Matches And Powder Kegs

     In this recent piece on “CW 2.0,” John Wilder reviews current conditions that could lead to the outbreak of a second Civil War. His observations give renewed force to questions that have plagued me for some time:

  • Will the Right ever cease to prioritize the avoidance of conflict over the restoration of the Republic?
  • If so, when?
  • What might the trigger be?

     Wilder speaks of some recent events that could provide a “spark:”

     In research of Civil War over time, it appears that the conditions exist that start Civil Wars for some time before they turn into outright Civil War. Often, one group finally comes to the conclusion that they are out of power, will never be in power again, and are being treated unfairly, that feeling builds up. It’s waiting for a moment, a spark, that allows the emotional feeling to turn into action.

     He offers these possibilities first:

  • “After another transexual shot up a church school senselessly killing several people (and disappearing from the news in record time), people had enough.”
  • “Remember, the Shot Heard ‘Round the World was fired on redcoats that were out to . . . take guns.”

     He mentions other related developments as well, including the firing of Tucker Carlson and the recent murder conviction of Daniel Perry for defending himself against an AK-47-toting rioter.

     It’s adding up, Gentle Reader. At some point the total will trigger this graphic summation of the possibilities:

     We cannot know in advance what total will flip the switch, but present trends continuing, we’ll know soon enough.


     What’s been going on can be summed up quite briefly: The Left has been “probing with the bayonet,” just as Lenin advised. Despite multiple baldfaced denials of objective reality, their incursions have been overwhelmingly successful. As the laws of reality are self-enforcing – have you defied gravity recently? – the phenomenon demands explanation. Here’s one from an obscure work of philosophy:

     Rearden stood motionless, not turning to the crowd, barely hearing the applause. He stood looking at the judges. There was no triumph in his face, no elation, only the still intensity of contemplating a vision with a bitter wonder that was almost fear. He was seeing the enormity of the smallness of the enemy who was destroying the world. He felt as if, after a journey of years through a landscape of devastation, past the ruins of great factories, the wrecks of powerful engines, the bodies of invincible men, he had come upon the despoiler, expecting to find a giant—and had found a rat eager to scurry for cover at the first sound of a human step. If this is what has beaten us, he thought, the guilt is ours.

     I find this to be substantially correct.

     The Left’s campaign has striven to denormalize reality itself. But a society in which the majority denies reality, regardless of the specifics, cannot function. Rand’s fictional depiction of the accelerating deterioration of the United States – I very nearly typed “Untied States,” and wouldn’t that be a sorry conclusion? – implies a progression toward such a collapse. Her focus was economic, but a cultural collapse would have the same characteristics.

     Therefore we may take it as written that the American majority of today remains wedded to reality and cultural norms that respect it. But if this is so, we could defeat our destroyers. With due respect to the late Jim Morrison, we have the guns and the numbers.

     What stands in our way is our own reluctance to do battle.


     Fight / flight / surrender. This is the trichotomy that the living world enforces upon the organisms within it. When under attack, a living creature must adopt one of those three postures, for there are no others.

     Though it pains me to say so, the greater number of us in the Right have chosen surrender. The pain comes from the recognition that not only are we behaving like cowards, but we could easily prevail over our enemies.

     Our aversion to confrontation has us by the short’n’curlies. Until we overcome it, we can make no headway.

     Remember this incident?

     A complete monster today assaulted a woman with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene outside of the DC Gulag.
     The man stood behind a little woman and blew a whistle as loud as he could in her ears. He would not stop and would not leave. The prison staff refused to take action when they were notified of this criminal activity outside of their facility. Do you think they would have come out if it was Pelosi out there?
     This is criminal behavior. At one point he screamed at someone, “Touch, you die!”
     Is anyone else infuriated by this ghoul?

     No doubt someone was…so why did no one take action? Given that the presence of such…persons at appearances by conservative figures is practically guaranteed for the foreseeable future, why was no one prepared to deal with him?

     It’s pure cowardice: the reluctance to take a step, a completely justifiable and necessary step, in defense of our public norms.

     If it persists, there are only two possible outcomes:

  • The Left wins, and subjugates us for the foreseeable future;
  • The match reaches the powder keg, and all bets are off.

