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Saturday, June 28, 2008

On the Impossibility of Limited Government and the Prospects for a Second American Revolution

More weekend reading, after you come back from both the gym and the range, from the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

An excerpt:

...How does secession fit into a bottom-up strategy of social revolution? More important, how can a secessionist movement escape the Southern Confederacy's fate of being crushed by a tyrannical and dangerously armed central government?

In response to these questions, it is first necessary to remember that neither the original American Revolution nor the American Constitution was the result of the will of the majority of the population. A third of the American colonists were actually Tories, and another third were occupied with daily routines and did not care either way. No more than a third of the colonists were actually committed to and supportive of the revolution, yet they carried the day. And as far as the Constitution is concerned, the overwhelming majority of the American public was opposed to its adoption, and its ratification represented more of a coup d'état by a tiny minority than the general will. All revolutions, whether good or bad, are started by minorities; and the secessionist route toward social revolution, which necessarily involves the breaking-away of a smaller number of people from a larger one, takes explicit cognizance of this important fact.

Second, it is necessary to recognize that the ultimate power of every government — whether of kings or caretakers — rests solely on opinion and not on physical force. The agents of government are never more than a small proportion of the total population under their control. This implies that no government can possibly enforce its will upon the entire population unless it finds widespread support and voluntary cooperation within the nongovernmental public. It implies likewise that every government can be brought down by a mere change in public opinion, i.e., by the withdrawal of the public's consent and cooperation...

Read the whole thing.

Tempus fugit.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

bad link.
try this


June 28, 2008 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger Concerned American said...


Thanks - it's fixed now.

June 28, 2008 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger T. Greer said...

Hmmm. So, you do realize that this entire thing is a polemic against the U.S. constitution, right? You know, the same constitution that secures our right to bear arms?

~T. Greer

June 28, 2008 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Concerned American said...

The USC and BoR were designed by the drafters - and ratified by the founding generation - as an absolute limit on the power of the Federal government.

220 years on, how's that working out?

While Heller is a victory, all that can be said now (and it is important) is that some level of ownership of some guns is a protected, enumerated right.

That's a heckuva distance still from "shall not be infringed".

Questioning the efficacy of the USC in its primary mission and suggesting remedies is healthy, methinks.

June 28, 2008 at 10:27 PM  

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