The Uncivil War And What You Can Do About It

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Authored by David Galland via,

Not to be overly dramatic, but a civil war has begun in America. Everyone knows it to be true, but no one knows what comes next.

The conflict of visions between freethinkers and the socialists who believe government should hammer humanity into model citizens has reached what divorce lawyers call “irreconcilable differences.”

Evidence of the hostilities is abundant. Starting with the daily exchange of conflicting, angry “news” stories pandering only to viewers on one side of the great divide. These stories offer no conciliatory or constructive narratives, just animus, angst, and cold anger. 

As with the first US Civil War, wide schisms have formed that now separate families and friends. Schisms that will take years to heal, and maybe never.

The odds of this turning into an armed conflict, other than sporadic violent incidents, may seem remote. Yet the vast majority of people living in Sarajevo didn’t see that civil war coming either.

Violent or not, the turmoil is just beginning, with the progressives and their allies in the media determined to end the Trump administration by any means possible.

Lined up against them are the forces aligned with Trump, staunchly determined to hold the hard-won political ground.

There can be no compromise, because Trump is the antithesis of everything his opponents believe in their heart of hearts to be sacrosanct in the Brave New World they have worked so long to create.

It matters not a whit that history, science, and culture are replete with lessons proving that the socialist agenda leads to ruin—a ruin that is being hurried along today by sticky globs of political correctness and multiculturalism that supersede the rights of individual expression.

But my intention this week is not to delve into the current state of US politics. Besides suffering from blistering overexposure, the topic holds less and less interest to me, living as we do in the pacific climes of the Argentine outback.

In fact, here in Cafayate I can go the entire day without hearing Trump’s name, let alone his latest purported outrage against humanity. The decision to check in on the US “news” is, therefore, an entirely voluntary form of self-flagellation.

I wish I could care more, but the fact is that half of the country has its head buried so far up its nether regions, it can only stumble from one excruciatingly inane idea to the next, common sense be damned. You can decide which half.

Yet the US is a democracy, which means that for me to hope for a certain political outcome is to wish a pox on the house of about half of my fellow citizens.

Given the country is so solidly divided, with zero chance of reconciliation, the democracy is effectively broken. Which takes us back to the point that we are in the equivalent of a civil war and no one can really know what comes next.

In The Fourth Turning, Neil Howe and William Strauss’s excellent thesis on the generational waves that sweep through history, the “fourth turning” is a period of crisis like the Civil War or the Great Depression or World War II that fundamentally rips apart the status quo.

The thing about these “turnings” is that you can’t anticipate them. For example, having lived through the “second turning” in this cycle, the 1960s, I can tell you that no one, but no one, anticipated the anti-government riots, the Black Panthers, the rise of recreational drugs, the drastic changes in societal attitudes about sex, fashion, etc.

The key theme of the earth-shaking “Consciousness Revolution” of the 1960s was a desire to be free from societal norms. A revolution I personally supported.

By contrast, the source of the conflict today—a conflict that could very well signal the beginning of a disastrous fourth turning—has to do with two different interpretations of the role of the state. That sets about half of the population against whichever government holds the reins of power.

Given the irreconcilable differences, it can’t end well.

The Uncivil War...

Some years ago, my family and I voted with our feet, a decision we haven’t regretted for a moment. My father, a restless soul, always claimed to be a citizen of the world. As I aged, I came to share that opinion because, in reality, the corner of the earth we are born in is little more than the result of a cosmic crapshoot.

Of course, those of you dear readers imbued with nationalistic fervor will feel differently.

But imagine, if you will, being a resident of Sarajevo and seeing signs pointing to the outbreak of hostilities. Would you and your family really have been better off staying cemented in place out of some notion of national pride?

Or wouldn’t it have been better to get the hell out of Dodge, before Dodge turned into hell?

Don’t get me wrong, I love the now fading ideas that made America so exceptionally successful. And I think it is highly unlikely that the current unrest in American society will devolve into a bitter, armed conflict of the sort that engulfed Sarajevo.

However, as a person who firmly believes in the principle of live and let live, and who appreciates harmony and peaceful coexistence, living in the US today with all its acrimony and hostility would be like consenting to live in a bad dream. Why would I do that when I could simply pack up, as we did, and move to a more agreeable location?

