The “Current Mood”

Much has been written just in the past few days in regards to what I call the “mood” of the Liberty movement…lots of folks, with varying degrees of qualifications behind their opinions, have chimed in for some futile attempt to reveal it all and somehow change the world- as if that hasn’t happened hundreds of times in the past. There’s a complete other way to look at it; more useful than finger pointing or bemoaning; one that just might shed a little light and alleviate some of that frustration, along with a healthy dose of your favorite grain alcohol.

Macro Level

Let’s talk a bit about human sociology- since that’s the root of human interaction. The social, any social, relies upon reinforcing the status-quo. Robert Merton, an admitted Marxist, but intelligent theorist all the same, developed the Social Strain theory. The crux of this theory relies upon 5 arch-types of humans:

  1. Conformists: Average cookie cutter home dwellers. These folks eat the popcorn and drink the cool aid. They lead comfortable lives and won’t do anything to upset this; Politicians will come down from Olympus to fix everything.
  2. Ritualists: Like Conformists, these folks float along the river of life, just getting by. Unlike conformists, they’re likely aware some things don’t add up, but are loathe to do anything about it; they’re risk-averse to breaking out.
  3. Retreatists: These are the folks who’ve simply checked out…they don’t buy into “the system” and nor do they really wish to change it. A lot of serious Survivalists(not preppers) fall into this camp.
  4. Innovators: According to Merton, these are the folks who attempt change society through means other than the established path to success. They exist on every level; the folks who shake things up.
  5. Rebels: Rebels are the intersection of Retreatists and Innovators; they usually build independent tribes based on their own adapted social norms. This doesn’t always have to be violent, but violence usually accompanies interactions with Rebels should anything interfere with their established code. Sometimes the end goal is larger social change, other times it’s simply dropping out but in a militant sense. Each case is a little different; Gangs, Underground Groups, and yes, Militias fall into this category.

It’s been said somewhere that Guerilla movements, like football, are a game of inches. Those inches are what’s known as the human terrain, or hearts and minds for the Vietnam generation. It’s a very long, gradual, slow burn before things go very hot. Most folks only think of the American Civil War as a 4 year period of conflict, and that’s simply not true. Grumblings were happening decades before, and it continued long after Appomattox, with the James Brothers continuing an insurgency campaign of sorts out west and pockets of social resistance still adhering to the antebellum way of life. It was no different in the Balkans, where the weakening grip of the Belgrade government gave rise to long-seeded ethnic differences; Lenin’s Revolution, Mao’s, Ho Chi Minh, the current fallout from Sykes-Pikot, and the list goes on and on.

Pockets of Rebels will always exist; some to more degrees of success than others. Let’s examine the Left since our adversary is also usually our best teacher; radical Leftist groups on their own gain almost zero traction. But when the message is softened and more palatable to the Conformists, popular support grows. Is this starting to make sense?

Let’s look at Sweden. Cultural complacency gave rise to lax social rules over a long period of time; thus they have the monster that is the rape epidemic. Conformists invited Rebels in, and it possibly is in doubt that they’ll recover(I’m not optimistic…and generally concur with Bracken’s assessment in Tet:Take Two) What is happening though, is due to the Strain former Ritualists are moving to become Rebels. Still with me?

Conformists are the key to winning popular support; Ritualists are key to making things happen. Under strain, Conformists normally pledge what’s known as soft or underground support; anything that can be done without actually getting their hands dirty. After all, they plan on being around when its all said and done. Ritualists are the folks who find themselves, under strain, becoming Rebels. David Kilcullen refers to these folks as “accidental guerrillas”.

Micro Level

No matter what you may think of him, Rand Paul is a major windfall for the Liberty Movement. Even more so than his father; it’s a multi-generational building of the Libertarian message. Politically, they have the support of the mainstream in increasing numbers. If it didn’t, we’d have another Bush on top of the brush pile. I expect to see Paul as a running mate to whoever comes out on top to unify the outsider message. This mood is reflected on the Left as well; the sides are becoming galvanized.

Unfortunately, this also normally is a recipe for war.  Politicians won’t change everything. One side ain’t gonna be happy; and with the strain on both side, violence always erupts. It’s happening in pockets now; just wait…the Left is going to go fangs-out this summer. For the past two summers the Marxist Media Machine has created a quick-burn in the enclaves based on old established social fractures; it’s due to erupt. Leftism has gained this traction due to the statistical majority of those on the Right being among the Conformist and Ritualist crowd- risk averse to upsetting the apple cart. This is about to change.

As far as the Liberty Movement is concerned, the issues facing it is no different than any other in history. Politically aligned groups usually aren’t direct allies in any conflict. ZANLA and ZIPRA were both Marxist in Rhodesia, but had different goals and fought each other on more than one occasion. The IRA killed their own leader post-Easter Uprising due to his agreement to leave northern Ireland to the UK; the Chechens split along religious fundamentalism vs Nationalism lines; and the list goes on. Among groups on the fringes of the political spectrum, or any spectrum for that matter, it’s normal to see factionalism; there will be no unified message but rather a slow rise towards common goals. Not everyone is going to be happy; but the aim is to make as many cross over as possible. It’s the only way one wins, and the Left has been better at it for longer.

