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Number 865, March 27, 2016

The only reason somebody would avoid the Zero
Aggression Principle is that he's planning to
exercise a right he falsely imagines he has to
do something to you he wouldn't be able to do
in the presence of the Zero Aggression Principle.

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History Lesson
by L. Neil Smith
Publisher and Senior Columnist

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As you are probably aware, the War Between the States was not a civil war, and had little or nothing to do with slavery, which only became a propaganda side-issue well into the war. It was fought at the behest of a northeastern industrial establishment that wanted to tax the South to support its control of the nation, that wanted to consolidate that control over the South and the West, and was unwilling to pay world prices for the raw materials supplied by the South.

A principal beneficiary was Grenville Dodge, the railroad magnate.

There are dozens of ways, and hundreds of books to prove this. The Democrats, who have their own reasons for suppressing the real history of this war are fanatically intent on erasing every trace of the Old Confederacy. Their most effective means is to focus on the battles and yarns, and not what's actually important, the decade leading up to the war.

Threescore years later, Marine Corps General Smedley Darlington Butler, holder of two Congressional Medals of honor, wrote the small book War is a Racket (still available on the Internet [see—Editor ]) to say that it was corporate interests that he found himself fighting for in Central and South America, not the freedom or security of the United States.

Sadly, it is increasingly clear that the late military-industrial adventures mounted in Iraq and Afghanistan were intended to suit corporate interests, not those of the people of those two nations or America.

It is still a fact that nobody knows why the hell we fought in World War I or Vietnam—see the 1977 film Twilight's Last Gleaming).

And now we have exactly those same interests looking for some way to interfere in the 2016 General Election as they did in the election of 1964. In many ways, if the outcome is halfway decent, this year could be thought of as Barry Goldwater's revenge. I understand why the badguys do it, and so do you—boundless money and power—but I don't even pretend to know what to do about it. Every time somebody mounts an effort, it promptly gets infiltrated, co-opted by the very villains—plus new wealth of Silicon Valley—it was designed to combat.

I will, as usual, load this little piece to The Libertarian Enterprise Facebook page and we'll try to get a discussion up. I will reload it, if people's attention wanders, as it will, on Facebook. See if you can engage as many of your friends as possible in this discussion.

I have no idea what's about to happen.

L. Neil Smith Publisher and Senior Columnist L. Neil Smith is the author of over thirty books, mostly science fiction novels, L. Neil Smith has been a libertarian activist since 1962. His many books and those of other pro-gun libertarians may be found (and ordered) at L. Neil Smith's THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE "Free Radical Book Store" The preceding essays were originally prepared for and appeared in L. Neil Smith's THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE. Use them to fight the continuing war against tyranny.

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