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Inside the American Redoubt: Trump Voters Building a New State - Times Documentaries

"In the Times’ first feature-length documentary Alastair Good travelled to north Idaho to investigate whether a movement to build a home for conservative Christians and unhappy Trump voters is being exploited by extremists planning for secession. Produced, directed and edited by Alastair Good. Camera, sound and animation by Jack Feeney." from video introduction.

The Balkanization of America (Is already underway)

The excerpt from the article below is 12 years old. An interesting piece considering where we are today.

While they were cozying up in America, a prominent Russian professor named Igor Panarin was making rounds in that country's policy-making circles, also doing his best to undermine America. The map below is his creation. Released in 1998, it predicted the breakup of the U.S. into six pieces by 2010.

He seems to suggest that each would be its own republic, but if not, that the North would fall under Canadian influence, the South would fold into Mexico's sphere of influence, the West would go to China, the East to the E.U., Hawaii to Japan or China, and of course Alaska would be returned to Russia.

Crazy, right? Well, the Wall Street Journal reports: "Panarin is not a fringe figure. A former KGB analyst, he is dean of the Russian Foreign Ministry's academy for future diplomats. He is invited to Kremlin receptions, lectures students, publishes books, and appears in the media as an expert on U.S.-Russia relations."

Map of America
Map of America Divided

Video from KGW News

"We asked an Idaho anchor at our sister station what the people in his state think of moving the border." from video introduction.

The following article excerpt is from Radio Free Redoubt

"The American Redoubt concept was created and popularized by the prolific writer James Rawles of Survival Blog dot com. Initially, Rawles advised people for preparedness reasons to migrate out of large cities, away from either coast to low population density areas. James Rawles packaged these ideas in what he called his Precepts of Rawlesian philosophy with his list of the most preferable States to migrate too. This is a very important piece for those studying the Redoubt movement. It spells out in very articulate terms what the issues are from a preparedness perspective, and forms the basis of the philosophy of the political American Redoubt. Of particular note in our fallen, politically correct culture is Rawles precept that racism ignores reason..." from the article: The American Redoubt, Who the players are

OP-ED: American Redoubt from The Glasgow Courier

Recently my home county of Sanders twice made national news, first for having the highest increase in COVID cases in the United States and more recently for a group of citizens pressuring a member of the Sanders County Board of Health into resigning because he stood up for what he was trained in and with which the crowd disagreed, namely medical science.

This is the kind of publicity that most communities would not want to have because it would serve as a deterrent to the economic growth of an area.

Well, that would have been the case years ago, but times change, and news like this may now be seen more positively by those who favor anti-government expression, especially when used to bully those who disagree with you out of office.

In 1981, a white nationalist group called the Aryan Nations took up residence in a compound near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. They recruited incarcerated felons into their membership and financed their activities with bank robberies.

Residents in Northern Idaho were offended by the beliefs and presence of the Aryan Nations and said so.

One outspoken man, a Catholic priest, was in his home when it was pipe-bombed. His life was saved only by his being sheltered by a refrigerator. The group was opposed by local realtors (one Jewish) both for ethical and economic considerations.

A reputation for violent extremism did not help in selling local property to out-of-state people.

In 1988, With the heat on in Idaho, the Aryan Nations gave a look to moving to a more sympathetic location, namely across the Idaho border to Sanders County, Montana.

This was less than welcome news to the then current residents of the newly discovered Aryan promised land and they organized a meeting to discuss the situation and discourage the move.

Over 350 people assembled in the Noxon, Montana high school gym (which would have been a sellout crowd for a basketball game) to listen to speakers.

My most vivid memory of the meeting was a young man with his belly hanging out under a dirty t-shirt marching around the gym with a sign that read “White Pride.”

We did not want our communities to become havens for ideological extremists and the Aryans got the message and stayed home. That was then.

The idea of a “White homeland” had been around for a while and the Inland Northwest was considered a likely place to achieve it, not by the residents but by outsiders looking for a place with few citizens of color.

The whiteness of the Interior Northwest was the major attraction and was seen, incorrectly, as a sign that the local residents favored whiteness.

Whether promoted by racial hatred, anti-government feelings, survivalism, or some mixture of all, the idea was that the racially homogenous Inland Northwest should be where the last stand of whiteness could take place.

It was named the American Redoubt, “redoubt” meaning fortress, or stronghold, or, for some, last stand.

And now, that very kind of anti-government sentiment that caused the citizens of Northern Idaho and Western Montana to stand up to the Aryan Nations and say, “not here you don’t” in 1988 is a selling point for several real estate agencies soliciting anti-government buyers. Search for “redoubt realtors” for examples.

To look at the issue from a different angle, there is a concern amongst some about an issue called “white replacement” which in the minds of some conservative Caucasians means that people of color are being admitted to the United States to offset the influence of the white vote.

That’s an old fear, recently revived and is now affecting voting rights and immigration policies.

But while they are worrying themselves silly about “replacement citizens” they are committing the same act on the current citizens of the areas to which they are moving by exercising their political muscle to make the place more to their liking.

So, the Inland Northwest is being transformed politically by new arrivals who are looking for a place where authority can be intimidated, not to say flouted, and news of a place where a crowd is allowed to bully volunteer boards into submission is a good indicator for them of a place to move to.

Jim Elliott served sixteen years in the Montana Legislature as a state representative and state senator. He lives on his ranch in Trout Creek.

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