Days of Rage – worth the time to read it

“People have completely forgotten that in 1972 we had over nineteen hundred domestic bombings in the United States.” — Max Noel, FBI (ret.)

Recently, I had my head torn off by a book: Bryan Burrough’s Days of Rage, about the 1970s underground. It’s the most important book I’ve read in a year. So I did a series of running tweetstorms about it, and Clark asked me if he could collect them for posterity. I’ve edited them slightly for editorial coherence.

Days of Rage is important, because this stuff is forgotten and it shouldn’t be. The 1970s underground wasn’t small. It was hundreds of people becoming urban guerrillas. Bombing buildings: the Pentagon, the Capitol, courthouses, restaurants, corporations. Robbing banks. Assassinating police. People really thought that revolution was imminent, and thought violence would bring it about.

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25 Responses to Days of Rage – worth the time to read it

  1. Scott halloween says:

    this article is the blueprint for the coming days. Read it and understand it. The left wants you dead.
    Act accordingly.

    • I would add: the State acts to protect them from you, but not you from them. The government at all levels is their creature, the “law” is whatever they say it is today.

      Forty-five years of Affirmative Action have packed government offices from the State Department to the FBI to the IRS to your local DMV office with people who hate Whitey and aren’t afraid to say so (see also, Shirley Sherrod). They are acting on their desires, and they’re not the least bit afraid of us.

      When the Kenyan was in office they were sure they were going to get everything they wanted. They were sure Crooked Hillary was going to win, they were sure they’d already be digging mass graves for “right wingers” (that is to say, us), and they’ve thrown a two year long tantrum.

      Now the midterms are coming, and it’s looking more and more like they aren’t going to get that “blue wave” they’ve been bragging about and promising themselves since before Trump took the oath of office.

      I hope I am wrong, but I anticipate they’re going to be disappointed come Election Day. And these people don’t take disappointment well. They’re utterly unhinged with hatred, and I predict they’re going to escalate.

      Plan accordingly.

  2. Martinez Alex says:

    Man, I had forgotten about a lot of this stuff.

  3. rob says:

    That guy needs to get over calling Left-wing criminals “radicals.”

    They’ve always only been anti-American low-life Marxists, and those of us who were there knew that from the get. Dignifying Obama’s backers as “radicals” is the exact equivalent of tagging Muslim terrorists as “freedom fighters.”

    How ’bout we just agree on “Leftist Democrats,” and we can avoid calling them “scum-sucking pigs,” OK?

  4. Bad_Brad says:

    A good read. However, No Shit. I think I’m prepared. Come at me bro. I’ hoping after we kill all the prepuberty Antifa we get a chance to face our real enemies.

  5. Tsgt Joe says:

    I spent every second of the 70’s in the Air Force and I dont recollect hardly any of this. I guess it was an insular life, wife, kids going to school at night. Additionally I spent 1969 in the phillippines so wood stock really didnt impress me.

    • Wirecutter says:

      I was a military dependent both in the States and in Germany when all that was going on and I didn’t hear a thing about it then. The Stars and Stripes kept us insulated.

    • Tsgt Joe says:

      After reading the article some of it has come back to me. I dont know that I ever knew it was so widespread. The author addresses the weakness of the right. Though many talk about violent counteractions overall the right is too law abiding and believes in our institutions.

      • We used to believe in our institutions.

        The Left, going all the way back to Gramsci, has known that they can’t get a revolution in a high-trust society where people have faith in their institutions. Gramsci railed against “cultural hegemony” and the very foremost duty of the “Party Vanguard” is to crush “social capital” wherever it is to be found.

        They make our popular culture ever more vulgar, degraded, and disgusting. They promote bizarre and disgusting deviant sexuality. They politicize the courts and radical judges legislate laws from the bench that could never have passed at the ballot box–and this has been going on at least since the 1930s. Almost every part of government is under their control, from the FBI to the IRS to your local school board, and they’re not the least bit afraid to throw their weight around and make examples of us whenever they can.

        They make our our public discourse coarse, make personal attacks on people who disagree with them. Ever more shrill non-negotioable demands for new “civil rights” found nowhere in the Constitution are always couched in terms of barely-veiled threats of violence.

        All these things are signs of dwindling social capital, diminishing trust in our institutions.

        It has happened that when radical Leftists insult the President, lo and behold, we have a President who spits it right back in their faces, unlike any in living memory, and they don’t know what to do. They got what they wanted–diminished social capital. This is what that a low-trust, low-social-capital society looks like like.

        And the same people who were spitting on returning American servicemen and calling them “baby killers” fifty years ago clutch their pearls and demand “civility,” as if they hadn’t spent five decades stamping out every last trace of civility that they could reach, replacing it with loathsome political correctness that they know we hate.

        Trump has gone off script. Republicans were just supposed to nod politely and take it and never respond in kind. The Left doesn’t know whether to shit or go blind. They got what they wanted and they don’t know what to do. It isn’t as much fun as they thought it would be.

