|Russia Threatens To Abandon The U.S. Dollar And Start Dumping U.S. Debt - 03/05Cop Strangles Puppy to Death, Sends Picture to Owner - 03/05US Supreme Court Considers Limits Of Deadly Force In Police Chases - 03/05Showdown: Maryland to Target 110,000 Citizens With Gun Confiscation - 03/05Duke University Student Says She Became Porn Actress Because Tuition Is So Expensive - 03/06"Doing my online econ homework. I knew it wasn't the 'right' answer but I had to try." [Pic] - 02/25Supreme Court Expands Police Power to Seize Your Assets Before Conviction - 03/03"Behind The Kiev Snipers It Was Somebody From The New Coalition" - A Stunning New Leak Released - 03/05|
To Collectivists, Lenin And Mussolini Defined "Liberty"by Will Grigg
A character played by John Wayne once dismissed an irritating fellow as someone who was merely spitting out words in order to watch them splatter. In similar fashion, the leftist publication Salon continues to emit anti-libertarian screeds in the hope of attracting internet traffic. It isn’t interested in examining ideas.
Salon’s most recent effort focuses on a proposed measure in Kansas that would recognize the right of business owners not to accept patronage from homosexual couples. According to the author, "Since it is the state that is ultimately tasked to bring out the violent enforcers who effectuate the discriminating intents of public accommodations providers, the state literally cannot get out of the way."
Actually, anti-discrimination laws depend on threat and practice of state violence. This isn’t true of a business owner who merely declines the patronage of someone he finds objectionable.
Without naming Mussolini explicitly, the Salon contributor begins with the assumption found in the fascist dictator’s totalitarian formula: Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state. He does explicitly invoke Lenin’s statement that the basic political question is “who does what to whom.”
So according to Salon, “liberty” is a gift of the state, and libertarians are heretics because they reject Lenin’s doctrines.