A Word To The Wise - "You're A Mercenary If..."

Tyler Durden's picture

The Burning Platform's Jim Quinn notes that:

I have no idea if Major General Higginbotham actually penned this or not but it is a stark warning, one that I have maintained for years, that a civil war in North America (if it happens in the USA it will take Mexico and Canada along for the ride) will not be as cut and dry and as some folks would like.


There are no definable sides to our current predicament, no political organization to speak of, and as such a wide spread conflict would become chaos in short order. The continent would get very tribal very quickly. Political ideologues proceed with caution.


You won’t like what you are about to read.

Via Kunckledraggin.com,

“If you are paid $25.00 an hour to show up to a rally to “counter” the other party using physical force and violence, you are not a “counter protestor.” You are a mercenary.

There is no need for further debate on this. You were paid to attack someone you don’t know for reasons that you couldn’t care enough about to go there for free. You did your “job” and collected your check and your reimbursement of expenses. You’re a mercenary.

Not a Patriot. Not a Social Justice Warrior. Not a Defender of Freedom or Liberty. Not an upholder of Truth or Justice. None of those things you claim to be. You are a mercenary.

And mercenaries are not lawful combatants and deserve whatever comes their way at the hands of the people they are attacking.

You have no 1st Amendment rights when you’re a mercenary.

Doesn’t matter what side you’re on. Doesn’t matter what cause you’re showing up to disrupt. If you can’t express yourself peacefully through diplomatic means, then you better be prepared to meet your maker at the hands of someone who is only barely keeping their own violent tendencies at bay through a massive exercise of self-control.

I know it sounds romantic to attend these rallies and get shit started with the other side. And when you’re young and passionate, it’s really easy to get whipped up into a frenzy of raw emotions. There is a reason why young people are preferred when it comes to warfare. They are easy to manipulate and control and set off.

But I’m telling you all this right now. You’ve got no idea what road you are starting down. Romance and idealism wears off really fast when you’re laying in a pool of your own blood trying to stuff your intestines back into your torn abdomen.

I’ve been lucky enough to go forty-two years without having to put the skills I learned in the Marines to use. I continue to train and keep those skills up to date because I see the madness that is happening all across this country. I don’t train to attack others like you do. I train to defend others FROM you. I’m not alone either.

There are thousands of men and women in this country who have seen war and death and don’t want any more to do with it. They want to live in peace. They want to forget the things they’ve had to do in the service of their country. They want to raise their kids and have family BBQs and build tree houses and soap box derby cars and have tea parties.

They don’t want this shit that you’re selling.

You have the extremist left and the extremist right that are doing their best to get something started. To force us into a Civil War. Even in the 1860’s, the violence between the North and South was nowhere near what we see today. Nowhere. Even. Close.

And yet we still had a war of ideology that consumed hundreds of thousands of lives.

All you young and naive kids on both sides of this equation who think that having a Civil War will advance your agenda or restore your vision of what you think is America, just remember this… Those of us older generations aren’t having any of this shit. And if you jump off, you better be prepared to deal with US. We don’t care what color you’re wearing or what sign you’re holding if you come after us, our friends, our family, our co-workers, our neighbors, etc., WE will kill you.

So remember that when you’re thinking that it’s just Left vs Right, or Liberal vs Conservative, or Commie vs. Fascist. We are the variable you’re not considering.

That “Silent Majority” that you pretend does not exist is getting really sick and tired of your bullshit.

Geoffrey B. Higginbotham
Major General, USMC (Ret.)


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Rolln's picture

This just makes them sound cool...

takeaction's picture

September 10th is when the Shit Show goes down in Portland Oregon.  Should be a great spectacle.  Police most likely told to stand down as Trump/Freedom supporters are beaten by black dressed homeless/jobless ANTIFA.  

manofthenorth's picture

Play stupid games,

Win stupid prizes.

takeaction's picture

What is really sad is the thousands of dollars in damage and wasted resources.  Our Liberal city tolerates this garbage...why?  I don't have an answer.

The Cooler King's picture

You're a Mercenary if:


You believe the 9/11 Commission Report


but the FBI will let you slide on that

TeamDepends's picture

Let us call them "Sorossians", as in, "honey, I bagged two more Sorossians and boy did they stink!".

Aristofani's picture

could you bag his best mate steven mnunchin also.

maybe have a look under your bed, you might find soros sucking mnunchin's dick there.

J S Bach's picture

The guy makes some valid points.  But, this one is not true...

