Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The High Cost of Rhetoric


Stephen McNallen gives us the following question:
“Germany - that is the German people, not sellout traitors like Merkel - deserve our full support...Where are the Freikorps when we need them?”
I propose to answer this with a quick side step from rhetoric and dogma, and a little trip through fact. Now I was a soldier, which by definition means I am part of the clean up crew. What do we clean up? Failed states stuck cashing cheques written by men with bold words and colourful rhetoric that are paid in blood, suffering, horror, and most of all, waste.

The Freikorps that McNallen rhapsodizes about gave us much colourful history in the interwar years in Europe, Hitler’s failed Kapp Putch, and their street thugs and bully boys were the foot soldiers for the political machine that made the National Socialist Worker’s Party the answer to the Communist problem. All those right thinking folks had found a solution to the Communists, and when the Freikorps were done with Germany, a new power rose in Europe, and the Swastika which had been a sign of life and light would forever be a symbol of darkness and blood.

Freikorps then, and ethnic militia's in service to many causes today, do what governments cannot get caught publicly doing.  Attrocities.  Murder, arson, rape; all are tools of the ethnic militia to drive out, or wipe out those rival ethnicities they have targeted.  In Germany it began with the Night of Broken Glass, targeting homes and businesses of the German Jews, but we all know it didn't end there.

Ancient history. My grandfather and his generation put those monsters in the grave where they belonged and we swore never again. We meant it for about twenty years before we forgot the cost of rhetoric again and an old horror was free to live again.
Fast forward to Yugoslavia, the union of all the Slavs, a nation forged out of all those peoples littered across the Balkans by generations of invaders who used minority satraps to keep the locals in line. After a dozen invasions over as many centuries, it was a hodge podge of ethnic groups, similar to our own land in many ways in the level of its diversity, but different in that they remained largely self segregated into ethnic villages or towns. Yugoslavia was dying, Bosnia, Serbia and the other states to be were tearing themselves from the hide of the dying Yugoslavia.
What to do about those inconvenient ethnic enclaves inside what you are giving such stirring speeches about being the Serbian Heartland? What to do about the Muslim? The Albanian? Well you can’t use your troops to wipe them out or you will have to answer to the UN. Ah, but the Freikorps, the ethnic militia………they will defend the race.

Chosen method? Armed men slaughtering the unarmed, especially women and children, and leaving them dumped in mass graves. Ethnic cleansing; wiping out those odd coloured dots on the map of a racially pure territory.
The Serbs, Bosnians, Croats could all look at UN inspectors and say their troops did not do it, but their governments armed, supplied, and directed the activities of these groups to do the ethnic cleansing, the mass murder, the genocide done village by village that would have fit so perfectly into any sweep by Gestapo units in the bad old days of WWII.  Indeed, save for the fact the pictures this war are colour, the images of the starving victims as Belsen 1992 could easily have been taken in 1945.

We see similar groups in the Taliban, Isis, Hezbollah, and we see the tactics that such groups naturally employ. These are not soldiers operating under the rule of law, these are ethnic militia’s pursuing an agenda based on only one group (their own) having any human rights, and any an all actions taken in the service of that group are justified. The same tactics are being used right now by Russia as their ethnic Russian militias are waging a proxy war in the Ukraine.
There is no room for community, for reason, for acceptance. There is no room for diversity, for any form of personal freedom where that freedom fails to conform to both the perceived ethnic standard, and the obedience to the whim of the militia leadership who are operating without any constraint of law.
For an examination of what this looks like as a state, I suggest Syria, Somalia, Lebanon.
Take a good long look at what the end state of turning to the Freikorp and ethnic militias are, and then ask yourself if that is what you want for your community, for your nation, and for your family.
The rule of law is what separates us from the failed state. Our economy, our science, our culture, our great works and infrastructure, all these things owe their existence to one thing; the stability that comes from the rule of law. Our law is not perfect, and its enforcement is likewise imperfect. We struggle in every generation to move the balance the right way towards both justice and order, where freedom and security are balanced. Sometimes we get it more right than others.
It is imperfect, there will be people you do not like doing things you do not approve of. Freedom included freedom to wish it was legal to do things we have decided are wrong. As long as you keep wishing and refrain from doing, that is fine. The will of the people determines our laws, and limits the scope of our actions. Considering what some groups want to do, this is a necessary limitation. Again, we balance freedom to do what we choose, against freedom from having others do what they will to us. Some generations get the balance better than others.
Ethnic militias are not a good idea. They are not a new idea. They have a rich history of atrocity, of the corruption of the political system by mob violence. Such tactics go back in history to the classics, to the Demagogues of Athens, the street thugs of Marius and Sulla, the Hippodrome thugs of Byzantium, the Freikorps of what would become Nazi Germany, and the blood soaked fields of Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia.
When you hear the call for Ethnic Militia, when you hear the Freikorp being called for, take a long look at where that road leads, and decide for yourself if you still want to take that first step.
http://www.britannica.com/topic/Freikorps

John T Mainer
Troth Redesman

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for restoring a bit of my faith in the Troth as an organization. After that rant from Steven Abell, this was much needed. Well said.

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  2. Thank you. The Troth's leadership has no business suggesting cooperation with McNallen and his racist bullshit in any way. To ignore McNallen's personal history and his connections with NeoNazis in the name of some fictional community solidarity is, essentially, to endorse what he is selling. I always thought you folks were better than that.

    I like and am friends with so many Troth people, but I can't get behind either the organization or its members taking anything even close to a conciliatory stand with McNallen.

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    1. The article reads much more like a caution against falling prey to McNallen's rhetoric. Then it seems to offer some historical references as a call for personal reflection, rather than any sort of endorsement of a particular view. Perhaps a second pass may help to clarify the material.

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  3. I wrote off MacNallen in 1993 for reasons that are now history but aren't all that different from this situation. For me it happened so long ago that it took knowing a guy to be able to host a mailing list because Yahoo and Google groups were still in the future.

    The AFA continues to host good heathens and the AFA continues to lose good heathens over the occasional times what many long ago decided is his true self come out.

    Don't be ready to curse the AFA for choosing their leadership poorly. Do be ready to accept heathens who leave the AFA over events like this. These events happen every few years, have happened for decades and will continue to happen.

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  4. I am glad to see someone else who recognizes in Yugoslavia the sort of deep divisions, some natural, many sown over the last thirty years by political opportunists, that threaten to rend the U.S. apart in this particular election year. (I know we should keep out politics to ourselves, and probably over reach as a New Member, but such things must be said). I am drawn to the Heathen ethos for many personal reasons, but your piece reminds me there are perhaps greater forces at work, that the Heathen ethos, the Nine Noble Principles, are a model of what true citizenship and patriotism should look like: ultimately a better model than the twisted version of Xianity that is commonly held up today by people who clearly have not read thoughtfully their own eastern lore. Thank you for this piece.

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  5. I am glad to see someone else who recognizes in Yugoslavia the sort of deep divisions, some natural, many sown over the last thirty years by political opportunists, that threaten to rend the U.S. apart in this particular election year. (I know we should keep out politics to ourselves, and probably over reach as a New Member, but such things must be said). I am drawn to the Heathen ethos for many personal reasons, but your piece reminds me there are perhaps greater forces at work, that the Heathen ethos, the Nine Noble Principles, are a model of what true citizenship and patriotism should look like: ultimately a better model than the twisted version of Xianity that is commonly held up today by people who clearly have not read thoughtfully their own eastern lore. Thank you for this piece.

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