The Monkey Wrench Gang

As tyranny deepens, people become more desperate. The hesitation to not violate mala prohibita suddenly butts heads with the proverbial line in the sand. Actions that they would never have contemplated before suddenly seem not only realistically possible, but unavoidably necessary.

 

 

Monkey-wrenching is the activist colloquial term for sabotage. As a unique application of guerrilla warfare, traditional monkey-wrenching entails only property destruction. Through disabling and disassembling the machines that are used in the pursuit of imperialism, the efforts of the Establishment can be disrupted at a ground level, even if only temporarily. By doing this often enough, enemy forces are hampered by delays and the high financial costs of repairing and replacing equipment, thus weakening their resolve to continue their encroachment (or so the theory goes).

The ensemble cast of the four main characters showcase different archetypes and their reactions to the stresses and successes of monkey-wrenching. Seldom Seen Smith is the prototypical survivalist who is an outcast Mormon who feeds his three wives by taking clients out for wilderness expeditions. Dr. Sarvis is the cosmopolitan libertarian, who despite his age and affluence, deeply desires to see the Establishment get what he thinks it deserves. Bonnie Abzug is the flimsy feminist who constantly complains and thus is the least helpful of the crew. George Hayduke is a former Green Beret Vietnam veteran who was a demolitions specialist; he was the most committed of the gang and therefore my favorite character in the whole novel.

The dynamics between these characters are the key driving force behind this story. Abzug and Dr. Sarvis knew each other beforehand since their after work hobby was defacing, torching, and other wise culture jamming billboards. Smith and Hayduke seemed to me the most natural of buddies; this makes sense when you consider their archetypes. Dr. Sarvis was more of an elder to Hayduke whereas he was something more akin to an older brother to Smith. Hayduke and Abzug were, much to my shagrin and vocal protest, inopportune temporary lovers. Smith didn’t really relate much to Abzug all that much, and the feeling was mutual.

At times, though, it felt that Dr. Sarvis and Abzug were hangers on to the real monkey-wrenching work done by Hayduke and Smith. Granted, while Dr. Sarvis solely financed entire operations, following that he felt that his work was done; he was often performing lookout duty with Abzug. I really wished that the author had decided to portray Abzug as a strong pioneer type woman, more reserved and hesitant, yet willing to help the men on operations by doing more than just being a lookout, but what readers got instead was the worst feminist stereotype possible; that is, a moralistically fake whiny control freak. Smith and Hayduke typically had to conduct the meat of the operations themselves, Hayduke particularly doing the most dangerous aspects of it.

One theme I appreciated was the positive display of the use of privacy. Low-profile techniques were suggested to other members of the gang so as to reduce the probability of their getting caught by the “authorities.” It should also be kept in mind that there were no computers used at any point, thus digital privacy is a moot point for this novel.

While I understand that a much higher level of INFOSEC is needed when you are on active operations, I can no doubt predict that some well-meaning Patriotard will probably make the inane talking point that this novel is some sort of Establishment psy op designed to make non monkey-wrenching Patriots look like crooks because they paid in cash since they value their privacy on a daily basis. Such obfuscation of the matter is something I’ve come across in the alternative media way too much (especially on the subject of privacy), and I felt I should address it here since the de facto effect of such argumentation is to scare people who were willing to take action of any kind to instead hole up in a bunker and never see the light of day. Apparently, such useful idiots don’t really understand the history of World War II partisans in various countries.

An important corollary to privacy and INFOSEC is how they organized, specifically as a leaderless resistance (LR) cell. Each member worked with the other three in a voluntary manner. It was very important to them to never “vote” on decisions, since they all consented to each action, each one chose to bear the responsibility of it. As I mentioned in my overview of the LR concept, normally all decisions are arrived at via consensus (that is, unanimous consent). Of course, like most LR cell types, the fictional monkey-wrench gang suffered from a notorious lack of discipline. The only kind of LR cell that seems to have gotten over the discipline problem are security teams.

The ending seemed to suggest that Edward Abbey wanted to leave the door open to a sequel. Seeing that Abbey kicked the bucket back in ’89, unless someone else wanted and were able to take up the mantle of this desert anarchist, I think this is the only sojourn any of us will ever see of the monkey-wrench gang. If there ever were a sequel, seeing that Abzug gets married and becomes pregnant with Dr. Sarvis’ child, a new author could redeem her character into more of the pioneer type that I alluded to earlier.

