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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
fenris@sprynet.com

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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