Which finally brings me to the question of what someone living in the United States, circa now, can do to live a life free of the daily stress of walking the razor’s edge of the political divide.

What You Can Do About It

When you get right down to it, there are only four realistic options for dealing with the situation in the US at the moment. Or, for that matter, any country with a politically or culturally divided society, of which there are now many.

1. Keep Your Head Down and Your Opinions to Yourself.

If you intend to stay put, consider simply checking out of the political debate. At this point, no one is going to change their mind based on a rational discussion of the facts. So why bother?

Sure, you can be secretly happy when your side gets a leg over on the opposition, but like bedtime gymnastics, that happiness is best left behind closed doors.

For people like me, who suffer from a genetic disposition toward a mild form of Tourette’s Syndrome, holding my tongue while someone mindlessly spouts off socialist drivel isn’t really an option. But maybe you can pull it off.

2. Don’t Give a Damn.

I have a number of friends who have reached the point where they simply don’t care what the other side thinks. If someone starts a political argument, they’ll firmly tell them they are wrong and suggest various ways they might enjoy sex with themselves, or perhaps with the farm animal they rode in on, and walk away.

They don’t get invited much to the family gatherings, but in many cases, that’s not such a bad thing.

Unfortunately, in many parts of the US these days, publicly displaying an affinity for the ideas espoused by Trump will expose you to social ostracism and even physical attacks. If you are okay with that risk, carry on.

3. Give a Damn.

Go on the offensive and join the political apparatus with a steely determination to beat the opposition into submission. Raise funds for your favorite candidate, write letters to members of Congress, organize your friends to knock on doors come election time, go undercover to try and get dirt on the opposition that you can later use to chase them to ground, or even run for elected office yourself.

Who knows, maybe your side will ultimately reduce the opposition to the point where they are politically powerless to stop the agenda you support.

In the case of Trump, the only way his political regime will take hold for any duration is if he is able to pass his full economic agenda and it actually has time to work. Sadly, the odds of that happening are not good.

But if you feel strongly enough about the situation, and have the time and inclination to get involved in politics, then why not go all in? At least that way, if things go badly, you can take comfort by telling yourself you did everything you could... as you are being ushered into the nearest reeducation camp.

4. Vote with Your Feet.

Per my earlier comments, that was the choice we made. As my then-girlfriend and now-wife and I traveled the world for three full years actively looking for our version of paradise on earth, I can provide a few tips that may help you locate your personal Shangri-La.

A. Move in Stages.

Some expats I know approached their exodus by selling everything and hitting the road. The first time I expatriated, that’s what I did.

Sometimes this works out, but often times it doesn’t. That’s because without actually experiencing day-to-day life in a new culture for a reasonable period of time, it’s very hard to know whether it will suit you for a longer stay.

That’s why I always recommend people put their primary residence in mothballs, or rent it out to generate some useful income, then rent in the new locale for three months or so.

That gives you the time to groove into the local culture (or not), meet other expats, and question them on the pros and cons.

Then, if everything passes the test, make the jump.

B. Start by Deciding What Your Vision of Paradise Looks Like.

The reality is that every place has its drawbacks. For instance, if the place is green, it means it rains a lot.

Start with a wish list prioritized from “non-negotiable” to “nice to have, but not essential.” Our list of non-negotiables included:

  • Nice weather. It speaks volumes that over the past seven years here in Northwest Argentina, we have had to cancel exactly one game of golf due to inclement weather. One of the expats living here commented that he thought Cafayate might have the best weather in the world, and I’d have a hard time arguing with him.
  • Nice people, low or no crime. During our three-year world tour looking for paradise, we spent time in Central America but couldn’t help but noticing that every single house had walls topped with razor wire or broken bottles. Here, that is very rare. Mind you, in other places in the country like Greater Buenos Aires, Mendoza, and Cordoba, that’s not the case. But those are big cities far, far away and so not my concern. The locals here couldn’t be more friendly and welcoming. I believe it is because we are off the beaten path and the place isn’t overrun with tourists. And what tourists there are tend to be of the sort that the locals welcome because they tip well.
  • An unintrusive government. At least here in the Argentine outback, members of officialdom are largely of the night-watchman sort. Of course, after years of corruption dressed up as socialism, there is a hefty bureaucracy, but you can minimize your interaction with it by hiring competent local representation. I sincerely think that my various interactions with the government here in Argentina amount to no more than an hour a year, and I am involved in three different businesses
  •  No Mold. I am quite allergic to mold, which eliminates wet, humid areas, beach communities, etc.… so probably half of the world, if not more.
  • Low Taxes. Provided you manage your affairs intelligently, the taxes are very reasonable. And far less than the brutal toll taken by the US government.