"You have the extremist left and the extremist right that are doing their best to get something started."

The "extremist right" are mostly normal people who want an end to the liberal lunacy under whose sway we have been subjected for the past 3 generations.  And there is not one recent violent incident which was instigated by this side.

Another thing this Marine has to keep in mind is that the "extreme left" has been in power in politics, media, academe, law and every other important position of public persuasion since Woodrow Wilson.

So, in the end, he will indeed have to "pick a side" if he wants to continue basking in BBQs and soap box car races.  The world isn't an insulated bubble... it is constantly changing and peace is constantly threatened by those who would dominate and rule over us all.

BigJim's picture

Oh, he knows. But he needs to pretend to be even-handed if he wants his message to go out (and not be dismissed as a Neonazi/White Supremacist/whatever)

Gohn Galt's picture

It is always the left throughout history that start wars and forces their will on other people.  The right usually want to be left alone and take of themselves without disturbing anybody.  

Yukon Cornholius's picture

You're a mercenary if...you joined the Marines.

We all know what Machiavelli wrote about employing mercs, don't we? (probably not, but football is back so who cares.)

solidtare's picture


How ‘Antifa’ Mirrors the ‘Alt-Right’

By Chris Hedges


The two opposing groups, largely made up of people who have been cast aside by the cruelty of corporate capitalism, have embraced holy war. Their lives, battered by economic misery and social marginalization, have suddenly been filled with meaning. They hold themselves up as the vanguard of the oppressed. They arrogate to themselves the right to use force to silence those they define as the enemy. They sanctify anger. They are infected with the dark, adrenaline-driven urge for confrontation that arises among the disenfranchised when a democracy ceases to function. They are separated, as Sigmund Freud wrote of those who engage in fratricide, by the “narcissism of minor differences.” They mirror each other, not only ideologically but also physically


Swampster's picture

NO....You are a tool of the 'nazi jew world order if.....

The Cooler King's picture

^^^this guy thinks I'm a tool of the nazi jew world order


& mosley thinks I'm suicidal


anybody else wanna toss in their opinions?

ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

sure...... welcome to Fight Club!

                                              BYOTCH!! ;0

7againstThebes's picture

Excellent point:  "You are a mercenary......if....you believe the 9/11 Commission Report."


I think that there are more categories that Higgenbotham could add to his list.

You are a mercenary if:     you invade Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya or any other country that presents no threat to us. 

Which means that every soldier, marine and sailor in the armed forces of the government entity in Washington is a mercenary. 

You are an especially iky, repellant and stupid mercenary if:   you let yourself be manipulated into fighting wars for Israel.

You are a mercenary is if:  you gin up a phony "revolution"  in Ukraine.

You are a mercenary if: you join the Big Lie club, and blame the Russians of tampering with "our" electoral process.

And so on.  Actually, I think it would be hard to find somebody in the government entity on the Potomac who is does not fall into the category of a mercenary.


LargeHardonCollider's picture


The General is right.  Just fucking kill them all.  Problem solved.

VWAndy's picture

 That is the government answer to everything it dont like. Kill,kill,kill! If that dont work kill some more.

lew1024's picture

When has it ever worked?  Even in the few cases where 'they' managed to kill all of their opposition?

A person, group or nation assume the character of the tools they habitually use. Want to live in a nation of killers?  just kill them all.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Well, to be honest, the problems Australia and America face today are very different from the problems South Africa faces today.

America and Australia declared war between the settlers and the natives, whereas South Africa only asked the different populations to live separately from one another.  But it was South Africa that was demonized....  While the rest of the world just stood back and pointed the finger.  Not one voice of support or sympathy or understanding.

SoDamnMad's picture


I’m going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.”

Escrava Isaura's picture


What is really sad is the thousands of dollars in damage and wasted resources.  Our Liberal city tolerates this garbage...why?  I don't have an answer.

Yes. There’s an answer: When everything else failed.

Remember the Arab Spring/protest of 2010? Where are those young disenfranchised, especially the right wingers, Arabs now?


Now wait when Trump doesn’t deliver his promises. It will make Obama’s empty promises a walk in the park. You can hold me to this prediction.




nmewn's picture

My understanding of the Portuguese/Brazilian context is next to non-existent but to what are you actually insinuating...that ISIS is either liberal or right wing?

It is neither. 

I assume you must think a theocracy and/or caliphate must be composed of "right wingers" and a liberal can't believe in a deity as the state always supplants a deity in the progressive/socialist consciousness? 

