Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Thus Always To Tyrants

Posted by M. C. on February 26, 2022

The left wing of Western polities has embraced authoritarianism as its ethos. Concern for personal liberty and society’s fabric are now condemned as hateful and seditious and likely the product of sinister foreign agents. Liberal ideas about free and open debate and honest disagreement are rejected,  replaced by the clenched fist of the state. The CIA’s “Deep Dive” program has been collecting information on U.S. citizens for years.

by Scott McPherson

In 2018, U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) made headlines when he casually referred to “nukes” as a reasonable way to arbitrate a dispute with millions of Americans who might resist enforcement of a federal ban on the private ownership of semiautomatic rifles. “It’s not the 18th century,” he snarked, dismissing the notion that armed citizens were in any position to oppose his agenda. President Joe Biden, the “uniter,” needed less than six months in the White House before he was telling reporters that resistance to tyranny is a chimera among gun owners because “if you wanted or if you think you need to have weapons to take on the government, you need F-15s and maybe some nuclear weapons.”

Biden and Swalwell, and plenty of other politicians, speak like Roman emperors these days, as if they were destined to bring fire and sword, to rule or ruin. They falsely pledge fidelity to a Constitution they consider well beneath their loftier ambitions. Bigger and more powerful government has led inevitably to more interference in the lives of the people, who see their freedom and living standards slipping away. Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the country is “off on the wrong track,” according to a recent Reuters/Ipsos survey. Events in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and throughout the Western world reveal a universal contempt held by “progressive” politicians for the people they claim to serve. 

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