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Hoosier Nation, 2nd Edition
© D. Matthew Parrott, 2010
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America is on the brink of a devastating cascade failure. Its proximate cause will be economic. Monetary instability, spiraling taxation, and budgetary insolvency at every level of government will result in America’s third world enclaves descending into third world depravity. The federal government – pinned between its aggravated creditors and dependents – will resort to desperate measures to delay the implosion of its ambitious social engineering experiment. The bubbles of malinvestment which have kept places like Los Angeles, Detroit, and New York City from descending into martial law will implode. The modernist delusions that Americans have been operating under for several decades will implode with them.
While the trigger will probably be economic, the root cause of this impending disaster isn’t. The root cause lies in matters of demographics, heritage, and national sovereignty. Our monetary pyramid scheme has bought us several decades of deceptive prosperity. It has allowed us to believe that we can replace our American people with third world invaders and still have a first world country. It has allowed us to believe that we can export our factories and jobs and still have a first world economy. It has encouraged us to drift away from our Western and Christian traditions, and toward a Utopian delusion of globalist hogwash.
The cascade failure may come as the greatest fools in the pyramid scheme, the People’s Republic of China, realize that the financial instruments that they’ve been receiving in exchange for manufactured goods are worthless. Our nation would have had to come to terms with its decline in vitality and productivity decades ago had it not been for the international bankers and global corporations pulling off the biggest confidence scam in human history. With its implosion, the delusions that have existed inside the bubble will implode with it. We Americans will have to adjust to a new reality.
In this new reality, America has been splintered by reckless social experiments. Our federal government has become a weapon of the international bankers. Vast regions of America have become so overwhelmed by third world invaders that they’re unrecognizable. In this new reality, the last will be first and the first will be last, with states like California and New York descending into martial law and states in the heartland retaining the human resources and natural resources to rebound.
This book is for Hoosiers who either live in the new reality or have the foresight to see it coming. It’s a celebration of our unique heritage and a roadmap for finding our way back to safety, sovereignty, and righteousness. It explores who we are, what makes us who we are, and how we can retain our heritage in the coming struggle. The Hoosier nation isn’t an alternative to the American nation; it’s an attempt to rescue what’s left of it.
Hoosier Nation – Traditional America
Traditional America is the nation that the silent majority of us inhabit. It’s the nation that our forefathers envisioned when they wrote the Declaration of Independence. It’s the nation that our forefathers carved out of the wilderness. It was an ocean away from Europe, but it was distinctively European in both the heritage of its founders and the principles they stood for. It’s a nation which is overwhelmingly White, Western, Christian, and rural.
Many of us are nervous about referring to our racial heritage, but our European roots are integral to our nature, our temperament, and the kind of civilization we’re inclined to design. But it’s even more specific than just “White”. We are largely descended through both blood and tradition from three populations within Europe: the British, the Scotch-Irish, and the Germanic peoples of Western Europe. Our embattled constitutional republic is merely the latest manifestation of an ancient tradition among our people of open, just, and limited government which predates the Magna Carta, the Hellenic democracies, and even the “thing assemblies” of our tribal ancestors.
The country was founded on shared principles by people of a shared heritage. They demanded equality, not in the Marxist egalitarian sense, but in the more important sense that they all deserved justice and dignity. They demanded freedom, not in the modernist sense of irresponsibility and licentiousness, but in the more important sense that they all deserved freedom of expression and the pursuit of happiness. They demanded a just and accountable government, one carefully balanced to keep justice and democracy from contradicting one another.
While several Christian (and some secular Enlightenment) traditions thrived in this new country, the Protestant denominations proved dominant in both numerical strength and cultural influence. The Protestant work ethic, with its humility and its emphasis on honest dealings, had the natural consequence of spawning the world’s foremost economic powerhouse. Through industriousness, they created capital. Through simple living, they saved and invested that capital in productive enterprises. Through honest dealing and respect for the rule of law, capital and goods were able to flow freely and smoothly without the bribes, shakedowns, and fraud which are endemic throughout the rest of the world.
There were many streams of men which were poured from Europe and into the traditional American melting pot. They were, however, from Europe, and they did melt into the pot. The overwhelming majority of contemporary immigrants are a different breed altogether, gravitating toward the major cities and aggregating into inassimilable exclaves of their foreign lands. The true test of an immigrant population is whether it’s inclined to integrate into the small towns in America, into the folk of the nation. This is a test that only immigrants of European heritage have proven capable of passing.
While it had its faults, America was a nation which fostered a healthy, productive, and open society. But, most of all, it was our nation. We inherited a heritage and a tradition worthy of being proud of, worthy of defending. But our traditional American nation which was once so defiant, confident, and hopeful, has been duped into accepting a worldview which embraces and celebrates our decline and eventual extinction as a moral crusade.
The globalists are importing third world populations by the tens of millions, populations which are reproducing at an alarming rate with government assistance while our own families struggle to have any children at all. The government projects that we’ll be a minority within a couple decades at the current rate of replacement, but the rate is sure to increase as those populations grow in political strength and leverage that power to accelerate their conquest.
Steadily and quietly, we’ve been forced out of our major cities. Increasingly, we’re forced out of the suburbs – into “exurbs” and beyond. Our cost of living has grown dramatically and our tax burden is growing. We are relegated to the back of the line for the decreasing number of available jobs. We’re being squeezed from every direction. Politically, socially, economically, and demographically, we traditional Americans are being marginalized.
Most disgracefully of all, we remain utterly voiceless and complicit in our marginalization. We accept the lexicon of our opponents and their rules of engagement. We have to call it Affirmative Action rather than racial discrimination. Paradoxically, we accept that we’re being bigots for even objecting to that racial discrimination. We have to call it illegal immigration rather than a hostile invasion, and we are only allowed to frame the debate in a legal context – as if the only problem with tens of millions of third world invaders is that they’re not filling out the proper forms before invading us.
The other America, Global America, is the televised America, the institutional America, the multicultural, multiracial, multinational America. It’s unified by neither heritage nor creed. When they do state their principles, their statements are vague and largely reactive. Their “American Dream” is to come here and get money. Their common creed is tolerance for all things except for those things unique to the traditional American nation. Their common vision is a vague and soulless global amalgamation.
If we traditional Americans don’t snap out of the habit of apologizing, backpedaling, and slipping farther and farther out into the wilderness, we’ll reach a point after which we no longer have the ability to defeat them. From door-to-door and from state-to-state, we must light a fire of defiance in the hearts and minds of traditional Americans before it’s too late. We have to return to our Christian roots, our founding principles, and our Anglo-American heritage as rallying points.
We were once the strongest and most admired people in the world, and we can be so again. But to do so requires a return to first principles, a return to our heritage, and an awakening of national spirit. We need to awaken the fiercely independent, uncompromising, industrious, and humble spirit of our pioneer forefathers. But we must not only awaken, we must act! Being awake is pointless if you never get out of bed. One person at a time, one state at a time, we need to awaken traditional Americans to their heritage and mobilize them to defend it.
Hoosier Nation – Hoosier Heritage
The origins of the word “Hoosier” are contested. Different stories have been passed down, some with more plausibility or credibility than others. Some popular variants rely on the proposition that there was a Mr. Hoosier working on some project, whose men happened to be from Indiana. According to these variants, the men on these projects proved uniquely hardy and industrious and the name stuck for people from this area.