        Read Thucydides, the History of the Peloponnesian War. 2400 years ago, Athens went down this road, which ended with a Spartan puppet regime and the era of the Thirty Tyrants. When everyone loses faith in institutions, as the Athenian people and their allies did after their crushing defeat in Sicily. And they started executing admirals and generals who’d taken part, to punish them for the Athenian government’s arrogance in thinking they could fight such a war so far from home, charging their own best field commanders with false, trumped-up charges of treason, which demoralized their army and navy yet further, and–but read Thucydides. History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does often rhyme.

        • Wirecutter says:

          Wow, that was an excellent comment! Very well put and concise.

          • Sorry. I ramble sometimes.

            My point is, everyone seems to be losing faith in American institutions. This is planned, and deliberate–the Left has been hard at work on this project since before the Second World War.

            And history tells us that when a society loses all faith in its institutions, a lot of “unthinkable” stuff becomes thinkable. Civil war, dictatorship, secret police, show trials, mass killings, reigns of terror. Every nightmare from every failed society in history.

            I don’t think the Left understands this. They seem to think they’re going to be able to seize control. I’m not so sure they, or anyone else, is going to be able to control what happens if they get that total societal collapse that they want so badly. I don’t think they’re going to get that utopia they say they want. I think they want to start an avalanche and they think they can control it. That’s not how avalanches work.

            It keeps me up at night. These people are evil and insane.

    • l2a3 says:

      @Tsgt Joe:
      I was in the U.S. Army (1969-1991) as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician and yes the Military normally was insulated from it unless, like my troops and I who were called to respond to the devices by the civilian LEOs. And yes there were many real and fake calls, especially in cities/towns that had Colleges and Universities. Also remember back then not many cities had their own SWAT or Bomb Squads, so the Government (U.S. Army) provided the needed support.

  6. MMinLamesa says:

    I say give fucking Puerto Rico their GD independence. Why are we dumping billions into that corrupt shithole?

    And if you really want the tone dialed down, you absolutely have to “work” on the left dominated media. They are the ones continually pouring gas on the fire. A couple high profile endings, maybe on live TV, should get the message out.

    Finally our colleges and high schools are turning out millions of zombies with not much more then a distorted POV of our history and culture. Here’s where the rubber meets the road as there are literally several lost generations. Good luck changing the nightmare this has fostered.

  7. Nemo says:

    For those of us that may not be able to purchase a copy, my public library has a copy of this book. If your library doesn’t have a copy, ask the reference librarian to check for a copy in other public libraries in your state. I think most states have an inter-library loan program. The program is free to use, i.e. no cost to the loanee to get a book from another library.

  8. Highlander (no More..) says:

    One interesting point, The Nazis, the “hard Right” are merely more leftist wackos. If they want to fight with AntiFa and the leftist, let them and stand out of the way. They all want some sort of National Socialist garbage. The real power, if it can be put together, is in the rural communities. We grow the food and have the electric power plants. Cut the shitbirds off in the cities and let ’em starve in the dark and cold. The ones “out here” in support will be easy to identify and remove as needed.

  9. Trib says:

    Spent most of 68-72 in Marines away from stateside. I do remember that for the short time I was stationed at Camp Pendleton that we had 3 battalions on stand by for riot control and also guarding President Nixon’s San Clemente California get away. Also we could not wear our uniform off base. Kind of dumb being we had high and tights anyway. I would say 2018 is very similar to the being of hippie revolt starting in late 60’s. There were the protesters but there was also the radicals except they didn’t wear masks then. One difference was that in ’68 the democrats were catching hell. I suspect in the coming years to see blood. The big difference is the FBI was more passive then and today they have shoot 1st and let God sort out the good.

  10. Mad Jack says:

    I was around on the edges, but I had my own problems back then. Besides, from what I was able to read (yeah, read) none of what any of these groups had to offer made any sense. Sure, free you-name-it sounds great, right up until you realize that someone, somewhere, is going to be sweating his balls off working 12 hour days, 7 days a week to pay for all this while a bunch of other people are, I don’t know, sitting around thinking heavy thoughts about how things should work. It doesn’t take an abacus to figure out who will sweat and who will sit around getting stoned.

    I tole ’em all to take a hike.

    Then I read about the Weatherman bombings, and I was really, really glad that I had the good sense God gave a lawnmower, and did not get involved in any of that crap.

  11. Aesop says:


    1)Some of us don’t need second- and third-hand recollections for the period in question.

    2) “over nineteen hundred domestic bombings” works out to one per state, every 10 days.
    In reality, it works out to five or six in about five states, and none in the other 45, for months on end, or all year. And “bombings” includes everything from fireworks to actual bombs. Nota bene they don’t talk about the actual body count, which probably approached single digits that year.

    3) We had 54,589 traffic fatalities nationwide that same year, IOW nearly twenty-nine TIMES the incidence of bombings, and yet
    a) I never saw one anywhere that entire year, even amidst the most car-centric and second largest city in America, and
    b) civilization did not slip into the abyss at any point, and the nation rejected Leftism by a landslide at the polls.

