Mixed Thoughts on “Invisible Resistance to Tyranny”

August 3, 2012

“Invisible Resistance to Tyranny”, by Jefferson Mack is a smallish book referenced recently over at Western Rifle Shooters, in a story about a book on the early 20th century activities of the IRA,  that is another quick, short one from Brock at Free North Carolina.   CA and Brock are always good about pointing to the historical lessons to be learned from the actions of the IRA and others.

(If you’re with DHS or SPLC and just visiting, go ahead and just skip to the last part.  Chances are you’re not here to be persuaded by my book reports.)

In Jefferson Mack’s book, the major theme is about resisting the government’s encroachment on personal liberty and freedom while keeping below their radar, because as he asks in Chapter 2, “Who wants to be a good citizen with a bad government?”

In Chapter 7, Jefferson Mack sets up the scenario we’ve all grown accustomed to tossing about,

“What will you do when this happens?”

Your favorite radio and tv stations are off the air.  All the remaining stations are broadcasting exactly the same news about the dangerous situation that required the President to proclaim martial law.

The Federal Government orders all firearms and ammunition in private hands to be immediately turned in to local collection centers operated by city or county government.

The tv news shows clips of police SWAT teams breaking down doors, searching houses, and arresting people who didn’t comply with the order to turn in firearms.

The President announces that because of the serious security threat, the upcoming elections will be suspended until the government is able to guarantee the safety of everyone going to the polls.

The Government issues a new currency and orders all old currency to be immediately traded in for the new.  The old money is no longer considered legal tender.  No one can trade in more than $500 worth of old currency.

The President goes on national tv to announce the arrest of a gang of terrorists accused of planning to blow up major monuments and government buildings in Washington.  As the screen flashes pictures of the suspected terrorists, you recognize the presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party in the last election; a movie star who had been a vocal advocate in the support of the Second Amendment; a well-known publisher of books on survival, small-unit military tactics, and martial arts; and two Congressmen who had been vocal opponents of the President’s economic policies.

Won’t dwell on this much.  There would soon be a million dollars on the table if we all contributed our two cents on the subject.

The plot evolves with this short discussion in Chapter 10.

Deadly Violence – Is It Ever Necessary?

Under truly dire circumstances, fighting for one’s personal freedom is as much self-defense as protecting one’s life…..

There may come a day when tyrannical leaders and their agents, or even terrorists or a foreign occupying force, engage in imprisoning or killing innocent citizens.  Very few, if any of us, face such a situation at this time.  Even so, we ought to give serious thought to how to proceed if we ever do find ourselves in such peril.

He goes on about the pluses and minuses of selectively targeting both the “big fish and little fish” of a tyrannical government, concluding there is not much benefit spending your time and effort on the little ones, unless they’re locally a “big fish”.   Keep in mind, this works both ways. There are many boats on the water.   One day you’re the lucky fisherman.  One day you’re the cold sushi.

Finally, in Chapter 11  Organized Resistance Forces, near the end of the book, we get to the favorite topic of the day.  Or at least it’s the topic “the three letter agencies that won’t be named” like to hear us discuss.

Should our political leaders ever succeed in imposing total tyranny on the American people or move so far in that direction that armed rebellion is justified, we can expect that an organized armed resistance of some kind will emerge.  The numbers of weapons held in private hands in the United States almost guarantees that.

Can we agree the general response to that is, “Absolutely, yes.  Well, no.  Mmm, maybe.  Depends.”?

And just like that discussion, the book sputters out in the last chapter.  The best part for me was back in Chapter 3.

Four Steps to Invisible Resistance.

We don’t live in a free society….

At the same time, we don’t live in a totalitarian society.

We’re in between.

1.  Maximize personal freedom.

2.  Get educated about freedom and how our politicians are taking it away.

3.  Build personal networks of freedom-loving individuals.

4.  Spread the truth about the advantages of freedom to others.

That’s all the good parts there is that you should take from this book. You should be able to relate these four points to anyone you think might be in search of freedom and liberty.  There are many wandering in the wilderness, confused, because they have been taught to be confused; to have fuzzy, vague thoughts about the subject, if they have any at all.

But you know it’s really more like this, and you’re not comfortable, yet, with the fact that you know it:

When the time comes, things will probably be very similar to some of those old IRA actions, with just a difference in scale, of both area and time.  The 21st century edition of the IRA will probably also see a ramp up in the intensity of conflict by a factor of 100.  Maybe more.  There are so many more vectors of carnage that come into play with the 21st century mix of technology and politics.

But on the “basic gut level”, your conviction and dedication to the basic reasons for action will be eerily identical.  The sooner you make the time to read up on that part of history, the sooner you can get to that mind-set you need to get the most out of all your preparations and training.  “Skills beats equipment” is a good goal to bear in mind while you’re training, provided you have long enough to train,  but motivation and determination like the IRA had will be the Red Bull that gets you there.

In the morning, you sputter out your coffee as it quickly dawns on you, that right now you have to step up to fill the role of Minute Man.  Right now you will need the insight of the former IRA members as you steel yourself for what is ahead.  You mutter quietly, “It’s time”, and in the next instant start screaming, “It’s time!”.

We will be “60 second men”, more precisely,  because most of our missions will be to quietly get in real close, un-noticed; do what we came to do and then get out as quickly as possible and as far as possible before the area is sealed off, hoping to avoid capture.  Sixty seconds, max.  The new “Mad Minute”.  Intensity?  Sixty seconds will feel like an eternity, while going by in what seems like only six.  And this isn’t the first time you’ve heard this.

See one of my favorite stories, over on the side bar, from the many about the IRA, the story of “One Shot Paddy”.  There are so many lessons to be learned.


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