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The CW2 Cube: Mapping the Meta-terrain of Civil War Two
Western Rifle Shooters Association Blog ^ | July 30, 2010 | Matthew Bracken

Posted on 07/30/2010 8:41:52 AM PDT by Jack Black

A second civil war in the United States would be an unparalleled disaster. Nobody who is sane and who has studied modern civil wars from Spain to Lebanon to the Balkans and beyond would ever wish to see one occur. But if political, cultural and demographic trends are sweeping us toward that unhappy destiny, it would be wise to at least cast a weather eye over the possible terrain.

First, a caveat. I am not going to waste our time making politically-correct genuflections after every controversial sentence, because this essay is intended to be read by mature and rational adults.

Before we move on to the cube, let’s begin with the CW2 Square. The cube is best tackled in another step. Draw the square and label one axis Poorer to Richer. Label the other axis Darker to Lighter. Darker, for brevity, includes African-Americans, Hispanics and so on. Lighter refers to those of European ancestry. The two opposed meta-groups are the poorer and darker versus the richer and lighter, or whiter if you wish to be blunt. The richer/whiter have the power of their wealth, but counterbalancing that advantage is the fact that the poorer/darker have succeeded in wresting control of much of government power. This is so, even if most of their elected leaders are anything but poor or dark.

Now, before you scream out your exceptions, yes, there are rich black cattle ranchers and poor whites living in blighted urban areas and so on. However, to focus on them is to miss the critical centers of gravity of Civil War Two for the over-study of interesting but insignificant outliers. Filling one corner of the CW2 Square will be the poorer and darker, who primarily are liberal and progressive Democrats who believe in a malleable “living Constitution.” And in the other corner will be the richer and whiter, who mainly are conservative or libertarian Republicans who believe in the original intent of the written Constitution. Again, keep your eyes on the two meta-cores, not the exceptions.

Now, let’s add the third dimension and shoot another axis out from the square to form the CW2 Cube. Label the third axis Urban versus Rural, or City versus Country if you prefer. This axis gives a geographical dimension to the meta-terrain, but there will be no convenient dividing line between the opposed sides as there was during the first civil war. It has frequently been observed that today’s red-blue political map is better understood at the county than at the state level. Even blue states like Illinois, California and New York are rural-red outside of their blue urban cores. Obviously, these urban cores are heavily populated but geographically small, with all that means to the electoral process today and to a possible civil war later.

So the opposing corners of the CW2 Cube can be seen as the poorer, darker cities versus the richer, whiter rural areas. Again, don’t quibble about outliers. Yes, there are a few rich, conservative African-Americans living in Wyoming, many poor white liberal Democrats in rural West Virginia, some rich conservatives in San Francisco and every other exceptional case imaginable.

Most of us live in the mushy, mongrel middle, far from the tips of the two opposite corners. But the centers of gravity of Civil War Two shall be as I have described: the relatively richer, whiter and more rural against the poorer, darker and urban. One can also propose many more axes of conflict than can fit on a cube, such as the religious versus the non-believers, socialists versus capitalists, statists versus individualists and so on. However, after you reflect upon the CW2 Cube, I think you will find that most of these extra axes can be overlaid parallel to one of the three already posited.

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So, of what use is the CW2 Cube, other than in providing a conceptual map for Civil War Two? In my research as a novelist who attempts to write realistic fiction about the coming years, I have long been a student of modern civil wars. One repeated lesson of modern civil war is that there is inherently dangerous, even fatal terrain. Some of this predictably-dangerous terrain is often highly desirable and even advantageous before the outbreak of civil war.

To begin: you do not want to live as a trapped and cut-off minority in what might become “enemy territory.” If you live amidst your civil war enemies, as defined and located within the CW2 Cube, you will be in mortal danger even if your immediate neighbors know, love and respect you. Those persons who have a stake in fanning the flames of CW2 (and their number shall be legion), will intentionally target those remaining “holdouts” who may be respected minority neighbors. (In this essay, minority means “the minority within a given group or area.” Blacks are the majority in some areas, and whites are the minorities in others, and so on.)

