Liberty in America, Hating the Brits & The Fourth Turning.

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July 9, 2019

This is a bit of a combination post and is intended to get a few things off my chest, and challenge the narrative. I will mince no words when I tell you that the state of things in this country right now appalls me. We have just had July the 4th and as a (former) Brit I have seen my share of dumb statements that drive me nuts.

Anyway, this is what I think: I will ‘recast’ for you the American Revolution. I know you won’t like it, because you have been reared on your own historical propaganda. In simple terms, the events surrounding 1776 were a civil war between the British Crown and Aristocratic landlords in the US, who were British. The colonies were British and had been for a couple of hundred years. The beginnings of America were British.

In the 1776 civil war, there were various actors. The British Regular Army, Hessian mercenaries, the Rebels, the Colonial Loyalists, and the French Navy. When Paul Revere made his ride, what he was actually yelling was “The Regulars are coming.” Not the British, because everyone was British.

When the Regulars marched to Lexington, they were met by British Colonial Militia. Yes, yes, farmers with guns blah blah, but they were actually a militia, trained to be able to fight with the weapons of the day. However, nothing should take away from the huge achievement of the rebels. I won’t go on here about that fact that Britain was involved in a huge war with France, and that a tiny percentage of combat power was only ever able to be given up to fight in the American colonies. For the colonies, this was a life and death struggle; for Britain, it was a sideshow. Same with 1814 etc: for Americans relating this on July 4th, it is everything, for the British Empire at the time it was nothing but a side-show to achieve specific political objectives. In short, there is a lot of American Hubris over events about 200 years ago, not really tied to any general awareness of world events at the time. Much of this can be traced to American ethnocentrism safe behind the ocean walls that protect this country. Consider this: Britain was involved in a total war with the French Empire, which was not concluded until the defeat of Napoleon in 1815 at the Battle of Waterloo. By today’s standards, the relatively small taxes levied in the Colonies were to help pay for that war. It was extremely self centered for the Rebels to pick that time to conduct a revolution: and don’t forget the large number of Colonial Loyalists who stayed loyal. I have not studied it, but given the war in Europe, I am interested to know who it was that Britain sent to the Colonies as Regular troops in order to fight the rebellion. What was their standard? Were they green troops or hardened veterans who were sent for a needed rest? It’s an interesting point.

None of the above is to say that I don’t think that ultimately the events of 1776 – 1787, resulting in the founding of the original thirteen colonies of America as a separate united country, was a bad thing. It’s just important to look at it in it’s true light. My understanding is that a lot of loyalists moved to Canada – it’s pretty poor form that the US then tried to invade Canada! Consider also Washington’s put-down of the Whiskey Rebellion – how hypocritical. In fact, that makes you smell a rat at the very beginning of the formation of the country. It was about the first new American tax. Many of the rebels were war veterans who believed that they were fighting for the principles of the American Revolution; against taxation without local representation, while the new federal government maintained that the taxes were the legal expression of Congressional taxation powers. Basically, we are the new government now, so let us commence with exactly what we supposedly fought the British over! Beginnings of Federal Government overreach! It makes you wonder at the real motives of the Revolution, and whether in fact it was a Colonial Aristocracy throwing off ties with the Monarchy at home, in order to create a new one in America, albeit with a notionally Liberty-minded Constitution in place? Is it any wonder Americans have had to struggle to hold the line with Liberty ever since, and largely failed?

What this means, is that the Colonies were British in Nature, and the Founders were British. British guys like Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. It was Brits who created America. But America is no longer British, culturally or ethnically. Britain itself, despite being a great leader historically in the fields of Liberty going back to the Magna Carta, never had a written constitution. It is still officially a Monarchy. It is a great shame that the innovations of the USC, the written Constitution with the Bill of Rights, could not have migrated to the UK itself. The fact that the UK has an unwritten (evolved) constitution is what has ensured that there has never been any effective protection against tyranny. Such as with gun confiscation in the UK.

So the colonies evolved, after the Revolution (Civil War) into America with the written Constitution. It was the USC that set the stage for what is called American Exceptionalism. Well, that and the fact that other world powers were exhausted after WWII, and the US protected behind it’s ocean walls was able to step up to be a superpower. It is the Liberty which is laid down and protected in the USC that allowed for American Exceptionalism. Britain, for example never had protected Liberty, and has devolved into a socialist hellhole.

