Dark Arts Politics:
The next post here at The Dark Wraith Forums will be the first in a new series entitled "Dark Arts Politics." Articles in the series will objectively describe what are commonly called "dirty tricks" and related political activities. Topical subjects will include push polling, false opposition support, challenge lists, media manipulation, and other tactics, some proactive, some reactive, some legal, some not. Even though this is the stuff of a degraded political landscape far from the ideals of fair, decent, and honorable campaigning, I make no apology for writing and publishing the articles.
This series will not be favored by everyone. In fact, it is sure to offend those who hold hope of a better nation, one where candidates for public office can set forth their positions openly in reasoned and dignified ways, allowing their opponents the same right of honorable discourse unfettered by the shadows of lies, intimidation, and fear. This series is not for those who believe that candidates always win by taking the high road against vile opponents; neither is this series for those who believe it is better to lose than to take the low road against a hateful opponent who has no problem with vicious campaign tactics. It is certainly not for those who hope for a better future of political activity in America. This is a chronicle of how to survive and flourish in a degraded land. It is not, however, an invitation to engage such an awful place.
To give readers a feel for what Dark Arts Politics has to offer, this series will begin with an article describing a specific tactic I call "firebreaking." The second article will step back and lay out important prior matters, including technical issues of organization and action. Subsequent articles will return to specifics. All descriptions of activities should be viewed as entirely academic: readers are at their own risk in actually transforming words into deeds.
If you choose to go from reading about dirty tricks to actually trying some of them, you face legal risks if what you do is contrary to applicable local, state, or federal law. Improperly executed, your efforts damage your own candidate's chances of winning. You also face risks from the opposition, such risks running the gamut from mere exposure of you on through to physical violence against your property, your person, and your friends and family. In other words, if you actually take the giant step from learning to applying, you could go to jail, you could get beaten, and people you know and love could get seriously harmed. Yes, it's that dangerous.
Even if you survive a campaign in which you have been a practitioner of dirty trickseven if your candidate wins in part due to what you've doneyou could get burned long afterward. Statutes of limitations leave lots of time for sore losers to scream bloody murder until someone hears them. The risks are real, and retribution can be shocking in how disproportionate it may seem.
Fortunately for the continuation of our spiral into the degraded American political landscape of the 21st Century, some people don't want to live forever anyway.
The Dark Wraith will soon publish the first article of Dark Arts Politics.