Welcome to the modern day war zone.Â Right now, as I speak, a thousand battles are being waged for your submission and allegiance.Â Commanders and politicians have decided that the enemy is us and that we are to be bought to heel, as soon as possible.
No doubt some of you think I’m using hyperbole, or metaphor to illustrate an example of our socially fractured society and the commodification of identity.Â And while those certainly are problems, anyone thinking about those in relation to my rant today are wrong.Â Right now, you and I are quite literally at war with at least one government, namely that of the USA.
Oh to be sure there won’t be running battles with light infantry.Â No air-strikes are going to be called in on your house, and I’m reasonably certain you wont get carted away to Guantanomo Bay, or any other black site that exists.Â But just because guns aren’t being loaded and blood isn’t been spilt doesn’t mean this isn’t a conflict.
You see, war isn’t about the clash of armies on the battlefield anymore.Â Hell, its barely even about killing, except as an advertising hook or a final solution for people who refuse to stop being a pain in the ass.Â No, warfare has moved through the gentlemanly period of pitched battles and low casualties, blown apart by Napoleon and perfected in the slaughterhouse of WWI.Â Its not even the dirty political warfare that characterized the Cold War, marked by futile superpower conflict and strategies designed to bleed a superpower by third world proxies, and on the other end of the scale by terrorism.
No, warfare today is about fighting on the psychological and narrative level.Â Its about capturing the mind, and shackling it to the agenda of the day, regardless of what that agenda may be.