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Violence is Golden

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A lot of people like to think they are “non-violent.” Generally, people claim to “abhor” the use of violence, and violence is viewed negatively by most folks. Many fail to differentiate between just and unjust violence. Some especially vain, self-righteous types like to think they have risen above the nasty, violent cultures of their ancestors. They say that “violence isn’t the answer.” They say that “violence doesn’t solve anything.”

They’re wrong. Every one of them relies on violence, every single day.

On election day, people from all walks of life line up to cast their ballots, and by doing so, they hope to influence who gets to wield the axe of authority. Those who want to end violence — as if that were possible or even desirable — often seek to disarm their fellow citizens. This does not actually end violence. It merely gives the state mob a monopoly on violence. This makes you “safer,” so long as you don’t piss off the boss.

All governments — left, right or other — are by their very nature coercive. They have to be.

Order demands violence.

A rule not ultimately backed by the threat of violence is merely a suggestion. States rely on laws enforced by men ready to do violence against lawbreakers. Every tax, every code and every licensing requirement demands an escalating progression of penalties that, in the end, must result in the forcible seizure of property or imprisonment by armed men prepared to do violence in the event of resistance or non–compliance. Every time a soccer mom stands up and demands harsher penalties for drunk driving, or selling cigarettes to minors, or owning a pit bull, or not recycling, she is petitioning the state to use force to impose her will. She is no longer asking nicely. The viability of every family law, gun law, zoning law, traffic law, immigration law, import law, export law and financial regulation depends on both the willingness and wherewithal of the group to exact order by force.

When an environmentalist demands that we “save the whales,” he or she is in effect making the argument that saving the whales is so important that it is worth doing harm to humans who harm whales. The peaceful environmentalist is petitioning the leviathan to authorize the use of violence in the interest of protecting leviathans. If state leaders were to agree and express that it was, indeed, important to “save the whales,” but then decline to penalize those who bring harm to whales, or decline to enforce those penalties under threat of violent police or military action, the expressed sentiment would be a meaningless  gesture. Those who wanted to bring harm to whales would feel free to do so, as it is said, with impunity — without punishment.

Without action, words are just words. Without violence, laws are just words.

Violence isn’t the only answer, but it is the final answer.

One can make moral arguments and ethical arguments and appeals to reason, emotion, aesthetics, and compassion. People are certainly moved by these arguments, and when sufficiently persuaded –providing of course that they are not excessively inconvenienced — people often choose to moderate or change their behaviors.

However, the willful submission of many inevitably creates a vulnerability waiting to be exploited by any one person who shrugs off social and ethical norms. If every man lays down his arms and refuses to pick them up, the first man to pick them up can do whatever he wants. Peace can only be maintained without violence so long as everyone sticks to the bargain, and to maintain peace every single person in every successive generation — even after war is long forgotten — must continue to agree to remain peaceful. Forever and ever. No delinquent or upstart may ever ask, “Or Else What?,” because in a truly non-violent society, the best available answer is “Or else we won’t think you’re a very nice person and we’re not going to share with you.” Our troublemaker is free to reply, “I don’t care. I’ll take what I want.”

Violence is the final answer to the question, “Or else what?”

Violence is the gold standard, the reserve that guarantees order. In actuality, it is better than a gold standard, because violence has universal value. Violence transcends the quirks of philosophy, religion, technology and culture. People say that music is a universal language, but a punch in the face hurts the same no matter what language you speak or what kind of music you prefer. If you are trapped in a room with me and I grab a pipe and gesture to strike you with it, no matter who you are, your monkey brain will immediately understand “or else what.”  And thereby, a certain order is achieved.

The practical understanding of violence is as basic to human life and human order as is the idea that fire is hot. You can use it, but you must respect it. You can act against it, and you can sometimes control it, but you can’t just wish it away. Like wildfire, sometimes it is overwhelming and you won’t know it is coming until it is too late. Sometimes it is bigger than you. Ask the Cherokee, the Inca, the Romanovs, the Jews, the Confederates, the barbarians and the Romans. They all know “Or else what.”

The basic acknowledgement that order demands violence is not a revelation, but to some it may seem like one. The very notion may make some people apoplectic, and some will furiously attempt to dispute it with all sorts of convoluted and hypothetical arguments, because it doesn’t sound very “nice.” But something doesn’t need to be “nice” in order for it to be true. Reality doesn’t bend over to accommodate fantasy or sentimentality.