Frequently in modern civil wars, roaming armed groups (in or out of uniform) will even force people to kill their own beloved and respected minority neighbors as an ultimate loyalty test. If they refuse, they may themselves be killed as “traitors.” Besides pre-conflict racists and radicals, there will be an ever-increasing pool of persons attempting to expel minorities from their homes. Those embittered unfortunates who have already been ethnically cleansed will be seeking new living quarters, and the homes and property of “enemy” minorities still living in majority territory will be the first on the chopping block. (Not the auction block, because payment of any kind is rarely offered.) This process of minority eviction becomes self-perpetuating.

Often, those members of minorities who escape as refugees are the lucky ones who do not lose their lives during the back-and-forth of escalating violence. The fact that they may have been loved, admired and respected for many years by their majority-population neighbors will not protect them. This is a clear lesson of modern civil war. Another is that while the rich or the well-to-do can sometimes hide their wealth and pass as proles, the same cannot be said about concealing one’s racial or ethnic identity. Religious affiliation and political leanings can also be hidden, but outward appearance cannot. Civil War Two may begin on purely political grounds, but it will devolve into something worse.

Does this mean that all white city-dwellers should head for the hinterland, or that dark-skinned folks living in the country should move to the city? It’s not for me to say. We all hope and pray that there will never be a second “hot civil war” in America, instead of merely the “cold civil war” we are engaged in today. But the lessons of modern civil wars should not be ignored. Another lesson is that it will take tremendous moral courage to defy the hot-heads and radicals, and shield your minority neighbors from harm. Think of Anne Frank. Think of those indescribably brave inhabitants of the former Yugoslavia who hid their minority neighbors, when the discovery of that fact could and often did lead to their own deaths.

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While Civil War Two is on the table for discussion, allow me to introduce two aggravating factors that don’t fit neatly on the cube. The first is the concept of multiple embedded minorities. Picture the old cartoon mainstay showing a line of fish getting ready to gobble another fish, from the leviathan down to the small fry. You might live in a neighborhood where you are in the majority, but the neighborhood is in a town where you are in the minority. And the town is surrounded by a larger area where your own kind once again predominates.

Or you might fit into the picture as the smallest of all fish, living in the only minority household within a majority neighborhood. From street to neighborhood to city to state to region can easily place you in the middle of several levels of embedded minorities-within-majorities. This formulation might work for many decades during times of relative prosperity and well-being, but during a civil war it is a recipe for disaster, as unstable as nitroglycerin-filled bowling pins. It’s all cool just as long as the pins are standing still and calmly hanging out together, but look out when the Black Swan bowling ball comes rolling in! An unstoppable chain reaction ensues, as each new act of violence is avenged up and down the line.

Remember that funny line-of-fish cartoon, and imagine it a few seconds later when the biting begins. It’s not so funny then -- especially for the smaller fish.

The second aggravating factor is the unstable triangle of the three-sided civil war. The Bosnian Serbs, Croats and Muslims provide a classic example. Each side of the unstable triangle will backstab yesterday’s ally at the moment they perceive themselves to be at a local disadvantage, or when they see an opportunity to wipe out an historic enemy with a new Final Solution. The unstable ethnic triangle in the United States will in many places be composed of black, white and Hispanic sides. By comparison, the old black and white social dichotomy was inherently stable, even when it might have been rife with injustice.

In some areas, Asians, Middle-easterners, Native Americans and other groups will contribute to the formation of regional social geometries that are even more unstable than the unstable triangle. Study modern civil wars and you will cringe at the implications. A steel roller-coaster overloaded with old dynamite and electric blasting caps during a lightning storm comes to my mind.

