August Update on the Second American Civil War


In previous posts, I’ve covered in detail why we’re already in a domestic conflict — the Second American Civil War, if you will (although I don’t favor the term “civil war” to describe it).

To recap: The current culture war won’t be a conventional war. We’re not talking about tanks in the streets or bombing insurgents into submission. The combatants of tomorrow won’t take part in pitched battles of maneuver warfare, but they’ll engage in what we’re already seeing:

  • diplomatic warfare
    • solidarity in international socialism and the progressive status quo
    • hyperbolic warnings on the international rise of Nazism/fascism
  • political warfare
    • soft coup against a sitting president
    • battle over mass immigration
    • struggle for political dominance in order to punish
  • economic warfare
    • boycotts
    • politicization of corporations and commerce
    • de-platforming
  • information operations/propaganda
    • selective reporting of the news
    • political messaging pushed through media/news outlets
    • censorship on social media platforms
  • cultural/class war
    • movies, tv, and music
    • education system
  • sporadic political violence
    • Scalise shooting
    • attacks on Trump supporters

In other words, our war includes all the activities below the threshold of conventional war, but above routine, peaceful competition. (Read: What will it take to start a domestic conflict?)

Each and every time we’ve experienced a tectonic shift in culture, there’s been conflict, and sometimes it turns into organized violence (actual war). There are three periods where this is especially evident:

Taxation and Liberty in the lead up to the American Revolution.

States’ rights and slavery in the Civil War.

Civil Rights and the cultural revolution in the 1960s and into the 1970s.

Each of these led to conflict, and only in the third example did these cultural shifts (or their battles for cultural supremacy) not lead to war. Whereas the Civil Rights movement was about achieving equal rights, the Leftist movements of today are about establishing political, economic, and cultural dominance. It’s not just a fight to put their people into power; it’s a fight to put their enemies out of business and bury opposing ideology. This kind of dominance portends domestic conflict.

The Leftist push for mass immigration is about achieving political dominance through voting.

The Leftist push in technology, mainstream media, social media, education, Hollywood, and pop culture is about achieving economic and cultural dominance through disrupting economic opportunity and re-defining Free Speech. (“I support the Freedom of Speech, but x is not free speech.”)

The Far Left — the coalition of communists, socialists, progressives, and their sympathizers — is maneuvering to dominate and eventually destroy America’s conservative and traditional societies. They’re doing a great job of isolating and challenging long-held American beliefs. Christianity is now oppressive. Capitalism is now oppressive. Family values are now heteronormative and oppressive. And in the Leftist world where power and influence often begins at victimhood, the desire to be oppressed far outweighs the actual oppressors. That’s why opinions once considered “American” and common sense are now oppressive — not because they actually oppress, but because the Left thrives on the appearance of oppression. Tectonic cultural shifts create earthquakes, and that’s what we’re seeing now. The Left is going Far Left so much so that there’s a war inside the Democratic Party over just-how-far-left-do-we-really-want-to-go?

Meanwhile, the Left continues to oppress to extend their cultural revolution.

This morning, InfoWars was permanently deleted from Facebook. YouTube then deleted the official InfoWars account with 2.5 million subscribers. Apple and Google are also censoring InfoWars on their platforms. (InfoWars’ major competitor, CNN, recently lobbied Facebook to ban InfoWars. And now four major companies de-platformed InfoWars within 12 hours. That’s coordination.) Love them or hate them, InfoWars undoubtedly had an impact on the election of Donald J. Trump. InfoWars was (and is) disruptive. And now they’re gone from major platforms — not because of hate speech or violations of the terms of service, but because it was disruptive to the Left’s cultural revolution.

As their slogan describes: “There’s a war on for your mind,” indeed.


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  1. Aesop says

    Thanks for the compare-and-contrast between the Civil War and Civil Rights: the difference between demanding dominance and demanding equality.

    Good illustration.

    Everybody has seen for some time the shift from actual inequalities due for evening out, to one of inventing oppression and claiming victimhood for everything and nothing ad absurdum, which is why the whole leftist bandwagon jumped the shark NLT the early 1970s, if not the late 1960s.

    The radical Left and anarcho-socialists tried to take over by open warfare, and most of them who were serious got their heads handed to them; the rest, who mainly could do the math on traditional conflict, shifted to The Long March, while the Right declared victory and then engaged in studied isolationism from the cultural warfare which has run along unabated in the West since the 1860s, if not the French Revolution, which is how we got where we are now.

    Now that they’ve shifted to the open and unabashed quest for dominance again, they’re going to have to learn the hard way that such behavior begets wars of survival, which is why the poly-foci conflict you describe is going to eventually resemble not buffalo fighting for a mate, but buffalo fighting with lions – to see whether one of them goes on the menu.

    At the end of the day, they either back down, or else one or the other won’t be going home at the end of that struggle.

  2. Brother John says

    The left’s insistence upon mass immigration is ultimately about dominance through the ballot, yes, but more — it’s about destroying the individualist culture, creating conflict, ensuring dependency, resentment, and achieving maximum influence through divide-and-rule politics made possible through the reckless pursuit of “diversity.”

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