The Violent Leftist’s Dilemma
Going through a lot of peace advocate’s regret here. I suppose that’s to be expected in this day and age. Also I’ve been putting a lot of thought into the matter of civil conflict both ‘short of war’ and in the case of open civil war. Mostly for the novels I still intend to write at some point* but it seems that I’m going to get a much closer look at this topic then I ever expected to.
There seems to be six stages or levels of Civil Conflict.
3: Street battles
4: Paramilitary gun battles
5: Covert or informal civil war.
6: Open civil war
My current assessment is that The Hard Left is strongest at Stage Two: Riots (as most Trump supporters have these things called jobs and families and can’t just counter-riot) will begin to lose control at Stage Three: Street Battles and will instantly lose if things get to Stage Five.
Stage Three or street battles is probably the most romantic and interesting from a fictional point of view. After all you get to hit your opponent with a club without getting shot in the groin by a sniper five blocks away. This is actually the sort of thing every Gamma male dreams of; “honorable combat” without the real risks of a proper war. There of course of two problems with this approach.
-Most Gammas are horrible fighters
-Violence begets violence and once the deaths occur the conflict will rapidly escalate into stage four: Paramilitary gun battles.
And in America who has the guns? And for that matter the gun culture required to use them effectively. Something tells me it’s not the people you meet in Starbucks.
Stage four of a civil conflict will not end well for the Left. The Intelligent Left understands this. The problem is that there is very little intelligence remaining in the spirit of modern Left. The dancing clowns of Antifa will push their luck for as long as they can. After all is this not a chance to live out their fantasy? They will be the Commissar not just another body in the ditch.
The problem with that little fantasy is that Terror Tactics tend to backfire and increase the resolve of the targeted population. Remember that the reaction of the Alt-Right (and a few people I had thought as calm moderate Conservatives) to the Berkley Riots was to spam the March of Cambreadth everywhere.
At the very least a population targeted by terrorists will begin (however slowly in the case of Europe) to defend themselves and take countermeasures. The difference between a riot and a street battle is that there are two sides willing and prepared to fight. I’m looking forward to the absolutely hysterical reaction we’ll see when the violent left runs into a crowd of people who just aren’t going to take their shit anymore (or Kek help us all one of those Right Wing Safety Squads I keep hearing rumors about.) With any luck that will be enough to stop the escalation of violence. I just wouldn’t put any sort of money on it.
Remember Captain Texas is only The First Avenger. Expect there to be others.
Yes I’m going off on a bit of a rant here but the American elite and especially the media seem to be BADLY underestimating the level of anger in ‘flyover country.’ There is simply no way they can win a civil war. The March of the Red Hats will not be stopped. They are obsessing over Trump while completely failing to understand that Trump is riding the movement he himself is not the movement. And if they’re stupid enough to ‘Get rid of Trump’ Oh sweet Jesus! will the helicopters fly.
Oh and speaking of Gammas… the trolls at Vox Populi have been especially heavy the last few weeks so seeing this brought a smile to my face.
I’ve stated before that I’m an extreme pessimist. I hope to hell that I’m wrong about the violence escalating but the longer the current state of affairs continues the more likely deaths will occur. I’m honestly astonished that there have been so few deaths up to this point. That said it will not take much to stroke the fire. Only the promise that Grand Inquisitor Sessons will actually bring law and order back to the United States is keeping things from turning truly ugly.
A masterfully edited version of Sabaton’s Sparta.
Really seems to capture the current mood of the American Hard Right.
I’ll leave you with this because while righteous anger has a place it’s always best to walk away with a smile.
*Since I have a friend who will ask. I had to completely scrap my opening and start over. Brothers in the Dust really isn’t that ambitious a project and I should be able to pull it off. My problem has always been my inability to focus on one thing at a time. I haven’t given up I just need to take a completely different approach. For one thing I’m seriously over world building but that’s another rant for another day.