GVDL: Make It Go Faster

To what end? We keep screaming faster when we resemble the myriads of historical examples (Scots and Greeks come to mind) where people could not come together even to confront an existential threat to their culture. As of yet we offer no viable alternative to Leviathan, and as much as I wish ‘leave me be and unto you the same’ would work, it hasn’t and won’t. The grifters that 70%+ of our nation has become will not be content to merely let us be. The window of opportunity for networking, skills and long-distance discussion will close. The #BLM retards managed to construct a rather effective agitprop organization in less time than most of us have been reading WRSA. Tell me we aren’t capable of more than they are.

Western Rifle Shooters Association

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RTWT.

Money quote:

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…If you want to “reform” this government from within, get extra ammo, extra fuel for the wood-chipper, and pack a lunch…
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A Most Fearful Occupation

“Sometimes the man who looks happiest in town, with the biggest smile, is the one carrying the biggest load of sin…And all men do love sin, Will, oh how they love it, never doubt, in all shapes, sizes, colors & smells. Times come when troughs, not tables, suit appetites. Hear a man too loudly praising others & look to wonder if he didn’t just get up from the sty. On the other hand, that unhappy, pale, put-upon man walking by, who looks all guilt & sin, why, often that’s your good man with a capital G, Will. For being good is a fearful occupation; men strain at it & sometimes break in two. I’ve known a few. You work twice as hard to be a farmer as to be his hog. ”

– Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes


 

failA rather cynical part of my soul has been gradually anticipating Donald Trump’s Robert Kennedy moment. Perhaps we almost had it today, perhaps not…I suspect only God knows. I certainly don’t wish the man ill, but nonetheless I would hardly be shocked at the news of his demise. My purpose is not to discuss the man, but to discuss us. Bundy Ranch happened, garnered national attention, and people were angry on both sides. Three months later, Ferguson. The Baltimore riots the following spring. It’s hard to ignore the racial divisions they caused, and the ensuing rise of increasingly militant ‘protests.’ Then came along the Paris attacks last November. People were afraid. Immigration and Syrians became real concerns to some and a sign of bigotry to others. Less than a month later a similar incident in San Bernadino, pushing even more fear and more controversy about things previously taboo. The liberals, including the GOP, have very much boxed themselves in. If race and religion are your twin pillars of identity, as the left has made very clear, then at some point those without the favored melanin or burka will begin to use that thought currency as well. The DNC’s biggest failing was not anticipating the unintended consequences of state-backed segregation…namely, forcing everyone to become racially homogenous voting blocs. Enter Trump. From blue-collar Democrats to white nationalists, the man has cobbled together an impressive voting bloc. We really should be paying attention, and I don’t mean to the election.

The Patriot movement has continued to model itself after the GOP establishment, and rather than concentrate on paddling the lifeboat further away from the Titanic, gleefully continue to stab those paddling in the eye for using the wrong colored paddle, or better yet poke III™ holes in the boat because they don’t like the shape of it. Alexander Kerensky coined the term, “no enemies to the left,” meaning if you were to the left of the Russian Socialist Revolutionary Party politically, he could work with you because there were shared enemies and political overlap. A modest proposal, if you will. “No enemies to the right.” The anarchists, the libertarians, the Constitutionalists, the conservatives, Birchers, alt-right and even those idiotic Glen Beck people are all to the right of the current paradigm. The left has consistently excelled at garnering the support of not just your regular joe mechanic or plumber in places like Pittsburg, but also your full-retard bitransmultinongender greenpeace lesbian. How? They don’t eat their own. Actually listen to a Democratic debate. It’s a love-fest. How have they lost part of their base to Trump? The DNC fractured the base too much under the current regime and the chickens have come home to roost. The primarily Caucasian blue-collar workers lost their jobs to foreign workers, witnessed the hypocrisy of Ferguson and Baltimore being called “peaceful demonstrations” and listened when they were told being white is a microagression and reparations should be a thing. Simply, the Democrats ate their own.

