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Echoes Of Bolshevik Revolution: Democrat Replacement Of Police With Antifa/BLM Anarchist ‘Authority’

Echoes Of Bolshevik Revolution: Democrat Replacement Of Police With Antifa/BLM Anarchist ‘Authority’

Once they consolidated power, Bolsheviks weren’t particularly interested in protecting ordinary people from the criminal element.

If I were a cop in Portland, I would have quit a long time ago. But Portland’s riot squad resigned only recently and only in protest of the indictment of one of their members for the alleged mistreatment of an Antifa member during a violent Black Lives Matter insurrection in August 2020.

I’m using the word “insurrection” pointedly. While the powers that be repeatedly try to characterize the events of January 6th as such, the threat was always blown out of proportion. The most far-reaching accusation against the unarmed January 6 rioters was that they were going to somehow kidnap the Vice President.

Presuming that it was the plan—and it wasn’t—the premised plot would have been something like the 1825 Decembrist’s revolt in St. Petersburg when the armed conspirators gathered at the Senate Square to affect succession of the tzar. They were dispersed by an overwhelming military force; the leaders hanged or exiled.

A successful revolution, as Russians had learned over the course of the following century, requires not a pointed tactical move against the head of state but control of the streets across the vast empire. The Romanov dynasty lost control in February 1917 during the bourgeois revolution that saw the formation of the Provisional Government. The latter was overthrown by Bolsheviks in October of the same year.

The first revolution started when, in the midst of World War One, a colder than usual February both put a stress on the food supply chain and drove St. Petersburg residents indoors. At the end of the month the weather suddenly turned unseasonably warm, and people poured out of their homes, joining a socialist women’s demonstration for bread and equality.

That should ring a bell: substitute weather with government health decrees, and bread and equality with racial equity, and it sounds a lot like the massive hysteria-laden Black Lives Matter marches of spring 2020.

All of a sudden, there was a whiff of liberation in the Petrograd air. After the Cossack regiment patrolling the Russian capital failed to react to the demonstration with a show of force, more people joined the protests, and within a few days, Nicolas II had himself a full-grown rebellion against which he was hesitant to move.

Russians like to think of the February Revolution as a bloodless uprising, and compared to the Bolshevik one that ushered in a murderous Civil War in which as many as 12 million perished, it was. However, a Velvet Revolution it wasn’t.

As early spring air enveloped Petrograd, the mob of striking workers fraternized with locally stationed soldiers. The regiments were predominantly recent draftees, peasants reluctant to be shipped to the trenches. At the time, the Russian capital hosted 160,000 soldiers, compared to 30,000 law enforcement officers, an overwhelming majority of the latter in auxiliary forces, and most poorly armed. They were required to buy their own weapons, and some were known to carry empty holsters.

Initially, the frenzied mob killed three civilians and then quickly went after gorodovye, or police forces, and gendarmes employed on the city streets. Gendarmes were a political police, so it’s possible to rationalize the outrage directed against them, but gorodovye were scapegoated for nothing other than being a visual representation of the dreaded regime.

Having found themselves to be the target of popular ire, policemen tried to defend themselves when they could. Perhaps they remained loyal to the Empire, or maybe they had no other option. Some of them changed out of uniform, and went into hiding, but “well-wishers” turned gorodovye to the mob.

Rioters proclaimed a section of St. Petersburg “liberated,” and set on fire the district police station. The initially reluctant Tzar Nicolas II established a curfew, sending military units to enforce it. Dispersing an illicit gathering, soldiers opened fire, killing forty people.

The calm enforced by the army was short-lived. By February 27th, the uprising was on again, and soldiers and workers looted weapons from a garrison. Richard Pipes explains in his seminal volume The Russian Revolution:

Anyone who stood in their way risked being lynched. Other soldiers broke into the Peter and Paul Fortress, releasing prisoners. A mob sucked the Ministry of the Interior. The red flag went over the Winter Palace. Policemen caught in uniform were beaten and killed.

In the late afternoon, people stormed Okhrana headquarters [internal political police], scattering and burning files— Okhrana informers were observed to display particular zeal on this occasion. Arsenals were broken into and thousands of guns removed. There was widespread looting of shops, restaurants, and private residences.

By nighttime, Petrograd was in the hands of peasants in uniform”.

The mutineers installed a Provisional Government led by intellectuals.