Our complex society relies on proxy violence to the extent that many average people in the private sector can wander through life without really having to understand or think deeply about violence, because we are removed from it. We can afford to perceive it as a distant, abstract problem to be solved through high-minded strategy and social programming. When violence comes knocking, we simply make a call, and the police come to “stop” the violence. Few civilians really take the time to think that what we are essentially doing is paying an armed band protection money to come and do orderly violence on our behalf. When those who would do violence to us are taken peacefully, most of us don’t really make the connection, we don’t even assert to ourselves that the reason a perpetrator allows himself to be arrested is because of the gun the officer’s hip or the implicit understanding that he will eventually be hunted down by more officers who have the authority to kill him if his is deemed a threat. That is, if he is deemed a threat to order.

There are something like two and a half million people incarcerated in the United States. Over ninety percent of them are men. Most of them did not turn themselves in. Most of them don’t try to escape at night because there is someone in a guard tower ready to shoot them. Many are “non-violent” offenders. Soccer moms, accountants, celebrity activists and free range vegans all send in their tax dollars, and by proxy spend billions and billions to feed an armed government that maintains order through violence.

It is when our ordered violence gives way to disordered violence, as in the aftermath of a natural disaster, that we are forced to see how much we rely on those who maintain order through violence.  People loot because they can, and kill because they think they’ll get away with it. Dealing with violence and finding violent men who will protect you from other violent men suddenly becomes a real and pressing concern.

A pal once told me a story about an incident recounted by a family friend who was a cop, and I think it gets the point across. A few teenagers were at the mall hanging out, outside a bookstore. They were goofing around and talking with some cops who were hanging around. The cop was a relatively big guy, not someone who you would want to mess around with. One of the kids told the cop that he didn’t see why society needed police.

The cop leaned over and said to the spindly kid, “do you have any doubt in your mind about whether or not I could break your arms and take that book away from you if I felt like it?”

The teenager, obviously shaken by the brutality of the statement, said, “No.”

“That’s why you need cops, kid.”

George Orwell wrote in his “Notes on Nationalism” that, for the pacifist, the truth that, “Those who ‘abjure’ violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf,” is obvious but impossible to accept.  Much unreason flows from the inability to accept our passive reliance on violence for protection. Escapist fantasies of the John Lennon “Imagine” variety corrupt our ability to see the world as it is, and be honest with ourselves about the naturalness of violence to the human animal. There is no evidence to support the idea that man is an inherently peaceful creature. There is substantial evidence to support the notion that violence has always been a part of human life. Every day, archeologists unearth another primitive skull with damage from weapons or blunt force trauma. The very first legal codes were shockingly grisly. If we feel less threatened today, if we feel as though we live in a non–violent society, it is only because we have ceded so much power over our daily lives to the state. Some call this reason, but we might just as well call it laziness. A dangerous laziness, it would seem, given how little most people say they trust politicians.

Violence doesn’t come from movies or video games or music. Violence comes from people. It’s about time people woke up from their 1960s haze and started being honest about violence again. People are violent, and that’s OK. You can’t legislate it away or talk your way around it. Based on the available evidence, there’s no reason to believe that world peace will ever be achieved, or that violence can ever be “stopped.”

It’s time to quit worrying and learn to love the battle axe. History teaches us that if we don’t, someone else will.

Originally published on Arthur’s Hall of Viking Manliness (now offline), Nov 11, 2010.



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  1. Sandy
    Posted December 8, 2011 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    I’m surprised that Jack left out the ultimate act of governmental violence – God’s Lake of Fire.

  2. Warren
    Posted December 8, 2011 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    This article hits the nail on the head! I have been thinking very similar thoughts for a very
    long time. Serving in the army merely proved what I already suspected. This is why I own
    firearms and practice with them. Society at large needs to pull their collective heads from the sand and face reality! Violence is a tool, something made “good” or “bad” based on what ends it achieves, and is not evil in any way in and of itself.

    • Jaego Scorzne
      Posted December 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

      Good for you, Warren. Such practice is the only thing that will keep our Goverment respectful of our Rights. The Founders knew that the Less people do for themselves the more Goverment must do for them. Until finally they are all powerful by default. It’s the ultimate mission creep – encouraged by they themselves since they want all power.

  3. ipsofacto
    Posted December 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Cops are a thing of recent vintage, so no, they are not “needed”. Not by the boy, at least. Men used to police themselves and each other, by agreement. Then we got “cops”. Now we have girls who are called men. And a matriarchy.

  4. Donar Van Holland
    Posted December 9, 2011 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    Good article! Against all the media propaganda, I always have to remind myself and others that we White Nationalist are “the good guys”. That is important for morale and for realising that we should act in a noble way, like the heroes of old. However, this does NOT mean renouncing violence. It means acting for a just cause.