I wholeheartedly recommend to any political dissident worth their salt to read The Monkey Wrench Gang, by Edward Abbey. Except for the vociferous obscenities (or not, if you’re into that kind of thing), this novel is a must read because there is so much to learn from it. On one hand, I’m quite surprised that almost no alternative media outlet recommends this novel on their suggested reading lists, but on the other, I understand how most of them want to steer everyone towards certain paths that lead absolutely nowhere.

Revamped American Redoubt Prioritized Task List

The following is a well-intentioned redo of James Wesley, Rawles splendid article, The American Redoubt – Move to the Mountain States,” which I mentioned in The Last Bastille Podcast #49 – Survivalism episode. I’ve actually written for SurvivalBlog before on the topic of survivalists and the alternative media. I have Rawles’ Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse,” and “How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times,” and honestly can’t wait to readSurvivors: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse,” so it is safe to say that I wholeheartedly support JWR philosophically, methodologically, and financially (as I am able), just like I have with TheAntiTerrorist. That said, there is no copyright infringement intended.

 

 

The intention behind his Revamped American Redoubt Prioritized Task List is to take into account more realistically what needs to be done when. While it would be just plain silly to follow each task rigidly, the categories of Initial Preparations, Lightening the Load, and Settling In are intended to be done in order. This revamped list is also intended to be complimentary to the original American Redoubt article, not superior to it.

 

INITIAL PREPARATIONS

•    Research geography, climate, and micro-climates very carefully (you’re life may depend on it).
•    Gradually acquire a home library that includes self-sufficiency books and classic books–history, biographies, and novels.
•    Develop a home-based business.
•    Conduct as much business as possible via barter or with precious metals.
•    Do your banking locally, preferably with a credit union and/or a farm credit union.
•    Begin homeschooling your children.
•    Encourage your kids to XBox and Wii less and read more.
•    Use VPN tunneling, RSA encryption, firewalls, and anonymous remailers.
•    Stock up heavily on storage foods for lengthy power failures, or worse.
•    Attend gun shows in your state. (This keeps money circulating in the state and keeps you legal, for private gun purchases.)
•    Bring your guns.
•    Encourage like-minded family and friends to join you.
•    Choose your fights wisely. Don’t tilt at windmills, but when you feel convicted, don’t back down.

 

LIGHTENING THE LOAD

•    Lighten the load. Keep the practical items but sell your junk and impractical items at a garage sale.
•    Sell your television.
•    Sell your jewelry and fancy wristwatch. Buy a Stihl chainsaw instead.
•    Sell your bric-a-brac and collectibles. What is more important? A large collection of Hummel figurines, or having a lot of good hand tools and Mason jars?
•    Switch to a practical wardrobe and “sensible shoes” according to the climate data you researched earlier.
•    Sell your sports car and buy a reliable crew cab pickup (should be 4-wheel drive)
•    Donate (or sell) any older bulky furniture to the local charity store (or reseller) before you move.

 

SETTLING IN

•    Make a clean break by selling your house and any rental properties. You aren’t coming back.
•    If you buy an existing house, get one with an extra bedroom or two. Some relatives may be joining you, unexpectedly.
•    After your buy your land, convert the rest of your Dollar-denominated wealth into practical tangibles.
•    Be a honorable, trustworthy neighbor.
•    Respect the property rights and the traditions of your neighbors.
•    Expect to be the subject of gossip. Live a righteous life so there won’t be much to gossip about.
•    Don’t try to change things to be like the suburb that you left behind. You are escaping all that!
•    Leave your Big City expectations behind. There probably won’t be cell phone coverage, high speed Internet, or Pilates.
•    Get used to eating venison, elk, moose, antelope, trout, and salmon.
•    Expect a long driving distances for work and shopping
•    Patronize the local farmer’s market and craft shows.
•    Support local businesses, and companies that are headquartered inside the Redoubt, not Wal-Mart.
•    Find and visit your local second-hand stores. Watch for useful, practical items that don’t need electricity.
•    Attend some farm auctions in your region to gather a good collection of useful hand tools and a treadle sewing machine.
•    Pitch in by joining the local Volunteer Fire Department (VFD), Ski Patrol, Sheriff’s Posse, or EMT team.
•    Join the local ham radio club. (Affiliated with the ARRL.)
•    Be active in local home school co-ops and service organizations.
•    Be active, politically, but use a pseudonym in letters to the editor an internet posts.

George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography

Whenever the crimes of tyrants are mentioned to the mainline public, many of them will bleat that they don’t have any knowledge of it. Any claims of the malfeasance of despicable characters are exonerated by the ignoramuses who act as de facto apologists for the Establishment. With the advent of decentralized modes of data retrieval, such as private bookstores and the Internet, no more excuses exist for those who attempt to legitimize systematic criminal behavior by claiming they’ve never heard of it.

