THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 878, June 26, 2016
No king! No queen! No lord! No master!
We will not be fooled again!
Attribute to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise
When I was a kid in the late 1950s, European governments, suffering from the usual stultifying effects of fat-cat socialist taxation and regulation, were already doing their best to congeal. An early forerunner to the European Union was the European Common Market. When I first heard of it, I said, "Oh, the people of Europe are pooling their incompetence."
I have often said "There's never any good political news" Once in a great while, it's pleasant to be wrong. If you believe in such things, there are a lot of souls at rest in Britain tonight, Unless you've been living under your own doormat, you know that our English cousins have voted to pull the ripcord on that vile, collectivist snakepit called the European Union. I am slightly disappointed (but not surprised) to learn that Scotland, the City of London. and Northern Ireland voted to remain in the International League of Scumsuckers. Now they're blathering about seceding from Jolly Old.
As a result, the troubled spirits of Good King Arthur, Richard the Lionheart, Robin Hood, and the Reverend Christopher Syn, better known as "The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh" can finally stop spinning in their graves, after 23 long, horrible years of Belgians telling Brits what size of tomatoes to grow—or else. Ironically, the historic vote occurred on the 23rd day of the 5th month. How splendidly Discordian.
Dr. Sean Gabb, my best friend over in Old Blighty, proudly announced yesterday on Facebook that he had voted for Brexit, the name given to the out-of-Europe experience. He has done far more than I've ever been able to to advance the cause of liberty. I intend to write to him, congratulate him and his people warmly, and point out to him that he has joined the august ranks of William Tell, George Washington, Jefferson Davis, and Ho Chi Minh.
The next task for him and his comrades is to destroy the evil laws that keep English yeomen from properly arming themselves, restoring the noble tradition of 1000 years, and removing 99.99 percent of the damage done by years of promiscuous immigration without having to round up and deport anyone. The next task for us Americans, as somebody pointed out on Facebook last night, is UNexit—much to be desired—and my own personal favorite, TEXit. If the Lone Star Republic should require an elder statesman-philosopher to fill the role (if not the boots) of President Sam Houston, then I'm your huckleberry.
Unless Michael Badnarik beats me to it.
I have argued for some years and at some length the we are living at the end of the Age of Authority. Compare the knee-jerk regard that people once had for the horrible Eleanor Roosevelt with their more realistic attitude toward the even more horrible Hillary Clinton. It would appear that we are necessarily also living in the Age of Secession. The Balkanization of the world. If the myriad of new political entities that evolve from the current mess of overweening, overbearing super-states follows the right examples—those of Switzerland and suburban America—it could well be the beginning of an era of peace, freedom, progress, and prosperity.
Which is all I was ever on about.
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