The following was sent to LFV by the author, Warren “Bones” Bonesteel, and does not necessarily reflect the views of Last Free Voice or its contributors.
Open letter to political activists, regardless of party or affiliation:
“And how we burned in the camps later thinking: What would things have been like if every operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain wether he would return alive and had to say goodbye to his family? Or if during periods of mass arrests people had not simply sat in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall a half dozen people with axes, hammers pokers or whatever was at hand…”
– Alexander Solzhenitsyn
A lot of people think life is all about their own ideology or beliefs. Their world-view is completely defined by those beliefs. Under ideal circumstances, that’s perfectly alright. Under less than ideal circumsatances, such habits of thought are a danger to everyone. Take present day America, for example. Most people don’t care a damn about reality as long as their own ideology isn’t attacked…and as long as they are not among those who are physically harmed. In America, many liberals and conservatives actually advocate the intervention of government in limiting the rights of their ideological opponents. Both ideologies have experienced more than a little success in advancing those efforts. In both camps, some go so far as to lobby the government to physically harm or otherwise restrict the activities and speech of their ideological opponents. That seems a bit counterproductive – if, indeed, everyone’s true goal is maintaining personal liberty and freedom in America.
The problem is, left, right or center, agnostic or capital “B” believer, when the government takes the other guy’s rights away, the government has just taken your rights away from you. Regardless of who’s in the White House or who controls Congress, when you allow the government to physically or financially harm or otherwise restrict the freedoms of others, there is nothing left that prevents the government from doing the same to you. Absolutely nothing.
Currently we have in Denver a local city and county civilian agency – financed by the federal government – so that said civilian agencies can purchase military grade weaponry, supplies, logistics and training from federal military and security forces and agencies in order to provide ‘security’ for a civilian population during a normal, civilian, political and social process. That thought should give anyone pause, regardless of ideology or belief. If federally trained and supplied local civilian agencies offer harm to liberal Democrats during a normal civilian political process, everyone in America – .regardless of ideology or belief – should be very, very afraid of their government.
I definitely agree with some of your rhetoric. The system has to change. I’m not certain that I agree with some of your tactics, but the system has to come down before change begins. Indeed, it will come down. The only questions are “When?” and “How bad will it get?”
From my own research, I can say without a doubt that world-wide civilization is about to collapse.* The old paradigm is at an end. We have one to five years before it all changes, and that process of change will not be peaceful.
In the long term, what replaces the old paradigm will be a classical liberal or classical libertarian society. In the short term, we may be stuck with a temporary, but complete tyranny. The only question I have about all of this is this one: “How many people are going to die?”
This is our responsibility.
This is the conundrum:
Only we can limit the damage. Only we can struggle for freedom.
What price are we willing to pay?
*Example: Google: ‘X-waves and civilization.’
(Disclosure: I currently list myself among radical libertarians. I dream of a benign, libertarian ‘anarchy,’ while keeping my feet firmly planted in pragmatic reality.)
Warren “Bones” Bonesteel
Author and Researcher
Sgt USMC 1976-1983
55 Crestview Drive
Rapid City, SD 57701