That pretty much covers the non-negotiables. In terms of “nice to have, but not essential,” the list is much longer, so I won’t go into it, except to mention that here in Cafayate we very much enjoy the wine, the horses, the food, the low cost of household help, and, in particular, the lively culture.

The Argentines as a whole possess a great attitude. They love to sing, laugh, and otherwise live life to its fullest. In all sincerity, if asked how the place might be improved, I’d have a hard time coming up with an answer. I have even learned to appreciate standing in the lines that occasionally slow one’s forward progress. It’s an opportunity to practice patience, meet people, and take in your surroundings.

C. Do Your Homework.

Be sure to fully understand the tax regime, the sorts of banking services available, visa requirements, what it will take to buy a house or car, etc. Fortunately, in the Internet age, much of this research can be done from a distance, though in the end putting your boots on the ground is always essential.

While the idea of cutting loose from your cultural roots may seem complicated or make you feel a bit uneasy, in my experience, making the move can radically reenergize your life.

But in order for you to make it a positive, life-changing event, you must accept the new culture you are moving to. If you arrive expecting it to be much the same as the one you left, or try to retool it to suit your needs, you’ll set the stage for disappointment.

On the big positive side, within a day or two of arriving, you’ll be happily surprised to find that you are free of the unending stream of acrimonious “news” that is such a prominent feature of life back in the US.

That leaves you time to focus on more important matters, like what to have for lunch, who to play golf with, or, in my case at this particular moment, where to ride my horse this afternoon.

I am sorry things have eroded to the point they have in the United States. It’s a damn shame, and ultimately may become a damn shame I’ll have to deal with.

For now, however, I’ll thank my lucky stars that my path brought me to this beautiful life among the vines far from the maddened crowd.

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4shzl's picture

Bite me.  Is that civil enough for you?


J S Bach's picture

There is nothing "civil" about any Civil War.  This one, in particular, will be bloody and unpredictable.  But, again... all sides mustn't look at their apparent opposing entity as their ultimate foe.  It is those who have set the stage... those who have brought all sides into unnatural contact with each other... those who will - ALONE - profit by such a conflict.  The leaders on all sides of this coming civil war must have the wisdom to recognize this fact and seek out the source of all of our woes.  Only THEN will there come a final resolution to the world's agonies. 

Croesus's picture

You're almost as bad as Xythras, with your PT Barnum-esque self-promotion. There were some interesting comments in here:

hedgeless_horseman's picture


The title of this article is: The Uncivil War And What You Can Do About It.

I am adding my thoughts on this matter.

I neither expect nor receive anything in return.


kavlar's picture

It's fun to chase ghosts, I suppose.

lexxus's picture
lexxus (not verified) kavlar Mar 10, 2017 8:32 PM


flicker life's picture
flicker life (not verified) lexxus Mar 11, 2017 7:10 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

Dougs Decks's picture

Don't worry HH ,,,, I doubt that Croesus has any land, gardens, critters, or ability to survive if the SHTF,,, He's jealous,,,

hedgeless_horseman's picture


What, me worry?

I love everyone on ZH.

It take all types, and the result is awesome and unique.

Dougs Decks's picture

I wanna say thanks,,, You and the Mrs HH have been a part of my inspiration and knowledge when I decided to go Galt a few years ago,,

hedgeless_horseman's picture


You are most welcome! 

I hope you come to Marfa for the First ZeroHedge Symposium...


SgtShaftoe's picture

Thanks for watching this thread and getting the new people squared away HH. I don't know if I'll make it to Marfa, but If I do I'll seek you out and say hi.

Croesus's picture

@ Doug:

Jealous about what?

Feel free to believe whatever you want, but you're a complete fool if you think Hedgeless is some kind of subject matter expert on much of anything. Read the comments from matermaker in the Pig thread. Hedgeless and his kids do primitive boar hunting...because...internet badass.

Talk about pretentious, self-aggrandizing bullshit.

