Saturday, March 7, 2009

Core Principles and Tribal Duties

Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin tribus, a division of the Roman people, tribe
Date: 13th century

1 a: a social group comprising numerous families, clans, or generations together with slaves, dependents, or adopted strangers

b: a political division of the Roman people originally representing one of the three original tribes of ancient Rome . . .

2: a group of persons having a common character, occupation, or interest

Liberty bloggers do a lot of emailing to each other behind the scenes, hammering out the finer points of what we believe and how we can maintain, or recover, our traditional liberties. Here's an excellent statement of who we are and where we are from "Eeyore." After it, since he speaks of "tribal duties," I present some thoughts along those lines from John Robb's Global Guerrillas.

And after that, I have some concluding remarks.


I agree with the need for more explication of the philosophy that underpinned both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution/Bill of Rights.

Unfortunately, IMHO, even with a complete and powerful updated framework for political liberty and personal freedom, we still run aground on what is in my mind the single biggest gap between the folks in the 18th and 19th centuries and today's homo Americanus:

People back then would kill you if you stepped hard enough and often enough on their toes.

The bulk of Americans today have been culturally and morally castrated, in the post-WW2 European model. Hence, you can take their very children from them and they will simply bluster and cringe.

As I have said to Mike, priority #1, IMHO, must be to gird the "old school" folks with as much info as can be obtained and disseminated so as to max their chances for success and survival.

My concern is that if we are not pursuing that goal with ruthless, single-minded focus, we will be throwing much of our personal energy before sleeping swine.

In short, most Americans today want to be slaves, or at the very least, do not have any conception of how to be anything but same.

It's a hard opinion (fact?), but it is what has been chiming in my brain since the Collapse became irrefutable. For example, any sentient being with children has to understand that those kids' opportunities during their adult lives have largely been shattered by the FedGov's spending over the past seven months.

The best that the overwhelming bulk of these parents can muster? Waving signs at the "tea parties".

And singletons like myself are just as lame. My claim to fame? Helping to found a traveling basic rifle marksmanship class that, in its success, explicitly avoids discussion of contemporary American politics.

Don't get me wrong -- protest is a good thing, as far as it goes.

But how many of the protesters have even stopped "drinking taxed tea" (e.g., reduced their tax withholding beyond IRS-permitted levels, started paying only in cash or barter for the non-tax price of goods, and otherwise actively started to evade taxes)?

Anybody break any windows yet?

Anybody located their local tax offices -- for educational purposes only, of course?

Anybody identified their local tax apparatchiks -- to thank them for the great job they are doing, of course?

How about politicians and bureaucrats' homes? The various .govs know where each of us live and work, but how many good guys have even thought of finding out where the ruling class lives, works, and shops for groceries?

Remember -- the tea party attendees still think that they can fix the current catastrophe by voting. Ergo, by the "insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results" test, they are insane.

And they are the best of the lot. Gun owners, as a lot, are even worse -- even the ones that have new BRM skills and can recite some bowdlerized version of events 234 years ago.

Pouring more than a nominal amount of energy into anything other than saving one's own tribe is looking more and more like a losing play.

Patton probably stole it from Stonewall, as he did many of his quotes, but "fatigue makes cowards of all men". I am tired, both tonight and of the struggle. I am not quitting, but I am trying to quit deluding myself.

Oath Keepers, the War on Guns, Absolved, Sipsey Street, and WRSA are each important jobs. But I strongly urge each of us who can see the entire battlespace to remember that our first duty -- to God, country, and family -- is to survive the coming Force 10 shitstorm. We and those like us are Nock's Remnant. If we don't make it through the coming chaos, the likelihood of slavery and death for our kith and kin moves dangerously close to certainty.

Please don't neglect those tribal duties in the hopes of awakening a bunch of mouthbreathers who think the NRA, some protest signs, and the invocation of a few magic words are going to save them from the collectivists' knives.

Your comrade,


PS: Was re-reading Night by Elie Wiesel recently. Anyone who doesn't know Moishe the Beadle, his message, and the reaction of Wiesel's village to that message needs to read Night this weekend.

Now "tribal duties" is a subject I have been thinking more than a little about recently. Absolved readers will recognize that Winston County, as I have described it, is made up of two distinct tribes along the fault lines created by the War Between the States. I have always been leery of tribes. Leery, I suppose, because of the collectivism implicit in most tribal organizations throughout history. On the other hand, there is no denying that, as John Robb says below, tribes are the "cockroaches of history." Read, and I will have more comments at the end.


This may fill in some gaps for people thinking about surviving the future intact.

How do you manufacture a strong community that protects, defends and advances the interests of its members? You build a tribe. Tribal organization is the most survivable of all organizational types and it was the dominant form for 99.99% of human history. The most important aspect of tribal organization is that it is the organizational cockroach of human history. It has proven it can withstand the onslaught of the harshest of environments. Global depression? No problem.