Russian intellectuals had been readying for that opportunity since 1825. The new leadership promptly moved to dismantle provincial bureaucracy and the police. On March 4, two days after the abdication of the tzar, the Provisional Government formally abolished the Department of Police, Okhrana, and Corps of Gendarmes. In their place they imagined creating citizen militias, but as such forces failed to materialize, vast swaths of the country fell to anarchy.

Sporadic grassroots attempts to keep the thugs at bay did take place. In Petrograd, where criminals were set free along with political prisoners, unnerved apartment residents formed groups to assist doormen and janitors to keep intruders out of the buildings. If thieves were caught, they were simply thrown into the river.

The feeling of insecurity among the ordinary city-dwellers across Russia can not be underestimated. More importantly, the Provisional Government created a power vacuum. When Bolsheviks showed up in full force in the final months of 1917, there were no local regiments to counter them. Provisional Government made a lot of mistakes.  Failure to assert control in cities and towns of the Empire was a major one.

Once they consolidated power, Bolsheviks weren’t particularly interested in protecting ordinary people from the criminal element. Soviet Militia regiments were formed immediately following the revolution. However, as Gary Gindler pointed out, USSR leadership considered the criminal element to be “socially close.” While Joseph Stalin went after political foes, he turned a blind eye to criminality, allowing a Thieves in Law subculture to flourish.

American street theater organizations Antifa and Black Lives Matter are Leninist in their nature; they are the mechanics of revolution rather than its theorists. Because they study the process of government overthrow, they have to know very well how Russian revolutions unfolded. Their thinking, and their relationship with the Democrat Party, remains obscure, but it’s hard to believe that they don’t use the events of 1917 as some kind of blueprint for their actions.

Contrary to their professed mission, nether BLM nor Antifa care about black lives. Defunding of police departments, their most immediate stated goal, led to a spike in murders in inner cities.

In the meantime, armed Antifas roam the streets of the predominantly white Portland, periodically establishing zones where American law no longer applies. If police abolition is not intended to be a step towards the supposed emancipation of black people but is intended as a way to control the American landmass, Antifa demonstrated a narrow success.

Of course, the U.S. in 2021 is not Russian Empire of 1917. We don’t have reluctant draftees, literal sons of slaves accustomed to being ruled by a strong hand, stationed in the capital.

No matter how many hardened criminals George Soros-backed District Attorneys like Chesa Boudin keep releasing from jail, a political prisoner population ready to lead the lefty rioters to the barricades simply doesn’t exist. The jackboots had a hard time holding on to the “liberated” blocks of Portland, let alone using the zone as a springboard to take over the federal government.

Americans owe their well-being to the political and economic system put in place in 1776, and most of us know it even if we are not willing to admit it publicly. Even those of us who can’t articulate this idea are socialized in the culture that values self-reliance and self-control, and we are not prone to descend into anarchy the minute the centralized state eases its grip. Whatever Antifa designs might have been, their gains are limited. The map of the last year’s presidential election only got redder compare to 2016.

Nevertheless, Antifa-BLM threat should be taken seriously. They might be LARPing revolutionaries, but they LARP the right way. Moreover, the safety and security of ordinary Americans who don’t have Secret Service protection is more important for the stability of the regime than the prevention of riots at the center of power.

The thin blue line that cops represent is not merely the safeguard of a law-abiding individual against anarchy, but quite literally function as our bulwark against tyranny.


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No Antifa/BLM rioters will be deterred until each take sufficient casualties to make them step back and reconsider. These casualties need to be public and shown often to the general public.

    The question remains, who will inflict those casualties at the level required for deterrence ?

      scooterjay in reply to MarkS. | September 7, 2021 at 8:12 am

      “Who will inflict those casualties?”

      If they were to trespass my property it would be me

        Whitewall in reply to scooterjay. | September 7, 2021 at 8:25 am

        Then it would be you who feels the weight of the law since police chiefs, city councils and DAs are just as handcuffed it not down right sympathetic to the rioters.

          The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Whitewall. | September 7, 2021 at 8:27 am

          Especially if you are not one of the Protected Species.

          scooterjay in reply to Whitewall. | September 7, 2021 at 10:45 am

          Columbia, SC hasn’t been “Sorosized” yet.
          I have been through this before and know what to say to cover my tail.
          Your point is indeed valid, but I prefer to stand MY ground and live with the consequences. Sure sounds better than death.