 

 

George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, is a bankster by trade. Thanks to Prescott Bush’s Brown Brothers Harriman plutocratic network, his son was able to play at being a naval pilot, an oil landman, a Congressman, a UN ambassador, a Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman, a US ambassador to China, CIA director, Vice President, and then finally US President. What’s not commonly mentioned is that between being the Director of Central Intelligence and Reagan’s VP, Bush became the First International Bank of Houston’s executive committee chairman; simultaneously, he was also the First International Bankshares Ltd. of London’s director AND the director of First International Bankshares, Inc. (aka Interfirst), headquarted in Dallas, TX as well. Coupled with Bush’s well-known eugenicist views expressed during his congressional terms, George Bush I of the United Socialist States of America fits the typical globalist archetype.

Bush the Tyrant’s propensity for royally screwing not only opponents but also colleagues became legendary. Ralph Yarborough fortunately retained his Senate seat in 1964, but almost lost it to the Skull & Bones network’s plethora of psy op dirty tricks. Dan Aronow’s widow was ignored by Bush, which is strange considering the closeness between the two men and Aronow’s associations to the NYC/New Jersey based Genovese family and the Meyer Lansky organized crime syndicate. Lyndon LaRouche landed in jail on trumped up charges because he was a political dissident who so publicly eviscerated Bush’s image as “a good public servant.”

Bush’s complicity in both Watergate and Iran-Contra testifies to his amoral ruthlessness. The First International Bank of Houston funded the Plumbers, who were the burglars that broke into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee. Lou Russell, a PI who worked for Bush, died from his second heart attack in two weeks and was buried the next day. As Vice President, Bush constructed  “working groups” such as the Special Situation Group (SSG) and it’s subsidiary, the Standing Crisis Pre-Planning Group (CPPG), whose functions were to work around the US Congress’ various Boland Amendments, which prohibited the executive branch from arming both the Iranian Khomeini regime as well as the Nicaraguan Contras.

Bush is additional proof that the American Empire possesses the costs of a monarchy and a republic without the benefits of either. King George’s framing of both Manuel Noriega of Panama and Saddam Hussein of Iraq (the latter of whom is a known CIA asset, much like “Tim Osman”) demonstrated his ability to orchestrate wars unilaterally on false pretenses without a declaration of war from the Congress, as is required by Article 1, Section 8 of the (federal) Constitution. Keep in mind that the Congress acquiesced to all of it, since it is perfectly within their purview to impeach, try, and even convict el presidente for “treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors,” pursuant to Article 2, Section 4. In a proper absolutist monarchy, had a king done what Bush did with the imperialistic wars of aggression alone, courageous citizens would have wasted no time organizing to either depose him or conduct regicide, the latter of which is the final and effective check on a monarch’s power.

While I respect Webster Tarpley’s scholarly aptitude, I cannot condone his socialistic support of another bankster president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. The only real brainstorming of possible solutions, or even temporary expedients, that Tarpley mentions is early in his 600+ page tome where he hopes that by reading his biography of Bush, the populace will not reelect Bush for a second term. If that was indeed his goal, then Tarpley should be happy, since that’s exactly what happened with William Clinton’s 1992 inauguration, but I somehow doubt that Tarpley’s desire to get Bush out of the Oval Office enabled him to see far enough ahead to contemplate the unintended consequences of his narrow-minded goal.

While Tarpley’s expose on 9/11, which I have reviewed before, is quite excellent, not everyone should read this biography, since quite frankly it’s pretty goddamn depressing. Again, like Skousen, the Kennedys, and Dr. Paul, they all excel as watchdogs but inherently suck as brainstorming think tank analysts. They can document incidents and use pattern analysis to prove thematic problems, but they can’t for the life of them think their way out of a paper bag in terms of suggesting potentially viable solutions that (ideally) would give measureable results, both good and bad. This biography of George H. W. Bush is best for those who are still in the comfortable state of denial that The Left-Right Paradigm affords; otherwise, for those who are more than willing to take action, this book serves little use other than as a paperweight.

Refusing Consent: The Power of Non-Compliance

3/6/16 UPDATE: In learning more about non-compliance, I realized this article really needed a serious overhaul. Brand paragraphs have been added, and only a few elements were changed from the original version. I sincerely hope this revision is more helpful to you all.