I will undoubtedly be excoriated for this, but it needs to be said. The Patriot movement has morphed into a twisted version of Berkley. Every special little snowflake has his own brand of anarcho-capitalist-pale0-conservaconstitulibertarian that is far and away superior to anything even God Himself could come up with. Does the labeling sound familiar? Trans-cis-bi-gender blah, blah, blah. Then comes the box-checking and posturing. I’m far superior to the Consteeetuuutionalists cuz I’m a fashy-capitalist anarcho-socialite. I get four points on  the Hyphen Scale and you get none so that makes me more patriotic if patriotism wasn’t so 18th century…I’m an ironical individualist but I’m so atomistic I felt oppressive telling my limbs what to do because did my arm ever sign a social contract with my brain…I will now go by the name Confederate Limbs of Jesse. Again, sound familiar? Minority lesbian beats liberal white girl, but not tranny muslim vegan. It’s crass but you get my point. The shenanigans need to stop. Now. I hear we care about our “tribe” or family or community, some even care about the country. Then care enough to put the difference between libertarian and constitutionalist aside. Or don’t. You can argue about it in meatspace after the idiots protesting in Chiraq put you in the gulags or ex-Nazi Soros decides turnabout is fair play and Detroit finds a new use for all those abandoned factories and cheap gas. Realistically speaking, the vast majority of the Patriot movement can agree on things like the right to self defense, the right to own property, the right to free expression and free trade. To the left of that, lies our enemy. Attack them. Don’t debate whether self-defense is a God-given right or because of some evolutionary prerogative for self-preservation of the species. Who cares? Does it really matter if you’re dead? Here’s a sobering thought to those fall-on-your-sword types. Hope you don’t have kids. While you’re busy killing the movement over Jefferson v. Adams v. Bastiat intellectual cage matches, they get to live with the results of your intractability. What kind of person sees the train coming but doesn’t kick their family out of the way rather than win an argument over what type of diesel is in the locomotive? Work with people whether you agree on everything or not. You obviously manage to do it at work. If we fail to put aside our petty differences and remain balkanized, WE. WILL. LOSE. Which is more important to you, winning the argument or winning the war? People say they hate the way things are, I largely don’t buy it. If the Patriot movement really, truly, deep down in the very fiber of our being, hated the cowards and traitors who have destroyed our way of life, then we would be doing whatever it takes with whomever it takes.

So this is my plea, for the love of God can we stop with the purism and mirror mirror on the wall who’s the biggest patriot of them all? Find common ground and let’s concentrate on the real enemy and not the guy who agrees with 90% of what you believe. I implore us to be good men. The kind who can come together and disagree but still work productively together. Men willing to further a common goal and attack a common evil aimed at the destruction of every one of us. As Bradbury said, being good is a fearful occupation. Particularly in times such as these, the twilight of an empire. Less stabbing and more paddling would be much appreciated.

 

-JJ

 

Screaming idiots and new ideas: NPI’s Identity Politics Conference

hqdefaultI made the trek into Mordor on the Potomac this past weekend to attend the National Policy Institute’s winter event, aptly titled Identity Politics. The ideology the ‘alt-right’ has staked out, a rather controversial far-right political movement, has been making waves and writing some very lucid articles about the state of Western Culture. They were enough to intrigue me, and I attended the event because I prefer to hear information first-hand. I pass the experience on to you with what relevant commentary I can provide. Washington D.C. is still an oozing pit of vagrancy, corruption, liberalism and crime if you had any lingering doubts.


 

It was a chilly night, the humidity made it seem colder than low 40’s. The better-half and I were walking towards the Ronald Reagan building, watching black Lincolns pull up to some BET award ceremony going on as we walked by. I anticipated a rather esoteric discussion on identity politics, by a surging political ideology. White collar stuff, perhaps controversial, but only to the professorial types and political junkies. I had even joked about protesters to her that afternoon, because of how boring I anticipated she would find it. You could hear the shouting a block away from the entrance, I was mildly amused…she was not. Dirty, screaming socialists shouted “KKK, right this way!,” “Black Lives Matter!” and “F*** you white supremacists!” as we walked through a path carved out by Secret Service and Capitol Police into the building. The hatred was visceral, oppressive, a primal, regressive anger that roiled and consumed the weak-minded, afraid of what they were unable or unwilling to understand. I smiled at the barely-functional retards, not a single alpha male in the crowd to present a credible threat, feminists and gelded men all, but the pretty woman clinging to my arm was mortified. Chalk it up to the risks of dating a free thinker. The images from the last post were from the event, I’m sure there are more out there.

