This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Those who initiate modern wars to not fight them

We have referred to the Founding Fathers as propagandists. This is not altogether fair, we admit, but it is adequate with respect to the part they played in the Revolutionary War. They provided the propaganda for the war, but, aside from the few exceptions which prove the rule, they did not fight in it.

Of the fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence, none died from injuries inflicted by the British. None. In fact, the only signer who died from a gunshot wound during the war received the wound from a fellow officer in a duel.

The actual soldiers who did the fighting were, just like they are today, from the poorer classes who wanted something better for themselves and whose hearts are readily inflamed by lofty ideals. This phenomenon, which is the inverse of traditional warfare, has become one of the hallmarks of the modern world and the wars waged by its ‘popular’ governments.

The modern upper class is shielded in every way: legally and economically, because they make the laws or else fund those who make them; and also psychologically, being somewhat immune to the same propaganda that recruits the poor, because they have too much to lose and little to gain by dying on the battlefield. The wealthy class provides not so much the leadership as the technology for the war. It provides the means of war but the manpower is drawn from everywhere else. We also said that they are immune to propaganda, first and foremost because they are the propagandists, but also because the materialism of the wealthy makes them deaf to moral and religious appeals, appeals that mean everything to the common man. That is to say, the wealthy have too much to lose when it comes to actual bloodshed and so you will not find them anywhere near it. At most they attend meetings, legislate, issue draft papers, and publish newspapers.

Speaking of propaganda, we can say that the Revolutionary War was also, in a secondary sense, America’s first Civil War. The tactics used against those who opposed the war, the ‘loyalists’, were an example of sheer anarchy, and many were expelled immediately afterward.

History tells the rest of the story. Victory in the Revolution resulted in a federal union, uniting the thirteen colonies in independence. The State, again, was federal and its powers and its relation to the various “states” was formulated in the Constitution, again written not by those who fought the war but by those who started it.

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