The Devil in Front of Us

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Amidst
all the clamour from the softly spoken revelations of a simple servant,
embedded within the allegations of hypocrisy, backbiting and the
usual sexual dalliances came words of some weightiness from the
butler of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. The Queen allegedly
said to him some five years ago:

“Be
careful Paul nobody has ever been closer to a member of my family
than you were to Diana. There are powers at work in this country
about which we have no knowledge,”

I
can certainly believe that the three-hour conversation had Her Majesty
rooted to the spot as Burrell undoubtedly debriefed her on the many
events in the household of her son and daughter-in-law. After all,
he had not spoken to her since his royal footman days in the 1980s.

Who
these dark powers are of course has whipped the conspiracy community
into a collective version of Rodin’s Thinker. Have the darker recesses
of Statism finally had the shining light of public scrutiny brought
to bear upon them like a shaft of dawn light upon a vampire caught
without his watch on?

Well,
not if they are worth their subterfugial salt. As the old question
goes, what is the most cunning animal in the world? The answer is
the one that has not yet been discovered. So, unlike Dracula, we
should not yet expect to hear fading shrieks into piles of sun-kissed
dust along government corridors.

Considering
the conversation came only months after the untimely death of Diana,
one may suspect the Queen had her suspicions and was on a red alert.
Indeed, the tabloid that ran Burrell’s revelations invited billionaire
businessman Mohammed Al Fayed to reiterate his controversial claim
that the State’s secret services had done his son and Diana to death.
So, the debate rages and no doubt someone somewhere is battening
down the hatches till this blows over.

Which
brings me to my point about this whole muck-racking episode. We
know the State gets up to no good behind our backs (yes, I saw Oliver
Stone’s “JFK” as well). But what gets me is what they get up to
right in front of our very eyeballs.

Last
I time I looked, my government was taxing 40% of the nation’s gross
domestic product, yet was employing only 20% of the workforce. Strike
one for daylight robbery!

Last
time I looked, my government was throwing people in prison for indulging
in activities which harmed no one but did not conform to the modern
mantras of political correctness. Strike two for kidnapping!

Last
time I looked, my government was still unrepentant for marching
people off to their deaths in a hundred and one battlefields over
the sorry and bloody history of 20th century Statism. Strike three
for murder and you’re out!

It
seems we have a modicum of open issues to sort out before we consider
the individuals that the more shadowy side of Statism picks off
now and again. By way of analogy, I remember a conversation in which
a fundamentalist Christian pressed another on the conspiracy theory
that certain rock songs played backwards contained satanic incantations.
The retort of the other was telling – “But they’re bad enough
when you play them forwards!”

The
lesson? Assess our priorities and face the Devil standing in front
of us and not the one behind us. In due time we may find the one
behind was just a reflection of the one in front!


November 13,
2002

Roland
Watson [send him
mail
] writes from Edinburgh, Scotland. He now runs his own Christian
libertarian blog
.

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