The game's afoot. We're hearing less of what will happen and more of what is happening. The hour isn't late, it's here. Predictions are giving way to dispatches and alerts. Some of those who forewarned this day are falling, or being felled, at their post. Others are decamping, weary of being hectored, or in fear of the star chamber'schart.
As noted in Woodpile Report 310, Lawrence Auster at View From the Right had "pancreatic cancer which has now spread to the brain and spine, and with me being taken care of because I'm too weak and sick to care for myself, and with the doctors telling me I have three or maybe six months to live." He passed away the 29th of March , may he rest in peace. Add to Mr. Auster's passing the sudden and suspicious death of Andrew Breitbart, and the two public experts on weaponry murdered outright.
Francis Porretto, formerly at Liberty's Torch said, "I'm calling it quits. I'm an old man, and not a well one. I'd like some peace for the conclusion of my life... It appears that the only way I can acquire those things is to cease to write these op-eds." And so he has. Mike Vanderboegh at Sipsey Street Irregulars , the venue of choice for leakers at the , the man instrumental in bringing the Fast and Furious scandal to light, is posting irregularly, citing ongoing health problems. And well respected and oft-quoted blogger [Friend Of a Friend Of Another] appended this note to his article of March 12th, Checkmate 2 - Slow History , "One day this blog will end with little or no notice... One day I will grow tired of doing this, or perhaps I will find a better use of my time."
More ominously, in his March 26th article, When the Watchmen Go Silent , John Galt at Shenandoah said, "Their voices limited, terminated, or no longer heard for self-preservation purposes. When the Watchmen go silent there is no tomorrow... Yet in the end, those who heeded the word of the Watchmen will survive, will thrive, and will save our world to restart civilization anew. Until that time, the Watchmen will fade into history, blamed for the failures of others and thriving in the darkness which has fallen. I sincerely hope many have paid heed to these warnings as dusk envelops us all... The voices of freedom are about to go silent." See the Book of Ezekiel for the duties of a Watchman and why John Galt chose that term.
Again, John Galt's words: "the Watchmen will soon go quiet. Their voices limited, terminated, or no longer heard for self-preservation purposes... The voices of freedom are about to go silent."
Night is falling. The birds are roosting, the hyenas are out, yet there are still those innocents who believe the fast-departing sunny afternoon will return momentarily. All during the long twilight, those who know different, who've seen different, have said all they can say. They're weary and talked out. They've told you who and what your adversaries are. They've told you to have a clear-eyed, sober grip on who and what you are. Your intentions count only in the doing. There'll be no time outs or second chances, no shortcuts or gimmicks, no turning your head away.
Wherever we look now, leadership are realizing that the limits of fiscal and monetary policy have been reached and now changing rules, limiting freedom, and outright confiscation are the only way to maintain a status quo.
In Woodpile Report 312, Remus said, "if you wonder what a catastrophic collapse looks like, look around." Then he described the fast-approaching formal repudiation of the Republic and outlined what to expect at the onset of martial law, saying, "this is the orderly part, the part that takes the trouble to appear legal. Compared to what follows it's almost cordial and gentlemanly. For those who stay away from crowds, this part is doable."
Overt police states invite "politics by other means". The Resistance-minded believe's Einsatzgruppen can be defeated by the populace with means on hand, or with 's own equipment and resources if need be. Perhaps. History is unconvincing one way or the other, main force allies intervene and repeatedly leave the question unresolved. Those few stand-alone examples as exist largely cancel each other in terms of results, the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 as versus Josip Tito in Yugoslavia, for two. It's also not a given Resistance movements of the past translate well to a continental, first-world country in the 21st century. But it's not a given the 21st century will be any less 'interesting' than the 20th either. So, no help there.
Remus also told you martial law will be widely seen as a coup de' tate, bringing about internal fracturing in addition to external insurrection. Partisans will do as partisans do, lighting up the night sky with sabotage, ambushing armored vehicle crews on their tea-and-pee break, offing Big Name pols in public places, and the like, when they're not defecting or fighting each other that is. But moles will be at least as busy as the partisans and as significant, perhaps by retargeting those Wonder Weapons we can't seem to hear enough about, or reprogramming selected natural gas lines to self-destruct, or arranging friendly fire meetups for the black hats. Remus also told you you're up against people who will watch the battles from afar, shoot the survivors and pocket the spoils. Whatever else it may be, it will not be neat and orderly, events will twist and turn in surprising ways, although crowds will always offer the best return for the ordnance dollar.
Once le déluge begins, storm warnings lose their value. Duh. Many of those who warned of this day are slipping out the side door, some feet first, but most "for health reasons" or "to spend more time with family". Or "fear". They're off to "pursue other opportunities". Upgrading their motion-detector array at Galt's Gulch, say. Some still attend to their self-appointed duties; documenting events, collecting evidence, keeping a list of who's been naughty or nice. They'll ensure future trials have high production values. Last time it was paper documents and testimony of witnesses with a sprinkling of crappy photos. Downright Dickensian. This time the miscreants will be prosecuted by their own words, captured digitally, as will be their crimes and outrages in high-def video. Whatever ambiguities remain, guilt will not be among them.