In the event of a physical conflict between the Left and the Right in the United States, there are signs there would be a Right wing victory. Polls indicate 2/3rds of the military support right wing causes, and Red staters do have guns many more guns per capita than Blue staters. Kurt Schlichter is one of those that believe in this outcome as well, the question is when, how, and what manner this takes place. A peaceful separation would be by far the best outcome for those seeking to salvage what remains of a broken country, yet history indicates few political breakups are peaceful, let alone easy. Some helpful historical guideposts exist, however.
In the case of the Soviet Union, which through state policy concentrated much of its resources on heavy industry and armaments production in particular, saw a relatively peaceful if extremely difficult breakup that created conditions for privateers to loot the country and led to a decade of poverty and increased mortality rates. China’s ‘peaceful rise’ and transition from a centrally planned to a market-based economy rode on the back of extremely strong economic fundamentals (principally a vast pool of disciplined, cheap labor) and an orderly political regime, both of which Russia did not have. Oil, having been its primary export product, was trading a near record lows for years before the Soviet Union went bankrupt from oversized military spending and involvement in the Afghan war.
America has a relatively robust if artificially inflated economy based on financial and real estate speculation, but does suffer from massive imperial overreach, long term unfunded liabilities in the form of Social Security, Medicare, student debt, personal debt, and pension obligation. It also lacks a coherent political order like China’s to managed a peaceful transition. In between the Soviet and Chinese models, the American civilization likely fits. In the event of a collapse, industries essential for survival (energy, construction, transportation, food production) are likely to do well relative to those that are not (media, entertainment, legal services, higher education). If the Soviet example is any guide, during the chaos of the 1990s the only the simplest of industries prospered – principally in energy and mining – leveraging Russia’s comparative advantages in those areas and also requiring less complexity and trust than more technologically advanced industries such as computers.
In a crisis, people can’t be counted on to keep their word, and rocks and liquid from the ground are hard to counterfeit. In America, agriculture is probably the most internationally competitive industry, and if a collapse comes knowing how to grow food (without intensive energy and chemicals) will not only be essential for staving off hunger but also for trade and earning hard currency for purchase of foreign goods.
Regardless of when or how exactly a shakeup will occur, the best thing individuals can do is simply get off the train that is bound for oblivion. Once off, forging your own path can be a formidable one, but to put things in perspective nearly all the people living in the United States have ancestors who at one point or another left their home country to setup in the current one. The prospects for a civil war are arguably worse, but leaving one city for another (hopefully more rural) county is not. If you believe in DNA, the ability is within you. You just have to have the courage to pursue it, and hopefully the right mindset, knowledge, and people to do it with. Having a network is always key, so don’t for a second not take advantage of modern communication tools to coordinate with other like-minded individuals.
Once setup away from the midst of likely turmoil (i.e., major cities), start working on ways to stay flexible and anti-fragile. Having portable skills that keep food on the table without needing to living in a city are always helpful, and include construction, automotive repair, and medical / EMT abilities. If these is a possibility to do this with others, find ways to share common resources like laundry facilities, daycare, and tools and equipment if engaged in farming and industrial work. Homeschooling is a great option, but if you have to send your children to school, Compsci offers sage wisdom on vetting your children’s teachers: “Among other things related to our new grand daughter, I consulted my son with regard to choosing a school and interviewing the teacher and principal. Request a class syllabus and request that you be notified of any classroom presentations by anyone other than the assigned teacher or variation from the class syllabus by the teacher—no exceptions. Insist that your daughter be sent to the library for independent study if written permission for variation is not obtained. Discuss this with teacher and principal verbally, then follow up with them in writing. (Written instructions will signal your intent to hold them legally responsible for violating your charge.) If the school balks, then you know you must find another school. Most private schools will understand and meet your concerns.”
Perhaps most importantly for the medium to long term is setting up children so they don’t get sucked into the city vortex that is controlled by the enemy. The biggest challenge small towns face is seeing their well mannered and hard working kids go off to college in an urban area only to see them transformed into militant blue haired SJW feminists for the girls and meek androgynous metrosexuals for the boys. Encouraging women to marry early in their prime childbearing years or find a husband in college is important, and for men if they are particularly talented in the STEM fields pick a hard major if they must, or otherwise learn a trade or work on owning a small business like metal working, farming, or construction.
Any successful political movement, in addition to having a robust foundation of economic and logistical resources to sustain them through a crisis and act as a beacon to those seeking an alternative, must have simple, clear objectives if they are to be successful in the long term. Just surviving against a ‘by any means necessary’ enemy requires that we drop convoluted ‘principles’ and simply support people ‘on our team.’ Principles are things the victors inscribe into their constitutions. We’re not there yet. Convincing people with incentives, not preaching will ultimately win out.
The enemy is vicious, yet we can use this to our advantage. Given how skewed the mainstream media is towards the Left, the Right must not give the Left cause for crying foul. After nearly burning Catholic children at the stake for smiling at an American Indian, there is not much room to maneuver in public rallies. Yet if the occasion does arise where Leftist thugs such as Antifa attempt violence, do not give them the footage they are looking for by being aggressive. Self defense is barely tolerated, but while things are still relatively calm, provoking, let alone attacking the Left with physical violence will do more harm than good. If anything we want people in the middle to start feeling they are being threatened, and we do that by showing our side as the victim. This is 4th generation warfare. If a hot war ever comes, military historians like William S. Lind and authors like Kurt Schlictler, James Wesley Rawles and Matthew Bracken are excellent resources for preparing and understanding potential conflict scenarios.
This is the fourth in a series of excerpts from the book Exit Strategy – Navigating the Decline of the American Empire from the Myth of the 20th Century crew