And finally, some urban settings are just disastrous during a modern civil war, even if they might offer a terrific quality of life during peacetime. Perhaps the top the list of danger areas are high-rise buildings located near potential civil war flashpoints or fault lines. Living in a cluster of high-rises divided by a “green line” during a guerrilla sniper war is a worst-case horror show. Not to mention the misery attendant to life in a tall building without running water, electricity, sewage service, working elevators, heating or air-conditioning. While under intermittent sniper fire. For months.

So should you stay or should you go? If you don’t believe that another civil war in America is possible, then simply disregard this column. But if you think that a second civil war could happen then picture the CW2 Cube and map your location within it. If you think that you live near a possible civil war fault line, especially as a local minority, consider relocating.

After the fact, a common sentiment heard from urbane, secular Bosnians living in the Olympic City of Sarajevo expressed complete disbelief that a brutal, bloody civil war could have come to their modern European city and tear their lives apart.

But it did.

A parting suggestion to students of modern civil war is to read “Seasons in Hell: Understanding Bosnia’s War” by the British journalist Ed Vulliamy. It’s currently collecting dust at your local public library, waiting only to be read.

Forewarned is forearmed.

Matthew Bracken is the author of the “Enemies” trilogy, beginning with 2003's “Enemies Foreign And Domestic”. For more information, go to http://www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com/

See also Misha Glenny's The Third Balkan War for his account of what happens when a society commits autogenocide.


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Mathew Bracken is our very own Travis McGee, and he's had this article published on the site of the Western Rifle Shooters Association.
1 posted on 07/30/2010 8:41:56 AM PDT by Jack Black
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To: Jack Black

“This Civil War is brought to you live and in color!”


2 posted on 07/30/2010 8:44:01 AM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Jack Black
Well, first temper your understanding by watching the movie Idiocracy, which has developed a cult following status since the corpo-nazi's tried to quelsh it's release.
3 posted on 07/30/2010 8:45:56 AM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: Eaker; afnamvet; AK2KX; Ancesthntr; An Old Man; ApesForEvolution; aragorn; archy; ArmedSkeptic; ...
Here is the correct LINK.

Obviously requires a CWII Ping!


4 posted on 07/30/2010 8:45:56 AM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: Travis McGee
Good job bro.

Luckily, I am in a neighborhood that is filled primarily with hittable women.

5 posted on 07/30/2010 8:51:37 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: Jack Black; Travis McGee

A very sobering essay. Thanks for posting and writing it.


6 posted on 07/30/2010 8:52:58 AM PDT by Don W (I keep some folks' numbers in my 'phone just so I know NOT to answer when they call...)
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To: Jack Black

Great article! Thanks for posting!


7 posted on 07/30/2010 8:54:03 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: Travis McGee

Coffee can on rebar target practice bump!


8 posted on 07/30/2010 8:54:16 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Political correctness in America today is a Rip Van Winkle acid trip.)
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To: Lazamataz

Good point. A total breakdown of society is the only way I’ll ever get a date.


9 posted on 07/30/2010 8:56:48 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: Jack Black

Lucky for me I live in a semi-rural, very Republican & White county that has an arsenal in the middle (a Cabela’s store). Bring it on!


10 posted on 07/30/2010 8:58:00 AM PDT by RicocheT
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To: Jack Black
Even blue states like Illinois, California and New York are rural-red outside of their blue urban cores.

Very true in all but the smallest of "blue" states. Here in Michigan, less than 10 of our 83 counties are dependable democrat voting counties and only a handfull more waver back and forth.
11 posted on 07/30/2010 9:00:00 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Lazamataz
Luckily, I am in a neighborhood that is filled primarily with hittable women.

That's a different war, there.