Fortis Mane

Stay the course; with each incident, learn, get better, get stronger, and remain true to yourselves. Always maintain the moral high ground. If the established status-quo wasn’t terrified of you, they wouldn’t dedicate so many resources to smearing you. The reason the media supports the Left is that the extreme Left is a useful tool to a common goal- complete centralization of government. And they’re losing that grasp.

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16 thoughts on “The “Current Mood”

  1. When I was a kid read Malcolm X’s book, it always seemed striking, Malcolm’s ideology not withstanding he was a pretty sharp guy. He sure reminds me of a guy in an oval office. He understood the long game, how violence in general as a political tool wasn’t going to cut it America, and hearts and minds was everything to success in successful revolutions. Especially one in America. It is a pickle for sure. For no matter who is trying to make one. The cultural marxists understand the long game, after all their forefathers the Fabian’s coined the term The Long March. They understood from the top down inside out control the message indoctrinate the youth and destroy unfettered economy. The last of which, along with control of property are essential operating elements of Liberty. To deny these is to deny freedom. The BLM is the land confiscation cell of the cultural marxists.
    See there, learn from your enemy, for he has much to teach us, right?
    Proof is in the telling for I always believed the MB assassinated Malcolm because his strategy of the long game, hearts and minds, and preparing the battlefield gave him too much power, power that naturally overcame most pet agenda’s espoused by the hotter heads within their movement, because once Malcolm’s tenets of revolution took hold, he did indeed winning hearts and minds. In some ways his legacy carries on today within elements of the regime.
    A cautionary and informative tale to me.

    Regardless of all that, what you just said NCScout about legitimacy and its moral imperatives as paramount:

    “Stay the course; with each incident, learn, get better, get stronger, and remain true to yourselves. Always maintain the moral high ground. If the established status-quo wasn’t terrified of you, they wouldn’t dedicate so many resources to smearing you. The reason the media supports the Left is that the extreme Left is a useful tool to a common goal- complete centralization of government. And they’re losing that grasp.”

    Right now seems they are reconnoitering by fire. Keeping as many as possible afraid, as many on the free shit payroll as can be at all costs, that way those not afraid are easily singled out.
    As those numbers rise of ones not afraid, there is a modules where numbers don’t matter as there is a motive power that becomes unstoppable. That is when the status quo becomes desperately terrified, because I think the existential threat of people in their legitimacy goes from a threat to the source of demise. Desperate despots do desperate things.
    Though executing LaVoy was a really bad mistake. I can understand why, but it tells me those boys up in Burns where on to something deep, something that led to the highest seats of power within the regime, and people where beginning to see LaVoy as a leader who must be snuffed before he got to big to stop. It is a sign indicative of major things. Very serious stuff.

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  3. Smitty

    Marxist love violence and use it often. I worked in Venezuela when Chavez took power and began fundamentally changing the country. It is very interesting watching what the Marxist do after they deliver the hammer blow. Chavista Thugs roamed the countryside removing families from their farms which ended up destroying the farming economy to this day. All weapons except single shot shotguns were confiscated. Today police are being murdered for their weapons. The unions moved into all companies and removed any employees they did not like and replaced with those they wanted in the open position. The people were in shock when it began to unfold. I worked some of the technician Venezuelans in Africa a couple of years later and they were mad enough to spit. The inflation rate had exploded and cost of living became unbearable. The Venezuelan people are a gentle people and were fooled by a charlatan and are paying the price to this day. I had to deal with those pigs on a regular basis due to my job and I grew to truly despise them. The Marxist are nothing but common thugs who gain power through force. I have a few friends in Venezuela and they are desperate to put together a revolution. However, Chavez was very thorough when it came to disarming the populace. I hope someday in the near future they are able to shed the shackles of Marxism. I couldn’t keep my big mouth shut so I had to leave after a period of time.

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  4. Centurion_Cornelius

    Great stuff, NCScout. We aren’t pigeon-holing people at all with Mr. Merton’s archetypes. Just figuring where people will stand (or fall.)

    C’mon in for The Big Win!

    P.S. Damn good comment, mtnforge!

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    1. Nah, it’s not pigeon-holing…Merton actually referred to it as the 5 mechanisms of social adaptation.

      It’s important to apply established theory to make sense of the world. Understanding that history is circular, and people are the same, we can learn and make better what requires it.

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      1. Because virtues are are a guide to living based on social norms. It can neither be proven nor dis-proven.

        My write up concerns the scientific study of the interactions of humans. This can both be proven, is based upon established science, and allows us to better understand the world around us.

        Further, as a devout Christian, I’m loathe to adopt pagan morals in leiu of my own.

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  5. Wilbur

    You said “The reason the media supports the Left is that the extreme Left is a useful tool to a common goal- complete centralization of government. ”

    But what is the payoff for the media if that centralized government goal is reached? How does it benefit the owners of media empires who control what the public sees? I understand corruption and I understand payoffs, but I have never understood how the media benefits from self-imposed subservience to a totalitarian government. Does the US media really think the Chinese model works that well?

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    1. They don’t think anything- it’s what both profits and fit the paradigm.

      The best example I can think of is how the media is portrayed in 1984. There’s always “savages” to both marginalize and fight against.

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