At Liberty, Summer 2025


And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians, Chapter 13, v. 2


I don’t tell any man what he should do – everyone has to make that decision for him- or herself. Mine was made for me by Fate, so I just play what I’m dealt. I can’t say it started innocuously, but I can say with certainty that it started innocently – at least if that word still has any meaning.

I know this will hurt my supporters’ feelings, but I just wrote a few fucking articles. That’s it; that’s all. And I have a hard time attributing what followed to the Divine… But what do I know.

I had a friend who said that if you predict wrongly and keep your job, you either work for the Gov or the Media… and as things have played out, that’s a distinction without a difference. If, however, you’re not either of the former and you predict correctly, you either get rich or – worst of all – you become a goddamn Prophet.

I wrote a few articles. Less than five-thousand words; a few riffs basically, nothing more.

But boy, did I ever get it right when I decided to say some sooth as to how The Conflag would start. Fucked my life up real good by popping off at the mouth… Again.

Fucked up a lot of people’s lives… but I promised I would tell the Truth, with a capital T.

I have not Faith, nor Love, and I am nothing.



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An explosion rocked the quiet, and now mostly abandoned, downtown area of Detroit, Michigan, just three hours ago, in what is now the Progressive States of America. Details are sketchy, but the explosion was felt for miles away, some people believing that an earthquake had struck E-V City. Local law enforcement have not provided any information, but members of the FBI’s vaunted Counter-Resistance Strike Force (CRSF) were dispatched and on the ground within an hour. The name that no one wanted to speak was mentioned in hushed tones: El Unico. The One and Only.

A law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity told a reporter that there were definitely victims of the attack and that first responders are still combing through the rubble for possible survivors. This would be a marked escalation on the part of El Unico and his/its supporters. Before now, the group has left videos taking responsibility for what appears to be an escalating wave of attacks on the current popularly elected government. El Unico is believed to have started with spreading disinformation on social media, then vandalism, hacking of government and large corporate databases, and now, we can add blowing up buildings to the list of crimes against the peaceful people’s democracy. Administration officials have so far refused to comment or provide any details about the attacks, the status of the investigation, or the most recent explosion, but El Unico’s name has quickly become synonymous with any disruption to the consolidation of the Progressive Party’s most recent election victory, which has not been without its controversies.

Administration sources in the past have said that El Unico was nothing more than a nuisance, with barely any followers, but it will be increasingly difficult to sell that to a justifiably concerned public, especially now that a building lies in rubble in downtown Detroit, heart of the Administration’s new revitalization and government-private partnership to revitalize and turn what was the Motor City into the more climate-friendly Electric Vehicle City.