THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 763, March 23, 2014
We have arrived at a crossroads in history, and
the country stands on the brink of civil war.
Attribute to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise
Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, during the Nuremberg Trials, had this exchange with a biographer:
Mark Twain also described the process, in more detail, in his unfinished book The Mysterious Stranger:
All through history, the rulers have orchestrated this process. Humans for some reason are susceptible to it.
One may speculate why: for example, in tribal societies there was a need at times to repel encroachments by other tribes; and first the people had to work themselves into a frenzy, and shed their normal inhibitions against killing, before getting the job done. One can imagine the war dance of Plains Indians, for example.
Although the process at the tribal level did not involve a lot of reason or logic, in the big picture the thing did make sense. The territory that sustains a people has to be defended, after all. Even tiny birds understand this fact. I don't know if birds need war dances to shed inhibitions; but they do sing, and it is a war song they are singing.
But again, the rulers understand all this and have taken advantage of it -- even when there was no defense needed, and aggression instead was on the menu. Or imperialism, if you prefer that word. Just dress it up as defense, and people get on board. We have wars almost entirely because war is in the interest of the rulers.
But these days, things are different. There is an Internet. If you observe what is going on in New York and Connecticut and New Jersey, it looks as if people are in a war dance. They are mentally preparing for war.
But the rulers are not orchestrating it this time. It is happening spontaneously, via the Internet and informal gatherings, and the enemies to be defended against are those very same rulers and their enforcers -- many of whom now have the sense to distance themselves from the rulers, as much as possible. Strangely, the rulers don't seem to notice the corner they are painting themselves into.
This is new. It is amazing to see what can happen when the rulers lose control of the gateways of information. We are in uncharted territory, here.
Good luck and Godspeed, warriors!
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