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We Americans are now engaged in a New Civil war, testing whether this nation, conceived and dedicated as we are, will endure.
Take a moment to let this fact register in your mind. This is not a metaphor or a figure of speech--we are currently in a civil war against domestic political and economic forces that are killing us and destroying our nation.
The actuality that a great many Americans are unaware of this new civil war does not change the fact: un-American, power-mad forces are sending thousands of Americans to their death and devastating our nation politically and economically as we speak.
"It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, 1863
The first thing we must help thinking people understand is that revealing this new civil war, making it clear to Americans that their political and economic leaders are destroying them, is the height of patriotism. We're fighting for the very life of our country--and our own lives--against depraved people who falsely identify themselves as the defenders and leaders of our nation.
We've first got to make clear to thinking American people that they are being duped. The members of the capitalist cabal that has taken over our country for their own purposes are not people within the American tradition; they are following the course of barbaric imperialism and fascistic dictatorship. They are destroying our Constitution and our laws--as is clear from the cabal's claim that they're not breaking the law by allowing the NSA to spy on American citizens, because they (the cabal) are the law. These thug-rulers are deliberately creating a class civil war within America so they can profit from the accompanying anarchy, criminal outrage, and culture crisis.
"It's not too extreme to call our system of government now, American fascism. It's the control of government by big business, which Franklin Delano Roosevelt defined in 1938 as fascism,"
If we're engaged in a new civil war in America, some people will ask, why isn't it evident for all to see? First, many thinking Americans do see that we're fighting for our lives and our values against the cabal which has seized political and economic control. Secondly, the people in the enemy camp do not want to see what's happening, accepting the distortions and lies of their leaders instead of the truth. And the enemy has been intelligent enough to wreak its destruction on our country in a somewhat gradual manner.
The fact that some people don't see the civil war raging around them is similar to the phenomenon of the frogs and the pot of water. Throw frogs into a pot of boiling water, and they'll make a frantic effort to escape. But place them in a pot of tepid water, turn the heat on, and the frogs sit complacently in the pot, and because the gradual change in temperature never seems alarming, are boiled to death.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist."
Marcus Cicero, speaking to Caesar, Crassus, Pompey and the Roman Senate
The Two Opposing Forces
We can identify these opposing camps in this civil war as the forces of delusion, inequality, and ignorance on the one side and the forces of truth, goodness, and justice on the other. The forces of truth, goodness and justice are composed of a species of people found in all nations who are honestly trying to understand what is going on in the world and are seeking peace and freedom for all people. They don't always succeed, and they have different capabilities of grasping what they hear and read.
Their awareness of what's really happening in the world at any given time is at a level relative to their ability to comprehend a complex picture. Their essential characteristic is that they have a genuine desire to face up to what's happening to themselves and to the world around them. These people live in what we can call the "World of Truth."
I experience this "World of Truth" through receiving email messages from thinking people, demonstrating that they're gaining increased knowledge and are waking up to what's happening around the world. Several years ago, my wife and I were receiving numerous such email messages, but now the number of people who want to know the truth has dwindled to only about one percent of the American and world population. Similarly, in my association with a local progressive group, I earlier found a numbr of people genuinely eager to understand what's going on and to respond to the destructive actions of the criminal cabal that's taken over America. But that number has now shrunk to almost zero. And my reading of articles and comments from persons in this "World of Truth" several years ago convinced me that there was a growing number seeking to understand the world about them. But now, within the last several years, fewer and fewer people are demonstrating any interest in understanding what's happening in the world or trying to fight against the fascist plague that has taken over the United States.
Those in the opposing camp have an equally strong desire to accept whatever they're told by their social, religious, and political leaders. They do not want to find out on their own what's happening; they feel secure in what they're told by the people they recognize as authorities. We can designate these people as operating within the "World of Delusion, Inequality, and Ignorance."
The leaders of the forces of delusion, inequality, and ignorance are very happy with the attitude of their subjects, because they want unthinking, obedient underlings who take orders and don't ask questions. The forces of delusion and ignorance are made up of people who want to ignore, subvert, or cover up the truth.