Escrava Isaura's picture

I know. There’s so much propaganda and misinformation that I don’t know how that the general population can tell if it's a cat or a dog.

Look at Russia coup d’état that is known it the west as Russia Revolution. Here we have Lenin calling himself a socialist but, once in power, he moved to eliminate workers control of production by shutting down the workers councils in Russia and placing some leaders in jail. Then, creating a higher form of oppression than the Czars could ever dream, the KGB.   

But, why that many here can’t tell the difference between these “cats”?

Because the left wing of socialists “the Marxists” lost. Does anyone here remember Antonie Pannekoek or Rosa Luxemburg?

Bolshevism, a name that many here are familiar with, but, that don’t understand it’s meaning, it’s a right-wing deviation of socialism, meaning, it doesn’t have anything to do with socialism.


nmewn's picture

Fascism & communism are brothers. They are both socialists, neither are "right wing". 

You no doubt think fascists aka nazis are right wing but you couldn't be more wrong, so I'll just let one of them mansplain it to you...

"Why Are We Socialists?

We are socialists because we see in socialism, that is the union of all citizens, the only chance to maintain our racial inheritance and to regain our political freedom and renew our German state.

Socialism is the doctrine of liberation for the working class. It promotes the rise of the fourth class and its incorporation in the political organism of our Fatherland, and is inextricably bound to breaking the present slavery and regaining German freedom. Socialism, therefore, is not merely a matter of the oppressed class, but a matter for everyone, for freeing the German people from slavery is the goal of contemporary policy. Socialism gains its true form only through a total fighting brotherhood with the forward-striving energies of a newly awakened nationalism. Without nationalism it is nothing, a phantom, a mere theory, a castle in the sky, a book. With it it is everything, the future, freedom, the fatherland!

The sin of liberal thinking was to overlook socialism’s nation-building strengths, thereby allowing its energies to go in anti-national directions. The sin of Marxism was to degrade socialism into a question of wages and the stomach, putting it in conflict with the state and its national existence. An understanding of both these facts leads us to a new sense of socialism, which sees its nature as nationalistic, state-building, liberating and constructive.

The bourgeois is about to leave the historical stage. In its place will come the class of productive workers, the working class, that has been up until today oppressed. It is beginning to fulfill its political mission. It is involved in a hard and bitter struggle for political power as it seeks to become part of the national organism. The battle began in the economic realm; it will finish in the political. It is not merely a matter of wages, not only a matter of the number of hours worked in a day — though we may never forget that these are an essential, perhaps even the most significant part of the socialist platform — but it is much more a matter of incorporating a powerful and responsible class in the state, perhaps even to make it the dominant force in the future politics of the fatherland. The bourgeoisie does not want to recognize the strength of the working class. Marxism has forced it into a straitjacket that will ruin it. While the working class gradually disintegrates in the Marxist front, bleeding itself dry, the bourgeoisie and Marxism have agreed on the general lines of capitalism, and see their task now to protect and defend it in various ways, often concealed.

We are socialists because we see the social question as a matter of necessity and justice for the very existence of a state for our people, not a question of cheap pity or insulting sentimentality. The worker has a claim to a living standard that corresponds to what he produces. We have no intention of begging for that right. Incorporating him in the state organism is not only a critical matter for him, but for the whole nation. The question is larger than the eight-hour day. It is a matter of forming a new state consciousness that includes every productive citizen. Since the political powers of the day are neither willing nor able to create such a situation, socialism must be fought for. It is a fighting slogan both inwardly and outwardly. It is aimed domestically at the bourgeois parties and Marxism at the same time, because both are sworn enemies of the coming workers’ state. It is directed abroad at all powers that threaten our national existence and thereby the possibility of the coming socialist national state.

Socialism is possible only in a state that is united domestically and free internationally. The bourgeoisie and Marxism are responsible for failing to reach both goals, domestic unity and international freedom. No matter how national and social these two forces present themselves, they are the sworn enemies of a socialist national state.

We must therefore break both groups politically. The lines of German socialism are sharp, and our path is clear.

We are against the political bourgeoisie, and for genuine nationalism!

We are against Marxism, but for true socialism!

We are for the first German national state of a socialist nature!

We are for the National Socialist German Workers’ Party!"


Thats Joseph Goebbels speaking there slave Escrava.

