Liberals celebrate state violence over the individual
April 16, 2014
John Amato and the liberals over at Crooks and Liars are outraged. Cliven Bundy went on Fox News and said he would like to see all federal bureaucrats disarmed. For liberals who adore the state and support the unprecedented militarization of federal bureaucrats, including but hardly limited to the Post Office, this massive arming and militarization is a natural and welcome occurrence.
For progressive socialists who love the state, the rapid growth of government into all facets of life is an evolutionary process. The founders, who liberals routinely dismiss as evil white property owners and slaveholders, knew government is like fire, a dangerous servant and a fearful master. The original government bureaucracy was infinitesimally small compared to the bloated Leviathan we face today – it consisted of three tiny departments: State, Treasury, and War.
All of this changed when the revered patron saint of the liberals, Abraham Lincoln, grew the government exponentially. The administration of Franklin Roosevelt, under the socialist New Deal supposedly in response to an economic depression created by the banker-controlled Federal Reserve (itself masquerading as a government bureaucracy), expanded government to a new and previously unrealized degree.
A bloated control freak state, enriched with confiscated wealth and obsessed with exercising authority over all aspects of life, will invariably seek a monopoly of violence and will use that violence against perceived domestic enemies. In order to maintain that monopoly, the Department of Homeland Security has hoarded 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. The state’s war machine has doled out military hardware – armored vehicles, grenade launchers, M-16 assault rifles and more – to police departments far and wide.
For the metrosexual urbanite lovers of state power over the individual and natural law, fellow Americans outraged over the growth of a control freak criminal government are the enemy. They believe a rural Mormon cattle rancher espousing “revolutionary talk” harking back to Jefferson and Madison should be arrested, prosecuted and, if necessary, slaughtered.
“These state’s rights lunatics are getting more dangerous by the second and I’m afraid some real violence is going to be instigated by them shortly as they feel emboldened with the help of Fox News, Sean Hannity, Drudge and the Alex Jones fanatics,” Amato writes.
The “real violence,” of course, is exercised by the state, not a Nevada rancher and a handful supporters, a number armed in response to BLM paramilitaries. The state, Murray Rothbard has noted, is essentially a criminal band and has two fundamental properties: the use of violence, and territory. “Indeed, not only is the state made up of a body of people who claim the right to use coercive violence, but their claim to violence is, more typically, endemic to the territory over which they rule,” writes Matt Palmer.
Amato and crew, spurred on by the likes of the Southern Poverty Law Center, enthusiastically celebrate state violence over the individual and proudly uphold the worst psychotic behavior.
“The man or woman who is prepared to initiate an act of punishment to compel obedience to a governmental mandate easily segues into the SWAT team member or police brute or one who tortures another. It is the appetite for ultimate power over others that drives such people,” writes Butler Shaffer. “No more than we would expect Mother Theresa to operate a brothel can we imagine advocates of peace and liberty to be welcomed into the management of the state.”
Thus it is a natural response for cheerleaders for state violence against the individual to anticipate and even encourage mass murder – from Syria and Afghanistan to the desert of Nevada. Liberals outraged by the audacity of Cliven Bundy expect a repeat of the Waco massacre and will, if such a horrific act occurs in Nevada, instinctively blame the victims.
Incidentally, Amato’s Crooks and Liars blog was voted one of the 25 best blogs of 2009 by Time Magazine, which is entirely appropriate considering the blog’s role in promoting the continued distractions of the false left-right paradigm and rationalizing state violence.
Time’s founder, Henry Luce, worked closely with the national security state and routinely pulled “chestnuts out of the fire for the CIA” and dutifully served the political establishment as it controlled media under Operation Mockingbird.