"...it is absurd to hold that a man ought to be ashamed of being unable to defend himself with his limbs, but not of being unable to defend himself with speech and reason, when the use of rational speech is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs. And if it be objected that one who uses such power of speech unjustly might do great harm, that is a charge which may be made in common against all good things except virtue, and above all against the things that are most useful, as strength, health, wealth, generalship."
Anyone interested in protecting their nation from communists and terrorists will feel a natural inclination to become stronger and more competent in the skills of warfare. This is not a rational impulse, but an instinctual one, signifying a healthy sense of protectiveness over things that were hard won and which are, historically, easily lost.
However, the field of war has shifted, and while it is still important for a variety of reasons to be strong and competent in the ways of traditional combat (if only for your own health), it is no longer sufficient for the purposes of protecting your nation.
The ends of warfare are now as much accomplished by the word as by the sword. Those who practice their skill with swords but not with words are as much at a disadvantage as those in ancient times who fought with sticks and did not advance their weaponry to steel. In fact, the "moral law" that Sun Tzu wrote of 2,500 years ago -- that which causes people to act in accordance with their ruler, regardless of danger or death -- was the first law of warfare, before Heaven (climate), Earth (terrain), the Commander (generalship), and Methods (strategy and tactics).
Achieving success requires achieving the necessary means of success. When it comes to the "culture-war" we are currently embroiled in, that means understanding the arguments of both sides, including both the logical justifications for holding them and the emotional reasons that make them persuasive.
These books are not just tools for victory, however. They are shared experiences, and bring us together as groups. Religious texts, novels, philosophical tracts, and even movies give us common ground for conversation and identification. They speak to us, and to commonalities between us.
With all of this in mind, the following is a bare-bones reading list for the Cascade Legion. It is not a complete list, but it is a starting point for understanding who we are and what we're about:
The Way of Men (Jack Donovan)
A new but powerful book on what it means to be a man. It outlines the backbone of why it is desirable to be manly, if you are a man, and some of the obstacles to this goal imposed by modernity.
Meditations (Marcus Aurelius)
An old classic of stoicism, illustrating by example the power and importance of perspective and self-analysis.
The Book of Five Rings (Miyamoto Musashi)
A philosophical tract on swordsmanship written by a Japanese master. It explains not only the technique of sword fighting, but the underlying martial mentality of the successful warrior.
The Republic (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Cicero's defense of the Republic, in opposition to pure Democracy, Monarchy, or Aristocracy. Building upon the legacy of Greece and Rome, it articulates the underlying values which ultimately led to the founding of the United States.
The Art of War (Sun Tzu)
The first, simplest, and perhaps best book on strategy and warfare.
4th Generation Warfare Handbook (Lind & Thiele)
A modern work summarizing the history of warfare since the Peace of Westfalia, and the implications of changes on how wars are won and lost today.
SJWs Always Lie (Vox Day)
A modern book explicitly describing the tactics and strategies of Antifa and their progressive sympathizers: how to identify them, survive their attacks, and fight back against them.
Starship Troopers (Robert Heinlein)
Heinlein's novel about the distinction between the civilian and the citizen, and about the fulfillment of civic duties -- including violence -- which comprise that distinction.
Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
An epic and a classic about courage and heroism in a world where hope does not seem justified.
The Iliad (Homer)
The heart and song of Western Civilization, Homer's Iliad is the oldest and most powerful tale about who we are, and what is -- and is not -- worth fighting for.
Gates of Fire (Steven Pressfield)
A modern novel about what it means to be a soldier, and the values that distinguish those who are remembered from those who are not.
In addition to reading books that compel us and align with our own views, one should always be familiar with the arguments made by one's enemies -- ideally in their most powerful form, but at the very least in their most popular forms. The following is a short list of books which serves this purpose. Some are attempts at describing groups like our own. Although not accurate in their depiction of us, they are nonetheless useful in understanding what our enemies think, as are the more theoretical and visionary works:
Communist Manifesto (Karl Marx/Friedrich Engels)
Ur-Fascism (Umberto Eco)
The Origins of Totalitarianism (Hannah Arendt)
The Totalitarian Ego (Anthony Greenwald)
Antifa: The Antif-Fascist Handbook (Mark Bray)
Eichmann in Jerusalem (Hannah Arendt)
On Anarachism (Noam Chomsky)
The Mass Psychology of Fascism (Wilhelm Reich)
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Dispossessed (Ursula K Le Guin)