It seems elements of the progressive, far-left-wing side of American politics are taking a leaf out of what they see as the far-right-wing's playbook.
Interestingly enough, the recent spike in political violence has come overwhelmingly from the left. Even more concerning is the growth of far left organizations openly advocating for “armed struggle”, especially considering the recent targeted shooting of Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others by a deranged left wing activist.
One of the largest and fastest growing organizations that fits this description is Redneck Revolt, a self described “above ground militant formation” founded in June of 2016 that claims to have 30+ vetted branches nationwide.
Redneck Revolt’s organizing principles mirror much of what you would see on any other far left organizing platform. They begin with their very reasonable, very easy to support, opposition to “white supremacy”. They then dive into class theory, anti-capitalist, and anti-wealth rhetoric that could have been copied directly from The Communist Manifesto. And finally, they wrap up with open calls for “militant resistance” and “revolution”.
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But what’s most alarming are the resources they provide on their website. They promote several PDFs that endorse “armed struggle” and even offer a 36 page “Mini-Manual Of The Urban Guerrilla” (bottom right of resource page) which pictures left-wing militants using RPGs and outlines tactics for guerrilla warfare including sections on “sabotage”, “kidnapping”, “executions”, “armed propaganda”, and “terrorism”.
There's more at the link. I deliberately have not provided links to the various Web sites and documents mentioned in this excerpt, because I don't want to give click-throughs to people like that; however, if you really want to know more, you'll find links at the original article. Help yourself.
These people may seem amateurish, even comical, to those of us with military backgrounds, particularly combat veterans; but they're deadly serious about what they're doing. What's more, I'm sure they have at least some veterans, perhaps even combat veterans, in their own ranks. Don't dismiss their posturing as empty and meaningless. At present, they're probably more smoke than fire . . . but given time, and enough willing volunteers, they may become much more than that.
Furthermore, remember that modern technology allows even small, otherwise ill-equipped and poorly-trained units of terrorists to become deadly threats. Consider the thermite grenades dropped by small quadrotor UAV's on a Ukrainian ammunition depot back in March. Thermite is easy to make - recipes are all over the Internet (for example, here). Similarly, explosives are not hard to make; again, a quick search will reveal plenty of instructions (for example, see here). Home-made hand grenades are not difficult to manufacture, as evidenced by this report last year from Alabama. Deactivated 'souvenir' military grenades can be reactivated, as Mexican drug cartels are already doing (link is to an Adobe Acrobat document in .PDF format). Domestic terrorists can easily access such information, buy the necessary components and parts, make their own small explosive devices, and purchase small UAV's to carry them from almost anywhere. What would be the result if small, home-made thermite grenades were dropped on electricity transformers all across a city one evening? Probably something like this. Now, imagine that happening in a dozen cities, simultaneously . . .
Don't write off domestic terrorism. The fact that we haven't yet had a major incident involving the moonbat left or the wingnut right, doesn't mean that either end of the loony spectrum isn't fully capable of providing one. Be on the alert for signs of trouble, and be prepared to defend yourself if necessary.