I concluded a long time ago that Libertarianism suffered from the same critical flaw as all of the various statist ideologies. I just hadn’t come up with a way to explain it that didn’t take eleventy hours.
First off, before you have an aneurysm, I’m not saying that the ideologies are similar at all. The flaw is not in the ideology, at least not the flaw I’m talking about. It’s a fundamental flaw, rooted in the most basic assumption upon which both ideologies are built.
That flaw is the belief that humans are perfectible. Humans are tribalistic by nature, and there’s no way around it. Communists think they can eliminate “class” and create a homogeneous society. Libertarians think that everyone can coexist peacefully in a purely cooperative society.
And the reason they are both wrong is that tribal behaviors are emergent. Put a large enough group of humans together, and they will factionalize.
This is why the strict Constitutionalist arguing against the existence of political parties is pissing into the wind. It’s why Stalin’s “New Soviet Man” never came to be. It’s why the modern Progressive movement keeps eating its own.
The brilliance of the Founders was that they knew parties were going to happen, even though they wished fervently against them. Which is why the government was kept weak. And it’s why the only form of governance that’s stood the test of time is some form of Constitutional Republic or Constitutional Monarchy. And when the emergent factions decide to set the Constitutional limits aside, it collapses — as we are seeing in the US now.
You create a form of government that fails to account for human nature at your peril. You can’t subvert thousands of years of evolution with platitudes and ideology.
Basically, the Second Amendment was intended for two things – repelling an invading army over land, and overthrowing tyranny. So if you look at it in the spirit in which it was written, at the very least it covers personal arms and crew-served weapons. So yes, the Second Amendment would cover a howitzer.
The nuke issue gets tricky, but not for long. See, nukes are VERY expensive. And they aren’t safe to be around, so on a private property rights basis most people won’t be able to keep them in their residence. And they’re useless without some kind of delivery system.
So we’re talking a couple BILLION dollars to have one nuke with the ability to use it (excepting suicide bombers, but hey, how likely is that given how big a nuke is?). So there’s maybe a dozen people in the world who could afford it. And they all have a vested interest in the world not getting nuked. No, the real threat of nukes is from nations like Iran and North Korea with nothing to lose.
So I think I can say with 100% confidence that there ought not be any limits on the second amendment. Anything our infantry can carry and use should be on the shelves at the local gun shop.
Ok, so you’ve internalized the horror of the last post.
Good. What’s to be done if prevention is out of the question? I’m glad you asked. Mitigation.
You may not be able to save everyone. But you can come close. It took 20 minutes for the police to get to Sandy Hook Elementary School. I blame physics. So, that makes the adults already on site the first responders. It is left as an exercise for the reader to determine what that means.
So, that aside, let’s look at the kinds of people that are engaging in these acts of mass murder and self-destruction. Mostly, they’re losers. People who have concluded that their life sucks, so they’re gonna go out with a bang, make a statement, and be on the tee vee so they’ll be Internet Famous when they get to hell.
All of these mass murders have something else in common besides the basement-dwelling loser status of the perpetrators. They all happened in so-called Gun Free Zones.
I’m pretty confident that if we get rid of “Gun Free Zones” that these atrocities would simply cease because the losers wouldn’t get the infamy they crave.
The refrain we hear every time something bad happens. This time it’s the atrocity at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
And we are told that Something Must Be Done to prevent the next mass shooting. And all the predictable “solutions” are proffered. We’re told that law-abiding citizens must forfeit their rights in the hopes that someone might be denied a particular method for causing mayhem. We’re told that we must surrender our property to the government so that it may not fall into the “wrong” hands. And we know that it won’t work, because it never has before. But that won’t stop the politicians from trying.
Why? Because they are unable to accept the truth:
There is nothing we can do to prevent the next mass murder.
Say that a few times. Until the horror of what it means wears off a bit. Internalize it. Accept it. Because in your heart, you know that it is the truth.
No law taking guns away from law-abiding citizens is going to prevent a lunatic from slaughtering innocents. No invasion of privacy is sufficient to prevent it either. Anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something.
I’ll have more later. But for now you need to understand that one horrible sentence. Read it aloud until it has been imprinted upon your soul. Only then will you be ready to move on.
You may or may not have seen the Gizmodo story about the CPSC suing to get Buckyballs off the market. Read it.
The CPSC was created with the intention of preventing companies from selling products that they knew would be harmful even when used for their specifed purpose and in a sane and reasonable manner.
Nobody ever expected an adult to give powerful magnets to a child and leave them unattended. But because there are stupid people in the world, someone did. And because of a whole two incidents in a decade or so, the CPSC is coming down like a ton of shit on the heads of a company that makes a toy for adults.
Show them some support. Got to www.getbuckyballs.com and buy some. Like I did.
Then write your Congressmen and Senators and tell them to yank on the CPSC’s leash.
All of life can be broken down into moments of transition or moments of revelation. This had the feeling of both.
-Book of G’Kar
There are times when you read or see or hear something that cause thoughts to suddenly crystallize. Watch this video for one such thing. It is long, but it is very much worth it.
I always jokingly say that everything men have created we created to impress women. I wasn’t joking.
I always had a nagging thought in the back of my head that there was a good reason that gay marriage was nonsense. It nags no more.
I always suspected that second-wave feminism was never about equality or rights or power. I am no longer suspicious.
I thought that the “game” movement was just about picking up chicks for a quick shag. I have swallowed the red pill.
There is an order to things. This order has been bashed into our genes over millenia. In the past 200 years we have created a society so bountiful and safe that the order is unraveling and we have no idea how to stop it flying apart. There’s no need to go back to the caves. Admitting that this order exists is the first step towards salvation. Adapting this order to the new reality is the way forward. Don’t play the game. Change the rules.
I ask myself questions, and I get questions in return. Am I just confused, or am I insane?
I can’t help but think that somewhere I missed something important, but I don’t know what it was. I try to figure it out, but I just get confused. Brains should come with instruction manuals, or at least API guides so we might have a chance of figuring them out.
And then just now that nagging little voice says “you don’t mean any of this, you’re just posing for attention.” Half of me is a sociopath, but I don’t know which one. I wish I was drunk.
That song really sucked. Just thought I’d share that. I really can’t stand Neil Young. All fake earnestness. Fuck him.