But the issue for me is not how much more free the US may be than the UK, which is where everyone always goes with this, but that the US is no longer free as it should be. America is supposed to be the Shining City on the Hill. It is only the existence of the Bill of Rights that has prevented mass gun confiscation here in the US. Those wonderful British Founders wrote that down, and it has staved off the excesses of statism since. But it is only the existence of the BOR that has prevented those statist excesses. It is certainly not the American people.

Over the last 240 years, it has been Americans who have failed to hold the line in terms of Liberty and the USC. No one else. As a legal (British) immigrant, I find this tragic. I find most of the US to be a simple psyop, this red white and blue costume wearing ridiculousness where everyone declares themselves to be free, but are in fact not. So long as we endlessly go on about being free, it will somehow make it true? There is something there though: due to ‘manifest destiny’ and the occupation of the whole of the current land mass of the United Sates – going from ‘These’ United States to ‘The’ United States, perhaps there was always something inevitable about the strangling growth of government. The Civil War in 1860 killed the Constitution by denying the Constitutional right of States to secede from the voluntary union of These United States; Lincoln was a tyrant. Post-WWII, when taking over the role of worlds policeman from the UK, and the subsequent Cold War, it almost makes you wonder if there was any room left at all for Jeffersonian Liberty? Could the Constitution cope with the vastness of the new America? Huge immigration by non-British-ethnic groups who perhaps did not see the value in Rightful Liberty and Individual Responsibility, which were concepts of the Enlightenment – or those immigrants were never truly allowed it once they did arrive? It seems like it could not.

I have been nothing but shocked at the authoritarian statist socialistic society that I have encountered in the US, that I observe daily. The idiotic political scene on both sides. The leftists appear to root for pie in the sky socialism (read communism) as if they have a mental illness. The ‘right’ is in some weird place where they cheer their own handcuffs. Everyone seems to want to tell everyone else what to do. What about Rightful Liberty?

“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.” Thomas Jefferson

What do I mean by my comments about ‘conservatives’? How about this whole ‘thin blue line’ thing? The whole ‘law enforcement’ thing is in a horrible place in the US. Do I think there should not be any police? No. I think we need Peace Officers; there are enough idiots in this modern society that we cannot rely on Individual Responsibility anymore, and need people to be involved full-time with policing those morons. Because:

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams

The problem is that ‘law enforcement’ is there on paper to enforce the law, and if that is unconstitutional but enacted by lawmakers, they will do so, if they want to keep their jobs and pensions. If it is revenue collecting, or enforcement of malum prohibitum laws, or gun confiscation when it comes down to it. Potentially law enforcement is the future enforcement arm of a socialist authoritarian state, and as such would be at odds with Rightful Liberty. Or are they? I think a lot of that will depend on individual departments and where in the country they are from. It is well known than some States are ‘behind enemy lines’ as socialist ‘gun-free-zone’ hellholes. It is also true that there are a lot of police officers who support armed citizens. As the screws tighten, there will be some hard decisions for departments and individual officers.

Just look at the tax rates in this country, there to raise revenue for government and allow wealth redistribution for socialist welfare policies. Look at the fact that you can no longer own property in the US, due to property tax. This means you can never own anything outright, property or land, because you have to keep paying the Crown to be allowed to keep it.

Look at the constant infringements onto the Second Amendment, already in place and constantly coming. And what is worse is that whenever a possible infringement is enacted or announced as planned (Virginia, right now, looking at you): All people do is see how they can skate around it. The 2A is for the purpose of preventing tyranny, but it will never work , however many firearms are in private hands, if the country does not have the moral courage to stand up and stop that tyranny. It is just one line in the sand after another, never being acted on as each one is crossed.

I’m certainly not on the left, but neither am I on the ‘right.’ Does this make me an anarchist? I don’t think so. I just really dislike being coerced into anything. I want my Liberty, Rightful Liberty. Do I want no government at all? Probably not, because we have to be real about where we are in today’s day and age, and threats that we face. But I think government should be absolutely minimalist, an administrative function to keep essential services in play. For example, you can’t defend against the international threats we face today, with a country this size, with a part-time militia; you need some form of standing army, counter to what the Founders wanted, because of the day and age in which they lived. You need a place for professional soldiers and ‘train the trainers’ to exist in case of mass mobilizations. These are all practical matters. But minimalist government with very low flat rate taxes, that I would consent to, works for me. It’s one thing to be all anarchist, but I think we live in a world of realpolitik and we need to take account of that. ‘Voluntarists’ will be furious at me for this. But the truth is that I want my Rightful Liberty, and I want a return to the freedom that America should enjoy, but I am no political scientist and I cannot tell you what the ultimate working system should be to bring that about. Some of this, I just don’t know, or have not followed the logic all the way through to discover the best system.