One story goes that rivermen in Indiana were very good at “hushing”, a pugilistic competition. It is from these “hushers” that the word Hoosier allegedly derived. Another story goes that the frontiersmen of Indiana would cry out “Who’s here?” upon encountering another person, which sort of sounds like Hoosier. One legend goes that our ancestors were so rowdy and our bar fights so vicious that people would have their ears bitten off, prompting people who found the severed ears to ask “Whose ear?”
A more likely (if perhaps less amusing) explanation is that the word derives from the Old English word “hoo”, which means highlands. Hoosier would be synonymous with highlander, with all of its connotations of roughness and independence. While most contemporary Hoosiers regard the word as a benign demonym, it’s likely that the term began with negative connotations and retains them for most non-Hoosiers who are familiar with the term.
Derogatory stereotypes often have a grain of truth to them, and I am convinced that we have more than our share of hermits with cars up on blocks outside of their trailers. We lack the social graces of Southerners and the refined idealism of Yankees. A Hoosier isn’t appropriately described as a redneck, as redneck implies identification with Southern heritage and customs. A Hoosier is, to borrow a derogatory term, a hillbilly.
While contemporary Indiana hosts several populations, the founding population overwhelmingly originated from Appalachia. These primarily Scotch-Irish pioneers, descendants of the highlanders of Europe, changed very little from their ancestors. Just as in their homeland, they were fiercely independent, restless, and clannish. While the English and Continental settlers clung to safe and fertile settlements, entertaining cosmopolitan concerns about the Native Americans as “noble savages”, our ancestors fought with them as uncivilized warriors – on roughly equal terms – and steadily advanced Westward.
To say that they “settled” Appalachia and the Midwest would be misleading. Our ancestors weren’t the settling type. Even today, in Indiana, the descendants of the Scotch-Irish pioneers who arrived through Appalachia more frequently dwell in rusted trailers and small shacks while the business of establishing businesses and building affluent communities has been left to those of English and Germanic descent who followed behind us. Even today, when there’s no frontier left in America, we remain restless, standoffish, and fiercely independent – out of sync with a very settled, mild, and codependent age.
As civilization advanced from the Middle East and throughout Europe, the mountainous periphery of Europe, the highlands, hosted the last remnants of pre-civilized Europeans. While Babylon, Greece, Rome, and London were developing increasingly organized and refined civilizations, our ancestors were still wearing face paint and battling amongst themselves in the idyllic forests of Western Europe. We are innately less civilized, and I believe that this is not only cultural. I believe that civilization eventually affects the blood, cooling the warrior spirit and replacing the uncompromising warrior mentality with a more subdued, patient, and meek mentality.
The specialists, craftsmen, and proprietors of the small towns and cities strengthen a nation in a way that the highlander can’t. They establish industry, build schools, supply munitions, and foster a strong economy. However, the advent of the global city brings with it the advent of the rootless cosmopolitan. Oswald Spengler aptly describes this phenomenon in The Decline of the West:
Long ago the country bore the country-town and nourished it with her best blood. Now the giant city sucks the country dry, insatiably and incessantly demanding and devouring fresh streams of men, till it wearies and dies in the midst of an almost uninhabited waste of country.
… In place of a type-true people, born of and grown on the soil, there is a new sort of nomad, cohering unstably in fluid masses, the parasitical city dweller, traditionless, utterly matter-of-fact, religionless, clever, unfruitful, deeply contemptuous of the countryman and especially that highest form of countryman, the country gentleman.
It’s not that folks from the trailer parks of Orange County or the isolated shacks of Crawford County are less intelligent than the Germanic citizens of Dubois County. A cursory review would certainly lead one to conclude as much, but the variance is one in temperament, not intelligence. The hillbilly is sharp enough, but he’s less patient, less focused. This served his ancestors well in a more impulsive and violent past, but manifests as a handicap in a civilized present that rewards patience and punishes passion.
While the Hoosier may be less well-mannered than the Southern gentleman, he’s also less restrained by protocol and less tolerant of taking orders. While the Hoosier may be less patient with abstract theories and ideals than the Yankee, he’s also less vulnerable to being brainwashed. The English and Germanic Americans may have been the primary drivers of American economic and cultural achievement, but they wouldn’t have had a continent upon which to settle were it not for our heroic and uncompromising conquest of the frontier.
This is not to say that we Hoosiers don’t have culture, it’s just more primal in nature. While the civilized citizens of the coasts and cities conducted masterful symphonies, our forefathers crafted crude dulcimers and banjos from the wilderness around them and created powerful folk music. While the citizens perused their classics, our ancestors studied our bibles. While the citizens held elaborate and fanciful banquets, our ancestors got together on random occasions to party, play their backwoods instruments, sing their backwoods songs, and drink their backwoods moonshine.
The conditions we live in would be unacceptable to your typical New Yorker, our table manners would frighten your typical Georgian, and our parties wouldn’t be tolerated in Western saloons. But for all of its faults, our heritage may be unique in America because it’s the least vulnerable to the challenges we face. Unlike Southerners, we won’t follow our leaders to oblivion out of deference to class and protocol. Unlike Yankees, we can’t be duped by ideologues with their byzantine logic games into handing over the country our ancestors fought to win. It’s very possible that we, and we alone, hold the power to rescue the American nation from the brink of destruction.
But to accomplish this, we have to lead the way, setting an example for other Americans to emulate in embracing their own heritage. We have to stop and reflect on our Hoosier identities, celebrating what we retain of our heritage and reviving what we’ve lost. If you pronounce “wash” as “worsh”, continue to do so. Embrace your Hoosier twang and resist the popular culture which equates our accent with inferiority. If you live in a mobile home and drive an old truck, save that money you were going to spend to buy “respectable” things and start respecting yourself for a change.
Many Hoosiers live in nice homes, drive late-model sedans, and have never pronounced “toilet” as “turlit”. Indiana was settled by a variety of traditional Americans, and the objective is to embrace your tradition. If you’re one of the many people in Indiana who has been raised in the city or among cosmopolitans, you’re in the enviable position of being able to embrace whichever traditional American identity you prefer.
The point isn’t to accomplish some anachronistic equivalent of a Renaissance Fair, but to truly revive our traditional identities. Just as the Renaissance artisans and philosophers reached back to the Classical Era to reawaken the spirit of Western Civilization, we need to reach back to the founders and pioneers to reawaken the spirit of America. Luckily, we only have to look back mere decades. Better yet, we can take the time to visit the elderly and isolated folks who continue to exemplify traditional America.
Tune out the trash being poured in from the coasts and turn up the local culture. Listen to (classic) John Mellencamp with the windows rolled down. Better yet, buy a dulcimer and learn to play traditional folk songs. Attend a high school basketball game. Better yet, get some of your friends together and shoot some hoops at a basketball goal nailed to an old barn. Spend time with your friends and family. Better yet, challenge your friends and family to a euchre tournament.
If you have children, or interact with children throughout the day, expose them to Hoosier heritage. When they’re being persistent, tell them about Johnny Appleseed. When they’re exploring new places, tell them about Daniel Boone. Capture their imaginations with stories about Davy Crockett, jokes told by Ben Franklin, and feats accomplished by Paul Bunyan. Even tell them about the courage of Tecumseh.
