What is the history of the Phalanx?

One of the most effective and enduring military formations in ancient warfare was that of the Greek Phalanx. The age of the Phalanx may be traced back to Sumeria in the 25th century BCE, through Egypt, and finally appearing in Greek literature through Homer in the 8th century BCE (and, since, has been generally associated with Greek warfare strategy, the name itself being from the Greek for `finger’). The phalanx formation was a close-rank, dense grouping of warriors armed with long spears and interlocking shields. The Greek Hoplite soldier provided his own weapon (a seven or eight foot spear known as a `doru’) and shield as well as breast plate, helmet and greaves. There was no official `training’ for a Greek Hoplite and it was the responsibility of the individual commander to make sure his troops could fight in a unified form.  Philip II of Macedon changed how armies were trained and enhanced the phalanx formation by introducing the idea of the ‘professional soldier’ to Macedon, providing his warriors with training,  a smaller shield, and a longer spear known as a `sarissa’ which, besides simply being able to inflict greater casualties at a further distance, had the added advantage of masking the formation’s movements when the sarissa’s were held in certain ways.

Greek Phalanx

The strength of the Greek phalanx lay in the endurance and discipline of the soldiers who made up the closely-packed rectangular formation of shields and spears. Once the phalanx was formed the soldiers would advance slowly toward the opposing army, fending off missile blows with their shields and holding the formation tightly in order to break through the ranks of the other side.  Since the use of reserve forces in battle was not conceived of before the 5th century BCE, a battle was decided by the formations initially placed in the field and, consequently, the men who made up the phalanx formations had to be prepared to outlast, as well as out-fight, their opponents.  Once the antagonists engaged each other on the field the battle was on until one side broke ranks and was defeated. The phalanx, then, could be employed in battle in a great `pushing match’ with the front-liners literally being pushed forward by the shields of the soldiers behind them or, as the phalanx evolved, as a `battering ram’ to break the front lines while cavalry harried the flanks.

Greek Hoplite

One of the most notable uses of the phalanx was at the Battle of Marathon (490 BCE) where the Greek Hoplites advanced in formation `at a run’ (according to Herodotus) and decimated the lightly armed Persian infantry (a tactic later employed, in 480 BCE, at the decisive battle of Platea). The Theban General Epaminodas significantly altered the use of the phalanx at the Battle of Leuctra (379 BCE) in which he strengthened his left flank  to a depth of fifty men, thinned out his right flank and center, and crushed the Spartan force in what has come to be known as `oblique infantry deployment’. Phillip II of Macedon, learning of Epaminodas’ tactic in Thebes, brought it back to his kingdom where he created the first professional fighting force in Greece outside of Sparta. He armed his men with the longer `sarissa’ spear (which had a length of eighteen feet) and much smaller shields than previously used. The shields afforded less protection but gave the formation the advantage of greater mobility in that, without the interlocking large shields, the phalanx could out maneuver an opposing force more easily. Phillip’s success with this variation of the phalanx can be seen in his victory at the Battle of Charonea (338 BCE) where his brilliant use of the formation, coupled with skirmishers and cavalry, crushed the combined forces of Athensand Thebes (both of whom employed the traditional Greek phalanx in their armies).Battle of Chaeronia

The phalanx formation reached its height of effectiveness in the conquests of Alexander the Great who was able to move large bodies of men very quickly and whose brilliant strategies on the field made skillful use of the formation; but the phalanx steadily declined in use after Alexander’s death. At the Battle of Cynocephalae in 197 BCE, the Romans defeated the Greek phalanx easily because the Greeks had failed to guard the flanks of their phalanx and, further, the Greek commanders could not turn the mass of men who comprised the phalanxes quickly enough to counter the strategies of the Romans and, after this battle, the phalanx fell out of use. There are some historians who argue the phalanx was already obsolete by the time of Cynocephalae and the Greek commanders failed to use it effectively in that battle because its use was no longer properly understood. However that may be, the Romans themselves took up the phalanx formation and succeeded in using it to effect during the period of the Roman Republic before the formation was discarded in favor of the three-line Roman Legion with which the Roman Empire conquered the known world.

