Sunday, April 12, 2009

A Million Dead Fascists

Racism, intolerance, a fascist, one-party state, xenophobia, hatred, militarism. These are the principles of the numerous hate-groups that populate America. These organizations, focused on committing violence against ANYONE who thinks differently than they do, are growing in number, and this is a disturbing and infuriating fact. This could be due in part to the election of a man of color into the Executive Office, which probably got all those 'on-the-fence-fascists' to go all the way and throw in their lot with these groups....

More so than our President, I think that the increase in hate-group membership is due to the fact that the modern day fascists see the world progressing to a more accepting, tolerant and freedom-based place (though this progress seems agonizingly slow to me, personally, I still think it is happening). This fact has hardened the radical zeal of the hate-groups already functioning in America, and they are in a membership push, to increase their numbers and size. They do this because of the inherent fear that they have of their way of life becoming extinct in a changing world.

But what do we do? Do we let these hate-groups gather strength in numbers? Should we not oppose them through a diversity of tactics? I think so. An Anarchist Free Market or Free Food Day in a poor rural Southern town could have just the right effect. Giving direct aid to those who need it, regardless of color, could oppose these groups appeal to the people in the same situation (poor young whites, most of the time lacking much of an education). Through discourse and demonstration of Anarchist values, we can rip off the veneer of 'patriotism' and machismo surrounding these organizations and expose them for what they are.

Still, there remains the disturbing reality that these groups arm themselves with guns and explosives, making them a literal danger to the people that they subjugate. Sometimes whole shooting ranges are rented out for bi-monthly 'Weapons Awareness' courses set up by KKK Dens, Neo-Confederate 'Militias,' and White Nationalist clubs. They preach a mastery of weapons and a knowledge of violent tactics, and why wouldn't they? They so glorify militarism that they would sooner train their own little soldiers than have to serve in a minority-rich US Army or Marine Corps. Again, this knowledge of how to use weapons for destructive purposes against their perceived enemies makes them literally dangerous to everybody.

Many Anarchists I know preach tactics of strict non-violence, using civil disobedience and sabotage to practice Direct Action rather than insurrectionary property destruction or police confrontation. Still, others I know are hardcore insurrectionists, trained in demolitions and guerrilla tactics. My question to my fellow Anarchists is this; Can we afford to be unprepared? In other posts I have theorized that the first stormtroopers that will attempt to crush us will be these hate-groups. They will lead the attacks against us should we realize a social and political revolution simply because we are the antithesis of what they stand for.

Am I justifying violence? No. I am justifying a diversity of tactics to use against these organizations centered on blind hatred. I don't think we can sit idly by while these fools prepare themselves with knowledge to be used solely for committing violence against innocent people. If anything, we Anarchists should learn about weapons use for literal self-defense. I stand by the assertion that I would rather know how to use a gun and never have to use it than need to know and be unprepared.

I hate violence, and this is a fact. But sometimes defense is needed, of ourselves and our loved ones, not to mention our freedoms. There may come a time when we need to defend ourselves from these people, and I want to at least be realistically ready. It's not enough for me to despise them and their philosophy of hate. It's not enough to wish that they would change their ways, because the vast majority WON'T. I can pray that Fascism will die, along with all of its proponents, but that won't happen tomorrow either. In the meantime, I won't allow myself to be a sheep should the wolves approach in the distance.

I live to see a day when hatred will dissolve. I want peace more than anything, but I love myself and my freedom enough not to be crushed under a Nazi boot-heel as well.

We do what we can, to educate, to slowly pull people away from racist and sexist ideas, and this is right. Keep on trying, and maybe someday you and I will wake up and evil will be extinct, along with all of those who violently pursue its realization. What a utopia that would be!!

With Peace and Love to all my Friends



HalfCrazy said...

Sorry, a little late, sort of really tired the past few days LOL.

Anyway, another great post and an eye opener. You write and voice out your opinion so well. You write clearly and honestly, making it understandable to people who don't have any idea what this and that means and all that stuff.

