Skip to comments.The Slippery Slope Into Totalitarianism
Posted on 12/20/2012 4:01:59 PM PST by Zionist Conspirator
The distance between the average American and Newtown, Connecticut is much greater than the distance between the average Israeli and the place where approximately 200 people are slaughtered every day: Syria. Nevertheless, the slaughter perpetrated in Syria (and other places in the world) by people who are legally armed by their state doesn't really interest anybody. What shocks the enlightened world, including Israel, is not the millions slaughtered by states, but rather, those exceptions to the rule in which individuals - not regimes perpetrate the slaughter.
The authors of the American constitution wrote a document about as close to perfection as is humanly possible. They understood well that the first stop on the path to slavery is to rescind the citizen's right to defend himself, leaving him alone, helpless and vulnerable to the 'kindness' of the regime. Wherever a regime has become totalitarian, its first step is to disarm its citizens.
We automatically assume that the state is a responsible power acting, first and foremost, for the benefit of its citizens. We feel good thinking that there is a big brother out there with whom we can deposit the responsibility for our fate. When a shocking shooting spree like Sandy Hook takes place, nobody seriously checks what violent films children are watching. Nobody talks about training armed citizens to prevent more of these insane shootings. The easy solution the solution that does not require taking responsibility is to deposit arms and responsibility in the hands of the state.
In Israel, the gun licensing procedure is more logical than its American counterpart. Nevertheless, the state tends to prevent its citizens from carrying arms. This is another expression of the ongoing erosion of human rights that began with the Oslo Accords and intensified with the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif.
It is easy to slide down the slippery slope of totalitarianism. The loss of the ability to protect oneself is the loss of liberty.
Well written article.
Moshe Feiglin gets it.
As a reminder, as he says lightly, serious mass murders are not carried out by individuals. Here we have Dr. Rummel’s compilation of 20th Century Democides, mass murders by government:
In leaderboard order. Heavy on totalitarian Leftists, unsurprisingly.
The numbers are astounding, and make last Friday’s events look like a stubbed toe by comparison.
Only fools with no knowledge of history would say it could never happen here. The average German of 1928 would have said the same thing, if you had suggested what was about to happen would soon be happening there.
You are correct, however, you must look at this in the context of the time.
Germany was broken, defeated and suffering from massive inflation (familiar?). Hitler offered the desperate people a way out....creating an enemy in the process....the Jewish people.
I see a similar economic calamity taking place, plunging the West into economic chaos. But, instead of blaming the Jewish people, I think socialists will blame capitalism, conservatives and anyone who stood in the way of unlimited goverment power to "take care" of the people.
A desperate citizenry will embrace this and call for the elimination of capitalists and anti-gov't conservatives.
Before conservative citizens can mobilize and coalesce, islam will launch attacks against the Western nations, creating a need for troops, military equipment and war.
Conservatives will be forgotten as the West mobilizes for war and infuses its economy with military manufacturing, employing those not called up for service against the new "enemy".
In Syria the State does not give weapons to all of those doing the killing.
We supply the Al Quaeda contingent.,
A Very informative article.
2nd Amendment Bump for later.....
Conservatives are almost 50% of the population - we won't be first. But yeah, they'll blame us alright - you're right about that - and capitalism...
I don’t know. Read only half of it. But based on what I read, he should not be begging for a place low on the LikudBeiteinu list. He should have his own party, independent of the confused gap between theory/speech and action that characterizes Likud. Likud doesn’t deserve him.
The chart covers governments/regimes. I bet if you added Muslim hegemony (spread out across many countries) you’d have another big number.
It seems quite likely.
I’ve dug pretty deep into Rummel’s site over time. He only counts events for which he has some sort of documentation. There is so little journalism/scholarship in the Muslim world, and so little of that translated into English, that I bet there is just very little for him to go on.
Plus it all may look like small murders, and not the larger murder-by-government events he is enumerating.
Not as presently constituted, but his plan all along has been to take over and transform Likud rather than to split the Right further by creating another splinter party.