Paganistan: Notes from the Secret Commonwealth

In Which One Midwest Man-in-Black Confers, Converses & Otherwise Hob-Nobs with his Fellow Hob-Men (& -Women) Concerning the Sundry Ways of the Famed but Ill-Starred Tribe of Witches.

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Gods and Monsters

Ye gods.

Nazi infiltrators, anarchy in the streets, a city on fire.

And I'm going out to mow the lawn.

Absurd, or profound? Wisdom, or folly?

Oh well. My city is on fire. The head of state is a blustering incompetent. My country is tearing out its own heart. Right now, those are things that I can't do anything about.

But at least the yard will look good.


The stories going round here at Riot Central would have it that the worst of the mayhem that has dogged the heels of justified protests like a fell shadow—the arson, in particular—is the orchestrated work of out-of-town...well, I'm just going to say Nazis.

(You can go all polysyllabic here if you want to. For the purposes of this post, I'm just going to call a Nazi a Nazi.)

There would seem to be a certain amount of evidence to back up such stories. I've seen the trucks with the gun racks and the out-of-state license plates—or no license plates at all (talk about cowardly)—in my own neighborhood.

Since the police didn't have to waste their time and energy on protesters Saturday night (take heed, O ye self-righteous), they actually managed to nab a lot of these f*ckers by closing the freeways and, in particular, barricading the main drags.

This latter move is very clever. Locals who needed to, could still get around because we know the back ways, but the out-of-towners were stuck like roaches in a roach motel. A lot of those trucks, I hear, had lots and lots of weapons in them.

Well, the stories may be true. But of course, we all have both gods and monsters inside of us, and we're every one of us capable of all sorts of behavior, of the best and of the worst. (We're certainly seeing plenty of both.) Right now, I just don't know.

But here's something that I do know. If the “It wasn't our people that did the bad things, it was the evil Nazis/out-of-towners/'proudboys'” story is the one that we need to tell ourselves in order to get through all this together, then—as mythic history, at least—I'm for it.

All for it.


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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham Monday, 01 June 2020

    Strange, this morning's paper mentioned that the mayor of Richmond attributed a lot of last night's arson to people with out of state license plates. These out of state whackos sure seem to get around quite a bit. I know gas is allegedly cheaper right now but where are they getting the money to pay for all these trips?

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Tuesday, 02 June 2020

    Well might one wonder.
    Maybe the Radical Reich really is as forethoughtful, well-organized, and strategic as these stories would imply.
    Sure seems out of character, though.

  • Jamie
    Jamie Wednesday, 03 June 2020

    Mr. Posch,

    Proudboys might not be forethoughtful or well-organized, but I can easily imagine a foreign government discreetly paying off some stateside agitators to light up some cities and indulge in some looting. They might even be useful idiots, who don't realize they're being used.

    Black folks get blamed for everything, the President looks like a hero to his base, and the script gets changed.

    It's all just a little too convenient. Which foreign government would go to those kinds of lengths to help prop up Donald Trump, you ask?

    Reach Under Several Shiny Interesting Apples, and maybe you'll find the answer.

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Thursday, 04 June 2020

    These apples taste like ash.

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