by Simon Black: Solutions:
Do You Have More Confidence in Yourself or Your Government?
New York, I was enjoying a perfectly nice afternoon yesterday walking
around the Upper West side. When I got to Lincoln center, roughly
at the corner of Broadway and W 62nd Street, reality set in.
No fewer than
ten NYPD storm troopers were ‘patrolling’ the sidewalk
outside in full combat gear: Kevlar helmet, flak vest, semi-automatic
9mm sidearm, and Colt model 933 with M900 foregrip and M68 aimpoint.
A few of them had M203 variety grenade launchers fitting snugly
underneath the barrel.
And to what
did we owe the deployment of such unnecessary firepower? An invasion
of the Canadian hordes? Terrorists on the loose? No. Some visiting
politician… clearly an individual who feels important enough
to merit an intimidating death squad in his vicinity.
This is the
nature of the system. Police are armed to the teeth… and while
their official marketing slogan may be to ‘keep people safe’,
their real function is to be the protectors and enforcers for the
political class, all while keeping the people in check so that the
know who’s boss.
On this note,
we received a lot of comments this week from readers who reject
the idea of considering greener pastures overseas and instead choose
to “stay and fight.”
K, for instance, wrote that “sooner or later you’re going
to have to fight. It might as well be in your own home, city, neighborhood,
and fight’ mentality does seem incredibly noble. It invokes
images of Paul Revere and the original patriots standing their ground
in battle against the red coat British forces. Unfortunately, the
world just doesn’t work that way anymore.
There is no
real enemy to fight… no clearly defined opposing force conveniently
dressed in a different color like the rival baseball team. The battle
is one of ideas.
At its simplest,
the conflict comes down between those who believe that government
is the problem, and those who believe that government is the solution.
Most people are brainwashed statists who unquestioningly hold the
latter as their ethos.
And then there
is the big faceless void of government itself… politicians,
bureaucrats, low-level workers, regulatory agencies, etc. We’re
not talking about a single individual here, but an entire institution.
It begs the
question – for all the ‘stay and fight’ people, who
exactly are you fighting? And more importantly, how?
Of all the
hundreds of similar notes we’ve received from people who claim
they are going to ‘stay and fight’, I am still waiting
for one… just one single email… from someone telling me
exactly how they plan on doing that.