It was mid December, 2016. I went down to a local post office to send some Xmas cards. As I was queuing up I noticed green cupcakes looking like Pepe the frog. I was repulsed at them to begin with but then an idea came to my mind about all the things I could do to them. I came back home with a couple of very squashy Pepes. Myself and Anton decided to do a ritual in which we both crush Pepe to symbolically crash the rising nazism. The idea was too good not to share with the world, so we decided to use a video camera during the rite. We began thinking of this rite like an artist/filmmaker as much as magician. Using #OpIntruder in this was a logical choice, since we have been involved in it and empowered it for so long. The decision to include the CE5 sigil took the ritual in a new direction. Since it’s Operation Intruder crushing the nazis, why not play around with the abduction scenario a little bit to tell a story.
I placed one Pepe on a green plate ready for action. It looked incredibly small, vulnerable and worried. This was good because in essence that is what you find inside a nazi. A person who instead of learning compassion from their own vulnerability decides to build a wall around themselves to keep aliens out. Needless to say that you can not keep aliens out, especially when #OpIntruder targets you. It felt fun and empowering to probe and later punch the Pepe into a meat look-a-like mash of strawberry, dough and cream. It was all fun and lulz whilst keeping a serous intent. We want to send a message that we will not hesitate to act violently in self defence or in the defence of others. We wage a magickal war against the nazis and we enjoy destroying them.
The ritual itself was done and it came time to make a video sigil out of it. We decided to make it ready so it can be posted in the week preceding inauguration. Since the video is made for #OpIntruder we used ‘chaos crawler’ (contributed by agent Obadiah Marsh) as a soundtrack.
We uploaded the video and Operation Intruder shared it on their face book page. You can imagine our amusement and surprise when the footage of an anonymous person punching Richard Spencer went viral. Not only did Spencer get punched, he did so just as someone asked him about Pepe the frog!
It is hard to dismiss this as a result. In full honesty people punching nazis on the streets is not necessarily what I had in mind! The question arises, how do I feel about it? I had some debate with spiritually minded people who oppose direct violence against nazis. Their arguments are simple. Physical violence will provoke retaliation from the state and escalate violence. This view seems to be promoted by white, Christian academics who postulate that nazi punching will isolate “the left” from “the centre” and in result give more power to the right. It sounds like an eloquent, well presented and civilised argument. I could just about accept it, especially since I used to consider myself a pacifist.
The reason why I do not or can not accept it is because I find myself at an intersection of view different minorities. I see first hand that the resulting crisis was made possible by “the centre’s” lack of response to years of campaigning, awareness raising and political debates by the civil liberty advocates, activists and other representatives of social minorities. The civilised approach clearly didn’t work well enough to prevent the rise of the alt-right, christofascist dominists, and others in the nazi movement. The people who I debated on the subject were not interested in hearing me out, neither did they show any awareness of how serious the socio-political climate is. They choose to patronise and preach instead. The punch the Nazi debate isn’t about violence and self defence, like its being framed. It’s about ignorance and privilege of those who fail to see the state as a true aggressor in the conflict.