So I would advise you to go back to peddling your Chomsky nonsense to snowflakes on a college campus who have neither the inclination not the curiosity to question their leftwing professors or to understand everything that professor ever said on the subject is a lie.

lew1024's picture

I recently read somewhere that Lenin sent a telegram of congratulations to Moussolini on his winning power.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Ohh boy! You have a lot to learn.

Well, you know, the term “fascism” has taken on a special connotation. In the 1930s — pre-Hitler, or before the real effects of Hitler were concerned — it wasn’t considered a particularly negative term. It was considered a notion of social organization. So for example, [President Roosevelt] was a great admirer of [Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini.] That “admirable, Italian gentleman.” American investors loved Mussolini. They poured money into Italian Capitalism.

It was orderly. It was running things. They were making plenty of profit. In fact, Fortune magazine had a story in the early 30s, which had a headline about Mussolini saying, ÔThe Wops are Un-Wopping Themselves.’ (laughter) You know, the ÔWops’ are finally getting things straight. They had a real, good fascist government.



malek's picture

Well congratulations, you (if my memory serves me correctly) have updated your stupid thought you displayed here a few months ago, that fascism was "invented" by Mussolini.

Now you would only need to give some notion that it's not a black-or-white thing, alas "before Mussolini good (or neutral), with Mussolini entirely evil"
and one could *start* to have some respect for your balanced opinion.

xavi1951's picture

Escrava -

Mental illness.  Time to take your pills and go to a University that teaches real history, not history remade by mentally ill Proffessors.

BigJim's picture

No, YOU have a lot to learn.

Yes, indeed, a lot of lefties liked fascism in the '20s and '30s, for precisely that reason: economically, it was more left-wing than the status quo in most developed countries of the time. Consider: when a government reduces taxes and social programs and strengthens property rights, is it right wing, or left wing? Well, the fascists increased taxes, increased social programs, and trampled all over private property rights - ie, it was left wing.

It's true they were not left wing in terms of cross-border solidarity with working-class foreigners (or, in some countries, embracing the Church) but in pretty much every other regard, they were only "right wing" relative to communists and the "socialists"† of the time

† by which I mean, people who advocated for the state to control all means of production

Escrava Isaura's picture

You forgot one minor detail about your point, and that you need to get curious about it: That Goebbels was a minister of propaganda, meaning, a liar.

Now, wondering why you listen to him? And the likes of him?

When you find that answer, you’ll learn something about yourself.


malek's picture

All you can come up with is "attack the messenger, and ignore the message"?

BigJim's picture

ie, Goebbels was a politician. We know this already.

It doesn't detract from the fact that Fascism was seen as a "left" wing ideology relative to the status quo in most developed nations of the time: heavy regulation of private industry, Keynesian make-work programs, nationalised healthcare, higher taxation...

nmewn's picture

The National >>>Socialist<<< German Workers' Party has much more in common with you than I, Escrava. You see, I desire LESS involvement of the STATE with the means of production & distribution not MORE. 

I would have thought by your on-line screen name you would already know of such things so now I can only surmise you recognize the raw power of a state as the means of extraction from another to give to you.

Therefore you will never be truly free Escrava. 

Individual's picture

People say the same shit when it's exposed all the things Lincoln said. Total mental gymnastics, except the event looks like a quadriplegic kid with in the floor event in the special olympics

robobbob's picture

So you will not take the confession of criminals because there may be other hypothetical possibilities?

Then by deeds not words.

Virtually every measure you can make, politically, economically, social policy, the Nazis implemented socialist polices over and over and over.

The nazis were not reactionaries looking to revive the old aristocratic order and its unearned privilege. At the same time, they were against democracy and feckless politicians playing to the fickle winds of public opinion. Instead they believed in an authoritative micromanaging government that was responsible for auguring the needs of an abstract collective with only token public input, and fully empowered to intervene into the minutia of any aspect of society. Alternative political parties only existed to the point that they did not significantly differ from government policies. Anyone criticizing the gov could fully expect to be arrested, and possibly killed.

While private ownership existed, the economy was considered a controlled tool of government policy, subject to unrestrained gov intervention whenever it suited its goals. The government as a matter of policy set wage and price controls based on social consideration ahead of economic conditions and routinely ordered businesses into undertaking projects even if they were money losing and ruinous if they were considered necessary by the State.

Their social policies were epic in their generosity, even surpassing many modern day acknowledged socialist governments. And as ruthless to any deemed a threat to the collective as any infamous communist regime. Free university and subsidized vacations etc, at a time of systematic eugenics. The gov was as spendthrift and reckless as any, papered over with unsustainable bond debt. It was a house of cards that had no choice even if it wanted not to, to undertake a war of expansion to make good on its debts. Of course this last part could be applied to many States, democratic, fascist, socialist, or red.