  5. Richard Ricardo
    Posted December 9, 2011 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    I really liked this. I don’t know if I would agree that it is “okay” that human beings are violent. It is a fact. And it is a problem, one with which our ancestors have had to deal, and with which we and our children will continue to deal. I am basically a conservative and I would have to say that the main reason for that is that the established ways of dealing with violence make life generally at least tolerable. Radical changes to those customs almost always undermine the established checks on violence. One of the stupidest things I have ever heard uttered by a human being was during a super bowl half-time extravaganza. Garth Brooks said, and I am not making this up, “the human race: we’re getting better.” This kind of idiocy is engendered by a relative lack of quotidian violence. It leads us to imagine that it can be eradicated. It is worth reflecting on what is going on under the surface, as Mr. Donovan helps us do here, to cure us of that folly.

    By the way, this is also why I think guns are wonderful. In a situation in which each member of society is potentially lethally violent, every member has an interest in keep those tendencies checked. Of course it is not just the guns, but the customs of an armed populace that do this. I would have enjoyed the story about the cop much more if the spindly kid had discretely made the tax-feeder aware of his gun and what would happen should he attempt to break his arms. We don’t need cops, we need guns. It is folly to expect the police to protect you. They can’t do it and frankly aren’t interested. Remember, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

  6. Posted December 9, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    An excellent article.The New Agey fantasy of “world peace” is an illusion that only fools can believe. Every civilization is ultimately sustained by force or the threat of force. Our goal should be to bring about the day when the Aryan and NOT the Jew wields the Sword.

  7. Posted December 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Really honest and factual.

    Can’t imagine how those non-violent self righteous pacifists are going to hate hearing these truths; while obediently paying their taxes to hire State hitmen on their own interests behalf!

    Thanks, what a totally totally incredible article!

  8. Lonejack
    Posted December 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Mr. Donovan, for your article. Physical violence is the final arbiter. At the military academy I attended in my youth, it was drummed into my head that the ancient profession of arms, for which I was training, was the study of controlled violence. Everything else was secondary.

    I have read Harold Covington’s novels, and though I disagree sharply with certain aspects of his draft constitution for an Aryan republic, I firmly agree with his notion that the keeping and bearing of arms is the hallmark of free Aryan men, and that all citizens, both men and women, should possess hand guns, carbines, rifles, and other weapons and know how to use them. As part of their self-defense training, children and teens should be taught how to use and maintain weapons as soon as their fathers deem them ready.

    @Mr. Ricardo: “We don’t need cops, we need guns….”

    Most certainly! The oft repeated mantra is true: An armed society is a polite society. Allowing government to establish a “credible monopoly” on the use of force is perhaps the single most egregious error White Men have made. (Surrendering our children to government schools and allowing government to coerce our use of its illusory usurious money are also colossal blunders.) Cops are now arguably a more dangerous threat to our lives and property than ordinary street gangs or organized criminal cartels.

    @Donar: “That is important for morale and for realising that we should act in a noble way, like the heroes of old. However, this does NOT mean renouncing violence. It means acting for a just cause…”

    Yes, our capacity for violence should be honored and cultivated, though this does require sound ethics. My personal code is simple-minded: to reserve its use for righteous defense of family, folk, and property. I will endeavor not to initiate it. If necessary, however, I will engage in a lethal offense as part of a larger strategy of self-defense.

    I may, even as a former Army officer, never “learn to love the battle axe,” as Mr. Donovan suggests. But I deeply understand the urgent necessity of knowing when, where, and how to wield it.

  9. Lew
    Posted December 9, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    On the topic of violence in general, the crucial distinction between just and unjust violence is a very important topic. Long term, because of the impact of relentless anti-White propaganda and brainwashing, it will probably be necessary to educate many of our denatured people on the difference. Because we are being attacked on all fronts by enemies seething with implacable hatred, just violence against the enemy founded on the principle of self-defense will almost certainly be necessary for survival.

    Richard is right that you will never find a cop when you need one. And even if you could, they don’t give a shit about your family. In many urban areas in the United States, the cops are 95 IQ and lower Blacks. Many of our people have learned this lesson the hard way. In so many cases, sadly, the White victims of criminal violence have been on the receiving end not just of muggings but also gratuitously savage beatings, sexual torture, sadism and murder.

    My strategy for avoiding Diversity Violence is simple: stay away from neighborhoods and public events that might draw Negroes, and stay off the streets at night as much as possible. My father used to say that anyone on the street after 11pm was up to no good. Although I scoffed at his viewpoint when I was in my low/mid 20s, I see the wisdom in his advice now, especially for anyone who lives in an urban area.

    Because of the possibility of Knoxville-style car jackings and other Negro criminality, however statistically remote, I don’t go anywhere unarmed. Unless I’m mistaken, Channon and Christopher were not in a bad neighborhood when they got jacked. Negros can and do show up anywhere when they decide they get into their underdeveloped brains that that they want to beat on a White person.

