If, as Carl von Clausewitz said, “war is politics by other means,” then politics is war without bloodshed. Mencius Moldbug agrees. “Democracy is like a poison,” he wrote. “The permanent contest for political power that democracy creates is an extreme case of limited war, in which no weapons at all are allowed, and battle is resolved by counting heads.” It seems inevitable that the faux-war of democracy will eventually evolve into a real war. “There are three and only three ways to reform our Congressional legislation,” said Stephen Decatur Miller in 1830. “The ballot box, the jury box and the cartridge box”. A democratic republic ideally confines itself to the first two, but history shows that the third is inevitable in the long run.
The first US Civil War broke out when seven (later eleven) southern states voted to secede from the union on the grounds that the union itself was voluntary. President Lincoln sent troops to invade the South on the grounds that the union was inviolate. The question of whether southern citizens were engaging in their natural right to disunion or were instead rebels against their lawful government was not necessarily solved by the outcome of the war. Twenty years of military occupation of the South as well as laws and Constitutional amendments passed by the North moved the conflict from the battlefield back to the ballot box and jury box. However, there is no guarantee that it will always remain so. Democracy only works when the people believe it works. Secession and civil war happen when citizens see that the ballot and jury boxes are rigged against them.
Here in the 21st century, citizens have lost faith in their public institutions. Our media, which has long prided itself on its objectivity and role in holding government accountable, has gone completely insane in their opposition to the Trump Administration. Citizens initiatives are overturned by legislatures and unaccountable courts. The will of the voters is stymied at every turn. Even elections are no longer trusted, as ballot issues in Florida and California recently illustrated. Unelected bureaucrats wield tremendous power within our government. Unaccountable judges seem to wield unlimited power, whether by unilaterally reversing laws and executive orders, or by making up new laws out of whole cloth. Our country is more polarized than it has been since the 1860s. Scott Adams likes to point out that two sides of the country are “watching two different movies,” meaning that we are viewing current events very differently depending on which side we are on. Is the Mueller investigation a necessary look at how President Trump colluded with a foreign government to steal an election, or an attempt by deep state bureaucrats to marginalize and even oust a legally elected president?
I suggest that the situation our country is in today should be called a Cold Civil War. The Cold War was a fifty-year standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union characterized by animosity and competition but lacking in direct military conflict. The Cold War was fought with proxies in places such as in Korea and Vietnam; it was fought with economics, it was fought with politics, it was fought with propaganda. Had nuclear weapons not been in the equation, it is likely that World War III would have begun shortly after the end of World War II. But neither country wanted to escalate so far that they risked open war in the age of the atom bomb. Our current national situation is comparable to the Cold War. Two sides, which I characterize as Globalist and Nationalist, are at odds with each other, and have gone beyond simply using the ballot box to settle their differences. The Globalist Left has begun aggressively using boycotts, censorship, and deplatforming in order to silence their foes on the Right. Expressing even moderately conservative or nationalist viewpoints on social media can expose a person to threats of banning, loss of employment and income, to even physical harm. Students are suspended by their school administrators for wearing MAGA hats. Physical violence occurs when Antifa, the military brownshirt wing of the Globalist Left, disrupts conservative rallies and speakers. Respected media figures openly fantasize about violence against people they disagree with.
This Cold Civil War shows no sign of abatement any time soon. While the violence is not yet at the level seen in the 1960s, the rhetoric is off the charts. Unlike the 1960s, however, the fault lines of the Cold Civil War fall on many ethnic lines. Hatred of white people is the driving factor for so much political action today. The white person has become the “other”, the dreaded bogeyman to be feared, fought, and destroyed. A few weeks ago, a young black girl was murdered in a horrific shooting. When initial reports suggested a white suspect, national media went into overdrive, publishing pieces about how we need to deal with racism, white supremacy, toxic masculinity, etc. When the truth came out that the shooter was a black man, the story was quickly forgotten. Microaggressions by white people against any minority group becomes national news, while the all-too-common violence that plagues black neighborhoods is ignored, or even censored. Vox Day is not the only commentator to point out that in a multi-ethnic empire, political activity is simply reduced to ethnic headcounts. The issues become less important than the identity group that you belong to. Vladimir Lenin knew this a hundred years ago; that everything in politics can be reduced to “who, whom”. Who is doing what to whom? Is a minority spewing hatred against a white man? This is Good, according to prevailing wisdom. Is a white man criticizing a minority? This is Bad, according to the same people.
