He seemed more dead than alive but, when asked ‘Where is the Army?’, Assistant Surgeon William Brydon managed to reply: ‘I am the Army.’
Publisher’s Note: For those of you who haven’t noticed, socialism is here already and has been the lifeblood of US governance since the middle of the nineteenth century. All of the SJWs, Democratic Socialists and all the other government enthusiasts are late to the party. The only difference between socialism and fascism in practice is the name on the asset seized or controlled. Just because Nabisco and General Electric aren’t US Foods and US General Electric doesn’t mean they aren’t controlled by the government. Fascism uses taxation and regulation to vertically and horizontally control every aspect of a firm’s behavior.
If you contest this notion, name one single component in the American provision of goods and services in the above-ground economy that isn’t regulated, just one.
For the longest time, certain collectivists in the American intelligentsia figured out that if you give producers an illusion of freedom and keeping their investments, they will produce better and under an open socialist or communist, the riches reaped through theft and confiscation by the government is always considerably less.
The universities didn’t get the memo though and the K-PhD programming factories started to go off-message and press for more direct forms of theft that are less elegant and in the end less lucrative than the current fascist framework.
Another public service announcement: the cops are not your friends, they are armed Leninists and the fascinating tale of deep-state badged Orcs doing their political masters’ bidding in the attempt by the Deep State to dethrone the Mango Emperor so Pantsuit Negan could mount her royal edifice in the Offal Office. -BB
I have the greatest respect for T.X. Hammes as an asymmetric warfare observer and he has spoken aloud that which for some reason has escaped most of the irregular warfare commentariat when discussing overseas adventures.
He just so happens to riff unknowingly with something I have shared with readers since 2003: Buppert’s Law of Military Topography: “Mountainous terrain held by riflemen who know what they are about cannot be militarily defeated”.
He contends that historically mountain people have been hard to defeat.
“Yet terrain only explains part of the difficulty of “pacifying” mountain people—and the least significant part. Culture is a much greater problem. Mountain people tend to be clannish, inwardly focused, belligerent toward outsiders and tough. Constant infighting among clans and families insures their fighting skills and toughness are continually honed.”
He makes no mention of Zomia in Southeast Asia, over 2,500,000 square km (970,000 sq mi) over the Southeast Asian Massif and comprises nearly one hundred million marginal people. What Dr. James C. Scott delightfully calls a “state-resistant territory. Buffeted by conflict for three thousand years, it has weathered invasions and fended off centuries of incursions.
This is one reason among many why Holland fell so quickly in the War to Save Josef Stalin and the pesky mountain states of Switzerland, Finland and the Yugoslavian enclaves proved troublesome for the invading armies.
Much like Jared Diamond’s thesis that colder climes force the function to genetically favor intelligence, the mountainous terrains force the function of self-sufficiency. The polar opposite of modernity’s urban enclaves in the West that pride themselves on their lack of self-sufficiency by keeping bare cupboards and proudly submitting themselves to statist inspection and restrictions on behavior at every turn.
The estimable John Meyers has done a great job on this blog investigating the “state-resistance” exhibited naturally by mountain people in the Appalachians. The IRS and Treasury thugs had a tough time keeping their king’s agents alive when sent into the hollers to pry into other people’s business.
I suspect that mountain folk have a naturally libertarian predisposition and a constant suspicion of the state in their blood due not only to region but martial aptitude in taking care of their own and seeing no profit in shoving their neighbors about for long-term gain.
When one combines the Islamic codes with a desert people in mountains, the pacification problem becomes even more impossible. There is a reason the USSR calved off the “Muslim underbelly” of greater Russia in its southwestern provinces when it fell in 1989.
I am happy that Hammes has elucidated on what all of know already.
Fucking with mountain folks can be hazardous to your well-being.
I’ve got another idea, the US should stop militarily fucking with the planet no amtter what the terrain is.
T.X. Hammes: “Thus, the first rule in dealing with mountain people should be to leave them alone. If a nation decides it is a strategic imperative to fight them, it should not attempt to impose centralized government and especially not try to force outside officials on them. Historically, mountain peoples govern themselves locally. Any larger government was usually achieved only after centuries of often bloody effort.”