     William E. Simon, writing of the chaos and degeneration of the mid-Seventies, produced two books: A Time For Truth and, about a year later, A Time For Action. Our time is a time for both.

     Have a nice day.


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    • Fweedom Fwies on May 9, 2023 at 8:33 AM

    Two Words-Fundamental Transformation. (Culture)
    Two More-Long March (Burn down Western Civ)

    • Butch DuCote on May 9, 2023 at 9:58 AM

    Don’t fight battles you cannot win. I believe that is why you haven’t seen counter action from the right. The vast majority of the incidents take place in blue state areas where the assailants know they are protected. In those areas the defender will be grind up by the left wing system. The spark will be when these kooks become over confident and try it in an area they do not control. 
    Get out of the cities.

    1. My contention is that we can win, Butch. It takes a little forethought, and a little planning, but we can win. I’ve even outlined some of the tactics we could use. But this isn’t the place for an extended discussion of such things.

    • Roll-aid on May 9, 2023 at 3:07 PM

    I wanted to post this now while it is fresh,  even though I read the original post earlier. 
    Put this in the “FWIIW – For what it is worth” department.  We live in a red & rural area of deep-blue Washington State.   As usual in rural areas, you get to know people who matter and — in rural areas at least  — those FedEx and UPS drivers rank up in that category.  About a half hour ago, he came by with our order.  I was chatting with him and asked how things were going.  He paused a second or so and then said,  “It’s ok, but slowing down. A normal day on my route is 70-90 stops.  Deliveries since the first of the year have been going up and down,  but it has been overall down by quite a bit.   I am down to about 50- 60 stops.”   For FedEx route, that’s a big change. 
    What worried me and why I am posting this now was what came next. He got kinda quiet and said,  “But in the past two weeks, it has dropped off a cliff.  I am way, way down.  And it has been like this all over.  The FedEx managers are very worried. Nobody has seen anything like this, ever.” 
    There’s been more talk and chat about the “Junta” or “Regime” as our host has observed.  Could it be that a large swath of rural residents have picked up something in the air?   Maybe the wind direction has suddenly changed and stormy weather is moving in.   You won’t sense that in the city, but the country people know. 

    • Alex on May 9, 2023 at 8:31 PM

    I will add this: the next successful civil war will require strong leaders and logistics support including food and ammo. Currently we are lacking both and those on the right know this that is why there is no uprising just yet. On the left they are sure of federal support on all levels including food, money, shelter , ammo, health care. The right currently has no such support, when they do the war will be won but not until then. Without the French the American revolution would not have succeeded.  The right still thinks that if we keep simply arguing with the left, trying to convince them of our Constitutional rights that all will work out, it won’t. Specifically what separates whites from the diversity is that we repress our violent impulses for the good of society, we will have to shake that idea off like a dog shaking off water. We must relish the coming destruction, really want their destruction, I do.

      • Evil Franklin on May 10, 2023 at 7:58 AM


      “On the left they are sure of federal support on all levels including food, money, shelter , ammo, health care.”

      I posit that this support will not last.
      Food will run out almost immediately. Money will be useless. Shelter will be hit or miss because only about 3% of the population of the left will want to be involved when the blood starts to flow. Ammo will be hoarded by the government. Health care will be non-existent. The left has already seen to that.

      It’s the atrocities that will have the biggest affect in the beginning.

      The right will prove to be more supportive of those that fight. Food will be scarce, but shared by supporters. Government printed money will be useless, but the right has things to trade. Shelter will be hard to find, but supporters of the fight will be more willing to help. 30 million private citizens (gun owners and those willing to fight) have trillions of rounds of ammo. Health care will be a problem regardless of left or right, but I believe that doctors and nurses will come out of the closet more readily for those on the right.

      The big question will be: How soon will the government ask for support from the U.N.?

  1. I am publishing passing on posts from others like yourself, trying to reach as many people as possible, while possible, but after 15 years of preparing, It does seem It’s finally upon us.

    • June J on May 10, 2023 at 10:30 AM

    I have been wondering if there would be countries coming to the aid of the rebels/patriots instead of the corrupt government of the US.  Seems like there are lots of countries out there who have had all of the pushing around by the US government they can stand.  

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