A look at peaceful protests

I’ve been running into a lot of material on the actions of the protestors in Portland and other cities and I want to compile what I have found.

The big issue is that these protests are neither peaceful or uncoordinated. However it happens, these protests are a coordinated and the people leading them are trained in violent insurgency tactics. That is evident from the blog posts and videos that I have seen. In this post, I’m going to attempt to keep things to the facts as I can find them. I’m not guaranteeing that all the things that I link to come from “approved media sources” or will be free of opinion. On the other hand, most of the posts are backed up by video and the tactics and patterns become visible once you read the posts.

I’m going to take the blog posts and videos and try to paint a picture of what is going on. First of all, back in the Tea Party days, I was involved in what were peaceful protests. During those protests, we certainly did not try to impede traffic, jump all over people’s cars or run dumpsters down the street. Nor did we think about looting or doing anything with the businesses next door except give them some business. I think that the general mood was that we all wanted to be good neighbors and hoped that the neighborhood would be more or less sympathetic and want us back. The issues were outreach and making our voices heard, trying to persuade, rather than intimidate. We were also trying to have a little fun.

The important thing was that by and large, even if there were competing protests, things were civil. Nobody was planning to beat the other side’s heads in. On the other hand, BlM/Antifa has made it absolutely clear that that is exactly what they plan to do. What has been happening all over the country has been an assault of violence and looting with one objective, to get us all to bend our knee and bow to our betters.

Anitfa has been determined to escalate to higher levels of violence right from the start. Here is a timeline of the “peaceful protests” in Portland OR. There has been hardly a night since things started that there hasn’t been a riot. This, in a city that most would assume to be sympathetic to the demands against police brutality that are the ostensible reason for it all.

The interesting thing is that there had, as far as I know, been no strange police shootings in Portland and the government in Portland was sympathetic to the Anitfa cause and had been allowing them free reign for years. That didn’t bring the city of Portland any peace.

Of course, reading this, the ostensible reason is only a fig leaf at best. The people involved in the “direct actions didn’t care about the damage that they caused or the consequences of that damage. Burning down sections of Minneapolis were simply a means to an end.

CrimethInc. : The Siege of the Third Precinct in Minneapolis : An Account and Analysis

The “Subject” of The George Floyd Uprising

The subject of our analysis is not a race, a class, an organization, or even a movement, but a crowd. We focus on a crowd for three reasons. First, with the exception of the street medics, the power and success of those who fought the Third Precinct did not depend on their experience in “organizing” or in organizations. Rather, it resulted from unaffiliated individuals and groups courageously stepping into roles that complemented each other and seizing opportunities as they arose.

While the initial gathering was occasioned by a rally hosted by a Black-led organization, all of the actions that materially defeated the Third Precinct were undertaken after the rally had ended, carried out by people who were not affiliated with it. There was practically no one there from the usual gamut of self-appointed community and religious leaders, which meant that the crowd was able to transform the situation freely. Organizations rely on stability and predictability to execute strategies that require great quantities of time to formulate. Consequently, organization leaders can be threatened by sudden changes in the social conditions, which can make their organizations irrelevant. Organizations—even self-proclaimed “revolutionary” organizations—have an interest in suppressing spontaneous revolt in order to recruit from those who are discontent and enraged. Whether it is an elected official, a religious leader, a “community organizer,” or a leftist representative, their message to unruly crowds is always the same: wait.

The agency that took down the Third Precinct was a crowd and not an organization because its goals, means, and internal makeup were not regulated by centralized authority. This proved beneficial, as the crowd consequently had recourse to more practical options and was freer to create unforeseen internal relationships in order to adapt to the conflict at hand. We expand on this below in the section titled “The Pattern of Battle and ‘Composition.’”

The agency in the streets on May 27 was located in a crowd because its constituents had few stakes in the existing order that is managed by the police. Crucially, a gang truce had been called after the first day of unrest, neutralizing territorial barriers to participation. The crowd mostly originated from working-class and poor Black and Brown neighborhoods. This was especially true of those who threw things at the police and vandalized and looted stores. Those who do not identify as “owners” of the world that oppresses them are more likely to fight and steal from it when the opportunity arises. The crowd had no interest in justifying itself to onlookers and it was scarcely interested in “signifying” anything to anyone outside of itself. There were no signs or speeches, only chants that served the tactical purposes of “hyping up” (“Fuck 12!”) and interrupting police violence with strategically deployed “innocence” (“Hands up! Don’t shoot!”).

