THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 728, July 7, 2013
"Obama doesn't seem to have learned
the most important lesson of our
times: never fuck with the geeks."
Special to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise
No, that's not Abe Lincoln, there, though it does look a lot like him, don't you think? It's the hired gun, Daisuke Jigen. They really have a lot in common, both apparently having learned their trade in the nasty streets of Chicago, the main difference being that Jigen does his own killing and doesn't pretend to any kind of moral superiority or any of that "four score and seven" blather. But that comparison is just a hangup of mine. And this isn't just about Abe Lincoln, but about the Civil War. They're hard to separate, though. I never could get into the Lincoln cult, and for whatever reasons I've always thought of Lincoln as a politician, not a demigod, and despite Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman and Steven Spielberg, I see no reason to change my mind. Why is the guy who almost destroyed the Union thought of as the guy who preserved it? The Brits couldn't break us, but Abe Lincoln almost did. We had a hellish stupid four-year war that killed seven hundred thousand Americans and we're perversely proud of it and we deify the clumsy politician who caused it. Well, I'm starting to rant. Let me hand the baton to the cooler-headed Steve Sailer, who can point out the madness of the Civil War and its aftermath in a much more measured way. For example, he writes:
Ouch! Not much "Oh, Captain, my Captain" there. I've always felt that Douglas and Seward and Buchanan and Davis and Lee and even Grant were metaphorically bigger men than Lincoln anyway. Steve Sailer is really on a roll with this one. Read the whole thing HERE. Whoa! He just did ANOTHER POST ON THE SUBJECT.