Fascists were anti-democratic. They were anti-free market. They were anti-individual rights. They were authoritarian collectivists.

Fascists, and nazis in particular, are only the "right" when you yourself are some type of marxist, and a phenomenon like an American Republic, the American Right, or American style Conservatism does not exist to provide contrast. 

Let the Marxists duke it out among themselves over who is most or least leftist, but do not EVER try and lump ANY those Leftists in with the American Right, American Conservatives and Libertarians who venerate the ideas of Individual freedom, Individual Responsibility, and freedom from government coercion at the core of an American Democratic Republic. And do not conflate the hideous imperial monster that is on todays world stage that calls itself "america". It is at this date some sort of grotesque fascist/socialist monster that departed from its founding principles some time ago and is carrying out asymmetrical warfare against anyone, citizens included, who obstructs its policies.

Individual's picture

Fascists are National socialists, communists are international socialists

nmewn's picture

That seems to me a fair way of explaining the difference on the scale of leftwing socialist thought.

Nazis were nation first socialists, the communists are so enamored with it they attempt to export it everywhere whether those people want it or not.

There's just something about raw, naked, aggressive use of government authority they can't quite control themselves with wielding though, thus we have ridiculous introductions into "law" such as..."the Secretary shall determine"...they think that somehow puts it on autopilot forever ;-)

TheReplacement's picture

Is anyone else getting sick of Escrava's blatant lies?

Right wing literally means right wing - as in supports liberty.  Nazis and commies are both LEFT-WING.  Communists and Nazis are just kissing cousins who can't decided if they want to do it missionary or doggiestyle.  There is literally no difference between them if you ask the victims.  Over 100 million murder victims all agree.

If you want to control how others behave and live their lives you are left-wing.  If you don't, you are right-wing.

Fuck off Isaura bullshit artist.

Arnold's picture

She's been quiet for a while.
Her thoughts are like a breath of Texas chemical plant explosion.
Odoriferous, but not life threatening.

Scuba Steve's picture

" you know Jerry, its not a lie if you believe it".

So ....  what do you expect from an ass-raping liberal socialist?


Sparkey's picture

Replacement, Every movement seeks to control thought and behavior, "If you want to control how others behave and live their lives you are left-wing.  If you don't, you are right-wing." to the would be controllers, it dosen't matter what you call the wagon they rode in on the goals are the same!

As for where we are today; I think that those who would rule today, did rule 'successfuly' in the past, somehow things got out of hand and now the previously smooth running system of a middle class life for the workers, the country club life for the managers and the anoymonous life of luxury for the owners is under severe strain due to the actions of the 'Owner' class, only they could have agreed to the deindustialization of the USA. What persuaded them to embark on this path, I ask that in ignorance of the answer, that has been hidden from me and so, I assume for most.

The most difficult thing, 'I think it is really an impossibility', is to recreate a fondly remembered past, time doesn't run backwards, the future lies over tomorrow way and that is where we are all going, what are we destined to create? A World of genetically modified automations who have been conditioned to see themself's as a Cancer on the World ruled by technocrats under control of the money powers, that is one scenario that at least some are working for, don't get caught up in the right left labels look at the results, results are what counts.

robobbob's picture

answer: math dont lie

unrestrained physical growth, unrestrained financial expansion, unrestrained access to knowledge, outpacing the systems ability to retain control, at a time when technology is making the people of the world not only redundant but a threat to the needs and desires of the owner class.

it really is that simple.

SWRichmond's picture

What is really sad is the thousands of dollars in damage and wasted resources.  Our Liberal city tolerates this garbage...why?  I don't have an answer.

THIS SHOULD BE OBVIOUS BY NOW: The elites plan is to encourage us to fight it out and destroy each other while they remain above the fray and stay in charge.  What will remain afterwards is sheep who sat it out, and insufficient remnant of strong wills on either side to offer them any resistance. 

Remember who the enemy truly is.  It's not the useful idiots in Antifa or the KKK, and it's not the muslims or North Korea.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Look what happened to Germany after all its brave young men were killed off.

They have gone cuckoo.  Full-fledged Stockholm Syndrome.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Someone needs to pop a cap in the "catchers mitt faced" Soro's mug.

DeadFred's picture

Really, why is this guy still alive?