One of the things that I learned from my training as an Army officer is that amateurs study tactics while professionals study logistics.
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
—Hunter S. Thompson
Der Krieg ist eine bloße Fortsetzung der Politik mit anderen Mitteln. War is merely the continuation of politics by other means.
—Carl von Clausewitz
UPDATE—My podcasting partner Stacy McCain has more about Louisville here.
UPDATE 2—UPDATE 3—It’s being reported that a second police officer has been shot by the rioters in Louisville.
UPDATE 4—The Louisville Metro Police Department has issue a statement with the following information around midnight ET:
One officer is stable and alert.
The other officer is in surgery but stable.
Both appear to have suffered non life-threatening injuries
A suspect is in custody.
A friend has told me that he doesn’t expect the sort of looting that has appeared in some urban centers to occur in his rural area, but that if looters come his way, he’s prepared to generously share some of his property with them. He says it’s prepackaged in 10 gram lots which he can provide at a velocity of about 850 meters/second.
Last night in Kenosha, the riots may have turned a corner, rolled down the on ramp, and pulled into the fast lane. It appears that rioters with firearms are now being opposed by citizens with firearms. Shots were fired, and if the reports I’ve seen are correct, at least one rioter was killed.
History isn’t repeating itself, but it may be rhyming. 28 years ago, a group of armed Korean shopkeepers kept watch on the roofs of their stores during the riots in LA. When the LAPD failed to provide protection for the residents of the Koreatown neighborhood, shopkeepers armed with M1 carbines, Ruger Mini-14s, AR-15s, pump-action shotguns, and handguns exchanged gunfire with armed looters, forcing their retreat.
State and local governments need to put an end to the rioting. If they don’t, the breakdown in the civil peace will likely lead to what could amount to local civil wars between rioters and people who don’t want to see their livelihoods and neighborhoods destroyed. Kenosha may be the place where the good guys have decided that they’ve had enough—and that if the government won’t keep the peace, the community will.
BTW, many of the Korean immigrants facing rioters in LA had military training in the Korean army before they came to America. I suspect that if 2020 has a similar showdown between rioters and law-abiding citizens, most of the veterans involved will not be among the rioters.
There are days when I wish everything wasn’t proceeding as I have foreseen.
Sarah Hoyt has a thoughtful piece over at PJ Media explaining why she expects the current playacting at revolution by the Left to fail. She argues the false premises of the marxist philosophical worldview of the Left has so distorted their perceptions of Reality that they can’t understand why their efforts to bring about Utopia keep failing. In frustration the Left is throwing a tantrum because things aren’t “fair.”
They expect that the “99 Percent” will rise up in solidarity with them to overthrow the “1 Percent” of capitalist oppressors. However, it’s the Left that won the slow revolutionary march through the institutions over the past fifty years. It’s Leftists who now make up most of the “1 Percent.”
Real revolutions, not the left’s pretend theater, are not “and the people rose up.” That’s usually the last stage. Real revolutions are caused by living conditions/ways of making a living changing so dramatically that ideology must follow.
Communism and socialism were – though heads-on-pants insane – well suited to the mentality of mass production and mass movements.
They’re fish out of water in the 21st century. Which is why every move they make turns against them. Their heads are full of a society that no longer exists.
I’m not saying they’re not a danger, particularly in the areas – geographic and social – they control. What I’m saying is that they’re losing that control.
Read the whole thing.
In effect, proles who thought they had been guaranteed a spot in the Outer Party and had a shot at making it into the Inner Party are raging because their Fill-in-the-Blank Studies did not qualify them for anything other than struggling to service a significant debt on a barista’s wages. One part of the left is revolting against another.
This has happened before. During the middle years of the last century, the international socialist fought the national socialists in Europe. Sarah Hoyt argues that we’re now seeing the death rattle of the Left’s revolution rather than its birth pains. I hope she’s right.
There were those who thought (perhaps hoped) that President Trump would use military force to deal with Antifastan in Seattle. He didn’t. Instead, he let the city get what they voted for good and hard. Things had to get so bad that rioters appeared in the mayor’s neighborhood before the city’s Inner Party decided the proles had had enough fun.
The rioters in Portland learned from some of Antifiastan’s errors. They stayed off the mayor’s front lawn and were rewarded with control of the night in city. Again, the President has not deployed the military. He’s committed federal civilian law enforcement office to protect federal property and enforce federal law in Portland. So far, it appears that federal civilian law enforcement can deal with the Portland crime wave.
BTW, the federal agents engaged in crowd control and site protection appear to be wearing uniforms with appropriate agency ID information and to have ID numbers visible on their uniforms.
But what if they can’t put the lid back on Portland? What if the situation degenerates into a minor, but full-blown, rebellion?
10 U.S.C. § 251 et seq. is the Insurrection Act. It empowers the President to use the military when it is otherwise impossible to enforce federal law or protect the rights of citizens or to put down a rebellion. The last time it was invoked was for the LA riots in 1992. He can do so over the objections of a state government that is failing to protect the rights of American citizens. The last time that provision was used was in Little Rock in 1957.
Do Governor Kate Brown and Mayor Ted Wheeler really want to go down in the history books with Orville Faubus?
I doubt that the President will have to deploy either to National Guard or other troops. Antifa and BLM don’t appear to have enough real support to be more than oversized street gangs. They’re a crime wave pretending to be an insurrection. When the going gets tough, the posers and soy boys will move along to something is less dangerous. I suspect steady application of civilian policing will turn the tide with the rest.
The 1619 Project is a leftist attempt to rewrite History to sell the false narrative that the United States was founded to protect the institution of slavery. While it has been promoted by outlets such as the New York Times, it has generally be repudiated by professional historians, including intellectually honest leftists. However, it has gained a following among the ill-informed.BTW, George Washington’s will provided for the emancipation of his slaves. He was the only slave owner among the Founding Father to do so.
New York Police arrested and charged Yadir Avila Rosas, a resident of Queens, with criminal mischief in connection with the recent vandalism at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr., has declined prosecution of the case. Vance previously failed to prosecute Harvey Weinstein.
The people of New York are getting what they voted for—good and hard.
… but everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.