L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 56, September 30, 1999
SchützStaffel, Life in the Ghettos
by Scott Graves
Special to TLE
Imagine this thirty second spot for a new show, most likely on NBC, a
sure fire ratings grabber in the current entertainment climate.
"These are the stories of the Berlin SchützStaffel, brave men who
patrol the ghettos to keep the Jews in their place, and the streets
safe for good Germans to live their lives in peace." Images of SS
troopers goose-stepping their way through the Jewish ghettos,
rounding up Jews and dragging them downtown for "questioning" and
processing for the camps.
On tonight's episode of "SchützStaffel, Life in the Ghettos"
Untersturmführer Karl Ubermench and his partner Oberscharführer Klaus
Reiber, are looking for the murderer of Kyle Glocken, businessman and
loyal Nazi Party member. Searching through the ghetto for the killer,
knowing that only a filthy jew would kill such a fine upstanding
German citizen. Tune in and cheer our heroes as they enforce the will
of the Führer.
The outcry would be enormous, even the ACLU would want it off the
air. The station would be boycotted, their advertisers would bolt,
their employees would be stalked by all sorts of angry citizens, and
the writers would be strung up from the nearest lampposts. But, when
we have the same type of misinformation oozing from the television
about our own local SchutzStaffel we not only accept it, but watch
religiously. Cop-u-dramas are all over the television, any time of
day you can find some persons Constitutional Rights being violated.
What is so bad about these shows? Perhaps the reason why we are
creeping toward a totalitarian state is because people think that
these cop-u-dramas are a realistic representation of the police, the
cops on those shows may as well carry laser pistols so you can tell
at a glance that its all fiction. After all, since we don't learn
about how the government really works and what limits are in place by
going to school or watching the news, all that's left to fill that
void of information are dramas that have the appearance of reality.
Of course television doesn't brainwash people, were that the case
advertising would guaranty success in the market. What television
does do is confirm ideas that people already have and give a flavor
of respectability to certain concepts, especially when those ideas
are not countered anywhere else. Given a few years of careful
placement in the right sitcoms, human sacrifice could be seen as
acceptable by a majority of people. So what ideas are confirmed and
what concepts are flavored by cop shows?
Well, for starters the idea of 'insta-justice', where all of the
problems are solved by the selfless cops in one hour. How about
finding out the guilty party? Just look for whoever doesn't cooperate
with the nice policemen. The guy who cries out for a lawyer or talks
about his rights as a citizen is the guy who will get executed while
trying to escape. Add to this the complaints the minority groups give
every time the cop shows portray their members in a poor light, the
only thing left for the writers to show are white guys. This does
simplify things for them, just go after militia types. Now those are
some white guys who know their rights, the perfect politically
When "Joe Six-pack" sees the cops on TV strong arm a suspect, in
absence of other evidence, he is persuaded into believing that police
are able to do that legally. When the TV cops break the rules, battle
the courts and oppose the lawyers to get a murderer in to jail, and
then are looked into by Internal Affairs, the viewer gets the idea
that cops should be left alone to get the bad guys. Especially when
the concept of, "Heroic cops battle all odds to get the bad guy.", is
repeated over and over again. We wonder why there is no uproar over
Waco. Good old Joe Six-pack figures the cops were "gettin the bad
guys" and "that silly old Constitution and Posse Whatever law got in
We can look forward to more of the same programmed indifference from
the average American toward the evils of their government, as long as
the only education the public receives in police procedures is from
the idiot box. Now I don't favor censorship, but perhaps instead of
putting all our energy into fighting the politicos and bureaucrats we
should send some hate mail to the advertisers on these cop shows.
After all, Hitler didn't order most of the "social reforms" in
Germany, his propaganda machine persuaded the population to
spontaneously burn books and turn in "enemies of the state". What
will our own propaganda machine persuade Joe Six-pack to do?
Scott Paul Graves e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
President and CEO of Lawyers Guns and Money Ltd.
Hyde In Plain Sight
Hyde offers gun-control compromise
Assault weapon possession by minors would be illegal
September 22, 1999
Web posted at: 12:18 a.m. EDT (0418 GMT)
From congressional correspondent Bob Franken
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Top congressional aides tell CNN that House
Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde (R-Illinois), is circulating
a compromise gun-control proposal that would set up a system of
background checks for sales at gun shows. ...
Under Hyde's two-tiered plan, anyone who buys a weapon at gun shows
would have to wait for a 24-hour background check. If that check was
not completed after 24 hours, the period would be extended to three
days. Hyde describes a "gun show" as an event involving five or more
gun merchants. ...
Hyde's proposal also imposes a ban on the import of large ammunition
clips, and a requirement that child-safety devices be sold with
handguns. It also would ban the sale of handguns to anyone convicted,
as a juvenile, of a gun-related felony. Possession of assault weapons
by minors would be illegal. ...
One Of The Butts Sisters
Tom Foreman, ABC News: "Still, with so much killing a basic question
remains. Why can't gun supporters and gun opponents find any middle
ground to address these problems?"
Bob Norman, gun show promoter: "Because I think history has shown
that the gun grabbers want to grab the guns, all guns."
Nina Butts, Texans Against Gun Violence: "My experience is that they
are unbelievably rigid and unwilling to compromise and that they
cannot be trusted."
to advance to the next article, or
to return to the previous article, or
Table of Contents
to return to The Libertarian Enterprise, Number 56, September 30, 1999.