The rotunda was well appointed, most of the participants in the event were younger, I’d estimate most of the crowd of 150+ was under 35, with half under 30. The education level was somewhere north of a bachelor’ degree if I had to guess, and I had the impression most were as well read as they seemed from my research online. People paired off and began talking, many joking and poking fun at the protesters downstairs. Most seemed proud of the distinction that they were upsetting the SJW’s and carried it as a badge of honor. My first impressions of the alt-right was that it represented a shocking segment of society, educated whites unafraid of the term racist and open about their desire to see themselves as a cultural group…which is very much against the ‘rules.’ The first ten minutes alone were worth the price of admission.

What is the alt-right?

CZlApLCWAAECShtThe alt-right is the intellectual equivalent to mainlining Redbull in the Thunderdome…on fire. The movement is tech-savvy, has found very effective ways deflecting and even embracing labels thrown at them by liberals, tends to be very well read on European history and has a level of distain and vitality that should worry CPAC, but more so the liberal base. There is much here to learn, fellow Patriots. Optics matter, and while the alt-right has significantly more controversial issues, their ability to mock and satirize the shrieking from the left has yielded much better results than ceding the field to their accusations and attempting to meet their demands for self-castigation and groveling.

Paul Ramsey was the first speaker of the event, and essentially hit the high points of exactly what the alt-right is. His delivery reminded me of Stephen Colbert, and played well with the crowd, the sarcasm and caustic sense of humor was enjoyable. The movement is of the big tent approach to philosophical purism, a ‘no enemies to the right’ approach. It’s amazing what can be accomplished from avoiding the temptation to eat your own. The general concept is recognition of what he deemed as sex-realism, race-realism and identitarianism. Anti-feminism, men’s rights, and some would even say patriarchy are the main positions he grouped under sex-realism. Gender differences are real, sex is not a social construct, divorce is patently in favor of the female and traditional roles of men and women have real cultural value sum up the general sentiment here. Race-realism, the words that make everyone very uncomfortable. Ramsey is no Stormfronter, screaming about Jews and purity tests. Here the alt-right falters. A great variance exists among the movement from what I could tell by the reaction of the audience to the speakers. Clearly some hardliners existed, but there is also a segment of what I at least would consider reasonable people. The majority of Ramsey’s discussion on race centered around the failure of a ‘one size fits all’ approach. I thought this was an excellent way to present the problem. Cultures have different proclivities and what they view as heroes, villains, admire and detest, as well as cultural norms. While his argument that race is not a social construct doesn’t entirely hold water with my own views, there are differences in ethnic groups that have become apparent through the breeding habits of cultures. A key point to note here, different is not implying inferior.

Kevin MacDonald was the second speaker, a writer/editor of the Occidental Quarterly and a professor at California State University. He represents what I took to be the further right position of the alt-right when it comes to racial politics. Much of his presentation was centered around the adverse effects of immigration, a position I generally agree with. However, he veered off into an anthropological discussion about genetics, intelligence and race that I thought went too far. While I am perfectly willing to accept results of proper research and actual scientific fact, regardless of how uncomfortable. The truth is the truth and we must bend our belief to that and not vice versa. Having said that, focusing attention on admittedly flawed IQ tests and genetic tendencies with limited research should not be the topic of a formal policy discussion. It detracts credence from the other topics and I felt it was markedly out of place. While he was the low point of the night, he also had one of the most succinct and compelling reasons for limiting immigration and ultimately a rather ominous symptom of it we are currently seeing. Many of the 3rd world immigrants coming here come from places that do not have any heritage of limited government along with attitudes unfavorable or even hostile to our culture, placing increasing stress on the fabric of our social norms and culture. The increase in unskilled labor continues to degrade what egalitarian underpinnings are left in U.S. culture, creating a permanent underclass that is largely a homogeneous culture. The culture here has already began to slowly warp and will increasingly continue to do so as economic and social status become increasingly seen in a racial and cultural light, rather than the result of superior qualifications such as education or talent. While the SJW’s see the world through this lens already, it is a different paradigm altogether for tens of millions of people to actively see the world this way and change the situation the only way they know how, such as they have in Syria, Lybia, Egypt, Colombia, Yugoslavia, Ukraine, and Brazil. The U.S. is still clinging to a thread of egalitarianism, education and hard work still provide a chance at social mobility, regardless of color or creed. This point is worth considering, and is alone the reason I would limit immigration to a near standstill.

