Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mexican Citizens Who Toppled Cartels Rewarded With Government Retaliation

Brandon Smith
Activist Post


There is one rule to citizen defiance that, in my opinion, surpasses all others in strategic importance; and it is a rule that I have tried to drive home for many years. I would call it the “non-participation principle” and would summarize it as follows:

When facing a corrupt system, provide for yourself and your community those necessities that the system cannot or will not. Become independent from establishment-controlled paradigms. If you and your community do this, the system will have one of two choices:
1) Admit that you do not need them anymore and fade into the fog of history, OR...
2) Reveal its tyrannical nature in full and attempt to force you back into dependence.
In either case, the citizenry gains the upper hand. Even in the event of government retaliation or a full-blown shooting war, dissenting movements maintain the moral high ground, which is absolutely vital to legitimate victory. No revolutionary movement for freedom can succeed without honoring this rule. All independent solutions to social destabilization and despotism rely on it. Any solutions that ignore it are destined for failure.

I am hard-pressed to think of a better recent example of the non-participation principle in action than the rise of Mexican citizen militias in the Western state of  Michoacán.



Michoacán, like most of Mexico, has long been overrun with violent drug cartels that terrorized private citizens while Mexican authorities did little to nothing in response. I could easily cite the abject corruption of the Mexican government as the primary culprit in the continued dominance of cartel culture. I could also point out the longtime involvement of the CIA in drug trafficking in Mexico and its negative effects on the overall social development of the nation. This is not conspiracy theory, but openly recognized fact.

The Mexican people have nowhere to turn; and this, in my view, has always been by design. Disarmed and suppressed while government-aided cartels bleed the public dry, it is no wonder that many Mexicans have turned to illegal immigration as a means of escape. The Mexican government, in turn, has always fought for a more porous border with the U.S. exactly because it WANTS dissenting and dissatisfied citizens to run to the United States instead of staying and fighting back. My personal distaste for illegal immigration has always been predicated on the fact that it allows the criminal oligarchy within Mexico to continue unabated without opposition. Unhappy Mexicans can simply run away from their problems to America and feed off our wide-open welfare system. They are not forced to confront the tyranny within their own country. Under this paradigm, Mexico would never change for the better.

Some in the Mexican public, however, have been courageous enough to stay and fight back against rampant theft, kidnapping and murder.

The people of  Michoacán, fed up with the fear and subjugation of the cartels and the inaction of the government, have taken a page from the American Revolution, organizing citizen militias that have now driven cartels from the region almost entirely. These militias have decided to no longer rely upon government intervention and have taken independent action outside of the forced authoritarian structure.

The fantastic measure of this accomplishment is not appreciated by many people in America. Though many cartels are populated by well-trained former Mexican military special ops and even covert operations agents, the citizens of  Michoacán have proven that the cartels are a paper tiger. They can be defeated through guerrilla tactics and force of will, which many nihilists often deny is even possible.

NPR reported:
Joel Gutierrez, a militia member of the Michoacan region, says residents were “sick of the cartel kidnapping, murdering and stealing.” 
“That’s why we took up arms,” says Gutierrez, 19. “The local and state police did nothing to protect us.”
The militia men have been patrolling their towns and inspecting cars at checkpoints like this one for nearly a year. All that time, federal police did little to stop them, and at times seemed to encourage the movement. 
But that tacit approval appeared to end last weekend, when the number of the militias mushroomed and surrounded Apatzingan, a town of 100,000 people and the Knights Templar’s stronghold. A major battle between the militias and the cartel seemed imminent. 
The federal government sent in thousands of police and troops to disarm the civilian patrols. A deadly confrontation ensued. Federal soldiers fired into a crowd of civilian militia supporters, killing two. 
Militia leader Estanislao Beltran says the government should have gone after the real criminals, the Knights Templar, and not those defending themselves. He vehemently denies rumors that he takes funds from a rival group. 
“The cartels have been terrorizing us for more than a decade,” Beltran says. “Why would we side with any of them?”
Initially, local authorities encouraged the militias, or stayed out of their way. The citizens armed themselves with semi-automatic weapons, risking government reprisal, in order to defend their homes; and so far, they have been victorious. One would think that the federal government of Mexico would be enthusiastic about such victories against the cartels they claim to have been fighting against for decades; but when common citizens take control of their own destinies, this often incurs the wrath of the establishment as well.

The Mexican government has decided to reward the brave people of  Michoacán with the threat of military invasion and disarmament.

In some cases, government forces have indeed fired upon militia supporters, killing innocents while exposing the true intentions of the Mexican political structure.

Mainstream media coverage of the situation in the western states of Mexico has been minimal at best; and I find the more I learn about the movement in the region, the more I find a kinship with them. Whether we realize it or not, we are fighting the same fight. We are working toward the same goal of liberty, though we speak different languages and herald from different cultures. Recent government propaganda accusing  Michoacán militias of “working with rival cartels” should ring familiar with those of us in the American liberty movement. We are the new “terrorists,” the new bogeymen of the faltering American epoch. We are painted as the villains; and in this, strangely, I find a considerable amount of solace.

If the liberty movement were not effective in its activism, if we did not present a legitimate threat to the criminal establishment, they would simply ignore us rather than seek to vilify us.

The militias of  Michoacán have taken a stand. They have drawn their line in the sand, and I wish I could fight alongside them. Of course, we have our own fight and our own enemies to contend with here in the United States. As this fight develops, we have much to learn from the events in Western Mexico. Government retaliation has been met with widespread anger from coast to coast. And despite the general mainstream media mitigation of coverage, the American public is beginning to rally around the people of Michoacan as well. The non-participation principle prevails yet again.

