As Written More Than Forty Years Ago


……the deeper shock then, was not that we lost, but that we lost
with such ease, with an effortlessness that approached divine
imperturbability. In terms of image, the world was presented with
the Statue of Liberty, not as an inviolate emblem but as a
vacuously grinning old whore, who after a token assault was
debauched and then rolled docilely in the hay.

We proved the lie, were served up with a gagging portion of our own
vintage distillation of apocalyptic horseshit— all the
narcissistic swill about the indomitable spirit, invincibility,
courage and nobility of purpose— and demonstrated once and for
all those who looked on with interest a fact long suspected: that
this nation, through a self-administered indoctrination of spurious
righteousness, larded with the false rewards of superfluous luxury,
had at last achieved the most tractable, malleable— let’s
face it, spineless— people to walk the face of the earth…

Vandenberg, a/k/a Defiance, Oliver Lange, 1971

40 responses to “As Written More Than Forty Years Ago

  1. ……..our heroes are flawed, very flawed. VERY FLAWED. Yes, I am shouting. Don’t get this book if you want black haired Greek gods as heroes.
    Our Heroes:
    Failed painter, anti-social outcast, a drunk, who’s possibly a lousy father, and directionless.
    His son, slightly retarded, taken from Pops and placed in a foster care home. Then used as slave labor by Foster-Father. No, he doesn’t drink.
    A self-made, old-time SOB drunken cowboy-type, possibly untrustworthy, defiantly Republican Congressman material.
    A pair of sniveling “boys”, who drink, while competing for attention.
    The inhabitants of the local drunk tank.

    Never heard of it, but sounds good.

  2. It hurts to read such truth…to see it happening all around us…..to know so few tried to stop it from falling.

    I weep for my homeland…for this land my progeny has inherited.

  3. I have a copy, it’s a very dark novel.

  4. We can weep for our homeland. We can read works like this and become very depressed(I read it over 30 years ago). But, we can still prepare. We can still get ready, and we can still fight when the time comes. To echo the words of Emiliano Zapata, I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees.

    • yes, certainly some of us are preparing for the fight, but if you brought children into this world (mine are now adults), there is a deep sense of failing. Not failure because the final outcome is not certain and there is much to fight for, but a sense failing to have prevented things to get this far even though much of what we see is not within our ability to control.

      I agree it is far better to die engaging in battle than to beg for mercy on your knees in front of the trench you were forced to dig that will soon be your grave.

      • Kevin,

        How could you feel as though you failed? Could you have convinced all the politicians who were robbing people of their freedoms that they really shouldn’t do that? Could you have convinced their mindless supporters? Never could have happened.

        It is the tendency of freedom to yield to tyranny. It’s fallen human nature. It’s the public choice theory. And it’s not your fault.

        You can’t save your children from a tsunami of stupidity, so don’t sweat it.

        Tolkien summed it up 68 years ago. ““We were born in a dark age out of due time (for us). But there is this comfort: otherwise we should not know, or so much love, what we do love. I imagine the fish out of water is the only fish to have an inkling of water.”

  5. No man kills me and lives.

    — NB Forrest

  6. No man kills me and lives

    That always brings a smile.

    “Forrest accused one of his men of cowardice after a battle, and the man returned with a pistol and shot Forrest. Forrest, trimming his fingernails with a pen knife at the time, shouted No man kills me and lives! and stabbed the man with the pen knife, which resulted in his death a short time later.”

  7. Amusing. While they haven’t exactly put troops on the streets other than the militarization of our police forces, our government has created, and is expanding, the largest security apparatus know to mankind. And they are getting better at it every single day. In fact, for those who have been paying attention, it is just absolutely amazing what they can do now.

    “They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which our government have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years.”

    The hedge around your property is getting smaller. The noose around your necks are getting tighter. Will you fight back when you are crushed by the hedge? Will you fight back hanging from a tree? Will you say to your children, “It’s not my fault. There was nothing I could do.” And what do you think a properly raised child would say? “Yes father. And we will emulate you.” Like father, like son? In order to train up a child in the way he should go, mustn’t the child emulate his father?

    “They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a government guard shall be stationed in every house?”

    “If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.”

    Maybe it is about time we put away our fantasy books and living in a fantasy, and start reading our history books and start emulating those men.

    “…it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.”

    “FreeFor … debating ourselves out of liberty … one “rugged individual” at a time.”

    “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”

    This is no time for ceremony.”

    Yet here we are. Strutting ourselves around like peacocks … while plucking our own plumes.

  8. I read this shortly after it was published, and occasionally re-read.
    It has never been more relevant than now, the enemy is of our own
    manufacture.

