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Contextual Insurgent Project

Contextual Insurgent Project

By Erin Smith
Notorious for her undercover research and street activism, Erin Smith uses her hard-won experience to deliver timely and insightful analysis of the current political upheaval and civil unrest.
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Daily Dispatch #1 Whither America?

Contextual Insurgent Project

Daily Dispatch #1 Whither America?

Contextual Insurgent Project

Daily Dispatch 27: snitch/cop jacketing and the Justice for J6 rally
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September 21, 2021
Daily Dispatch #26: 8/22/2021 Portland Rally analysis with Techbro Tito
Techbro Tito joins me as we break down the recent “Summer of Love themed patriot rally in Portland, and the discuss the necessity of infrastructure and institutions to make street activism viable and sustainable.
August 25, 2021
Daily Dispatch #25: Buckbreaking Black Rifle Coffee
With return of guest Techbro Tito: less a hot take or react but lessons to learn from Black Rifle Coffee and analysis of how the left uses a mixture of carrot and stick approaches that most casual observers never see. This leads to outcomes and choices the political right can never make sense of. We peel back some layers.
August 11, 2021
Daily Dispatch #24: South Africa approaches Failed State status; A Harbinger for America?
Tune in for analysis and lessons learned from the South African riots. What happens when a multiethnic society implements racial grievance politics? How can communities protect themselves? Are there parallels with last year’s Floyd riots, in organization and objectives? Links and topics covered in the podcast: Twitter Thread from SA local: NYPost piece on Kendi and Grievance politics from Anti-apartheid activist Rian Malan: Oped on Seven Key Takeaways: SA article from Police Minister complaining about parallel structures/dual power: Explanation of dual power: Cartelification/gang rule: Previous podcast about Bernie Sanders bashing open borders, covering the new left/old left divide: Grant Park analysis talking the protest/riot/direct action format:
July 24, 2021
Daily Dispatch #23 | LGBT Electric Boogaloo: Wi Spa/SF Chorus Conversion Song/Dildo Monkey constume
Breaking down recent LGBT and LGBT-adjacent controversy in the news, contextual analysis, lessons learned, and suggested responses. Topics discussed: Be Ready! Issue with two relevant articles from me: Jeremy Lee Quinn interview: Ryan Holiday book on PR/media manipulation tactics: Wi Spa trans drama: San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus accountant blames song drama on planned psyop: Library dildo monkey costume in Muslim neighborhood:
July 15, 2021
Daily Dispatch #22: Minneapolis Protest Death, Breaking Down Critical Race Theory
Covering the weekend car crash death in the Winston Smith Autonomous Zone, breaking down CRT. Cashapp: $eesmith4 BTC: bc1q5yrap4qralpp5asa7u0eauwmwkfkuxk39q8dn3 Ethereum: 0x1Ec4A13D08C9e36B7D02792A0551d8941cAAE114
June 15, 2021
Daily Dispatch #21: Theory of Mind in Politics, aka why is the left obsessed with fascism?
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June 2, 2021
Daily Dispatch #20: Coolness and the Crypto Crash, Israel facing a Decision Dilemma?
ETA: re-recorded intro for rerelease, originally uploaded 5/20/2021. Crypto currency and the incentive attack: The Palestinians are hardly “nonviolent” but the basic principle of placing Israel in a position where its overwhelming dominance is a strategic weakness in the narrative domain of this conflict is still relevant:
June 1, 2021
Daily Dispatch #19: Hypocrisy and Power
In this episode Erin discusses the recent confrontations in Portland OR and Plano TX between armed marchers and motorists, and how they give us clues about the real nature of power.
May 9, 2021
Daily Dispatch #18: Clash Of Cultures and the Ma’Khia Bryant shooting
In this episode Erin covers the latest Contextual Insurgent Newsletter, before dissecting the Ma’Khia Bryant incident in search of lessons that can be applied to better understand our national dilemma. References:
April 28, 2021
Daily Dispatch #17: Chauvin Trial & Civil Disorder, Antifa Informant and Arrests, Mechanics of Power
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April 20, 2021
Daily Dispatch #16: Grant Park follow up, Corporate Coercion
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April 14, 2021
Daily Dispatch #15: Grassroots Training, Status and Aesthetics in Politics with Techbro Tito
Review/critique: Last weekend we attended a local networking and grassroots training event by Scott Presler, focused on Election Integrity lobbying, voter registration, and running for local office. We also discuss the role of status and aesthetics in choosing political beliefs
