The War is Coming Home

By Azazel

I really hate to disappoint anyone who thought that the state of affairs might turn for the better now, but the truth is that things are going to get much rougher in the near future – as of now, Congress has introduced legislation in the so-called “defense authorization bill” (as though the U.S./NATO empire has ever defended anything but its own pocket book…) that would allow for its own citizens to be indefinitely detained on its own home soil (see this for more: ).

The state claims that this bill simply codifies precedent (which is a terrible argument in the first place since the existing precedent favors the build-up of a powerful police state), but the reality is that the state is declaring its own territory a war zone and granting “battlefield authority” to the chief executive of this pseudo-republic – essentially the passage of this bill would end all pretense of “democracy” that the state has hid behind for centuries and reveal the citizen for what he truly is: a slave.

Now, I know that some of you here might say “but it’s still just a bill – it hasn’t been made ‘law’ yet.”  Of course, the kind of person to say such things likely still believes that the voters decide the outcome of elections, that there are real differences between the major parties and that we are all “equals before ‘law’” – in other words, the naive idealist.

The reality here is that the political class wouldn’t even be openly discussing the matter if they didn’t already have such power de facto (and the chief executive has exercised such power for years, just not at home – yet…) – even if this particular piece of legislation fails to pass, all it really proves is that the state is not willing to shed its illusions of “democracy” just yet: what bills like this signify is that the state is conditioning people to think of the kind of authority exercised by itself as being “normal” – parading this nonsense around in public is a sort of mental programming of the political mindset of the average person to accept that the state has the indisputable “right” to use this kind of power against the “bad guy.”

And who’s the “bad guy,” exactly?  Why, whoever the state says it its of course!  Thanks to this never-ending “war on terrorism” the enemy can be anyone – because there is no such thing as “terrorism” (yes, that’s right – it’s a made-up concept folks: this may as well be a “war on square circles” as far as objective reality is concerned) the state can declare anyone it wishes to be a “terrorist.”  In fact, it already has made significant headway on that front (see here for details: ).

Yep, that’s right folks – if you oppose war, you’re a “terrorist.”  If you are environmentally conscious, you’re a “terrorist.”  If you have a cynical outlook on politics, own multiple guns, buy large amounts of gold and silver or even have more than seven days of food in your home *you* are a “terrorist.”  Well, “terrorism suspect” or “low-level terrorist” technically: but considering that the state has the power to drag you from your home, detain you indefinitely and even kill you on grounds of suspicion you are, for all practical reasons and purposes, a “terrorist” as far as the state is concerned – you are guilty until proven innocent (and perhaps even afterwards) and the state is not obliged to give you so much as the *chance* to prove yourself innocent of the “terrorism” charges brought against you (or even tell you what those charges are in the first place – that information is classified due to “national security” concerns).

All in all, the state is preparing to declare war against its own citizens – anyone who does not tow the party line and mindlessly chant “USA!” while serving the ruling classes will be officially declared an enemy.  Why?  Because the end of civilization as we know it draws nigh: as many of you are aware Peak Oil is coming and with it the end of this time of material abundance – the ruling classes realize that there’s only so much left to go around and now seek to maximize their share of the pie by simply cutting out everyone else!

To that end, they need to ensure that the population is kept in line so that they don’t start demanding more of the pie than the elite deem proper for them to possess – what they seek is a Malthusian future in which the common man struggles for a pittance working for the crumbs that fall from the masters’ table.  But should there be open dissenters among the public there will be the possibility of rebellion and all-out guerrilla warfare against the ruling classes (and this is especially threatening in a land where there is a strong gun culture – as heavily-armed rebels pose more of a threat than peasants with pitchforks): in order for this vision of the future to happen the public must be beaten into submission – the protestors must be silenced, the cynics culled, the survivalists stripped of supply stocks and all potential rebels disarmed to ensure that no meaningful opposition to this dystopia can ever come into being.  To that end, all such persons are to be deemed “terrorists” so that the state has justification for acting against them.

Neitzsche said it best – “The state lieth in all languages of good and evil; and whatever it saith it lieth; and whatever it hath it hath stolen.

False is everything in it; with stolen teeth it biteth, the biting one. False are even its bowels.

Confusion of language of good and evil; this sign I give unto you as the sign of the state. Verily, the will to death, indicateth this sign! Verily, it beckoneth unto the preachers of death!”

And as we can see nothing has changed since his time – the state continues to call itself and its own interests (i.e. “national security”) “good” and all opposing interests (i.e. “terrorism”) “evil.”  If you stand against the will of the state (which is “good” by default) you are “evil” and the state must make war against you because of it.

So, what can be done about this?  Is there some way to stop the state from exercising this power?  Maybe through proposing legislative reforms?  Or by “voting the bums out” next election cycle?