Your suggestions are really good and I'm sure a lot of people would support you in that. Hell, I support it too. It's just that fear gets in the way before we can really help. Fear and not having so much concern for the society.

HalfCrazy said...

By the way, there was one time in Philippine History, the President used the Military to block or stop the People Power Revolution (all for freedom from the clutches of Martial Law) taking place. So the Military got all their tanks in the middle of the roads, stationed soldiers around the capital with their guns, scaring the people.

But what did the people did? They actually gave flowers, free food, and whatever they could give to the soldiers so the soldiers would stop following the orders of the President and retreat their tanks. Guess what? They did.

We can do it, we just don't do anything about it. LOL

Monkey Wrench said...

So true, so true!!

I think you would be happy to know that I have been doing a little research on Philippine Resistance and you guys and gals have quite a track record, particularly in defiance of the Cubans and the United States under control of Teddy Roosevelt.

You are right though, people often believe that the state is necessary, only that it needs reformed. It's a system of coercion and is wrong to start with.

Thank you sincerely for your comments, I always love it when you stop by!!!


HalfCrazy said...

Cool that you've been doing some research!

Hope you really wouldn't mind my constant visits LOL. :P

Monkey Wrench said...

Not one bit!! Anyone that stops by here is due for thanks, but you make a note to stop by a lot, and I appreciate it. Your blog is a diamond in the ruff as well, I always enjoy your art.

Peace and Love,


This Brazen Teacher said...

I haven't thought out this philosophy much, so am hesitant to stand firmly behind it... But I'll give it a go.

The things is... I have a feeling that "evil" is necessary. Once evil is non-existent, so is "good." You can't have the yin without the yang so to speak. So part of me thinks that eliminating evil isn't the answer.

What do you think?

The Clandestine Samurai said...

First, I agree with you 120%, which is why I added you to the bloglist. Second, in semi-response to the Brazen Teacher, I was thinking what she was thinking. But here's the thing: evil can necessariily exist, it just doesn't have to be active. This is the basis on which a(n) utopia can thrive.

We can banish evil collectively, but we first have to be a collective. What I, a liberal Christian, and someone else who is a right-winger, and a Conservative Muslim, and an American cultural conformist (I'm thinking of Tom Wolfe) believe to be evil is all different things.

Monkey Wrench said...

First, thank you all for your well thought-out comments, guys--

Indeed, one of the main principles behind many Eastern philosophies is that something cannot exist in what we perceive to be reality without a logical opposite. Evil will never be abolished, hatred will never snuff itself out all the way, but indeed, its activity can be destroyed.

Hate, from its inception, is just another emotion, but the question is, hatred of what and for what? Where does this revulsion come from? What does it stem from? In almost every case this can be traced back to rough illogical perceptions and opinions on things.

The first step to removing this tumor is cutting out the bulk. These hate groups that are so ready to commit violence against innocent people need to be eradicated, and then the process of remedying the feelings that create the actions can begin. Think of it as continuing 'treatment' while in remission (a strange analogy, but fitting, I think).

When this is over, hatred will still not literally be gone, but it won't be hurting people, it won't be so present and active, and it won't be a fraction of the problem that it is today. So in essence, I am agreeing with you both.

I have always thought that you can't war on feelings or ideas and hope to achieve a lasting and complete victory (the same reason I think that the 'War on Terror' is utter bollocks...). we can't eradicate ideas and feelings, they are intangibly and beautifully resistant to concrete force or what we deem as repression (censorship, etc.).

What a wonderful conversation this has turned into!!

I thank all of you for your input, very much.

I am so excited to see people responding! Until next time,


Jesse M. said...
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Jesse M. said...

Racism, and the like is learned behavior (which in and of itself is an anathema to those like us,) for it is the sheer IGNORANCE of people that allows these principles of useless behavior to continue!
As for violence, I am a follower of Sun Tzu (and the various authors of The Art of War) train to win without ever fighting, but train to fight so that you win if necessary.

Well written article bro!