          And that ‘sympathy’ is determined by the locale.

          In my area, antifagoons are nowhere to be seen and even protest ‘demonstrations’ are orderly and peaceful.

          This is because everyone – especially the authorities and police – has had it made crystal clear to them that any such shenanigans will not be tolerated.

          henrybowman in reply to Whitewall. | September 7, 2021 at 5:40 pm

          Then police chiefs, city councilmen, and DAs will have to feel the same casualties as the rioters, until they get their heads on straight. That is, unfortunately, the only lasting solution. And do not doubt that you will ultimately go down, but there are more of you than there are of them, and that is why your side will win. It is nothing more than precisely the same sacrifice we ask of our young in wartime, and for much more nonsensical goals than the freedom of ourselves and our families.

      Whitewall in reply to MarkS. | September 7, 2021 at 8:16 am

      Good question. With law enforcement handcuffed directly and indirectly, it may take pushed to the brink citizens to finally act in their own defense. We aren’t there yet.

        The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Whitewall. | September 7, 2021 at 8:28 am

        Handcuffed? Or, complicit? “Following orders”?

          Yes to all 3.

          Police need to grow a pair and ignore any orders they receive to keep their hands off violent rioters. If the city then deigns to sack them, the mayor would have to admit that he is doing so because they disobeyed orders to stand down. Such admissions in some cities won’t go over well. The cops of any city where it does go over well would then know they weren’t appreciated, and being fired would just present an opportunity for them to take their training and experience elsewhere. Most PDs are understaffed due to a lack of qualified recruits. Those PDs would salivate at the chance to hire experienced, already-trained (big dollar savings there) officers.

    Dennis in reply to Whitewall. | September 7, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    No need for anything that extreme. Antifa/BLM crap stops in a hurray when local prosecutors start handing out fines and jail sentences for like property damage and blocking traffic and stuff.

      henrybowman in reply to Dennis. | September 7, 2021 at 5:41 pm

      And when those prosecutors were elected on Soros funds, you will have a long wait.

        Those prosecutors were elected by the progressive voters who live in places like Portland. Antifa/BLM antics only happen in places where the community allows them to happen..

    texansamurai in reply to Whitewall. | September 7, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    there you go…….saying the quiet part out loud

Grrr8 American | September 7, 2021 at 9:44 am

I would argue that what is underway in this country RIGHT NOW is a later technique employed by the Russians / Communists (e.g., in Eastern Europe), the “Top Down / Bottom Up” strategy:

Bitterlyclinging | September 7, 2021 at 9:46 am

BLM had 24/7 access to the White House and the Obammunist while the Obammunist was in office.
And the Obammunist was the premiere community organizer
BLM/Antifa are no accident. They are the 21st Century’s version of Adolph Hitler’s brown shirted SA thugs.

An article laden with assumption. It’s also the case that defending the police hasn’t actually been passed into the budget in many cases thus the claim that defending the police caused a spike in crime is very hard to maintain especially given that the spike in crime has increased across the board including in states which have no such policy.

It’s interesting that the thin blue line is mentioned. Clearly many on the right disagree with that given the contempt shown for the capitol police.

I’m also not clear that the 2020 map was redder than in 2016 given the popular vote swung blue and the presidency was won by Biden.

Thank you, Katya, for clearly pointing out that this is war based on enemy experience. We are the ignorant.

For all the fascists that now think they hold power. Take some time to learn the history that’s been kept from you as a useful idiot. Generations of “revolutionaries” have been right where you are or where you about to be. You might want to learn where that is.

The violent actions of BLM and Antifa are not popular with normal people. They may be causing a reaction against the Democrats. I wish there was an opposition party that could reinforce this with the public but it’s one big club in DC. All for one and one for all as they say in the movies.

“The thin blue line that cops represent is not merely the safeguard of a law-abiding individual against anarchy, but quite literally function as our bulwark against tyranny.”

The evidence I’ve seen thus far is that the thin blue line will be the tyrant’s enforcers.

Note that the reason that the Portland riot squad resigned (from the riot squad assignment, not from the force) was in support of one of their own, not in defense of the citizenry.

Andy and Barney left town a long time ago.

    Whitewall in reply to Rabel. | September 7, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Quite probably so. Some of them will and some won’t. This will eventually spread to many armed Federal agencies, some do their paymaster’s bidding and some won’t. In time, if not stopped, this same thing spreads to a demoralized military.