May 28: A looted pawn shop east of the Third Precinct on Lake Street about to catch fire. The story spread that the previous night, the owner had shot and killed someone.

Roles

We saw people playing the following roles:

Medical Support

This included street medics and medics performing triage and urgent care at a converted community center two blocks away from the precinct. Under different circumstances, this could be performed at any nearby sympathetic commercial, religious, or not-for profit establishment. Alternatively, a crowd or a medic group could occupy such a space for the duration of a protest. Those who were organized as street medics did not interfere with the tactical choices of the crowd. Instead, they consistently treated anyone who needed their help.

Scanner Monitors and Telegram App Channel Operators

This is common practice in many US cities by now, but police scanner monitors with an ear for strategically important information played a critical role in setting up information flows from the police to the crowd. It is almost certain that on the whole, much of the crowd was not practicing the greatest security to access the Telegram channel. We advise rebels to set up the Telegram app on burner phones in order to stay informed while preventing police stingrays (false cell phone towers) from gleaning their personal information.

Peaceful Protestors

The non-violent tactics of peaceful protesters served two familiar aims and one unusual one:

  • They created a spectacle of legitimacy, which was intensified as police violence escalated.
  • They created a front line that blocked police attempts to advance when they deployed outside of the Precinct.
  • In addition, in an unexpected turn of affairs, the peaceful protestors shielded those who employed projectiles.

Whenever the police threatened tear gas or rubber bullets, non-violent protesters lined up at the front with their hands up in the air, chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot!” Sometimes they kneeled, but typically only during relative lulls in the action. When the cops deployed outside the Precincts, their police lines frequently found themselves facing a line of “non-violent” protestors. This had the effect of temporarily stabilizing the space of conflict and gave other crowd members a stationary target. While some peaceful protestors angrily commanded people to stop throwing things, they were few and grew quiet as the day wore on. This was most likely because the police were targeting people who threw things with rubber bullets early on in the conflict, which enraged the crowd. It’s worth noting that the reverse has often been the case—we are used to seeing more confrontational tactics used to shield those practicing non-violence (e.g., at Standing Rock and Charlottesville). The reversal of this relationship in Minneapolis afforded greater autonomy to those employing confrontational tactics.

Ballistics Squads

Ballistics squads threw water bottles, rocks, and a few Molotov cocktails at police, and shot fireworks. Those using ballistics didn’t always work in groups, but doing so protected them from being targeted by non-violent protestors who wanted to dictate the tactics of the crowd. The ballistics squads served three aims:

  • They drew police violence away from the peaceful elements of the crowd during moments of escalation.
  • They patiently depleted the police crowd control munitions.
  • They threatened the physical safety of the police, making it more costly for them to advance.

The first day of the uprising, there were attacks on multiple parked police SUVs at the Third Precinct. This sensibility resumed quickly on Day Two, beginning with the throwing of water bottles at police officers positioned on the roof of the Third Precinct and alongside the building. After the police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets, the ballistics squads also began to employ rocks. Elements within the crowd dismantled bus bench embankments made of stone and smashed them up to supply additional projectiles. Nightfall saw the use of fireworks by a few people, which quickly generalized in Days Three and Four. “Boogaloos” (Second Amendment accelerationists) had already briefly employed fireworks on Day One, but from what we saw they mostly sat it out on the sidelines thereafter. Finally, it is worth noting that the Minneapolis police used “green tips,” rubber bullets with exploding green ink tips to mark lawbreakers for later arrest. Once it became clear that the police department had limited capacity to make good on its threat and, moreover, that the crowd could win, those who had been marked had every incentive to fight like hell to defy the police….

Looters

Looting served three critical aims.

First, it liberated supplies to heal and nourish the crowd. On the first day, rebels attempted to seize the liquor store directly across from the Third Precinct. Their success was brief, as the cops managed to re-secure it. Early in the standoff on Day Two, a handful of people signaled their determination by climbing on top of the store to mock the police from the roof. The crowd cheered at this humiliation, which implicitly set the objective for the rest of the day: to demonstrate the powerlessness of the police, demoralize them, and exhaust their capacities.