12 posted on 07/30/2010 9:01:45 AM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: PetroniusMaximus
They're all dead, Jim.
13 posted on 07/30/2010 9:03:38 AM PDT by JPG (Journolist diva, Sarah Spitz? No, she swallowed the whole Mongrel agenda.)
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To: Jack Black

A dimension to this cube that I think is important and may actually set it off is the taxpayer vs. non-taxpayer. Socialist policy will ultimately swell the ranks of the dependents to the point where public budgets can’t support them. When services are cut and the dependents start wandering out into the land inhabited by the producers to take what they think they deserve, then the shooting will start.


14 posted on 07/30/2010 9:07:03 AM PDT by IamConservative (You older gentleman ever sit on your testicles? WOW, that hurts!!)
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To: Jack Black; Travis McGee

well done, Matt.


15 posted on 07/30/2010 9:07:21 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (.)
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To: Jack Black

Another strategic factor to consider is that no war — civil or otherwise — is fought in a vacuum. It is not just American conservatives/libertarians against American communists. It will be conservatives versus the world’s leftists. And they are many.


16 posted on 07/30/2010 9:08:05 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: RicocheT

“Lucky for me I live in a semi-rural, very Republican & White county that has an arsenal in the middle (a Cabela’s store). Bring it on!”

Same here.


17 posted on 07/30/2010 9:09:33 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (.)
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To: Jack Black

Always good to see new stuff from Matt!!!

http://matthewbracken.site.aplus.net/index.htm


18 posted on 07/30/2010 9:10:09 AM PDT by Dixie Pirate (Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.)
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To: Jack Black; Travis McGee; bamahead; Joe Brower

Thanks for the ping. Excellent article, Matt!


19 posted on 07/30/2010 9:11:27 AM PDT by EdReform (Stop Obamacare - Join the Obamacare Class Action Suit: www.obamacareclassaction.com)
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To: Jack Black; JoeProBono

Joe,

how workable, doable would it be to turn this into a graphic illustrating what he’s describing?


20 posted on 07/30/2010 9:13:02 AM PDT by Quix (THE PLAN of the Bosses: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2519352/posts?page=2#2)
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To: ALASKA; ActionNewsBill; A knight without armor; albertp; aragorn; areafiftyone; aruanan; ...

PING TO UFO AND END TIMES LISTS FOR IMPORTANCE

Joe,

how workable, doable would it be to turn this into a graphic illustrating what he’s describing?


21 posted on 07/30/2010 9:14:23 AM PDT by Quix (THE PLAN of the Bosses: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2519352/posts?page=2#2)
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To: IamConservative

“When services are cut and the dependents start wandering out into the land inhabited by the producers to take what they think they deserve, then the shooting will start.”

First they will burn their own cities.

When you see the cities on fire it’s time to move to Utah.


22 posted on 07/30/2010 9:15:24 AM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Quix

Thanks for the ping!


24 posted on 07/30/2010 9:19:55 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Jack Black

This all seems like a very inefficient approach to the problem. Why succumb to the CW models adopted by backward, less technical societies?

In my view, the proper approach would be to disregard side issues of race, ethnicity, rural or urban and focus on the nuetralization of the string pullers and their nomanklatura who are the architects of the new American gulag.

Why waste the ammo?


25 posted on 07/30/2010 9:21:12 AM PDT by telebob
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To: toomanygrasshoppers

Interesting.....


26 posted on 07/30/2010 9:22:05 AM PDT by FrogHawk (inmemoryofSpcJoeLewis)
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To: Jack Black

bump for later read


27 posted on 07/30/2010 9:24:21 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a Momma Deuce)
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To: Jack Black

You guys won’t have general Civil War.

What you will have is a siege of Arizona. Accounts frozen and roads blocked by the ‘most ethical Government in history’.

It will be a case of how best to relieve Arizona, not necessarily how to defend yourselves.

Los Angeles will have its power and water cut off pretty early in any seige of AR, so that part of CA may see a lot of violence.


28 posted on 07/30/2010 9:26:06 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: agere_contra

Oh yes, and the Federal forces will definitely try to seize the Hoover Dam.


