Various quacks and fraudsters in the right wing are now floating the notion of “Libertyvilles”, fortified communities where everybody is armed and there’s no government to get in the way of Ayn Rand’s dream, fortified to keep out the hoards of “takers” that want to steal all their wealth (both of their teeth worth of it) and fortified to keep out the eevil gubmint that wants to take away their guns. “From our cold, dead hands!” they scream at the top of their lungs. Well, here’s the biggest problem with saying that kinda thing, a problem that David Koresh ran into a while back too…
One of the problems we’re having in Afghanistan is actionable intelligence. The Afghans know we’re just visiting and will leave sooner or later, so they see no reason to tell us where the guys are that we want dead. But in the case of gun nuts, the phrase “actionable intelligence” doesn’t quite apply, because it implies that there is some intelligence to be actionable upon. I mean, c’mon. Standing up and putting a target on your back ain’t exactly the action of a friggin’ genius, yo! If they truly cared about fighting a tyrannical government, they would read the words of people who fought successful guerrilla actions against tyrannical governments. Of course, most of those people then imposed their own tyrannical government to replace the one they overthrew, but that’s a minor quibble. So… what’s rule #1 of the successful guerrilla?
Hint: DON’T STAND OUT. As far as anybody who isn’t your immediate family is concerned, you’re just average Joe Bloke. Or as Mao put it, “The guerrilla must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea.”
Meanwhile, I’m suspecting that some of the scammers pushing these “fortified communities” may end up in a different kind of fortified community:
– Badtux the Snarky Penguin