The last speaker was the founder of the alt-right and editor of the Radix Journal, Richard Spencer. He spoke at length on how far the movement had come, their signature slur ‘cuckservative,’ and of course, Donald Trump. I was surprised he did not speak of the Don in messianic terms. The importance of the populist message and limitation of immigration he brought to the forefront of American politics was praised, but Donald does not define the movement. Rather, Spencer spoke of the ‘Great Erasure.’ The concept that our culture is tied directly to our past, and multiculturalism shears that bond with our ancestors. Heritage, tradition and even religion becomes sanitized, sterile, and meaningless. What is a Texan? It’s not a driver’s license or address. It’s not just a piece of land. It’s a culture. The bravado, the guns, the hat, the accent, the boots, the plain-speaking, the connection to the history of the people who went before and struggles like the fight for Independence (ours, not the Republic), and yes, the land that those hard men occupied. Sure, not everyone is all of those things, but all Texans are enough of those things. Strip all of that away and it’s not Texas, it’s mostly a hot, dusty, rainless god-forsaken desert. That is the crux of identitarianism. The past matters, YOUR history, YOUR people, YOUR traditions. Fight for it or lose it.

In closing, I suspect the alt-right has not seen peak saturation. Their refusal to play the SJW game has seemingly worked. Many of the people at the event were former SJW’s or very liberal, so quite a bit of crossover has happened. That was astounding to me, since I previously thought that segment unreachable. The meme cuckservative is worth its weight in gold. It crystallizes and focuses the frustration of libertarians, true conservatives and anyone who’s ever been stabbed in the back by the GOP into a single, derisive word. Imperious, haughty scorn is an effective thing. While I certainly don’t agree with everything the movement espouses, nor many of those who take cultural identity and take it into the realm of cultural supremacy. I pray this movement does not morph into a white version of Nation of Islam or La Raza. It’s a sad statement to the state of the union that as controversial as the alt-right has become, the vast majority of their views would have been rather uncontroversial in America a century ago. I suspect what we are seeing is a return to tribalism in America. Multiculturalism has seen its peak and now rather than having a shared identity, history and heritage, we have been sectioned off into competing, irreconcilable and often diametrically opposed factions and cultures, to either amicably divorce or go the way of all empires. The balkanization has happened, accept it and prepare accordingly.

 

-JJ

* I will not entertain idiotic discussions on race about this. I have Marx, Hitler and Dawkins on my shelf, though I agree with none of them. If you’re incapable of understanding the difference between discussion of ideas and acceptance of them, then you’re in the wrong place.

Back from the Circus

 

So much screaming. So much confusion about very simple concepts. These people will not survive, the unfit, unthinking, and woefully uninformed. They. Don’t. Like. You. Revel in it, evil hates its counterpart.

-JJ

We interrupt your regularly scheduled free thinking…

  

 
Headed to Mordor on the Potomac for the weekend. You should be out doing something productive this weekend such as working on hearts and minds, or training, and not have time to notice a dearth of posts. For those that do, I’ll hopefully have some relevant and interesting thoughts to share after I get back. Have a safe and productive weekend, spend time with the people you care about now, from what I hear, being hunted by an oppressive government tends to put a damper on the family time.

– Jesse James

PSA: Ab uno, disce, omnes*

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Vote if your conscience demands it. Your opinion is irrelevant to them…until it’s not. How to make it so? I would venture to say Vienna would have caucused against siege by Muslim fanatics. Only when Polish winged hussars began driving sharp, pointy objects through their bodies did they begin to consider the opinion of Leopold and the Holy Roman Empire. The point? Your frustration, anger and feelings of betrayal are only worth what they are willing to fuel. Either hate them enough to adapt, influence, ridicule, co-opt, persuade and refuse anything but their defeat…or stop complaining. Your opinion has no consequences, no teeth…it is sterile. Sterility is nothing more than planned obsolescence, or in this case, civilizational self-genocide. Rage against it, because anything else is acceptance.

http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2006/09/other-september-11th.html


*   Aeneid 2.65 (Read the whole story…Virgil is your friend.)