An hour or so later, looting began at the liquor store and at an Aldi a block away. While a majority of those present participated in the looting, it was clear that some took it upon themselves to be strategic about it. Looters at the Aldi liberated immense quantities of bottled water, sports drinks, milk, protein bars, and other snacks and assembled huge quantities of these items on street corners throughout the vicinity. In addition to the liquor store and the Aldi, the Third Precinct was conveniently situated adjacent to a Target, a Cub Foods, a shoe store, a dollar store, an Autozone, a Wendy’s, and various other businesses. Once the looting began, it immediately became a part of the logistics of the crowd’s siege on the Precinct.

Second, looting boosted the crowd’s morale by creating solidarity and joy through a shared act of collective transgression. The act of gift giving and the spirit of generosity was made accessible to all, providing a positive counterpoint to the head-to-head conflicts with the police.

Third, and most importantly, looting contributed to keeping the situation ungovernable. As looting spread throughout the city, police forces everywhere were spread thin. Their attempts to secure key targets only gave looters free rein over other areas in the city. Like a fist squeezing water, the police found themselves frustrated by an opponent that expanded exponentially.

Fires

The decision to burn looted businesses can be seen as tactically intelligent. It contributed to depleting police resources, since the firefighters forced to continually extinguish structure fires all over town required heavy police escorts. This severely impacted their ability to intervene in situations of ongoing looting, the vast majority of which they never responded to (the malls and the Super Target store on University Ave being exceptions). This has played out differently in other cities, where police opted not to escort firefighters. Perhaps this explains why demonstrators fired in the air around firefighting vehicles during the Watts rebellion.

In the case of the Third Precinct, the burning of the Autozone had two immediate consequences: first, it forced the police to move out into the street and establish a perimeter around the building for firefighters. While this diminished the clash at the site of the precinct, it also pushed the crowd down Lake Street, which subsequently induced widespread looting and contributed to the diffusion of the riot across the whole neighborhood. By interrupting the magnetic force of the Precinct, the police response to the fire indirectly contributed to expanding the riot across the city.

The fact that they were ruining people’s lives was probably something that pleased them, in fact. After all the rioting was spreading. How this helped develop sympathy for George Floyd is beyond me. On the other hand, I expect that some businesses that were destroyed won’t be coming back. The famous Uncle Hugo’s science fiction bookstore, for instance.

http://www.unclehugo.com/prod/index.shtml

The rioters use the black bloc tactics of anonymity to hide their real intent and avoid the consequences of the violence they commit. by wearing uniform, but no military clothing, they have the advantages of bein military and the ability to use military like tactics without seeming to be military.

https://crimethinc.com/2003/11/20/blocs-black-and-otherwise

This has nothing to do with who is president. To my knowledge, active black bloc tactics here in the US started with the protests against the World Trade organization meeting in 1999 in Seattle.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/11/25/wto-shutdown-remembering-future-learning-1999-seattle-shutdown

Antifa apparently has a much longer history in Europe.

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16104/antifa-history?fbclid=IwAR3al2k9GkmSszNDm2aqMwIFVqHu80Kh8MdAi6yBm-EgJu2aPEfXzI4rr6A

The tactics we a seeing now were developed over the last few years in Portland and other places. Here is a blog post from last year, with an encounter between the Proud boys and other people and tactically prepared Antifa.

https://thepostmillennial.com/breaking-violence-in-portland-as-antifa-assaults-numerous-people/?fbclid=IwAR3fhMBBjVsombQjISzIaugYI3ZtKc_5ruhGwde-XMMMrPZ6cVJcbO7bTXM

Watch how they chase this little girl and her father.

And the reaction to a somebody filming them on a bridge in Washington DC. You can see how quickly it escalated from the two girls to assaulting when compliance isn’t immediate. What was interesting is that the police did not intervene even when they were right there.

Antifa had tight organization and more tactical awareness. They are also prepared and willing to start trouble and seemingly didn’t care about the consequences. That may be because, since they can choose their battlespaces, they consider that the police will not be able to exert control. They also have planning and organization, as this blog post shows.

ANTIFA COMMAND STRUCTURE

ANTIFA COMMAND & CONTROL STRUCTURE IN FIELD ACTION.

