THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 486, September 28, 2008
"We ought to show that we are serious about liberty."
Attribute to The Libertarian Enterprise
Admit it. You cheered when the soldiers confined self important political leaders in various movies. You clapped and laughed when the bad guys were subjected to full body searches, including those involving KY jelly.
Don't deny it. You want the government to control the price of oil, finance retooling Detroit to build fuel efficient vehicles (The same people who were handed fuel cell, hybrid, and other fuel saving technologies back in '93 and disregarded them for over a decade.) and save people from losing their houses.
'Fess up. You're hoping that the seven hundred billion bail out of Wall Street works (disclaimer: I put fifty bucks a month into an AIG annuity. I don't lose that much if they go under, I benefit if their rescue succeeds.).
Since the New Deal, if not earlier, the US has depended on the USG to bail out the economy. We're frustrated by criminals in and out of government "getting away with it" and we want to see them get their comeuppance.
The government and the men who pull its strings creates a mess, the media raises a hue and cry that something must be done, and then the government jumps in with a solution that only costs us a right we weren't using anyhow. Even the most ardent libertarian is tempted to accept the idea of letting Uncle Sam solve it all. We've been brainwashed long enough, what did you expect?
Years of propaganda have created a situation where it takes a conscious act of will to reject the tyrants' lies and the paradigm it creates. I can't criticize those who fall for the myths, I took the King's Penny long ago. That said, I feel you should be warned not to fall for monetary and emotional rewards that cost you more in liberty than they are worth.
By the way, you do know that if they had wanted to, American car makers could have had hybrid SUV's available since the mid nineties and knew that demand for oil was rising? Or that people saw the housing crunch coming for years? Why didn't we spend that time creating nonstate dependent solutions to the problems we saw coming?
Why don't we start now?