Dougs Decks's picture

Sorry, but he does seem to know quite a bit, and is always trying to learn more about the stuff that really matters,,, Which to me might be different than what matters to you,,, Think I remember something about hunting razorback , or platforms or something,,, But it didnt matter to me,,, My comments in that article were about the boar chewing on the fence to escape and how but for the grace of god go you or I,,, I will always be interested in what the Honorable (in my eyes) Mr & mrs. hh have to say,,,

Dougs Decks's picture

And my chickens are still putting out about an egg a piece in upstate NY,,, How 'bout yours??

Jam's picture

That's the whole point, big fucking deal about your chickens. Grow up.

Croesus's picture

@ Doug:

I'm not 'not' interested in what he has to say; I listen to/read just about anything I can - that's how we learn...

What I'm alluding to, is the braggadocio way it's conveyed. It reeks of pretention, self-promotion, and desperation for attention/ social acceptance...

I'm wealthy, too...more than many. In the grand scheme of things, does it matter? No, not really. Does it have any relevance to the message? Not at all.

What I'm getting at, is that Hedgeless would have fewer detractors by dropping the facade; while it may impress some people, it's a BS act to others.

The one post, was more intended as constructive feedback, from the perspective of someone who's been alive a little longer.

Jubal Early's picture

pretentious, self-aggrandizing bullshit

I second that.  

On the topic of the coming second Civil war, Galland is right on many points, I am virtually if not physically ostracized by my family.  

Galland fails to mention that US citizenship takes a year and $2400 to be rid of before one even starts the IRS and State Department paperwork.  However, if one does not drop US citizenship then he has to file taxes every year with far larger penalties and far more forms to fill out for overseas filers.  Fatca also makes banking extremely difficult for US persons wanting to bank with a non-US resident bank.

So in order to really benefit from Gallands "leave" proposal, one has to be planning on dropping US citizenship, which necessitates having citizenship in another country.  Except Jews, of course, they can always get instant citizenship.  But then they have a get-out-of-irs-audit free card anyway. 

Bollockinell's picture

"I am virtually if not physically ostracized by my family."

Know the feeling well. It becomes quite tiresome when the individual giving you the hardest time turns out to be the person you sleep with.

Jubal Early's picture

You have it worse than me then, my wife is as disgusted as I am.  But then again she listens to the same podcasts with me and reads similar blogs.  I have gotten to the point I just don't want to associate with my extended family in the US any more because I am the one who is forced to hide reality and keep my opinions to myself because it is the libtards who violently erupt when I say something they don't agree with.  I don't think I could go through it with my wife.

HalinCA's picture

Oh dear ... my condolences ... growing old with someone so different won't work out well for either of you ...


Enceladus's picture

Your fine by me HH. You have been here a long time and have added a lot of of good material.  Not sure why your getting 540 siverts of radioactive shit.

Croesus's picture

Hedgeless, seriously -

Just because you have access to post your own articles, doesn't mean you need to link to them constantly.

You strike me as someone in his late 20's, early 30's. Not quite a kid, but not old, either. The one guy who commented in the "Radioactive Pig" thread was right about the tone of your doesn't "speak from the heart", and has a tone of condescencion. Whether or not that's intended is irrelevant, but when you post links to it in most of the posts you write it paints a picture of someone who wants attention, and tries too hard.."Hey, Look at me! Look...Look...You're not looking..."

In the Pig thread, I later made the comment that really wealthy people, just like really badassed people know who they are, what they are capable of, and don't feel the need to impress anyone.

When you're talking to a younger audience, I'm sure a good many of them are impressed, but us old-timers have been around the block a time or 2.

Nobody's impressed by your pretentions to wealth, or toughness, and contrary to Doug's opinions, I'm anything but jealous.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) hedgeless_horseman Mar 10, 2017 9:21 PM

Nobody is going to save us.

It is up to us.

We save this country or we die.

By the grace of God they were unable to collect guns from us.

This is WAR, praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.


hedgeless_horseman's picture


Yes, praise The Lord!

But get your own ammunition, now, while you still can.

There will be little too pass, if the shit blows up.

Croesus's picture

Will you be penning a piece on your wife's guide to reloading, "For the Zerohedge reader with too much money, and no reloading press"?

Mr. Universe's picture

You can't make me read that drivel.

