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Re: This Too Shall Pass

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  • Lou & Bob Wynman
    I d never heard of Bill Butler. Than k you for this intro. He s certainly right on target! --bob ... From: Richard B. Boddie To:
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      I'd never heard of Bill Butler. Than k you for this intro. He's certainly
      right on target!


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Richard B. Boddie" <rboddie@...>
      To: "Mark Scheel" <markscheel@...>
      Sent: Monday, November 03, 2008 8:53 PM
      Subject: This Too Shall Pass

      > This Too Shall Pass
      > But we can certainly help it along
      > by Bill Butler
      > Although no one can accurately predict when socialism as a political
      > and economic philosophy will end, it must necessarily end. This is
      > because socialism employs unjust means – theft, coercion and the denial
      > and/or circumscription of private property rights – to achieve the
      > impossible end of permanently upsetting the natural human order. With
      > the looming economic crisis and resultant social crisis lying just
      > ahead of us, good libertarians stand in a position to expedite
      > socialism’s death and perhaps drive a stake through the heart of a
      > false philosophy that has spiritually and economically impoverished the
      > Western world for over a century. Libertarians who spend the next
      > several years sitting on the sidelines, rubbing their gold and silver
      > coins together, saying "I told you so" or cleaning their handguns will
      > do little to materially advance the cause of liberty. Libertarians who
      > understand socialism and see the opportunity to use non-violent means
      > to attack socialism at its roots will hasten its demise.
      > To understand how this is possible, it is first important to understand
      > what socialism is, what it seeks to achieve and the means it employs.
      > Socialism at its core is a system based on coercion and theft. Under
      > threat of violence or imprisonment, socialists take citizen A’s
      > property and give it to citizen B. Left of center "liberal" socialism
      > generally seeks to achieve an unnatural and unachievable egalitarianism
      > – equal results from unequal inputs. Modern liberal socialists take
      > citizen A’s property (primarily, but not exclusively, through taxes)
      > and falsely promise that the state can achieve "equality" by giving A’s
      > property to citizen B. Right of center "conservative" socialism
      > generally employs the state as a means to maintain unnatural control
      > over national and/or international power and wealth. Modern
      > conservative socialists take citizen A’s property (primarily, but not
      > exclusively, through inflation) and falsely promise that only the state
      > can provide A with security and can do so only by taking A’s property
      > (by diluting the value of his dollars) and giving it to citizen B (via
      > newly created inflationary dollars) to wage foreign wars and/or
      > establish an internal police state.
      > Although liberal and conservative socialists sometimes borrow each
      > other’s methods and tactics, both subcategories of the socialist
      > ideology are based on utilitarian, ends-justify-the-means, reasoning.
      > Both left and right socialists understand that their means, including
      > but not limited to taxation and surreptitious inflation, involve
      > coercive and involuntary transfers of property. They both understand
      > that citizen A may not agree with their wars or their involuntary
      > transfer payments. They do not care, however, because both left and
      > right socialists believe that they are possessed with greater wisdom
      > than citizen A. In short, they are willing to adopt unjust means to
      > achieve their utopian ends. Socialists believe that their idealistic
      > ends are achievable if only they break enough eggs. Non-socialists
      > therefore correctly regard all modern socialists as "unprincipled."
      > Although both left and right politicians may woo gullible voters by
      > agreeing with them on one discrete political principle (e.g. being
      > opposed the Iraq War or desiring "lower taxes"), no socialist really
      > cares about principles. All successful socialist politicians easily
      > abandon any principle if it does not serve their end – propertyless
      > egalitarianism or state control of wealth and production.
      > Taking a broader view, although their methods differ slightly, in order
      > for socialism to ultimately succeed, socialists of both stripes must
      > fundamentally upset the natural human order. They must cause their
      > citizens to believe that only the tax-funded state, not family,
      > friends, neighbors, church and other voluntary institutions, can
      > provide real comfort, safety, security and protection. In order for
      > socialism to succeed, it must break down and destroy these natural
      > human bonds and relationships. This is what liberal and conservative
      > socialists mean when they proclaim a desire to achieve a "New World
      > Order." Socialists sincerely believe they can destroy the natural human
      > order and replace it with an unnatural, government-dictated, man-made
      > order. If you doubt this, just look at John McCain’s campaign slogan:
      > "Country First." Not family, not faith, not God, but Country, with a
      > capital "C." Or look at Barack Obama’s litany of nanny-state promises,
      > including his promise to usurp parents and provide all young adults
      > with a government-subsidized college education, provided of course that
      > they first "serve" the state for several years.
      > As just one detailed example of the corrosive effects of the socialist
      > philosophy, the liberal welfare state has been very successful at
      > undermining the fundamental building block of civilized society: the
      > family. It has achieved this by offering unwed mothers (and indirectly,
      > fathers) fiat money transfer payments as an easy substitute for the
      > often painful sacrifices involved in marriage. This causes unwed
      > parents to falsely believe that a single parent can raise a child as
      > effectively as two parents. Ultimately, socialism so thoroughly erodes
      > the institution of marriage that people living in a socialist regime