Thus speaks the voice of naivete once again…

To anyone who seriously considered the above suggestions I say “get real – none of this will happen.”  Why?  There’s a myriad of reasons involving campaign fraud, special interest lobbying, erosion of “rights” once thought “guaranteed” by the Constitution (which is, and always was, just a scrap of paper) and so forth: people can write books (and have done so) about all the lies, corrupt dealings and lives sacrificed for the benefit of the state under false pretenses over the last century alone!  But what it all really comes down to is this – power, quite simply, can’t be reformed because it does not *want* to be reformed.  Period.

Power can’t be reformed in any meaningful way – only broken.  The ruling classes won’t simply surrender their thrones, they must be pushed off those thrones: and then, to prevent another force from ever wielding that kind of power, the thrones must be burned – the only meaningful reform of power is reform carried out with matches and a can of gasoline.

Needless to say, this process will not be peaceful and most people don’t have the stomach for such things – the idea of taking apart the society they have come to know and rely upon (even as it abuses them) is a task that’s simply too great for the “good” citizen.  The “law” abiding types can’t imagine a world without such artificially-imposed order and thus are too frightened to let it go.  This is why the task falls to the “evil” persons of society: for they have the strength to do what the good can not.

To quote Neitzsche once more, ““When power becomes gracious and descends into the visible — such descent I call beauty. And there is nobody from whom I want beauty as much as from you who are powerful: let your kindness be your final self-conquest. Of all evil I deem you capable: therefore I want the good from you.

Verily, I have often laughed at the weaklings who thought themselves good because they had no claws.”

And just who are the “evil” ones to do this?  Well, if “terrorism” is “evil” and voicing dissent or preparing for armed conflict is “terrorism” then that would be us – if the state will label us “terrorists” for refusing to be helpless pawns in its games, then I say let us all take on that role of the “terrorist” let some measure of “good” come out of our “evil” for the alternative here is to be one of the “good” and powerless slaves of the empire: and the “good citizens” of the U.S./NATO empire will eventually wind up the same way that those “good” and “law” abiding Germans did back in the 1930s.

I don’t know about you but the choice is very clear to me…

**Update** I’ve heard rumors about FEMA detention camps for a long time, but never quite knew what to make of them due to lack of hard evidence – however, some new (and very disturbing information has come out cocerning the “homeland security” deparment’s relationship with FEMA (you can read the details here ) but the portion that really caught my attention was the requisition for “140 million packets of food, blankets and body bags.”

The food and blankets seem innocent enough, but why the hell would FEMA need 140 million body bags?  There’s no natural disaster shy of a meteor impact that can kill so many people: yet FEMA evidently expects roughly half the U.S. population to die in a short time – something that a full-scale civil war would account for, and in such conflicts it’s the powers of state that do the lion’s share of the killing.

Brace yourselves folks – we’re in for one hell of a wild ride…

Addendum: due to some recent confusion resulting from a miscommunication, I wish to be very clear that what I’m advocating is *preparation* for conflict rather than initiation of one – I’m not going to tell anyone what to do here, but I will say use your own judgement and be smart about any subversive activities you participate in.

Always preserve operational security to the greatest degree possible, don’t trust outsiders with sensitive information and do not, I repeat, do *not* randomly engage in confrontation with agents of the state (armed or otherwise) – compromising security and randomly picking fights with the police state will render the future of your resistance cell a very short one indeed…    

About karlsie

Some great perversity of nature decided to give me a tune completely out of keeping with the general symphony; possibly from the moment of conception. I learned to read and speak almost simultaneously. The blurred and muffled world I heard through my first five years of random nerve loss deafness suddenly came alive with the clarity of how those words sounded on paper. I had been liberated for communications. I decided there was nothing more wonderful than writing. It was easier to write than carefully modulate my speech for correct pronunciation, and it was easier to read than patiently follow the movements of people’s lips to learn what they were saying. It was during that dawning time period, while I slowly made the connection that there weren’t that many other people who heard the way I did, halfway between sound and music, half in deafness, that I began to understand that the tune I was following wasn’t quite the same as that of my classmates. I was just a little different. General education taught me not only was I just a little isolated from my classmates, my home was just a little isolated from the outside world. I was born in Alaska, making me part of one of the smallest, quietest minorities on earth. I decided I could live with this. What I couldn’t live with was discovering a few years later, in the opening up of the pipeline, which coincided with my first year of junior college, that there were entire communities of people; more than I could possibly imagine; living impossibly one on top of another in vast cities. It wasn’t even the magnitude of this vision that inspired me so much as the visitors who came from these populous regions and seemed to possess a knowledge so great and secretive I could never learn it in any book. I became at once, very conscious of how rural I was and how little I knew beyond the scope of my environment. I decided it was time to travel. The rest is history; or at least, the content of my stories. I traveled... often to college campuses, dropping in and out of school until one fine day by chance I’d fashioned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. I’ve worked a couple of newspapers, had a few poems and stories tossed around in various small presses, never receiving a great deal of money, which I’m assured is the norm for a writer. I spent ten years in Mexico, watching the peso crash. There is some obscure reason why I did this, tightening up my belt and facing hunger, but I believe at the time I said it was for love. Here I am, back home, in my beloved Alaska. I’ve learned somewhat of a worldly viewpoint; at least I like to flatter myself that way. I’ve also learned my rural roots aren’t so bad after all. I work in a small, country store. Every day I greet the same group of local customers, but make no mistake. My store isn’t a scene out of Andy Griffith. The people who enter the establishment, which also includes showers, laundry and movie rentals, are miners, oil workers, truck drivers, construction engineers, dog sled racers and carpenters. Sometimes, on the liquor side, the conversations became adult only in vocabulary. It’s a good thing, on the opposite side of the store is a candy aisle filled with the most astonishing collection, it will keep a kid occupied with just wishing for hours. If you tell your kids they can have just one, you have an instant baby sitter; better than television; as they agonize over their choice while you catch up on the gossip with your neighbor. We also receive a lot of tourists, a lot of foreign visitors. They are usually amazed at this first sign of Alaskan rural life style beyond the insulating hub of the Anchorage bowl. Many of them like to hang around and chat. They gawk at our thieves wanted posters. They laugh at our jokes and camaraderie with our customers. I’ve learned another lesson while working there. You don’t have to go out and find the world. If you wait long enough, it comes to you.

