There has been some discussion in recent days about the appropriation of compelling symbols by various noxious groups, and whether this should inhibit the use of such symbols. One symbol in question was the phoenix, which has apparently been employed by neo-Nazi groups.
The phoenix is a powerful icon, and is used to represent many entities, including the U.S. military, medical organizations, businesses, and American Indians. When my father retired from NSA, he became a member of the Phoenix Society, an association of former NSA employees.
So the neo-Nazis have no unusual claim to the use of the phoenix.
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Certain symbols, via psychological mechanisms that are not well-understood, automatically grab the viewer’s attention. The cross, the eagle, the lion, stars, crescents, sunbursts, spirals — all of these communicate directly to a deeply atavistic region of the human psyche.
Then there’s the swastika, or fylfot, which has been contaminated for all time due to its use by the Nazis. Prior to the 1920s it was a perfectly respectable symbol, with a pedigree running all the way back into prehistory. It had been employed by the Hindus, the Boy Scouts, and American Indians, among others. But now, like Michael Jordan’s jersey number, it has been retired.
The same process can apply to words and phrases. Any organization that dubs itself “The Foundation” or “The Base” may raise eyebrows for its Arabic translation, al-qaeda.
There’s another tainted phrase that I particularly like: “The Invisible Empire”. Its employment by the Ku Klux Klan renders it unusable in polite company, but it certainly does provide an intuitive description of powerful processes that work in secret under the surface of human affairs. It’s unfortunate that this particular phrase has been pre-empted by the bedsheets-and-burning-crosses crowd.
Invisible empires are stirring right now all across the Western world, under the surface of public acknowledgement. The Danes are resisting the encroachment of dhimmitude. British residents of Windsor are fighting back against Muslim bullying. People like Wayne the carpenter are facing down the forces that would destroy American liberty.
Despite the efforts of the Anointed in the legacy media and our political culture, a synchronicity of grassroots efforts resisting the dominance of PC multiculturalism has begun. It is much larger than any of us can comprehend, and it is growing too rapidly to assess.
One component of this synchronicity is Democracy Project, an organization whose mission statement includes the following:
America today faces unique threats to her continued internal stability and prosperity because of a failure to defend and pass on a civic spirit based on patriotism, education, obligation, and opportunity. Confidence in the institutions that support democracy and the rule of law has eroded among elites and institutions which once buttressed a common civil society. Nowhere is this failure starker than in the abandonment of assimilation programs for newly arrived immigrants and the weakening and politicization of civics education among secondary and college students. By shortchanging these groups upon whom the future of our nation rests, we dilute our identity as a people bound not by race or ethnicity but by a common love of liberty. We risk our future as a nation of free men and women who, within a pluralistic society, exercise our individual pursuits within the parameters of a common culture and state.
We are a grassroots institution that reaches out to interested parties around the world to organize networks to support pro-democracy efforts. To accomplish this task, we seek volunteers to carry the torch for freedom in their communities and among their peers. Sympathetic individuals, community leaders, government officials, educators, clergy, and others who share our commitment to freedom are invited to contact us about organizing at the local level.
I was alerted about Democracy Project by a reader who happens to be a member of it. He wrote in reference to last week’s post, “The War Against… What?”, and told me that he and his group “are working on similar things regarding asymmetric 4th Generation Warfare as applied to ‘info ops.’ Whether you realize it or not, [your post] is a partial description of the topic of that article.”
I’m honored to be linked by the group. I have often said, as have many others, that the most important component of the current conflict is the information war, the war of ideas, and that the enemy so far has the drop on us in the “info ops” theater.
But that is changing right now, under the surface, as part of the invisible imperial process. There are many intelligent and well-educated people who are fed up with the way our leaders are handling the Great Islamic Jihad, and the media coverage of it. We are not fooled; we know the emperor is butt-nekkid.
In a Democracy Project post responding to my essay, Dr. Mitchell Langbert wrote:
Several of our correspondents to include Phil Beckman, Warren Bonesteel, Phil Orenstein, Candace de Russy and I have noted that fifth generation warfare integrates complicated issues associated with western cultural versus Islamic extremist value systems and that an understanding of Islam and Islamic politics needs to be integrated into the fourth generation model. Bodissey brilliantly re-emphasizes the need for cultural re-taking through grass roots action and exposure of institutional corruption in the media and other cultural institutions. David Horowitz has been doing this brilliantly at frontpagemag, Steve Balch has been doing this equally well at the National Association of Scholars as have the folks at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Bodissey is absolutely right that spontaneous assaults that aim at weakening liberal media interests and occupying left wing and liberal institutions are the way to go.
So we’re definitely on the same page.
I referred the Democracy Project to the 910 Group (and vice versa), in hopes that their respective efforts might synergize with one another.
“What,” you may ask, “is the 910 Group?”
It’s a new component of a worldwide grassroots network that is proceeding under the radar of the guardians of our culture. Initiated by Vicktorya in the comments thread on one of my posts, it is growing too fast for me to keep track of.
The group’s intent is to gather together a lot of the strands of the counter-jihad and anti-PC resistance, in order to form a decentralized “network of networks” with a global reach. No board of directors. No hierarchy of command. It’s simply an affiliation of like-minded people, sharing information and planning proactively to reframe the concept of the current war and rise up to help defend the West.
So now we return to the phoenix. I’ve had the privilege to help the 910 Group by designing images, and here’s one that I put together over the weekend:
The group seems to like this logo, so watch for it: you will probably see it popping up here and there across the Web.