Prof. Rowley’s blog posted a allegorical call to arms to retake the White House.
http://charlesrowley.wordpress.com/2010/03/24/in-war-resolution-in-defeat-defiance/I, however, do not think the tactic of “taking” government is correct.
So, my response, repeated here.
If your battle is for butts in seats in Washington, you will be defeated once again.
The enemy sits on all sides of the vote – using one enemy to defeat the other enemy guarantees your enemy’s victory and your enemy is again sitting in the offices ready to inflict government violence on all their subjects.
Using tactics of the last, failed, “war” will assure failure once again.
Using columns of men standing in upright alignment will be slaughtered when facing static machine guns.
Using static machine guns in trenches against mobility, armor and dive bombers will surely lead to defeat.
Using mobile armor, and delivery of massive firepower on targets by air power upon on fighters who are a dispersed, decentralized resistance of guerrillas will be a failure.
Using past tactics will not prevail against old enemies.
Freedom needs to assume the paradigm of the 4th Generation fighter.
Gen 4 warriors do not a battle for territory.
It is a battle for legitimacy.
4th Generation warriors attack the legitimacy of the powerful and government and its inability to fulfill its promises of security and safety.
The Gen 4 warrior cannot be defeated in the field, no matter how many causalities inflicted on them or the extent of territory captured.
They are not defending dirt, so losing dirt causes them no loss. They are not defending people, so losing people causes them no loss.
They are assaulting legitimacy – and every battle, they win if their enemy destroys innocent lives or property. Their enemy inflicts wounds on themselves – how can one claim to protect lives and property when it is that entity that is destroying and killing?
The powerful can only defeat the Gen 4 warriors by offering the Gen 4 access to government.
Since government is centralized violence, opening up government centralizes the warriors. This creates a solid, defined center that can be attacked by traditional means and defeated.
Gen 4 warriors need to tread carefully when offered the trappings of centralized force. It is how the government defeated the Apache, it is how the government defeated Hamas and the PLO, it is how the government will defeat the Taliban and Hezbollah.
In this paradigm, Freedom fighters must leave behind -forever- the belief that seizing government power will empower freedom for themselves.
The battle for territory – butts in the Big Chair – the ‘enemy’ is far more skilled at emotional rhetoric than all the bumbling and mumbled voices of freedom.
Men will always be memorized by the lies and the promises of effortless seizure of wealth, and shy from the truth of hard work and need for perseverance for self-fulfillment. History has shown that power in the hands of those willing to lie and those willing to listen to lies will overwhelm those that hold to truth.
So, Freedom cannot battle in the halls of evil – it can never win the government.
Thus, it must abandon government. More so, it must assault government and its illusions and destroy its legitimacy. The fall of government power will also destroy the structures built around it; and all of it is built on lies.
The tactics must be 4th Generational – attack the legitimacy of government force and violence and avoid at all costs the mirage of taking government force for its own use. We must think Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” – all those that wish to seize its power to do good and free men will only, in the end, add to its evil and its tyranny and enslave men.
“No man, regardless of the badge or hat he wears, has a right to inflict violence on non-violent men.”
This one mantra will sweep away the core foundation of all government.
Then, freedom has a fighting chance.