29 posted on 07/30/2010 9:27:50 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: Jack Black
A 2nd Civil War doesn’t have to be a shooting war. If some states want to leave LET THEM!
30 posted on 07/30/2010 9:28:03 AM PDT by 2001convSVT ("Hand out pocket Constitutions to everyone you can")
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To: thulldud

“Luckily, I am in a neighborhood that is filled primarily with hittable women.”

That’s a different war, there.

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One with moments of glory, but which you cannot win in the long run.


31 posted on 07/30/2010 9:28:44 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die. - Samuel Adams)
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To: Jack Black
Great article. The one thing that would be new to a total breakdown of the US is the roll of WMDs in a civil war. In Iraq they used gas to wipe out hostile towns. But gas, bio and especially nukes work much better against high density cities than they do against dispersed rural communities. With 10k nukes up for grabs it would be a fair bet that at least a few would get into the hands of people crazy/ruthless enough to use them. Pop a 1.5mt bomb over New York, LA and Chicago and suddenly the numbers game being played by the progressives doesn't look so good.

Now the libs can use BIO. They have the research labs and hospitals to deal with an outbreak. People in the hills don't. And if they come into town to get the vaccine they get captured. Come into town and go to the gulag, or die of plague out in the wilderness. All out war should scare the living heck out of anyone.
32 posted on 07/30/2010 9:31:18 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: PetroniusMaximus

LOL.

Thankfully, this County is the most conservative in the area . . .


33 posted on 07/30/2010 9:31:44 AM PDT by Quix (THE PLAN of the Bosses: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2519352/posts?page=2#2)
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bttt


34 posted on 07/30/2010 9:31:58 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Playing by the rules only works if both sides do it!)
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To: 2001convSVT

That’s very much the issue. Some states will want to leave, but the Feds won’t leave them in a state of secession. In that sense, it will be exactly like CW1.

It will also be like CW1 in that it will happen by state, not e.g. by county or shoe-size.

But the article writer is correct in that the cities - all cities - will be havens of federal support, and all rural areas will be havens of secessionist support. That I guess is a big difference from CW1.


35 posted on 07/30/2010 9:35:02 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: Jack Black

Thanks for posting this.


36 posted on 07/30/2010 9:37:02 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: IamConservative
taxpayer vs. non-taxpayer

Another scenario is a split between those who live off the government (including bureaucrats) and those who do not (and foot the bill). I can see plenty of GS-#'s that will not hesitate to support the use of force against those who will not subsidize their salaries and retirements. It's not only the "welfare" contingent.

37 posted on 07/30/2010 9:40:16 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Jack Black

Matthew’s “Enemies Foreign and Domestic” series depict remarkably detailed and extremely plausible examples of what may still yet happen in this country. Warning, though... if you start reading them you won’t be able to put them down!

http://matthewbracken.site.aplus.net/index.htm


38 posted on 07/30/2010 9:44:27 AM PDT by Dixie Pirate (Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.)
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To: agere_contra
That I guess is a big difference from CW1.

Not as big as you might think. Don't forget that there was no West Virginia prior to the Civil War. And East Tennessee would probably have broken away as well except that the Federal armies had to march through Western Tennessee to get there. There were Counties in the South that the Confederates were never able to feel fully secure in.

In the North it was even worse. Southern Illinois was absolutely hostile to the Feds. Likewise New York city had riots over the draft that rivaled full scale battles.

In CW I it was economic/cultural links. If you were a West Virginia miner and sold Coal to the Northern industries for a living you probably weren't too eager to fight for some tidewater plantation owner. If you were an Irish factory in New York worker barely surviving on your pay you didn't want a bunch of free black men driving down the wage scale.
39 posted on 07/30/2010 9:51:10 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Jack Black; Travis McGee

Thanks, Jack. Even during his hiatus, we get our dose of Travis! Thought provoking. Seems like I’m in about as good a position within the cube as is reasonably achievable.