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Marching Orders

Attention ShieldWall Phalanx: Nothing you can read will substitute for the practice of actually doing it, but here are the first few things which we need to cover for the ShieldWall Phalanx:
1.Standing at attention. Back straight, chest forward, shoulders square, eyes front, tall. Forming ranks.
2.Maintaining silence and focus in the ranks. Attention to orders.
3.Shifting from “attention” to “at ease”, parade rest.
4.Maintaining Relative Distance: one arm’s length back from the man in front of you when standing at attention, one arm’s length distance from the shoulder of the man on either side of you.
5.Marching in unison, and in rhythm. Starting, stopping, changing speed and direction. About face, right face, left face.

New opportunity for Arkansas ShieldWall Network activists.

by Steve Smithers

This means that if a County Committee invited you to speak and didn’t cave to pressure from Asshole Asa’s Marxist machine to disinvite you, then you could speak and get our views heard in that county. (You also could then use the opportunity to network with the true conservatives and right wing people present, and cherry-pick and radicalize the best of them for the SWN).

Good news for conservative voices in the Arkansas Republican Party

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Over the last several months establishment Republicans have been working to silence conservative voices in the Arkansas Republican Party, primarily anyone who disagrees with Governor Asa Hutchinson’s big government agenda or his mushy position on social conservative issues.

The action of the Arkansas Republican Party County Chairmen’s Association, however, gives hope to conservative Republicans who want to be heard at the county level.

The statement adopted by the Chairmen’s Association reads in part:

“All Republicans and Republican organizations are hereby reminded that each County Committee has both the right and obligation to encourage healthy debate and deliberation within their County, and are free to invite any speaker or presenter that, in the view of their Chairman or other designated member of that Committee, or the County Committee as a whole, would contribute to educate and inform Republicans in that county on issues of concern.

Therefore, as representatives of the 75 County Committees, we remind our fellow Republicans of that any effort to restrict county committees from inviting guest speakers or any other presenter that they see fit violates the delegated and implied powers and responsibilities of each County Committee and County Chairman.” (Emphasis added)

Some readers are familiar with efforts to stop county Republican committees from inviting guest speakers who are too conservative for the Governor. For those not familiar with the controversy here is a summary:

  • Fox News contributor Jan Morgan from Hot Springs was invited to be the keynote speaker for the Craighead County Republican Committee fundraiser, but after the event was advertised Morgan was disinvited. Speculation began that Morgan may have been disinvited because Asa supporters didn’t want her there.
  • Soon after, Governor Asa Hutchinson’s administrative assistant Doug Smithcontacted the Mississippi County committing criticizing their decision of inviting Morgan. Smith added to the intimidation by copying his complaint to the owner of the venue where the event was to be held.  About the same time several Republicans in Baxter county reported to us that they too had been urged to disinvite Morgan.
  • Some Republican county committees bowed to pressure but others resisted and did not withdraw their invitations.
  • Pressure was stepped up when Governor Hutchinson personally met with a few committee chairs. In at least one instance, it was to pressure local committee officials to get in line and in at least one other instances it was to encourage them to stay in line as an Asa loyalist.[i]
  • Morgan announced the formation of an exploratory committee for the office of Governor but has not announced whether she will be a candidate.
  • Republicans in Craighead County continued to voice support for Morgan to speak to the committee. She was invited to speak at a later date and a large crowd came to applaud her.
  • Jan Morgan was invited to speak to the Washington County Republican Committee. As was the committee’s practice with other speakers they posted a Facebook thank you to Morgan: “She’s a crowd favorite and friend of liberty! Thanks for speaking to our group and good luck with your future endeavors Ms. Jan Morgan!” State Chairman Doyle Webb contacted the Washington County Republican Chair to relay a complaint about the Facebook post, but Webb wouldn’t reveal who complained. After their conversation, post was taken down by the county chair.[ii] What had been so offensive about the post? Merely the words, “good luck with your future endeavors.”  Supposedly this “thank you” might be interpreted by someone as possibly bordering on appearing as if the committee was taking sides in favor of Morgan. What? After a public outcry the chair added a different post on Morgan’s appearance.
  • The events listed above have to do with trying to block Jan Morgan and any mention of her, but the effort to silence conservatives is not just about Morgan.
  • Conduit for Commerce founders Joe Maynard and Brenda Vassaur Taylor were invited to speak at the Benton County Republican Committee about legislation from the 2017 session of the Arkansas General Assembly. Then at the last minute they were instructed not to say anything that would be critical of any Republican officeholders. (In other words, back when Democrats were in charge it was okay to criticize them for their tax and spend policies and weak record on social conservative issues but when a Republican officeholder pushes the same policies, Republican are expected to remain silent.)
  • The Carroll County Committee also issued similar instructions to Brenda Vassaur Taylor to not say anything critical of establishment Republicans.

