their understanding allows. The father has the primary duty of overseeing the child’s education, either directly or through the medium of a tutor. Locke did not at all want children to go to school. Further, the father would take the boy with him on his social and business calls, keeping him in the company of adult men with the goal of teaching him how to interact with and understand them. He also advocated a rather strenuous lifestyle to toughen them up.

    I appreciate your reference to DuPont’s book, which I will look into. I will also have to start the practice of reading to my little girl over breakfast. She already enjoys hearing books at bedtime.

  13. Swamp Fox permalink

    Good article JM,

    This is one of the prime reasons this country is in the situation we are in today. If you let your kids go to any school outside of home school, you do not care about this country. It has been this way since before Reagan. No school is immune to the outside culture, to include your home school, it is just easier to it when it comes up.

    We home schooled our kids before it was cool, the internet and before it is was an Implied SOF Task. Our small group of SF and Ranger Regt families understood the Long War going on in the country and took strategic steps to counter it in our families. It is more important than teaching your kids to shoot. Everyone of us did it on one enlisted income. We raise free independent critical thinkers to be good citizens of the Constitutional Republic that is the USA. We actually had discussions on this statement as what is our Commanders Intent for home schooling and why?

    This is one of the Intel Indicators that the prepping movement is a joke. You Play Army and I say this because 99% of you cannot even do the most basic Army task of PT. You lack self discipline, and than you really do not care about the next generation because you send your kids out to get professionally indoctrinated for hours a day. Hell in SERE we could get you to Sign The Papers in hours and you let your kids go this professional Progressive Indoctrination,

    https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/sass/tables/sass0708_035_s1s.asp

    now multiply it by 12 years add some for preschool and then 4 plus for a degree.

    7 hours a day x 180 days x 12 years = a Very Progressive Minion that will elect Sanders, and you let the Minion be made.

    Being a parent is a 24/7 leadership position, start acting like a leader or carry on Playing Army.

    • Cold War GI permalink

      I applaud you Swampfox, you got it right. Every good thing takes effort. I was not in SF or Rangers but have understood since at least the late 80,s the long war we are in. I have seen most of my family succumb to the evil totalitarian socialist/communist way of looking at things. I raised my boys with respect for liberty and for freedom. They both will be part of the vanguard that leads the next generation to return to our forefathers vision of this country. I pray for them and for their fellow countrymen in the days to come. I hope and wish I can offer them guidance and much more before I am irrelevant.

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