At The Frontier Of Freedom
by Emmett Smith
Necessarily every word thought and spoken and written adds to what Liberty is and was dreamed to be, and after all ever shall be.
Some meanwhile worry not unreasonably about the fate in a harsh world of any newborn free society. Here are the recent thoughts on this of an English Libertarian:
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A Heinlein (pbuh) tells of course in a specific way the story of the emergence of such a free state. Naturally, Heinlein doesn’t in that novel then go on with the (inevitable?) decline & fall….
That is the great point about the attempt to “guess” events beforetime, they are always specific and, naturally, our goals as Libertarians, if they are indeed libertarian, then are also transcendant by definition. If they are not, then we will merely wind up shooting the “unsuitable” as in every so-called “revolution” before. So much for unethical coercion and force! This means that we must await (or rather that those so gifted among us must continue the work on) parallel developments in the Sufi kinds of perception, or “intuition,” necessary to supplement successfully our characteristically already-developed Libertarian intellection. Short of that sort of gain in evolutionary grasp we will slip back “into the shit,” as they say here in southern Minnesota. Surely it can not have escaped everyone that when we speak of Liberty we are speaking as much as anything else of forging ahead in Nature to something beyond human being?
Peace and quiet here-and-now greatly is not to be despised, of course. It is the root need for this that makes many of us lovers of Freedom to begin with — but even that state will arise only spottily at first. Again, it will be as a result of the largely hidden work of the supplementary personalities. After all, the freedom of which we dream is too often mixed with sentimental memories of the past and the longing to go backward — this needless to say is my own bent, very deeply. But while we in America wring our hands over The Founders, we’d better not forget the reeking shithouses, man slavery and more-or-less nonstop epidemics. The study of History therefore also can show us what has already been tried, if only so we might pick and choose, and — as our specie’s functions improve — be sure to work out with a gain in clarity over the last time the exact needed next step toward Freedom. Timing is everything, and it is the training in this now going on here and there that is critical. The mastery of good timing is a quality that is developing in history.
In 1776 in North America at least some perceived that our relative distance from Europe then would make it easier to work out some of our national questions in a new way, and so it was relatively.
But our “need” as driven by trade for a sphere of “influence” (dominance) led to such stuff as President Monroe’s assertion that the Western hemisphere is “ours.”
Coupled with this was the intermittent push for a national bank — so often today the driver of the business cycle and not its “cure.”
Also, the need to close the backdoor to the burrow so to speak and keep out the Dagoes, Frogs and, yes, you Limeys, led us into taking over the much of the continent by 1846 or so.
In the wake of this expansion of the “Land Of Liberty” came ruined Indians, uprooted Mexicans and more and more Black slaves.
In other words in this competitive material world the sheer fact of existence, not to say growth, accumulates drag and it attracts resistance.
Obviously for starters the Swiss militia idea is the only moral basis I can see for defense of the territorial Libertarian state.
The real problem alluded above by the English gentleman, Mr Davis, but alas not elucidated, is the not-inconsiderable fifth column we shall create for ourselves on firing all the hypercredentialists and Public Liberals, not to mention monopoly “private” corporation CEOs.
These characters are mostly going to be unhappy in the way that comparative moral immaturity always is when handed something unpleasant. Very likely, short of war, they will lead the charge to paralyze trade by not letting us “in” if we insist on a gold standard — I believe that this is how The Pricks did Estonia just recently….
However, Libertarian success may in fact be said to be already a done deal.
As noted at the outset, I am also stating that parallel work by the so-called “mystic” is indispensably needed, as always. This is because of the paradoxical physical reality of thought. No doubt this sort of “gunk is irritating to more reasonable (or resigned) people, but it is also just true. As mathematician “Ferret” Ball points out repeatedly, “When you finally get it and just realize that outwardly all things are NOT possible and that ‘Smoke It, Fuck It Or Wreck It’ is only an American and not a Libertarian saying — then you will dive headlong into fantasy…and in effect clear the road BEYOND tomorrow!”
In this image, the coming realm of improvements in our species and our “minds” — not to mention Liberty and Freedom! — is foreshadowed by the more crude molecular and physical frontiers of the historical past.
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 1 June 2009]