Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Patriots, Militia and Radical Right Extremism

Recent reports by Homeland Security, US Attorney General Janet Napolitano and a Missouri MIAC Report consider Christian White Militia groups and veterans to the be the number 1 domestic security threat. On that note, I just finished reading the book "Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse" by James Wesley Rawles. I think it was a very interesting book that details the philosophy of the Militant Survivalist/Constitutionalist.

If you are like me, and awake to how this world really works, then you may understand where this book is coming from. For the rest, the survivalist world view can seem way over the top. I think this book is very important in the way it defines the right-wing survivalist extreme. I am all about balance, and Aristotle's "Golden Mean". Therefore, the value of this book lies in its extremism. Therefore, while some of the issues of this book are important to consider, I think searching for a more moderate worldview is best.

While this book is very extreme. I must confess, if I was not raised LDS, I am not sure I could see another alternative worldview than the false dichotomy that this book presents. In fact, the book does briefly mention a more moderate LDS response to economic and social collapse. But the author discounts it.

1. "Patriots" begins with a very correct assumption that the instability of our "just-in-time", over-leveraged, outsourced, hopelessly indebted, fractional reserve economy is enough all by itself to come crashing down resulting in a complete "mad max" collapse. The US could not withstand a Great Depression today like it did in the 1930's. While the media spooks us with threats of nuclear war, terrorism, pandemics, etc, etc, etc. Our economic condition alone is enough of a threat all by itself.

2. The author's answer to economic collapse, is to buy land somewhere rural, stockpile ammo and food, and build yourself your own compound/bunker/shelter. However, the problem with this "the Colony" or "Jericho" approach is that these compounds become immediate targets for roving bands of escaped convict "brigands" who form "wolf packs" and go from town to town burring and pillaging as they go. Only the most hardcore militia compounds survived these threats.

3. Lastly, these militia groups oppose an UN, international, globalist government that is imposed on The Divided States of America. The Constitution is tossed aside and martial law is imposed on the American people. While Martial Law is a favorite conspiracy subject, I don't think the book is at all realistic about the chances of success a never-ending gorilla war would be. The assumption made in the book is that such a war would be successful because: because God is on the side of the militia, and it worked for Afghanistan. I am not sure how conspiracy theorists could forget that the Russia-Afganastan thing was all WWE stage play.

4. Surprisingly, "Patriots" taks a lot about the people of the LDS faith. The author comments that the collapse did not affect LDS communities as severely as non-LDS communities. This was because LDS have a culture of keeping a year supply of food, are pro-guns, plant gardens, bottle fruit, and sew clothing. That said, the author criticizes the LDS in the book for making a deal with the interim government in exchange for local jurisdiction. The author whose theoretical compound was in Idaho, wished all those Mormons would pick up weapons and join the militia group instead of following their church leadership.

What the author doesn't know, is that the LDS have an alternate way to deal with this scenario. The answer to such a doomsday scenario is found in ancient scripture called The Book of Mormon. The prophet Mormon who lived close to 1500 years ago says he saw our day and knows our doing. Accordingly, Mormon made it very clear in the Book of Mormon just how to deal with roving bands of robbers. The answer according to Mormon was put into play in the Book of Mormon on several occasions. The strategy involves gathering together in the center of the land. King Lachoneus did it, and so did Mormon himself in an attempt to make a last stand against his enemies.

Because robbers must plunder to subsist. If the righteous gather together in the center of the land and take their food with them, the robbers starve. This strategy is known as the Zion strategy. In such a scenario, people will have a choice to choose to be at constant war or find safety in Zion. According to the LDS faith, Zion in North America is known as the New Jerusalem and will be established in Jackson County, Independence, MO. This is the "Center Place". Accordingly, LDS leadership have instructed LDS membership that stockpiling weapons and ammo is not necessary.

In the end you have to always ask yourself who the author is? Rawles was in Army Intelligence and runs a popular survivalist/extremist website. So, the question is: 1. Does he know something from his days in Army Intelligence, or 2. Is he still working for Army Intelligence and this book is a PsyOp. For me, I think the answer to the question rests with three facts 1. The Golbalist are playing Chess and they control both sides fighting to create chaos. 2. The author is putting out an extremist/radical worldview and discounts a more moderate view without exploring it. 3. The author signs his work by including a very random and occult reference to the "Ouroboros".

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