  9. For those seeking action now, you have that option.

    Free men and women are always free to act at any time, at any place, and in any manner desired, in accordance with their ethics and their acceptance of responsibility for all consequences of their actions, both intended and unintended.

    They are….free.

    Get it?

  10. “For those seeking action now, you have that option.”

    I expected someone would say that when I wrote the above. I could go out right now and do what I thought was necessary. Just me. One man. Alone. And what will I have accomplished? The subjugation and elimination of our oppressive government? No. The outcome would be more than likely one dead me. And nothing would have changed. Liberty would not have advanced or prevailed. Just one more pimple on the butt of government popped. Just a spit in the spittoon of the patriot movement.

    “For those seeking action now, you have that option.”

    A free man would have no occasion to say that. Only a slave. Not a free man. A free man would have to reason to seek action to free himself … if he was free. The only thing a free man can do, is fight to keep his freedom that he already has. The only thing a slave can do, is continue being a slave, or fight to regain his freedom. And that slave, even if he fights, will still be a slave until his master recognizes his right to be free. Or the slave kills his master.

    For those who are not seeking action now, you have that option. You have that option today. Tomorrow. Next week. Next month. Next year. Never. For one is only as free as he wants to be. One is free to do nothing. But that does not make one free. It just means one is a slave today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, or forever.

    There may come that time that I, individually of mine own accord, will do something, irrespective of you, you, and you. But it will not advance … dare I say … our cause. Or does “our cause” sound… to collectivist, and breaks with the “individualist” mindset that will negate the fight for liberty?

    We are all individuals. We all have our “ethics”. I am assuming we also want to be free men. No one man assumed freedom for himself and his countrymen by being a man unto himself and being the sole sacrifice throwing himself on the fire. Ask a Monk. Sure, the one Monk is free, only in his death. And his compatriots are still slaves. And one Monk in the fire at a time … still leaves everyone else slaves and accomplishes nothing. The Monk, individually throwing himself on the fire, has no hope of living and experiencing freedom and that of his compatriots.

    What I am saying is, if this individualist crap never stops and we do not come together and collectively fight for our liberty as a collective cause … then you will get nothing but anarchy. And there will be no liberty. And there will be no freedom. The only thing you can hope for, is living a life like individual animals the rest of your life just to stay alive … or the ultimate freedom of your life being snuffed out … just like a Monk.

    We can always call it the Patriot Monk Movement? And the best we can hope for, is throwing ourselves on the fire … one Monk at a time.

    I’m going to stop right here, because I don’t think you fully grasped what I was saying in my previous comment.

    “If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.”

    • Curtis:

      I hope you know I respect you and your work.

      And I did not mean to trivialize your post.

      But hoping/wishing/agitating for a collective effort on the Freedom front is akin, in my experience, to asking God to save you from the rapist/murderer who is in your house at 3 am, moving towards your daughter’s room.

      God ain’t gonna help you there.

      And neither is the “New Continental Army”.

      All each of us has is our own self.

      And maybe – just maybe – one or two trusted friends.

      But imagine what the Germans had to deal with in the occupied countries with one or two or five freedom-loving people per administrative district.

      Not worried about their “cause”.

      Just interested in making the occupiers’ lives (both military and ‘civilian’ administratives) more exciting.

      Others have commented on how much disruption was caused by that asshole Malvo and his boytoy nearly a decade ago.

      Now posit what would happen if a) the actors were not assholes and b) there were several hundred of them.

      You can bet your dupa that Hoover’s spawn and the rest of the Federales think a lot about that.

      A lot.

      That’s why they watch all the places like this so closely.

      ‘Cuz what really scares ’em are the people who aren’t discussing politics openly, but who are completely offline.

      Waiting.

      Pooh-pooh that tactic if you want, but I can double-guarantee you that Los Feos know that there is virtually nothing they can do about it.

      And item c?

      Tie a and b above to a political platform.

      To be sure, if you can figure out how to get people to work together towards freedom, I am all ears.

      Really.

      But I have received a very painful education over the past decade.

      I wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t now then, to quote Bob Seger.

      And do not underestimate the power of repeated specific deterrent acts to become a general deterrent.

      That German underassistant deputy farm production manager in the Gouvernement-General near Krakow who didn’t come to work the next day?

      His permanent absence was noted by his fellow workers.