I know the "World of Delusion" exists because I see it everywhere on TV, especially "news" shows, I read newspaper and magazine articles by and about persons in this universe of deception, and I receive a few (very few, fortunately) emails from denizens of this netherworld.
We're Fighting a New Kind of Civil War
We must make clear to ourselves the nature of the warfare we're engaged in. In a war, there are several different kinds of combat and various kinds of victory. Certainly, in the present situation the demonic cabal has a monopoly on violence (military, intelligence agencies, police) in the United States and the world. So it would be idiotic for ordinary citizens to use violence in our present struggle.
The kind of victory we seek is the winning of the minds of Americans who still have the ability to think for themselves. The enemy in this civil war has captured and destroyed the minds of many Americans--and these brain-dead masses now make up the conscripts of the enemy forces.
One of our major strategies is to use resistance of all kinds against the onslaughts of the tyranny we face. Resistance to their offensives is our best response to their naked aggression and oppression. The fact that the demonic cabal's puppet regimes is continuing to put our nation into war, merely as a pretext for its imperialistic schemes, does not mitigate the principle that the people's resistance against tyranny is necessary. It's necessary to resist the tyranny of the most recent junta put into power by the cabal, with whatever means are effective:
- Assisst in creating the new commonwealth
- Join the world resistance movement
- Avoid allowing ourselves to be duped by the call for a jingoistic, 200% patriotism that is part of the demonic cabal's scam to marginalize the people and create unending imperialist war against "terrorism"
In our battle for the minds of thinking Americans, we use whatever support is available, from whatever source. People from other countries are able to see the civil war we're fighting against our enemy. We can publicize the statements and activities from persons in other nations who support our struggle.
In January of 2006, for example, German newspapers clearly described the oppressive international cabal we're struggling against.
"Lies and deception over the Iraq war, the debacle after the invasion, with all its victims, and violations of the law in the anti-terror struggle, have shaken the certainty of even those who once stood firmly on the side of Washington," wrote the Süddeutsche Zeitung, adding: "Also with regard to domestic affairs the US government is currently experiencing a rapid decline. The displeasure in Europe--and in the US--over the Bush regime is continuing to increase."
A large part of our offensive against the enemy cabal is to make evident to people around the world just what the cabal thugs are doing--since they try to hide their deception and destruction from public view. Our best strategy is to boldly name what they're doing in the starkest terms:
This new civil war is unseen only by those persons on both sides of the conflict who either refuse to face the reality of our present situation or deliberately misinterpret this hidden, deadly civil war as part of the normal course of events.
One of the major assaults we make on the forces of ignorance in this civil war is to help open-minded people become aware of the battle going on about them. To accomplish this, we need to be cognizant of the difficulties people have in becoming aware of and understanding this new civil war.
One obstacle to apprehending this new civil war is that the leaders of the forces of ignorance are constantly before the public gaze. But most of the Grand Leaders of the forces of truth aren't contemporary "public figures" but persons who lived before this era who proved by their lives and works that they know how to defeat tyranny.
Leaders of the Forces of Truth and Justice
There are many courageous contemporary progressives who are actively engaged in this civil war against the forces of ignorance and deception. For example, a courageous struggle against the forces of deception and destruction is currently being carried out by Seymour Hersh in exposing the Obama regime's torture of foreign prisoners and their clandestine attacks against Iran in preparation for a full-scale invasion of that oil-rich country. It's essential in our battle against tyranny to remind ourselves just how many warriors there are on the side of truth and justice.
As we consider these forces on the side of truth and justice, several things become clear:
- Words and ideas are our most important weapons.
- One of the most potent implements of war in our arsenal is discerning humor.
- Ours is a war fought on the battleground of thought and attitude as much as in the arenas of boycotts, demonstrations, and elections.
