Here’s How to Protect Yourself From Mob Violence

riot policeHuman beings have a peculiar duality. We love to imagine ourselves as rugged individuals, but we’re extremely susceptible to herd instincts. We are after all, social creatures, and our instinctive need to “go with the crowd” has helped us survive and thrive in a world where going it alone can be a death sentence. Unfortunately, that same urge often drives us to do things that are violent, stupid, and ultimately self-destructive.

That sort of behavior was on full display in Cologne, Germany on New Year’s Eve, when a mob of around 1000 people, many of them refugees from Middle East, lit fireworks, robbed and assaulted pedestrians, and groped dozens of women (at least two cases of rape have been reported). They essentially formed a gauntlet of several mobs that passengers coming out of the Cologne train station had to fight through.

Frankly, it’s shocking that such an event could happen in Germany, a country that is (or at least was) prosperous, stable, and orderly. It just goes to show that no nation is immune to mob-like behavior, even when there is no natural or man-made disaster to inspire these acts.

The politics surrounding this incident have been thoroughly discussed already, so there’s no need to tread that ground again. Instead, I want to talk about what you can do to protect yourself, if you ever find yourself wrapped up in a belligerent crowd. Here’s what you need to know:

The Borg

When faced with a mob, the normal rules of human behavior are thrown out the window. That’s because you’re no longer dealing with a group of individuals. When people join the mob, they stop thinking for themselves, and start acting in the interest of the group, even when it doesn’t necessarily benefit them as individuals. What you’re really dealing with, is one person with many bodies. This is what makes the mob so cohesive and dangerous, but as you’ll see in a moment, it’s also its greatest weakness.

Don’t Fight the Crowd

Any situation that involves dangerous people is going to spark your fight or flight response. With a mob, both of those options could end disastrously, though fighting a crowd of people is arguably worse. You’re not going to win that fight. In some cases, brandishing a weapon might convince members of the crowd to snap out of their groupthink, but it’s often the case that a mob can’t be reasoned with, even if their lives depend on it. Inhibitions are low for members of the mob (even without the influence of drugs and alcohol, which are often present) and these people feel safe, and sometimes invulnerable. I don’t care how much of a badass you are, you can’t fight everybody. If you try going toe to toe with a mob, they’ll tear you to pieces.

Don’t Run From the Crowd Either

The moment you try to flee the mob, it becomes blatantly obvious that you are not a part of the mob, and are thus a target. This is where the uniformity of the crowd becomes its weakness. The best advice I’ve heard on escaping a mob comes from this article from Rather than fleeing, start acting like everyone else in the crowd so you don’t stand out.

Then, slowly drift away from everyone else until you reach the edge of the mob. Eventually you can duck out and hide by slipping into an alley way or store front. If the mob starts moving into a different direction, go with them, but at a slower speed. Eventually they’ll just leave you behind.

Stay Calm and Aware

In case you haven’t noticed already, normal human instincts don’t serve you well in this situation. If anything, it’s normal human instincts that cause mob violence in the first place. Since your fight or flight response will get you in trouble, it’s important to remember that you have to stay cool, and be aware of your surroundings. In a sense, everyone in the mob has tunnel vision. They’re very focused at the task at hand, whatever that may be.

If you keep it together, you’ll have a significant advantage over them, because you’ll have so much more awareness. You’ll see gaps in the crowd that you can drift through. You’ll see where the mob is moving to before any individual within the group knows it. You’ll notice when the police arrive before they do. And more importantly, you’ll see opportunities to escape while the mob is preoccupied or distracted. So stay calm, blend in, and drift away before anyone notices you. It’s not guaranteed to save you in every situation, but it’s still the best way to escape the grasp of any mob.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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Originally published January 11th, 2016
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  • Tip #1…Don’t live in a big city! 😉

    • Jim

      Tip #2…See tip #1.

    • Viva Michael

      And help your fellow whites!

  • mikefromwichita

    Aim for a center of mass shot (using large caliber hollow points) on the Mob Leader/most aggressive individual). Continue firing while backing away until all 11 rounds are expended. Rapid reload and continue firing if possible. (YES, a rapid reload takes practice, practice,practice). Yours odds are good that as the first three or four collapse the rest will run like bunnies.

  • Defiant

    “It just goes to show that no nation is immune to mob-like behavior, even when there is no natural or man-made disaster to inspire these acts.”

    Then in the VERY next sentence the author mentions and refuses to discuss the politics involved which WERE the “man-made disaster!” LOL! Liberals.

    The article should have shown a picture of a shotgun and an AR rifle. THAT’S how you protect yourself from mob violence. No matter the size of the mob…the individuals that compose it wont wish to be the portion of the mob that’s killed. This has worked in many riots, many many times.

  • USMC 8th and I

    Blend in with the crowd……’re kidding right. That’s the worst idea I’ve ever heard. You’re standing there with suitcases and the mutts are running around with beers in their hands, groping…right!
    Best to avoid crowds and be armed. They try to pull this “gang” stuff on me or anyone who I care about…..someone’s going to hurt….and, it ain’t gonna be ME. I pack heat and extra mags…and, they ain’t gonna like it……

    • Viva Michael

      Blend in, right. If you look just like a wog or whatever kind of thing they are, it might work.

  • No Bull Nonofit

    The cologne event is about making refugees and isis fighters angry (bombing them in Syria), giving them the opportunity (asylum and a gathering) then capitalising by divide and conquere tactics (residents reaction to refugee violence). This way the elite can create conflict and have people plead for their rights to be removed (surveillence, cash removal, id chips and excessive military/policing. This is due to play out throughout the west as the one world government becomes more obvious. And we all become slaves.

    • No Bull….. Sorry Bro., not ALL OF US will become slaves. The smart ones will be already Raptured up with Jesus, their Lord and Savior. Just read the last book of the KJV Bible… Revelation. BTW, the bible is written on a 5th grade level, so no problems there. See/ Visit: TOM’S JOURNAL. —Disabled Vietnam Veteran: 68-70.

  • Viva Michael

    Wait a minute here! Weren’t there at least as many white Germans there as there were young men claiming to be refugees? How the hell is the crowd going to “tear you to pieces” if you have an equally large group of white men standing with you?

    I ask again, were there 3 white women and 10,000 Muslims there? Were there hundreds or thousands of white, Christian Germans there? Then again, how could the crowd tear victims to pieces, or even get away with assault? White people stand together. Do not stand by idly while mobs attack your people.

    • Sorry to tell you this…. but Germany is now a Socialist country, too. Thanks to Angela Merkel.. Beware, the USA is next.

  • Viva Michael

    What should happen when a mob of non-whites attack a lesser number of whites is that all whites in the area come to the white peoples’ rescue and make sure that the non-whites ever dare consider attacking whites again.

  • Viva Michael

    If your government interferes with the safety measures that white people take, that government is illegitimate and lacks the consent of the governed and should be treated as such.

  • Viva Michael

    What the hell is going on? These guys are pretending to think of how we can protect ourselves and they don’t even dream of mentioning that white people can stick together and defend on another. That is really sick. If Bantus or wogs are at this very moment pounding on humans or harming them in other ways and the police are minutes away or standing by doing nothing, defend your fellow humans.

    • Well said. The whole prepping industry is a jew con. Get you to by loads of crap you don’t need and sit on your bum while you get picked of one by one.

      White brothers shoulder to shoulder.

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