 

Discernment

“The cuckservative meme spread faster than the zika virus on steroids, terrifying establishment Republicans and inflicting a devastating blow to their morale. The power of utilizing rhetorical arguments is giving us the upper hand by deconstructing entire ideologies with a single pejorative…Now is the time to shift our focus to attacking the document that is at the center of worship for those who are giving away our nation to hostile aliens…I am talking about the Constitution. You know, that quaint document that has been used by the Supreme Court to uphold and justify every major social policy that conservatives are at odds with, from the legalization of abortion to gay marriage.”

http://www.radixjournal.com/blog/2016/2/29/paper-worship


 

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The little section of the internet I frequent has recently been awash with contemplation of the Constitution, its continued validity or even usefulness in light of our current situation. I can understand the frustration, and find the questions to represent a maturity of the political and social awareness of America. I won’t pretend to be the definitive authority on the Constitution, but for what it’s worth I have doctorate-level education on it. Clearly arguments are based on facts, but since this is primarily my opinion, I hope you can accept the premise I’m not coming at the topic from a position of ignorance.

The Constitution is flawed. In hindsight, perhaps one even may posit that it is badly flawed. Contra, we don’t know the outcome were it written differently, so there is no definitive way to opine whether or not the way it’s written was ideal and WE are the limiting factor. Much of the hate directed at the Constitution stems from its use to justify abortion, gay marriage, our current security state or one of the many examples of cultural suicide we see today. Quite a weak rational argument, albeit an effective emotional one. I see the same argument from the anti-gun crowd. An inanimate object is misused and the blame is laid squarely on the tool, not the individual. We as Americans have abused the Constitution and waved it as a banner from everything to an invasion of hostile, uneducated 3rd world immigrants to the murdering of our offspring for convenience, to mismanagement, graft and corruption of every manner of trade and business under the Commerce Clause. It has been interpreted erroneously, the plain English meaning obfuscated, and we have allowed it to happen. The document is not the problem. The application is. As easy as it is to throw it all away and think we can come up with some Pan-European or Neo-Western Culture paradise document, it is as much fantasy as Captain Hook for a career choice.

Madison and Jefferson were both quite far to the right of the Bell Curve, their political theory and intelligence absolutely dwarfing anything we have in modern times. The likelihood of having a similar collection of prodigies, all more or less agreeing on a similar goal, and drafting a document at the precise time a country was ready to accept it is astronomical to the point of the absurd. You know this. Who are these men waiting in the wings to surpass them today? I know of no one to even their equal, let alone surpassing them. The cultural and societal decline have tertiary effects that bear our consideration. The education system is a joke, it turns out shrieking pseudo-intellectuals with no education but a Ph.D. or J.D. in indoctrination. Ask me how I know. It takes decades of study, tutelage and the genetic equivalent of a lightning strike to make a mind such as theirs, even in the best of conditions. The family unit has all but disintegrated. Men are being feminized, women are being forced into neo-masculinity and we are slowly becoming an androgynous society. Half the men I know are in barely post-pubescent arrested development, not fit to be husbands, fathers or even responsible citizens. No, that is not a valid course. We would sooner end up in some Robespierre-esque New Amerika than even approach what we had gifted to us in 1788. I’m not worshipping the document, but I recognize our inability to improve upon it and the folly of trying. We are in the dawn of a new American Dark Ages and we have the hubris to think we can improve upon the American equivalent of the Roman aqueducts.

The Constitution is an embodiment of ideals. Flawed, but a quite stunning document in its own right. Those ideals are part and parcel of what represented the best of Old World Western Culture and mated it with the distinctly unique proto-American perspective (later to become the American mythos). Those ideals such as property rights, self-governance, the concept of individual sovereignty and freedom of religion ARE Western Culture. Would we the courage and tenacity to resurrect those vanguards of freedom, prosperity and enlightenment that make up our proud heritage. I say this not to worship the past or the men who wrote it, or the words enshrined as our laws. Worship such as that stunts growth and cripples a society. As trendy and emotionally fulfilling as it is to be iconoclasts today, it is now more important than ever to preserve those relics from the past for what they represent. Hope. The hope that one day we can return and even surpass the culture that spawned them. We can do better. Perhaps not today, perhaps not our children. One day though, perhaps if I strive and fight and bleed and pray and scream against the encroaching darkness…and when the rivers of blood have dried, the tyrant has supped the bitter cup of rebellion and our people have shaken off the ashes of an Evil Empire, the Almighty will grant my grandchildren, or great-grandchildren the privilege of living in a time such as that. Let us pave the way and not let history remember us as the idle that stood by while civilization collapsed around us…nor as the those that threw the baby out with the bathwater.

