Progressive bedwetting 101: League of the South “death squads”

M-14A bit earlier this summer, I posted an article entitled “A Bazooka in Every Pot” on our new League of the South website (here, where you are now). That posting happened to coincide with news that our friend Michael A. Peroutka had won the GOP primary in his home county in Maryland. So to make a long story short, several progressive bloggers decided it would be a swell thing to link the two in order to smear Mr. Peroutka. I can’t deny it made for some sensational yellow journalism zingers. For instance, we have this tidbit from Salon on 16 August, written by Paul Rosenberg:

“ . . . Michael Hill, recently openly fantasized about creating their own three- to five-man death squads. The squads’ ‘primary targets will not be enemy soldiers; instead, they will be political leaders, members of the hostile media, cultural icons, bureaucrats, and other of the managerial elite.’”

A few weeks earlier on 25 July, Huffington Post writer Jonathan Hutson warned his readership with this breathless headline: “GOP Leader Questions Candidate [Michael A. Peroutka] About Hate Group That Advocates Death Squads.” Not to be outdone, Right Wing Watch’s Peter Montgomery on the same day blared: “Michael Peroutka Supporter Discusses Guerrilla War Against Political, Cultural Elites.” And for a final example, on 5 August, Frederick Clarkson of Political Research Associates belched out this headline: “Let’s Not Ignore the Overt Calls for Violence from the League of the South.”

OK, we get it. You are not going to ignore our “death squads.”

Let’s back up a bit and see what all the fuss is about, other than our friend and compatriot Michael A. Peroutka having won a local GOP primary race in Maryland. Last year, in volume 7, no. 1 (January) of our quarterly tabloid The Free Magnolia, I indeed first published the scary article in question. It was one of several touching on the issue of gun control and the 2nd Amendment in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting the previous December.

Here is what I take to be the offending passage that has all these progressive panties in a wad:

“But what about that liberal canard that says that no matter how well armed the citizens are, they will never be able to defeat the modern military in a toe-to-toe confrontation? First, that presumes that the US military would fire on its own people, a question whose answer we do not know. And, second, it presumes that the fight would be a conventional one. More likely, it will be Fourth Generation Warfare, which is just another way of saying guerrilla war.

In 4Gen Warfare the lines between the military and the political, economic, cultural, and social are blurred past the point of recognition. To oversimplify, the primary targets will not be enemy soldiers; instead, they will be political leaders, members of the hostile media, cultural icons, bureaucrats, and other of the managerial elite without whom the engines of tyranny don’t run.

4Gen Warfare doesn’t require that the populace be armed equal to the military and law enforcement. In fact, having such firepower, with few exceptions (such as full-auto “assault weapons,” silencers, and a handful of other esoteric toys), would be a logistical and tactical burden to the common 3- to 5-man group so common in this type of warfare. Stealth and the concentration of firepower at certain points for a short time are the keys to successful Gen4 Warfare, whether it’s busting up a traffic roadblock, ambushing a gun confiscation raid, or taking down a high-profile tyrant. If you want more from an historical standpoint, read about Michael Collins. If you want more from a modern, practical standpoint, read Joseph P. Martino’s Resistance to Tyranny: A Primer.”

So, is this a call for those “3- to 5-man death squads” that disturb delicate progressive sensibilities or is it merely a discussion of the nature of 4Gen warfare? You decide, dear reader.

I’ll challenge all you bedwetting progs with this. You find proof that The League of the South is forming paramilitary “death squads” and then get back to your readership with it. And I’m talking about real proof—no rumor, just fact. Not what someone said (or what you thought they said) or what you construe as a threatening photo of one of us with a gun in hand or wearing camo fatigues. I’ll let you in on a little secret. We Alpha Males in The League like to talk military stuff; we like to shoot and hunt; and we like to make you Beta Males nervous by exercising our God-given right to self-protection.

In closing, I’ll say this. Even if we are—and you really have no idea on earth if we are or not–setting up a Southern militia or some other form of paramilitary organization, we are doing nothing that free men have not done for centuries. Deal with it and stop your whining.

Michael Hill

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Dr Michael Hill is President of the League of the South. He is a retired university professor of history and author of two books on Celtic warfare.