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Milton J. Madison - An American Refugee Now Living in China, Where Liberty is Ascending

Federalism, Free Markets and the Liberty To Let One's Mind Wander. I Am Very Worried About the Fate of Liberty in the USA, Where Government is Taking people's Lives ____________________________________________________________________________________________ "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue." -Barry Goldwater-

Monday, January 28, 2013

One of the reasons that I no longer trust the American people....

As I concern myself over a central government that has continued to expend its ill-gotten authority over the American people, I am told directly or attempts are made to assure me that it will be all alright. I find this kind of talk more like belittling my worries than an actual intellectual argument that either things are likely to improve or that maybe I just am misreading the situation.

I do not think that I am wrong here. First, I think that Americans are now so dependent upon the central government that they either do not believe that their liberty is being sucked away or just do not want to believe. Its kind of like the Stockholm Syndrome, or capture-bonding, a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy, sympathy and have positive feelings towards their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them.

But what really struck me was a documentary on WWII that I happened to watch recently. They commented on why Jews did not react to the violent dangers of antisemitism early in the Nazi regime. The intermittent and uneven application of the anti-Semitic pressure during the Nazi regime's first years sent confusing signals to the Jewish victims, lulling their sense of danger and allowing them to believe that the worst had already passed. There was a faith in these people that other citizens would not tolerate such overtly hostile policy and that it would probably be a passing phase. After the invasions of Austria and intensifying pogroms against them in 1938, Jews finally started to exodus en-mass but for many it was much too late and they were trapped in the death of a fascist Europe.

But what most disturbed me, was that the Jews felt that everything was going to be alright and that such nonsense being expressed was only a passing phase and would not be tolerated by other citizens. They were very very wrong. Not only were they destroyed, but the other citizens were destroyed to in an orgy of death and killing.

This is what the USA has in store for it. The citizens have put their complete faith in a feckless central government. Ultimately only responsible for itself and not un-like an animal that is only concerned for its own life, how can one believe that they will stop eating away at liberty and seizing the product of everyone's labor? We too like the Jews will be victims of this nation as folks will support to the death this fascist nation that they have put all of their faith into.


At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you go to Berlin and go to where the Berlin Wall used to be, the entire old city was literally raised to the ground. So here it is 1941 in that same area, with the plaza's and coffe shops and beergarten's, and the the Jews being rounded up in disbelief...and in 3 years, all of it was gone....all of the Jews, all of the Berliners, all of the history....gone, in three years.
Who in 1941 would have believed that could happen?

At 3:17 PM, Blogger glenzo said...

Have a look at Nassim Nicholas Taleb the author of "black Swan' in which he writes about problems of randomness, probability and uncertainty. One of his illustrations was his native Lebanon where some of his relatives were convinced that the stupidity facing them a couple of decades ago would be overcome and that people would gain their senses. Some of well to do ones even rented houses on Crete in preparation for their eventual return home. These people ended up living out the last decades of their lives on Crete waiting. This is a bias that most people have about their societies. They cannot believe that it can descend into anarchy and death but they do.


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