BarbWire Pushes Survivalist Scam

I’ve written many times about the profitable scam in the right wing blogosphere selling dark, dystopic visions of impending doom to their paranoid and ignorant followers. Matt Barber’s site BarbWire sent out just such an email for the “Patriot Survival Plan,” using all of the familiar manipulative tricks of the trade. The email says:

Martial Law In America?

You and your family are NOT going to their liberal Auschwitz, even if they can’t wait to push you through the door.

You see, there are three clear signs that FEMA camps will open gates soon.

And right now, they’re breathing in your face.

#1: The financial crisis

#2: The food crisis

#3: Martial law

Obama has just signed Executive Order 16303, which gives him the right to institute Martial Law whenever he wants to.

This is the beginning of the end.

But YOU can make your own happy ending… and laugh in Obama’s sorry face.

It’s easier than you think. American Patriots are already doing this…

and Obama’s got NOTHING on them.

Just take a look and see for yourself:

=> Click here before they shut this down…

All the typical lies. Executive Order 16303 was signed by Obama two and a half years ago and it was just a minor update to an executive order that has been in place since the Truman administration. It updated things like the succession plan in case of a national emergency because, for instance, there was a new cabinet position that was not part of the original emergency plan (Secretary of Homeland Security). Paranoid demagogues immediately started spreading these kinds of ridiculous lies about it.

And you have to love the “watch this before they shut it down” line. Reminds me of the ads for those diet pills that say, “If you lost weight too rapidly, cut down to only one pill a day.” It’s just emotional manipulation. And they know this. And Matt Barber doesn’t care because A) that’s his standard strategy anyway and B) he’s making money on it.

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  • eric

    Gotta watch for those three clear signs breathing down your face!

    I do wonder whether the terrible prose is accidental (the authors are that stupid) or intentional (written that way by con artists looking to attract idiots).

  • alanb

    Oh, it will be shut down alright. Big Pharma will bully them into it. Or maybe it’s the power companies that won’t like it. I get them confused.

  • ambassadorfromverdammt

    I sometimes wonder if some right wingers are pushing the FEMA camp conspiracy because they secretly think it would be the best thing for the government to do.

  • Mr Ed

    But YOU can make your own happy ending… and laugh in Obama’s sorry face.

    …and they took their three packets of Patriot beef jerky, Patriot mylar blanket and six deluxe Patriot American flags and lived happily ever after in a hollowed out tree stump. The ate grubs and nuts, but never ACORNS, and the evil Obama never trouble them again to the end of their days.

  • raven

    I knew a very serious and diligent End Timer.

    He was ultimately right. The end did come.

    For him. He died recently at a rather old age. I suspect his surviving family is wondering what to do with a few tons of dried food and survival equipment.

  • raven

    You see, there are three clear signs that FEMA camps will open gates soon.

    But you can avoid those FEMA camps. When the US army comes for you just wave your, “three packets of Patriot beef jerky, Patriot mylar blanket and six deluxe Patriot American flags” at them.

    I’m sure those soldiers will then run away in abject terror and throw your address away. (This is magical thinking but it’s the only kind the right wingnut followers know how to do.)

  • Jared James

    And of course, your [specific brand and model of] firearm! Because everyone knows Real Patriots are always ready and willing to die in the cause of Freedom, which they will if they try shooting at actual uniformed servicemembers.

    Unless they’re white enough. Wink, wink.

  • eric

    I always figured that immediately after any such breakdown of society, there would likely be a lot of survivalist-on-survivalist warfare. Survivalist Joe probably isn’t going to be too worried about unarmed me, but survivalist Bob has stockpiled weapons. Bob is obviously planning something nefarious! Joe’s gotta get him before he gets Joe!

  • scott

    #3- When in doubt about a right-winger’s thinking, try projection. They’d love to have FEMA camps- they just don’t want the wrong people thrown into them instead of Muslims and gays and whichever furriners Louie Gohmert is scared of today.

  • bmiller

    I never understood why anyone would WANT to survive the post-apocalyptic horror show. ???? :(

  • scott

    #10- Because the leather-clad marauders of the wasteland will immediately recognize a schlubby middle-manager from Agway as their rightful King because he has the right model of AR-15 with the right crap bolted to the barrel. It’s like Excalibur that way.

  • dhall

    “Liberal Auschwitz.” Now there’s an oxymoron.

  • DaveL

    to die in the cause of Freedom, which they will if they try shooting at actual uniformed servicemembers.

    That’s only when they’re not “defending their supplies” i.e. gunning down refugees.

  • dugglebogey

    Shouldn’t they all be saved by the rapture? Aren’t all these survivalist idiots (okay, they’re really just gun nuts) all super right christians? I guess maybe they know they aren’t worthy to be raptured.