      > forget that marriage is a third-party beneficiary contract. It is a
      > third-party beneficiary contract because its primary intent is not to
      > directly benefit the parties to the contract. Although good marriages
      > and good partners do seek to provide direct benefit to their partners,
      > the marital contract is primarily intended to benefit third parties –
      > the children that result from the contract and society as a whole
      > through the order and security the contract offers. That is why most
      > religions properly regard marriage as a sacrament – it is an agreement
      > to sacrifice for the benefit of others. Socialist transfer payments
      > reject this principle and erode this fundamental building block of
      > civilized society.
      > Abetting both left and right socialists is the socialist central bank,
      > which enjoys a legal monopoly over the money supply. If the central
      > bank approves of immoral or unjust government actions, it has the power
      > to quell the masses with the drug-like soma of "easy money" and
      > artificially low interest rates. Likewise, an untethered central bank
      > can, under the cover of attempting to fight inflation, express its
      > disapproval of executive "peace" policies by raising interest rates and
      > tightening the money supply at politically inopportune times with the
      > intent to cause the natives discomfort and compel them to remove an
      > insufficiently militaristic, undesirable executive. This 20th century
      > socialistic "check and balance" was not one contemplated by the
      > Founders.
      > In sum, through violence, coercion and theft, socialism seeks to upset
      > the natural human order and attempts to cause its citizens to believe
      > that they do not need anyone or anything but the state. Socialism’s
      > ultimate success therefore depends on the destruction of the natural
      > bonds of family, friendship, and faith. To earn his socialist stripes
      > in the presidential campaign process, Barack Obama was compelled to
      > renounce his pastor of over 20 years. John McCain needed to offer no
      > such proof, as he had a long track record of engaging in unjust wars,
      > denying property rights, denying free speech and employing the
      > government to protect monied interests.
      > That is socialism.
      > So how can good libertarians use the impending crisis to expose false
      > socialist promises, advance the march against socialism and
      > re-establish natural human order? Libertarians must first recognize
      > that they have a weapon of mass destruction at their disposal. That
      > weapon is private charity in all its forms: money, labor, sweat, food,
      > etc. Beating back socialism will require that freedom lovers use the
      > coming crisis as an opportunity to re-build the natural bonds and
      > relationships that socialism has eroded.
      > Over the next several years, as the world seeks to correct 20 years of
      > massive malinvestment and capital dislocation, there will be many
      > people in need. People will need food, clothing, shelter, medical care,
      > legal services, education, training, etc. Libertarians can and must
      > take this opportunity to step forward and donate their time, energy and
      > money to help feed the hungry, clothe the naked and employ the
      > unemployed. Libertarians must use this opportunity to outwork, outserve
      > and outhustle the socialist behemoths. The coming competition for the
      > hearts and minds of future generations will be between large,
      > centrally-planned, tax-funded socialist institutions and small, nimble,
      > privately funded, private individuals and organizations that reject all
      > government aid and interference. If you disbelieve the existence of the
      > latter category of people and institutions, they are real and they
      > exist.
      > The Minneapolis-based Sharing and Caring Hands is a libertarian’s dream
      > charitable organization. Sharing and Caring Hands serves 240,000 meals
      > a year, houses 500 people every night, pays to provide overnight
      > shelter for another 19,000 people per year, provides eye exams and
      > glasses for children and adults and also provides shoes, clothing and
      > emergency funds to those in need. It does all of this without accepting
      > one dime of state, federal or United Way aid. Sharing and Caring Hands
      > has operated for over 20 years. Its founder and CEO, Mary Jo Copeland,
      > was a libertarian before being a libertarian was cool. In addition to
      > rejecting all state and federal aid, Mary Jo does not accept a salary.
      > Mary Jo has heroically and successfully fended off numerous attacks
      > from Minnesota state authorities who claim to dislike her accounting
      > methods (she gives cash to the needy and does not get receipts) but
      > actually are more concerned about what she really represents – perhaps
      > the world’s greatest threat to the socialist Welfare State. Although I
      > have been in the same room with Mary Jo only once and have never spoken
      > with her directly, it is my impression that she is a living saint. As I
      > have heard the story, Mary was a severely abused child who has spent
      > all of her adult life in the service of the poor. Before starting her
      > work day, she wakes up at 5 am, goes to Mass and prays. Although she
      > also prays with and for those she serves, she does not proselytize or
      > demand dogmatic obeisance from them. She very simply and humbly offers
      > a living example of a faith-filled life and spends virtually every
      > minute of her working day in the service of others. It is no wonder
      > that she has little difficulty attracting uncoerced capital to her
      > endeavor. Last year Sharing and Caring Hands received $5.6 million in
      > contributions.
      > November 1, 2008
      > Bill Butler, the owner and founder of Libertas Lex, a Minneapolis-based
      > law firm devoted to the protection of liberty and property interests.
      "A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny."
      --Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008)
      Russian novelist, Soviet dissident, imprisoned for 8 years for criticizing
      Stalin in a personal letter,
      Nobel Prize for Literature, 1970

      --bob & lou
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