If you are like most people in the 'developed world,' you don't have any experience in a true tribal organization. Tribal organizations were crushed in the last couple of Centuries due to pressures from the nation-state that saw them as competitors and the marketplace that saw them as impediments. All we have now it is a moderately strong nuclear family (weakened via modern economics that forces familial diasporas), a weak extended family, a loose collection of friends (a social circle), a tenuous corporate affiliation, and a tangential relationship with a remote nation-state. That, for many of us, is proving to be insufficient as a means of withstanding the pressures of the chaotic and harsh modern environment (D2 in particular).

The solution to this problem is to build a tribe. A group of people that you are loyal to you and you are loyal in return. In short, the need for a primary loyalty to a group that really cares about your survival and future success.

So how do you build a tribe? A strong tribe, in this post-industrial environment*, isn't built from the top down. Instead it is built organically from the bottom up. A simple tribe starts with cementing ties to your extended family, a connection of blood. The second step is to extend that network to include other families and worthy individuals. A key part of that is to build fictive kinship, a sense of connectedness that leads to the creation of loyalty to the group. That kinship is built through (see Ronfeldt's paper for some background on this):

Story telling. Shared histories and historical narratives.

Rites of passage. Rituals of membership. Membership is earned not given due to the geographic location of birth or residence.

Obligations. Rules of conduct and honor. The ultimate penalty being expulsion.

Egalitarian and often leaderless organization. Sharing is prized.

Multi-skilled. Segmental organization (lots of redundancy among parts).

Two-way loyalty. The tribe protects the members and the members protect the tribe. If this isn't implemented, you don't have a tribe, you have a Kiwanis club.

The development of fictive kinship will likely be key to the development of resilient communities (as it is already for global guerrillas). We can already see this process at work in the UK's Transition Towns movement with their story telling, honoring elders, re-skilling, and leaderless approach (see the 12 steps).

*Nationalism is a form of fictive kinship manufactured/bent to serve the needs of the state during our industrial phase of economic organization.

Posted by John Robb on Friday, 06 March 2009 at 10:15 AM

"Americans are the Strongest Tribe"

"During the fierce battle for Fallujah, Bing West asked an Iraqi colonel why the archterrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had fled in women’s clothes. The colonel pointed to a Marine patrol walking by and said, 'Americans are the strongest tribe.'" -- Review of The Strongest Tribe at Small Wars Journal

There is no doubt that we liberty-loving Americans are bonded by something greater than simple nationalism. Yet everyday we see people -- nominal "Americans" -- who, like The Invasion of the Body Snatchers seem to resemble us, but are NOT us. The collectivist virus has taken over their brains and there is no reasoning with them. Their view of this country and its future are 180 degrees about from the Founders.

Yet this tribe of free Americans that we are is not based on genetics, matrilineal or any other. It is not a matter of race, creed, color or religion. (Although I would argue that we would not have a United States of America without the basis of Judeo-Christian ethics and English common law -- the faith of the Founders.)

Anyone can be a member of this tribe, but membership is not free. Anyone can rise, regardless of family background, to a position of leadership in this tribe, but he or she must be competent to lead. "Leadership" in our tribe is not synonymous with elected office. To lead citizens at any level calls for so very many more attributes than merely getting elected -- witness Barack Obama -- and principal among them is responsibility.

Yet the Body Snatchers eschew responsibility -- they run from it like the plague, for to them it is government which is the only repository of responsibility. It is the government which possesses a monopoly on good, an overabundance of munificence, the ultimate knowledge and competence, and yes, must possess the monopoly of force.

These are not Americans as the Founders would have accepted. They are human, to be sure. But THEY ARE NOT FREE MEN. They have elected, chosen, not to be free. Worse, they wish us not to be free.

They are of another tribe.

Let us then look to OUR tribe. The tribe of free Americans. The strongest tribe. Together we will get through the darkness to come.


Anonymous said...

They hate us because we are free. Being parasites are not free, they are unable to make it in a free world and need the guns and laws to force other people to take care of them.
The parasite is the tool of the ruling elite in this world, the international banker.

Anonymous said...

Let us then look to OUR tribe. The tribe of free Americans. The strongest tribe. Together we will get through the darkness to come.

Excellent! Thank you for all of this.

We have a growing tribe here in Wyoming.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, anonymous, but Bill Cooper was a loon (he once named me as John Doe #3 and claimed he shot it out with Martian extraterrestrials -- or was it Venusians, I forget), a liar (about his DD-214 among other things), and in the end, a cop killer. He's dead and now has made arrangements with his Maker so I won't say anything more than that. He and his works will not be fodder for this blog, however.

Anonymous said...

Tribes? Here's another good take on that theme:
(or Google "Bill Whittle" and "tribes")
Well worth the read.

Transsylvania Phoenix said...

Great piece Mike, I cross-posted a portion of it at my blog. I reading SSI on a daily basis now, it's becoming addictive!