We must reconnect future generations with our traditional worldview. Otherwise, they’ll have little choice but to absorb the one pushed in their public schools, in their morning television, and in their children’s books. They’ll learn to admire the plagiarizing womanizer MLK and the corrupt kleptocrat LBJ. They’ll learn to reflexively frown on their own ethnic pride as “fascism” and smile upon the ethnic pride of others as “civil rights”. They’ll dismiss Jesus Christ as a pernicious myth and accept human perfectibility through social engineering as a sacred truth.
Some of this process will be academic, requiring one to sit down and figure out what a Hoosier is. But most of it will be natural. When we stop assuming that our own worldview and way of life is inferior to the cosmopolitan worldview and way of life, the rest comes naturally. When we turn off our televisions and start engaging with fellow Hoosiers who cherish their heritage, then the Hoosier identity will be reinvigorated with little deliberate effort.
Hoosier Nation – Hoosier Families
No man is an island. The proposition that humans can be or should be truly autonomous and independent entities is intoxicating in its simplicity and internal consistency, but it is inconsistent with mankind’s social nature, circumstances, limitations, and survival. The libertarian logic of individualism is an erroneous abstraction and a dangerous distraction, one which robs us of our very humanity.
Families, communities, and nations aren’t parasites upon the individual. If anything the individual is a parasite upon them. Our roles within these institutions aren’t merely “social constructs” to be deconstructed; they’re products of our natural roles, roles embedded in our spiritual, biological, psychological, and external circumstances. Women are meant to be wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters. Men are meant to be husbands, fathers, sons, and brothers. To “liberate” yourself from your natural duty is to abdicate your responsibility – to betray your family.
When the institution of the family suffers, so too do the individuals within the family. Additionally, the communities and nations which rely upon those families suffer. All of them are interdependent. The traditional gender roles, customs, and institutions are functional (if imperfect and fluid) systems which, contrary to cosmopolitan opinion, have a logic that is too subtle, organic, and complex for us to carelessly engineer without jeopardizing our very survival.
All of this is not to say that free will, autonomy, and individual dignity are to be discounted. In fact, the Western traditions of independence and equality are themselves traditions, organic traditions with roots buried deep in our tribal European past. Therein lies the apparent paradox. If we replace the Anglo-American tradition of individualism with the individualist sophistry of ideological libertarians, Ayn Rand, and the global capitalists, then we’ll replace an individualist tradition which has been proven to work for millennia with an individualist fantasy which corrodes and vilifies the national and traditional institutions upon which sustainable individualism has been attained.
Women in the West, and in America in particular, have received more autonomy, options, and dignity than they’ve received in any other society. They were, however, bound by custom to fulfill their natural roles as mothers and wives. Western men have had more freedom of speech, thought, and behavior than men elsewhere, but were also bound by custom to fulfill their natural roles as fathers and husbands. These roles, roles that men and women are innately suited toward and typically most fulfilled within, are both natural and necessary roles.
Far too frequently, traditionalists blame women for pursuing careers, refusing to have an abundance of children, and behaving promiscuously. While multicult indoctrination is certainly a factor, traditionalist males would do well to examine our own complicity. Over the last few decades, males within our society have descended into a malaise of video games, booty calls, quickie marriages, quickie divorces, fraternal childishness, and masturbatory self-gratification. The kind of man that a traditional woman can truly depend on is an endangered breed.
Our transition from a family-oriented society to a money-oriented society has relegated the role of nurturing a family to that of a burden – a burden which biology places more heavily on women than on men. Nurturing a family has been displaced to the periphery of contemporary life, a phenomenon which is evidently corrosive and unsustainable. A people who fail to breed, feed, and lead future generations will either go out with a whimper or a bang – but they can only go out.
New Harmony, along the bank of the Wabash River, hosts the ruins of the Harmony Society, a communal religious order organized by the charismatic evangelist George Rapp. It’s no mystery why their social experiment lies in ruins. The members chose, for reasons of religious purity, to maintain their chastity. If we continue down the course we’ve been led down, then future civilizations will find the ruins of our own civilization, a civilization which chose the equally unsustainable lifestyle of material excess.
Rather than blaming contemporary women for their feminism or contemporary men for their decadence, we need to start with ourselves as individuals. Do we as men have the self-discipline and integrity to inspire obedience and fidelity in our wives? Do you as a woman inspire and demand the best from your husband? Are you truly putting your family first? Have you called your mother? Are you doing everything you can do for your grandmother? Are you preparing your children to succeed as future husbands, fathers, wives, and mothers?
While many folks pay lip service to the importance of family, their choices frequently expose their true priorities. Children who are raised by their own mother in a mobile home are more enriched than children raised in daycare so their mom can pursue her career and live in a McMansion. Children whose fathers spend time teaching them how to repair their own cars and grow up to be independent men and women are more enriched than children raised by a distant and distracted father who pays for their college and buys them a late-model car on their sixteenth birthday.
If your brother’s a drug addict, don’t settle for the excuse that he’s an independent adult. Adult independence is a legal construct, not a moral construct. Be your brother’s keeper. Get up in his personal business. Intervene. Sometimes there’s only so much you can do, but don’t rest until you’ve done exactly that much. In the traditional America, family members, friends, and even perfect strangers within the community understood and acted on the necessity of mutual support.
We can only foster genuine and sustainable independence by fostering familial and community interdependence. We won’t need government welfare when our neighbors reach out to help. We won’t need a stable monetary system when we have the ingenuity and social networks to innovate our own trade and commerce. With tight families and cohesive communities, we can become a truly sovereign state of truly free individuals.
Hoosier Nation – Hoosier Tribalism
John Mellencamp croons in his heartland rock anthem “Pink Houses” that “There’s a black man with a black cat / Livin’ in a black neighborhood” / Who “[thinks] that he’s got it so good.” The image conjured of a peaceful and humble old man is heartwarming. It’s also true. Millions of Blacks in America are honest, respectful, and respectable ladies and gentlemen. Many Blacks in America are small farmers. Many are happily married with children. Unfortunately, this is only part of the truth.
For every admirable Black man in America, how many thugs, gang members, and wretches are there? For every Black man in America who is independent, how many are hopelessly dependent? For every Black man in a little pink house, how many Black men are rotting in prison? How many Black men are drug dealers? How many Black men are pimps?
Honest appraisals of racially sensitive topics are hard to come by. Realistic and compassionate solutions to racial problems are even harder to come by. To even state the problem is taboo and to propose that we solve the problem conjures frightful imagery of Nazi concentration camps and Southern lynch mobs. Naturally, any solution which is either genocidal or relies on terror is a terrible one which defies our moral convictions and spills innocent blood.
Yet the problem continues to get worse and worse. While the state of Indiana is still overwhelmingly White, ethnic ghettos of Blacks and Hispanics have turned sections our largest and most promising cities into third world “No-Go” zones. The financial costs of supporting these slums have only worsened as those slums have grown. Their astronomical rates of rape, murder, and theft have shattered thousands of Hoosier families.
Their presence has also driven us in a different direction from where we planned to go as a people. Who would have thought, only decades ago, that Indiana would be sending a leftist Muslim to represent our state in congress? And yet he stands there in our nation’s capitol, negating virtually everything that we stand for and believe in.
Additionally, their presence is no longer only felt in our large cities. There are neighborhoods in the town of Jasper where English is of little use. Even my own small and economically depressed hometown of Paoli sports a Mexican restaurant and a Mexican grocery store. While that vanguard may seem benign, their people will follow behind them and Paoli will assuredly suffer from the negative effects of Hispanic immigration (both legal and illegal). Even Johnny Appleseed’s gravesite memorial in Fort Wayne is covered in abhorrent graffiti scrawled on its walls by the Black Gangster Disciples.
