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L. Neil Smith's
Number 787, September 7, 2014

Obama sucks at being a dictator.
FDR would be ashamed of him.

Attribute to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise

Ever wonder why cats torment their prey before they kill and eat it? Turns out cats fight a lot among themselves and have a reasonably strong inhibition against killing each other. Often this means that they have to "psyche" themselves up to killing their prey by torturing it.

Humans hate for the same reason, to overcome their normal and sane inhibition against murdering each other. This is a good thing, as it prevents most people from up and killing random strangers for the fun of it.

However, it also means that people will work themselves into a state of mind where they can not carry on thoughtful and intelligent debate and discussion of their differences. It causes people to demonize their opponents and enemies, define them as subhumans whose rights are unworthy of respect and consideration. It creates excuses for violating the Zero Aggression Principle. It excuses tyranny.

The enemies of liberty rely on hatred to justify their violation of rights, to keep their opponents turned against each other so that we do not strip them of the power they love so dearly.

Be wary of those who try to teach you hate, as they are trying to teach you to support tyranny.

The above was engendered by seeing how hoplophobes caricature "gun nuts' in cartoons. Sadly, talking to people who oppose gun ownership often indicates they accept these caricatures as fact. They have been brainwashed into never being able to sit down and reason with those of us who value the right to keep and bear arms. This bigotry extends to other issues.

We were called paranoid wing nuts for calling the ATF and other paramilitary cops "jack booted thugs", even turned on by at least one politician who got elected on our votes. Until Ferguson.

We were ignored and mocked for complaining about the overmilitarization of police forces. Until Ferguson.

They called us paranoid and crazy for complaining about abusive surveillance. Until Manning and Snowden spoke up.

Burt Gummer is a caricature of the right wing paranoid gun nut. Yet in the end his friend has to say "I don't think you're paranoid, Burt. I used to, but not no more." It's time our opponents admit they've had to say that too many times.

And it matters that we learn to not hate our enemies, lest we be suckered into supporting acts of tyranny to "get" them.

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