Did somebody get paid for this?

Look at thisLook at it! Yeah I know it has fuck all to do with Russia but I can’t help but getting riled up about this article.

Let’s start with the headline, “White Supremacist ‘League of the South’ Set to Become America’s First Right-Wing Terrorist Group.”  Um…Nope. The KKK would probably be America’s first right-wing terrorist group. In more recent times, my choices would be The Order, the Aryan Republican Army, or perhaps various anti-abortion extremist groups tied to assassinations and clinic bombings.  So we’ve already fucked up there.

Next we get this opening:

We had to know this was coming — illogic seeks its illogical end. That’s how all terrorist groups form, and the white supremacist League of the South may be America’s first real lesson in the material costs of Right-Wing fascist “logic.” And before you roll your eyes accusing us of hyperbole — yes, this group could develop into the real deal.

So “illogic” seeking an illogical end is how all terrorist groups form. You know I actually brought my copy of Bard O’Neill’s Insurgency and Terrorism 2nd revised edition all the way across the Atlantic with me, and it’s still on my shelf today. I don’t remember reading anything attributing the formation of terrorist groups to “illogic” reaching an illogical end.  In the real world, terrorist groups form because their is a group which has a perceived grievance, they do not believe they can achieve their goals via peaceful, legal means, and they believe they can instead force a decision by resorting to violence. The conditions of their existence and their surroundings make terror tactics the only viable option available to them.

By no means is the League of the South America’s first lesson in the cost of right-wing fascist thinking. It’s hard to say what came first, of course. Was it thousands of needless dead in Iraq and Afghanistan? Was it our gutted welfare state or was it New Orleans during Katrina?  Maybe it’s our collapsing infrastructure. In any case, we’ve had violent right wing groups before. In fact, one individual involved with such groups carried out the largest domestic terrorist attack in American history. Maybe that should have been our first lesson, huh?

Also, in regards to the last sentence, in light of the fact that a couple of guys associated with far-right wing militia movements managed to build a bomb which destroyed a federal building and killed 168 people, maybe people aren’t too reluctant to believe that this could develop into “the real deal.”

Then there’s this:

At the LOS rally on “Southern Secession,” Meadows met with and formed a group calling themselves “The Indomitables,” which include only the most violent, extremist individuals among a much larger group of violent, extremist individuals.

If the name of Meadows’ paramilitary unit seems a bit…familiar…it may be because it brings to mind a similar group from WWII. Immortalized in Tarantino’s film of the same name, the Inglorious Basterds were a small group of ultra-violent guerrilla Nazi killers acting within enemy territory. The Right-Wing Indomitables, then, would be The Inglorious Basterds’ Nazi negative image, operating right here in America.

Are you shitting me? Does this guy actually believe that the “Ingloriou Basterds” were real? He said it “brings to mind a similar group from WWII,” but there was no similar group in WWII because these “Basterds” came from a movie. Furthermore, the author seems to be aware of the fact that the LOS “Indomitables” would basically be the opposite of the Basterds from the film, and therefore there is no reason why that name should ring such a bell. Is this just a sad attempt to shoe-horn a pop culture reference into the article? It certainly does nothing to inform us of the situation. Lastly, Indomitables and Inglorious have little in common other than the fact that they begin with the negative prefix in-. The former is positive, the latter has a negative implication. Therefore a more apt reference would be The Incredibles.  Personally I think they pinched their idiotic name from the Persian Immortals, not because they actually studied Persian history and therefore know their legacy, but because they watched 300, possibly while masturbating.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not scoffing at the danger of right-wing militia groups. I know all about the things these groups get up to and people do need to take them seriously. Perhaps if we had done so long ago, you wouldn’t have some Johnny-come-lately showing up in 2014 thinking that another group of neo-Confederate dipshits is America’s first right wing terrorist group.

As for the League of the South and their “Indomitables,” we’ll keep our eyes peeled. If they do put their money where their mouths are, their little insurrection will be put down quickly and probably not without a good deal of hilarity as well. Sure, destroying their compounds with missiles fired from UAVs may not be as satisfying as blasting them in the face with double canister, but this isn’t 1863, is it?

And as for this article, I have a sneaking suspicion that the author was actually paid for that.  And that fact is worse than ISIS.


5 thoughts on “Did somebody get paid for this?

  1. msharmila2013

    Having never heard the name Richard Rowe before it’s easily possible he isn’t paid for it. Half the shitty writing you find on these kind of sites is written by people who get paid in “experience” and “exposure” and “you can put it on your CV” – all of which have no exchange value in terms of things like housing or food.

    1. Big Bill Haywood Post author

      I actually did the “exposure” thing for The Moscow Times just because it was The Moscow Times and, as I rationalized, I am not actually a professional writer. It did give me triple digit views for two days but not much beyond that. And they misspelled the name I gave them. Oh well. The important thing is to try.

      1. msharmila2013

        Awww. I guess the problem with trying is that if everyone does that all websites and papers and so forth get all their content for free and there is no longer payments for anyone (except perhaps the most famous who are paid for their brand not for their production).

        But of course you can’t change that on your own, so in no sense am I blaming you or anything when I say that, just lamenting “the system”.

      2. Big Bill Haywood Post author

        Believe me, I’m well aware of the problem of content sites soliciting work for free. The Moscow Times isn’t like that though. Being published with them actually does look good on the CV. Obviously it would be stupid to just go and flood them with articles for nothing, but when such an opportunity arises you have to take it.

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