"So essential is language to man's humanness, so deep a source is it of his own creativity, that it is by no means an accident in our time that those who have tried to degrade man and enslave him have first debased and misused language, arbitrarily turning meanings inside out. "
Lewis Mumford, The Conduct of Life
It's crucial that we understand how to use words and ideas effectively. One of the most important strategies we use in our struggle against ignorance and deception is not to allow the enemy forces to preempt concepts and phrases. For example, we must keep clearly in mind that a lie is a lie--not an "overemphasis," "relying on questionable intelligence," or "pushing the evidence;" phrases of subterfuge employed by the enemy.
Even our use of words such as "enemy" will be attacked as unpatriotic and extremist. The forces of deception and coercion have effectively decimated the minds of the people on their side.
Combat Training for the Forces of Light and Discernment
In a civil war such as we're fighting, we must steel ourselves to avoid becoming discouraged. We sometimes hear people say:
- "The demonic cabal has destroyed so many American liberties and brutally murdered American soldiers and foreign civilians, that things seem hopeless."
- "Americans don't seem to want to wake up to what's happening to them; they wouldn't listen even if I tried to help them realize they're being destroyed in a civil war."
- "I don't think I can do anything to help make things better."
The current configuration of enemy forces of deception and tyranny have been destroying our nation and its people for over a century. We may not be able to stop them and take back our country within the next century. But this isn't a war for the moment, a struggle to be won in the short term. It is not a battle of bullets and bombs but of higher powers and inner forces.
"In conclusion be strong - not in yourselves but in the Higher Power, in the strength of his boundless resource. Put on the Supreme One's complete armour so that you can successfully resist all the tyrants' methods of attack. For our fight is not against any physical enemy: it is against organizations and powers that are spiritual. We are up against the unseen power that controls this world of ignorance, and spiritual agents from the very headquarters of evil. Therefore you must wear the whole armour of the Higher Force that you may be able to resist evil in its day of power, and that even when you have fought to a standstill you may still stand your ground. Take your stand then with truth as your belt, goodness your breastplate, the good news of peace firmly on your feet, enlightenment as your helmet and in your hand the sword of the Spirit, the Word of the One Quintessence. Above all be sure you take reasoned confidence as your shield, for it can quench every burning missile the enemy hurls at you. Pay homage to the One at all times with every kind of spiritual meditation, keeping alert and persistent as you give reverence to all men and women fighting on the side of enlightenment." Paul's letter to Ephesian initiates
In the war we're fighting, each of us has been given certain capabilities to use in helping humankind struggle against the persistent forces of ignorance, deception, and death. It's our responsibility to do what we can; and we're not to consider the fruits of our labor. The success or failure of our efforts is up to a Higher Power. It would be foolish to say, "I'm not going to struggle against the Obama regime because people wouldn't listen to me anyway, and anything I could do wouldn't make any difference." Your duty is to do what you can with what you're given and forego egoistic attachment to any results you might expect as a reward for your efforts.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
In this new civil war, it's our obligation to help Americans become aware of the timeless values of truth, justice, goodness, honesty, and beauty and the principles of equality under law, fairness, kindness, and selflessness. Over the next century, we must help the American people regain an awareness of these eternal values and begin working toward a genuine commonwealth: a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
To win the civil war against the forces of deception and destruction, we must avoid falling into the Little Red Hen syndrome. Many people are dilettantes and "sunshine patriots" when it comes to doing anything practical to assist in making people aware and struggling against tyranny. They talk a good game, sending emails enthusing over this or that idea that happens to strike their fancy. But when it comes down to the practical business of fighting a war against the forces of darkness, they're unwilling to enlist.
As Paul made clear, during the lifetime of each of us, our duty is to enlist in a spiritual struggle against the recurrent forces of ignorance and destruction. The battle is fought both in the external world and in the inner recesses of the human soul. If we are to fight at our best, we must be fully conversant and skillful with the weapons of our spiritual warfare:
- The timeless power of Great Exemplars: Socrates, Jesus, Hypatia, Boethius, Roger Bacon, Shakespeare, Patrick Henry, Abraham Lincoln, martyrs from the the White Rose Anti-Nazi Student Resistance Group
"In the actions of great persons others find their rule of conduct. The path that a great person follows becomes a guide to the world."
