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THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 25, April 1, 1997
The Serbian Mirror
By L. Neil Smith
Exclusive to The Libertarian Enterprise
It's fascinating -- and revealing.
Good, correctly-thinking socialists -- of the variety that prefer
to call themselves "liberals" -- hate, loathe, despise, and revile
the Serbian warlord Slobodan Milosovich almost as if he were ...
well, Newt Gingrich. The man is a butchering, gory-handed
mass-murderer, they'll tell anyone who'll listen, a monster who must
be put on trial before the world for his many crimes against
Then why, I reply, haven't you been after the UN to arrest and
try Bill Clinton?
Listen to them caterwauling. The plain, unmistakable fact is
that they don't give a damn how many real, live individuals
Milosovich has eighty-sixed, or how terribly the survivors suffer
under his heel. Again I say, listen to them. They're hardly aware
of his victims as anything but numbers that suit the convenience of
their agenda -- and calculatedly heartwrenching TV images that
accomplish the same purpose. It's just another of their toy causes,
in the self-righteous pursuit of which, ironically, they're fully as
content to rape, loot, pillage, torture, and murder to get their way
as Milosovich ever was.
As long as somebody else pulls the trigger.
And somebody else puts up the money.
Be that as it may, the third most important thing you can ever
learn about the socialists who call themselves "liberals" is that
they're cheerfully willing to see millions die a horrible death over
matters that they themselves consider trivial. This is so important
to understand that I'm going to repeat it: the socialists who call
themselves "liberals" are cheerfully willing to see millions die a
horrible death over matters that they themselves consider trivial.
Why? Because their attitude, fundamentally, is that of a
nasty-tempered two-year-old who will throw himself down on the floor,
hammer it with his hands and feet, and hold his breath until he turns
blue if he doesn't get his way in even the smallest, least important
thing. Or, more accurately, their attitude is that of people
suffering from a form of mental illness that causes them to
recapitulate the infantile outlook and behavior of a nasty-tempered
I can't think of a better example than (blessedly) former
Congresscreature Pat Schroeder, who's accepted presidency of
something called the Association of American Publishers to further
her interest in "protecting intellectual property rights". High
ambition, for a woman who's demonstrated over the past
quarter-century that she has no intellect, and doesn't believe in
property. (My wife Cathy observes that the only time socialists care
about intellectual property rights is when they intend to use them as
an excuse to suppress free speech.)
The first most important thing you can ever learn about
socialists who call themselves "liberals" is that everything they do
is motivated by a self- hatred so profound that it approaches
psychosis. The second most important thing is that everything they
accuse others of -- racism, sexism, elitism, hundreds of other "isms"
-- they are, first and foremost, massively guilty of themselves.
Knowing all of this about them, we are now in a better position
to examine that historical event which best typifies the attitudes
and behavior of the socialists who call themselves "liberals", and
represents the moral high-water mark of their influence on American
politics: the massacre of the Branch Davidians.
Aboive all, the Branch Davidians' crime is that they resisted the
Will of the Collective (see "nasty-tempered two-year-old", above).
Human beings are individualists by nature, who don't "play well in
groups". The collective Intelligence Quotient of any group is the
IQ of the brightest person in the group divided by the number of
its members, and produces "reasoning" like this:
"It's no fair! I don't care what your rotten ol' Constytooshan
says, those Davidians are playing 'the Religious Gamne' by different
rules than we're used to, which makes them sick and weird!" Ask the
Huguenots, the medieval Spanish Jews, or 20th century German Jews how
that one usually turns out.
"It's no fair! I don't care what your rotten ol' Constytooshan
says, those Davidians have too many nifty war toys!" In fact, the
Branch Davidians possesed fewer weapons, per capita, than the average
Texas family, but what nasty-tempered two-year-old, throwing a
jealous temper-tantrum, ever pays any attention to the facts (or, for
that matter, even to the laws of physics)? "We can't let those bad
old Branch Davidians have as many nifty war toys as we do!"
Worst of all, of course -- although I seriously doubt that their
enemies were capable of analyzing something like this at a conscious
level -- the Branch Davidians were a collective unto themselves that
was ignoring the will of the "greater" collective, compounding all of
the other reasons they had to die.
The psychological bottom line is that the socialists who call
themselves "liberals" see themselves in Slobodon Milosovich, and
they fear that others will see them in him, as well. Which is why,
at any cost, Milosovich must be discredited and destroyed in a manner
that will associate him, not with them, but with those they believe
to be their political opposites, the World War II Nazis.
Too bad all the helmets, tanks, and poison gas in Waco tell a
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