The Globalist Party’s constituency is a coalition of minority groups whose only common factor is hatred of the white majority. Note that outside of archaic racist societies like the Ku Klux Klan of a century ago, “white people” rarely identified themselves as such. The Founders of this country were of English background, and they saw themselves as distinct from the Germans, the Dutch, the Irish, and the Italians. Even as late as a century ago, these ethnic distinctions between European nationalities remained strong. Mainstream media recently attempted to paint President Trump’s desire for a southern border wall (as supported by half the country) as racist by quoting Georgia Governor Clifford Walker’s speech to a KKK rally in 1924: “America should ‘build a wall of steel, a wall as High as Heaven.” These media outlets – Salon, MSNBC, etc. – said that this rhetoric was about white supremacy in the face of immigration but neglected to add the rest of the quote where Governor Walker explicitly pointed to Italians as the “other” he wanted to keep out. Today, however, Italians are lumped in with the Irish, Germans, Dutch, and English in a big bowl of hate labeled “white”. Ironically, it is the “othering” of white people by mainstream media and minority identity groups that is likely encouraging white nationalism. If white people are taught that they are irredeemably evil because of their skin color, they just might decide they had better hang together rather than hanging separately. All politics is tribal in a multi-ethnic empire and white people are learning a harsh lesson: they too are a Tribe.
Last week on CNN, while Steve Cortes explained that illegal immigrants have killed American citizens, media gadfly Ana Navarro pulled out her nail file in live TV to show her dismissive annoyance of the other guest. Navarro is constantly referred to by Globalist media as a “Republican consultant” but it would be more accurate to say she is a member of the Globalist Party and a Hispanic Tribe. She has no loyalty to traditional America, or any community outside of her Tribe for that matter. She has disdain, even contempt, for American citizens who are murdered by illegal immigrants. Like many Globalists, she simply does not care, and one might suspect she even enjoys the thought of people in other Tribes being harmed. This is what a Cold Civil War looks like. People such as Navarro are not necessarily picking up guns and shooting their opponents, but they seem satisfied that someone else doing it for them. As comedian Sam Hyde said before the 2016 election: “When we win, do not forget that these people [referring to journalists] want you broke, dead, your kids raped and brainwashed, and they think it’s funny.”
The most recent salvo in the Cold Civil War occurred after the March for Life, an annual protest in Washington DC against the wanton slaughter of abortion. Despite dwarfing the Women’s March held the following day, the March for Life received only a tiny fraction of coverage from the mainstream media. Bias is not only found in how media reports on an event, but in what events they choose to report. Mainstream media presents a narrative, and that narrative is one side of the Cold Civil War. They ignored the March for Life until something happened that could serve their narrative. That something was an incident between some students from Covington Catholic High School, some black nationalists, and some Native American activists. To hear CNN and the New York Times tell the story, some evil white Christian boys wearing MAGA hats taunted the black men and then surrounded an innocent Native American who was just playing his drum. They screamed at him, yelling slurs, not letting him escape. Globalist media (including its right-leaning organs like the useless National Review) were quick to condemn the boys. Leftists wanted more, demanding expulsion of the students as well as their names so they could be publicly humiliated and destroyed. Some even made threats of violence and death. As you might guess, unedited video shows that the narrative has no relation to the truth:
But the rest of the video—nearly two hours of additional footage showing what happened before and after the encounter—adds important context that strongly contradicts the media’s narrative.