Anonymous said...

"Yet this tribe of free Americans that we are is not based on genetics, matrilineal or any other. It is not a matter of race, creed, color or religion."

I got a bridge to sell you. Cheap. I'll just need you to send me your bank account info so I can verify you're a serious buyer.

No, really, how can you post this with a straight face?

It most certainly _is_ a matter of creed. It is also a lot more than that. The creed is that of liberty and self-reliance and personal responsibility and individuals within a society of mutual benefit. It is simply not possible to claim that people without this creed can be described as American in any way. It is also, most definitely, a matter of genetics and heritage. America could not and would not have been created by any other people than the English. It could not and would not have become powerful and prosperous as it did if inhabited by a people with any other sort of national character. The plain proof of this is that it DID NOT happen to anybody else, in spite of the fact that many nations had similar opportunities (Brazil, Argentina, Russia being the clearest cases). It is not required for this nation to remain purely of British descent - that also has been proven by evidence - but dispensing with the idea of any sort of homogeneity at all is foolish nonsense, an open door to multiculturalism and a total fragmentation of everything that WAS America into something that looks a lot more like Yugoslavia. It takes about three generations to remake immigrant populations into Americans. The creed is a big part of it; mixing in and diluting into an existing majority population is another. These things cannot be dispensed with. Any assertion to the contrary is liberal revisionism, better known as lies.

Anonymous said...


I refer you to the dictionary:

creed (krd)
1. A formal statement of religious belief; a confession of faith.
2. A system of belief, principles, or opinions

So the first meaning of the word is what I had in mind, not the second. There is an American creed (in the sense of the second meaning), and only the Founders with their English heritage and Christian faith could have enunciated it. If you believe that I am a multi-culturalist then you haven't read enough of my stuff.

I could say more, but I haven't the time for hairsplitting. I posted your comment. 'Nuff said. Go forth and jump to conclusions no more.

Anonymous said...

To one and all, Qi Ji Guang included (who mentioned JKR's
"death eaters" after which the
HP series, when mentioned, stuck
more firmly in my memory):

"Tribes" of any sort first
obligation to their members (and
of their members) is self defence.

An interesting take on The Order of
the Phoenix by Kelly Ross, at

===========Start quote=============

Consider this scenario: Two teenage boys are walking home late at night. They take a shortcut down a dark alley and find themselves set upon by murderous assailants. One of the boys draws a weapon and drives off the attackers. When the authorities learn of the attack, they threaten the boy with legal sanctions and inform him that an official will arrive shortly to seize and destroy his weapon.

This kind of event is similar to many that happen in today's Britain, where self-defense has been all but prohibited. Citizens are now required not to resist criminals. Carrying anything that can be used as an "offensive" weapon is prohibited, and since anything that could be used as a defensive weapon, even a hatpin, could also be used offensively, the carrying or use of defensive weapons is effectively prohibited also. A British citizen has even been arrested for holding burglars at bay with a toy gun. A British citizen has been sentenced to jail for carrying knives in his car -- knives that he actually used to cut the string on newpaper bundles, since his business was to deliver newspapers. In an infamous case, fortunately later reversed, a citizen who shot and killed a burglar in his house was sentenced to life in prison. In California, a burglar in an occupied house is presumptively taken to represent a deadly threat to the occupants, and deadly force is prima facie justified. In British law, it used to be the case that anyone killed in the commission of a felony was justifiably killed. In California law, again, if one accomplice in the commission of a crime is killed by civilians or the police, the other criminal(s) can be charged with murder.

The scenario I have described above, however, is not from the newspapers. It is an event that takes place at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K.Rowling (2003)

=========== End quote =============

The entire piece is well worth reading.

Personally, I am a bit wary of taking the HP series as a guide in
these matters. My reluctance is not so much due to the fictional
dichotomy between "magical" and "muggles" as it is with what I see is a lack of gravitas
seriousness, and sundry other virtues as evidenced in the HPverse.

There seems to be something of a dearth of patience at times, as well as inadequacies and reluctance on the part of both instructors and students. Citations
however, will need to be furnished by those more familiar with the later books in the series, and perhaps it would be as well to dispense with these altogether, lest irrelevant discussions proliferate.

Moreover, it would appear that Harry's parents, John and Lily went unarmed in the encounter with Voldemort where they died.

Finally, I am dubious about the moral many aver as being primary in the series, the notion that "love is ultimately all protective (if it's strong enough")

Without precautions and preparation, love alone leads exactly to Harry's parent's fate.
Nor should "straightarrow's" discussion of the primary virtue
being courage go unmentioned in this context, in "The three most
important attributes of a decent human" August 2008 at David Codrea's War on Guns and elsewhere.
straightarrow says:

{the three most important attributes are) in descending order of importance Courage, Honor, Love. That's right, love is in there at a lowly third place. There are reasons for this particular ranking.

all the best, cycjec