I know that Americans are going to constantly tell themselves that they are the best at everything, which is hugely hubristic and has no empirical basis. Such as having the best military in the world. Really? In my opinion, it is not. It is definitely huge, and there is a huge military-industrial complex, and a lot of great technology. But a military reflects it’s society and American society is toast. I know that I recall that the British Army was far better tactically than the US Army will ever be, probably due to quality over quantity, better selection and training. But UK society is also toast, so I have no idea if that remains true. That is my opinion by observation. One thing about the US military is that it is so huge that it is a hideous bureaucracy, and also a social experiment. I genuinely fear for the result of a peer to peer conventional battle. No, I’m not saying that the US necessarily loses, but I fear the loss of life. When the better trained US formations such as Special Operations elements have been through the ringer, or are not deployed in theater due to strategic priorities, then you are back to the run of the mill US military with poor levels of training and priorities more to do with equal opportunities and sexual discrimination training than actual warfighting.

But here is the true tragedy. When I served in the British Military, and later as a contractor, I had no illusions about what I was doing. I am a professional soldier. In the UK, it is always couched in terms that the military serves the ‘National Interest’, which basically means the wishes of the government of the day. Nobody tells themselves that anything they do is helping to protect or increase freedom in the UK itself. Deploy to Helmand, Afghanistan? That is for the specific purpose of the National Interest such as reconstruction of Afghanistan, geopolitical reasons. But in the US, the psyop tells everyone that deployments to the Middle East are something to do with freedom in the US? It is tragic. No one doubts the sacrifice, but the military industrial complex does not give a crap. This makes American troops evangelists on deployments, for the greater cause of freedom in the US. Tie that in with poor cultural awareness of the world outside of America, the export of ‘Americana’ on deployment, and a huge amount of ‘othering’ of people in other parts of the word, and you have a recipe for atrocity. How absolutely bizarre! But, the psyop is a great way to get the sons (and daughters) of the country behind an endless war abroad. To me, it is a great tragedy that when these brave souls come home broken or dead, they still believe that they were somehow fighting for Liberty at home, when in fact they joined the professional legions to fight the Empire’s wars abroad – there is nothing wrong with that, but be honest with yourselves! Professional soldiering is a career, not an evangelical crusade for ‘Freedom’ in America.

Well, someone will tell me that we are fighting terrorism there and that keeps it out of the US, but in fact we created more insurgency / terrorists by being out there than there ever were before. The bottom line is that the primary reason we are there is for the National Interest, be that oil, strategic positioning, etc. Am I saying we should not be there? Not necessarily. Maybe we do need to go to war with Iran – but the point being, that has nothing to do with Liberty / Freedom in the US. These are separate things. In fact, since 9/11, everything has been about reducing domestic liberty, such as the Patriot Act, and as such the wars since have made us less free, not more. Despite the fact that 9/11 was endlessly tragic, it fractured something in the American psyche: perhaps due to the fact that there really has never been anything like a real domestic terror campaign in the US, and the US is protected behind the ocean walls? For example I was born in Northern Ireland when my Father served there, and since 1969 the UK has lived with real terror and bombings both in Northern Ireland and on the mainland. I grew up in an army family and got used to closing curtains at night before the lights went on to foil assassination, and checking under cars in the morning on military housing for car bombs, because it was a real threat. But since 9/11, whatever happened to the American psyche, it has resulted in less freedom, not more.

America is certainly no longer a British place. In fact, those of British ancestry appear to be way down on the list. It seems that Germans make up the largest racial group? Is that true, from a quick search on the internet? If so, it certainly explains a lot, perhaps certainly State Trooper uniforms, and the rush to an authoritarian society! The ignorance I see when people tell me that I should be thankful to America that I am not speaking German after WWI and WWII disgusts me. Simply rude and ignorant. What makes it doubly ironic is that American society has become very authoritarian. You don’t have to even go so far as the ‘sir-yes-sir’ robotic ridiculousness of many of the drone-like officers in military service, who would not know a lawful order from an unlawful one, and will simply do what they are told for ‘Merica (whatever they think that is in their mind). Exhibiting terrible leadership and betrayal of their soldiers simply through poor officer selection and training resulting in the hash we have today. Having been through officer selection, training and a career as part of the British Army, which is very selective, I have frankly been amazed at what I have seen here. Oh yes, there are some good ones, but in the minority. Well, it seems to me that America has been very much focusing on being good little Germans.

