“I thought I was gonna die, but I didn’t…so now I’m here.”
– Anonymous warlord, c. 2025
The past year has been one of incredible political and social change. The first year of the Trump presidency has pushed the DNC base to its breaking point, Wall Street has reached stratospheric levels in an allegedly recovering economy, and the Mueller probe drones on without end. Whether the above is political theater or Grisham-esque political intrigue, it has a limited impact on most of us personally. The most truly impactful thing we have had happen the last year is the growing openness with which the left, and the establishment Right, have supported political violence and open sedition toward the Executive Branch using their political allies and federal law enforcement agencies. The conflict brewing on a local and interpersonal level affects each of us in a more significant way than developments within D.C.
On the multi-polar right, factions continue to gain and lose members, the most notable winner in 2017 would be the nationalists, and more specifically the civic nationalists, as Republicans who are not part of the establishment increasingly migrated to the populist/nationalist camp. The patriot movement and the establishment Republicans have been the biggest losers. I have watched as both were gutted of people and thinkers by out of touch messages, and hostility toward new ideas. Neither have a willingness to drag themselves into the 21st century and continue to refuse even considering appealing to anyone born after 1965. Jordan Peterson and /pol/ now drive the conversation the way Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage did two decades ago. I look at the movements with a mean age under 30-35 to continue to grow and eventually begin to dominate the respective sides of the political aisle. For the left this means an openly socialist movement with a communist vanguard, while conversely the right will become increasingly nationalistic and identitarian.
Perhaps the most encouraging development of all this past year is the paradigm shift that has undergone those under fifty and an extreme minority of those over. The purpose of the current revolution is not justice, but change. The establishment Republicans and Baby Boomers as a whole have struggled, and ultimately failed, to halt the advance of the left in part by clinging to the mistaken idea that there is an underlying moral or logical framework to the left’s arguments. The left’s guiding principle is to function as an iconoclast against whatever existing cultural, legal and economic framework that contributes to social stability. The list of contradictions and daily changing roll of unapproved thought aren’t meant to create a coherent framework, but to chip away at the existing social order. To see that method and ideology for what it is, is to understand and neutralize its effects. Political discourse is no longer a conversation between two adults; it is a conversation between an ideological terrorist and an adult. Why is it we have Form 4473’s and no one can name the compromise that was given in return? Talks of amnesty and ‘Dreamers’ again when the demi-god of the establishment right, Ronald Reagan, granted it not a generation ago? The list goes on, sickeningly so. The highest moral calling in a revolution is destruction, and through destruction, change. The fact a growing number of people are realizing this on the right has immense social and political implications. This past year a vanguard was created, and though I don’t think it will involve the patriot movement to any great extent, the bulwark against the would-be revolutionaries is growing.
On a personal note, I left 2017 stronger, somewhat leaner and with a few more tools than when I started it. No longer banging my head against a brick wall gave me time to PT more, shoot more, do some additional reading, and build relationships in meatspace with people who are worth my time. I camped in the heat, camped in the rain, woke up with ice on my bag and found out that I still do, in fact, hate the cold and the rain. Shot when it was nice, when it was cold, and when I severely dehydrated and baking in the sun. I found out how hard it is to open MRE’s under certain circumstances, and the value of friends who can do so. Shared misery is something I would recommend with people you intend to go the long haul with. While the concept is still lost on most, I’d encourage people to get off the internet and actually go do something. Far too much time is spent sniping at people on our side, actively discouraging anyone from doing anything productive, and generally running amuck with bad ideas and even worse communication skills. Perhaps this year would be a good time to stop being our own worst enemies. The right as a whole, and certainly not the motley collection of people in the patriot movement are not going to ride in on a white horse. It will be people you know and know well. Maybe we should consider spending out time productively and not spamming comment sections.
The coming year will most likely trend in much the same direction as 2017, I believe. Balkanization and targeted political violence will continue, such as the Texas and Tennessee church shootings and the attack on the GOP Congressmen. I am highly suspicious of the enormous increases in the stock market, but given the level of corruption and financial malfeasance still occurring in the industry, I confess to having no idea whether true price discovery will happen this year or not. I don’t believe the midterms will yield the seats the DNC is hyping, but I suspect a slight erosion of GOP influence in Congress. It will contribute to the sense of stagnation in D.C. and have the primary effect of creating more partisanship locally and regionally. The left in its revolutionary fervor will continue to eat its own as it seeks to ‘purify’ itself and continue to escalate to the movement continues to have organizational inertia. The right I believe will continue to organize ideologically under different camps but the stomach is not there to have any kind of organization outside of social media and at a local level. Given the options now available for the ideological like-minded that did not exist even five years ago, I see the patriot/militia movement slowly being replaced much the same way as the Tea Party was. Mission creep and lack of leadership make for short half-lives. Ultimately, whether gazing into my tea leaves is of any use or not, I think the threat of conflict is markedly higher this year than last. The possibility of indictment of many in the left’s power structure appears to be making them desperate, and without a massive power shift in Congress they are quickly running out of options…as the Joe Kennedy III speech clearly shows.
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Alea iacta est,