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“Obviously there is not need of fighting to overcome this single tyrant, for he is automatically defeated if the country refuses consent to its own enslavement: it is not necessary to deprive him of anything, but simply to give him nothing; there is no need that the country make an effort to do anything for itself provided it does nothing against itself. It is therefore the inhabitants themselves who permit, or, rather, bring about, their own subjection, since by ceasing to submit they would put an end to their servitude. A people enslaves itself, cuts its own throat, when, having a choice between being vassals and being free men, it deserts its liberties and takes on the yoke, gives consent to its own misery, or, rather, apparently welcomes it.” [emphasis added]

Étienne de La Boétie

 

 

 

According to a Catholic interpretation of the Bible, the battle cries of St. Michael the Archangel and Lucifer (aka, Satan) were alleged to be serviam and non serviam; these translate into English as “I will serve,” and “I will not serve,” respectively. This dichotomy is portrayed in terms of black and white, good and evil, right and wrong. What troubles me to no end is, what if the implications of this story are completely backwards? Continue reading

YHTOM Reading List

Here is Randy Mack’s suggested reading lists for YHTOM listeners, political dissidents, and anyone else who is willing to begin “seeing through the fog.” It is recommended, if at all possible, to read the books in the order that they are presented.

 

 

1)  King & Schneider’s “The First Global Revolution.”

2) Carroll Quigley’s “Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time.”

3) Carroll Quigley’s “The Anglo-American Establishment.”

4) H.G. Wells’ “The Open Conspiracy.”

5) Charles Galton-Darwin’s “The Next Million Years.”

6) Bertrand Russell’s “The Impact of Science on Society.”

7) Julian Huxley’s “UNESCO: It’s Purpose & Philiosophy.”

8) Zbigniew Brzezinski’s “Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technotronic Era.”

9) Zbigniew Brzezinski’s “The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geopolitical Imperatives.”

10) Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World Revisited.”

11) Saul Alinksy’s “Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals.”

12) Dr. Joseph P. Martino’s “Resistance to Tyranny.”

Also, be sure to read “Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance” and “Societal Implications of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.”

Is Substance Abuse the Same as Addiction?

Subservience to unmitigated cravings is a position exclusively held by the servile. Without the capacity to be individually well-regulated, self-government is a purely unattainable theoretical pipe dream. For those who care to secure their Liberty, they must be serious in the pursuit of defeating their personal addictions as well as moderating their naturally occurring desires.

 

 

Contemporary scientific research suggests that addiction is not only cognitively based, but physiologically as well. Neurobiological breakthroughs indicate that decreased dopamine is a key element, as well as the role of opioid peptides and serotonin in reinforcing addictive effects. Cerebral neurocircuitry alterations show a long-term vulnerability of relapse. Stress in the amygdala seems to explain abstinence withdrawal symptoms. It is clear to now boldly declare that addiction is not just in someone’s imagination or their perceived lack of self-control because of the biological proof of their aliments.

Similar to these findings on the biochemistry of addiction, non-substance forms of abuse appear to be similar in this regard as well. Initial indications suggest that abused individuals are disproportionately more likely to possess addictive behaviors than non-abused people. As Stefan Molyneux summarizes, “[the] amygdalae of insecurely attached children are hyperactive and larger than those of securely attached children….so they are less able to control their fears, angers and other irrational emotional reactions in response to later interpersonal difficulties.” For instance, “[w]hen children experience maternal abandonment fears and maternal abuse, they release cortisol, which shuts down their prefrontal cortex and makes their amygdala hyperactive, ‘indelibly imprinting, burning in’ the memory of the threatening mother in their amygdalan module.” It would also seem to be the case that those who experience early childhood trauma have a strongly persistent tendency to start both alcohol and illicit drug use during their adolescence.

Despite these physiological handicaps, such addictions serve as a weakness that can be exploited by both public and private criminals. Abused and addicted individuals are unfortunately, though not surprisingly, much more susceptible to government malfeasance than the non-abused and non-addicted, especially because of drug prohibition. The “land of the free” possesses the highest incarceration rate in the world; those imprisoned tend to be lower on the socio-economic scale, to be non-violent substance abusers, and to be ethnically non-European. As corporatism becomes ever more entrenched in America, so-called “private prisons” are becoming more popular, since they possess a government protected profit motive to maintain high incarceration rates. Street level drug dealers, like their bootlegger predecessors, prefer illegal substances to remain as such, otherwise they go out of business. Of course, many of these street dealers don’t produce their own products, since they are typically smuggled in courtesy of the Central Intelligence Agency.

It is imperative to keep in mind that addicts are not criminals; they are sick and require empathy as well as medical care. The mainline public’s hypocritical attitude towards addicts is appallingly barbaric, especially considering the very same tendencies present in many of them (such as Rush Limbaugh’s condemnation of drug addicts all the while he pops tons of Oxycotin pills like there’s no tomorrow). Nearly every adult has drunk a glass of wine or a bottle of beer at some point. Over 40% of Americans have smoked a cannabis cigarette at least once. We now know that rehabilitation is much more effective at reducing recidivism than incarceration. Fake moralistic snobbery has no place in the attempt to heal the ill.