March 26, 2021
Daily Dispatch #14: Institutional Legitimacy Crisis and Filtering for Wokeness
Covered in this episode: retracted WaPo report on Trump’s communications with Georgia and other discredited media stories, the increasingly woke military and their concerning behavior in response to Tucker Carlson’s monologue, as well as the Guam National Guard and Marjorie Taylor-Green, General Systemantics and “systems select for systems people” and the previous incidents indicate an ongoing filtering process at work. Cited material: SYSTEMANTICS. THE SYSTEMS BIBLE
March 17, 2021
Daily Dispatch #13: Fanmail, Mutual Aid, Individualism vs Collectivism
In this episode I answer some fanmail, and take the opportunity to correct some misconceptions about individualism vs atomization and teamwork vs collectivism. Referenced piece on Mutual Aid:
March 10, 2021
Daily Dispatch #12: What A Self Defense Class Can Teach You About Politics
Tune in as I give a class AAR and explain why “Not all problems are shooting problems” is a valid concept that applies to more than just personal protection. Class: Video homework playlist on UoF, preassault indicators, and various defensive issues:
March 4, 2021
Daily Dispatch #11: Election Integrity Training, More on Occupy tactics
Look Ahead America Webinar (must watch)
February 23, 2021
Daily Dispatch #10: Upcoming Published Work, new Clubhouse app, Election Integrity Webinar
New piece coming soon from Center for Security Policy, experience with the new Clubhouse app and further thoughts on the Tech/Media clash, amazing election integrity webinar from Look Ahead America
February 19, 2021
Daily Dispatch #9: Fanmail Episode! Political Return on Investment with guest Techbro Tito
I’ve talked before about the need to materially support allies and materially harm enemies in our endeavors, but that isn’t always enough. Techbro Tito joins me today as we read fanmail from podcast follower ‘Dagney Taggart’s Onlyfans Admin’ (not his real name) and discuss his concept of finding and calculating ‘Political Return on Investment’.
February 14, 2021
Daily Dispatch #8: Cancelling Carano, Anti-Asian Hate Crimes, the Lefty Trump Obsession
Some topics covered: Breed/Kim incident: bay area citizen patrols: Wind Sand and Stars, by Antoine de Saint Exupery:
February 11, 2021
S2 E4 l Athens vs Blair Mountain: Billy *don’t* get your guns
In this episode Erin deconstructs and analyzes two important armed uprisings in American history -The victory at the Battle of Athens and the defeat at the Battle of Blair Mountain- and lays out the critical reasons behind the wildly divergent outcomes.
February 9, 2021
Daily Dispatch #7: Time Magazine Gloats About Election Plot
Topics Discussed: Carl Schmitt and the State of Exception: Russell Conjugation: Celebration Parallax: Antifa Industry at work: TIME magazine piece:
February 6, 2021
S2 E3 | Security Culture/Personal Cyber Security With SME Guests Dennis and Savannah
Personal Security in the digitized Cancel Culture age is more important than ever, but for many people the topic is so complex they’re not sure where to begin. Tune in as Erin and guests Dennis and Savannah break it down and provide action items and tips to protect yourself and those you love.
February 3, 2021
Daily Dispatch #6: Acknowledging The Moral Right to Win, with Guest Techbro Tito
Tune in as I deconstruct the right’s underpants gnomes theory of political power with recurring guest Techbro Tito.
February 1, 2021
Daily Dispatch #5: Meme Arrests and the Great Wall Street Stonk Raid
Operant Conditioning, decentralization, expanding battlespace, and swarm attacks. Rand paper on swarming: Explanation of what is happening with Gamestop:
January 30, 2021
Daily Dispatch #4: Bernie Bashes Open Borders?
Labor Organizer Cesar Chavez was notorious for using vigilante squads to hunt down illegal immigrants attempting to cross the border for work (and thus suppressing wages) so why did Joe Biden add his bust to the Oval Office? What happened to the restrictionist pro-labor left, and why was the 2015 Ezra Klein interview of Bernie Sanders the last time we really heard that sort of rhetoric at the national level? Tune in as Erin digs into leftist history to find out where this ideology came from, where it went, and what that suggests we can do going forward during this period of political realignment.
January 27, 2021
S2 E2 l Minneapolis Meltdown: The Floyd Riots with Mike Treat
Most of us witnessed last summer’s unrest on our TV screens, but Mike Treat was there in-person when it started. As a POST-certified former corrections officer and lead instructor at Condition Orange Preparedness Mike is better positioned to analyze and comment on what happened than most, so tune in as Erin and Mike discuss his experiences during those fateful few days and find relevant lessons for concerned citizens in this age of disruption.
