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THE ART OF WAR – BOOK 2: PART 2

PREPARATIONS FOR WAR – BOOK 2

PART 2

When mobility of troops is difficult and the enemy is more familiar with the territory, the edge in the battle will go to the enemy. Attacks must be delivered with blinding speed and proper plans must be well thought out. If they are not, the enemy will detect the approach, giving him time to prepare his defenses. A lack of speed may be caused by not having been discriminate in selecting the correct fighting ground. An aware warlord knows that good ground is essential for the mobility of his troops. The place of fighting must be thoroughly researched before he can attack with authority. In this way he insures his victory, despite the unpredictability of fate.

A true understanding of the principles of war means that he does not need reinforcements to make the initial attack. If the attack is planned properly and the men are properly trained and prepared emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, the warlord will have investigated all possibilities.

Errors in judgment are not too rare and adequate force should be employed when attacking. This coupled with the speed of the attack comprises his action. If you determine that five hundred soldiers will do the job you must be sure to have a thousand. They must all travel together and understand the necessity of completing the maneuver in one thrust. They must have the heart to destroy the enemy. All provisions and supplies must be carried with the troops as they prepare to enter into battle. It is bad policy to have to call for supplies when involved with tactical maneuvers. Even worse is to discover that the supplies being requested are not available. This is poor planning and results in failure, unless Heaven is determined that you shall win the day.

It must also be realized that when the army is in the field, supplies are very expensive if they have to be locally procured. Peasants and usurers will charge as much as they can; that being the nature of peasants and usurers. An enlightened warlord knows that peasants do not really care who is in charge of the government; or for that matter who wins the conflict. They are only interested in providing for their families. It is a good idea to have them on your side and you should maintain their goodwill by giving them something extra. If they determine that you are weak in spirit or intent, they will take undue advantage and assist the very people you are attacking, whether they are in accord with them or not. If you are good to them, they will mind their own business. This does not mean that you are to trust them under any conditions. Regardless, when you subjugate them you don’t have to trust them-they will fear you.

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THE ART OF WAR – BOOK 2: PART 1

BOOK 2 – PREPARATIONS FOR WAR

PART 1

Supplies are essential for the proper management of a conflict and its resolution. Without supplies there is nothing to sustain the army except bare hands and berries. Oversupply presents problems of a different nature. Though it may appear better to be oversupplied, consider the hindrance in mobility when approaching the enemy or when retreating. Proper rationing of supplies includes food, ammunition, and money. All are equally important. Food is essential on the march: more so than weapons. Weapons are more important in combat than is food. Money is more important during times of rest. There must be adequate rationing of all supplies.

Without food the army cannot sustain its energy. Overfeeding troops will make them sluggish and interfere with their desire to win as much as too little food will make them nervous and edgy. There must be a sufficient supply of arrows and spears to replace those lost in battle and on the march. Replacements must be available when needed. Money must be paid when the troops are at rest. Some men may wish to buy presents for their loved ones. Some will prefer to gamble. Others will wish to buy books, trinkets, or sweets. The warlord should not be concerned with how a soldier spends his money, as long as it doesn’t interfere with command.

All food, weapons, and money must be in safekeeping prior to ordering your troops into battle. Only then can you appropriately deploy your men. There should be enough money in reserve to counter any surprises that could deplete your supplies and force you to change your plans during unfavorable times.

The intelligent warlord understands that entrance into conflict is senseless without an attitude of complete and total victory. There is no reason to contemplate anything else. Paper tigers are burned up at the first contact with a flame and cease to exist. If victory is not his main goal, then what is to be accomplished? If plans do not include destruction of the enemy, the warlord’s troops will sense this and develop a lack of morale. Their keenness for battle will be dampened by the lack of leadership, and they will challenge the chain of command. Neighboring states will also see that he has no heart for the matter and take pleasure in setting traps that they normally would not attempt. They will look to humiliate him and see him falter. He cannot permit these conditions to arise.

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THE ART OF WAR – BOOK 1: PART 5

BOOK 1 – CONSIDERATIONS AND ESTIMATIONS FOR WAR

PART 5

Destroy your enemy in any way you can, but never forget that he may have resources as well and may be prepared for your attack. Consider him a fool for self-aggrandizement if it is appropriate, but do not become vain in your estimation of him nor permit yourself to consider him weak-minded, regardless of appearance. Remember, you did not invent war and he may be maintaining his place of power in the same manner that you maintain yours. Never think that he is incapable of destroying you.

