“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Übermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarī, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Monday, March 12, 2012

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front



IF A TREE FALLS: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
I have always held the opinion that while the enemy of your enemy is not always your friend, they are still occasionally useful. That epitomizes my position on the Earth Liberation Front, Animal Liberation Front, and kindred hard-line activist organizations operating against human forces harmful to animals and nature. While I find the degenerate radical leftist hippy-types generally affiliated with ELF and similar organizations viscerally repulsive, and useless as anything beyond cannon fodder against deserving targets, I regard their common enemies as valid targets although from a very different political position, and I regard political violence as legitimate where the ends justify the means. I’m not concerned so much with who successfully harms the enemy, or who gets the credit in most cases, so long as the enemy is substantially harmed. Of course this only applies where the enemy is not amenable to reason or less corporeal punishment.

IF A TREE FALLS is centered on the case of Daniel McGowan, who comes across as one of those deeply neurotic garden variety far-left mopes thrown into self-absorbed clinical depression about problems over which he has no personal control yet egomanically assumes he has some personal responsibility for. It is easy to see how someone with slightly more self-loathing could be manipulated into committing suicide attacks.

The documentary follows his trajectory into the environmental protest movement and process of “radicalization” as the result of specific events and in the milieu of specific individuals. The film contains several important lessons for anyone engaged in this type of activity for whatever cause.

One of the radicalizing events was a local case involving the removal of several very old and beautiful trees from a park area, for the purpose of putting in a parking lot. The ELF group and others were keyed to make an appearance at a public meeting airing objections to the project. In a manner common to “developers” and local government sleaze, they changed the dates of the meeting to insure the trees would be removed before the meeting could take place. To counter this, the ELF group organized a non-violent protest, forming human shield-type barriers to the park, as well as climbing and lashing themselves into the trees. The protesters were eventually extracted after well-documented episodes of the police hosing them down with chemical/pepper spray. Footage proving to be a public relations disaster for the police includes officers holding women’s eyes open to be sprayed directly into their eyes, and using fire lifts to reach the protesters in the trees, cutting their pants off so they could spray their genitals with pepper spray.

Ultimately the protesters were removed, hospitalized for burns from the chemical sprays used by the police, and jailed, while the trees were demolished to make room for the parking lot.

The scenario demonstrated explicitly that democratic process is a farce because in virtually every location at all times government is run by self-serving prostitutes, and that non-violent resistance accomplishes nothing where real profit is at stake. A democratic government is only as good as the people who comprise it, unfortunately the only motive to occupy these diminutive local political slots is to exploit the position of petty authority for the profit of the clerk and his cronies – usually this takes the form of “development” and construction contracts paid for by public tax money.

That protestors typically stereotype themselves as preachy dope-smoking hippies only serves to make their issues more easily pigeonholed and dismissed by “establishment” types and only further marginalizes nonviolent protest as a viable strategy - the same retarded scenario that has repeated itself with mind-numbing monotony since the 1960s. I enjoy seeing dreadlocked protestors clubbed and hosed-down with pepper spray almost as much as I hate seeing trees cut down to build yet another parking lot for yet another bovine shopping center.

This scenario was also a prime example of the kind of sleaze you encounter when dealing with “developers” and local government types, who are invariably compulsive meddling control freaks and/or self-serving pricks. In my opinion these are the exact type of people who deserve to be targeted personally, their homes, businesses, and families, by violent resistance to their ignorant short-sighted selfish and destructive self-aggrandizement. They should have their eyeballs smeared on the wall in a Manson Family style home invasion to send a proper message to the rest of their ilk.

The ELF activists were correct to conclude that large corporations motivated solely by profit will not heed any message and certainly not modify their behavior unless they are hit hard, financially.

This resulted in a series of impressive arsons targeting the offices of logging operations, meat packing plants, and corporations involved in genetically engineered agriculture. Overall the direct actions were effective. The cell was very good at insuring complete destruction of the facilities targeted. On the other hand, in several cases, the operations were based on poor or dated intelligence resulting in the destruction of property no longer owned by the corporations targeted or no longer engaged in objectionable activity.

After this series of targeted arson, individuals of the cell eventually went their separate ways. Years pass before the individual who was a key instigator behind most of these actions was arrested for drugs. In turn, facing conviction, he chooses to inform on his former associates rather than face the consequences of his own degenerate lifestyle.

First lesson here being that not only will the most hardcore instigators and coordinators usually be the first ones to fold under pressure, virtually everyone involved will turn states evidence under pressure and testify against their cohorts; thus a strong case for "lone wolf" type actions vs. these kinds of "cell" type actions.

In this case, the principle scumbag avoiding his drug conviction actually wore a wire to entrap his former associates. This is how Daniel McGowan was implicated, arrested, and convicted. Rule of thumb: If someone you committed crime with years ago shows up out of the blue and wants to talk about the “good old days” of committing crime together, assume they are recording the conversation.

The only people who will not fold and testify under government pressure are those who fear retribution from the organization they were associated with. ELF is not an organization who punishes informers – the Mafia and MS13 are. Therefore assume if you are breaking the law for a soft-core non-retributive organization, such as ELF or ALF, that everyone will inevitably take a plea bargain and testify against each other if caught. Fear engenders more discipline than self-respect does.  

This group was generally effective at direct actions but there are several instances of very poor preliminary intelligence gathering that resulted in them targeting facilities that weren't even committing the offenses they thought they were inflicting revenge for or making statements about. The ELF people interviewed in this documentary are of barely average intelligence. I imagine most of them ARE that mis/un-informed and unintelligent.

IF A TREE FALLS is a very well done, objective, and thoughtful documentary film and one I highly recommend to anyone interested in these issues at all.

JDS

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