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Boer insurrection, Boer inspiration

A little history well worth paying attention to.

Fight or flight? A question facing Americans today – to recoil from the cities, from institutions, from society or to fight. It is a question the Boers also faced when the British gained control of South Africa in 1806.

For half a century the ununified, individualistic Boers, who just wished to just be left alone, fled. That is until the First Boer War in 1880 when for the first time, the Boers decided not to run from British oppression but to fight.

Their longing for freedom reignited – their passive resistance came to an end. Fed up with the British violating their treaties, the Boer leaders unified and declared Transvaal independent. 

When British reinforcements entered Transvaal they were met by commandos who informed them they were trespassing, and to continue on would be casus belli. Disregarding the threat, the British troops took up arms and were quickly massacred, beginning the First Boer War. 

Over the next month, the British under the command of Sir George Colley would attempt to relieve the besieged forts in Transvaal and would face defeat at every turn. The redcoats were no match for the superior marksmanship and guerilla warfare of the hardened Boers.

The story of the Boers is one that is relatable not just to the pioneers, the Irish or anyone else that fled their home in search of a better life and freedom, but of us, as Americans, today. We are at a crossroads. 

We can flee and build new, with the hope of keeping the long arm of the “empire” at bay, or we can turn and fight. We can work to take back our cities, our institutions, our culture. Unified, working towards to same goal, we can begin chipping away.

While the Boers waited until the only solution was to take up arms, we are blessed to have other options to prevent our children, our families and our communities from the horrors of war in our backyards. The answer is not to flee, but to unify and dig in. 

As y’all know, I’m much less sanguine about those “other options” than the author is, but I could easily be wrong about that…and pray to God that I am. One thing I think we can all agree on: hoping to be “just left alone” hasn’t worked out very well for us, as is almost always the case when a cozened, insufficiently-vigilant populace has permitted tyranny to take root and flourish.

5 thoughts on “Boer insurrection, Boer inspiration

  1. Remember that the British eventually defeated the Boers by putting their wives and children in Concentration Camps.  That’s where the term originated not 1930s Nazi Germany.

  2. “Boer” is the Afrikaans word for “farmer”. They had rifles which could hit targets at long range, and had experience in killing dangerous wild game, like lions … The British marched in battle lines, and got hunted down. The Boers continued to hold the countryside, the rural areas, the British held the cities

    1. Having said that, I live in Topeka, Kansas. Lots of Democrats here, but mostly white working class people. North Topeka is pretty nearly exclusively white, as is the western part of town. There is a distinct Mexican American neighborhood, has been since 1910 – around Our Lady of Guadalupe church. East Topeka is largely black. People of liberal sensitivity tend to live in the newer suburbs. All told, it’s pretty conservative. In the summer of 2020, we had one night of Antifa activity downtown, a four block march downtown, that ended up at a police line and a waiting bus. The cops outnumbered the demonstrators. They tried something in a parking lot on what is now the main drag a week later, they drew a crowd, did their thing, and left and that was it. Downtown, some convicts out on parole smashed up a jewelry store, got arrested, probably got parole violations. The word was out that if they went into the neighborhoods, they wouldn’t walk out. They didn’t dare it, they didn’t FA, so they didn’t have to find out. In Johnson County, home to rich white liberals with BLM signs in their front yards, they had lots of trouble. Areas with rich white liberals, and places with concentrations of their children, those places had trouble. Small towns, redneck towns, no trouble – it wouldn’t have been tolerated, and the troublemakers knew it. So that’s what kept the peace.

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      1. “Small towns, redneck towns, no trouble – it wouldn’t have been tolerated, and the troublemakers knew it. So that’s what kept the peace.”

        Few people seem to understand this.
        The police protect the criminals, but in the aforementioned locations, the police cannot provide that protection.

        Never forget who the organizers of the criminal chaos such as antifa are –
        They are your own government.

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