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6 Comments on “The War is Coming Home”

  1. If you’re in India, and you’re a human rights activist, anti-Big Business, or an environmentalist, you’re a “Maoist” and can be arrested, beaten up, and locked away pretty much indefinitely. The law doesn’t actually allow indefinite imprisonment but there are ways of getting round that, by, for instance,not producing prisoners in court. In India “Maoist” is used as “terrorist” is in the US.

  2. Sadly it is not just its own citizens that the American government are targeting with a bill that sounds like it is just a further ingraining of the Homeland Security act that suspends civil liberties but those who do not live in the States as well. The Canadian government has sold out its citizens in order to “streamline” trucks hauling products Stateside by agreeing to notify the American government of the movements of its citizens. The Canadian government will not only be sending out lists of names of people crossing the border to the States but anywhere around the globe. Considering the American government has shown that it lacks an awareness of the presence of other governments as displayed in its tactics in Pakistan, I wonder if it will not be long before Canadians who vocalize opposition to American policies will quietly detained and sent south to be silenced

  3. It’s a little mind numbing just how quickly, how easily mainstream America gave up their rights. And now, they would even surrender to false labeling if only to keep the peace. No government is worth having that has to be maintained at gunpoint, no matter how idealistic the goals, and there is no idealism at all in the law-making forced upon us, only a lust for profit. Resistance will certainly be met with violence as it’s the only way the powers know how to play, but violence is also what is anticipated, yearned for, with lots of new toys for urban warfare. A trademark of Western conquerors; as soon as they have developed a new weapon for “defense”, they offensively search for a good reason to use it, and urban warfare technology has been in the active development stage for the last twenty years. It is only logical that those who wish to survive develop their own defense plans; their own protection, whether they rely on guns, computer hacking, electric shock or home made pepper spray. It’s only logical that those who wish to survive learn survivalist arts, cunning, stealth, create a system of safe houses and underground communications between communities. It’s only logical that the government will label those that do, terrorists, but the only other recourse is to trust a government, that for all we know, plans to place half of America into body bags.

  4. Apologies for the lateness of reply – I’ve been a little preoccupied. Anyways…

    @ Bill,

    You make a good comparison regarding the use of the terms “terrorists” and Maoists, but there is one key difference between the two – there *are* actual Maoists (as Maoism is an actual ideology), but there are no actual “terrorists” because the very idea of “terrorism” is open to interpretation (hence the saying “one man’s ‘terrorist’ is another man’s ‘freedom fighter’”).

    I know – I’m nitpicking here, but I think that a crucial difference that needs to b understood by all regular people.

    @ A.B. Thomas,

    My article is aimed at all persons who seek independence from foreign powers like the state – I just focused on this particular piece of legislation because this is what’s going to have the most impact of the “citizens” of the U.S. state entity (within who’s territory myself and mine reside presently).

    But yes, I concede that the potential is there for “citizens” of other state entities to be affected and advise them to prepare for social meltdown and civil war as well…

    @ Karlsie,

    You point is well taken, but keep in mind that the U.S./NATO empire has a poor track record of fighting guerrilla insurgencies that it does not crush in their infancy – the whole purpose of “laws” such as these and all that high-tech urban warfare gear (note the emphasis on controlling the cities – most guerrilla conflicts start in the rural areas: the purpose of this gear is controlling ground, not elimination of active guerrilla units) is to ensure that a successful guerrilla conflict does not get off the ground.

    I’m not arrogant enough to claim that victory is guaranteed in a guerrilla conflict (there are no guarantees, just opportunities), but rather that there is a realistic chance of such a thing succeeding because these kinds of wars have always been the U.S./NATO empire’s Achilles Heel – and like you said earlier, the alternative is to leave ourselves at the mercy of a state that may be just fine with killing off half its own population to “maintain order.”

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