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Longing for Dictatorship

August 28, 2008 by

It is often said that there is not a dime’s worth of difference between the parties, but there is little reflection on what precisely they have in common. It comes down to a love of some version of dictatorship, of which they believe they will be the administrators. Watch the conventions with an eye to what the political class wants to do for you. Everything they promise has a flip side of what they want to do to you. And the power to do these things has to come from the violence of the state, and using that violence requires a form of total control over government and society. FULL ARTICLE

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R. Betrian August 29, 2008 at 6:40 am

A very powerful message that probably will never reach indoctrinated citizens. The ‘democratic dictators’ have sistematically molded most in society to believe the utopia they sell.

fundamentalist August 29, 2008 at 9:04 am

I couldn’t agree more! I do see a slight difference between the two parties. Democrats don’t pretend to be anything but socialists. Republicans pretend to be for liberty then act like socialists. The Democrats are more honest.

flix August 29, 2008 at 10:17 am

fundamentalist,
the same argument could be made in the context of foreign policy with roles reversed…

fundamentalist August 29, 2008 at 11:03 am

Good point, flix!

Brad August 29, 2008 at 11:33 am

I ignore the conventions. I have become so jaded that watching such only angers me with no outlet.

What I still observe, with some anger and some sadness, is just how the lemmings follow so willingly, and with rapt attention.

We can rip those who chose to rule, or to at least attempt to, either for their own profit or out of some form of grandiose schizephrenia, but the People ultimately get the government they deserve. The vast majority of those who bother to vote are sucked up into this 1984ish “struggle” between the two parties.

The libertarian mission is either to revolt against the elected thugs, or endeavor to reach the most people with the message to have them leave the two-party system.

Maybe the borderline between one and the other is some line across which composite taxes cross (for me, currently, at 45% and will not tolerate 60+%). Willing to use peaceful persuasion until the theft is so great that no other option is available than liberty or death.

Too dramatic? I can only compute that a nation with a $54 TRILLION accrual basis debt which has a segment pushing for even more unfunded entitlements, can only go one of two directions – toward a free society illustrated in the article or toward a society we have seen in Russia or Germany – the “soft” socialism with “tolerant dictators” can no longer exist. We either become freer, or we have jackbooted masters. The fight for freedom can be peaceful. The fight toward the jackboots cannot.

I Hate Taxes August 29, 2008 at 11:46 am

Must not Liberty be kept moist over time by the blood of both tyrants and patriots ? The last time we “watered” liberty in America was about 230 years ago. I think Liberty is dangerously running dry in this country and needs another dose of blood.

Therefore, I honestly think that people fed up paying their taxes and losing their individual freedoms should take arms, form an armed militia and fight for freedom.

Mao said that political power grows at the end of a barrel.

Libertarians should not be shy of using force and violence to obtain what they want. After all, violence works for the government in getting them what they want, it should work for us also.

I think we are way overdue for another civil war.

I honestly believe in live free or die.

David Spellman August 29, 2008 at 12:05 pm

If you want a civil war, you might get your wish in a few years. America is roughly evenly divided into two opposing camps, and the hysteria of true believers is building by the year.

Those still capable of cogent thought can step back and wonder what impels people to line up on either side of specious political and social divisions, but the teaming masses seem quite able to make up their minds where they stand. The atmosphere of conflict hardens fools into rash but devoted action, and that is the stuff of war.

A civil war would be horribly uneconomical and inconvenient. But at least I might not have to go to work every day. And it might be fun to destroy a few institutional symbols and facilities of the State. Totalitarianism is terribly boring, and civil collapse might breath new life into, well, life.

I guess I really am an anarchist.

magnus August 29, 2008 at 12:28 pm

The next “civil war” will be fought against a bureaucratic, technology-based police state under a martial law control grid.

The days of armies of full- and part-time soldiers shooting at each other on the field of battle are over.

Brent August 29, 2008 at 12:57 pm

If there is ever another civil war here, libertarians need to get the **** out of the way. It will be, like it almost always is, two sides warring against each other for who ought to be dictator of all.

George August 31, 2008 at 7:51 pm

the current system is unstable ether we become like the nazi’s,commie’s, islamist’s, or we are free. the threat of the first two come frome within the last from without but the end result is the same all disedence is crushed and mass graves in the streets.

nick gray September 1, 2008 at 2:22 am

I think that Libertarians can do most good at the grass-roots level. Take over a local county somewhere, and liberate the local wage-slaves from excessive amounts of red tape! Keep the road rules simple! Then, you can take over the next county, and the next, etc. The State should fall next, then you can abolish Washington!
It’s not as simple as it sounds, but it would be a libertarian program!

Jimmy September 1, 2008 at 8:43 am

Forming militias and attacking the government will only legitimize and strengthen it. Example: If you shot out government security cameras, then the government would respond by installing two armored cameras in place of each camera you destroyed. [They couldn't get enough funding before, but now we have a security camera crisis.]

The reason that a second revolutionary war is not advisable is that libertarians will be labeled as insurgents, terrorists, and evil-doers. Libertarians will become the reason that the state needs to expand in order to keep its’ citizens safe.

We should look for solutions at the root of the problem and not run around doing things that legitimize the need for a state. Long term, global solutions involve changing the way people think through education. Long term, individual solutions involve increasing your own security and your ability to defend your freedom on your own property in ways that don’t get you killed.

You only have as much liberty and property as you can defend. Increasing your own personal security reduces the governments arguement that you are not safe.

Don’t feed the state.

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