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April 27, 2012

[Bumped] Applying the Uncertainty Principle to Fascists

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"And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family?
Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? After all, you knew ahead of time that those bluecaps were out at night for no good purpose. And you could be sure ahead of time that you'd be cracking the skull of a cutthroat. Or what about the Black Maria sitting out there on the street with one lonely chauffeur -- what if it had been driven off or its tires spiked. The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!" -- The Gulag Archipelago;

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 27, 2012 5:10 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Even more basic, he said the first step of a courageous individual is to not take part in a lie.

That would be a good place to start, and a rich environment.

Posted by: james wilson at April 26, 2012 8:48 PM

Some people don't realize they are in the lie til it is too late. With conservatives, they know it's all a big lie, but decorum rules their heads.

Posted by: Jewel at April 26, 2012 9:34 PM

Probably so. Unfortunately, in our world silence implies agreement. In Soli's world, silence was a hostile and dangerous act. But we're gettin there.

Posted by: james wilson at April 26, 2012 11:11 PM

I often wonder what would have happened at Waco if ordinary people had surrounded the Forces of Freedom and blocked all roads with a ring of thousands of cars and trucks and armed men... and just sat there, not letting anyone in or out.

Posted by: B Lewis at April 27, 2012 12:09 AM

This is not (yet) the era of jackboots, but it is the era of micro-regulation, and the key to the enforcement of micro-regulation is that people self-police ("Ooh, isn't that illegal!??"). Don't do that. As far as micro-regulating officiandom is concerned, be a bag of cement.

Posted by: Brett_McS at April 27, 2012 12:16 AM

In the military, there is a term for not sitting on your duffs. "Will to Combat" is it's name and this is what makes someone, scared as they may be, get up and put down the enemy.

Lack that, another word describes the situation: Sheeple.

Posted by: Peccable at April 27, 2012 5:18 AM

Americans are starting to realize that the rule of law is dead. The idea of the "greater good" of the collective overrides the rights and protections of the individual. I think we saw a little of the awakening with the Tea Party after Congress forced through Obamacare. I do not know if the awakening has or will reach critical mass, but I am awake.

Solzhenitsyn has another quote I like: Don't believe them, don't fear them, don't ask anything of them.

That's where I am starting. If the government can ignore the Constitution then I can ignore the government. I will be nice to the local authorities as long as I can be. I will avoid quarrels where I can. But I owe it to my grandchildren to die a free man.

Posted by: mushroom at April 27, 2012 5:42 AM

A thousand members of this administration need to be charged with treason, and adjudicated at summary court martial. They don't need to be shot, but they do need to be tarred for their crimes against the Republic.

Posted by: Casca at April 27, 2012 6:34 AM

Jewel, that would explain why so many conservatives are mad because I wont vote for a big government candidate I don't like to get rid of a big government candidate I don't like.

Posted by: Todd at April 27, 2012 7:17 AM

A quarter of Leningrad? Wow.

During Prohibition half of American adults engaged in a criminal act several time a week.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at April 27, 2012 9:43 AM

People did nothing because their education trained them in that era's equivalent of political correctness and "safe place" campaigns. Today we do not speak out against the bureaucrats' interference in our and other people's lives because we are taught to avoid "hate" speech and taught to be "nice" when someone tries to bully us.

Posted by: Gloria at April 27, 2012 11:01 AM

It put me in mind of this post.


I keep asking, but get no answer: Obama does whatever he wants, regardless of law. Who's going to stop him?

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at April 27, 2012 11:22 AM

Under Stalin, Russification replaced far more natives of the Baltics, Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine and Moldova and the 'stans with Russians, transferring the displaced natives to gulags as well. This makes whatever Israel is accused of doing to its Arabs rather small potatoes. In comparison. The Russians living from the 1940s in Estonia, for example, Russians whine about discrimination when the Estonians assert their language and culture.
If you can, watch the movie, "The Singing Revolution" to see how the Estonians fought Russian occupation...and beat them. It's quite moving.
Our counter revolution will play out much differently. The fall is going to be great, and it's going to be hard, ...and the jack-booted thugs are here, Brett, ask Ted Nugent or the people who make Gibson Guitars. Ask the farmers of central California whose crops died when a single judge bowed to the will of the environmentally insane activists who saved a wee fish. There are a lot of crucifixions going on.