    4) in the same year, there were about 200 meteorite impacts and 22,000,000 lightning strikes in the US, both incidents being far more destructive on average than the “bombings” whereof the author speaks, yet the fatalities total for both was about 50 people.

    So take a breath.

    Figures don’t lie, but liars figure. And 1972 (nor any other “days of rage” from 1965-1975, inclusive) was not The Apocalypse.

    The Left in those days was homicidal, yes.
    They were also the Lunatic Left, then as now.
    About half were killed by the authorities, and the other half went into hiding for decades.

    And as a rule, they only messed with Big Corporate Entities, and The Man, because ordinary folks would have simply shot their ass, and walked away without a care, knowing they’d have done society a service.

    So it’s fair to observe that having that much common sense, the average Leftard Lunatic in 1972 was 20-30 IQ points ahead of his modern cousins, right off the bat.

    This doesn’t bode well for the chances of the current crop of historically illiterate Common Core grads, sucking around for a faceful of buckshot as they unquestionably are.

    But they will get their wishes fulfilled, and go out with a surprised look – on the half of the face remaining afterwards.

    I’m trying to get worked up over that, but I can’t even…

    In fact, the hardest part is trying to curb my enthusiasm.
    Just saying.

    • Not to mention the liberal insanity never really reached even the medium sized cities out in flyover country in the 70’s and 80’s. We were all pretty insulated. I remember thinking how crazy the entire Patty Hearst thing was and then forgetting about it.

      The one thing the author seems to forget about today is that the surveillance state has pretty much eliminated the threat of small scale bombings unless they are suicidal right from the start. The lone wolf who expects to act more than once is deluding himself. This puts the conservatives at even more of a disadvantage.

    • Tsgt Joe says:

      Mr. Aesop you make a number of good points. What are your thoughts if the republicans put a stomping on the left next month and conversely if the democrats give the republicans a drubbing? My uninformed guess is that both alternatives will embolden the left.

      • Aesop says:

        The Kavanaugh debacle cost the Dems any chance of taking the Senate this November.
        Barring a financial meltdown, or the president in a kiddie porn video, Trump is re-elected in 2020 in a walkaway.
        All that leaves is the House.
        The conventional wisdom and polling data say the Dems are going to pick up 10 House seats for sure next month, but whether they can flip the majority (23+ seats) is still an open question.

        If they do, it’s all impeachment and investigation, all the time.
        Which will almost certainly lose them the House again in 2020.
        (And FWIW, I consider trying to undo 2016 by impeaching Pres. Trump, like trying to undo the 2nd Amendment, to be an actual revolution-inducing act, in a kill-them-all-and-let-God-sort-them-out way. And not metaphorically. YMMV.)

        If they don’t get the House in the mid-terms, they’ve already turned the crazy up to “11”, and they have nowhere left to go there, except actual, regular, political violence. I expect them to do that, because
        a) they’re really that stupid
        b) they have no other choice
        c) the lack the common sense or insight to recognize the result of that course of action beforehand, and lack the self control among their idiot minions to stop it anyway even if they wanted to.

        That will be an extinction event for them, because the Right will declare open season on them, and the Moderates will sit back and watch approvingly.

        Because once you yell “Play ball!” on killing your political opponents as a viable course of action, Americans have a long and distinguished history of shoving that bat right up your ass. And then, going after your family for good measure.

        And both sides know that after the first killing, all the rest are effectively free, so this promises to be a short but ugly spasm of violence.
        To start.

        After that, any bets or prognostications enter a fogbank of epic proportions, because once you uncork that genie, “things will get out of hand and we’ll all be lucky to live through this!” as Fred Thompson warned us in Hunt For Red October.

        That’s it in a nutshell.

        The Leftards have lost their minds.
        Before they can regain their senses, you’re going to have to get their attention first.
        The only thing that will do that, amounts to large numbers (Antietam/Gettysburg-large, not 9/11-large) of them stacked up like cordwood, or hanging from lamp posts.

        And those who receive exactly that will be the most confused and surprised at the sudden change of fortune.

        But I think we’ve gone beyond the point where anything lesser will avail.

        They don’t have the sense to back off, and they have too much momentum to back down. Even if the lemmings at the front of the pack stop, the ones in the back will just slam into the herd until they all go over the cliff anyways.

        Plan for that, but hope I’m totally wrong, and the Leftards suddenly discover how to suck it up and deal with reality.

        • Tsgt Joe says:

          I’m not seeing any acceptance. Friends, retired teachers and socialworkers, my age (@70) are behaving just as childishly and petulantly as they were right after the election. There are too many who really dont accept the legitimacy of the election and would support impeachment and doing away with the electoral college. These are the people who would encourage action but wouldnt get off their asses and do it themselves and will probably surprised when the killing starts.

  12. John Deaux says:

    I had a copy of this book and read it a couple times, overall a decent read but my biggest issue with it was that the author seemed to have a infatuation with Ayers, the weathermen, black panthers and the rest of those scum bags. The communist today are not the 60s scum, they are just as pathetic though.

  13. nwoldude says:

    This guy was one of “them” in the early days of rage. Then he was not. You might find his page interesting. I have.

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