One thing seems to be true, and that is that many of us feel we are on the “left side” of a moment in history. Such as being in 1860 or 1939. Well, I am about half way through a book called the ‘Fourth Turning.’ This is a historical book that was published in 1997, and explains the Saecula and the patterns of history. No, it is not Nostradamus, but it seems to have accurately charted British and then British-American and then American history in terms of the Saecula (roughly the length of a long life) and the four generations that inhabit and move through each period. We had the ‘hero’ generation, the G.I. generation that fought WWII. In 1997 the historical evidence pointed to somewhere around 2020 for the next crisis. We are right now in the unraveling period. This is a circular progression through history and can be quite well predicted. What cannot be predicted, is what form this crisis will take, and what the result of it will be. But it should be a period of history from which the country will emerge and continue with the Saecula. This does not mean victory, or defeat, but it does mean that it will be a crisis period. Often these have resulted, or revolved around, large wars. Could it be Iran, or something unforeseen as an unintended consequence?

I would certainly recommend this book. For preppers, it gives you something to go on. It situates things nicely beyond the bad feeling we all have in this time of the unraveling.

One thing is certain, and that is we cannot continue the way we are going. Well, we can, if we want less and less Liberty, more and more surveillance, and the emergence of corporate technological governance of our way of life. Something needs to happen. I know many fall into the trap of wanting a ‘reset’ after some sort of ‘boogaloo’, but that in itself is madness. You can plan to ride the tiger, but you have no idea what you will end up with at the other side of that; it could be worse. You can’t really do anything without a popular movement to make things happen, and that will not happen while Americans still believe they are free, and still sit fat and happy in front of the TV with a pizza. We can have a little hope, and the belief that we may reach another ‘turning’ (or crisis) where people reverse their opinions and believe more in Liberty. I know many criticize the younger millennial generations, but I am not so sure. I know I am apparently from the Nomad generation that is supposed to furnish mid-level leaders in the time of crisis, and in fact the millennials are marked down to be the next hero generation. Will it be so?

No, I can’t furnish you with a ‘plan for the boogaloo.’ You cannot go marching in the streets and expect to achieve anything without popular support. If you wish for that black swan event, you don’t know who or what will come out the other side. Possibly however, a crisis and growing popular support for liberty may give us a chance to seize some of it back. The best thing we can do is be proactive in educating our younger generations and those who are coming up as children now – because sadly this may all be on them. Be a part of your community. I know many prepper types are very much about retreating in an insular manner to the family level, with homeschooling and all that, but that may protect your kids but does not help educate the community. In fact it is counter-intuitive because you isolate your family, but the mass outside is only ever exposed to the brainwashing of the left – you and yours become the anomaly. We know for a fact that the left has completed the ‘Long March’ through the Educational establishment and these raging loony lefties are all very much involved in brainwashing children.Those who believe in Liberty need to STAND UP and be a part of educating the youth, through both schools and other programs.

24 Comments

  1. Darrin says:

    Hard Truths, but truths they remain.

  2. William Kennedy says:

    👍
    I see the 2020 election no matter which way it goes to be the kickoff event.

    • Clay- Daniel:Jones says:

      Spot Bloody On! I am a Welsh/High Land Scot with perhaps a wee bit O’ Irish from County Dailey , Laddy, and again Spot Bloody On. You get a chance come to Wyo. Looking forward to one of Your courses
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  3. David says:

    You nailed it! Excellent article!

  4. The Old Guide says:

    You are talking about me. I am the fourth generation in my family to be married 50nyears or more, My sons have a good chance to make it. I am in local government and teach with Project Appleseed.

  5. Doc Copeland says:

    Thanks for your great perspective and talent for writing. You have put to words some things that I have felt for a while. I have especially had unsettling feelings about the almost immediate march to tyranny after the revolutionary war in America as evidenced by the whiskey tax you mentioned. I am sorry to say that I agree with your appraisal of our current state of affairs. I am at least involved in passing on the old notions of liberty to a new generation of riflemen. I will send them to you soon.

  6. Jim K says:

    Hard truths indeed, but I would argue that the Revolution was a revolution not a civil war. We wanted a clean break from Britain not a change in rulers, just as our “Civil War” is mis-named as it too was a war of rebellion. That said, our society is toast and something evil this way comes. What, when and how we shall find out. Buckle up, train hard and pray.