Posted by: Jewel at April 27, 2012 11:33 AM

Mayberry Rules versus Prison Rules. We are not in Mayberry anymore. You aren't being nice by refusing to recognize this, you are being the weak link that gives victory to the other side. It is not possible to be nice enough to change those that play by Prison Rules. The nice people I know keep thinking someone will tell them they have a choice "do you want to keep your freedom or do you want to become slaves." The Left learned it's easier if they never ask you to become their slave, but instead, they just ask you to take one more step toward their objective while assuring you you are helping yourself. They are using your hope and your cooperation against you.

Our side won't even flashmob Nancy Pelosi's office. "If you don't stop ruining America we'll come to D.C. and pick up the trash. That's the real trash, not a metaphor, I wouldn't want anyone to think we'll be disorderly. We'll organize bus trips and wait patiently for bathrooms and then pick up candy wrappers and paper before we leave."


Posted by: Scott M at April 27, 2012 2:14 PM

The Tea Party needs to morph into a Whiskey Rebellion.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at April 27, 2012 3:22 PM

Nah, street action is the Enemy's game. Let 'em riot. Let 'em occupy. Let 'em burn down their neighborhoods. And let it all be captured on video -- beautiful, unedited, Internet-distributed video. The more they flashmob, the more they occupy, the more they burn, the more white, Christian folks will see them for what they are -- and decide that they've had enough.


The time for conservative street action is when they try to flashmob, occupy, and burn surburbia. At that point, Joe and Jane Sixpack block off the ends of the streets with cars, fill and stack sandbags, break out the M-4s, pull the bolt on the Remington back, and take out the trash.

Posted by: Robert Oculus III at April 27, 2012 4:24 PM

Allus member, Ya'll git the gubmint ewe deserve.

Posted by: f1guyus at April 27, 2012 7:27 PM

Jewel, thanks for the tip about The Singing Revolution. Looks excellent.

Posted by: Brett_McS at April 27, 2012 8:54 PM

Where did you find the photo of Jerry Garcia with and AR?

Posted by: JD(not the one with the picture) at April 28, 2012 5:09 AM

Years ago I read a biography of Stalin.

He dropped out of seminary in favor of becoming a revolutionary. He organized cells, ran clandestine printing presses, and was thought to have become a double agent for the czarist security apparatus very early in his career.

When strikes, riots, or sabotage caused too much trouble, he would be rounded up like a lot of known troublemakers but his detention wouldn't last as long. His eventual trips to internal exile were more instructive than punitive.

But he learned the ultimate lesson of the Left Leader: dead people don't cause problems.

All the heady days of the young revolution, especially after the return of Lenin, you could peer through the lens of the telescope to the future where Stalin was concerned. While the Bolsheviks argued with the Mensheviks about what level of political participation the population should be granted, it was Stalin or his cronies who were dispatched to the outlying cities and towns to "take care" of those who didn't want to get with the program.

By the time the Communist Party had printed up the accepted notes from the early Party Congresses, Lenin already knew where the future was headed, and he knew that Stalin would be running it.

People say that Ghandi made the history books because his great political foe happened to be English. If the Russians of early Soviet Russia had indeed risen up against the knock in the night as Solzhynitsin proposed, I think that the Nazis might well have won the war due to the mass depopulation that Stalin would have stolidly but ruthlessly employed had it become necessary.

He really was a monster. Communism got him where the power was, but he turned the handle past eleven and laughed when it snapped off in his hand.

Our "bright leading edge" class are mostly just nearsighted opportunists. Ayers and Jarrett may dream of blood. The rest of the crew just thinks in terms of payoff.

Posted by: TmjUtah at April 28, 2012 8:13 PM