L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 55, September 15, 1999
Fire Still Burning
Now You See the Violence Inherent to the System
by Jonathan Taylor
Exclusive to The Libertarian Enterprise
You have to love college. At least, I do. Never in your life will you
come across such a diverse group of people, most of whom are idiots.
The lid blowing on the whole Waco fiasco has been all the talk
amongst our campus political discussion group. Someone actually had
the temerity -- or the idiocy, I'm not sure which -- to say that
genocide could never happen in America, after I asserted that was
what Waco was.
Now, the fact that I am a Wiccan becomes important here. As a
religion, we still remember the period of the inquisition with
similar feelings as Jews thinking about Egypt. And, as you will
recall, part of those burnings took place here, in a town called
Salem. (I would like to point out that while a high percentage of the
population of Wiccans in existence were killed or driven underground,
a relatively low percentage of those killed were "witches", and this
holds true in Salem as well as in Europe) I will avoid getting on the
Wiccan soap box, and raving about everyone to this day
thinking we're a bunch of Satanists and sacrificers of babies, as
that is another article for another issue. What is relevant, is try
walking around -- not hundreds of years ago, but today -- with a
pentacle around your neck, and telling people "I'm a witch" -- and
pay careful attention to the looks of disgust and hatred you get.
Then tell me religious genocide isn't possible in America.
Alternately, try being a Native American, about 140 years ago.
There's proof that a lack of adequate firepower causes genocide, if
ever I saw it. Outnumbered, and virtually UNgunned, Native American
tribes still won a number of battles against the US Cavalry. Little
Big Horn and "Red Cloud's War" spring to mind, there. The US Cavalry
was remarkably effective at exterminating camps filled with women and
children, but generally botched most everything else. Imagine if the
Native Americans all had Sharps Carbines, or even all had
rifles, and a few 12 pounder smoothbores. The outcome of that
little sortie into American Genocide might have been very different.
Would genocide against those of African descent have been impossible
100 or even 80 years ago? The KKK -- America's version of the SS,
just not state sanctioned -- would tend to disagree with my college
friend here. They made a remarkable effort to kill off blacks in the
south, around that time period, tapering off as it was driven
underground toward the civil rights movement in the 60s. Note what
happened to a bunch of people who spoke out for equal rights then.
There is, however, one thing to consider. Genocide is by no means
impossible in America. All it takes is a government willing to
sanction it. The average Native American had done nothing to harm the
average goober living in East Rutherford, New Jersey, during the
1800s, and yet, the vast majority of the public supported the
government's campaign of extermination. To my mind, this is simply
because they were made "Public Enemy Number One". With a government
propaganda machine turned against people, it can become a struggle
not to succumb to an image of "those people" as baby-eating enemies
of the state.
This is most relevant in looking at Nazi Germany and the United
States. The average German schmo hated the Jews (if, in fact, he did
-- many did not) because the government blamed them for the loss
after the first world war. The Jews hadn't hurt the average German
any more than the Indians hurt the average American, until the
government propaganda machine churned out hatred saying that they
had. In Nazi Germany, this was all for a simple reason -- das Reich
needed an enemy. The lesson learned seems to be that "Everybody" is
not a particularly wise choice of enemy -- it tends to lead to being
overwhelmed. So, Americans, having learned this lesson, have set
their sights smaller. Who's being blamed for the troubles in America?
Gun owners, "militia groups", "cultists".
Genocide is possible in America, history has proved it, and the demon
is scrawling on the wall again. We, as political dissidents, as those
who choose to exercise our fundamental rights, the rights guaranteed
us by the Constitution, are being demonized, we are having the
culture turned against us, so that if large numbers of us are killed,
no one will care. Just as happened at Waco -- which should have
outraged this college idiot, just as the Holocaust outrages all
people of conscience. Just as happened to the Native Americans, the
Jews in Germany, and millions of people, all over the world, during
the witch trials. Folks, when you become the enemy, and you see that
sense of disgust on the news anchor's face when he talks about you
(or the face of the random person who happens to find out you’re a
witch), you should rightly be afraid, because along with being
outgunned, simply being hated is the best way to get large groups of
people killed in America.
Is it possible that all these 'revelations' about Waco are being
deliberately injected into the population by the government to
create a hostile citizenry, so that the government can, in turn, use
that hostility as an excuse to crack down on 'subversion'?
Or am I just being paranoid? -- ed.
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