Eivind Berge Arrested for Provocative Rhetoric

by W.F. Price on July 7, 2012

Eivind Berge has been posting some pretty provocative stuff for quite a while now, including his desire to kill police for enforcing misandric laws. I agree with his girlfriend that it was a bunch of hot air, but he got arrested for it anyway. Despite his support for Anders Breivik, who decimated the youth wing of the Marxist/Islamist Norwegian left in a solo Knights Templar crusade last year, I seriously doubt Eivind would have carried out any violent acts. Breivik, who really meant business, kept his plans to himself.

The truth is that people who manage to pull off spectacular terrorist attacks are almost always those who don’t say anything about them beforehand. Think Mohammed Atta vs. James Ujaama.

The lesson here is that if you want to be political, there’s a sort of tortoise/hare dynamic at work. The impetuous, fast hare tends to run out of steam (or run into trouble with the law) fairly quickly. The slow-and-steady tortoise, on the other hand, keeps trudging on and wins the race.

I count myself as fairly lucky to have been educated in this from a young age. I used to catalog extremist movements (mainly jihadi Muslim), and learned a great deal about what is effective and what isn’t. Certainly, terror attacks work, but operational secrecy is paramount. This means that threatening to kill people openly and loudly is essentially worthless. Either you operate out in the open honestly, eschewing illegal tactics, or you operate in the shadows as a murderous killer, like our intelligence agencies — you can’t have it both ways. Obviously, I personally prefer and advocate the former approach, but both work, as CIA drone attacks so clearly demonstrate.

Although feminists will be very eager to seize the “high ground” here, I’d like to remind people of the kind of stuff leftists were saying and doing in the 1960s and 70s.

Bernardine Dohrn, Bill Ayers’ wife, famously said that she would not condemn violence, and then went on a bombing campaign. She and her husband are now friends of our president.

Dohrn was a real terrorist, and a feminist, and walks free today, celebrated. She and Bill Ayers are suspected of being involved in bombing a San Francisco police station, killing one officer. History truly is written by the victors…

We shouldn’t fool ourselves into thinking that violent action will do us any good. Of course violence does work, but the power of the state is so overwhelming today that individual acts are almost certain to fail. Furthermore, those who are willing to unleash violence on others must be prepared to die themselves, and must lead by example. Somehow, I don’t think many of us have reached that point. It’s a long road to get there, and I hold out the hope that it will never go that far.

the point is that anyone who condones violent action loudly and publicly, but doesn’t back it up, can’t be taken seriously.

In the end, it’s all just hot air. Hopefully, the Norwegian courts will give Berge the same consideration our courts gave Ms. Dohrn, and keep it all in perspective. Whatever he may have written, Berge hasn’t harmed anyone, nor has he gone so far as to promise to kill anyone in particular, so he should be released.

Berge’s rhetoric was ill-considered and pointless, and he was skating on thin ice, but his speech was probably lawful by American standards. I suppose we’ll see what the standards are in Norway, but I wish those who blabber about “action” would leave the rest of us out of it. Neither I nor other men have time to indulge fantasies and posing, and these show trials and political arrests don’t do us a bit of good. In fact, all they do is give the state the opportunity to scare people into silence, and that’s exactly what our enemies want.

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