Were other speakers disinvited or gagged by county committees because the speakers don’t agree with Asa’s brand of big government growth?

You can see why we are excited to see county committees stand up against the establishment machine of Little Rock.

How Does the Resolution Change Things?

With the passage of the resolution:

  • Will county committees escape pressure from establishment Republicans who want to silence conservative critics? No. The Governor and his allies can still plead with, cajole, entice, or bully county committee members to shut up and accept big government policies.
  • Does this mean the Sebastian County Chairman will reverse himself and invite Conduit to speak to the county committee? Maybe not. Even though each County Committee has both the right and obligation to encourage healthy debate and deliberation within their County who a committee invites or doesn’t invite is totally up to the local committee – which is how it should be.

So why is the Chairmen’s Association resolution so important?  By stating their independence and the need for healthy debate:

  • The chairs have given county committees a basis for standing up against the Little Rock pressure, if they wish. 
  • The county committee chairs have shown they should not be considered vassals of Little Rock officeholders. 

Some county chairs may continue to avoid speakers who do not support the big government establishment positions, but whatever decision is made will rest with the county committee and not Little Rock. That is good news.

Answer The Call!

The Roper Report

After talking about the beginning of the Christmas season and its true reason, Billy brings us a detailed report from the central Arkansas ShieldWall Network meeting held on December 2nd.

Jacob Goodwin called in from the Charlottesville jail to speak to the meeting over the speakerphone and  inspired everyone there with his courage and good spirits.

In addition to the growth of the ShieldWall Phalanx and the Cover Our People With Love pro-White charity’s ‘White Family Drive’, other ongoing SWN projects were discussed and some major agenda items voted on, followed by a collective in real life activism project.

After that Mr. Roper describes how egalitarianism ultimately eats itself, sowing the seeds of its own destruction. The Jews used it against us, but now they also are committing racial suicide through their chutzpah and by swallowing their own lies.

Hard racial science fans will then be fascinated to…

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Jacob Goodwin’s live telephoned speech addressing ShieldWall Network meeting!

The Roper Report

In addition to their recording an interview update on their son’s condition for next week’s The Roper Report podcast, the Goodwins had a special treat in store for Jacob’s friends at last yesterday’s ShieldWall Network meeting. A chance to talk with the political prisoner, himself!

Scott and Tamera, Jacob Goodwin’s parents, gave an impassioned plea for support for their son, the political prisoner now incarcerated in a Charlottesville, Virginia jail awaiting trial. While the update on Jacob’s condition, treatment, and defense progress was encouraging, it was frustrating to hear their dismay at the fact that despite being asked to help, the multi-millionaire activist largely responsible for promoting the Unite The Right rally has not yet contributed financially or otherwise to help Jacob or ANY of the Charlottesville defendants. However, Jacob himself called in, and was able to speak to his fellow ShieldWall Network members on speakerphone. Despite being in jail…

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12/2/17 Central Arkansas ShieldWall Network meeting report.

