How posse comitatus or Commadus’s posse is already here

by ann summers

Regardless of the degree of derangement, lone gunmen are always the decentralized form of terror, whether domestic manslaughter or random carnage. The problem despite some neologistic tendencies by the MIC to organize fear or procurement of weapons against fear, is that random violence is not necessarily predicated on its instruments and that its real solution is of course the degree of communitarian cohesion or recognition of the social contract or even fear of the rule of law. Posse vigilantism has always been with us, whether it had white sheets or chose less bedroom-based apparel for their lynchings. In some cases we now worry about how we can at least video-document such behavior when it’s operating under color of law especially on people of color.

That situation is good for the economy and serves the arms/munition manufacturers regardless, since the cops get more militarized and fearful citizens demand more regulation or less regulation depending on one’s faith in police services rather than community cohesion. The thing is that violence is less random than it it is unpredictable and its instruments are not about their manufacture but rather about the store of civilized knowledge. Tainted Tylenol decades ago – the precursor to sending unidentified white powder in the mail probably had a bigger effect on collective fear than the availability of high-capacity magazines for semi-automatic rifles.

This is not a defense of greater gun availability or self-defense rights as it is a demand to rationally understand that it is about our comity rather than our paranoia and that if there are some real questions about parents (see Columbine) not knowing why their adolescents are arming themselves, or that there is some cognitive defect that will verge to psychosis as in Aurora and Newtown.

And why are theater owners today more prepared for violence at a biopic about the rap group NWA than one about Batman, a comic book hero, noting of course that the three suburban incidents I have named have had perpetrators of European origin. Violent non-state actors are everywhere, some wear uniforms, some don’t, and they come in all colors and ethnicities.

Fourth-generation warfare (4GW) is conflict characterized by a blurring of the lines between war and politics, combatants and civilians.

The term was first used in 1989 by a team of American analysts, including William S. Lind, to describe warfare’s return to a decentralized form. In terms of generational modern warfare, the fourth generation signifies the nation states’ loss of their near-monopoly on combat forces, returning to modes of conflict common in pre-modern times.

The simplest definition includes any war in which one of the major participants is not a state but rather a violent non-state actor. Classical examples, such as the slave uprising under Spartacus, predate the modern concept of warfare and are examples of this type of conflict.

Libertarian decentralization by reducing us to a state of pre-modern prepperdom will make us all potential violent non-state actors even if the zombies don’t get us we all get to join Daesh/ISIL whether we like it or not.

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8 Responses to How posse comitatus or Commadus’s posse is already here

  1. bigfatmike says:

    “Regardless of the degree of derangement, lone gunmen are always the decentralized form of terror, whether domestic manslaughter or random carnage. ”

    Always? Really? If we really fall into 4th generation warfare here, doesn’t it seem likely that all those lone gunmen would organize themselves into small units? Doesn’t it seem likely that some currently established militias would take action? It seems to me that if you envision wide spread 4th generation warfare here then long gunmen will be the least of our worries.

    “And why are theater owners today more prepared for violence at a biopic about the rap group NWA than one about Batman, a comic book hero, noting of course that the three suburban incidents I have named have had perpetrators of European origin.”

    I think this is one of those questions that actually makes a vaguely plausible statement on first read. But the statement falls apart on closer inspection. Does anyone really believe that the motivations or mentality of a mass murderer is a useful guide for what drives an average adolescent or young adult (likely) male to take a swing at a someone coming out of a movie theater. Because I do not.

    It seems to me you have to make a lot of assumptions, none mentioned here in this article, to believe that the mass murderers offer a guide to the kind of young man who can be incited to rumble after a movie or concert.

    What about differences in the films mentioned. I haven’t seen either. But a quick check indicates one of the films includes images that echo current concerns associated with what might be called the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. It is well established that incidents related to the concerns of ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement have required additional LE to assure orderly access and movement in public areas – not to mention some occasional but well publicized violence. Isn’t it at least conceivable that film content and current events might be a better guide to the potential for violence than the ethnicity of mass murderers who make up vanishingly small proportions of the population?

    ” we all get to join Daesh/ISIL whether we like it or not.”

    Well, maybe something like that. But if arming for self defense really became an important social movement why wouldn’t a significant portion join Oath Keepers, or some white supremacist militia? If there were real incentives to prepare for individual and small (non state) group defense then doesn’t it seem likely that business and home owner associations would seek to arrange protection. It seems to me we all get to join Daesh/ISIL only if you believe Daesh/ISIL reigns victorious and takes over the entire country. That proposition is quit a bit beyond the apocalyptic view that we will all wind up walking around with M4s strapped on our backs. Anybody for a course in field expedient medicine?

  2. Anonymously Yours says:

    This is a very interesting topic since i have come back. I thank you for the article and am digesting the words to aptly describe the security I went through pretty much the last three weeks and thank you for the colums.

  3. Aridog says:

    Minor comment by a gun guy: That rifle in the photo that they guy is holding looks bigger than he is….a phallic symbol perhaps? Love that 50 or 100 round drum magazine…wonder how many rounds he can get off before the dang thing jams? Now strap about 80+ lbs of support gear on him and see how well he can “shoot, move, & communicate.”

  4. Aridog beat me to it.

  5. pete says:

    It took me a bit to figure what that is she’s holding. The receiver looks vaguely AKish, but no gas tube.
    In case anyone wants one they’re only $1,125.00. (bet she got hers for mothers day).
    Order yours now before Obama Takes Our Guns™.

  6. Aridog says:

    Sorry Chuck Stanley … the debbil made me do it 😀 A face-palm for sure.

    The only military clone weapons I can be interested in, as I’ve said earlier, are target grade M-14’s, M1A’s, AR-15’s, or AR-10’s and generally the target grades are near $3000 or so….thus I lose interest since I’m not Camp Perry bound anytime soon….and can’t afford them either. I was very good shot with the M-14, even the M-21 at one time, but most any USMC marksman sergeant would put me to shame. I spend enough money just murdering paper with my .45 ACP’s and don’t use magazines larger than 10 rounds. Hint…lower capacity magazines require far less maintenance. An 8 shot .45 ACP got me through RVN & the Han Estuary (I was Ordnance, not infantry…usually had a bag of tools to lug along)…you learn to drop a magazine and re-load another seamlessly. The mega magazines are well known “jammers.” The hootchy cooed up monsters like that guy is holding are nearly useless in today’s close-in situations, such as in urban settings (like he’s standing in front of…)….door to door you’d get annihilated lugging that thing around. So just what does he think he’s gonna do with it? Hint: as WWII progressed, especially in to urban places, there is a reason the M1 Carbine became the weapon of choice for many soldiers, even with less power…and when the Vietnam era CAR-15 (aka XM177E2) was finally perfected, it too was popular for urban and jungle environments. I think this guy watches too many movies….maybe of the sci-fi type.

    If there are to be vigilante outfits, if necessary (I hope not…I still believe we’ve more sense than letting deterioration reach that point), let them arm appropriately, and train realistically, and avoid the glamor gear….especially that bright pink thing the woman is holding…great for cover & concealment, eh? She might as well be wearing a bright orange blouse as well…sigh.

    That photo made me giggle the first time I saw it. I’d bet this dude doesn’t understand the Posse Comitatus concept and its limitations.

  7. Wonder how those wannabe tough guys would match up against former Army firearms instructor Cpl. Travis Tomasie?

  8. Aridog says:

    Chuck Stanley … I’m pretty good, but not nearly as good as Cpl Tomasie. With the Kimber M1911 or the FNX-45…both have smooth magazine release…any error is my clumsy behind 😦

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