L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 52, July 31, 1999
Resistance is Futile
by Jonathan Taylor
Exclusive to The Libertarian Enterprise
It's always a good practice to put yourself in the place of your
enemies. In most cases, placing yourself into an adversary's shoes
can lend you insight into not only hiS next move, but also the
reasons behind it, and the means by which it shall be made possible.
Someone gifted at this tactic can often figure out the means, motive,
and move of an opponent before they know it themselves, or at least
Trying to put myself into the position of the fascists currently
running our government scares me far more than anything they actually
And what a vicious cycle it is. The steps are so incremental, so
seemingly harmless, that no one becomes afraid of them. It is only
when we sit down and examine where these steps actually lead that we
become afraid. (A noted exception should be made for those people
who know what these signs are, and are afraid from the first sign of
the camel's nose.) The less vicious the steps seem to be, the more
insidious I assume that they actually are. The less it seems I
should be afraid, the more I actually am.
I will not claim to have an exact grasp on why these things are being
done. I can make a few educated guesses -- the purely selfish, the
statist ... nope, that's about it. And purely selfish seems to me
to be stretching a bit, considering this slide towards statism in
America has been operating for nearly 140 years, as near as I can
reckon. Possibly more.
Neither will I claim to know exactly what path the progress towards
statism will take over the next year, the next ten, or even the next
one hundred. Sometimes knowing simply that you're heading south is
more important than whether you take the left path or the right to
get there. For a less sarcastic analogy, consider a chess game.
Often times, there are multiple ways to achieve checkmate in the same
number of moves. The path chosen is important, but not as important
as the end reached.
One thing I can foresee very clearly, however, is the end to which
all this is heading. The fascists picked the wrong country. There
is a limit, a point at which no more incrementalism will be
tolerated, no more erosion, no further infringements nodded at and
shrugged off. And all this buildup? All this careful sneaking the
government has done, the slow and silent buildup to a totalitarian
regime? All this will have served to do is create a large group of
people just like me.
There is a large constituency, which grows larger every passing day,
with every move made toward tyranny, which will accept no compromises
because they see what compromising for this long has done. The
government has shown us their worst weapon - the slow erosion of a
culture of freedom, the incremental decline of our Constitution.
They have reached their peak - consider this: how many people have
you heard of who were lifelong libertarians, and then decided to
become flunkies for the republocrats?
Compare that number to the new converts to our cause - and if you
doubt that they exist, check the "Draft L. Neil Smith" petition.
Look at the number of comments indicating the person was a
republocrat, but supports Neil for president. Every day, more and
more people wise up to what the government has been trying to
perpetrate. Every day, their strength continues to decline as more
and more people decide they are tired of watching their rights stolen
away in the night.
They're losing. And you know what? The simple fact that they are
losing, the fact that they have created a growing constituency of
people who will no longer quietly abide their tricks, the fact that
they've undermined culture, demonized anyone who opposes them, burned
and shot people as examples, threatened, bullied, stolen, and
generally tried everything within their power to make America the
type of state where this is commonplace -- the fact that they've done
all this, and haven't succeeded, scares me the most.
We -- that core of opposition that only grows in number every day --
may win in the end, but I fear greatly for what the last gasp of this
demon will bring. Any animal ever made fights harder when cornered,
enraged, and injured, and I fear the unholy beast of statism is
feeling the bricks at its back. It is ironic, but true -- in these
days and years to come, as the tide continues to slide our way, we
must fight harder than ever. Whether this, the last act of a
desperate man (or even the first act of Henry the Fifth), will
overcome us is entirely in our own hands, for the very enemy we all
despise has created among us the will and the knowledge to win.
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