Grasping the Thorn: Bracken’s Cube revisited


On all her breezes borne,
Earth yields no scents like those;
But he that dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.

– Anne Bronte

I first came across Matt Bracken’s  cube of badness during my last year of law school. It struck me as plausible, albeit something that might happen ten, fifteen, twenty years in the future. My what a difference three or four years make. While the Muslims are busy killing homosexuals and whites, it seems Black Lives Matter has joined the fray. The oligarchy of the United States has been waging a war against both for decades now, using hard power on the Muslims and soft power on the black community via economic repression (EBT, War on Drugs, Section 8 ect.) and dog whistle politics. Both have responded to the perceived or real repression by following a predictable path to insurgency. Strangely enough, though traditional American’s have been suffering much of the same abuses and outright murder of their countrymen, they are loath to make the jump from words to protests in all but the most egregious cases. The Muslims arrived at outright insurgency quicker, largely in part because of the religious aspect of their culture and the far greater use of hard power on them by the American oligarchy. While there exist marked differences between orthodox Muslims and Black Lives Matter types (henceforth referred to as African Nationalists or AN’s), the salient point here is that both are at irreconcilable differences with the American oligarchy. I couldn’t care less how idiotic what they believe in is, or how different they are or how it’s all the (((eskimos))) fault…the bullets are LITERALLY  flying at this point. I care who is doing the shooting, how many sides are there are, where do me and mine fit into this equation, and how do I win.

While some may consider this hubris, I would take a look at Matt Bracken’s CW2 cube and modify it slightly. If Einstein proved nothing, it was that one should never be afraid to float a new idea, even if it contradicts Newton. Matt focused primarily on racial, economic and geographical factors as predictors of behavior. While accurate in most respects it has neglected the factor of class. America has clearly defined classes, most of which are becoming increasingly crystalized, and it is the collision of these cultural tectonic plates that are causing this eruption of violence. Rich, white people are not a homogeneous group. The oligarchy class consists almost entirely of them, though there are a sizable percentage of traditional, wealthy whites who were conservative and have become increasingly radicalized the last several years. The two can be plotted at the same point on the CW2 cube, yet are highly opposed in reality. The same can be said of wealthy blacks. The Congressional Black Caucus cares little about their own race outside of a guaranteed voting bloc, it is their job to make sure the black people they represent remain poor, uneducated, imprisoned and dependent on the American oligarchy. Like any real-world application, the categorization of this many variables is messy at best.

Here is how I have broken down the actors in this upcoming conflict:

  • American Oligarchy
    • Homogeneous socio-economic status
    • Varied Race
    • Primarily Urban
  • African Nationalists
    • Homogeneous race
    • Varied socio-economic status
    • Primarily Urban
  • Traditional America
    • Homogeneous values
    • Varied economic status
    • Primarily Caucasian


Given the actors as they stand now, it really has devolved into racial, political and cultural flashpoints. Traditional Americans are in conflict with the American oligarchy on a cultural level, the government hates us for who we are. African nationalists hate the Traditional Americans for what we look like, and the American oligarchy for being in power. Contra, the American oligarchy is trying desperately to both energize the minority voting bloc and antagonize the racial divide, while averting open conflict between themselves and the minorities politically. There seems to be an ever increasing political divide between the black voting bloc and the Democrat party, as there has been between traditional Americans and the GOP. We shall see if the BLM, ANs and Black Panthers coalesce into the DNC’s version of the TEA party. The American oligarchy is represented at the local level by the police, who clearly are at odds with the ANs goals and their specific enemy, within the larger enemy of Caucasian people. As you can see in the above Venn diagram, the domestic conflict developing this summer is tripolar. I did not include orthodox Muslims in the analysis simply because they are outside actors and currently at conflict with all parties. This discussion is strictly domestic struggle in nature, as I believe CW2 will be largely a numbers game. While out-punching their weight, the Muslim’s in America do not represent a large enough group to be an independent actor in the conflict.

All neatly wrapped up and in a bow, right? Wrong. Many of the actors in the above diagram are unaware they are even in conflict. Most traditional Americans do not see themselves in conflict with anyone yet. Their naiveté of identity politics is and will continue to be fatal. Many see themselves in political conflict with the regime, but few see it as a cultural war in which there is conflict along political, religious, economic and nationalistic fronts resulting in an existential conflict. The African Nationalist movement fails to see the American oligarchy’s need to keep them as a permanent underclass, willing and able to riot and loot at the behest of their rulers. The only one of the actors truly aware of what is at stake and who its enemies are is the current regime, the American oligarchy. The regime is currently attempting to use the hammer of Black Lives Matter and the anvil of DHS, FBI and various other three-letter agencies to snuff out the more threatening of the three actors, traditional America. Once that is accomplished, keeping the serfs in line is relatively easy, given the most heavily armed, educated and economically significant speed bump in their way is taken care of. The AN’s are not land owners, gun owners or of real economic import. They lack the economic freedom from the oligarchy that most of traditional America enjoys. I do not need DC. They do not provide me with bread, transportation or housing. The oligarchy needs me as a taxpayer, more than I need them to regulate how to pay employees or destroy my truck’s gas mileage and engine with their EPA regulations. The AN’s are easily controlled and manipulated via soft tyranny if traditional America falls. The man who feeds you, owns you…and traditional Americans are the only ones able to feed themselves at this point. Perhaps history will remember Mr. Trump as the man who awakened the sleeping giant. Time will tell, but it will be a bloody time indeed.

In conclusion, I do not mean to cast any aspersions on the validity of Matt Bracken’s analysis. His idea holds true, insofar as he has stated. However, I believe Thursday bore witness to the fact that within the last four years the actors and zeitgeist of the country has changed and evolved. I do not hold myself out as a man gifted with any particular skill other than to see with my eyes as best I can and let the evidence presented form my opinion of reality. What I see developing is a racial, political and cultural conflict forming that few Americans are willing to see for what it is and even fewer are willing to modify their behavior for. An American insurgency is in its infancy, and law enforcement has but two options. Comply or die. Whether you agree with the premise, tactics and practice of law enforcement in America or not, the hard truth is that no department is capable of dealing with even semi-organized attacks against them. Many are woefully undermanned for the task, poorly trained as a whole and are hamstrung by both the human terrain and media campaign waged against them. Many are seen as brutal thugs, and some indeed are. More will become so to simply survive. They have taken the king’s gold and oppressed in his name, and they will be the first to feel the backlash. I sympathize with many because I do not think the choice was made consciously, but I recognize the effective range of my empathy is 0 meters. Either they will back down or crack down and the blood will flow on all sides. Cleveland beckons, but the question remains. What are YOU going to do about it? We all would like an end to this mess, but the price will be ghastly indeed. The price of the rose is the hundreds of thorns. Is it worth it to you? Nobody is here to save you and you aren’t going to get to sit this one out. Adapt and overcome…or die. Best be writing those blank checks out, because on a hot night in Dallas someone wrote the first one for his ideology.

Jesse James


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