  7. Chuck says:

    I don’t disagree with your points. But don’t expect me to waste the time and money I have left fighting in court with insane leftists.
    Instead I much prefer the gray man strategy. The problem in the US is that other than Potus, we have few if any elected officials in either party that are willing to focus on doing the right thing for its own sake. The GOP has been asleep for the decades since Gingrich and Reagan, going along with whatever the other party wanted. So as I see it there is little point in volunteering for persecution and financial ruin when it is obvious we have no reliable backing at the Federal level, and none likely to emerge before Potus is out of office.
    Additionally, while I admire your passion for sanity, I would like to politely remind you businesses like MaxV are booming precisely because folks like me have decided to cut to the chase and prepare for a social collapse scenario. A leftist government takeover still seems a way off, but IMO chaos stemming from a CME solar event or cyber warfare is more likely in the short run. Regardless of what the final straw is, we’re shagged.

  8. L.A.W. says:

    Forthright comments. Some a little of good history to know. Some good ideas to consider. Some good things to chuckle about if you don’t want to cry as to the current picture painted. The authors of The Fourth Turning also wrote a book prior to it called Generations. It’s the foundation for the Turning. Somewhere 2020 to 2025 they contend there will essentially be a reset of some kind. You can’t prepare for everything, so what is the base to work from is a good question.

  9. Steve says:

    Good rant and well said. Don’t hold back, Max; tell us what you really think!
    Hard truth is truth indeed, and a different point of view does not diminish the relevance. True British patriots – and I have to believe they exist even though I worked inside the corporate fake-out world inside BP for almost 20 years – must be appalled at the way their offspring around the world have generally turned out. And there were such high hopes for us.
    Let’s face it. The Republic exists in name only and what lies ahead is a very unsure path with no guarantee of rebirth or even a restoration. And there is no one to blame but ourselves. We have failed the test of prosperity, just as the tribes of Israel did during their entire history without exception.
    American exceptionalism? puhleez…. put some whipped cream and a cherry on top of that psy-op as it’s been one of the more successful and long-running ones ever. As proud as I am to be American, I am equally disturbed to know that citizens from around the world consider us to be shallow, bigoted moronic bullies whose only concern is who is sticking what up some celebrity’s orifice today.
    Together with the Commonwealth, we did great things in WWII but “wars” since then have been nothing but politician’s adventures for various reasons which accomplished nothing but more “wars” and lots of bleeding of our youth. And if you ever wish anything to be conducted in perpetuity, just let some politician declare war on it. How’s that War on Poverty coming along? No? The War on Drugs? No? How about that War on Terror?
    The only war which should concern us is the long-running culture war – which we’ve consistently been losing for decades. Call it a cold civil war if it makes you feel mo’ bettah, but and everyone saying that they wish it would turn hot so we could straighten out this mess isn’t thinking past the hood ornament on their Mercedes. When – not if – it does go hot, I agree with the folks who say it will be the Balkans writ large. Think of a drive-in movie screen large compared to your smartphone.
    I’m personally surprised, Max, that you just stumbled across the Fourth Turning. It’s an important book IMO. Howe and Strauss really did some beautiful, scary work in their study of our history. It does appear that we – with the culture war – have been in the Fourth Turning for some time now, but the salient point is that the authors predicated that the crisis would be pretty well sorted out by 2025. Even if this timing is off, remember that this book by then will have been in print some 30 years. Prescient indeed.
    Anyway, thanks again for your article, Max.

  10. Ethical Dilemma says:

    Fact is even if a country was ‘perfect’ in whatever way any one person could imagine, the “world” still has the same problem or problems.

    Consider moving forward from the past, the concept of country, state nation, nation state, whatever etc., even wishful “rightful liberty”. Don’t dwell and use time wisely (e.g. network, don’t be a rugged individual). No one can make sense of what is going on.

    There are upwards of 8 billion people, 400 million corporations, and who knows how many “governments” on a small and claimed world with fragile environment with respect to humans and evolution. The numbers (whatever they are) and resulting development have less significance as time goes on (i.e. ‘the elephant in the room’).

    There are tons of tools, technology, deep thinkers, expertise, and more and more people who are “all in” and open to try and sort this out to get a direction going (most likely without a “solution” because no one knows). Collaborate. Join a project. Reach out to people / groups who are exhibiting will and determination. Most of these type projects do not depend on being what MVT offers, however most smart people would think what MVT offers should be standard skills and awareness for a responsible person. What MVT offers is a subset of the concept of security.