If he moves right, you move right in an encircling gesture—leaving some men to move left. If he moves left, you move left in an encircling gesture—leaving some men to move right. Do not permit him to flank you. If he moves back, you move forward-leaving some men in the rear for support. If he moves in, you move in with greater resolve taking care to outflank him. All of your troops must be committed to the battle. They must be well equipped.

Insult the enemy with subtlety where and when you can insult him; degrade where and when you can degrade. Offer fool’s bait and entice him to display his stupidity. Do something that may appear stupid and capitalize on his arrogance. Insult his children and insult his parents-it will anger him and bring about rash acts. Insult his wife-he physically joins with her and it will force him to focus his rage incorrectly. Insult him directly-as a commander he will be forced to protect his face and attack with less than well-thought-out tactics.

If he is not resolute in matters of war, he will easily be kept off guard. He will issue inappropriate orders, and his men will react without conviction and fall in battle. It is always best to let the enemy kill himself. If these actions do not motivate him towards combat, then you had best reconsider your enemy and his sense of beingness.

It is wise to keep the enemy on the move, forcing him to cover areas that ordinarily need no extended care. Create disturbances that force him to settle his mind elsewhere. Create dissension among his troops by providing them with gifts they would not ordinarily receive. Poison his food supplies. Disease his men with unclean women. Create a strain in his thinking and when he is flustered, drive in and destroy him-totally, including the people thought to be his allies who must be intimidated by your ferocity of purpose. If they were his allies, they cannot be your allies; at least in the present time. You will need time to watch them and see how they react to all of your actions and your enemy’s defeat.

Do what I tell you to do. You will then always be successful in war. If you ask what happens if he does the same things to you, you do not understand what I am talking about. Study deeply.

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THE ART OF WAR – BOOK 1: PART 4

BOOK 1 – CONSIDERATIONS AND ESTIMATIONS FOR WAR

PART 4

If warriors under your command follow your instructions you will have great success. Reward them well and reward them equally, but not too often. If you feel otherwise, for whatever reason, or they give you cause to suspect that their true natures are not sympathetic to yours, they should be disposed of immediately and in proper fashion. If they cannot be trusted with you, then for certain they cannot be trusted among your enemies. If you permit them to remain in your presence, they might rush to the other side and reveal your plans when it is least expected. Do not take this chance. War does not permit faltering personal belief. Never seek to assuage the non-sympathetic in an attempt to convert them to your way of thinking. Empathy will be seen as a sign of weakness among your loyal followers. Men who do not follow instructions can never lead as commanders. They serve no purpose other than to use up valuable resources and create dissension. Dispose of them.

Compassion must be reserved for those who truly need it, and it must be offered with leniency, not indulgence. It debilitates and weakens the strong in their resolve to fight for you. Never try to win someone over by changing your strategy in hopes of befriending them. Hope is nothing more than wishful thinking and must be avoided at all costs: it abrogates definitive focus and creates false friends who are worse than true enemies. It also brings about flatterers. You must truly believe in your own ideal. Preparations for war cannot be intellectual exercises.

Once these principles are understood and they are taken into a warlord’s heart, the next level of understanding can be approached; that of making war without hesitation and without second thoughts.

Correct strategies must be developed by methods that enable the warlord to bring about the implementation of his true beliefs. It does not matter how he does this. He must, however, make sure that his own house is protected before going into the field.

Going into the field means that all preparations are in place and effort can be minimized by using a primary tool of war-deception. The warlord must look busy doing something else when he is in fact positioning himself intelligently and with strength. Enemies must never see you in direct motion, such as coming at them. Enemies must never make sense of your actions.

In war it is essential to make the enemy think one thing while you deliver a strike from another direction. It is essential to keep the enemy off balance, even by feigning assistance to him. Make him think you are befriending him while you plan his demise.

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THE ART OF WAR – BOOK 1: PART 3

BOOK 1 – CONSIDERATIONS AND ESTIMATIONS FOR WAR

PART 3

The successful warlord does not put someone in charge of the warehouse if that person only cares about negotiating. Everyone should be content with their given tasks and in that manner they will perform admirably. You must praise and admonish your men with the same intensity and you must never play favorites. Anything you do that is not built on balance will eventually topple, causing you great grief.

Treat all of your staff as equals and permit each member of your staff to know they are special in their place. But do not let them think they are equal to you. If they realize they are not your equal they will not try to assume command, thereby undermining your efforts. See that your staff treats their subordinates in the same fashion as you treat yours.

The ideas presented to you follow a sensible order, and one must not be considered more important than another. If you prefer one idea to another then you will not be in control of the situation. Trying to determine an easy way to accomplish your goals will, in time, cause you to be defeated. A warlord must maintain personal balance in all affairs.

A warlord of worth must consider all of these matters with an enlightened mind and at the same time maintain full authority and conviction of purpose. Do not let your men participate in your times of meditation. Their interruptions will interfere with your thoughts causing a loss of focus on your goals.

If these matters are given due consideration by one who is astute, then victory is practically assured, notwithstanding the fates. If you will think in these terms and come to understand them, then you will also know if the orders you give are within reason or if they are demands that you yourself would not dare follow.

A warlord must appear to be all things to all men, but first he must be true to himself and not permit indecisiveness to rule his destiny. There can be no room for indecision and nothing less than full commitment to the ideal. These principles must be grounded in his heart. It must be expressed through his actions towards his men: they will know if his affection is real or false and they will act accordingly.

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THE ART OF WAR – BOOK 1: PART 2

BOOK 1 – CONSIDERATIONS AND ESTIMATIONS FOR WAR

PART 2

The wrong weapons placed in the hands of untrained soldiers will result in defeat because of a lack of consideration given the matter by the leader. Generally, men know their own weapons and are comfortable with them. Choose your men with great care and consideration. To let fate choose your situation invites defeat. As a warlord you must be courageous. When you have chosen your men, keep them at your breast, nurture them, and care for them. They will not fail you under these conditions. Never betray them, regardless of your anger at their mistakes. They must know you will die in battle with them if it is required. Think about the following ideas with deep resolve. Meditate with understanding. Preparation for war takes considerable study before orders should be passed to generals and then to the captains and ranks.

1) The morality of the project is essential to the outcome of the project. You must know what it is you wish to accomplish and why. Be firm in your resolve and certain that your generals and captains agree with your desires and can be depended upon to take the matter to the final point. Do they believe strongly enough in your ideal to sacrifice everything that has to be sacrificed for the accomplishment of the goal? Do they believe in you as a leader? Do YOU believe in yourself as a leader? If everything is balanced in your favor then proceed to the next step. If not, rethink your attitudes and desires.

2) The atmosphere and the general attitude is most important. Are the times correct, and can you properly prepare for battle? Have you considered alternatives to the plan of operation? Can you control the needs of your troops with regards to their sustenance? Can your supply lines be made secure? If you investigate these matters and plan correctly, your troops will be secure in your leadership and will not turn on you in mutinous fashion.

3) Are you capable of standing alone when necessary and making decisions that will govern the outcome of the enterprise? Can you penetrate with depth and escape at will? Is there room to renegotiate a situation (should it become necessary), in order to protect the overall condition of your plan? If not, then you must rethink the conditions and put them to your advantage. Once the war begins someone must win and someone must lose, unless both sides are insecure in their desires.

4) Do you have control over those who will wish to be in charge when you have taken your new domain? Will those you delegate authority to be able to deal with the new responsibilities thrust upon them? Do your troops consider you to be compassionate and strong, yet fair, humane, and truly concerned for their welfare? If they do not, then you will never be able to put your plans into motion.

5) Will you do whatever is necessary to accomplish your goals, irrespective of the feelings of others who may otherwise wish you harm? You must be strong enough to confront those who will seek to pull you down. To accomplish your goals, you must consider the reactions of those you are not taking into consideration in your ultimate plan. Even if they believe in you, they will interfere because they know you are not keeping their well-being in mind. If you lie to them, they will know that too. Their attempts at revenge will be sweet to them regardless of your success or failure.

6) The above matters taken into consideration; the warlord’s general philosophy of the ideal must be made manifest before any physical action is taken. Are those to be deposed and reassigned able to maintain their dignity? Have you provided for their needs if you are unable to crush them resolutely? Are the enemy’s men you are saving and delegating authority to able to deal with the changes they must come to terms with?

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THE ART OF WAR – BOOK 1: PART 1

BOOK 1 – CONSIDERATIONS AND ESTIMATIONS FOR WAR

PART 1

Conflict is essential to the development and growth of man and society. It leads either to the construction or destruction of an entire group or state. As a leader of men, you should understand this concept without question. If you do not understand the need for conflict, then you should not be in control of the society you presume yourself to be in charge of.