January 25, 2021
Daily Dispatch #3: The War on Terror comes home?
As domestic tensions rise and alarming political rhetoric increases around using counter insurgency tactics at home, more people find themselves worrying about peaceful solutions to our seemingly intractable problems. In this episode Erin critiques some of the more dangerous talking points, and attempts to offer some alternatives.
January 22, 2021
Daily Dispatch #2 State of Play with Techbro Tito
Tune in as Erin nerds out with Techbro Tito in a winding conversation about the future of the internet, American decline, China’s latest moves, the Capitol Uprising, and much more.
January 12, 2021
Daily Dispatch #1 Whither America?
In this inaugural episode for a shorter, more casual Podcast series that will run alongside the more formal Contextual Insurgent seasons, Erin riffs on current events and topics including (but not limited to) Is martial law or secession realistic? Are there better options? If so, what are they?
December 25, 2020
S2 E1 | Tribe Building 101: Affinity Group How-To for Righties
Protecting your individual rights is ironically best done through collective effort by a likeminded group of people, but how do you find trustworthy folks? More importantly, what do you do once you’ve found them? In this episode Erin explains how the left builds and uses their “affinity groups” and illustrates why their model isn’t a cultural fit for the right, but also gives helpful tips and walks listeners through some alternative courses of action better suited for the average right-leaning person.
December 7, 2020
Episode 10: Season 1 critical lessons learned, and what lies ahead
In this episode Erin looks back at season 1 and distills each episode down to its most important lesson, then gives a peek at season 2.
November 24, 2020
Episode 9: Courage is not enough; lessons from the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Rosa Parks’ act of defiance on an Alabama bus in 1955 has been mythologized as a spontaneous act that sparked a local act of resistance and solidarity known as the Montgomery Bus Boycott, but what if I told you that the boycott was the result of six years of careful planning, and that Parks had wargamed her nonviolent disobedience at an activist training school in Tennessee earlier that year? Montgomery proved that while courage may be important, training and preparation is even more so.
November 16, 2020
Episode 8: Quo Vadis? election analysis and the art of managing expectations
Erin expands on Episode 7 with a discussion on managing realistic expectations, optimism, black swans and unknown unknowns, four networks theory, and ends by describing a real life incident that illuminates the previous points of discussion.
November 10, 2020
Episode 7: What is to be done? Election analysis and our path forward.
Votes are still being counted, but where do we stand and where do we go from here? Erin does a dive into the current state of play and breaks down the negatives and positives (spoiler: there are plenty!)
November 6, 2020
Episode 6: Entryism, Power Building, and the Democratic Socialists of America
In this episode Erin gives an overview of the largest and most influential socialist group in America (DSA), and how a dedicated cadre of leftists at Jacobin magazine built a networked insurgency, leveraged a tactic called ‘entryism’, and seized control of it.
November 1, 2020
Episode 5: Planning for a coup with Shut Down DC and the Transition Integrity Project
Erin breaks down the hard left’s plans to disrupt the 2020 election, via legal and not-so-legal means. Is a general strike on the menu? What can you do to protect yourself? Tune in and find out!
October 27, 2020
Episode 4: 2019 Bolivian Uprising and Autopsy of a Riot.
The second in a three part series, Erin interviews Bolivian National Tad about his experiences with civil unrest and the 2019 uprising that deposed President Evo Morales. This episode focuses on the dynamics and structure of a riot.
October 20, 2020
Episode 3: Hybrid War, 4GW/5GW, and the 2019 Bolivian Uprising. Part 1 of 3 (political concepts)
The first in a three part series, Erin interviews Bolivian National Tad about his experiences with civil unrest and the 2019 uprising that deposed President Evo Morales. This episode focuses on political and social concepts behind modern revolution.
October 20, 2020
Episode 2: History, tactics, and objectives of the antifa movement
A dive into what antifa is, where it came from, and how it accomplishes its objectives
October 16, 2020
Episode 1: Going Undercover in Portland Black Bloc
Erin talks about her recent viral interview in Reason on her experiences going undercover as black bloc antifa, and further explains dilemma actions and the spectrum of violence model.
October 15, 2020