Are you not entertained? Fight club at it's finest.

Bigern's picture

Those who seek to save their life will lose it. Those who give their life will save it. If God wants to preserve the Eagle for another hour, he will do so. The hour is indeed late, and it is recommended that all look beyond the guns and ammo long enough to see what is truly at stake. We are in a spiritual war. It will not be conducted with physical weapons to great effect. The Word is the sword with two edges.

I Feel a little Qeasy's picture

That's exactly what they want you think, 'God will save you', until he doesn't, and the bullet enters your brain. Think of all those people in the middle east, Indonesia, Korea, Vietnam etc etc etc the US gov has murdered. WW1, WW2? Did he save them Russians in Stalingrad?

That is not to say there is no God, just that you need to defend yourself.

You are lost.

keep the bastards honest's picture

women have done it.  and in starvation after 800 years of occupation.   you have it easy.  Tiocfaidh ár lá


A Nanny Moose's picture

Balkans 2.0...another failed experiment in Multiculturalism. Just like 1914.

kavlar's picture
kavlar (not verified) Croesus Mar 10, 2017 8:29 PM

"Start by Deciding What Your Vision of Paradise Looks Like."

Seriously, paradise on earth?


J S Bach's picture

It WILL come to armed conflict, HH, when the level of suffering reaches a critical phase.  We are not there yet... and no one can predict exactly when that time will come.  But, it WILL come.  And when it does... the masses WILL be ripe for some kind of revolt.  We know not what form it will take.  It may be passive at first, with boycotts, protests, etc... But, after that inevitably fails, it will evolve into some form of militant body.  History shows that when the "right" finally coagulates, it naturally organizes into a coherent and orderly state.  All that matters is where the point of this sword is ultimately aimed.  We must have a set of principles that are impervious to treasonous action.  If one betrays the cause, there will be another to immediately resume the struggle.  The "movement" must be a thing unto itself... not something driven by one or two high-profile personalities.

Whatever transpires, the truth will ultimately win the day, as nature always does.

gatorengineer's picture

One as soon as it warms up a bit the pavement apes will be burning cities...

Two Truth has historically not won the day. 

Three history is written by the victors...

Snout the First's picture

I've heard for decades that "history is written by the victors". Rome and Carthage, both World Wars, sure. I accept that. But today, most history about America, Capitalism and Christianity is written by hacks who despise these institutions, and are proponents of failed multi-culturalism and failed socialism.

lucitanian's picture

American history? Failed multiculturalism, the despotism of capital built on usury, theft, slavery and cruel exploitation, at home and abroad, backed by deceit and violent aggression in the name of "liberty" (who's liberty?), and not to forget God, is always on the right side.

Yes, just ask the rest of the "American" nations when you want to say something about American history, otherwise have the courtesy and respect of accuracy to call it US history. (from Kaffeklubben Island, Greenland 83°40?N 29°50? Águila Islet, Diego Ramirez Islands, Chile[2] (56°32?16?S 68°43?10?W), is all "America").

So, from which perspective, as (USA) a nation of immigrants, now and for a long time in the clutches of a Capitalist - Judaeo-Christian "deep state" totalitarianism, run by oligarchic overlords, a pseudo-democratic republic and populated by indoctrinated, drugged and consumption addled sheeple, can you say all other systems, inducing those in which cultural diversity or resources are shared on another basis have failed?

Or has the indoctrination of "exceptionalism" made you a "believer". Is the USA a success; The great shining city upon the hill?

gatorengineer's picture

Wtf is the bull pup it's not a tavor  anyone know?

e_goldstein's picture

May be a L85. Not sure, though.

homericninjas's picture

just another in a long line of arms with buttons and knobs all over it to play with while you get your hair parted by a wood furnitured iron sight .308

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Click on the link:

It is an IDF Tavor.

They are shorter than the semi-autos they export to the USA.

gatorengineer's picture

Scratch that pic is just really stretched.  It's a tavor.  My next gun will be a galiel....

Snout the First's picture

My son decided he was going to build a galiel from a parts kit. After a year or two with different gunsmiths, and paying three times what it would have cost to just buy one, he finally gave up and just bought one.

Trucker Glock's picture

Old Tavor X95 with goofy handguard cut off?  Or is it removable? 

Edit: found this...