    Literally let go of desires and help try to form a direction. Arguably and to be determined, risk has never been greater. See what time allows. How does one live and die with honor this day and age? Dwelling on “country” or “people” is not helping.

    • Matthew says:

      Max,

      Good points all! If anyone wants to expand their horizons on the Revolution, might I suggest the book, “Enemy Views” which offers firsthand English and Hessian accounts of the conflict. I would love to hear more on your perspective of UK versus officer selection and any leadership truths you’ve formed from your experiences. Keep doing what you’re doing.

  11. Steve says:

    Good rant and well said. Don’t hold back, Max; tell us what you really think!
    Hard truth is truth indeed, and a different point of view does not diminish the relevance. True British patriots – and I have to believe they exist even though I worked inside the corporate fake-out world inside BP for almost 20 years – must be appalled at the way their offspring around the world have generally turned out. And there were such high hopes for us.
    Let’s face it. The Republic exists in name only and what lies ahead is a very unsure path with no guarantee of rebirth or even a restoration. And there is no one to blame but ourselves. We have failed the test of prosperity, just as the tribes of Israel did during their entire history without exception.
    American exceptionalism? puhleez…. put some whipped cream and a cherry on top of that psy-op as it’s been one of the more successful and long-running ones ever. As proud as I am to be American, I am equally disturbed to know that citizens from around the world consider us to be shallow, bigoted moronic bullies whose only concern is who is sticking what up some celebrity’s orifice today.
    Together with the Commonwealth, we did great things in WWII but “wars” since then have been nothing but politician’s adventures for various reasons which accomplished nothing but more “wars” and lots of bleeding of our youth. And if you ever wish anything to be conducted in perpetuity, just let some politician declare war on it. How’s that War on Poverty coming along? No? The War on Drugs? No? How about that War on Terror?
    The only war which should concern us is the long-running culture war – which we’ve consistently been losing for decades. Call it a cold civil war if it makes you feel mo’ bettah, but everyone saying that they wish it would turn hot so we could straighten out this mess isn’t thinking past the hood ornament on their Mercedes. When – not if – it does go hot, I agree with the folks who say it will be the Balkans writ large. Think of a drive-in movie screen large compared to your smartphone.
    I’m personally surprised, Max, that you just stumbled across the Fourth Turning. It’s an important book IMO. Howe and Strauss really did some beautiful, scary work in their study of our history. It does appear that we – with the culture war – have been in the Fourth Turning for some time now, but the salient point is that the authors predicated that the crisis would be pretty well sorted out by 2025. Even if this timing is off, remember that this book by then will have been in print some 30 years. Prescient indeed.
    Anyway, thanks again for your article, Max.

  12. JK says:

    I’ll add onto this. Fair warning, it’s rather pessimistic but perhaps hard, honest realism is rarely optimistic.

    A) Adams point about the Constitution being for a moral and religious people is very accurate. The majority of U.S. citizens are an amoral and non-religious people that ascribe to situational relative ethics and non-sense like “spiritualism”. Small wonder why the scale on what is considered “just” and “right” is ever slipping within this culture. Absolutes like biological science are offensive and debated. The U.S. flag is a symbol of facism. The left is gone and only getting more Orwellian.

    On the other side, we have large groups of those that figuratively or literally shout how religious they are from a position of judgemental pride and are ironically no less treacherous than the Pharisees. Their worldview is dictated by whatever garbage Foxnews tells them while they talk about how patriotic and right they are. They believe, much like the other side that things will only get better if their guy or gal is in the Whitehouse. And I used to be right there with them until I chose to eat the red pill to wake up in reality. Like the Matrix, the reality is harsh.

    In the middle somewhere are a small group of rational, moral and religious people that will probably have little bearing on anything given how media has divided and conquered this nation into 2 sides containing most of the population.

    B) A great but sobering short read is Sir John Glubb’s “The Fate of Empires”. Short summary is that the U.S. is smack dab in the middle of a civilizational decline that has matched, almost exactly, the declining, decadent, weak, soft period of other dead civilizations.

    What’s my takeaway? Spend time with family and friends. Fix yourself before trying to blame others for your problems. Work on being a good spouse, father/mother or friend. Be a good neighbor. Have fun. Take up a hobby. I took up USPSA matches and just got my B card. It’s awesome and a great community! Take a class with Max and learn something while having fun shooting guns. Workout and stay in good shape. Go to church or better yet, join a small group. Volunteer for stuff. Talk to people (not preach at or lecture) about Jesus as His message is really all that matters and all that survives this thing just as it has for the past 2,000 years.

