In case you haven’t been paying attention, that’s what all of this is—a guerrilla war. If you want to win it, you need to start thinking like a guerrilla. It’s not popular or sexy, but there are things you need to fight a successful guerrilla war, and we’ll talk about the most critical one in this article. To save you some time, I’ll tell you up front that the one thing you MUST have is not any of the following:

– A Facebook account and memberships in all the popular “patriot” groups so you can get all the latest sweet memes and echo chamber goodness.
– Access to a “private” Zello chat with “leaders”
– The secret Wickr username of some patriot “bigwig”

The one thing you have to have if you expect to be successful in a guerrilla war is the support of the people. If you do not have that, you will fail. It’s that simple. I’ll go more in depth in future articles but for now we’ll just look at the basics.

The Concept

In the book Learning to Eat Soup With a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam, John Nagl includes the following quote:

“When there are no economic and political foundations for the guerrilla movement, there will be no guerrilla movement. The bulk of any guerrilla movement joins out of belief in what it is doing; the hard core of leaders keeps going because of political beliefs…If the great mass of the population knows that they will be protected by a strong, just government, it has no reason to cooperate with the guerrillas, and the system of intelligence and supply that sustains all guerrilla movements breaks down. Without popular support the mopping up of the hard core die-hards is fairly easy.”

Read more at Patrick Henry Society.

 

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