  11. CA,

    Agitating is not my goal. Nor is raising up an Army tonight and marching on DC tomorrow. And everything you said has its place. No doubt those freedom loving peoples here and there gave the Germans a tweak on the nose. But, of and by themselves, without massive outside help, it was just that, a tweak on the nose. And German underassistant deputy farm production manager was expendable and his fellow workers carried on. I’m not expecting everyone to mass in one body. I am not expecting everyone to mass on the “Green”. And I do not expect every group with-in that mass of “individuals” to know what everyone else is doing. But there will come a time when coordination within that mass will become a necessity. And if we are all going to be “individuals” and our buddies, then that coordination will not happen. Maybe you don’t need to hear this, but obviously, some people do. We all have our differences in opinion. But as I read the comments here and elsewhere and talk to various people, we have more than just our various opinions, we are fractured. We are pieces of a broken mirror. We are anarchy. We all want liberty, but we aren’t listening to one another. We’re all barefoot and stepping on that broken mirror. And that mirror is us. Maybe I am just preaching to the choir. But the fact remains, it is the truth, no matter how we all … individually … decide to play this out. If anyone hears it and accepts it, fine. If not, it does not negate the truth.

    And I had no intention to turn your blog into my own political theater.

    Respectfully,

    Curtis

  12. How did the Founders manage to get so many ‘rugged individualists’ to come together for a cause?

  13. How did the Founders manage to get so many ‘rugged individualists’ to come together for a cause?

    The simplistic answer is that there were many back then, but there aren’t now.

  14. ‘Vandenberg’ came out when I was stationed overseas. Not sure if I have ever heard of it. Will track a copy down and give it a read.

    The above comments remind of a book of the 1960’s, styled “The Man In The High Castle”. Good book…think I still have my copy somewhere. Its premise is that the USA lost WWII, and is occupied – in New York by the Germans and in California by the Japanese. As I recall the story, a man is rumored to live in a high castle somewhere in Colorado. His character maybe the last freeman in America. I read this 40 plus years ago, give or take some years – say about 1963, 1964, 1965 – somewhere in there. Don’t remember it all.

    Just checked on Abebooks and found the title was reissued in 1999 by the imprint Essential Penguin. The surprise for me was to find the author to be Phillip K. Dick. Wow. He did good stuff. The movies ‘Total Recall’, and ‘Blade Runner’ came from his books.

    I certainly remember his book but not his name as being its author. I think I should go and re-read it. I recommend it.

    I guess ‘Vandenberg’ and ‘The Man In The High Castle’ fall into a class that could be called “Doom and Gloom and Occupied USA”.

    Does anyone else recall this title? Does anyone know of any other titles that would also fit into this class of Doom and Gloom and Occupied USA?

    Thanks for posting your comments. Each one of you is razor sharp.

  15. Sorry. It should read “The above comments remind me of a book of the 1960’s…”

  16. Curtis:

    Your thinking is always appreciated, and I commend you for raising a critical operational issue.

    How does one operationalize the Declaration of Independence?

    PS: If this place ain’t a stage for political theatre, it ain’t nuthin’. You and anyone else are always welcome to opine and develop your/our thoughts.

    • Why would sensible people fight today? The achievable lifestyle is far too good for people who can hold their temper, work, plan ahead, and budget. There is plenty of good quality food, suitable for all approaches to nutrition. People are not overworked, where their bodies start breaking down from overuse on the farm 14 hours a day; instead people are fat and under-exercised. People can get surgeries for their injuries and diseases with good outcomes.

      When do substantial numbers of ordinary men make war? Only A) when government organizes them, or B) when they’re starving. If all the governments are bankrupt because the purchasing power of their tax revenue has choked off by a third or more, governments won’t be able to organize wars. That takes away A. To the extent A is gone than B is gone too, because normal people work instead of starving.

      I do not see a Lincoln-type civil war because government no longer has the purchasing or propaganda power to motivate it.

      When the entitlement payments shrink enough, the welfare-dependent inner cities will riot. The welfare-dependent rural areas will seethe with anger and do more burglary, but they can’t riot because the cityscape to despoil is not dense enough.

      I foresee lots more home invasion gangs bent on theft and excitement, and government police gangs which prevent the victims from fighting back. The city victims won’t fight back against criminal or police invasions, they are philosophically conquered. Some of the rural victims will choose to fight the home invaders, and the rural police will pretend it didn’t happen, because they would lose a war of disarming the conservative rurals and they know it.

      There is a tidal wave, you can surf it. The entitlement payments are ending, remove yourself from dependence on them. Move rural. The longer you can go while retaining good food and medical care and home invasion defense for yourself, the more time government has to bleed itself out.

  17. The Trainer

    “How does one operationalize the Declaration of Independence?

    I’d suggest the first thing to do is to leave our egos at the door. Adoption of a MW mindset might help, also, ie, after a man has demonstrated he has the necessary skill sets to understand the tactics being used to gain the objective, he has some say in what’s going on. Until that time, he basically listens, watches, and learns, while doing what is necessary to achieve his skills.

