Quote of the day—Brandon Smith

Eventually tyranny has to put boots on the ground. A totalitarian system can function for a time on color of law and implied threats, but it will crumble unless it is able to establish a physical presence of force. Once those jackboots touch soil in a visible way and the agents of the state try to expand oppressive measures, rebels then have a free hand to disrupt them or bring them down. But this only works if there are objectives and enough decentralization to prevent misdirection of the movement.

Brandon Smith
September 22, 2021
Organizing Patriots In The Face Of Government Informants And False Flags
[Interesting post and associated comments.

See also my Boots on the ground blog post.—Joe]


16 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Brandon Smith

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  2. Great article! One way to keep things on the up and up. Is to only discuss defensive measures for local problems.
    Mutual defense of persons and property in your the local area. Phone and radio networks for same.
    And always use a hated enemy in the discussion. What to do if the communist Chinese come and take over the local grocery store? We turn off their electricity!
    Kind of hard to build a case if you never talk about acting against a protected group.
    And something that doesn’t get discussed much. Is that boots on the ground in America will have to be a swarming tactic. And rural town will only be gone after with overwhelming force.
    A town of 5,000 will just have a 1,000 peacekeepers show up for a week. Collect the guns, ammo, and food. Then leave the scattered remains. And won’t return till next harvest season.
    If that sounds implausible to you? I would submit it’s one of the only avenues left to them in a country this well armed and prepared.

    • This is more or less the way the Bolsheviks operated. They would come out of the cities in overwhelming numbers and hit farming areas. Party cadres reinforced by hungry people. Cart all the food back to the city and kill anyone who got in the way. The limitation on this is not so much resistance but destruction of productive capacity. If you live by looting, the stuff eventually runs out. Thus War Communism was succeeded by the NEP. Of course, worse was yet ahead but the Bolsheviks had to consolidate their power first.

      • And before we dismiss this as alarmism, It was, as Richard says, the way the Bolsheviks subdued the Ukrainians and the “Kulaks” (anyone the peasants could be manipulated into resenting their presence and prosperity, even if it was only some other peasant who managed to own a potato dryer, as I read once).

  3. The only goal of non-violent protest is to push government to escalate their use of force to a point where they start injuring and murdering people, opening the door to one of two outcomes. A) Shaming government into breaking or B) Justify resistance with widespread support from the masses. Resist or give in.

  4. Truth…..but you can bet your ass the FedBois are busy infiltrating any and every group they can find……and creating a few of their own to serve as distractions and
    to get “media time” to justify their overpaid jobs and overpriced job titles.

    • Felix Dzerzhinsky did just this in the 1920’s in Paris with “The Trust.” He controlled the money the various groups who wanted to send spies or counterrevolutionaries into Russia to defeat the Bolsheviks. Perhaps unsurprisingly now every last one of these efforts failed, and the opponents to the Soviets died, lost all their money, were discouraged, and gave up.

  5. Organize around completely legal activities that will attract like minded people. Get the organization first, vet the members (expelling provocateurs), do your legal stuff and keep your eyes open.

    I, myself, am involved with a split the state movement. Completely legal, specific constitutional provisions, totally unviolent. But the demographic is conservatives seeking to escape domination by big cities so you get like minded people. People ask why the big cities would let go of the productive part of the country. The answer is they don’t think like we do. Remember Hillary’s lament that she had won 65% of the GDP. It is an article of faith among the left that rural and exurban areas are a drain on the economic vitality of the cities. It’s BS but they believe it. We can take advantage of this to get approval at the state level. Federal is trickier because it has the potential to upset the national balance of power. Probably will take a new Missouri compromise. One free state for one slave state. In my state, the proposed new state would be strongly conservative. But I would trade for a split of TX. TX would be less powerful but a lot safer if the big cities went their own way. That new state would be leftist so national balance would be preserved.

    Splitting a state is a long shot but it has happened. And if it fails, you still have the organization.

  6. I had to reread to make sure this wasn’t parody.

    I’m sure you and your fellow cosplayers like to think you could just split away from civilization, play with your toys and try to treat frequent accidental self-inflicted woundings. 3-4 months is what I’d imagine before we’d see the first waves of refugees into urban areas. Could happen sooner if colder/bad weather hits and or clean water supplies dwindle.

    US history shows us this. We see it today as well. States that value education, job technologies, diversity run the economy. States treating education as an invasive species are left behind.

    The fractured history of “Bolshevism” presented in these comments was truly funny. Someone needs to read up on the Russian revolution and it’s aftermath.

    • When you kick the lid off of Hell, you don’t know what you’ll get, and the Soviet Union and Communist China are two prime object lessons in that, because even the Bolsheviks and Mao’s counterpart did not expect what occurred. And even having object lessons dating as far back as the French Revolution or John Calvin’s theocracy in Geneva has not dissuaded the people who want to kick the lid off who inexplicably still expect to get what they expect.

    • Dear useful idiot. Reading comprehension isn’t your strong suit is it? Observable reality either. The USSR collapsed from it’s own stupidity. And barely has an economy above New York state to this day.
      Rural areas provide literally EVERTHING urban areas consume. See any windmills on top of skyscrapers lately? Everyone growing their vegan crap on their own balconies? No? We neither.
      But thanks for hanging tough in your rat infested, shithole of choice.
      I’m sure Antifa/BLM will run a fine food bank.
      As for cosplay. There’s plenty to go round. Might be one day you get within 600 meters and find out?

      • He is an ignorant troll who doesn’t even realize rural people have clean water sources (wells and septic systems) independent of the cities.

        On my brothers and my land there are five different wells and one spring capable of supplying a total of 150 to 200 gallons per minute even during the driest part of the year with no water treatment required (except perhaps the spring). Then there is the artesian well, sort of shared by the community, a couple miles away which probably can supply 100 GPM and doesn’t even require a pump.

        Don’t bother engaging him. He isn’t worth the trouble.

        • To say nothing of what you folks could do with rapeseed and super-critical CO2 extraction?
          Thermal-depolymerization/fractional distillation of wheat straw?
          At which point you would have independent fuel/lube sources for all your equipment. Plus saleable cooking oil.
          With the hydro-power next door, one could have all the fixed nitrogen you could use. Nitrates for fertilizer and nitrocellulose for gun powder…..
          The list is long.
          Other than having to fend off parasites. Life without government could actually improve one’s quality of life.
          But they just don’t have a clue do they.

    • Don’t forget, he should read something beyond “Ten Days that Shook the World” by John Reed.
      Like “The End of Tsarist Russia” by Dominic Lieven, or “The Forsaken”, by Tim Tzouliadis? There are others, but these are notable by themselves.
      To be appropriately skeptica, he should take more than the word of Walter Duranty of the New York Times, or William C. Bullitt, the first Ambassador to the Soviet Union appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt.

  7. Good article, but that site has problems though. The goldbroker site they include prices from is loading some Javascript that eats 100% CPU. Not sure what it’s doing, maybe a crypto miner or something? They ought to take it off, and don’t leave that site open for now if you’re on a laptop or phone.

  8. Totalitarian boots on the ground are effective only to the extent that its intended victims have been disarmed first. Remember this every time a “gun control” proposal is floated.

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