STRUCTURE, INSIGNIA AND OTHER IDENTIFIERS.

Antifa tactical units are organized into standard ‘company sturctrure’ of up to 20 individual soldiers under the immediate control of a comany commander. While there are ‘special units’, most notable the ‘reconnaissance & coordination’ teams of bicyclists, the base of the C&C structure for Antifa is the company.

Company commanders are ‘first lieutenants’ and may be idenfied in the field by their actions within the group, and frequently by possession of DX SDR units of some form. These ‘duplex (send/receive) software defined radio’ units will be small, and most probably attached to a smart phone. It is through the SDR’s that the encrypted commands are passed to operational units. On arrest, 1st Lieutenants have been observed disarding their identifying equipment as well as destroying their phones.First Lieutenants can also be identified as being the local hub for bicycle traffic. In observations of rioting/looting activity, particularly with long distance videos of qualtity, bicyclists can cleary be seen reporting to 1st Lieutenants & even seeking them out in the mob. For this activity, bicyclists have been noted to employ ‘proximate apps’ to locate their units & commanders.

The Anitfa field orgnaization has up to 4 companies reporting to a ‘captain (coordinator)’. Antifa Captians may be identified by common actions & equipment. Captains are ‘free floating’ within the mob movement, but will always be associated with increased bicycle traffic as well as ’emblems’ of authority/command. These emblems include sepcific types & shapes of video camera gear. Antifa soldiers are trained to center on the emblems of both 1st Lieutentant as well as Captains. Some of the Captains have been observed pulling their command together by holding up the long lens video camera overhead while running a pattern of flashes from the light bars. These are swept around the mob & new organization results.

Captains control and coordinate their company commanders by use of the SDR devides & will be observed in the field speaking into throat microphones while receiving by ear plugs or in-built headphones in their helmets. So far, all identified captains have been observed to be wearing some form of short coverage helmets. These appear to be adapted from the forms used by rock climbers. Captains will also be indentified by the apps loaded on their phones, the SDR units,

In field actions, captains can be most frequently spotted by their movements coordinating 1st lieutentants. Their most often observed task is enforcing discipline during the riots. In video footage of the day time looting in CA, the captains can be observed running up to enforce movement of specific companies that had been bogged down in looting, rather than attending to the mission being directed by the captain. In such incidents the first action of the captain is to force the soldiers attention on the video camera being waved around. Once recognition of rank is obtained, the captains can be seen pushing & forcing Antifa soldiers to specific actions, including pointing out their 1st Lieutenants. Captains have also been observed directing companies to attack specific locations they were identifying from maps on their phones. Looting has been preplanned for specific strategic and tactical goals as has been observed with the complex Antifa C&C actions at the looting of the Melrose high end Art store in CA.

In the field, Antifa C&C structure can be observed to include a ‘Colonel’ rank. These Colonel Antifa commanders are identified by being always accompanied by a ‘squad’ of up to half company strength used to control & protect the Colonel within the mob movements. Colonels have been identified as their supporting soldiers created paths for them through active riot areas. Other identifiers include near constant attendance by bicyclists, many of whom have ‘rolling command centers’ of digital & other equipment on racks on the bikes. As with Captains, the Colonels will also most frequently be seen wearing helmets, many with antenna off the back. These are part of the encrypted SDR systems that have been found to be hotspots of radio activity during riots. Antifa relies heavily on digital equipment, but other than minor levels of encryption, appears to be unsophisticated in wider applications, nor do they appear to be aware of their vulnerability to location by EMF triangulation.

The Antifa command and control structure, as so far observed, does not expose any levels higher than Colonel to visibility. All the ‘General’ level field officers have so far only been observed in vehicles being used as coordination centers. These have been noted to be extensively modified with electronic support systems.

The structure of Antifa in the field most closely resembles the ‘color’ revolutions created by the CIA. The tactics employed so far in these Antifa field actions have very simiular targets & tactics as was observed as far back in time as the Viet Nam conflict, and in other arenas in which the CIA created wars and destabilized regimes.

https://archive.st/archive/2020/9/www.americanpartisan.org/6xsz/www.americanpartisan.org/2020/06/from-a-reader-a-look-at-antifas-field-organization/index.html

Here is the gallery in LA discussed in the post.

Note that the looters leave a lot on the walls and the boss type gettting looters to leave. Somebody also comes and puts a barrier across the doors.