 

– Jesse James

Local, Local, LOCAL: An Example

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Aftermath of tornado in Appomattox, VA

 

http://wset.com/news/local/appomattox-tornado-aftermath-advisories-and-updates


 

By  now you have heard the cries for local, local, LOCAL, by myself, Pete at Western Rifle Shooters Association and nearly everyone in the patriot movement that has even the slightest grasp of 4GW. This starts now, not when the Western Civilization collapses, not when the apocalypse starts and FLOTUS sprouts horns and flies around the White House on a dragon (Rev. 17:5) or some other earth-shattering event. Here is a perfect example of how you can begin winning hearts and minds. Have your guys show up in some semblance of similar dress, such as the same color T-shirts, same hats, same something and go help. Grab a chainsaw, a trailer if you have one, whatever is needed in your particular case and go be helpful. Tell the nice people who you are and you’re just here to help them in any way they need. Begin establishing an alternative storyline to what your enemies are telling your neighbors. How likely are those people to believe the “right-wing evil militia babykillers” line when you were the respectful men and women helping them clear their yard, or pick up the scattered wreckage that was their house and life? It won’t pass the sniff test for most.

This is an excellent way to test a) your organizations skills at mobilizing people on short notice, b) who is serious and willing to get their hands dirty and who is just there to look cool, and c) who has leadership skills and who doesn’t. We want FedGov out of our lives don’t we? Well then this is the flip side of that coin. If you’re part of the community then you need to go out and help your neighbors and by neighbors, I mean even the ones you don’t know. The alternative? The state or federal government steps in and you’re the guy thats complaining about the organization that’s actually helping them. So if we truly wan’t to go back to local, private citizens helping each other out and the government staying in their lane, then this needs to be done. Be the alternative, or shut up. I’m serious. If you’re not willing to help the community then don’t expect them to support you when you need it. This is a low-risk, easy way to build respect and goodwill among the community if you’re willing to go out and do it. You won’t like the alternative to success. I promise.

 

– Jesse James

Doing Tribe Right: Part II

Part II: Organizing into specific task-oriented Divisions

Horizontal-organization   My second foray into the rather messy and imprecise world of herding cats, errrr, patriots is a discussion of the role of middle management, or those with supervisory power. For those of you living under a rock of still stuck on military terms, in this context it would be the equivalent of a Captain or Lieutenant. If one remembers the purpose of an organization it is the efficient division of labor. Having covered the ‘who’s in charge?’ portion, we now will begin to discuss the actual division of labor. I will emphasize the fact that form should follow function here, the division of labor should be done to further the vision of the leadership. Your leadership has articulated a vision and made a concrete, achievable plans to accomplish that vision haven’t they? If not, see Part I. What am I saying, if they haven’t done that then remove them or remove yourself. They are not leaders. I’ll say it again LEADERSHIP WITHOUT VISION OR PLANNING IS NOT LEADERSHIP!! 

 

1. Creating specialized divisions, or…’Hey! He’s got the more funner and more importanter job!’

There are several important facets I believe necessary to a functioning tribe. Logistics, Operations, Administration, Communication and Intelligence are the five divisions I believe are sufficiently broad to organize all but the largest and most sophisticated tribes. Remember, the goal here is rough division of labor, not having a specific division for every conceivable thing. It is inefficient to have a ‘Food Division’ a ‘Water Division’ and ‘Medicine Division.’ Instantly I question your intelligence, as do the competent people you hope to recruit. You do want competent, thoughtful people on your side don’t you? Rather, you have a Logistics Division. Is it stuff? Yes. Then it belongs to the logistics guys. They can figure out how to stash it, store it, or do whatever they need to do to provide, wait for it…logistics for your operations, admin, comms and intel people.

