Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Aurora Massacre and the 'Propaganda of the Deed'

William Norman Grigg has done a brilliant job of putting the Aurora Massacre, and the likely growth of the authoritarian state because of it, in perspective:
In the Batman movie] Bane’s assault on Gotham was an cinematic example of what the French Revolutionaries and their ideological offspring call "The Propaganda of the Deed" – a conspicuous act of violence used as a "sudden, violent shock" to shatter the status quo and catalyze revolutionary change. Immediately after demolishing much of Gotham City, Bane – backed by a mercenary army – imposes martial law and revolutionary "justice" in terms very familiar to collectivist "people’s revolutions" from Jacobin France to Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge.

It’s tempting to think that in addition to Dickens and Lean, the Nolan Brothers [in writing the Batman screenplay] might have drawn inspiration from Carlos Marighella’s Mini-Manual for the Urban Guerrilla, which provided tactical guidance for generations of terrorists. (Interestingly, the Nolans compared Bane to Argentine Marxist mass-murderer Che Guevara.)

The purpose of terrorism, explained Marighella, is to "to intensify repression," resulting in draconian measures that "make life unbearable" for the subject population. When faced with "revolutionary violence," government will eagerly resort to "police roundups, house searches, arrests of innocent people [that] make life in the city unbearable…. " Rejecting the "so-called political solution," the urban guerrilla must become more aggressive and violent, resorting without letup to sabotage, terrorism, expropriations, assaults, kidnappings, and executions, heightening the disastrous situation in which the government must act…."

Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, a millionaire Marxist publishing magnate, published Marighella’s tract and gave it wide international The full column is here.


  1. While I don't doubt the veracity of the old books to either inspire or act as a blueprint, these tactics are obsolete.

    For perspective on this I'd love to see John Robb as a guest on the Robert Wenzel show. Robb specializes in building resilient communities and 4th generation warfare. Specifically how the individual can fight (and defeat) the nation state through system disruptions. These tactics do not require bus bombings or the blood and guts shock that these revolutionaries of old employed.

    Instead there is a weakening of the legitimacy of the state via these disruptions coupled with the draining effect of trying to swat a swarm of flies with a tennis racket.

  2. Griggs is always great. Pls repost him more

  3. A millionaire Marxist? That figures, all Marxists love money.

  4. James Holmes is nearly universally said in the media to have died his hair orange in order to 'look like The Joker'. Apparently in an effort to live in the Batman comics.

    There's just one problem.

    The comic character 'The Joker' has green hair.

    It has taken this long to catch the discrepancy because I haven't read a batman comic in 35 years. But I have been unable to find a single depiction of a red-haired 'Joker'.

    Would a die-hard fan, such as Holmes is purported to be, get such a detail wrong?

    If the characterization is in error, then why is it reported that Holmes himself said this?

    In other news:
    -Riots erupt in Annaheim, CA and in Dallas, TX after police gun down unarmed civilians in incidents unrelated to crimes.

    -The Department of Homeland Security has procured over 100 million rounds of ammunition. DHS it should be noted, does not operate the police department in any jurisdiction. And while it has nominal control over some Federal police forces, FBI, ATF, DEA. It does not perform acquisition for those agencies. Federal police agencies have their own GSA acquisition programs.

    -The EU came under increasing pressure this week as the yield on Spanish government debt surged over 7% and Germany's credit rating was cut due to EU solvency concerns.

    -The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Monday that it will start supervising the 30 largest firms that make up 94 percent of the industry. That includes the three big credit reporting firms: Equifax Inc., Experian and TransUnion.

    -Former NSA staffers say that the agency has actually been spying on the entire country — all in the name of national security.

    -The Federal Reserve is on track to release a fresh round of quantitative easing, according to economists at major banks like Goldman Sachs and Nomura.

    -The Colorado shooting rampage united the country in an outpouring of sympathy for the victims and rage for the alleged triggerman. It also has reignited one of the most divisive debates in the USA: whether Congress should enact greater gun control.

    Propaganda of the deed?


    1. What was ironic about this shooting was Obama making his public statement, calling the shooter "evil".

      We don't know who the shooter was at this point. Nobody saw him and all we have are police that say they caught him out back. Nobody saw that either.

      I have no idea this is the guy that did it until they have all the evidence. I thought it odd that in reports yesterday in I think it was the Daily Mail....Guards said Holmes was not medicated during his first court hearing. They said he "faked" it. That guy was doped up, PERIOD.

      I always remember the attorney for Sirhan Sirhan talking (a video of it is on youtube I think) about how Sirhan Sirhan had been "programmed". that might sound whacko, but there is evidence that there are all kinds of psy-op programs.

      Who knows? I just won't jump into the condemning camp with everyone until more comes out. If I or a loved one had been shot that night I would only be able to make emotionally charged decisions about the guy they "caught". But since I wasn't I will wait for more evidence.

  5. Outstanding article. Grigg is clearly one of the best, if not the best, writer for the liberty cause. Not many know this, but he was fired from TheNewAmerican for refusing to embrace the police state as the rest of the writers and organization had done. Now he has become the leading voice and expert on the police state in America and its daily abuses. He is very similar to Mises or Ron paul in that he refused to compromise. His blog is outstanding: