How to Overthrow the State

Coming soon to a taxpayer funded university near you …

Washington and Lee University:

is a private liberal arts university in Lexington, Virginia.

Has offered a course to students in “How to Overthrow the State”.

The course is:

being taught by Assistant Professor of History Matt Gildner.

What does it teach:

This course places each student at the head of a popular revolutionary movement aiming to overthrow a sitting government and forge a better society. How will you attain power? How will you communicate with the masses?  How do you plan on improving the lives of the people?  How will you deal with the past? From Frantz Fanon to Che Guevara to Mohandas Gandhi and others, we explore examples of revolutionary thought and action from across the Global South. Students engage these texts by participating in a variety of writing exercises, such as producing a Manifesto, drafting a white paper that critically analyzes a particular issue, and writing a persuasive essay on rewriting history and confronting memory.

Give it time.  Coming soon to a taxpayer funded university near you.

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55 Responses to How to Overthrow the State

  1. Roger

    * prepping for post-election

    Coffee still kicking in!

  2. nb

    Options:
    10 killed
    1,000 killed
    1,000,000 killed
    Khmer Rouge option
    10,000,000 killed
    Russian option
    100,000,000 killed
    China option (ongoing)

  3. JohnJJJ

    Well, these days you need publicity to be successful and he got it. Smart.
    The follow up course would get none. Called “After the Revolution” it includes: Gulag, setting up and managing 101, Running a Struggle Session and Eliminate Opposition ( case study: how to sharpen an ice pick and guillotine blade)

  4. Rex Anger

    Revolutions are wonderful things until the overthrowee starts fighting back.

    Just ask the Antifa scrote who was arrested with a flamehrower in the US, and distinguished himself by curling up in a ball and crying his poor little eyes out.

    When Antifa finally overstep the line of acceptable behaviour they are so eager to encroach on, nobody is going to mourn these fools when the order to Fix Bayonets! is given to the USArmy and National Guard..

  5. Barry

    Not sure why you’re all against it.

    Dan is not going anywhere unless violently overthrown.

    Perhaps the Vic Libs should take the course, they might actually have an impact on how proceedings play out.

  6. Not sure why you object to this. This university is in Virginia the cradle of the American revolution, a violent overthrow of a legitimate constitutional government. It seems more marketing spin. And doesn’t one need to study one’s enemies and methods to understand them?

  7. Bruce of Newcastle

    The practical component should be a year living in Venezuela.
    That way they’d get revolutionary socialism experience second to none.

  8. Roger

    Dan is not going anywhere unless violently overthrown.

    Andrews will be defenestrated by his own party.

    It’s only a matter of time.

  9. shatterzzz

    Bit ironic being introduced as a course in this place .. WL is/was an/antifa/ BLM target for name change several months ago ……

  10. A Lurker

    I wonder if the course also teaches students about how to dig mass graves, construct re-education camps, and disappear dissidents in the middle of the night.

  11. Rex Anger

    doesn’t one need to study one’s enemies and methods to understand them?

    Market saturation, baby. 120+ years of well-documented barstardry and misstes, The Black Book of Communism, Rules for Rdicals, The Communist Manifesto and then we get into the biographies of such luminaries as the fat murderer Ernesto Guevara, umpteen white paers, analyses and so forth.

    A pack of scrotes LARPing as Revolutionaries cos Evil Orange Man Bad at the tax (and College fee) payers’ expense is merely another costly indulgence that the public does not need.

  12. Does the course material include Woody Allen’s movie “Bananas”?

  13. Rex Anger

    *missteps (accidental and deliberate)

  14. cuckoo

    “From Frantz Fanon to Che Guevara to Mohandas Gandhi and others”

    I thought Gandhi had been cancelled? (And what happened to the formatting controls on the comment box?)

  15. sfw

    Roger, I’ve heard from a reasonable source that the party is finished with Andrews but nobody wants to take his poisoned chalice at the moment. I can’t think of any in Vic Labor who would be much better than Andrews, but even a little better would be something. Labor loves looking after its own, when Andrews goes to spend more time with his family, how will they unpick this disaster without putting blame on Andrews? That’s a hard thing for the Labor Party.

  16. duncanm

    Not sure this is a problem.. as long as they have a follow-up course analysing the trajectory of each state post-revolution.

  17. Market saturation, baby.

    So let the market decide. I thought this was a libertarian blog. There have been history courses on revolutions since 1789 (and probably earlier), this is just a modern update. I’m no fan of violent revolution but it is worth studying.

  18. I can’t think of any in Vic Labor who would be much better than Andrews, but even a little better would be something.

    I agree. It would be a welcome circuit breaker.

  19. Professor Fred Lenin

    I have a course for you all ,”How to Destroy Socialist Globalism ” .
    It is a short course ,one lesson ,”How to Remove Taxpayers Money fron Socialists ” .
    My graduates have a 100 per cent success rate when they implement the teachings .
    Works every time .

  20. Ming the Merciless

    Does this course progress to how to organise the quadrangle shooting squads for counterrevolutionaries?

  21. mem

    I can’t think of any in Vic Labor who would be much better than Andrews, but even a little better would be something.

    Given we are under a State of Disaster and Andrews won’t call Parliament so has effectively implemented a coup can’t Scomo order the Army in to manage on an interim level until elections? Similar to what happens when one of the local councils is shown to be corrupt and non functional.

  22. Professor Fred Lenin

    Its easy to get total power ,get matey with China and get some Biowar Virus from them ,then use Health Nazis as your front men ,or is that front persons ? Never can keep up with the old ever changing PC Orders .
    Ask DANDEMIC DAN THE WUHAN MAN he can tell you .

  23. Barry

    Dan won’t go unless someone MAKES him go.

    There is no someone.

    Cometh the hour, cometh the man?

    Bah!

  24. Bronson

    ‘Sedition’ a game the whole family can play complete with reality gulags, show trial parafenalia, summary execution kit and guide to constructing mass graves

  25. Turtle

    Will Dan be replaced by a woman? Labor has a history of hiding behind a woman when the men have failed. Gillard, KK, Carmen Lawrence etc.

  26. NuThink

    Some of the comments above remind me of the time when Joseph Stalin was on his death bed and handing over the burden of dictatorship to Nikita Kruschev.

    Joe “How can I be absolutely sure that the people will follow you Nikita?”
    Nikita replies “Rest assured Joe, if they don’t follow me they will definitely follow you”.

    Disclaimer. Joseph above should not be confused with the American politician also named Joseph. Unless of course he himself is confused.

  27. duncanm

    From Frantz Fanon to Che Guevara to Mohandas Gandhi and others

    Pol Pot ?

    He was a Marxist-Leninist revolutionary, and it started off all unicorns and roses with some harmless land redistribution.

    Oh – and don’t tell Numbers that the Norks supplied the Khmer Rouge with arms.

  28. stackja

    Leon Trotsky got picked and iced.

  29. Trax

    If I submit Mein Kampf for the writing exercise would it be considered plagiarism or cultural appropriation.

  30. NuThink

    Another one with Joe Stalin on his death bed.

    Nikita asks Joe “How can I get the people to follow me?”.

    Joe hands Nikita two letters, and says (paraphrased)

    “During the honeymoon phase they will follow you, but if things go bad then open letter #1.
    If things still go bad open letter #2”.

    So when Joe departs his earthly dictatorship things go well for a while, there is joy in the land (if that were at all possible in a joyless land) but after a while Nikita’s star fades, so he remembers the two letters in his bedside drawer and opens letter #1.

    It reads “Blame everything on me – Joe, your friendly dictator”.

    He does as instructed and things go very well for a while and then his star starts to sink once again.

    He remembers letter #2.

    He opens it and it reads
    “Write two letters”.

  31. stackja

    Liberty Quote
    In the long run even the most despotic governments with all their brutality and cruelty are no match for ideas. Eventually the ideology that has won the support of the majority will prevail and cut the ground from under the tyrants feet. Then the oppressed many will rise in rebellion and overthrow their masters.

    — Ludwig von Mises

  32. lotocoti

    Pretty simple, really.
    Shoot your way in then stop the people from shooting their way out.

  33. Steve

    Speaking of the Left turning everything it touches into a 3rd world conditions…..

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/09/07/nolte-california-is-now-a-third-world-country/

    “The mayor of Los Angeles told residents to unplug their appliances, shut off their air conditioners, and turn on a fan after 3 p.m.

    “There is no better sign you live in a third world country than rationed electricity.

    “Honestly, if your government is too inept to deliver the basics, and other than water — something else California can’t deliver — there is nothing more basic than electricity, you live in a third world country.

    “Sorry, you just do

  34. HT

    Actually, that course might be useful in Victoria ATM. Just say’n…

  35. billie

    like shooting fish in a barrel

    there was a Dilbert comic I remember well, where the pointy haired boss asks for volounteers with spare time to work on his staff redundancy project

    this is a bit like that, for self identifying idiots

  36. Colonel Bunty Golightly

    Viva the proletariat! Down with the burgwah

  37. Boambee John

    Andrews will be defenestrated by his own party.

    Literally or metaphorically?

  38. candy

    Trump won’t be allowed to win, even if he does.

  39. stackja

    Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant Volume 2 – Chapter 59

    While at Milledgeville the soldiers met at the State House, organized a legislature, and proceeded to business precisely as if they were the legislative body belonging to the State of Georgia. The debates were exciting, and were upon the subject of the situation the South was in at that time, particularly the State of Georgia. They went so far as to repeal, after a spirited and acrimonious debate, the ordinance of secession.

  40. Vagabond

    Roger, I’ve heard from a reasonable source that the party is finished with Andrews but nobody wants to take his poisoned chalice at the moment.

    Wishful thinking.

    The most likely outcome is tha the virus will eventually burn itself out and the dear leader will be left to preside over the smoking ruins of Victoria after his re-election in a landslide. After a suitable interval both he and Brett Sutton will be lauded by the MSM and the feds for guiding us through the pandemic and will be rewarded with Orders of Australia and made National Treasures. Buildings and universities will be named after them.

    The Victorian libs will be destroyed in the election and cease to exist. The “opposition” will consist of a rainbow coalition of the greens and a rabble of minor parties. Andrews will become the longest servicng Australian premier before retiring and passing the reins of government to a clone of Ros Ward.

    You know it’s true, get used to it.

  41. Howard Hill

    Victorians should enrol. I wonder if they have online courses?

  42. H B Bear

    If the alternative is another 4 four year Dumbocrat dummy spit it might be better to mobilise the National Guard and just stand back.

  43. nb

    Roger, #3577936: ‘Andrews will be defenestrated by his own party.’
    Even union leaders like their members to work from time to time – at least enough to earn their union dues.

  44. nb

    sfw, #3577957 asks: ‘how will they unpick this disaster without putting blame on Andrews’
    Easy and difficult at the same time:
    1) The easy bit: A sudden change – rejig the figures so cases go down, invite the next incoming cure. Medical breakthrough! That kind of thing. Any similar option, that might include quietly dispensing with existing health advisors and getting new ones. A fresh team!
    2) The difficult bit: How to explain to China that you are no longer in the game of destroying Victoria and Australia.
    I guess the real question is, who will China pick as Andrews’ successor?

  45. MikeS

    Does the course material include Woody Allen’s movie “Bananas”?

    Apt primer. Everyone to speak Swedish and wear their underpants on the outside. The edict about wearing masks doesn’t seem a million miles from what Woody Allen’s nutjob, Castro like dictator had in mind.

  46. H B Bear

    sfw, #3577957 asks: ‘how will they unpick this disaster without putting blame on Andrews’

    The whole idea is to put the blame on Andrews – and boot him. Just like the Liars tried to do with 3 years of Gillard. Didn’t work then,won’t work again. Another one term do nothing Lieboral government. Repeat.

    Stop me if you have heard this story before

  47. Dinky

    I trust the course has a home economics component so they can learn that they can’t make that utopian omelette without breaking a lotta eggs.

  48. Macspee

    Ayn Rand had the idea, but there are no John Galts, no Hank Reardons, and no Dagny Taggarts, people with principles, to make the country great, so we are doomed.

  49. Ed Case

    ***Even union leaders like their members to work from time to time – at least enough to earn their union dues.***
    Those days are long gone.
    It’s all about the Super Fund now. Union Dues are a Direct Debit now anyway.

  50. Squirrel

    Happily, the vast majority of the kids who take such courses use their skills to work the system, not overthrow it. Some might even pick up some ideas for business strategies.

  51. Papachango

    Labor has a history of hiding behind a woman when the men have failed. Gillard, KK, Carmen Lawrence etc

    Not to mention Joan Kirner…

  52. Thomas Ray

    TAFKAS,
    Due to Guaranteed Student Loans, Pell Grants, etc in the US, nearly all higher learning institutions receive money from Uncle Sam. One exception is Hillsdale College in Michigan. Anyway, even the “private” institutions are at least partially publicly funded. Hence the administrative bloat.
    This course may indeed be beneficial however, to those students of the libertarian persuasion that are today’s Patrick Henry.

  53. nilk

    I wonder if the course also teaches students about how to dig mass graves, construct re-education camps, and disappear dissidents in the middle of the night.

    Isn’t that a two week practical in Danghanistan?

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