If there is no conflict-internal or external-there can be no growth. The resolution of a warlord’s affairs, worldly or otherwise, forces personal development in the individual. However, conflict does not always mean physical combat. Being prepared for any eventuality by understanding the controls required to develop your own particular agenda are essential. You must see the need for battle if you wish to develop your own cause on any level, but you should not fight a battle if you cannot foresee winning the war.

The warlord, understanding the tools used to wage war, must also understand men, and must have the presence of mind to give orders without hesitation, regardless of the outcome. This is essential. Correct preparations will generally insure a successfully carried out campaign.

The reality of life and the attitudes of the fates play an important role. You cannot know if you will be successful or not. You can only prepare for battle, and it must be done with all of your heart and with all of your consciousness. In that manner you will have the edge. Being unprepared will bring about defeat unless you are truly exceptional, and there are very few who fit that description. It is stupid to fight a battle that you cannot win, and you cannot win unless you have properly planned for it. Fate, which is based on your true desire, will determine the outcome of the conflict according to the extent of your own belief and faith: nothing more, nothing less.

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CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF SUCCESS

To celebrate 25 years of successful sales of my interpretation of Sun Tzu’s Art of War, Tuttle Publishing will be releasing a hard cover version of the book on November 30, 2021. Preorders are now being taken at Amazon.com

The Art of War by Sun Tzu is the best known book on military strategy ever written. Although its wisdom is ancient, its principles and advice are timeless; it remains as influential as ever in military strategy, leadership roles, business tactics, legal challenges, martial arts philosophy and more. Everyone from New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick to Tupac Shakur have turned to this time tested treatise.

This translation is by Hanshi Stephen F. Kaufman, one of America’s leading martial artists, and is specifically aimed at martial practitioners to demonstrate how Sun Tzu’s strategies can be applied to martial combat.

The book’s thirteen sections present vital information including:

  • Planning ahead—how a solid battle plan can help lead to victory
  • Attacking the enemy—considerations when choosing to attack or, perhaps even more importantly, when to not attack
  • Flexibility in combat—the importance of changing tactics as the fight evolves
  • Exploiting weakness—how understanding your enemy’s shortcomings is crucial to success

This edition includes 32 pages of full color images, capturing the pageantry of ancient combat. A new foreword by martial historian and decorated martial artist Alexander Bennett explains the importance of Sun Tzu’s text and the value of Kaufman’s interpretation for the martial artist.

For more information on the author and to order signed versions of his books, visit hanshi.com

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MU not KU

Musashi’s Book of Five Rings

The Definitive Interpretation

Hanshi Stephen F. Kaufman

In my version of Musashi’s Book of Five Rings, I use the term ‘mu’ rather than ‘ku’ in the last section I refer to as No-Thing. Since the first publication of my version, in 1993, and having sold over 1.3 million copies, making it the best-selling version extant, I constantly receive queries from readers from around the world as to why I use ‘mu’ rather than ‘ku,’ since all other versions, interpretations and translations refer to The Void as ‘ku’ and misinterpret void with heaven and being. Understanding ‘mu’ rather than ‘ku’ will significantly enhance a practitioner’s skills to the highest levels of excellence and coincides with the complete statement, ‘the sword is the soul of the samurai only when the samurai is the soul of the sword.’ To fully understand why I use the term ‘mu,’ read my version, which gives the complete explanation. To avoid in-depth explanations for brevity’s sake, here it is in simple terms.

Ultimate ‘is’ ness has nothing to do with heaven.

Nothing, ‘ku,’ is something by definition.

No-thing, ‘mu,’ is beyond conception.

Musashi knew this; his interpreters did not.

Hence, ‘mu,’ not ‘ku.’

