What we call the American Civil War of 1861 to 1865 was in fact two separate nations deploying traditional armies and navies to fight conventional battles with large scale maneuvers and front lines. In today’s civil wars there are no rules, no front lines.
It’s unrestricted warfare to take control of the government, armed horror actually, between peoples occupying the same land, even the same neighborhoods. They have no overt beginning, even in retrospect. They end when one side annihilates the other, or when both sides and the country itself are too exhausted to continue. Selco speaks of such war.
As I’ve said elsewhere, the notion of civil war in America seemed implausible to me a couple years ago. Since then it’s moved to “improbable”. And it’s still moving.
As evidence, see the one minute video linked to in the excerpt below. It’s scarcely to be believed. It reminds me of recruitment posters from 1861, “A Call To Arms” and the like.
The indispensable Z Man, in his usual calm and measured way, condenses the looming catastrophe in his essay, The Civil War. Some excerpts:
America is a land that bans books, has political prisoners and condemns people to a form of internal exile where they cannot have a job or maintain a normal life. Ten years ago, if someone said Americans would lose their jobs because they liked something on social media, only the aluminum foil hat types would have believed it. Such things were considered impossible just a decade ago. In the 1980’s, these were the sorts of things that happened in the Soviet Union, which was why communism was considered evil.
Yet, here we are, seeing things we thought impossible not so long ago. This is a clip from a television show aired on one of the legacy networks. The video is a naked call for violence against whites. Even after all of the outrageous behavior we have seen from the ruling class the last few years, no reasonable person would have thought this was possible even a year ago.
and he continues,
It’s why it is time think about what is impossible today, in terms of social breakdown, as it will most likely happen tomorrow. The blood lust of the ruling class for whites not obediently walking into the void, is now undeniable. Their response to the 2016 election was to declare war on white America. In their minds, it is a defensive war and they are fully justified to use any means necessary to win. There will be no point where they pull back, fearing they have gone too far. Instead they will always seek to go further.
Rod Dreher adds more, at The American Conservative. Excerpts:
A network series actually affirms and justifies the violent physical assault of a living American who was peacefully stating his opinion. And not only justifies it, but uses the assault to promote its own programming by rallying potential viewers to the episode…
Keep in mind that this viewpoint is not rebutted in this episode, but sustained. The community of this show unites around the principle that punching people with offensive political views and then covering up for the crime is morally right. This is an extraordinary line for CBS to cross…
There’s nothing in this kind of civil war for men of sound mind and good will. Rule One is your best guide: stay away from crowds. If you’re in or near a city, especially the coastal urban complexes, plan and commit to self-evacuation. First out is best out.
There are always more defensible and compelling reasons to defer action than to do what needs doing. Prudence and optimism are not compatible. There will be no warning of the approaching event horizon. Be wary and trust your gut, the news media have revealed themselves as committed partisans. You can recover from decamping too early but “too late” is always too late.
Here’s a helpful hint for urban migrants in a ‘no rules’ civil war. Avoid the “eastern inland enclave” . We support and defend our families, ourselves and our neighbors. Because we live here. Beware, there’s nowhere lonelier than a back road being closely watched with well warranted suspicion. Yes, you may get a handout and be sent on your way, but it’s not a high-percentage bet. Take this into account when you’re making your Get Out Of Dodge plans.