A few short weeks after the near military coup by Trump in the US (Myanmar just had the type of coup Trump wanted done for him here and almost did), things seem quiet now. As I explained in my last big blog post, this is to be expected. There will be a short cool off period before things pick up again. The simmers are on and agitation is being doled out by the same intelligence agencies that spent the last four years working to take down Trump. I don’t think they should see the lack of people in the streets right now as a sign of victory in their war against the American public, especially since they plan to make this national guard occupation of DC permanent, not a sign of confidence in their power. Coincidentally, the anticipated exit date of March 31st is just around the time I expect tensions to blow up in the street once again.
With the fascists and the far right in the cross hairs of power, I think it’s important to state that the theme that will be running through most of the uprisings this year will stem not from Trump, but from anarchist ideology. I’m not going to go into a long history of anarchism in this blog post. However, I will say that some of the key moments in anarchist history, from the Haymarket riot of 1886 to the LA Times bombing of 1910 to the assassination of President McKinley by anarchist Leon Czolgosz will all be prevalent at various points throughout the year. We will see repeats of these events in various actions that take place in various cities across the US.
It won’t just be an American phenomenon either. In just a few short months, countries around the world will devolve into societies with no rule or authority. Independent actors, working to create chaos, will incite conditions for the toppling of governments throughout the globe. Some of these revolutions will succeed, while others will fail. The running theme throughout all of this anarchy is that society will devolve into a state of lawlessness for the foreseeable future. This works out fine in smaller communities and towns, where neighbors come together to keep the peace and provide for one another. However, this turns into a giant blood bath in big cities, with mob rule, executions and blood pouring into the streets. There will be many crimes that go unpunished and many people will suffer. However, once the growing pains are over, a better, more prosperous society arises from the ashes in the aftermath.
So how can all of you prepare for what is about to happen? Seeing as no major FDR type stimulus is coming for working people, your best bet is to get out of major cities, stock up on essential supplies, have two months of non perishable food at minimum in storage, stock up on water, keep your exposure to large crowds and gatherings to a minimum, build a strong social network of family and friends to talk to and try not to get sick, if at all possible. We have a short window between now and April to prepare before the revolution in the streets starts up once again. Take advantage of the moment while it’s still possible. Once things turn, they won’t get better again for a few more years.