When selecting someone to manage a division, being knowledgeable and competent in that particular field should take primacy, with leadership ability a strong secondary consideration. Do not select someone who has no idea how to operate a radio as director of communications, unless no one knows how to use one and he has show interest and self-motivation at attaining competency. Directors who are not proficient and skilled at their tasks are not taken seriously, not respected and there most certainly is no esprit de corps. While no doubt everyone and their mother will want to be Delta/CAG/SEAL Ops guys, your time would be better spent on other things at this point. This is a volunteer organization, so I would recommend if you cannot accommodate the amount of interest in a particular field then create a rubric and hold interviews or tryouts. Your leadership should be doing quality control here. If guys want to be all high speed then they better hope they can run a 13 minute 2 mile and score in the 9 ring at 600m right after. I’ve found people get much less enthused when they find out they have to actually run, train and put forth effort to be ‘high speed’ and the few you do get are worth ten times the number of losers who can’t be bothered to try. I would also encourage the leadership to heavily emphasize a holistic view of the tribe. The logistics guys keep you fed. It’s not lame, it’s vitally important. The intel guys keep you from freaking dying because you didn’t know 500 derka-derkas were headed for you screaming ‘Allah snackbar.’ Everybody has a job, and it’s part of the leadership’s job to make sure that the organization functions as a whole or watch it die as a collection of squabbling individuals. The ‘I’m more importanter’ attitude by one person or a specific cadre within the organization cannot be tolerated. I will go into the specifics of each division at a later time, but I would encourage you to begin thinking about it now. They are the spokes surrounding your hub of leadership that are necessary for your success.

 

2. Divisional Organization…letting fiefdoms, fief.

Within these individual divisions, the Director (head honcho, call it whatever) is responsible for the organization. The leadership should demand efficiency here, but under no circumstances micromanage. If you have to micromanage, then find a replacement for the individual. It is not the leadership’s job to be running a specific department at the neglect of their primary responsibilities. Be prepared to accept a wide variety of organizational methods here. Some people are OCD and things are labeled, alphabetized and then color coded. Some people have extremely informal and ethereal methods of organization. IF IT WORKS LEAVE IT ALONE!!!! For example, Operations lends itself to round table discussions, loose hierarchal structure and less quantifiable organization. The rain makers have more pull than the scrubs, the Director may know certain people work better together on projects or someone has certain talents, the possibilities are endless. The point being, it may look like chaos to the outsider, but if consistent, acceptable results are being achieved then leave the damn thing alone. Logistics or Administration are much more quantifiable and can be scrutinized closer for efficiency and organization, but I would say specifically when it comes to Operations, in small companies it more closely resembles managing a team than adhering to strict organizational protocols. Let the leadership of each actually exercise leadership, and judge the results. Ultimately the overall leadership is responsible for any failure in leadership from the Directors, but function, not stylistic differences should be the primary concern when making that judgment call.

While in the beginning, most tribes would require the leadership committee to wear multiple hats, an aggressive culture of mentoring needs to be created. Have the leadership, particularly at this state, invest the time and energy required to achieve competency and as much expertise as practically possible about whatever division they are moonlighting for. Do not let it become a permanent fixture for a couple individuals to be doing all the work and the rest freeloading. This is the exact culture that got us here, please don’t recreate it. The leadership needs to find willing members as they become available to fill these gaps. Those individuals in turn should be mentoring others as they lead, and so on and so forth. Cross-training should occur once your rank and file members have achieved a standard, yes have standards, of proficiency in their position and it should be done regularly. Ideally at any given time 3/4 of your organization or more can step into a different role should they need. This creates flexibility and helps ameliorate problems when an influx of new members occurs. Some positions require more talent, trust or perhaps have a steeper learning curve. I would dare say people tasked with Intel analysis and collating should not be your newest and least vetted members. Use common sense here.


 

I have given you examples of what I know works, but it is far from a treatise on the subject. Use common sense and measure things by results rather than methods, in most cases. Those in a supervisory capacity are those with whom you will either foster the most trust and admiration, or the most distrust and disrespect. Your leadership skills will make their jobs easier and an asset to your tribe, or will create debilitating amounts of chaos. It is also among their ranks that coups and dissension occur. If a particular segment seems to be coalescing into a different and toxic entity, it is either being permitted or encouraged by the individual tasked with leading them. That is not to say dissent should not be sanctioned, but that it should be voiced and addressed the proper way and through proper channels. I told you this wasn’t easy.

 

– Jesse James