Another video.

The Antifa/Blm types use the tactical skills that they have developed to overwhelm a local police and start the riot. Even if they do not loot and burn, as in Kenosha, they humiliate people, assault them and injure or force businesses to close. A favorite target is restaurants, where losing the safety of their customers is fatal. Here is a restaurant in DC.

Some more in Rochester NY

https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1302072620871856128?s=20&fbclid=IwAR01NoNsFmSGddeAoT4qSZwKmHdgTnvWz51nvdg7k-izuxwMsmeIbj6p4bk

The ostensible reason for smashing of the restaurants? A man killed by police, in march:
https://www.redstate.com/nick-arama/2020/09/04/scary-thousands-antifablm-flood-rochester-threatening-and-smashing-businesses-customers-flee-in-terror/amp/?fbclid=IwAR0kUGHjeKhTeXOCHhjqIyiuzMayVDNzcsSx0RxC1lFfIO-d1g3ljVvtPq0

So, five months later, the shooting suddenly required that BLM shut Rochester down?

Burning black owned businesses to make their point.

Here is a rather chilling account of what can happen when the black bloc tactics of antifa are encountered. The four men here were not lightweight and yet were essentially helpless as the predators gathered.:

“Very basic background. My friend is a prior service 1st LAR 0311, 0351. (from Wiki: 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion is a fast and mobilized armored terrestrial reconnaissance battalion of the United States Marine Corps.) Multiple tours in the early to late 2000s, then DoE, then was put through selection and went to work for Colonel G____ as a team member. Since leaving, he has been doing contract work.

He is an experienced and capable meat eater and the furthest thing from a pussy or coward. Try to learn from his experiences.

“Me and three of my buddies were in Portland this weekend, got attacked by Antifa. There’s a Twitter video with millions of views on it. They ended up on Hannity and Tucker Carlson, Ben Shapiro etc., of us getting beaten with bats and rocks the size of cantaloupes thrown at us, getting spit on etc. We were all carrying pistols as well. Opportunity, ability and jeopardy, we were in a deadly force situation and we could easily articulate the use of deadly force, but they had pepper sprayed us. They were using industrial strobe lights on us, etc. We couldn’t PID our target and what lied beyond it, They did a great job of taking our situational awareness away, it was fucking incredible.
Bro my perspective on this changed so much.

The reason we were there wasn’t to counter protest or some shit, **** and *****, two of the guys with me, one of which is a bronze star and Purple Heart recipient. They’re both in the hiring process for the Portland Police Department. One is from Ohio and one is from Virginia. They both flew in that day just so they could come check out the city before they move their families across the nation.

Something else that I should make perfectly clear. We went to the Federal Courthouse first. There wasn’t a whole lot going on down there. We walked around and took some pictures. Bumped into a Sheriff at one point. Talked to him for a while. We asked him if the riots were over? He said fuck no, they’re trying to fuck a police station up right now on 47th and Burnside, We asked him if we could go, and he said yeah, it’s still a peaceful assembly, it hasn’t been declared a riot yet…. So, legit, we walked into this thing blind, in hindsight it was stupid on our part, I had no idea that they were like that. If it had been a full-blown riot we would not have gone. Bottom line, man, if you had ever given me a scenario like this and said hey, you’re sober, and you have a gun, and somebody is hitting you with a bat and throwing rocks at you that could kill you or put you in a coma, you try to get away but they cut you off with a convoy of vehicles and the assault starts again. They impede your movement and beat you with bats…
Would you shoot?

I’d be like, yeah what fucking planet are you from?

But in all the training that I’ve been through my life, I’ve never been in one where in the first five seconds of the scenario you’re blinded with a strobe light and sprayed with pepper spray…. That changes everything. They were throwing these rocks from 15 feet back in the crowd, you couldn’t see who the fuck through it, etc. things like that…. It’s just a good talking point for guys that carry concealed, but you need to think through all these different scenarios.

