You Can’t Go Back Again by Bill Buppert

“More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars – yes, an end to this brutal, inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Poor RedDR, he could not even follow his own advice.  Politics and politicians are awful.  It comes down to nothing more elegant than one group of humans having violent control of another.  They are nothing more than harvesters.  Contrary to the tens of thousands of tomes devoted to everything from statecraft to diplomacy to election theory to praise singing for the Constitution; when stripped of the patriotic gore and bunting, politics is the institution of threats of or actual violence to force people’s obedience.  It is nothing nobler than that.

Intellectuals often describe the taxonomy of these relationships as a Left to Right spectrum.  Like the word ‘unconstitutional,’ that spectrum has no descriptive quality whatsoever.  What is the difference between a neo-conservative and a National Socialist?  How is the “conservative” George W. Bush different from the “Marxoid” Obama? Some have characterized Obama’s performance in office as Bush’s third term!  They all have one goal in mind:  the consolidation of coercive power to compel people to obey or face fines, jail, maiming or killing.  There is nothing elegant or even civilized about government, it is quite simply an implementation of the idea that might makes right.

A far better descriptor of the competing world views is collectivist versus individualist and the prefix of non-interventionist and interventionist.  In this world, I would be a non-interventionist individualist.  The lion’s share of all political creeds tends to be interventionist collectivists from the traditional Left to Right.  Excepting the blink of Harding and Coolidge in the 20th century, the American Presidency has been the Western bully pulpit for steadily increasing collectivization of human life.

There are several defining characteristics of the interventionist collectivist creed that they share in common, be they Marxists, national socialists or neo-conservatives.  The locus of responsibility and accountability for the individual shifts from the person to the hive;  this is a complete surrender of self-ownership and autonomy, with an assumption that this surrender serves the common good.  Violence becomes not only acceptable but the single greatest force for civilizing the residents of the given tax jurisdiction more quaintly referred to as a nation-state.  Defensive violence is characterized as barbaric, and initiated aggression through force and fraud is championed by the government and its politicians and their collaborators.  Official fraud, you say?  If I have to explain that, you are too far gone:  move along, citizen, nothing to see here.  Additionally, we are always told that Maslow’s hierarchy must be served and those who cannot provide for themselves must be provisioned from the stolen assets of those who can.  No muss, no fuss.

The wretched David Horowitz started an interesting project in 1987 called the “Second Thoughts Conference” which turned out both articles and CSPAN broadcasts that were amazing testaments to folks who traveled from Communism to what is generally acknowledged as the Right. This was when some of the New Left had gotten older but when stalwarts of Communism could still support the Stalinistas in Nicaragua with a straight face.  What was fascinating to watch was that the fluid movement philosophically from Left to Right was rather easy with sober reflection, but a movement in the opposite direction was far more difficult, at least if one prized intellectual honesty and a clear historical eye to what Communism had wrought in the 20th century.

In order to embrace and advocate collectivism, you must:

  • Dispense with intellectual honesty because the historical record militates heavily against you otherwise,
  • Possess a blind moral compass to initiated aggression,
  • Dismiss individual accountability and responsibility for action,
  • Refuse to acknowledge self-ownership and surrender yours to others, and
  • Dismiss self-determination as an outrageous bourgeois pretension.

Politicians, with rare exceptions, are moral monsters.  The history of warfare is chockfull of the likes of Winston Churchill,who is held up as an icon of Western civilization despite the fact that he advocated and acted on the mass bombing of civilians, the ravaging of India during WWII, Operation Keelhaul and many other atrocities.  This worthy achieved all this in the space of five years and then proceeded to set the brick and mortar for British socialism after the war.  Yet he is regarded as a great man and a beacon of freedom.  A statesman is merely a politician who keeps his gun well hidden and does not discuss it in mixed company.

Even more revealing about the true nature of this great politician:

“It is impossible to continue to argue, for example, that Franklin Roosevelt was merely naïve about the true nature of Stalinism during the Yalta Conference of February 1945, whereas Churchill was much more nuanced and doubtful. In fact Burgis records Churchill telling the first War Cabinet after his return from the Crimea that, ‘Stalin I’m sure means well to the world and Poland. Stalin has offered the Polish people a free and more broadly based government to bring about an election; I cannot conceive any government has the right to be treated like that. Stalin about Poland said, ‘Russia has committed many sins about Poland – pacts and partitions – it is not the intention of the Soviet Government to do such things but to make amends.’ Stalin had a very good feeling with the two Western democracies and wants to work quite easily with us. My hopes lie in a single man, he will not embark on bad adventures. Re: Greece – Stalin was jocular.’ Words that would have embarrassed Churchill deeply by the time of the Berlin airlift three years later were to stay hidden for six decades.”

In the end, politics is about the savaging of human beings through violence, misdirection and the glorification of the physical boundaries of tax jurisdictions.  Nothing less and nothing more.  It is about the wholesale forced appropriation of wealth, time and resources from vast swaths of humanity through either chicanery or implied and explicit use of violence.  It is involuntary surrender to thuggery on a mass scale.

The reason the truly honest man cannot arrive at libertarianism and ultimately the vision of a stateless society and turn back is that he knows there is no path to virtue by reversing course and steaming toward collectivism.  The virtuous man would surely lose his way if he were to do so.


“It is unfortunately none too well understood that, just as the State has no money of its own, so it has no power of its own.”
– Albert J. Nock

7 thoughts on “You Can’t Go Back Again by Bill Buppert”

  1. Bill Buppert and I share the same degree of revulsion for the state and all that it implies, but Bill’s ability to articulate that sentiment is way ahead of mine. I learn something new and important from every article he writes. May the freedom movement continue to be blessed with his talent for expression in spoken and written English.

  2. Churchill truly is another warmongering wretch, like Lincoln, held up as some sort of holy icon. The man, similar to Teddy Roosevelt, loved war more than he would care to admit, as you would say, in mixed company. Today I was subjected to the inanities of Fox News while chowing down on the morning breakfast at my hotel. The absurdities and lies that vomit forth from these talking heads make my stomach heave! Nobody, not a one, said anything about ending our imperial adventures overseas and bringing the legions home and once and for all putting an end to this madness which has helped catapult our debt into the stratosphere. Nobody! Both major parties art part and parcel responsible for dragging us to this dance from hell but in the end want to stick the tab on us alone while they saunter out the side doors with their golden goodies.

  3. Lysander Spooner was right when he said politicians are nothing more than a band of murderers and robbers.

  4. George Keagle

    I have been TV’less for over 35 years. So, like mot, my only exposure is when traveling or at public locations. I, too, find a knot at the pit of my stomach when I have to watch that drivel.

    Thanks to web sites like “Zero Gov” and the web in general more and more have come and are coming to see the real threat to liberty: one’s “own” state — or agents thereof, since states are fictitious abstracts.


  5. How right you are George! My parents used to call the TV the “idiot box” when I was young. Now that I’ve reached the same age as when they uttered those words I can only concur. Mass TeeVee propaganda is designed to make you stupid. It works or else why would they continue to hammer away with their yammering commercials? Having no control over the device in the common area one has to stifle the urge to either choke at the lies or laugh out loud at the clowns. All one need do is turn the volume off and realize what you have are pretty faces, actors, reading scripts. The portal to Hell generally sits silent in my room except for the weather channel when they deem it necessary not to indoctrinate me about global warming. Ahhh…. to be thankful for small blessings.

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