    Turn off the news. Turn off Fox and CNN. Shut down social media, delete your accounts and enjoy true freedom.

    The train is gathering speed. The brakes are gone. And there’s no stopping it. There’s not a darn thing anyone can do to prevent the dying of a civilization. It will simply be replaced, more than likely and per Glubb, by a tough, hard, and poor people that are willing to sacrifice…much like those that founded America. What our nation looks like after that is anyones guess.

    But don’t worry, instead, enjoy life.

  13. Badger says:

    A good piece of writing; glad you took the time to dump that out onto “paper”; your perspective is much appreciated. You bring up a pet-peeve I sometimes see in other writings where the British & French being at each other’s throats – with “the Colonies” a distraction – is so often forgotten. As well, how soon someone in power can forget the foundational principle that got them there. The only other critique I’d have (and none of these impact what I do in preparation for going the next mile) is to remind that things kicked off in 1775 – there had been this distraction going on for over a year prior to the signing of the thing everyone around here uses to symbolize Independence Day.

  14. Matt says:

    Thank you for such a well written essay on liberty. The constant messaging of what is legal vs what is right is crushing liberty in America. We have lost our view of Liberty from those famous Brits who got us started. We have tried to legislate morality on both sides of the isle. Forcing our fellow citizens to conform to our ideals seems our political sport to be the ruination of our great society. The Libertarian party tried to articulate these ideals but falls short when it selects people who don’t fully embrace the ideals. “Live and let live” may replace “Don’t tread on me”. I believe it is our over reliance on the courts, the un-elected rulers who spout what is “right” for all Americans, to be the true evil in our country. That is where the bizarre rules that promote tyranny emerge, rather than the defense of Liberty. Thank you again for frank review of history, politics, and perspective

  15. mdismuke says:

    Max: Although you message is spot-on, your delivery may be a hard pill to swallow for some. Each “country” is naturally ethno-centric, and being told how fucked up you are, by someone that is not natural-born from there, will piss people off. Yes, the truth hurts, and more so when told by an “outsider”. So while I find nothing I can really disagree with, I think some will more than likely shoot at the messenger.

    I think we are much alike, in that growing up on military bases, we were essentially on islands, separated from the general populations, although in your case, the divide was much more dangerous . You voted with your feet and came to America, just as my ancestors did many generations ago. Presently we face another decision, whether to vote with our feet again and separate ourselves from this madness, or be drowned in it.

    Your analysis, as I said, is spot-on, but your conclusion, to try and influence the outcome, is flawed, IMHO. As much as we’d like to say we influence our own destiny, and of course we do, to a certain point; thinking we can reverse the tide of history, at this point, is the height of hubris, again IMHO. The events are what they are. Call it human nature; call it revolution, civil war; call it what you will. Nothing changes the fact that human experience is the rise and fall of empires; you are where you are in the cycle of these things. When you have a coming “dark age”, as we see approaching us now, you cloister up, as sects did in Europe, to preserve the culture and heritage of your people. Trying to share these things now is like throwing the pearls before swine.

  16. mdismuke says:

    As an addendum, I would like to add that, on the other hand, sharing T,T,P’s on SUT is a very good idea. Thank you for your leadership in this field. As we quietly gather the clans, and train to defend ourselves from the coming darkness.

  17. LGSJ27 says:

    Damn Max! That was good

  18. mtnforge says:

    You certainly speak for me Max. This journey over the years has been a total revelation. I have been wrong about so many things, yet what you speak of is pretty much exactly how I see things also. Like to think that is a very good thing. I have great respect and admiration for you and what you have done, and it has inspired me to work more effectively, harder at those goals you sight. You can never give up nor bend a knee.
    It certainly is a Gordian knot. Until some kind of plurality of us who believe as you describe not a whole lot will change in positive ways. The epitus must change for the positive among a legion of people, before as you say we can fight effectively for our liberty.

