The Running Iron Report is an outfit made up of writers from varying walks of life — law enforcement, journalism, civil service, the arts and the academy, and more — who have all come to a painful realization: the country and civilization we have served in our individual capacities is dying.
The natural entropy that wears down empires is already at play in the United States, and the West generally. We’re skeptical that that quasi‐biological process can be reversed. We’re not a serious nation anymore; we’re a reality TV show — and we’re not going to change that by voting one cast off the island and electing a new one.
It’s never easy to watch something we love die, but we’ve come to the inescapable conclusion that that’s what is happening. It will probably be a very long time before we hear a death rattle — none of us will live to see it — but the patient is terminal.
The hardest part is to stop worrying about it and instead to use that energy plotting a way forward through the wreckage. That’s what RIR about: improvising, adapting, overcoming, and building a resilient community of capable, compassionate, creative, honest people who are refusing to be led around by unsustainable models of consumption, antique political parties, and digital angst. We believe in timeless values and virtues — courage, sacrifice, self‐discipline, self‐reliance, physical and mental toughness. Those are precisely the qualities that serve us best — and that is what will carry the fire forward into the future.