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bees stop murder hornets as a swarm, but can mass demonstrations stop another Trump coup

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There will be a variety of responses to the impending Trump attempt to steal the election. Be prepared.


In June 2020 the Transition Integrity Project (TIP) convened a bipartisan group of over 100 current and former senior government and campaign leaders and other experts in a series of 2020 election crisis scenario planning exercises. The results of all four table-top exercises were alarming.

We assess with a high degree of likelihood that November’s elections will be marked by a chaotic legal and political landscape.

We also assess that the President Trump is likely to contest the result by both legal and extra-legal means,in an attempt to hold onto power. Recent events, including the President’s own unwillingness to commit to abiding by the results of the election, the Attorney General’s embrace of the President’s groundless electoral fraud claims, and the unprecedented deployment of federal agents to put down left wing protests,underscore the extreme lengths to which President Trump may be willing to go in order to stay in office.

In this report, TIP explains the basis for our assessment. Our findings are bolstered by the historical experience of Bush v. Gore (2000) and other U.S. electoral dysfunctions. The closest analogy may be the election of 1876, a time of extreme partisanship and rampant disenfranchisement, where multiple states proffered competing slates of electors, and the election was only resolved through a grand political bargain days before Inauguration—one that traded an end to Reconstruction for electoral peace and resulted in a century of Jim Crow, leaving deep wounds that are far from healed today…


— Justin Vaïsse (@JustinVaisse) September 6, 2020



— Lone Wolf Spirit (@LoneWolfSpirit2) August 1, 2020


— Ill Will Editions (@illwilleditions) September 6, 2020

The ultimate aim of unrestricted warfare is not to obtain a state of peace between belligerents. Instead, such warfare aims at the indefinite pacification of target populations, which are generally viewed as hotbeds of potential insurgency threatening the minimal stability required for capitalism. Unrestricted warfare gets its name not only from the fact that it reduces politics to a permanent military-policing operation, but also because it opens up the means of war beyond the use of military force. Warfare has increasingly involved the use of financial capital to leverage “structural adjustment” programs on indebted nations, the use of trade wars to manipulate national currencies and the value of rival monetary reserves, and the manipulation of information to influence the perceptions and behavior of both political opponents and target populations [2].

In this context, swarm tactics have been used not only by kinetically oriented belligerents (i.e., those using material force and firepower, whether they be state militaries, private security firms, or partisan guerrilla forces), but also by non-state actors across the social field. For instance, swarming can characterize activists and NGOs seeking to magnify their influence on policy makers through phone zaps in conjunction with public media campaigns, hackers interrupting communications systems through botnet-driven DDOS attacks, and partisan social networks like the Boogaloo movement that formed through the creation and circulation of memes elaborating a strategic sensibility for swarming on political crises [3]. Finally, swarming also sometimes characterizes black blocs, frontliners, and looters using non-lethal means to fight or evade more heavily armed police forces.


(iii) Omnidirectional attack. Like a bee hive attacking an intruder, the movement characteristic of a swarm is to attack from all directions in “pulses,” or short bursts that blanket the target, followed by dispersal and disengagement. Omnidirectionality requires both sufficient numbers and well-established topsight so that pods can momentarily cluster around a shared target to overwhelm it.

For example, Telegram channels were useful to Hong Kong demonstrators for collectively mapping police targets, which allowed multiple “light mages” and “fire mages” to optically disable and kinetically attack targets in a coordinated way from all sides. Convergence pulses and subsequent dispersals had to be speedy to avoid being tracked by other police units.…


— Dan Biddle📝 (@DanBiddle) June 3, 2020


— New Scientist (@newscientist) May 4, 2020


— ✝️ 𝑫𝒓.𝑺𝒂𝒎 𝑷𝒂𝒈𝒆 (𝐒𝐞𝐞 𝐏𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐓) (@wolfeatworld) May 9, 2020


— HeisenbergHattie (@HBergHattie) July 27, 2020


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