    Of late it is becoming evident to me the warrior etho’s can and very well may play a defining part in rightful liberty. Not to sau worriors should run things, that doesn’t have a very good track record, but the hard reality is you need warriors if your going to fight for something. Maybe it is a neccessity, is that a respectful way to put it?
    I for one have benefitted from your training in small unit infantry combat tacyics, there is an ethos within, it is an empowering thing for me as I an not a solder, I can see and use many positive aspects from you helping me understand combat. Maybe it is after all the need for strickly citizen solders that can have a positive effect in the long run, but that is not possible without moral professional solders who keep to the 3 great warrior precepts to lead the way to a citizen solder class, or culture.
    Yes I understand the ceaseless detestable efforts to malign and smear the formation and ideals of citizen militias, but that is the thing, maybe that is a sign that it is time, no matter what it takes, no matter the obstacles to reignite the peoples militias. After all a citizen’s militia is Freemen in Liberty with rifles, are not many of us that already? What are “they going to do? Shoot us for being militia? Arrest us? Imprison us? After all it is lawful to form a citizens militia when duly constituted within the idea of rule of law of our Republic. The legal lawful precedences exist and are recorded historically, there is sound cause and purpose regardless of the statist quo’s mealymouthing lies and propaganda. Militias are not “outlawed, they only have been given a bad rap by those giving everything else regarding everything to do with Liberty a bad wrap. So what is different? Nothing really, only illusions and lies about militias.
    I remember in NH in the 80’s, as a state militia member I was required to swear an oath to the US Constitution. We where even issued a US military service card officially certifying I was a member of a legal lawful militia. Our company commander, a Captain was a former US Army combat engineer of 3 tours in Vietnam, a real combat veteran with two battlefield commissions. He apparently had some connections because of his combat accomplishments and with his warrior mindset, he arranged the military ID’s we where provided with. He also did due diligence regarding laws, regulations and history regarding formation of citizen militias, which made us totally kosher. An inspector General of the Army even was required, and he came, to inspect us. Though it was obvious, sour grapes and contempt was about all we received.
    Of course the various red diaper baby governors and other political hacks in the other NewEngland, in particular Massachusetts, went absolutely berserk over our formation as a legal militia. Ended up we where “ordered to disban” from on high. It wasn’t legal. Yet back then we all saw the world a lot different. “Authority” was seem different. How those perceptions have changed.
    In any case Max, writing to you in this regards, because of the training in small unit infantry combat tactics you taight me. I feel there is much more to it than running an AR and employing movement, if anything that is just a small part of what I received from you, it is the mindset, the warrior ethos, the connections to so much in life, from how I conduct myself to how I go about accomplishing goals, I have been greatly empowered. It would be a great thing to be in another citizens militia. Besides, it is fun, exciting, there is a certain not glamor, but masculine, warrior caveat, not available from other means in citizen culture.

    Bill Whittle stated in America of fast cars, big guns, big beautiful woman, if you can’t sell Liberty your in the wrong business. Maybe he is onto something taken in the militia aspect. What Red Blooded American Freeman doesn’t like to be part of a tribe of like minded men, if it involves guns and the martial arts of being a warrior, and doing so for a good cause, like defending our places where we live, standing up for freedom, Liberty and moms apple pie. Seriously. And just who is going to mess with you in na properly formed and well trained Militia?
    I have always believed it is the dirt people who ever effect positive change on this Earthly plane. Who else? You seeing anybody? It isn’t government, or those with power over us and our government. the few exceptions aren’t, they are outsiders and defier’s of the powers that be who got by the gate keepers. And what is the militia if it isn’t made up of the little people trying to effect good things in effective organized ways?

  19. DAN III says:

    Max,

    Good to read your perspective of what is happening in this former, great nation. Well written. Amazing that every one of your points mirrors my disdain for what this country is becoming. I have railed the same points you emphasize….unending property taxes, unending wars, etc. Thanks for making me aware there are others who are awake.

  20. Steady Steve says:

    Spot on Max. I’m glad you are reading Strauss and Howe’s work. I’ve seen a corallary to The Fourth Turning by one historian. This being that the US goes alternates between external (American Revolution, WW 1&2) and internal (Civil War) crises. This would mean that the next one will be internal. Perhaps that is why there is so much talk of a second civil war. I think if Trump wins in 2020 the left will go bonkers and become openly violent. How ever it turns out, America will not be the same.

  21. Em says:

    All along I thought ‘boogaloo’ was a term used to describe an orgy of native island midgets (sorry, vertically challenged)…now you can imagine my surprise reading this blog!
    All joking aside, this blog should be mandatory reading for H.S. students everywhere. I have been trying to educate my fellow shooters and even in that community all I get is major eye rolling. The discomfort generated by challenging one’s worldview is too unsettling for the majority of Americans nowadays. Not too many red pill takers out there. Panem et circenses, that’s all that matter

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