It got way worse after that video ended, they chased us for 11 city blocks. They had a convoy of about 25 vehicles that cut us off at the next intersection, They had scouts on the corner with radios, they had a drone following us, they had a bull horn calling us Nazis, and the crowd was following a red strobe light that was up in the air on a stick, so they would announce Nazis and then people would follow the red strobe light, That video is just the beginning, I’ve got a fucking fractured hand from a baton, everyone of us has black and blue bruises up and down their legs and back, I had a guy spit in my face from 6 inches away, call me a pussy and a coward for not doing anything about it, and then tell me that he was going to find where I live, rape my mother, rape my children in front of me and then kill me.

I’ve never been more angry about something in my fucking life, the level of restraint that it took for us to not fight back in any capacity whether that was with a gun or fists is incredible. All of us have kids at home. The only thing going through all of our minds was we have to be able to justify deadly force if we’re going to go that route, there’s also hundreds of these people, we can’t see straight because of all the pepper spray, and it’s hard to PID exactly who is throwing these rocks and hitting us with batons, because they would hit you and fucking run and their buddy would run up and hit you. It was an incredibly stressful situation, they did a very good job tactically of taking away your situational awareness, and in my opinion complicating your legal defense when you split one of their faces open with a hollow point.

Contextual Insurgency: Lessons From a Week Observing Portland Black Bloc

 

The assassination of James Danielson:
https://www.instagram.com/tv/CEsjHhXJDPz/?igshid=1eje3r775p4jx

Anitfa’s actions also go beyond the direct actions at the riots. Consider this, From Minneapolis:
https://kstp.com/news/affidavit-hells-angels-member-believed-to-be-umbrella-man-spotted-inciting-violence-during-floyd-protests-/5809447/

Here is the best video of “Umbrella man” that I could find.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvUe7pJVYD4

Does that look like a member of a motorcycle gang to you? Yet that is the accusation from the Minnesota police. The accusation seems to be based on somebody’s cell phone, which makes antifa/BLM showing up at Sturges rather ominous. Hopefully any stolen telephones were reported.

https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/antifa-arent-revolutionaries-they-serve-the-powers-that-be

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/victoria-taft/2020/09/04/this-is-where-they-house-the-rioters-city-of-portland-houses-some-antifa-rioters-destroying-the-city-n887361?fbclid=IwAR20TsaKQwiKJO43aKPUM9RirR490HFFL-q2PMFyCX71LX1PZ6cf0jWtldI

Welcome to Portland ‘Justice’

His attorneys thought it was a self-defense case, but it was really a First Amendment case with Second Amendment components. The team forsook a jury trial when it was discovered that most of the people questioned in voir dire were anti-gun. There was even a person in the jury pool who belonged to the same group holding the protest where Strickland was assaulted. Welcome to Portland justice. The team went with a bench trial, which meant that a Portland trial judge would decide Strickland’s guilt or innocence.

His Portland attorneys, as well as the rest of the Portland legal establishment, were stunned when Strickland was found guilty on all counts. It was an easy self-defense case. There was video of it. But he now faced more than 50 years in prison.

In the social intersectional pecking order we’re all supposed to measure life by now, Strickland, a white male, didn’t make into the Left’s politically correct Venn diagram. He was on the outs.

It’s easy to see now in light of the months of rioting, with so much attention focused on Portland, that somebody should have done something about the riotous mob by now. The sad story you see on the nightly news features a police force that isn’t allowed to enforce the law, flaccid leadership at city hall, self-righteous elected leaders, and a district attorney who tells the cops that even if they arrest these rioters, he’ll just let them out.

https://pjmedia.com/columns/victoria-taft/2020/09/02/exclusive-case-of-portland-man-who-defended-himself-against-antifa-mob-heads-to-supreme-court-n876896?fbclid=IwAR1cQwEx2C8gpRrUPKZfxH7AK20SY7Dww43BwvmXUiJxOuwIsAhvChYa74g

At least some people are having none of it, like this rather courageous lady.

‘The most 2020 thing so far’: Portland mob tried to prevent a black woman from driving down the street (guess who won this brief standoff)

The question I have is why, across the country, Democrat governors and mayors are allowing this to happen. Apparently they feel that they are immune from the anger of their constituencies. Or that in the end, somebody will bail them out. I can tell them that they should look a the cities of New England. Nobody has bailed them out and most of them are big empty lots, with ruins filling up the rest. Once things burn, they may never come back.

