Sunday, March 13, 2016
PJ O'ROURKE AND CRAIG'S COMMENTS
I have always liked PJ O’Rourke’s unashamed, radical writing, combining both humor and criticizing the most serious duplicity of ALL politicians and other government criminals, including their minions and protected hangers-on. He has produced some of the best anti-establishment writing that panders to freedom – NOT the insane politics of today’s thoroughly corrupt American welfare/warfare state, while so many people (politely called public servants) manage to keep straight faces after taking oaths to protect and defend the Constitution. Even after 27 amendments, that magnificent (though flawed) historical document still describes a government mostly limited to the tasks of small government listed in its elegant Article I, Sections 7-10, plus the following never-changed amendments:
Consider Amendment IX (nine) - The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people
...and Amendment X (ten) - The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or the people.
These and the other first ten amendments to the US Constitution (called the Bill of Rights) have remained unchanged since their adoption in 1791 – and STILL limit the US government to a much, much smaller one than the Federal behemoth with whom we struggle and so often glorify today. As usual, the US military’s primary purpose is war, not defense (Astronaut Jack Swigert quote, 1982). It’s good for military contractors’ businesses, but creates hell to pay for the economies participating in this wealth-destroying charade.
Here is PJ’s excellent article, with which I wholeheartedly agree, though I don’t risk much in going farther than him after I present it:
It took me several years AFTER I ran for Congress in 1982 and 1984 to finally conclude that politics is - by far - the most dangerous, dishonest and destructive profession by which any human ever soiled himself. Every “free lunch” it provides is funded by forcing innocents to pay for the insane, unaccountable lists of wet dreams promoted by politicians for their own aggrandizement, limited prosecutable liability and glorification as heroes. As you will see – the apparently legal, political theft built up over the last century has now shifted from a minority to a majority of voters in our overblown, “don’t stop the presses” economy. It has thoroughly shifted the balance of power in the US by giving American politicians a 60% to 40% incentive to vote for more government, as I describe in Chapter 14 of my pending book, Lasting Liberty Lost, attached. This can, and will, have only one outcome, and it’s not good. As I have written before, the US has gone from the world’s largest creditor to the world’s largest debtor in the last four decades.
No private burglar, bully, child molester, rapist or murderer - not even those organized into mafias, crime syndicates and other criminal organizations NOT protected and/or subsidized by government - has ever come close to the unsavory escalation of crime, war, destruction and tyranny that is the modern welfare/warfare state. In other words, most - perhaps all - governments and their minions murder many, many times more than private parties and organizations not subsidized or otherwise protected by government. The twentieth century included the murder, torture, rape and/or death by starvation of more than 100 million people, by just three countries (Soviet Union, Communist China and Hitler’s Germany). Bernie Madoff’s well-publicized multi-BILLION dollar fraud to his investors was a drop in the bucket compared to tens of thousands of American governments who LEGALLY enjoy this plunder, protected from legal liability in most cases. The US alone suffered more than 400,000 casualties in the WW II.
That is why you might be surprised, even shocked, by my last two paragraphs.
Steven Pinker’s magnificent book The Better Angels of our Nature documents the following claim in painstaking detail. Surprisingly (contrary to all media reporting), today’s Planet Earth (including America) is by far the LEAST violent period of human history, after World War II (1941-45) and the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962). The destructive policies of the twentieth century were well-established long before top-of-the-world 20th-century dictators like US President Franklin Roosevelt and his cohorts Stalin and Mao took up the task. My friend Jerry recently turned me onto Pinker’s wonderful book, which shattered my long-held illusions about how today’s human societies have been the least violent. Ironically, the ongoing and insistent overreach of modern welfare/warfare states has wreaked havoc in every corner of our lives for political (i.e., ever-fraudulent and coercive) goals, including taxing and regulating us into lifetimes of tyranny, taxes and too-early deaths. Randolph Bourne (quoted below) and General von Clausewitz understood why, but you may not.
Mankind will find, as it has found in our lifetimes and long before we were born, a better way to “govern”, “regulate” or “help” its unfortunate victims than to torture, starve and bludgeon them into slavery, death, wealth destruction and economic collapse. Ironically, the detonation of two terrible atomic bombs in Japan a month before I was born was the LAST time the Grand Old US of A followed its Constitution by declaring war before dropping troops, bombs and inflated currencies into every backwater tyrant’s backyard.
War is the Health of the State – Randolph Bourne (1918)
War is politics carried on by other means – Prussian General Carl von Clausewitz (1812)