The Saxon Freemen

In the year 772 Charlemagne invaded the lands of the Saxons. It would take him more than thirty years to complete the subjugation, years that included forced conversions to Christianity - the alternative being execution - and the slaughter of 4,500 Saxon prisoners at Verden; and yet, come the year 841, the Saxons rose up one last time in an attempt to restore their old ways. Though quickly put down, it is remarkable that rebellion still dwelt in their hearts, and that old traditions had abided - underground - in the interim. A powerful love of something was passed along in their households. But what?

Certainly, these forgotten people are no less deserving of respect than the many indigenous cultures that now claim preservation as a human right. The Last of the Freemen is a tale of their descendants, living in the United States in the not-too-distant future. This allows me to explore the beliefs and qualities that made them so difficult to conquer, and to do so in a manner relevant to the modern world. In articles that follow, I will explore some themes of the novel - and more broadly, consider the cultural drivers of freedom - for anyone who finds these things of interest.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Where's my no-go zone?

   How do I get a no-go zone?  They seem to be popping up in European cities, and perhaps also here in the USA.  They sound nice for those who have them: you get to live in the company of people with whom you share a culture, a worldview.  The government stays out, but sends the checks in anyway.

   There is denial by some that these no-go zones exist; but whether one should believe mounting eyewitness accounts, or establishment mouthpieces on this, well, decide for yourself.  Some will say the phrase is at least an exaggeration.  This is perhaps true.  No doubt if a troublesome group of Christian evangelicals were to show up in one of these areas and start preaching, authorities would quickly enter to remove them.  The ruling class would find such behavior intolerable.

  Similarly, if I were to create such a zone out here in the hills and declare it a haven only for good ol’ boys, I'm sure the armored government vehicles would soon roll in.  More than likely I'd be killed by the end of it.  This uneven enforcement of law - a hallmark of every State - provides a clue to what’s really happening.

   I think of the tragic peasant uprisings in Germany at the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, during which as many as 100,000 rebellious farmers were slaughtered by the ruling class.  Nothing was to interfere with a regime of punishing taxes and arbitrary justice, and after all, the lives of peasants have never really mattered.  And never will.  It simply hasn't dawned on most middling Americans or Europeans that they are the peasants now.

  Elites today are confronted with a new sort of  instability brought on by the 'Internet Reformation' (a term coined, I believe, at The Daily Bell); as in the Reformation of old, there is widespread questioning of authority.  But those in power will not accept such dangerous insubordination, and they conspire once again to eliminate those who don't know their place.

   The farmers of 1525 took to the battlefield armed with faith rather than fighting skill.  It was easy to clear them away.  Modern rebels against the New World Order, however, are not so easily drawn into futile combat; the ruling class thus finds it necessary to Balkanize, to isolate and provoke, and to choose winners and losers.  The pace of these endeavors is accelerating; now instead of employing knights and mercenaries, they cater to special interest groups and immigrant proxies. The end result, if they succeed, will be the same.