The Kernel of Resistance
When will the Resistance begin?
What can little ol’ me do?
I see a lot of people in the comments of this blog and others ask these types of questions in regard to what they can do to resist what they perceive as unjust, tyrannical, unconstitutional violations of natural human rights by the government. My personal perception is that these queries are attempts to legitimize their personal desire to start shooting motherfuckers in the face. Why? Because I get the same desire when I read the news.
Unfortunately, I’m not going to “give” you “permission” to start shooting anyone. It’s not my job. It’s not anyone’s job, and as Claire Wolfe so famously wrote, “it’s too early to shoot the bastards.” It’s also not necessary yet.
Thomas Jefferson wrote a great deal about government existing with the consent of the governed, and as with most things, Mr. Jefferson was spot on. The problem is, we’re usually too stupid to understand what he meant. The government—any government—only has the power over you that you permit it to have; no more. If you refuse to comply, they can either ignore you, or hunt you down and try to imprison or kill you.
There’s no organized resistance movement in this nation. There’s not going to be, anytime soon, judging by the bickering, backstabbing, and plain ignorance that is often displayed. I’m never going to condone racism—period. That means me and Adolf the Aryan are never going to organize against the government. I’d as soon shoot the ignorant fuck in the face as sit down and discuss philosophies with him. What are the chances that he and I are going to successfully share the proverbial foxhole? Pretty goddamned slim, huh?
On the other hand, does that mean “resistance is futile?” Not at all. Organized resistance amongst normal people (of whom I generally consider myself one, since I’m not aware of any psychological disorders that I suffer from) will not begin to occur until the kernel of that resistance is formed by individuals and small groups becoming disenfranchised enough to start developing their networks. Failing that, any overt acts of resistance—especially armed resistance—will result in the resistors being labeled as “terrorists” in the minds of most people. If you want to ensure that future resistance—next week, next month, or next year…hell, even in the next generation—you must make it real now, by living the resistance you claim to believe in. How do you do that, though?
The answer depends on what you are angry about. Are you angry about the devaluation of the US dollar? Are you angry about unlawful surveillance by the government? Are you angry about unlawful actions without repercussion by LEO? What can you do to stop those–through underground action, instead of through pointless violent actions that result in nothing but increased sympathy for your enemy?
Many of us are frustrated and angry about the increasing devaluation of the US dollar through ridiculous fiscal practices of the government and the continuation of fiat currency. How can you resist that? Bitcoin sure as fuck is not the answer. (Seriously!!!???? “We don’t believe in fiat currency, so we’re going to make up our currency that has value ‘because we say it does!’” Someone wanna explain to me how the fuck THAT makes sense…to ANYONE? Buehler…..Buehler…..Buehler?)
One obvious answer is to quit conducting transactions with dollars. Barter and trade, conducting transactions with silver, etc….Of course, that’s not a complete solution. When you go to the local grocery store, they’re going to value that pre-’64 quarter the same as they do the circa 2004 quarter. Nothing you can do to explain to the minimum-wage Wal-Mart clerk the concept of inherent value is going to change that. He/She/It does not get paid to think…
That doesn’t mean you can’t minimize your use of the fiat currency, as pretty much every survivalist- and liberty-oriented financial advisor on the market recommends. Whenever possible, use barter. Negotiate for reduced prices. (Hell, I used that method at Best Buy the day before yesterday and got 25% off the price of a brand-new laptop for my wife!) Quit buying so much shit.
When you save money, consider the Alpha Strategy (google and read the eBook if you’re unfamiliar with it). Invest in silver and other precious metals. No, you’re not necessarily going to get the same return on your investment, and in the event of a collapse, people are decidedly NOT going to be running around looking to trade beans, bullets, and band-aids for your hoarded silver dimes. Thinking otherwise is delusional. That doesn’t mean it’s not a decent store of value that will always hold some level of value in the long-term.
If you’re pissed about anything the government is doing…quit paying for it. I hear lots of people (myself included) bitch about pet-killing cops, or cops shooting bystanders and then pushing the blame off on the unarmed suspect…(or the current winner in my mind…the two D.C. Cops: one arrested for child pornography, and the other for running a prostitution ring, including a 16 year old hooker in his stable…The chief of police got angry because she’d had 3 officers killed in the line-of-duty in the last year, and THEY represented the real 99.9% of DC cops…2 bad guys…3 dead in the line of duty…I can’t even imagine how those numbers balance out that way in her head….). How do you resist that? Do you start assassinating police officers? Not necessarily.
I don’t believe the lie that “99.9% of cops are good.” I don’t even believe the lie that “50% of cops are good.” I do believe—I KNOW—there are cops out there that are legitimately good guys who got into the job to “protect and serve.” While those guys need to make a more concerted effort to push the bad apples out of the basket (For the cop readers…do NOT blame your unions. They are supposed to represent YOU. If they don’t, that’s your fault.), I don’t want to reduce their presence even more by shooting the one good cop on a department. That doesn’t make a bit of sense. However, there are three things I believe should be done by legitimately concerned “resistors.”
