The Mind of Austin Bomber Mark Conditt: My experience in knowing people who wanted to blow up stuff

It doesn’t get the FBI off the hook for all the crimes they have committed in Washington D.C. or the many police organizations around the country who seek to preserve a protective barrier to allow a deep state to permeate our lives unimpeded—but the police work in Austin regarding the serial bomber there was what we all expect. Under great pressure, they did a wonderful job of figuring out who Mark Conditt was, as the 23-year-old terrorist bomber and how to pinpoint his location and stop the crimes giving the young kid no other option but to blow himself up saving us all a lot of money in legal costs and incarceration. The way they captured him was just as good as the fact that they did. Snuffed out of his hideaway hotel outside of Austin Conditt knew the cops were onto him so he tried to leave in his car noticing that they were following. He pulled over to blow himself up before he was caught. Conditt waited for the cops to get close enough before detonating the device hoping that he’d injure some of them with shattered glass, but the wounds were minimal, and the incident ended quickly—and in a good way. You could say the kid went to pieces over the incident.

Yet the most disturbing attribute to the case was something I have been warning about with more frequency. Conditt left behind a confessional video that showed what viewers called an “outcry from a very challenged young man.” From all outward appearances Mark Conditt looked like a nice all-American boy. But like the millions of kids who are growing up now in broken homes where it would be assumed that government schools and the many institutions of human endeavor could replace the need for strong families to raise children, that has turned out not to be the case. However in Conditt’s case, he had a conservative background, got along with his sisters, was renovating a house with his dad and worked at a semiconductor manufacturer. By all outward appearances, the kid had it together. So what could have possibly gone wrong?

I’m sure it will take time to get all the details out as to why this kid who seemed to have it all literally came apart in his car as authorities closed in to arrest him for terrorist activity, but I would add the suggestion that there is a quiet desperation emerging from all young males in this modern world which seems to be handing out opportunities to everyone but young white males these days—ostracizing them in the process with a sense of hopelessness. Conditt was oddly enough homeschooled which is unusual for a violent case of this kind but does bring up some interesting observations. Sometimes it is just as bad to know too much as it is to not know enough. It looks to me at these early stages that Austin Conditt knew too much about the way his future was shaping up and it generated anger in him that he destructively chose to unleash in this devastating way.

I knew a kid like Conditt once who grew up in a very conservative house in a very conservative community who ate lunch with me a million years ago in the cafeteria at Lakota schools. Every day we had a group of kids who sat at our table where we planned to set off a series of bombs on the last day of school in our freshmen year. I was the group leader who pulled everyone together for the endeavor, but my friend was the mastermind behind the various bomb devices. The intention wasn’t to kill anyone, but it was intended to show our disrespect for the education institution we all felt trapped in. This kid was a valedictorian in our freshmen class and at that time had the highest scores in any conceivable testing available at the time. After hanging out with me for the next three years though he dropped down into the top ten in our school because I was always telling him that all that ranking stuff was useless. The thing that plagued him most was that everyone around him, his family, his school, and even the state of Ohio had his life all planned out for him and his desire to blow things up stemmed from a quiet declaration to claim his own life for himself. I think his friendship with me kept him from really hurting anybody. Every day at lunch we planned for this big last day of school event, and when it finally came, instead of blowing up cars and entire buildings it turned out to be a nice compromise of a few fireworks launched by the buses—totally harmless and quite festive.

My concern as the day came near that if we actually blew things up that our entire summer would be ruined with court appearances, so I think what we ended up doing was a good thing in the end. The fireworks went off. People liked them. We all got on our buses and went home for the summer and we moved on. That kid spent the summer with me doing all kinds of adventures and by the next year was a different person no longer angry at the institution itself but was much more able to focus his anger. That lasted so long as we were friends. Many years later when we stopped having much in common to talk about he drifted back to that same self-destructive state. It wasn’t because there was anything wrong with him, other than he was so smart that he didn’t have filters to see things other than how they really were, and that was just too much pain for him.

I see in Mark Conditt a lot of the same kind of thing. He was born into a time when the Christian white male is being condemned in the media just for existing, and it can look to such a young person that there isn’t anything to live for. It also provokes a person to lash out at the system that is blaming him for just being alive. So for those guilty of it, there is a lot of danger in trying to redistribute the notion of privilege from one sector of civilization to another. When it is considered that opportunities are limited and one sector of society or another will have access to those opportunities, there will always be someone like Mark Conditt out there looking to lash out at how miserable their future forecasts are. The real problem is in the artificial limits that our present society has created for people, especially young people. There are opportunities for everyone if we would take away the regulations that prevent economic growth and allow the human imagination to expand our society in such a way that adventure in thought and action would give kids like Conditt and everyone else a shot at the dreams that can be achieved in America—instead of leaving them as hopeless husks of human flesh victimized by the limits of a progressive oriented society.

If we really want to solve these problems we have to deal with the philosophy that is delivering youth to these desperate outlooks. To become a terrorist bomber takes some real commitment, and the energy behind that commitment comes from somewhere. We have to understand that, because there isn’t any regulation on earth that can stop such a desire. Those who think that a more managed society is the answer they couldn’t be more wrong. The more that human beings are regulated, the more they desire to rebel. 95% of society may fall in line, but there will always be a dangerous few who will rebel on any side of the political spectrum. The real solution is in less social tampering and unleashing more opportunity to more in the world. If there is a theme to the violence of human civilization it is in the struggle for the perception of opportunity. Without the hope for opportunity, people—some people—will do desperate things. And so long as that is the case, dangerous people like Mark Conditt will always be out there.

Rich Hoffman
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