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SELF-REVEALIZATION ACCEPTANCE®

Your Divine and Earthly Right to Live in Joy and Freedom

Practicing Self-Revealization Acceptance®

Week 52 – My Commitment Is Complete

I proclaim my oneness with the Creative Power of the Universe and accept myself as a complete human being ready to move ahead with my life as I demand more and better in all things I am and desire. I know I am in complete charge of the events I want to experience and carefully define the results I will to experience; I watch as the universe delivers all to me. I accept my good bounty with ease and grace as part of My Divine and Earthly Right to Live in Joy and Freedom; I acknowledge what happens to me, through me, and as me, I consider all aspects of what I accept into my life and continuously recognize my oneness with all as I empower myself to do more for the benefit of all concerned with me as the primary recipient of good. Aware of the omniscience and omnipotence of the Creative Power of the Universe, I relinquish all fears and doubts of ascension as the Spirit of the Thing Itself delivers exactly what I call for. I perceive the future and continue to experience and enjoy, with meaning and substance, the things I desire. I meet my obligations, I have food on my table to nourish me, sincere friends, robust health, work that I love, and meaningful relationships that fulfill my every need as I satisfy those in return. I work in harmony with all of my endeavors to realize my dreams and desires as I accept the authority of my Self-Revealization Acceptances made manifest by the profound Spirit of the Thing Itself so named. I do not fear to explore new avenues of expression and I welcome new thoughts and new people into my life that are empathetic to my way of living. I maintain, without any mental reservation, an attitude of eternal thanks, praise, and gratitude to the Creative Power of the Universe. I accept my true self as I ascend to the highest planes of commitment.

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Excerpt from THE SHOGUN’S SCROLL


On Controlling All Aspects of the Realm:
The Shogun Scrolls of Hidetomo Nakadai,
Court Counselor to Minamoto Yoritomo, 1st Shogun of Japan

The Proper Application of Cruelty and Evil
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hapter 8