Of course there may be more sinister motives at work. I am not a real believer in conspiracies. I don’t look for strange figure on the grassy knoll. On the other hand, I think that the Democrat Party has been, over the last twenty years, grown distant from its traditional bases. All too often, the rhetoric from the party leaders has been that of the radical and all too often they have demanded rather than compromised. I think that the election of Donald Trump was something that they could not adapt to, so they haven’t. I think that the Democrat party is willing to go to any lengths to regain the power that they have lost, including resorting to a color revolution and a hard military coup.

Color Revolutions are expensive ($5 billion in the case of Ukraine) and are typically orchestrated by a public-private partnership comprised of government agencies such as the State Department and MI6 and/or CIA, combined with private funding and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

The most famous organization of this sort is the National Endowment For Democracy, a curious entity that is funded by the US Government through USAID (as well as by donations from major neocon private foundations), and has two sub-organizations that disseminate the funds to various Regime Change projects: the International Republican Institute, affiliated with the Republican Party, and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, affiliated with the Democrats. Both organizations carry out the same activity, which underscores the fact that on matters of subverting and bullying the rest of the world, there is a lot more bipartisanship in the US than people are inclined to think.

Another name associated with funding and orchestration is George Soros, whose various tax-exempt organizations such as the Open Society Foundations invariably pump money into the latest Color Revolutions, for reasons that are often more commercial than strictly political.

After the September 11 attacks in 2001, the neocons fanned the flames of indignation and xenophobia, and were able to exploit them in order to assume a dominant role in most American institutions, particularly the political parties and the media. Regime Change fever swept the foreign policy establishment, and anyone who looked cross-eyed at a neocon became a target.

Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama embraced the neocon ethos and gave them virtual carte blanche to carry out Color Revolutions around the world. The advent of social media, which fosters communication in the form of short, catchy slogans and images that can be made to “go viral,” was particularly conducive to Gene Sharp’s formula of organizing the masses around advertising copy and team colors. The Color Revolution techniques were used on a large scale in the former Soviet Union, such as in the 2003 Rose Revolution in Georgia or the 2005 Orange Revolution in Ukraine.

If the targeted populations can’t be organized effectively to overthrow their leaders, there is always the fall back option of arming mercenary groups to seize power by violence, or if that fails, out and out military aggression by the US or NATO. The most reliable method seems to be a combination of non-violent and violent action, such as in the case of Ukraine’s second Color Revolution in 2014 (a coup which was comically dubbed the “Revolution of Dignity” by its neocon sponsors, who know that a successful marketing campaign must never be understated.) A similar case was the 2019 protests in Hong Kong, where gang violence was deployed in hopes of provoking a crackdown by the state which could then be exploited for propaganda purposes.

But it was inevitable that these techniques would eventually be used on the US itself. Donald Trump campaigned on a platform of reducing US reliance on Regime Change wars and NATO “out-of-area deployments” as a centerpiece of foreign policy. This was anathema to the neocons. Once in office, Trump vacillated, bringing prominent neocons into his cabinet and allowing them to launch multiple Regime Change operations. However, Trump was not a doctrinaire neocon, and he angered them by advocating better relations with North Korea, Russia and China. And for the neocons, anything short of total allegiance to their ideology is tantamount to betrayal.

The sad part is that you don’t have to take my word for what the Democrats are attempting. All you have to do is to listen to what they are saying.

In the end, it all comes down to us, the American people. Do we accept a hostile takeover of the country or do we let our so called elites know that there are lines that they cannot cross. In the end, it comes down to who we are.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/who-are-you/

One comment

  1. An Author In Charge · 16 Days Ago

    My fondest hope is simple-

    Trump wins, big enough that even the E!Democrats realize that trying to “graveyard vote” this election will be blatant and content themselves with being stupid/finding a Watergate-level scandal to bring him down. “Being stupid” includes ANTIFA/BLM actions that drive businesses out of the large cities. The “big city cred” of New York and LA for media production, especially, starts to lose it’s luster.

    The process of decentralization is the final straw for “legacy” media and entertainment products, and the E!Democrats lose a lot of their methods of access. Especially since after the Crow Flu, movie studios will need to produce movies that people will watch…and they don’t seem to be doing that (think the late ’70s with auther and message movie-making being followed up by the ’80s making more movies the audience wanted to watch).

    It’ll be a crazy few years, but too many of the E!Democrats and the neo-cons and their allies have shown their true colors.

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