Quit paying as much tax as you can get away with. It’s more than you think. Don’t want to pay sales tax? Pay the small tax necessary to get a local business license, and buy everything on that so you’re not paying a sales tax that supports the local government. Go make your purchases that you have to pay sales tax for in a jurisdiction with responsible, civic-minded police departments. Who gives a shit if you have to drive further, paying for more fuel? Is it the money you value, or the principle? I refuse to do classes in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and other states that outright ban the citizen’s right to protect themselves with legitimate tools. I’m not afraid to use my weapons in those states…I simply refuse to contribute to their tax base by having to purchase things in those states.
Talk to your local cops. Get to know them. Befriend them if they’re good guys, shun them if they’re assholes. Don’t go out of your way to flaunt your non-compliance. Use the “Heinlein principle” to determine what laws are convenient to follow and which are inconvenient. I don’t speed. It’s more inconvenient to me to pay a traffic ticket than it is to leave a few minutes early to get somewhere. I get license and registration—even though those support the local regime—because it’s less inconvenient than the alternative. The less I have to deal with local cops (actually, our local sheriff’s deputies are pretty reasonable), the easier it is for me to ignore the unconstitutional laws and continue my personal resistance. I’ll still jump in and fight to protect the local cops that I know are good guys though.
If a cop—or cops—does something illegal or unjust to your family or friends, or the family of your friend? Make him pay for it. Since someone somewhere will read this and pass it on to his cop friends and they might get offended because I am “implying” that they should shoot cops….Don’t bother. I’m not implying anything. I’m telling you…if you hurt my family or friends—regardless of what clothes you wear to work—I will hurt or kill. You don’t get to hide behind a badge.
It’s not a matter of simple vengeance though. As a reader, student, and friend pointed out in a class discussion a while back…vengeance isn’t fixing anything. If you go hunting under those circumstances, it needs to be readily apparent why. Don’t hide your reasons.
Does that mean you’ll be on the run afterwards? Of course. That’ll be inconvenient. Honestly? You’ll probably get caught eventually. That’ll be REALLY inconvenient..and probably result in execution. Scared? You’re talking about violent resistance…did you think you were bulletproof?
I have friends and family members who tell me I should self-censor what I write on the internet. I should not use Facebook to communicate with friends and family. I should be careful of what I say on the phone.
Those same people however, are aware enough to recognize that “a right unexercised ceases to be a right recognized.” Which is it?
I believe in (un)civil disobedience. I will say what I feel I need to say, when I feel I need to say it, about whatever I feel I need to talk about. If they want to eavesdrop on my conversations….more power to them. There’s still a way to fight back though, beyond withdrawing consent by ignoring them.
Withdraw consent by refusing to fund those activities.
“But John! I can’t decide where my tax dollars go to!” says an acquaintance.
“And that’s why you’re not a resistor. You’ll never be anything but a slave.” is my reply. You most certainly CAN decide where your tax dollars go…by not paying them. If you’re truly pissed about the actions of the government—quit supporting them by paying your taxes. If you work for an employer who practices withholding, either quit your job and go work under the table, or claim enough deductions that it reduces your withholding to zero (I’ve been told the magic number is 5 deductions. It reduces your withholding to zero, but doesn’t automatically trigger an audit alert at the IRS). At the end of the year, continue practicing (un)civil disobedience by not filing. Withdraw your consent by ignoring them.
That’s a damned scary notion to most people. You might end up arrested by the IRS (although..outside of people who are prominent public figures like celebrities…really, how many people have you heard of who were successfully arrested and prosecuted for tax evasion? If there were a lot, wouldn’t you think they’d make a public spectacle of those people to continue coercing people?). You will almost certainly be reduced to a lower standard of living if you trade a six-figure job for under the table wages….depending on what the new job is….going to work as a self-employed contractor in the same field might actually INCREASE your income….
Your wife might leave you if you have to decrease your standard of living. If that’s the case, you were an idiot for marrying a money-grubbing whore, and are better off without her (ask me how I know….HH6 is my second wife…). Granted, none of these are a panacea. You’ll still be paying taxes in the form of sales tax, property tax, etc….it’s still ACTION though. It’s doing SOMETHING. It’s RESISTANCE!
That’s what scares the shit out of people. The ironic thing about that fear though? Those same people in the survivalist-liberty movement are happy to jerk off to masturbatory fantasies about running gunfights with cannibalistic San Franciscans, DHS, or Chinese airborne infantry brigades….Of course, those fantasies are easy, because they’re remote. The fear of ending up in a cage because you could actually do something effective—today–is more frightening because it’s more immediate. It requires you to actually put up or shut up.
Quit being a coward.