Archive for December, 2019

“Treason doth never prosper: what ’s the reason?

December 21, 2019

“Treason doth never prosper: what ’s the reason?
Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.”

― John Harrington

Why None Dare Call it Treason

December 21, 2019

“Treason doth never prosper: what ’s the reason?
Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.”

Zero Aggression Principle

December 1, 2019

Who is a libertarian?

Zero Aggression Principle (“Zap”)

“Zero Aggression Principle”:

A libertarian is a person who believes that no one has the right, under any circumstances, to initiate force against another human being for any reason whatever; nor will a libertarian advocate the initiation of force, or delegate it to anyone else.

Those who act consistently with this principle are libertarians, whether they realize it or not. Those who fail to act consistently with it are not libertarians, regardless of what they may claim.
— L. Neil Smith

Formerly called the “Non-Aggression Principle”, or “NAP”


Murder by Gun Control

December 1, 2019

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Murder by Gun Control
By L. Neil Smith

Why is everybody being so damned polite?

No sane individual living in the last days of the 20th century would knowingly welcome Nazis, the KGB, the Khmer Rouge, the ATF, or the FBI into their homes. We’ve learned too much from what happened to Jews in Germany, Kulaks in Russia, “landlords” in China, everybody in Cambodia, and victims of state terrorism at Ruby Ridge and Waco.

But let the Jackbooted Thugs’ Ladies’ Auxiliary slap on makeup and broomstick skirts, let them prattle in squeaky little girl voices and breathe their vegetarian breath all over us, and for some reason we think we have to ask them in and offer them chamomile tea.

Well, to hell with that. I used to give a lecture at the local university that began like this: “Until this morning you could plead ignorance for positions you take or fail to take on the moral and political issues of the day. When you leave this classroom an hour from now, having heard the facts I’m about to present, it’ll either be as a brand new libertarian, or as a fully self-aware fascist monster.”

Today I say the same to politicians, bureaucrats, trigger happy cops, Handgun Control, Inc., Colorado Governor Bill Owens, and those so miserably lacking in originality that they had to plagiarize Louis Farrakan (of all people) and launch a “Million Moms March”. Also, anybody else who thinks it’s morally acceptable to use the hired guns of government to take everybody else’s guns away.

Gun control may have felt like a nice, warm, fuzzy idea to its advocates back in the 1960s. However today, owing to a great deal of serious legal and historical scholarship — and a series of horrifying but highly educational events — anyone who wishes to violate the fundamental covenant on which this nation is based, by attempting to outlaw personal weapons, has to get past three extremely inconvenient but absolutely incontrovertible facts.

(1) Every year, in this nation of more than a quarter billion individuals, a few thousand (three quarters of them suicides) are killed with firearms, while millions of Americans successfully use personal weapons to save themselves and others from injury or death. Guns save many, many times more lives than they take.

(2) In every jurisdiction that has made it even microscopically easier for individuals to carry weapons, violent crime rates have plummeted by double-digit percentages. Vermont, where no permission of any kind is required to carry a gun, is named in many respectable surveys as the safest state to live in.

(3) More telling and urgent, every episode of genocidal mass murder in history has been preceded by a period of intense disarming of the civil population, usually with “public safety” or “national security” as an excuse. According to Amnesty International — hardly a gang of right wing crazies — in the 20th century alone (in events entirely separate from war), governments have slaughtered more than a hundred million people, usually their own citizens.

The U.S. is far from immune. Look up “Operation Keelhaul”.

Clearly, if those millions had been armed, they couldn’t have been murdered by their own governments. And if the governments hadn’t known where all the weapons were and who possessed them, the people couldn’t have been disarmed. It follows, then, that no amount of gun control — especially “soft” measures like registering guns or gun owners — is reasonable or safe. Those who tremble at the idea of personal weapons — “hoplophobes” is the diagnostic term — are fond of saying that guns are made for only one purpose. Well, gun control serves only one purpose, too — the incapacitation and extermination of whole peoples.

That’s why we call it by its right name: “victim disarmament”.

If you think it can’t happen here, ask Donald Scott (look him up, too). Ask Vicky and Sammy Weaver. Ask 82 innocent men, women, and children (two dozen beautiful, harmless, helpless little children) from the Seventh Day Adventist church at Mount Carmel near Waco, Texas. Oops, you can’t ask them, can you? Because they’re all dead