Even if you don’t have any addictions, you don’t want any wanton dependencies for the simple reason that it is an open weakness that unscrupulous entities can choose to exploit, at your expense. Besides, addiction is at odds with Liberty, for Liberty is equal parts tolerance and responsibility. Responsibility necessarily entails self-sufficiency, which is impossible if you’re reduced to being a servile drone looking frantically for your next quick fix. Being responsible also means you are in charge of your indulgences, instead of them controlling you. If addicts wish to regain their Liberty, they need to become responsible, and to do that, they need to pursue whatever avenues that are currently available to alleviate themselves from their afflictions as much as possible, for unless they make a good faith effort to do so, they are behaving irresponsibly.

It has been postulated that the addictive properties of certain substances are not so much the problem, but instead the compulsiveness that accompanies it. Vices and luxuries have the potential to exacerbate the satisfaction of desire to the degree that obsession with such activities lead to the detriment of everything else, including those tasks necessary for the sustainment of life. Particularly concerning are those luxuries that involve electronic gadgets; Krugman’s findings about the flickering screens of television sets on brain waves could possibly extend to computers, hand-held video game consoles, and “smart” cellular telephones. The disassociated mental state when using these devices is plainly observable, especially with the youth of today.

For those who choose to engage in self-liberation, I do offer some suggestions. One option is to never experience the satisfaction of any cravings by becoming totally ascetic (and probably celibate). Obviously, this is an unrealistic (or undesirable) ideal for virtually all of us; hence, a more attainable goal is to indulge in no more than one craving per day. Some of Molyneux’s approach to peaceful parenting can be made applicable to treating addiction by attending 2 years of therapy, during which time 8 – 10 hours a week of journaling would also be done. A somewhat more cynical approach for those who are already self-regulating is to stock up on those items that others still have a nagging dependency on, which of course, is ready to be dispensed with by the virtue of price. Supplying a demand that exists as a consequence of others’ flaws puts you, not your vices, in the catbert’s seat.

At the very least, none of us should be substance abusers, because it not only makes us more susceptible to being attacked by the enemy, but is also a blight on our individual character by rendering us helpless. For example, drinking is fine, being an alcoholic is not. Smoking is dandy, just not two packs a day. Even using substances that violate mala prohibita is morally permissible, provided that others are not harmed. As Socrates famously said, “Everything in moderation, nothing to excess.”

Reality is a cruel enough mistress as it is; compounding that with the coerciveness of the State about something that is inherently victimless is a mockery of justice. Unless there exists a Common Law offense, there is no crime. It is the prerogative of the individual, never the State, to practice personal responsibility.

They Tell Us, Sir, That We Are Weak…

The following is an excerpt from Patrick Henry‘s infamous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech made at the Second Virginia Convention held in St. John’s Church on March 20th of 1775 (approximately a month before Battles of Lexington & Concord). He was attempting to encourage the Virginia House of Burgesses to pass a resolution allowing for the volunteer militia units to be raised throughout the colony. As a side note, Patrick Henry was initially a badass post-Revolution for being an Anti-Federalist, but unfortunately succumbed to the Federalist behavior of Presidents Washington & Adams because of his fear that the Republic might eventually devolve into a French Revolution.

 

 

They tell us, Sir, that we are weak unable to cope with so
formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the
next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed,
and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we
gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means
of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the
delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and
foot? Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of those means which
the God of nature hath placed in our power.

     Three millions of People, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and
in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force
which our enemy can send against us. Beside, Sir, we shall not fight our
battles alone.There is a just God who presides over the destinies of
Nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The
battle, Sir, is not to the strong alone. It is to the vigilant, the
active, the brave. Besides, Sir, we have no election. If we were base
enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest.
There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are
forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is
inevitable. and let it come! I repeat, Sir, let it come!

     It is in vain, Sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry,
Peace, Peace! — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The
next gale that sweeps from the North will bring to our ears the clash of
resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we
here idle? What is it that Gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life
so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains
and slavery! Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may
take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Global 2000 Report – Vol #3

 

“This third volume of the Global 2000 Study presents basic information (“documentation” as it is termed by modelers) on the long-term sectoral models used by the U.S. Government to project global trends in population, resources, and the environment. These models were the basis of the projections developed for the Global 2000 Study.”

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Appendix: Vol #1 & Vol #2 of the Global 2000 Report.