I have made the point before that the political Right, which obviously includes me, should never injure police officers. This should be self-evident–it is the Left that hates cops, while we on the Right like them–but some elements on the Right are now calling for violence against police. This is a mistake of strategic importance, and the purpose of this column is to explain why. It is not just a matter of “being nice”; it is central to winning.
To understand why, we need to look at “the grid”. Found on page 13 of the Fourth Generation Warfare Handbook, the grid has three elements across and three down, creating nine boxes. The three down represent the three classical levels of war: tactical, operational, and strategic. The three across are John Boyd’s three new levels: physical, mental, and moral. To use the grid, you need to know two other things. First, a higher level of war trumps a lower, e.g., no matter how good you are at the tactical and operational levels, if you are beaten at the strategic level, you lose–Germany’s fate in two world wars. Second, the weakest box is the tactical/physical and the most powerful is the strategic/moral. The U.S. armed forces usually lose because, although they dominate the tactical/physical box, they are beaten at the strategic/moral levels.
Interestingly, some police departments are now using the grid. They have come to realize that by militarizing, they have become dominant at the tactical/physical levels, but at the price of defeating themselves at the operational, strategic, mental, and moral levels. This is, if I may say so, typically American, and it lies behind much of the bad relationship some departments have with the press, politicians, and public. Some now get it, and they are finding the grid gets them out of the tactical/physical victory but strategic/moral defeat cycle. At a Boyd conference, some cops told me their department now uses the grid for almost every operation, thereby anticipating and avoiding undesirable secondary effects.
For the Right, there are at least three reasons why we need to avoid fighting and hurting cops if we want to win, all of them in boxes beyond the tactical/physical. First, most people line up mentally and morally with the cops. Every time the Left hurts cops, it loses public support. This is a gut issue for most people, with good reason: we all depend on the police. We want to leverage this issue against the Left, but we cannot do so if some people on the Right fight police. Calls for violence by the Right against the police will lead directly to our defeat in the court of public opinion, that is to say, at the most powerful levels of war, the moral/strategic.
Second, as readers of Thomas Hobbes’ Victoria know, police are natural and potentially very valuable allies of the Right. Most cops are cultural conservatives. They loathe the cultural Marxists just as we do. In Victoria, cops at all levels, federal, state, and local, provide critically important intelligence to the people trying to rescue our country from cultural Marxism. That intel is important at every traditional level of war, tactical, operational, and strategic. If some elements on the Right start hurting cops, that scenario from Victoria will be short-circuited, leading to the Right fighting blind.
Third, neither the Left nor the Right has sufficient strength to take on the state and its armed forces. That route leads straight to defeat. The way to destroy any regime is to take it from the inside. The Left has done that by co-opting politicians, professors, entertainers, educators (so-called) etc. The Right’s path to victory runs through taking the element all those things depend on, the state’s security forces, from within. A regime is finished when its security forces, police and military, go over to the opposition. Again, both police officers and the men in our armed forces are mostly cultural conservatives, natural allies. But they cannot ally with the Right if elements on the Right are fighting and hurting them. That is potentially decisive at the strategic levels, i.e., game over.
So powerful is the moral level in this kind of war that you win not by inflicting casualties but by suffering them. This is nowhere more true for the Right than in its relations with police (and National Guard or other U.S. military). If someone is to suffer casualties (cameras rolling), it needs to be people on the Right, not cops getting hurt by the Right. Fighting Leftists who attack us first is fine. Fighting cops will lead directly to disaster.
Interested in what Fourth Generation war in America might look like? Read Thomas Hobbes’ new future history, Victoria.