In 1833, Carl von Clausewitz published Vom Kriege, one of the most important and influential books of all time on warfare.
It is useful for us today to study war tactics from Clausewitz, from the scriptures, and other books of wisdom, as we are fighting a rhetorical war against the Left. Our war is with words and ideas, not physical violence, but the rules are still the same.
I don’t think it is by accident that the alt-right and Donald Trump movement started with Gamergate. Games teach us strategy and military tactics. Rather than complain about how much time kids spend on games, parents should encourage it and direct the knowledge and talent that they derive towards defense of virtue and traditional culture.
1. War Is Political Movement
“War is not merely a political act but a real political instrument, a continuation of political intercourse, a carrying out of the same by other means.”
Most of us have heard this quote at some point. It’s all about politics. And what is the root of politics? Clausewitz calls war “a kind of business competition on a great scale.” It’s all about the money.
Keep this in mind the next time someone dismisses a news event or Democrat policy as “just politics,” because politics is a vast landscape, and its most severe tool is a thing called war. Any kind of warfare, be it business, international, trade, religious, civil, colonial–comes down to politics. We therefore need to be political.
2. Disarm The Enemy
“If our opponent is to be made to comply with our will, we must place him in a situation which is more oppressive to him than the sacrifice which we demand; but the disadvantages of this position must naturally not be of a transitory nature, at least in appearance, otherwise the enemy, instead of yielding, will hold out.”
This is what is meant by disarm. The enemy must lose their freedom long-term, and it must not be too difficult for us to enforce. This is why Democrats seek to dismantle the 2nd amendment, but also why the government takes away control of children from parents, removes religion from schools, censors us on Twitter, etc.
The idea of taking away parent’s rights and censorship are unpalatable to the Right, but it is time to admit we need to disarm the enemy? Why allow the enemy to carry shields and swords? Maybe we need to take away kids from Leftists who encourage them to become gay or transsexual? Maybe we need to deport to Mexico the immigration lawyers and activist judges who usurp President Trump’s immigration policies? Maybe we need to throw Leftists in prison for agitating assassination or street violence?
Stop allowing the Leftists to arm themselves with swords, just because you value your own sword!
3. Always Be On The Defense
“The aggressor always pretends to be peace-loving because he would like to achieve his conquests without bloodshed… Therefore, aggression must be presented as a defensive reaction by the aggressor nation.”
President Trump recently declared we fight “for Family, for Freedom, for Country and for God.”
Everybody is just defending themselves. We defend ourselves from the Left and they defend themselves from the Right. Look at their Reddit forums, all they do is complain about how invective we are for praying in our private homes and teaching our children good moral standards.
Playing a good defense is very difficult, which is why Clausewitz cautions that it is “harmful” to leave it up “to purely military judgement.” That’s where you get wackos like John McCain pushing for war with Russia, Syria, and anyone else he can think of. That’s where you get stuck in a morass like Iraq. A well-formed military is an absolute necessity, but it takes a wise leader whose end goal is peace.
“Every defensive, according to its strength, will seek to change to the offensive.” The only advantage to an offensive move is if it is a sneak attack, says Clausewitz.
The saying goes, “the best defense is a good offense,” but I don’t think this is really true. Everybody is sick of smelly hipsters screaming in the streets, and I do not care to hang a large sign around my neck and march around Planned Parenthood.
The opposite is true. Ireland was conquered through the construction of defensive castles. We should build castles in areas of prime importance on the internet, and push to make inroads and then rally into defensive zones.
4. Match The Enemy’s Tactics & Advancements
“If the enemy should choose the method of the great decision by arms, our own method must on that account be changed against our will to a similar one.”
This is the story of the Cold War: America made an atomic bomb. Soviet Union made an atomic bomb. America made a hydrogen bomb. Soviet Union made a hydrogen bomb. It is existentially crucial to copy or exceed the enemy’s military technology.
This is where the Right is at a severe disadvantage. The Left has pretty much all social media companies. They have all traditional media companies. They have Google, Intel, Microsoft, Amazon… we can, and should, try to match these oligarchs with conservative-minded companies. But it is going to take a lot of time.
What do underdogs do when facing a hopelessly powerful foe? Think Vietnam War. Maybe we can’t create companies as powerful as Amazon, but we can change our methods to match theirs. When CNN called us “fake news” what happened? We banded together and absolutely crushed them.
