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Number 875, June 5, 2016

A nasty-tempered, cackling, sticky-
fingered hag of a mass murderer whom
millions of gullible idiots worship.

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The Insane Barber
by L. Neil Smith

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In the 1948 movie, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which, otherwise, was merely another lame socialist rant against "greed", a character opines the "the world's being shaved by an insane barber." In reality. Mankind is just about to tip over into the Cold War, and in the novel that the movie is based upon, in the shadow of the "Great War". World War Two is looming over history's horizon. Our species is indeed being led by a gaggle of idiots, lunatics, and rank villains, including Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Josef Stalin. Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and the "War Party" of Imperial Japan.

It is no different now, not a bit, and nothing that you and I can do is very likely to change it. I am just a humble scribbler (well, fairly humble, anyway). Someday people may actually look back and say, "He was really right!" but I almost certainly won't be around to hear it. And if you repair automobiles, manufacture clothing, police the mean streets, or do the state's evil bidding in far-off hell-holes, then you and I are in the same boat.

Nevertheless, progress does somehow manage to get made. People all over the world are far better off now, they live much longer lives, enjoy more freedom, and possess more wealth, than they did during the Middle Ages, all through the efforts -- usually obstructed vehemently by the state -- of private individuals working in the free market system.

The world of politics sadly doesn't evince any indications of getting better. We're in the process, at this very moment, of choosing a new barber to shave the world, and just look at the choices before us. In the lead, the ultimate used car salesman; remember Herb Tarlek, on WKRP? Coming up right behind him (I wouldn't feel very comfortable with that, myself), the most natural woman in the world to be cast as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeny Todd, a nasty-tempered, cackling, sticky-fingered hag of a mass murderer whom millions of gullible idiots worship. And speaking of gullible idiots, an elderly collectivist whose compatriots murdered over 200 million people in the 20th century.

Who does that leave, to join the stellar ranks of the likes of Vladimir Putin (old-fashioned villain), Angela Merkel (cowardly idiot) , and Kim Jong-Un (straitjacket ready)? One might reasonably have expected this to be an unusually good year for the Libertarian Party. But as I've often observed, the Libertarian Party has always had a serious problem selecting genuine libertarians to run for office. Even worse, it has spent the last 45 years chewing up its founding principles and spitting them out. This year is no different.

Question, Governor Gary Johnson: if a "Fair Tax" were established as the law of the land, what would happen to an individual who refused to pay it? Taxation, this individual might protest, is theft. Taxation is slavery. Taxation is the fuel of war. Would he be arrested and thrown in jail? Would his personal possessions, his home, and his car, be seized by the state that you aspire to lead? Would he be shot down and killed if he resisted? Question, Governor Johnson: exactly what the hell kind of libertarian are you, anyway? And tell us about your "running mate", that once-and-future tax-devouring, gun-grabbing socialist scumbag William Weld? How in the hell was that a libertarian choice?

I sometimes think that human politics is governed by the Stockholm Syndrome, the survival-oriented unconscious process in which hostages come to love and defend their captors. Elderly Russians wish Stalin could come back, and a resurrected Juan Peron would have Argentina handed to him. People in general come to worship their oppressors, simply because they have no choice. It can happen here, too, and it has -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt stands on a godlike pedestel, even though his ignorant tinkering with the Depression that his party caused, lasted for an unprecedented dozen years.

During this election season I have seen libertarians nostalgically praising Harry Browne, despite the well-documented financial irregularities of his campaigns. "But he wrote How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World, and changed my life." I hear them say. Somewhere around here, I used to have a document with the names of the couple who ghost-wrote that book for Harry, and if I ever find it again, I will publish it here.

You may recall that I endorsed computer-innovator John McAfee for nomination by the Libertarian Party. John seemed to me like a nice enough fellow, and an adventurer who had personally fought authoritarianism (naked, with a .357 in his hand), possessing a genuine regard for individual liberty. I have since heard that he doesn't have much "formal" education in the philosophy of freedom (he doesn't know who Murray Rothbard was, for shame!). I sincerely commend to his attention -- and that of his associates -- my book, Down With Power, "the 'official' platform of the real Libertarian Party". If he reads that, he will then know vastly more about libertarianism than any presidential candidate that the party has ever fielded -- except, possibly, for Dr. John Hospers. Gary Johnson was physically handed a copy and he appears to have ignored it.

And that's my general advice for everyone within the range of my "voice". Whether or not you believe the LP, being torn to shreds from the inside today by the white, middle class equivalent of "Black Lives Matter", is worth saving, a better education in libertarianism is a good thing. I have spent 49 years acquiring it. I'd like to think I am passing it on. My publisher would like it, too, as the book isn't doing well at present.

I urgently abjure you (look it up): rebuild the Libertarian Party -- or create an entirely new Libertarian Party -- working along genuinely and strictly libertarian lines, and you will surely surprise yourself by electing a President within perhaps only a dozen years.

Just make sure that he or she is a real libertarian.

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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