    Accordingly, I keep a combat knife with a 6.5 inch blade in both of my vehicles, and I carry a subcompact 9mm everywhere I go. My wife carries one too, and my kids will too the day it becomes legal. In my home, a Mossberg 590 is easily accessible. However statistically remote and improbable, the possibility of a home invasion cannot be ruled out.

    Guns and free speech. The only reasons left to say God Bless America.

    • Fourmyle of Ceres
      Posted December 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Permalink


      Lew in blockquote:

      Accordingly, I keep a combat knife with a 6.5 inch blade in both of my vehicles, and I carry a subcompact 9mm everywhere I go.

      Practice tip: Many jurisdictions have strict limits on blade length, and will definitely write paper on you at traffic stops, or worse, impound the vehicle.

      Workaround – Cold Steel, at, makes the worlds strongest, sharpest knives. A good cold steel folder will NOT lock black on you – their videos demonstrate this. That will help get you around the blade length issue.

      And, practice, practice, practice with the sub9. Know the local laws, and, as I know you do, know what you should do to be legally as well as ethically perfect when the time comes to use it. All of the concealed carry classes offered discuss this ever-changing body of law.

      Remember, all we want to do we can, and MUST do, in an “apple-pie, strictly legal, sort of way.” (HT: Jim Giles)

      What’s In YOUR Future? Focus Northwest!

      • Lew
        Posted December 11, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Permalink


        Great point; I appreciate the reminder. It has been several years since I last reviewed the law and raised the issue with my friends who carry. The last time I checked the law for my jurisdiction, the law prohibited carrying switch-style and spring-operated knives, but there were no restrictions on fixed blade weapons or blade length. The key part of my sentence, of course, is “last time I checked the law.” The legislature is always changing the law, so it may have changed since in the years since I last checked it.

      • Fourmyle of Ceres
        Posted December 11, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Permalink



        One quick observation concerning carry.

        Most people who carry never practice against a moving target under low light conditions.

        Guess what situation you are most likely to use your sub9?

        Also, remember the use of force/use of deadly force continuum in your practice.

        Suppose you are shooting at someone who is running away from you? The imminent threat test is one they are always revising, and a young DA looking for his shot at the title might make you the sacrificial lamb.

        I remember when I read “Bonfire of the Vanities,” and I saw how the protagonist’s life completely fell apart – “and I’ve been a good man.”

        I also saw how, after he left incarceration, he had a new Awareness of how the world works, with no illusions whatsoever, as he prepared to rebuild his life on the firmer ground of the Cold, Hard Truth.

        And NOW you know why I am such a fan of Harold Covington.

        After decades of listening and reading the writings of our Soft Enemies, I realized a very important Insight gained from listening to Horus the Avenger discussions concerning the rlentless indoctrination of the Consensus Trance:

        To win, all they have to do is stop you from asking the right questions.

        Television shows you the Dirty Harry type antics the Sleepful wish to see; the rules are bent, justice is done, evil is punished.

        That’s bullshit.

        I will tell you that Dirty Harry, et. al., will be unemployed following the next annual review. The urban cops shoot light loads because they do not KNOW where the bullet will end up. Cardboard walls in an apartment complex? Even if it hits the intended target, there may be repercussions, as the uof/uodf continuum is reviewed by the High Command.

        If I sound slightly paranoid about this, it’s because a law enforcement officer I worked with told me, “When the weapon leaves the holster, you are opening up your employer, and yourself, to serious financial risk, EVEN IF, in your mind, you were exactly clean and green on the protocols at the time. When it leaves the holster, it’s an inch of paperwork. If it is fired, it is a foot of paperwork. If it is fired and hits someone, it is a yard of paperwork. If there is an error in the paperwork it opens you up to loss of job, loss of pension, your picture in the paper, and serious civil and possibly criminal liability.”

        So, let’s be careful out there!

        What’s In YOUR Future? Focus Northwest!

  10. CompassionateFascist
    Posted December 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Coming soon, to a neighborhood near U, @

  11. Jaego Scorzne
    Posted December 11, 2011 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    So should a Society evolve Police to begin with? They are useful to keep public order and to track down criminals AFTER a crime has been committed. But they do tend to become corrupt as Society does – and worse, to beomce the direct Agents of Tyrants who sign their checks.

    • matt wakulik
      Posted February 12, 2020 at 2:03 am | Permalink

      That is exactly what Donovan acknowledges here . He does not give a solution. He merely is stating those facts . Everybody knows what could possibly be done by the willful acts of the majority of citizens. He’s merely stating the facts of how societies operate.

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