    That will only be possible if the “you can’t tell me to do shit, instant credibility because I’m ‘me’, and what can you do for me’ mindset is replaced with positives, such as dedication to Restoration; preparedness to sacrifice self for something better, ie, Restoration, and lastly, accepting that there are people in our movement who are much abler than we, ourselves may be in the strategizing and operational planning of same.

    It won’t be easy to do this, of course. It requires trust, and .gov has us so paranoid just responding to posts such as these is difficult for many, many people.

    It can be done, though. If a bunch of disorganized globalists can descend on an area to shut it down, I’d venture a guess that FREFOR could organize if it really wanted to do so.

    My .02

    • Collectivism pretends that mutual improvement by voluntary cooperation of self-interested individuals doesn’t exist. Collectivism pretends that to achieve results the person must reject acting as an impotent individual, and sacrifice their self and self-interest to the collective: the Soviet, the party, the fatherland. Results and redemption only come through immolation in the collective. Collectivism drips this philosophical poison into every crack it finds. Hitler rallies and human wave attacks are the result when it succeeds. That conservatives are NOT volunteering to be cannon fodder under any martial banner is a hopeful sign.

  18. What say, Curtis, CA, and everyone else? The die has certainly been cast, and we’re waiting for it to stop and show what number it will be. All I have to do is like I did in the old days, and put my shit on and walk out the door. I’ll go and………………. when, where, how, why(already know why) who,what. Funny, but as I remember it, if you got a mission, you already got the instructions you need. Do I need instructions? I’d prefer them, but in lieu of that, I could write them down and give them. So could others. Not to put too fine a point on it, One of us had better come up with some kind of plan and instructions, if we’re going to: There’s going to be a fight. Let’s win. We shall have to come together, as one, like a man in a coliseum once said. Now would be a good time to find a meeting place, and come up with a plan. We need some kind of security arrangement, to veritas the participants, and a debrief for afterwards. Otherwise, forget all this talking. We already know the danger. The other danger that we know, that we don’t know about, is that nothing at all will come from all our talking. Sooner or later, if we don’t take the chance of organizing, we will become moot. And the clock is ticking.

  19. Americans who are willing to go through an airport today are willing to go to a “resettlement” camp tomorrow. These Americans have the mindset of the German Jews. Recruit accordingly for your tribe of voluntarily cooperating self-interested individualists.

  20. One of the clear differences between FreeFor and the Revolutionaries of our founding is: they had leaders. In part this was because they were used to organizing things: militias, congregations, barn raisings, committeees. The men who went to sign the declaration were acknoweldged leaders of various groups: they were not bloggers.

    Thomas Paine was the revolutionary blogger (pamphleteer) of the first order, but he wasn’t a leader of men.

    Real men stood up, spoke their piece in public, and proceeded to organize. Washington stands out as the greatest among the great – but their were many giants: Patrick Henry, Adams, Hancock, etc.

    Anonymous blogging and YouTubes by masked men ain’t gonna get you too far.

    Pat Buchanan, while certainly not of the quality of the founders, was the last public man who stood up and said really uncomfortable things in a major forum, and called for people to do something about it. None of the GOPers running for POTUS today call for any one to do any thing except vote and think nice things about America, while embracing diversity and hoping for a brighter tomorrow.

  21. You were once a great Nation but you ought to be proud still having free-minded living men (as far as i have been reading this discussion).

    Here, in France, we are all slaves and used to be like this for a long time.
    I would say most of us enjoy it, except maybe 1 out of 50000 like me.
    You have so many possibilities we do not have here (great men who fought or are still fighting for liberty, guns’ laws, large territory, large human base)

    Despair is your only ennemy.
    Have faith.

    P.S.: I apologize for my english !

    • Lolo:

      Merci beaucoup pour votre message.

      Liberte, comme tous les idees essentiales, est universale.

      Aux armes, citoyens!

      Les freres et les soeurs de la liberte sont partout!

      (SVP, excusez mon francais. C’est terrible….et je ne sais pas faire les accents)

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  23. Lolo, Your English requires no apologies. You have stated your point with brevity and clarity.
    Freiheit uber Alles!! Hope my German is as clear as your English.

  24. Lolo,

    Well said, There is a remnant in both our countries but I don’t know if the possibilities are enough.
    Yours in liberty,
    Leonard

  25. You people give me hope. Thank you, one and all. I’d like to hear your thoughts about the effect a Ron Paul presidency might have on the cause of liberty in America and around the world.

    God’s Peace;
    Ted

  26. CA, Sean, remember: oft-repeated, and valid here once again; we will be the Cambodia to your Viet Nam……………..Threepers all.