40 posted on 07/30/2010 9:54:04 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Psalm 144

“In the war between the sexes, it is so difficult to avoid fraternizing with the enemy.”

;^)


41 posted on 07/30/2010 9:54:44 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("O Muslim! My bullets are dipped in pig grease!")
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To: GonzoGOP

It would be easy enough to starve out the cities.


42 posted on 07/30/2010 9:59:21 AM PDT by east1234 (Cut, Kill, Dig and Drill!)
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To: Jack Black

—bflr—


43 posted on 07/30/2010 10:01:37 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the MSM tells you about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: Jack Black
For later.

"The revolution will not be televised."

44 posted on 07/30/2010 10:03:21 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: PetroniusMaximus

“When services are cut and the dependents start wandering out into the land inhabited by the producers to take what they think they deserve, then the shooting will start.”

First they will burn their own cities.

When you see the cities on fire it’s time to move to Utah


Exactly. DO NOT, repeat DO NOT go to Northern Idaho. Especially Coeur d’Alene. There are no firearms dealers, no wild game, no freshwater lakes and no one has the means to defend themselves here...I mean there.
CDA is a hotbed of radical liberalism and will likely be easily run over by hoards of city bred entitlment zombies.
You have been warned!


45 posted on 07/30/2010 10:03:21 AM PDT by Ribeye (Protective headwear courtesy of Reynolds Aluminum Products- Extra-cranial RF Suppression Division)
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To: east1234
It would be easy enough to starve out the cities.

Food is actually the biggest advantage of the rural community. Aside from the obvious use of starvation as a weapon there are the secondary effects. If you try to move the farmers off the land, the city people starve. That doesn't mean they won't try it. The socialists did it in Russia, Zimbabwe, Cambodia and almost every other place they took over. And starvation in the cities always followed. In addition it limits their ability to use NBC's. After all who wants to eat food grown at Chernobyl. The cities need to capture the countryside in a usable state. The countryside just needs to destroy the cities. And anyone can tell you it is much easier to destroy than to govern a hostile population.
46 posted on 07/30/2010 10:05:31 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: telebob

Your #25 properly questions the lack of wisdom inherent in adopting the CW model used by backward, less technical societies.

I’ll add it seems unwise to equate physical defense of the Constitution as a civil war.
We certainly do not regard violent, but appropriate law enforcement as civil war.
The Constitution is the high ground, and we own it.

The wrinkle comes when, during the sensible approach you advocate, those both internal and external who hold an anti-American agenda employ 3d world Odinga-like tactics.

Unfortunately, and without addressing here the means they could employ, it seems likely they could obstruct the controlled excision we would like to see.


47 posted on 07/30/2010 10:09:13 AM PDT by frog in a pot (Wake up America! You are losing the war against your families and your Constitution!)
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To: Lazamataz

You crack me up Laz. I would prefer to live in a semi-rural area with armed-to-the-teeth combat veterans as neighbors.


48 posted on 07/30/2010 10:09:32 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: GonzoGOP

Fair point: I thought I might be on shaky ground when I said it.

I still think Arizona will be the focal point, and the rest of the CONUS will be quiet - except for those parts of CA which rely on Arizonan energy and water.


49 posted on 07/30/2010 10:10:17 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: Jack Black
Other critical factors to consider, generally speaking:

- The Conservative side of CW2 will mostly be better armed (quality and quantity), have experience with those arms (hunting, range time, etc), have prior military service (fight tactically and effectively), and be thinking long-term (restoring the Country)

- The Liberal side will mostly be caught ill-prepared arming themselves at random (quality and no experience issues), likely fight impulsively as random gangs (no formal training in organizing and tactics), and fight for their own personal short-term gain at the end of each battle (hamper their Statist leaders' goals)

In the end the Liberal side will not have the brains, stomach or heart to continue the fight. Their unconditional surrender will be the final nail in the coffin of Socialism/Statism in America.

50 posted on 07/30/2010 10:11:11 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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