The liberty movement in the U.S. must begin providing mutual aid and self-defense measures in a localized fashion if we have any hope of supplanting the effects of globalization and centralized Federal totalitarianism. We must begin constructing our own neighborhood watches, our own emergency response teams, our own food and medical supply stores, and our own alternative economies and trade markets that do not rely on controlled networks. We must break from the system and, in the process, break the system entirely.

Even now, we are beginning to understand the subversive transformation of our own law enforcement structure, and find a system designed to protect the criminal establishment, not the people. The FBI, for example, has recently changed the language of its primary mission statement, claiming that their goal is "national security", not law enforcement.

Police department across the U.S. are also changing how they interpret their mandate. U.S. courts have ruled that police departments do not have a constitutional duty to protect citizens from harm, rather, they simply exist to enforce legal code after a crime has already been perpetrated. This means that local police are no longer considered "peace officers", but agents of bureaucracy who are not necessarily required to defend the citizenry from violent action. The terrors Mexican citizens face in  Michoacán are coming to America, and if disarmament proponents have their way, we will have no means to stop it.

I am growing increasingly exhausted with the incessant rationalizations of frightened activists posing as non-aggression proponents; the same kinds of people who refuse to even entertain the probability that physical self defense will be needed against corrupt government. The pungent smog of cowardice that follows them curls the nostrils, and the obvious transparency of their fear is a bit sickening. I wish I could convey how refreshing it is to witness a group of common people, regardless of nationality, with a set of brass ball bearings large enough to face off against government supported drug cartels notorious for mass murder and decapitation.

If you want see into the future, into the destiny of America, I suggest you examine carefully the developments of the  Michoacán region. It is no mistake that good men and women are being disarmed around the world, and America is certainly not exempt. Look at what happens when we are not helpless! We can crush cold and calculating drug cartels as easily as we can crush psychopathic government entities. We are capable of superhuman feats. We are capable of globalist overthrow. We are capable of unthinkable greatness, as long as we are not distracted by false solutions and false leaders who lure us away from localized action towards centralized non-events.

The rise of Mexican non-participation groups gives me much hope for the future. For if the most corrupt and criminally saturated of societies can find it within themselves to fight, to truly fight, regardless of the obstacles and regardless of the supposed consequences, then there is a chance for us all. We must look beyond the odds of success and become men — real men — once again. We must face down evil, without reservation and without apprehension first by separating from the system, and then by standing our ground. We must be willing to risk everything; otherwise, there is absolutely nothing to gain.

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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Viva Zapata

Anonymous said...

the state IS a cartel, maybe they'll deal with them too.

Anonymous said...

Excellent article, Brandon!!!!! You hit the nail on the head with this whole situation here AND abroad. When that first bullet is fired here it's going to be only the first of many. I think that this time, though, the first 'shot heard around the world' has already been fired but the sheep here have been too sleepy to hear it. Thank you for trying to wake up more people so they'll stand up.

The article yesterday about the citizens arrest attempt for that British jackass make me want to gag. If we all simper and crawl away like that bartender did then we'll never get anywhere. It takes cajones to take back your freedom and get the oppressive boot off your neck,

Anonymous said...

U.S. IS the cartel. All the agencies (DEA NSA FBI).

Anonymous said...

There is a world revolt against the new world order.

Anonymous said...

This was an amazing article.

Olly said...

I don't agree with this at all. These new groups sound too similar to the right-wing paramilitary groups in Colombia. They will be led by people who will look for more power and funding as the movement evolves. That funding will probably come from kidnappings and drugs as it did in Colombia. This isn't the start of peace, it's the start of civil war. Where did they buy automatic weapons from? Los Zetas? If the Sinaloan cartel are doing deals with the CIA, why wouldn't cartels de-stabalise regions controlled by other cartels?

Basil said...

Every society develops a police force. The Vikings attack the village, the Vikings build a castle, the Vikings are now the ruling class; they defend the village because it's theirs now. The Magnificent Seven: bandits are stealing everything. The villagers find gunmen to take on the bandits- who will take less from them.

In any society, ultimately, the police are us. They are either us, or they don't defend us, and eventually, the people push out the non-us police and set up their own. This is what you're talking about; you're not talking about doing without police. You're talking about these Mexican people pushing out security that is no longer "us" and setting up their own. The villagers should be directing the security forces. The army and police should be taking orders from them, not disarming them.

Where I live I do tell the police what to do. I'm an average citizen, but they work for me, they know it, and every one of my interactions with them goes this way. "Yes, sir, what would you like us to do?" "I want you to go over there and disperse that crowd." "Right." And they do it.

As you live in a place where the police are not "you", where you don't feel they work for you, you should realize you can't do without them. You can only replace them with people who will work for you. And stay working for you.

Anonymous said...

It can be done look into the Iceland protest , they banged those pots and pans for days and surounded the goverment buildings and did not leave till the goverment did , they also jailed the bankers and wrote the debt of their people off . Mexico has had enough of the killings and i salute them and their choice of citizen peopled protection , good on them .

Anonymous said...

The stuff that goes on in mexico is beyond crazier than wat goes on in u.s an people know that cops will take you to your own death so who can you trust you wouldnt know unless u been their or seen it or lived it

Anonymous said...

I am very proud of them! but just wanted to correct on the "like most of Mexico" part. That is very inaccurate. I live here, and that is a far exaggeration! The narcs have holds only at the north border, Michoacan and a few other little places. But main cities are not overrun at all. In US terms, that would be like having only California, Nevada and Illinois overrun. And, yes, the news here and in the US exaggerate and extrapolate any little event of violence wherever it hits but really it isn't so bad.

And WTF with you calling Mexican immigrants welfare-abusers! That's not fair at ALL! Mexicans are like every other people... some are lazy, some are hard workers, and to be honest, most of the ones I've seen in the US are actually very hard working.

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