None of these groups wish to become Hoosiers, and it’s doubtful that they’re even capable. They have their own heritage, their own ideas about what their communities are to look like, and their own plans for the future. Even the so-called “model minorities” like the East Asians and Indians have their own visions and attitudes which are different from our own, visions and attitudes that they are that much more capable of realizing because of their abilities.
Failing to realize the corrosive effect that Black migration to Indiana has had on the state requires willful self-deception. Presuming that this wave of Hispanic immigration will seamlessly integrate into America’s traditional folkways requires a failure to realize that none of the dozens of generations of Hispanic immigrants to America could be bothered to do that. Failing to realize that the gifted elites we’re shipping in will do what gifted elites do (manipulate and control the peasantry) is inexcusable.
This subject is very uncomfortable to most contemporary Americans, even to those who are familiar enough with the situation to recognize the dangers we face. We’ve been trained to associate asking questions about our fate as a people with the most pathetic, ignorant, shameful, and disastrous things. But it is imperative that we begin to frankly and openly discuss issues of identity, sovereignty, and destiny. If we fail to assert and defend our identities and our communities now, then the traditional American ethnic identity will soon be lost altogether.
Naturally, the best way to avoid these problems is to never introduce them in the first place. This is the idea that Indiana’s leaders surely had in mind when penning Article XIII of the Indiana State Constitution:
Section 1. No negro or mulatto shall come into or settle in the State, after the adoption of this Constitution.
Section 2. All contracts made with any Negro or Mulatto coming into the state, contrary to the provisions of the foregoing section, shall be void, and any person who shall employ such Negro or Mulatto, or otherwise encourage him to remain in the State, shall be fined in any sum not less than ten dollars, nor more than five hundred dollars.
Section 3. All fines which may be collected for a violation of the provisions of this article, or of any law that may be passed for the purpose of carrying the same into execution, shall be set apart and appropriated for the colonization of such Negroes or Mulattoes, and their descendants, as may be in the State at the adoption of this Constitution, and may be willing to emigrate.
This position of our forefathers (repealed now) is so terrifying and humiliating for contemporary bureaucrats that it’s impossible to find it at the state’s historical websites. But imagine how Indiana would look if it had been honored. Imagine Gary and Indianapolis as cities where it’s safe to raise a family, where the schools don’t need police officers, and where the streets are safe to walk. Imagine the untold millions in law enforcement, imprisonment, repairing vandalized buildings, and attempting to “revitalize” deteriorating neighborhoods that would be back in our pockets.
Hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers have been forced to migrate to suburbs like Carmel and Crown Point as disastrous social engineering projects targeted their children for forced “integration”. Thousands have been murdered, raped, or burglarized and thousands more have suffered the depressing presence of the graffiti, vandalism, and general decadence endemic to these ghettos. This is a burden that they’ve accepted with silence, the great problem which everybody knows about but only speak about with hushed whispers among trusted friends.
To hear the elites in the media, government, and academia tell it, the whole problem is our fault. This is despite the fact that Indiana as a state rejected slavery from the beginning. This is despite the fact that Hoosiers were overwhelmingly descended from classes and groups which had no part in slavery. This is despite the fact that many Hoosiers are themselves descended from indentured servants. This is even despite the fact that nearly 75,000 Hoosiers were killed or wounded in a Civil War which freed the slaves.
Ironically, White elites in America were the ones who owned the slaves, the ones who enriched themselves in shipping them here, and the ones who now blame an innocent Midwestern White working class for the problem without the slightest compunction. When these moral prophets grace our television screens, our podiums, our pulpits, and our lecterns to cast blame on White Americans for the racial problems in America, they’re neither pointing the finger at themselves nor placing the consequences on themselves.
They can afford to move to gated communities, communities within which they still frequently have immigrant nannies and gardeners in various states of abject servitude. If there’s anger (“hate” in the contemporary parlance) to be assigned, it’s most properly assigned to our own leaders, our own politicians, our own professors, our own preachers, our own priests, and our own businessmen. To become angry at the minorities themselves for their corrosive impacts on our communities is as sensible as becoming angry at the rainwater dripping on your head while your brother is tearing holes in your roof.
The obvious solution to the hole we’ve been placed in is to stop digging. Unfortunately, our elites consider it critical to their continued dominance and central to their warped sense of morality to dig this hole until it caves in on us. Only a grassroots groundswell from working Hoosiers to reclaim our sovereignty over our state and our state’s sovereignty over itself can solve this problem.
As things stand right now, our focus must remain on cleaving to our own tribe and its traditions, convincing fellow Hoosiers to join us in our nascent uprising, and gathering strength to depose our overlords and reclaim sovereignty. Once this is done, the entire infrastructure of incentives for invaders to be here will vanish and most of the invaders will vanish with it. If a handful of kind Black folks remain in little pink houses after all of the egregious welfare, Affirmative Action, and forced integration policies are discarded, then we’ll wave at them with sincere Hoosier hospitality as we drive past.
Hoosier Nation – Hoosier Politics
The practical and independent spirit of Hoosiers in political matters was epitomized by the Copperhead movement during America’s Civil War. This movement, pervasive in the Midwest and most prominent in Indiana, has been largely forgotten in the narrow and biased historiography of our contemporary textbooks. A large swath of Hoosier farmers were refugees from slave states, bringing with them a bitter contempt for wealthy aristocrats and a familiarity with Blacks.
Many saw the secession as an opportunity to rid themselves of the South and its intractable problems. Few shared the interests of the Northern industrialists in subjugating the South and fewer still entertained the idealistic delusions of the Yankee abolitionists. They were guided by a simple and organic libertarianism typical of subsistence farmers and hillbilly hermits.
Senator Daniel W. Voorhees, perhaps Indiana’s truest statesman, epitomized not only the spirit of Indiana during the Civil War, but the very essence of Hoosier politics. Kenneth Stampp describes him poetically in the following excerpt from his book, Indiana Politics During the Civil War (1949):
There was an earthy quality in Voorhees, “the tall sycamore of the Wabash.” On the stump his hot temper, passionate partisanship, and stirring eloquence made an irresistible appeal to the western Democracy. His bitter cries against protective tariffs and national banks, his intense race prejudice, his suspicion of the eastern Yankee, his devotion to personal liberty, his defense of the Constitution and state rights faithfully reflected the views of his constituents. Like other Jacksonian agrarians he resented the political and economic revolution then in progress. Voorhees idealized a way of life which he thought was being destroyed by the current rulers of his country. His bold protests against these dangerous trends made him the idol of the Democracy of the Wabash Valley.
Indiana has certainly changed a lot since then, and one can only imagine how frightened and outraged our contemporary senators would be to hear a country gentleman stand before them and represent the honest and true interests of his constituents. The “tall sycamore of the Wabash” may have died long ago, but the spirit of the Wabash Valley lives on, however muddied and muted, in our apartments and our trailers, in our family farms and our factory floors.
If one can envision Voorhees confronting McCain, one can begin to understand what happened in the 2008 presidential election, one in which Indiana surprised the nation by abandoning its “Red State” tradition. While Democrats would like to claim that Hoosiers had a dramatic change of heart, the statistical data confirms that we lost heart. The cosmopolitans, foreigners, and Black underclasses of Indianapolis and Gary came out in force for their messiah and the Hoosiers treated John McCain like a pariah.
But after decades of being openly betrayed and insulted by McCain, how were they supposed to react? This is the same McCain who dismissed evangelical Christians as “agents of intolerance”. This is the same McCain who has made it his personal mission to grant amnesty and citizenship to tens of millions of illegal invaders. This is the same McCain who angrily dismissed supporting family farmers as “pork” while vowing to continue sending the sons and daughters of those farmers to die in the desert for Israel for the next hundred years.
Rather than learn an obvious lesson from the Democrats who had effectively rallied their base to victory, the Republicans earned their nickname “The Stupid Party”. They appointed some random Black guy, Michael Steele, to lead the party in a craven attempt to embrace diversity. Steele has supported Roe v. Wade, gay marriage, an unconstitutional ban on assault rifles, and (of course) Affirmative Action. The GOP has made it very clear that they would just rather not have Hoosier votes, and are making strong efforts to reach out to the Hispanic invaders and hip-hop thugs who are rapidly replacing traditional American voters.
Every Hoosier must make a private decision as to whether to try to revive the GOP or embrace an alternative like the Constitution Party, but they must resist the impulse to abandon political activity. Engaging in political activity does not even require either voting or joining a political party. There are some fine organizations, like the Council of Conservative Citizens, which enable us to organize and make a difference without compromising our principles.
Our options for defending our way of life through peaceful means are growing fewer and fewer with each passing year, which is why it’s imperative that we begin organizing on a local level immediately. The science is in, the statistics are freely available, and our opponents are openly working to replace our America with its globalist cosmopolitan regime. The time has passed when Hoosiers could plead ignorance. The only explanation for inaction at this point is cowardice.
Hoosier Nation – Hoosier Economics
America’s economic foundation was originally built on agriculture, industry, and innovation. Over the last century, this foundation has been steadily eroded. The family farm gave way to agribusiness. The manufacturers went overseas. Rather than the practical and technological innovations of Henry Ford and William Shockley, America now innovates the financial instruments of Michael Milken and Bernie Madoff. Where we were once the world’s creditor, we are now the world’s debtor. Where we were once the world’s exporter, we are now the world’s importer.
While our trading partners have jealously protected their industries, America has been held hostage to the dogma of “free trade” and globalism. Even industries which are vital to our national security are carelessly shipped off to our rivals. Even our farms are now tilled by third world invaders at the behest of global corporations. We once enjoyed the independence and security that only working off of the land or earning an honest day’s wage for an honest day of work allowed us. Now we are more and more frequently resigned to working multiple service jobs as we struggle to avoid foreclosure and repossession.
Millions of American workers have been forced to trade in their overalls for fast food uniforms. Millions of Americans who once truly owned land now either rent apartments or pay mortgage payments to the faceless global conglomerates that actually own everything. Even those who truly own their land are bled dry by spiraling property taxes. The theft of our country is not some abstract thing. Chances are that your home, your car, and much of the rest of what you “own” is only yours at the discretion of the money changers who wield the ability to seize it from you as soon as you fall on hard times.
Americans are inclined to fall back on their Protestant instincts, blaming themselves for becoming decadent, not working hard enough, not saving, investing, and scrimping diligently enough. There is some truth in this, and it is true that our predicament is ultimately our fault. But our culpability originates in our failure to defend our monetary system and our treasury from opportunistic financiers. Even our new “consumer culture” can be largely traced back to enticements and propaganda bought by the parasites to induce more bleeding.
When our country signed on to the Federal Reserve Act in 1913, we put the welfare and ultimate fate of our nation in the hands of private banking interests. Since that fateful decision, our monetary system has been driven away from honest money in the form of commodities and toward debt currency. Steadily and patiently, the moneychangers have lured us into a system which is bleeding us dry.
We must now work at a feverish pace just to pay the interest on the trillions of debt amassed by previous generations. We must now borrow trillions from our rivals, increase taxes, conjure up new taxes, and inflate the money supply just to escape the threat of foreclosure on a global scale – a crushing depression. We are encouraged to fork over tens of thousands to get college degrees because it’s harder to support your family without a degree. Then the bar is raised even higher, and even a four year degree no longer guarantees a decent living wage.
There is, however, a way out. If Indiana secedes, repudiating the federal deficit and switching over to honest money, then within a matter of years, we can recover. By returning to our founding principles, we can very rapidly regain both liberty and prosperity. Contrast the wise counsel of Ben Franklin, of avoiding unnecessary spending and patiently investing with the counsel of the international bankers and their Keynesian stooges who claim that excessive consumerism, consumption, and credit are the solution.
In fact, Ben Franklin claimed that the American Revolution was largely propelled by the same situation Indiana now finds itself in relative to our federal government –
The colonies would gladly have borne the little tax on tea and other matters had it not been that England took away from the colonies their money, which created unemployment and dissatisfaction. The inability of colonists to get power to issue their own money permanently out of the hands of George the III and the international bankers was the PRIME reason for the Revolutionary War.
There are multiple valid perspectives on every sizable issue, and it’s inappropriate to entirely frame our predicament in strictly economic terms. However, our capitulation to debt slavery is a primary cause of our current financial misery. Moreover, it is the primary source of funds for our opponents to wield in the other fronts. It’s the primary reason why piles of books, hours of cable news shows, and reams of print media are produced in defense of their institutionalized embezzlement while patriots like Dr. Ron Paul have to rely on YouTube videos and volunteers to try to reach people with the truth.
Hoosier Nation – Hoosier Religion
Much of America’s founding population had fled to the New World to escape the oppressive and degenerate quasi-religious bureaucracies of Europe. It’s no accident that our founding fathers, a group with a diverse range of religious perspectives, designed this nation with religious freedom in mind. America in general and Indiana in particular served as a Petri dish of religious expression. Most of the experiments, like the New Harmony community in Southern Indiana, failed – but others have proven quite durable. While some, like the Peoples Temple of Jim Jones ended in disaster, others, like the Amish and Mennonite communities that are flourishing here, may ultimately prove more durable than the society around them.
Two defining characteristics of religiosity in Indiana are its universally Christian character and its liveliness. Religion throughout Europe and among the cosmopolitans in America has been relegated to a status of lifeless ritual, struggling to remain relevant by cravenly following the modern trends. An uncompromisingly Christian worldview remains, however, throughout much of America’s heartland.
This worldview is embattled in Indiana, as it is elsewhere, by the dual forces of scientific discovery and modernism. Scientific discovery, with its emerging portrait of an Earth randomly positioned in the Universe which is billions of years old, apparently contradicts the vision of a recent creation of mankind. Modernists feign an alliance with science, but it is an uneasy one at best, since research threatens to topple their own idols of human interchangeability, environmental determinism, racial nihilism, Keynesian economics, and Freudo-Marxist Utopianism as surely as it threatens a literal seven day interpretation of Genesis.
Progress depends on our steadily working to reconcile our faith with our knowledge. This does not necessarily imply compromise and does not necessarily imply capitulation to a godless and reductionist worldview. It certainly does not, as the cosmopolitans confidently declare, imply a rejection of God in favor of their barren humanist platitudes. If anything, research shows that the most traditional and faithful populations are the most sustainable and content.
While a casual stroll through a nursing home followed by a visit to a high school cafeteria shows a seismic shift in Indiana’s people from traditional folks to “citizens of the world”, Indiana’s transformation has been slower than most states. Behind the superficial facade of chain restaurants, strip malls, and ranch homes smolder the warm embers of the once-vibrant core of Jacksonian democracy, of a unique and distinct Anglo-American ethnonational spirit.
Biographer William Manchester borrows from David Riesman in defining three general types of people in “American Caesar”, a biography of General MacArthur…
“The world may be explained in sociological terms. David Riesman describes three basic social personalities in The Lonely Crowd. ‘Other-directed’ people pattern their behavior on what their peers expect of them. Suburban America’s men in gray-flannel suits are other-directed. ‘Inner-directed’ people are guided by what they have been trained to expect of themselves. [General Douglas] MacArthur was inner-directed. The third type, the ‘tradition-directed,’ has not been seen in the West since the Middle Ages. Tradition-directed people hardly think of themselves as individuals; their conduct is determined by folk rituals handed down from the past.”
While Riesman is generally accurate about the decline of the tradition-directed type in Western Civilization, he fails to recognize that specimens of this category remained in the rural periphery of Europe, particularly among the Scotch-Irish highlanders, into contemporary times. Their disappearance from the record is merely an artefact of their invisibility to the city dwellers who document these matters.
In their “Appalachian granny magic”, their folk rituals, folk remedies, and folk tales, these last practitioners of European tradition survived throughout Appalachia and the Southern Midwest up until very recently. Luckily, much of this has been recorded in the popular and informative Foxfire series of books, books which explain how to hand-craft a mountain dulcimer, how to plant by the signs, and how to live a traditional life with the plentiful resources available in America’s rich wilderness. Interviews with faith healers and other mystics dwelling in the hills and hollers of the forest provide an insight into a worldview which has gone from ubiquity to near extinction within a couple generations.
Our world is now one in which man looks outward to his fellow man when seeking to improve his condition and downward toward material progress when seeking hope and faith. We were once a truly Christian nation, one which looked inward toward our own sinful nature when seeking to improve our condition and upward toward the heavens in matters of hope and faith. Christianity as we know it is unlikely to survive in this spiritual vacuum, replaced by a humiliating spectacle of youth pastors beat-boxing for Jesus and “Christian Zionist” warmongers invoking God and scripture to lend gravitas to their bloodthirsty campaigns of imperial aggression.
Returning back to our traditional and religious roots will likely require turning our backs on our contemporary religious institutions. To the extent that they read into scripture dangerous notions of globalism, humanism, and imperial warfare, they are hostile to our Christian republic and its foundations. Many of them, converted to a monetary worldview, fight obsessively to end financial poverty in the far corners of the globe while turning a blind eye toward the moral bankruptcy festering in their pews. It would be great if they would serve as uncompromising sanctuaries for their congregation instead of sanctuaries for hostile foreigners for a change.
This question of faith and worldview is not merely an academic or sentimental one. America’s military strength lied in its vanguard of Scotch-Irish warriors whose traditional worldview and religious conviction propelled them into battle. America’s economic strength lied in its Protestant work ethic and its Christian aversion to wastefulness, usury, and debt. America’s diplomatic strength lied in its status as a light unto the other nations. Perhaps even God’s favor, which appears to have granted us two centuries of blessings and safety, may be withdrawn as our government and its minions turn their backs on him.
Hoosier Nation – Hoosier Sovereignty
We’re not leaving America, America left us. This federal government, with its colonies of cosmopolitans and third world slum dwellers, never did share our founding principles. It’s openly hostile to the traditions of the founding nationality from which those principles emerged. This regime not only ignores our constitution, it assails our constitution. This regime not only ignores its constituents, it is engaged in a plot to abolish the electorate and appoint a new global constituency.
This chapter is titled “sovereignty” and not “secession” because it is sovereignty, and not necessarily secession, which we must rally to defend and must not compromise. If we can persuade the federal government to honor the 10th Amendment right to govern ourselves then secession will be unnecessary. Since that prospect is very unlikely, secession will almost certainly be our only alternative to subjugation. Self-governance is our right under the laws of God, nature, international law, and our constitution.
Skeptics and opponents will tell us that the Civil War changed all that, that it meant that states are no longer what they were envisioned to be by our founders, but are now merely administrative districts of the federal government. Might doesn’t make right, and a deeper investigation of history shows that hundreds of nations throughout history have managed to throw off the yokes of their overlords and become independent. Within the last couple decades, the powerful military machine of the Soviet Union failed to thwart several states declaring and receiving their independence from Moscow. Even starving and powerless Africans managed to defy their European imperial overlords and assert independence.
Our federal government appears invincible at the moment, but this is superficial. Its apparent strength is built on the most unstable foundation conceivable. It relies on borrowing the greatest amount possible from increasingly impatient foreign governments against empty promises for unlimited usurpation of the unlimited wealth of future American workers. It relies on taxing hundreds of millions of Americans to the very limits of what they can bear. It relies on the threadbare fiction retained by its subjects that it’s both legitimate and stable – and it is neither.
Only time will tell how or when the bubble will burst. It will not endure. Like all bubbles of speculation and subterfuge heaped upon speculation and subterfuge, it relies on the illusions in the hearts and minds of its participants. When this illusion is compromised, the foreign investors will come after the trillions they’ve already lent and shut off the trillions which were required to pay the compounding interest on the trillions it already borrowed. What additional debt it will be able to amass will be much less, and at a dramatically higher cost.
While money is just money, this nation has become an asylum. It requires trillions in imprisonment, policing, capital infusion into third world enclaves, and multicult propaganda just to hold off a descent into martial law. If the welfare checks pouring into Detroit started to bounce, or the currency which they rely on became totally debased, millions of third world gangsters would become desperate and radicalized. If our prisons experience a cascade failure, our streets will flood with the MILLIONS of deviant wretches that our federal government has worked so diligently to hide from us.
This doomsday scenario is not something which merely could happen, it’s something which is imminent. California is leading the nation in both fiscal insolvency and the staged unraveling of government services which threatens to snowball into anarchy. Assuredly, Washington won’t let California burn, and will call upon its creditors and the other 49 states to bail the state out. It must be understood that California cannot be saved. The state government cannot save itself. Demographic and social forces much larger and more important than a mere state budget guarantee that California, and several states like it, will become entirely dependent upon federal aid to stave off implosion.
But it won’t actually stop the pain. It will only transfer that pain onto those states and communities which haven’t been entirely inundated with hostile and unproductive invaders. At some point, Americans in general, and Hoosiers in particular, will grow increasingly hostile and unproductive themselves. They’ll grow to resent what little wealth they can create in these difficult times being plucked from their fists just to buy some time before the inevitable implosion of the federal government’s social experiments.
But while the wholesale implosion of the federal government is imminent, we can’t be premature in our reaction. We can’t act until the average Hoosier realizes that secession is our only option. At the time of this writing, the federal government is still omnipotent, the federal fiction is still believed by the majority of Hoosiers, and the federal government has managed to avoid inflicting pain in the form of outrageous taxation. Sure, taxes and inflation are painful right now, but they’ll be stunningly worse in the near future.
Our task now is not to begin seceding, but to work to awaken our friends, family, and neighbors in Indiana to the situation. Even if they don’t believe you, even if they look at you like you’re crazy, tell them anyway. What will appear crazy to them at the moment will appear prophetic to them when these events unfold. Loan them a copy of this book, as a mere novelty for their amusement. At the very least, offer them some inkling of awareness of our existence and our message, so that they’ll know what to do and who to listen to when they do have ears to hear.
Hoosier Nation – Hoosier Survivalism
Assuring the survival of your family and your countrymen requires first and foremost that you assure the survival of yourself. Effectively resisting the federal government requires that you learn how to survive independently of it. Much of this work is hard work, unrewarding work, secretive and difficult work. It is, however, essential work, more important than any other work you can do. Our cause absolutely requires that we in its vanguard survive and remain free.
If you don’t already live on your own plot of land in the country, try to do so. Living out in the wilderness offers a degree of insulation from whatever madness is unfolding in the towns and especially in the larger cities. It offers a degree of privacy as you take steps to assure your survival which the federal government fears. It also offers access to the land, which you may need to live off of if the federal and corporate infrastructure disintegrates.
At the very least, prepare a “bug-out bag” for yourself and your family members. Create a backpack for each of you which contains enough food, water, and supplies to last for a couple days in the event of a crisis. If you have friends or relatives who live in the country, this bag can hold you over until you make it to their home and ask for refuge. If you find yourself pursued by federal agents for violating one of their intrusive regulations, this bag can allow you to survive on the lam. If a job loss and spiraling inflation ruin you financially, this bag can be something to turn to when you’ve exhausted all of your alternatives.
Stock up on firearms and ammunition. This is wise for a few reasons other than the obvious reason of empowering you to defend yourself and your loved ones. Ammunition and firearms hold a relatively stable value even in times of peace, and become much more valuable as barter items in times of uncertainty and danger. While gold and precious metals will almost certainly prove wise stores of value if the federal fiat currency becomes worthless, weapons and ammunition will prove to be more practical exchange items in the critical first few days and weeks of a nightmarish unraveling of polite society.
While owning land, having a bug-out bag, and stocking up on some weapons and ammo are things that nearly everybody can and should do, those are really the bare minimum. There are a few great books on the subject of survivalism, books which are very practical and detailed, which delve into the details of food storage, gardening, livestock production, and surviving “off-grid”. Bear in mind that even my warnings prove to be entirely baseless, there’s an exhilarating sense of empowerment that comes from assuring the welfare and independence of yourself and your family.
Turn off the television, but don’t settle for boredom. Buy a mountain dulcimer and download folk songs off of the web to play for your friends and family. Learn how to play euchre and host a weekly night of playing euchre, playing Cornhole, and jamming with folk instruments. Don’t throw away your television altogether, but stock up on the classics, the old Disney animation classics for the children, the Westerns, and the legendary films like Passion of the Christ. Take the steps necessary to assure that this transition is as welcome as possible by investing time and energy in superior alternatives. Whatever you do, avoid imposing boredom and risking demoralization for your loved ones and yourself.
Perhaps the most effective propaganda of all is realizing true independence in your lifestyle and habits. Your living of a simple, enriching, and independent life which is immersed in family and tradition can only gnaw at the threadbare patience of your friends and neighbors who remain on the soul-sucking hamster wheel of modernity. Nothing persuades folks that something is possible and desirable more than accomplishing it yourself and enjoying the fruits of your accomplishment in plain sight.
Hoosier Nation – Hoosier Activism
Becoming an angry citizen is a start, and inspiring an angry mob is a next step, but it takes more than awareness and numbers to become a movement. Countless groups have risen up, only to be crushed by the superior designs or brute force of their opponents. Countless groups have gathered, only to become stuck, descending into infighting and irrelevance. Transcending the pitfalls and becoming a successful movement (rather than a “stuckment”) is both a science and an art, one which is frequently propelled to success by chance and timing.
To defeat the enemy, one must first define him, then one must defy him, and finally one must destroy him. While the federal government is the largest and most omnipresent threat, it’s merely an institution which is controlled and manipulated by the enemy. One difference between a cat and a dog is that when you throw a stick in its direction, a cat will look at the stick, while the dog will look at you. We must be more like the dog, looking past the effects, seeing through the symptoms, and finding the root causes.
This process can be intellectually exhausting, as each layer appears to conceal yet another layer beneath it – like a Russian doll. Focus on the brick and mortar institutions which exist within and operate within Indiana for now. These are merely tentacles of a much larger squid enveloping the entire world, but an exploration beyond this level threatens to spiral into a thesis more befitting a Dan Brown novel than this brief introduction to Hoosier sovereignty.
The academic, media, and financial institutions are the cornerstone institutions which serve as bases of power – power over our overclass, our underclass, and our political class. Through our academic institutions, they control public thought, dictating the dichotomies and paradigms within which our people are to think. Their admissions processes explicitly limit the number of traditional Americans which are allowed to participate, subject those who enter to years of indoctrination, then appoint the most gifted and the most compliant to occupy their tenured sinecures.
The media institutions perform essentially the same function, only toward a more general audience and with a more specific political impact. Rather than relying on government largess, tuition, and secretive sponsors, the media relies on advertisers, subscribers, and secretive sponsors. Rather than manipulating the thinking class, the media outlets spoon-feed the middle class. Through this choke point, they can exert a tremendous influence on which issues receive attention and which issues disappear down the memory hole, which politicians are elected and which politicians are disgraced (or ignored).
The financial institutions are perhaps the most difficult to understand and the most influential. Basically, our monetary system is founded on a process of institutionalized embezzlement. Our stock markets are merely a storefront for a vast underworld of “derivatives” which we cannot regulate or participate in. We can only suffer the seismic effects of the trillions of dollars in wealth which have been siphoned from the legitimate economy. Our role as Hoosiers is to be squeezed between an inflating currency, an increasing tax burden, and dwindling options.
Sometimes, we have an opportunity to catch a rare glimpse into the underground economy, as was the case with Bernie Madoff when his Ponzi scheme unraveled in broad daylight. Not only did it become apparent that the most powerful and influential men of Wall Street are irredeemable crooks, it became apparent that the beneficiaries of this zeitgeist are a swarm of tax exempt ethnic lobbying organizations and leftist political groups which are themselves machines behind what are perceived to be legitimate political organizations (of both the left and the right).
Taking on these wealthy and powerful institutions seems impossible. They have salaried activists while we have amateur volunteers. They have national media campaigns while we have self-printed flyers. They hire lobbyists to wine and dine representatives while we can only write a letter or make a phone call.
The odds are stacked against us. If we play by their rules and use their methods then we’ll continue to fail. But we do have some advantages and there are some proven rules for effective cultural activism that we can follow to capitalize on those advantages.
Our first advantage is that we’re right. The vision we’re attempting to sell isn’t as glossy, but it’s compatible with what people see in their daily lives. People see that the Affirmative Action hire isn’t as good at his job as Joe used to be. People see the faces on the crime stories in the local news. People see that the immigrants are taking their jobs.
People see the double standards. They see that they’re discouraged from acknowledging their heritage while others are encouraged to wear theirs on their sleeve. People see that the representatives say one thing while campaigning then do another thing in office.
People see many of the dots, but are discouraged from connecting the dots by pervasive brainwashing and intimidation campaigns. But intimidation campaigns don’t always stop people from connecting the dots; they just silence those who do.
Our message is also innately more appealing to people. Americans generally prefer liberty over government control. They generally prefer national sovereignty over globalism. They generally prefer traditional American communities and schools over the hostile and chaotic multicultural bazaar.
To reach people with our message and start achieving victories at the local level to build on, we have to become “community organizers”. We have to combine proven techniques and new ideas with real social activism. “Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid.”
Gordon Baum, the CEO of the Council of Conservative Citizens, has summarized an effective general strategy in his list of “Five Rules for Effective Cultural Activism”. These rules are practical and proven guidelines for bypassing the media filter, championing winnable issues, and forcing politicians to support us on those issues.
Rule 1: All politics are local.
While our opponents work down from the top, we must work up from the bottom. We have to begin at the kitchen table, working our way through the neighborhood and up to the community. We can have the biggest effect by aggressively campaigning at the local and state level on issues that actually effect people in their daily lives.
We have to market ourselves as what we are – the only folks who are actually working to protect our jobs, our schools, and our neighborhoods. The best way to do this is to actually be working to protect those things at the local level.
Principles and national politics are important, but what people actually care about in their daily lives are the issues that directly impact them. These are often the issues that we can directly impact. Frequently, these are local issues, issues too “small” for our opponents to be bothered with.
The benefits of beginning with the community are greater than merely increasing our opportunity for success. We also differentiate ourselves from other groups that preach a lot of big ideas and sip a lot of coffee but don’t actually hit the pavement and make a stand. When Hoosiers are ready to fight for national change, they’ll trust the folks who’ve been in their homes and at their city council meetings fighting for change – not armchair ideologues.
Rule 2: Let your politicians know you can help them or hurt them.
The path of least resistance for the typical politician is to parrot the “populist” script when on the trail, and then obey the lobbyists and party hacks when on the committee. While it would be dandy if politicians held themselves accountable, that responsibility rests on us.
Politicians, especially at the local level, can be influenced by the voters – but only if the voters prove themselves organized, persistent, and prepared to hold them accountable. When they work for us, we work for them. When they work against us, we work against them.
A well-orchestrated local campaign to raise awareness of a politician selling out his constituents can have a great long-term effect. The politician loses support, support that he can recapture by reprioritizing. Other politicians take note.
Rule 3: Choose your issues carefully.
We have fewer resources than our opponents. If we don’t choose our battles wisely, we’ll continue to be steamrolled. We need to focus on the issues that folks talk about at the dinner table and care about in their daily lives. By doing this, we establish ourselves as the organization fighting for them and mobilize them to join that fight.
The winnable issues are out there. They’re frequently the ones that politicians attempt to pass without the public learning about them. The media’s not going to alert the people to what the lobbyists and politicians are up to. That’s our job. Our job is to keep track of the issues and focus our finite time and resources on the winnable ones.
There’s the obvious benefit to winning a battle in the fight for traditional conservative values. Winning also increases morale, attracts talented people, and attracts the support of people who want to invest in an organization with a proven record of success. While we can’t win every issue, we can improve our odds of success by strategically focusing our resources.
Rule 4: You need to control the controlled media and bypass them completely whenever you can.
Most of the mainstream media operates through national and regional outlets. At the community level, we can lead and direct the public debate in a way that’s far more difficult when we’re on the enemy’s turf (national politics).
But to lead and direct the public debate, we have to have the right tools, we have to know how to use those tools, and we have to use those tools in a consistent and coordinated way. We have to have templates for flyers, know how to use radio, know how to use the local paper, and know how to use alternative media.
Issues-based campaigns are fought and won in a manner similar to how elections are fought and won. The marketing has to reach as many people as possible from several media. Yard signs need to be put up, websites offering full details on the issue have to be created, phone banks have to be staffed, and hands have to be shaken.
Rallies or protests may be appropriate. These can often empower us to “make our own news” by attracting the attention of the local media. While local newspapers and radio stations are often sympathetic, we can’t expect them to cover our press releases, protests, or letters to the editor. Tape and photograph the event. Don’t rely on the media to cover the event fairly, if it even covers it at all.
Rule 5: Get the best people you can to support you.
Successful movements are driven by a core of dedicated leaders. These respected, self-disciplined, motivated, and intelligent individuals are the vanguard of political activism. While it’s obviously important to prod and persuade the apolitical masses, these masses require natural leaders if they are to accomplish anything.
When you have the best people, the rest of the people are more inclined to associate themselves with your movement. It’s simple human nature to be attracted to winners. They also self-motivate, unlike the apolitical masses, which require regular reminding that they’re fighting an uphill battle to preserve their way of life.
Network with folks who are already politically active. Even people who are apparently politically incompatible can often find common ground if they scratch beneath the surface. A fervent Democrat might be so because he sees the Democratic Party as the party of the working man. Many liberals are against the war, or at least they were until Obama became the designated warmonger.
It’s important to understand the difference between politics and principles. Political activities are merely means to the end of supporting our principles. Collaborate with parties and movements when they share a common goal, but only toward that goal. None of the major political parties precisely aligns with our goals and we can’t afford to be taken for granted as a voting bloc.
Our mission is bigger than bigger than petty partisan politics. It’s bigger than “liberals and conservatives”. We are in this current system and will deal with it, but we’re not “of” this system. The fate of our traditional American way of life may depend on the focus and courage of a handful of dedicated patriots.
Hoosier Nation – Conclusion
Those who were expecting a detailed explication of how Indiana is to become a sovereign country may be disappointed. But where there’s a will, there’s a way. Our task at this point is to stoke the will. The details will resolve themselves if the determination is there. While the unraveling of empires and imploding of speculative bubbles are things which can be confidently predicted, the precise nature which a people liberate themselves is too circumstantial, too dependent on future situations which have yet to unfold.
If anything, the urge to seriously reflect on the details of secession at this point is a temptation to be resisted. Perhaps a larger “Middle American Republic” will take shape. Perhaps the Chinese will invade to restore order and secure our weapons of mass destruction when the bubble bursts. Perhaps a righteous and resurgent Russia will force our weakened federal government to abide by its constitution. Pondering on all of these possibilities can be an amusing exercise for the active mind, but it shouldn’t be mistaken for the serious business of uniting our people with a common goal of survival and freedom.
Life can be frustrating for some of us who have been aware of these threats to our survival and freedom. How do you play the role of Paul Revere when fewer and fewer Americans even know who he was or what he did? At best, we appear like a confused Chicken Little, and at worst their minds flash with visions of Nazis marching, Southern mobs lynching, and skinheads stomping. But one must bear in mind that decades of conditioning have guided them to dread a traditional American revolution as surely as Pavlov’s dogs salivated.
Worldviews, once ingrained, can be difficult to dislodge. This one is especially difficult to dislodge, given that the economic bubble has flooded our enemies with cash to silence us, cash to buy off our politicians, cash to appease the “sheeple”, and cash to hide the problems under the rug. But once they realize that their currency is utterly worthless and the social problems start unraveling from every direction, sentiment could snap in our favor within weeks.
To be the vanguards of that revolution, we must do more than merely awaken, we must prepare. We must awaken others. We must offer a clear path back to safe harbor. But we must also be discrete, shrewd, and patient in our work until the time is ripe. We will need to be like Johnny Appleseed, humble and persistent as we plant the seeds of Hoosier sovereignty. We will need to be like Daniel Boone, prepared to survive in the wilderness. We will need to be like Davy Crockett, prepared to fight to the death for our liberty and our heritage.
We will need to become true Hoosiers again.