When a man aspires to greatness, he must inevitably use cruelty to attain his ends. This cruelty must be wisely applied. Not to use cruelty indicates a lack of purpose. The proper use of cruelty can be used to turn defeat into victory and the intelligent application of cruelty explains things to others without the need for debate.
Cruelty takes many forms and does not always have to be physical. To indicate your attitude of expected behavior from your subjects, the possibility of severe punishment must be in their consciousness. Mental cruelty, if not properly dispensed, can provide an enemy with an avenue of retaliation. The development of previously unknown character traits can help him to depose you.
Torture should never be dispensed with an attitude of arrogance. Physical torture can destroy a man and should be used when applicable. It should be used immediately if no worth is seen in the recipient. And, as with all things, timing is essential. It might be fortuitous for you to be patient and wait until the right time. This requires contemplation.
The application of cruelty and evil also requires an understanding of men, which is something that certain shoguns of old did not know of. Known throughout his realm as a man of severe intemperance, his subjects were always under a threat of physical torture — evidenced by his handling of any disobedience. He would not think twice when it came to dealing out what he considered to be just retribution and would unconscionably order court suicides and executions that included anyone associated with the person he was angry with. His people greatly feared him and would do anything they could to assuage his anger. They began to lie, give unverifiable accounts of the province, and generally not care for anything related to him. He was eventually decapitated by one of his inner guard.
Your understanding of, and ability to apply cruelty shows your determination to ascend to the highest levels of greatness, with or without the recognition or assistance of your subjects. This includes your immediate entourage and inner guard. They too must realize the virtue of intelligent cruelty and thereby, will prefer to concur with your wishes. If they decide to abandon you they must know you will use whatever means are necessary to exhort retribution, while at the same time you will maintain the gratitude of those not being injured, regardless of their relationship to the offenders.
You must be sure to be constant in your convictions, and you must be capable of acting on those convictions without hesitation. There are no friends when one attains to the summit; there are only those who will assist if they are guided accordingly. When you seek friends with minds like your own, you are seeking acceptance by those empathetic towards your aspired greatness. This will cause you to weaken yourself.
Dispensing cruelty must be considered a form of virtue, otherwise the act will lead to arrogance, conceit, and false pride: the deadliest of errors in self-definition and self-determination. This is to be construed as truly evil and must be guarded against, lest your subjects act on your orders through exaggerated fear. Cruelty should only be applied when it will gain you an advantage. You must be careful not to permit the application of torture to become a personal pleasure. If it is used callously it will become a device without meaning except to generate terror among your people. You will lose their enthusiasm toward your ambitions.
Torture can be applied in ways other than to the physical flesh. It can be the removal of properties and the restriction of armaments. There are also methods of creating poverty. Once a subject has been deprived of the things necessary for him to conduct his affairs, he will have a hard time persuading others to lend him support to regain his position. The application of torture must permit the shogun to sustain his authority. Cruelty must be used to indicate that your actions are just and that those who would assist the deposed will suffer the consequences.
Once you make the decision to apply restrictions to a subject, he must never have the opportunity of enjoying a reversal of your decision. This will accomplish nothing and will show the rest of the domain that your leniency can possibly turn to indulgence. This will cause the people to seek to overthrow your authority. You must rule with an iron fist. Compassion should only be used when it is appropriate, perhaps based on the possibility of misunderstanding that can only be excused once. You must be wise and have deep intuition.
There is a great difference between cruelty and evil. They should not be confused with each other. Savage and barbarous acts do not enable a man to be counted among the truly excellent and wise. While it may be necessary to depose the non-sympathetic by any means, you must differentiate between gaining control through terror and being respected by your subjects. This is accomplished through elements of fear or cruelty and not through acts of barbarism that will perhaps temporarily enable you to maintain control. If you are unwise in dispensing justice to your people, an avenue will eventually present itself for your overthrow by underlings, which can result as a reversal of your own fortune. Here is an example.
The daimyo of a western province, during the Tokugawa era, is a perfect example of not respecting his own domain and causing his own downfall. It was the most foolish of situations that brought him down. The Lady Hana, his consort, was indiscriminate in one of her alliances and news of her unfaithfulness reached the ears of the daimyo. He reacted in a most hideous way by having the Lady strangled publicly in front of her clan. He then ordered her body to be left on display in the poorer section of one of his villages. I do not have to elaborate on the manner in which her body was disrespected. He continued to publicly disgrace everyone in her clan until finally, the Lady’s cousin took revenge and had an assassin decapitate him. It would have been much smarter for the daimyo to have her hair cut off and then banished to a monastery where the punishment could have been less physical but certainly more severe and lasting.
Deception is not considered evil unless the means by which it is employed destroys the foundations of the newly acquired clan and its environs. This is not self-serving to your cause. Although deception is necessary to instill obedience, you must be sure to maintain the good faith of your subjects. Random and senseless acts of killing those not in agreement with you should be restricted to those indicating overt gestures of rebellion. Actions must never be gratuitous. Such behavior indicates a weakness of character. The need for evil increases instead of lessens, as it must, unless the correct application of controls is established early at the outset of an acquisition.
One way to bring corrective measures to the new domain is to recognize and acknowledge the injustices perpetrated by the old regime. That these injustices must be alleviated is essential, and it must be shown to the people that they were evil. This reinforces your position by maintaining ease of control at the outset, when the people see you are sincere in alleviating their hardships. Your actions on their behalf must be carried out as quickly as they are determined to be detrimental. This reduces the fear that occurs if correcting conditions take place over a long period of time. If it is done correctly it will throw the people into a state of chaos, and they will see the advantage of following you. If you are not swift in your decisions it will be necessary to maintain a defensive position at all times. If your actions do not fall into sensible patterns of conduct, your ministers will wonder when your wrath will fall on them and they will act accordingly. It will also permit those being acted against to forewarn others to take up arms to protect themselves in the eventuality of your vengeance or instability.
It is better to have change over and done with quickly and suffer the anxiety of the moment, rather than needlessly tormenting the people over a long period of time. When punishment is meted out over a long period of time, those that feel they may be in line for corrective action will become clever in their attempt to cover themselves. When punishment is meted out too late the results are never virtuous. Do it all at once and get it over and done with. The resentment of the people will be short-lived, as they will have no further concerns for themselves. They will believe the new daimyo took care of all the potential problems. They will feel they are fortunate not to have been part of the scourge.
Regardless of your good intentions, and even if cruelty is dispensed intelligently, it will still be considered evil by anyone associated with the receiving end. It will be acknowledged as an unnecessary evil and not the necessary cruelty that your wisdom will dictate.

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The Deplorable Evil of our Times and a Call to Arms by any Other Name

Hanshi Stephen F. Kaufman

We are witnessing the destruction of American society as we have known it for most of our lives. It is a horrific realization that those in power, regardless of how they got there, are completely bent on our society’s destruction. America has been the most powerful country on the planet through many long years of victories and defeats because of an inherent and vital document, the Constitution. This document has been copied over and again by most of the countries in the world and looked upon as the mainstay of an intelligent and free society that insists on its people being able to ascend to any level of success in their lives as defined by themselves. However, due to the recent catastrophe of a failed coup being imposed by neer-do-well groups, we are in the throes of demise that may not be able to be resurrected for the future well-being of our nation. We are not a socialist country, nor shall we ever be if We, the People do not permit it to happen.