We feel unease when we stoop to the nasty level of Leftists. Many Mormons are turned off at the idea of trolling. Well, war is a nasty business.
5. Destroy The Enemy Completely With Ruthless Fury
“The ruthless use of force who shrinks from no amount of bloodshed must gain an advantage if his opponent does not do the same.”
I learned this lesson in middle school when I went to a wrestling tournament. I was wrestling a kid for the gold medal who I knew I could beat. He was weaker and less well trained. But he had a crowd of adults cheering him on, and I had nobody. Near the end of the match, the kid started to cry, and this took me back. I certainly wasn’t invested enough in this game that I was going to cry about it. But I was distracted long enough, and the kid beat me and won the medal.
I learned that I must never relent in battle. Never slacken if the enemy weeps or cries for mercy. Often in the church, we feel sympathy for those crying the cries of the damned, and so we open ourselves up to infiltration in our schools and churches.
This is the case, I believe, with Laci Green. It is is a tragic story, but there is no getting around the fact that she is spreading evil propaganda and making many lives unhappy. If she expresses regret and seeks repentance, we will happily reach out for her, but otherwise I will not be distracted by her cries and open myself up to defeat.
Lots of church members and other conservatives shrink from the battle and even resent those of us wiling to jump in. But Clausewitz said, “there is only one means: combat.” The War in Heaven is ongoing, and either you sit in church praying or you go out and fight the good fight, and actually make a difference. That being said, the vast majority of an army in war never sees combat. They provide logistics, ship support, and check the opponent on the chess board.
As I watch documentaries about the Vietnam War, I am always appalled by the United State’s refusal to apply necessary force. They allowed the Ho Chi Min trail to flow. They allowed China to ship supplies. No wonder they lost. “War and peace are ideas which fundamentally can have no gradations.”
It is actually a positive sign that America is still stuck on half-hearted efforts and never finishes the job. Why? Because these leaders are Leftists, and Leftists fight us the same way. This is a big weak point for them.
Strike terror into their hearts! We are told that in Zion, “the terror of the Lord also shall be there.” The wicked will say, “Let us not go up to battle against Zion, for the inhabitants of Zion are terrible; wherefore we cannot stand.”
Do people say this about Utah? I’d say many in Utah are about as terrible as Ned Flander. But actually, if you look at what Leftists are saying about Mormons on social media, the word “terrible” is quite common. They do think we are terrible. Many want to stay away from Utah.
I want to be more terrible. I want them to really fear us.
6. See As Much Of The Battlefield As Possible
“War is the province of chance. In no other sphere of human activity must such a margin be left for this intruder. It increases the uncertainty of every circumstance and deranges the course of events.”
Napoleon was a genius for his ability to discern what was going on at the battlefield and behind enemy lines. Be even he, according to Victor Hugo, did no foresee events and weather circumstances which undid him at Waterloo.
The enemy knows it is hard to fight when you can’t see, and this is why they form into “secret combinations.” Secret Facebook groups. Antifa mobs. Shadowy George Soros groups. The Right is constantly punching at shadow puppets.
This where prayer and sober pondering come in. We can gain foresight if we study the lessons of history in the scriptures and apply them to our situations. The current prophets are able to predict impending crises on behalf of the church because they embrace their priesthood mantle and apply themselves in a righteous manner.
Milo’s alt-light group are good allies and effective in the fight against the Left, because they spend their nights dancing at sexual parties instead of soberly seeking clear vision. President Trump will achieve very few of his objectives as long as Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner, and Ivanka Trump are partying the night away with George Soros.
7. Do Not Seek Revenge
“An act of violence which anyone commits upon us by order of his superior will excite in us the desire to retaliate and be revenged on him sooner than on the superior power at whose command the act was done.”
The challenge of keeping our virtue while matching the enemy’s advancement often comes down to a feeling of vengeance. We can’t make this a personal battle, which is why it is useful to treat it all as a kind of game.
Let me be clear. When I go after fake Mormons in the media or anti-Mormon blogs, it is not because they attacked me or someone in my crew. I did not go after bitter Jana because I felt anger about what she said about anyone on my side. It was a tactical defense maneuver.
Emotions can rage over the internet, and we are only human. Try to keep an eternal perspective that everyone is a child of God and deserves the dignity of being treated as such. We revile their evil behavior but love them as brothers and sisters, after all.