Far from engaging in racially motivated harassment, the group of mostly white, MAGA-hat-wearing male teenagers remained relatively calm and restrained despite being subjected to incessant racist, homophobic, and bigoted verbal abuse by members of the bizarre religious sect Black Hebrew Israelites, who were lurking nearby. The BHI has existed since the late 19th century, and is best describes as a black nationalist cult movement; its members believe they are descendants of the ancient Israelites, and often express condemnation of white people, Christians, and gays. DC-area Black Hebrews are known to spout particularly vile bigotry.
Phillips put himself between the teens and the black nationalists, chanting and drumming as he marched straight into the middle of the group of young people. What followed was several minutes of confusion: The teens couldn’t quite decide whether Phillips was on their side or not, but tentatively joined in his chanting. It’s not at all clear this was intended as an act of mockery rather than solidarity.
One student did not get out of Phillips way as he marched, and gave the man a hard stare and a smile that many have described as creepy. This moment received the most media coverage: The teen has been called the product of a “hate factory” and likened to a school shooter, segregation-era racist, and member of the Klu Klux Klan. I have no idea what he was thinking, but portraying this as an example of obvious, racially-motivated hate is a stretch. Maybe he simply had no idea why this man was drumming in his face, and couldn’t quite figure out the best response? It bears repeating that Phillips approached him, not the other way around.
And that’s all there is to it. Phillips walked away after several minutes, the Black Hebrew Israelites continued to insult the crowd, and nothing else happened.
Truth does not matter in a Cold Civil War. All that matters is the narrative, and loudly identifying which side you are on. By condemning the MAGA-hat-wearing students, both the New York Times and National Review are saying “Anyone who is white, Christian, and supports Trump is the “other”, and should be mocked, expelled, assaulted, and killed. We are the good guys.”
For the past two years, conservative politicians and pundits have faced constant protests and assaults wherever they have gone. Congressman Steve Scalise was nearly killed by a Bernie Sanders supporter while playing baseball. Senator Rand Paul was viciously attacked in his own yard. Tucker Carlson was surrounded at a restaurant, and then his wife and children terrorized at their own home. The media has convinced half the country that President Trump and his supporters are evil Nazis, and what should be the proper response to Nazis? If you truly believed that someone was the next Hitler, then would you just use the ballot box or the jury box to stop them? Wouldn’t you break out the cartridge box to stop the next Holocaust? I truly believe that a conservative politician or pundit will be assassinated in the next two years and our media will share the blame for escalating their rhetoric to this point.
Another factor in the Cold Civil War is the breakdown in trust of the political system. In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, the Democratic Party claimed that Donald Trump was not going to accept losing, and that he and his supporters would pull out all the stops to delegitimatize the election. When Trump instead won an improbably victory, the Democrats and their media friends (without any sense of irony) immediately began delegitimatizing the election. Just hours after the election, thousands of angry leftists poured into the streets, screaming and rioting. They tried to get the Electoral College to change the outcome of the election. They tried to disrupt the inauguration. They finally settled on a narrative that claims Russian spies somehow stole the election in favor of President Trump, who is repaying them by selling out American sovereignty. This narrative lacks any real evidence, but that has not stopped Globalist media and politicians from spending the last two years proclaiming that Trump will be removed from office as soon as all the pieces fall into place. The new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives promises to spend their entire term investigating the Trump administration, as well as any Republican who stands in their way. If you are a student of history, then this pattern is beginning to look familiar.
In the last years of the Roman Republic, people were losing faith in the political system. The mob of people, especially of the lower plebeian class that was barred from serving in the Senate, realized there was more power in mob riots than in the constitutional system of the day. One might call this an ancient version of the cartridge box. The Gracchi brothers used this box to gain power against the patrician Senate. Gaius Marius took it even further, using this power to become the most powerful man in Roman history. While Roman law prohibited one man from serving consecutive terms as consul, Marius simply ignored the law and served five. His rival, Lucius Sulla, attempted to restore the old ways but in order to do that he too ran roughshod over the laws and precedents of the Republic. When Marius ignored the results of a consular election that saw Sulla win more votes, Sulla took the law into his own hands. Raising an army, he marched on Rome and took the city by force. Each time they gained power, both men had created proscription lists – death warrants – for supporters and family members of the other side. After Sulla’s final victory, Marius and his supporters were executed or exiled. Sulla himself hoped that his actions would save the Republic, but instead they laid the foundation for the Empire. One of Marius’ relatives narrowly escaped the proscriptions but learned a terrible lesson: That one man with an army could change the course of history, no matter what laws and precedents stood in his way. That man was Julius Caesar.
There are numerous lessons and parallels to be drawn from this piece of history. One of them is escalation. Establishment Republicans hold out hope that President Trump is an outlier in history, and that if they can oust him then we will go back to normal, whatever that might be. But there is never any going back. The Gracchi led to Marius, Marius led to Sulla, Sulla led to Caesar, and Caesar led to Augustus and the establishment of the Roman Empire. Gladiator was a great movie, but its claim that defeating a corrupt emperor could lead to the restoration of the Republic was as naive as the NeverTrump idea that we can go back to the Reagan era. The world has changed, and our country has changed with it. Globalism has been exposed for the corrupt bargain that it is, and Nationalism is on the rise. President Trump did not start this movement, rather he had enough foresight to see it coming just in time to jump in, like a surfer catching a wave. The Roman Republic had proscriptions, while the American Republic has subpoenas. The Democratic Party did not accept the results of the last election and will do absolutely anything to win the next one. Expect the escalation to continue.
Another lesson from the story is that all republics eventually fall. The Roman Republic began as a single city in Italy, with a Senate drawn from the patrician class, an army made up of landowners, and leaders constrained by a constitutional system. By the time of Marius and Sulla, Rome was an empire in all but name, controlling land from Spain to Syria. The army was a professional organization, leaving landowners their villas without the need to personally fight to protect them. The Senate and patrician class were insulated from the daily lives of the people. Sound familiar? The United States in 1789 was made up of thirteen states which shared sovereignty with a small federal government. Voting was restricted to landowners, that is, men with a stake in the country. The Senate represented states, while the weaker House of Representatives answered to the people. For its first century, the United States had no imperial ambition, at least outside of the North American continent. Today the United States is a Globalist empire, with over three hundred million citizens increasingly separated by ethnic and cultural differences. Our elites live far removed from the issues that confront the average American citizen. Both houses of Congress are controlled by an increasingly-remote elite class. The constraints built in to the Constitution are ignored by all three branches of the federal government. Bureaucrats in Washington DC have far more influence and control over our daily lives than the King and Parliament in London had over Boston merchants or Virginia planters in 1770. Something that cannot go on won’t. Rome survived by reinventing itself, first as the Empire shortly before the time of Christ, and against as the Dominate of Diocletian at the end of a chaotic 3rd Century A.D. Will the United States reinvent itself, or collapse entirely?
The Cold Civil War will only get worse from here. Unlike the Cold War of 1945-1991, I believe this one will erupt into a hot war. The sheer hatred for anyone white, Christian, or male by the Globalist left and their media outlets is beginning to sound like Germany in the 1920s and 30s. Inflammatory rhetoric continues to increase every day, with more and more on both sides eagerly anticipating the chance to commit violence against each other. How can we back down from this, short of unconditional surrender? The posterity of the patriots of 1776 are finding themselves mocked, censored, and attacked at every turn. We are losing trust in the ballot box and the jury box. We really don’t want to resort to the cartridge box, but like our forefathers in 1776 we might soon find ourselves forced to defend our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.