    Miles in reply to Rabel. | September 7, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    The evidence I’ve seen thus far is that the thin blue line will be the tyrant’s enforcers.

    Q Who ultimately runs the police in a city?
    A The elected Mayor/City Council – city goobermint – by whatever name.

    Q Who ‘hires or fires’ them?
    A The Voters.

    I absolutely guarantee that if an underperforming city goobermint is replaced by voters who decide they’ve had enough of antifa/rioters/WETF, any ‘complicit’ police will fall right in line, because it’s not the police – all they do is the city goobermint’s bidding – it’s the city goobermint that is the source of the problem.

      henrybowman in reply to Miles. | September 7, 2021 at 5:50 pm

      “Voting.” “Stonks.” “LOL.”
      That assumes that, one, voting works reliably.
      And even if it does, America is full of people with 100% disconnect between how they vote and how crappy their lives are.
      Human beings are like that. The Trobriand Islanders never even copped to the connection between sex and babies, and had to have it explained to them by European explorers.
      In about a week, we’ll see if Californians cop to the connection between voting for dynastic idiots and having their lives and wealth sucked out of them.
      I’m hopeful, but not at all optimistic.

      geronl in reply to Miles. | September 7, 2021 at 8:23 pm

      Not really. The elected officials do not really have much control over the bureaucracy as they think. Look at Trump, he didn’t actually affect the federal bureaucracy one bit. Neither will Larry Elder in California should he win. He’ll just be replaced in a year or so when the next “regular” election happens.

        Miles in reply to geronl. | September 7, 2021 at 9:09 pm

        Yes, really
        Federal? Yeah, what all with federal civil service employment laws. But comparing the federal bureaucrap to local is missing the trees for the forest.

        Our city and county employees don’t have such, so our local elected officials do have control over the local goobermints.
        And they know they can and will be replaced as it’s been done before.

    henrybowman in reply to Rabel. | September 7, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    “but quite literally function as our bulwark against tyranny.”
    And when they don’t so function, we lose that bulwark.
    And in many cities, they’re failing to function, usually by design of their masters.

    DaveGinOly in reply to Rabel. | September 8, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Cops (and fire/EMT) in many jurisdictions are fighting vaccine mandates. I don’t have any sympathy for them. Most of them happily enforced unconstitutional COVID restrictions and rules on the people. Now they’re complaining of a COVID measure’s unconstitutionality? Damn hypocrites.

    Remind me why they deserve our support. Assure me that when they’re instructed to arrest me for not wearing a mask, or come to seize my firearms, that they will refuse those orders.

    The cops appear to be good at following orders that don’t personally affect them, that includes harassing people over COVID policies, taking things the government doesn’t want us to have, and standing by while mom’s and pop’s store burns to the ground. But when their own interests are affected suddenly it’s, “Whoa! That’s unconstitutional! You can’t make us do that!”

    BTW, I worked in a cop shop for over 9 years. They’re all professional and appear to actually be interested in the public’s well-being. That is until they feel threatened. That’s when the wagons circle and they become totally self-interested. There’s no readiness for self-sacrifice in most of them, despite their being some real heroes among them. As a group, they are untrustworthy and unreliable.

In my opinion Antifa is a Communist organization they are following more like the Nazi Brown Shirt in history so far.
As a side bar to this of the Decembrists watch Union of Salvation, I’m on the second viewing though don’t understand a bit of Russian and it doesn’t have English subtitles.

    DaveGinOly in reply to Skip. | September 8, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    Even without an understanding of the dialog, the climax of this movie is riveting and absolutely chilling. Unfortunately, good intentions and patriotism are no shield to being cut down by your own government.

Mayor Ted Wheeler’s life was threatened by a Portland anarchist group. The thought of that lot doing any such thing made me think of this . . .

From an admittedly leftist propaganda rag, things are getting spicy in Brasil.

Bolsonaro diehards take to streets of Brazil to urge firing squads and coups

André Meneses made a gun sign with his hands to convey what he thought should happen to those who opposed Jair Bolsonaro’s project for Brazil.

“The right thing to do is put them on the wall and fucking … shoot them,” the 60-year-old protester declared on Tuesday morning as thousands of the Brazilian president’s most loyal supporters gathered in the country’s capital to celebrate their leader.