The Roper Report

At the December 2nd central Arkansas ShieldWall Network meeting, an update on local progress in recruiting new members (some of whom were present) and gaining influence in our local communities through networking was given. For the year end summary, our first year’s exploits were briefly recapped, along with the revelation of some of our immediate plans for the near future. The ShieldWall Plan, Project New America, was shared with those who had not yet had an opportunity to become familiar with our overall long-range goal, as well.

The Cover Our People With Love pro-White charity’s White Family Drive results were discussed, and the sponsors thanked.

Al gave a very informative presentation about Prepping, complete with handouts, discussing food and water selection and storage, as well as emergency supplies. He will present a more in depth lecture on the subject at the next official ShieldWall Network meeting in northern Arkansas…

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ShieldWall Network Phalanx meeting update.

The Roper Report

For those Phalanx members who were unable to attend, a meeting of the ShieldWall Phalanx followed the normal ShieldWall Network meeting in central Arkansas on December 2nd. Two new ShieldWall Phalanx members were administered their oaths and given their patches. The Phalanx voted to keep both style of shields, the round and rectangular, for different complimentary tactical uses, and to adopt American Woodland Camouflage BDUs as the official pants of the ShieldWall Phalanx uniform. Boots, gloves, helmets, and other gear were discussed, exhibited, and compared. Twenty Phalanx members will now be completely equipped. The next training date and site for the Phalanx was voted on and agreed to, as well as the tactical exercises which will be learned.

Please e-mail roper_billy@yahoo.com for details on the upcoming Phalanx training day, and to catch up on the other information which you missed.

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Building Ethnostates

The Roper Report

by Billy Roper

One major consideration in building a regional ethnostate is that you want to try to avoid including any urban area with a concentrated population of over 100,000 people within your initial borders. If possible, you should also attempt to avoid including within your enclave any Federal military bases, ports, air stations, or depots. While this may sound counter-intuitive at first, because you don’t want your population density to be so low that you can’t defend the territory which you claim and you want to have access to the resources, military and otherwise, which Federal bases and cities have accumulated, you also should remember that cities and Federal bases will be defended by any remnant or rump Federal forces after a balkanization much more forcefully than rural areas.

Likewise, depending on the level of power vacuum and collapse which transpires, while some Federal troops may evacuate bases and…

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How to Become a Post-Balk Warlord

The Roper Report

In ‘How to Become a Post-Balk Warlord’ Billy responds to recent criticism claiming there is only one right area for a future White ethno-state. He responds to this by explaining how different cultural regions can work in parallel to develop their own emerging networks in cooperation with one another, sharing advice, tactics and strategies adaptable to their own populations.

The rest of the program is then devoted to explaining in nuts and bolts detail, step by step, how to work towards achieving that by taking over your community and county.

Listeners are also encouraged to send cards, letters, and books to Jacob Goodwin, there is some news on recent ShieldWall Network social events including the upcoming December 2nd meeting, as well as an update on the progress of the Cover Our People With Love pro-White charity’s 2017 White Family Drive.

Donations to help needy White families with their grocery or…

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New America: Landlocked or Lebensraum?

The Roper Report

by Billy Roper

With the Pacific Ocean potentially becoming a Chinese lake, and the balkanization of America foreseeable, will New America’s future be landlocked, or lebensraum?

In another example of America’s failure at foreign policy and China’s ascendancy, after publicly calling Obama a “son of a whore” and signing a new trade deal with China, the Philippines President asked U.S. forces to leave his nation. China has recently started building naval bases on reefs, the  Scarborough Shoal, which had formerly been Philippine territory. With them in place, they will more firmly control the South China Sea, and beyond.

China has just made a deal with the East African country of Djibouti to build a deep water naval port there, and a base which will be home to 10,000 Chinese troops. The purpose of the new port there will be to secure the transport of oil tankers full of the petroleum…

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