Fourth Generation Warfare

Why the Right Should Never Fight or Hurt Cops

Some paleo-pig-love from Bill Lind. Actually, the question of how much to love/hate the cops, how much violence to use, how much to reject the conventional political system, etc. is going to be a big source of division on the Right in the future.

By William S. Lind, Traditional Right

I have made the point before that the political Right, which obviously includes me, should never injure police officers.  This should be self-evident–it is the Left that hates cops, while we on the Right like them–but some elements on the Right are now calling for violence against police.  This is a mistake of strategic importance, and the purpose of this column is to explain why.  It is not just a matter of “being nice”; it is central to winning.

To understand why, we need to look at “the grid”.  Found on page 13 of the Fourth Generation Warfare Handbook, the grid has three elements across and three down, creating nine boxes.  The three down represent the three classical levels of war: tactical, operational, and strategic.  The three across are John Boyd’s three new levels: physical, mental, and moral.  To use the grid, you need to know two other things.  First, a higher level of war trumps a lower, e.g., no matter how good you are at the tactical and operational levels, if you are beaten at the strategic level, you lose–Germany’s fate in two world wars.  Second, the weakest box is the tactical/physical and the most powerful is the strategic/moral.  The U.S. armed forces usually lose because, although they dominate the tactical/physical box, they are beaten at the strategic/moral levels.


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  1. The fact is, there has been no suvcessful modern revolution without winning at least tacit support from elements of police and military.

    • Yes, what Lind is saying is correct from a tactical perspective. For a revolution to happen, state security forces have to fracture to the point of being ineffective, acquiesce in the face of an insurgency, or actually join the insurgency in significant numbers. That was the only thing that made the relatively non-violent revolutions in the USSR and Warsaw Pact countries possible.

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