A passionate appeal to fellow Libertarians
Roughly 2005 while I was embarked on the Free State journey in New Hampshire an agorist disciple/leader and international philosophical man of intrigue, Jack Shimek, commented to me, “The Libertarian Party has set the cause of liberty back decades.” Actually, I think he said generations.
Naturally, being a longtime, if occasionally backslid, Libertarian, I resisted his assertion.
Note: The convention for denoting a Libertarian Party member or supporter is to call such a person a Libertarian, which the initial capital letter ‘L’. A generic advocate of liberty—who may be an LP member or not—is referred to without the initial cap, i.e. libertarian.
But I knew where he was coming from: Mainly that at a time in the early 1970s when liberty-loving youth should have been out at the barricades leading the antiwar movement (the anti-fascist-state movement) we had been tricked in large numbers into the safer routines of holding dinner meetings, running conventions, and learning Roberts Rules of Order.
The so-called Partyarchs, many from a conservative or right-wing orientation, had created a political party that many of the libertarian left regarded as selling out to the state.
As usual, however, snap ideological judgments and assertions of one institution/movement or another are easy to make, and usually oversimplifications. Perhaps the best sober analysis of the LP in the early days, its prospects and value vis a vis the ‘nonconstructive’ anarchists, as I like to call them, lies in Murray Rothbard’s incisive article “Konkin on Libertarian Strategy.”
The fact is that the LP with all its shortcomings—even granting its creation as a sandbox party serving the Cabal—does represent a distinct positive statement of an alternative view of politics based on the nonaggression principle. It is the sole, true alternative party in America. If Libertarians became the majority in Congress today, tomorrow the sun would surely rise on the New Paradigm.
Unfortunately, as the LP stands as of this five minutes, it is only negligibly less completely unsuccessful than any of the other non-duopoly parties. And will remain so unless it dramatically changes its “how” of doing business by basically recognizing reality and incorporating two key strategic tools that neither Rothbard nor any of the others have appreciated.
Not letting the cat out of the bag just yet.
This preface concerns the context and structure of the book. By context I mean mainly the historical setting of libertarian and Libertarian political action we take or intend to take.
In the earlier days of the LP, before 9/11/2001 in particular, it was possible, even reasonable, to look at the US federal government as a electorally modifiable institution. And at the same time to view other established American institutions—such as the media or public service watchdog agencies—as potential allies of the people in remedying federal corruption or criminality.
Those days are gone. Absolutely.
The modern American context of libertarian or any remediating real-person-citizen political action is becoming the same sort of environment the Palestinians of all ethnicities and faiths face in the garrison state of Zionist Israel. Like the Palestinians we are becoming subjects—prisoners inside walled (exterior and interior) borders—of a brutalizing, occupying military-police force.
Poked, prodded, X-rayed, groped, strip-searched, humiliated, caged, told where we can go, where we can’t go, pepper sprayed or assassinated if we step out of line. Thanking our lucky stars to avoid torture. The federales are everywhere, watching everyone. Ask Ed Snowden.
Terrorism, of course.
And what does the average obedient American receive in return for all the abuse?
A mesmerizing HDTV on every corner—bars, restaurants, filling stations, hospital waiting rooms—pushing drugs, sex, cars, junk food, and expensive vacations at posh resorts. Flying the Red, White, and Blue, while periodically saluting the troops who keep us warm and safe in our beds at night… except when the nieghborhood SWAT team pays you a call.
Amerika, Inc. Can’t go home without it.
The solid contextual political fact is we average Joes and Janes reside firmly in the new era of US federal high crimes and routine terror directed, increasingly, toward internal targets. Us.
The other day, February 3, 2014, US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told law students at the University of Hawaii that “you are kidding yourself if you think [Americans being interred in concentration camps] will not happen again,” especially in the war on terror.
The nuts are definitely off the buggy. And driving the buggy.
Appendix II:i “…destructive of these ends…” provides a laundry list of federal offenses and atrocities being committed as a matter of policy against American civilians and other peoples of the world.
As I tell my friends and huckleberries, we officially live in a system now where your federal government practices torture, war crimes, mass poisonings and druggings, blanket mass surveillance, and gross violations of the Bill of Rights. Here I usually mention the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), then ask:
“What are you planning to do about it?”
Blank stares. Change the subject. Who’s going to win the Superbowl? How about that new TaylorMade driver! Brian, I’ve told you repeatedly not to inflict ‘this crap’ on me anymore. Sorry, look at the time. Gotta run.
So we’ve crossed the line. The Commanches are attacking full-tilt-boogie. Dorothy, we’re not in Kansas anymore. The US government is officially a terrorist organization dedicated to our destruction. And we need to conform any realistic political strategy to that fact. Fortunately, the freedom forces still have some room to maneuver—some freedom of speech and action—before the curtain falls. That’s why I’m writing this book. To defeat Leviathan, we need to make the absolute best use of our time.
 Brian Wright, New Pilgrim Chronicles, 2009, Lulu Press
Novi, Michigan, USA, June 2014
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