            Calamitous and destructive intervention by individuals and groups with nothing else on their agendas but to ruin our way of life have taken it upon themselves, (they have been granted this authority by the electorate in its ignorance) to overturn any semblance of sobriety in obvious acts of sedition, treason, and insurrection. The dismemberment of major American cities, unchecked rioting and violence in our streets, absurd notions of political correctness, and many other obvious and devious acts, have culminated in the theft of the presidential election and the utter obnoxious behavior of the elected congress. Individual state and city government officials have also thrown their two-cents into the debacle with the unmitigated compliance toward lockdowns, terrifying disease fraudulence, forced behaviors including the wearing of masks and eventual mandate of vaccinations, extraordinary wastes of money for meaningless projects that are only aspects of criminal money laundering, rampant disregard for any real truth by the media, the dumbing down and brain-washing of our children, bogus gun control bills, meaningless college degrees in all disciplines, the carte blanch release of felons, the disregard of actual needs of our citizenry. Add to the list the explosive burgeoning of ‘printing money’ that has no foundational basis other than ink and paper, hideous amounts of money being given to organizations and governments in alignment with our demise, etc. The list is becoming endless.

On top of all that, the pseudo-president, acting as puppet for his masters and with absolutely no concept of leadership, is working toward enacting a bill to permit 11,000,000 (million) illegal aliens, or properly termed, ‘criminal trespassers,’ into our country without any vetting process and, regardless of how it is termed or described on paper, will issue ‘green cards’ to everyone with the stipulation that they proceed with legal requirements until they are legitimate citizens; they will then have up to eight (8) years to comply while more than likely being on the dole for that amount of time receiving benefits that exceed the mean standard of living for most legitimate Americans. This indiscriminate idiocy must be stopped by any means necessary including action: legal or otherwise, demanding these changes be stopped and must be backed with specific actions to ensure the safety and sanity of our nation.

Total recall of elected officials must be demanded. We, the People must force these demands through the various governmental assemblages with the realistic threat of non-compliance with any mandates by the current governing forces. The government may threaten with retaliation via National Guard, but do not be so sure the National Guard will comply. Those units are made of people like ourselves. As well, if you remember the Russian revolution in 1917, many soldiers turned on the government.

We must be very clear in our actions and act in professional manners to ensure success. Insurrection, violence, or civil disobedience such as rioting, looting, and destruction of property is not being suggested and must not be tolerated. There are ways, however, that can totally get the message across though it would take extreme courage to do so under the current threat of governmental reprisal. It must be something those in power and authority would understand because we will have gotten their attention. These actions will undoubtedly sound ultra-radical and be cause for much discussion and dissension even among us, but once started the movement cannot be stopped until the usurpers are impressed enough for them to shut down. The measures to be taken must be instigated by those with the least to lose and then as it progresses, to the top echelons of the financial communities. By started to revolutionize at the bottom, it will eventually force those in higher security brackets to also comply as they are also losing their dominance.

            All money must be withdrawn from the banks before the government imposes restrictions for control, and they will if you follow the behaviors of the current administration. Credit cards must be maxed out and minimum payments should be made until they default for non-payment of exorbitant interest charges and fees. This will bring the banks to their knees and cause Wall Street to lose control of an inflated market based on numbers on paper that they manipulate at their whim. As the banks and other lending institutions attempt to collect their outstanding receivables, the courts will be profoundly overwhelmed and back up until it is completely incapable of dealing with anything at all. Courts will have no recourse other than to dismiss all charges. Most judges will simply walk away by passing the buck.

            Cease paying federal, state, local taxes, cleverly included excise taxes and imposed taxes that have no basis in reality except to force control over the lives of citizens. By using cash, buyers can readily undermine the taxation issues by demanding suppliers to sell goods tax free. If they do not, you simply move on to another source that will. Embedded taxes such as those in services and utilities can also be alleviated by paying only for the services rendered and demanding, by legal means, those services be supplied. Should suppliers of essentials such as electric, gas, and water threaten to shut down individual services, an alliance can be formed, and additional legal harassment can prevail. To do these things takes courage and cannot be done individually. They must be done en masse; the action must be organized, not random hit and miss. Specific actions can be designed for individual needs.

            These remedies are very viable, but if the citizenry continue to act as lemmings, total societal breakdown will occur. These measures will be more frightening to ‘them’ than theirs is to us, but only if We, the People take matters into our own hands and demand our Constitutional rights be adhered to by any electorate.

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