Bhagavad Gita, 3:21
- The ageless influence of Sublime Traditions and Movements: the Perennial Tradition, Platonism, Neo-Platonism, the Cathedral teachings, the Renaissance, the Cambridge Platonists, the Enlightenment
- The deathless inspiration of Transformative Writings: Plato, Boethius, Cusa, Meister Eckhart, Erasmus, Boehme, Leibnitz, Shakespeare, J.S. Mill, Emerson, Wallace Stevens, Emily Dickinson, Helen Keller
"The invention of books suddenly meant that the influence of the extraordinary individuals could be spread over the whole nation or civilization. Like radio or television, it was fundamentally a method of broadcasting. Before printing, the Master had a few disciples who benefited from his teaching; now anyone could benefit who was capable of grasping its essence. 'Mute inglorious Miltons' could study under Homer and Virgil. Books represented the release of immense spiritual resources in mankind just as oil derricks represented the release of physical resources in the world.
"Through books, man has conquered time. The insights of poets and saints are still alive. For two million years, man ascended the evolutionary ladder slowly and painfully, changing hardly more than the ape or the horse. With the invention of books, he took a gigantic step into the realm of the gods."
Colin Wilson, The Philsopher's Stone
The wisdom of Historical Perspective:
- Taking back (rescuing from misinterpretation and preemption):
- Historical episodes: the Enlightenment, the American Revolution
- Historical operations and movements: civil rights, organized labor
- Comparing the historical signficance of:
- Jesus and Pilate
- Hitler and Einstein
- Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and a popular new rapper piece of noise
- Obama and Seymour Hersh
- Considering what will be 100 years from now
Gaining strength for the battle by communing with Higher Consciousness through:
- Listening to a piano prelude by Chopin played by Kilenyi
- Viewing a transformative movie such as the 1941 rendition of Pride and Prejudice
- Not allowing the enemy to:
- Define reality
- Set the place of battle
- Not getting taken in by the enemy's counterfeit values:
- Success is wealth
- Power is coercion, the ability to impose one's will on others
- Power is military might
- Whoever is in control is the most powerful and important
- Not wasting energy and time being surprised (we can expect the worst from the enemy), righteously indignant, or hopeless
Remaining aware of genuine historical and contemporary progressive leaders
"The first application of wisdom is to accept opposition so in its entirety, so completely, that thereafter not one speck of attention power is ever wasted on it, except for the intellectual appraisement of its strength and the planning for control of its effect.
"One of the most fundamental things about all the obstructive refuse you have to contend with, is that it has released its relationship with the ultimate source of life, and is cooling off and dying of decomposition. Once you realize and understand this, thoroughly, you will never be tempted to lose hope and give in. For with this engraved on your mind, it is impossible to entertain personal antagonism: you know too well the reason for things being the way they are. And once above personal antagonism, and aware of your own free power of relationship with the source, you find the way cleared for the bringing in of the fresh, healthy, over-laying material."
Stewart Edward and Betty White, Across the Unknown
In learning to wage a spiritual civil war, two of our most potent "field manuals" are the timeless books:
- the Bhagavad Gita: an ancient philosophical masterpiece from India
- Boethius' The Emboldenment of Philosophy
As you continue your training for this current civil war, carefully studying each of these "guides to standard battle procedures" will help you prepare for the struggle you now face. This is literally life-or-death warfare, so train assiduously and in the proper frame of mind, which this essay has dileneated.
Once you've trained sufficiently to be of useful service in the ongoing war, to the point that you've mastered necessary battle expertise and developed a firm, unshakable resolve to join in combat, I encourage you to join in building cooperative commonwealth communities.
References and Allies:
- Is America drifting towards civil war?
- Imperial Times
- MoveOn.org Protect Social Security site
- Strategic Consumer Boycott
- Join the World Populist Movement