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On the edge of a long night

By Charlie Reese

By Charlie Reese

Have you ever wondered how human beings can be so cruel? And how cruelty crosses all the bound­aries — national, racial and ethnic? I have. Rereading an autobiog­raphy published in 1941 by a communist agent re­minded me of the dark side of human nature.

The book, “Out of the Night,” was written -under the pseudonym “Jan Valtin” — by a Ger­man who lived through the chaos of the collapse of the Weimar Republic ~ and the rise of Nazism. Broken by Gestapo torture, he ended up being pursued by both the Nazi and the communist man hunters and killers. Murders by these two forms of so­cialism are measured in the mil­lions during the 20th century. That alone should warn all people off any form of collectivism, because all of those millions, in the minds of their killers, were sacrificed “for the greater good.” They — flesh-and-blood individual human beings — were all murdered in the name of an abstraction, a stupid theory of how society should be organized. I doubt if the head thugs on both sides actually believed the theories. What they really believed in was power over their fellow man.

If you look at the French Revolu­tion and the Bolshevik Revolution, the message is clear: Intellectuals and the common people can pro­duce a blood bath. Latching on to some “ism” for justification, their greed for power and de­sire for revenge can run amok. Butchering women and children be­cause they were born into the “wrong” class is surely insane.

In our time, when peo­ple are saying we must sacrifice liberty for secu­rity, that scrapping the Constitution is necessary to win the “war” against terrorism, I would suggest “that you take your choice of genocides in the past 100 years and remind yourself what happens when people buy into the false proposition that the end justifies the means. People who preach that are always more interested in the means than in any end.

The only safe environment for a human being is under a weak gov­ernment with very restricted pow­ers. Normal people don’t need much to be happy — food, shelter, dignity and freedom from maraud­ers. They need a rule of law that ap­plies to everyone equally and at all times and in all circumstances. In established societies, legislators should meet rarely—perhaps once every two or three years—because a continuing cascade of new laws will eventually drown freedom.

The Founding Fathers, whether through luck, wisdom or divine guidance, gave us an almost perfect form of government, and we’ve been busy ever since trying to take it apart. Human beings are .danger­ous predators and cannot be trusted with power over their fellows. Many Americans have forgotten that the power of government comes out of the barrel of a gun. Governments coerce; they don’t persuade.

There are people living among us at this very moment capable of the cruelty so evident in the Holocaust All they are waiting for is the op­portunity. No greater opportunity exists than when a government en­lists such people and says whatever you do is now justified for the sake of the “greater good.”

Who would have guessed that George W Bush, who seemed to be a genial good old boy, would turn out to be a tyrant, launching wars of aggres­sion, arresting and confining people without charges or access to a lawyer, condoning torture and lying to the American people? A government that can without trial destroy you by sim­ply putting on a list your name or the name of an organization with which you are associated is a tyranny. A government that invades other countries and that feels free to murder people in any country it chooses is a tyranny.

Americans are on the edge of a long night. We had better wake up and step back before it’s too late.


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One response to “On the edge of a long night

  1. mikesenc ⋅

    Have you and Neal Boortz ever met? I vote for Boortz/Reese…Reese/Boortz. I don’t care WHO is pres. or Veep. Boy, what a pair. We might survive with that combo.
    Otherwise see…”The Fall Of A Republic, When the thirteen colonies were still a part of England, Professor Alexander Tyler wrote about the fall of the Athenian republic over two thousand years previous to that time: Steps 5 and 6. Or, is it step 7?
    Mike B.

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