Head, heart, belly

Head, heart, belly

By M. L. Simon

Head, heart, belly

For a very long time, I have wondered what the Libertarian Party would do or say in the face of the Fascist menace that caused World War Two. I think I have my answer.

The party would have counseled that it was America’s fault for meddling and would have asked Germany and Japan what we could do to eliminate the grievances of these two countries. Does Japan need more oil for its conquest of China? Done—because America has no interest in the welfare of China, and if Japan wishes to rule China, that is between China and Japan. As long as Japan has the money, we must sell it the oil. The same goes for the dispute between England and Germany. Does Germany want America to stop selling and giving arms to England? Done—after all, American people are being taxed to support England. If England can’t support herself, America has no interest in foreign entanglements.

Let’s look at the world today. A new/old fascist ideology has arisen based on religion. The fascists have just grievances, and Americans have been taxed to support the only democracy in the lands of the fascists. Unfortunately, this democracy is run mainly by Jews. And we know this current fascist ideology, like the one that preceded it, hates Jews. Especially the Jews in its midst. After all, hadn’t all the countries of this fascist league each in its own way expelled all the Jews from its various regions? Why should American tax dollars support these Jewish interlopers who had lived in small numbers in the region for more than 2,000 years and in large numbers since the end of World War Two? Why not sell them out and let their neighbors take care of them? Wouldn’t it be cheaper?

There is no doubt American foreign policy is less than perfect. Our drug prohibition-inspired adventure into the Colombian civil war is an unmitigated disaster and is bringing untold suffering to the people of Colombia. We are desperately in need of a better policy in the region. For starters, if we ended prohibition, we could deal rationally with Colombia’s problems. But I am reminded that despite the suffering we inflicted on Vietnam, 25 years after the war, a great many of the people of Vietnam wish we had won the war. There would have been no mass slaughters in the aftermath, no re-education camps, no boat people, and a democratic capitalist economy would have brought a measure of wealth only now beginning to be realized as Vietnam slowly changes its economic system. Even when badly done, American influence is still better than the alternative.

At this point, I think a movie review is in order. And the movie I want to review is The Wizard of Oz. The essence of the movie is the search of each main character for something missing in their life. And this search is done in the face of unlimited evil. And what are the missing parts? The Scarecrow needs a brain, the Tin Man needs a heart, and the Lion needs courage. I think the message here is that no person is fully formed without a head, a heart, and courage.

What do we know about the Libertarians? They certainly have a head. Their analysis is exquisite and to the point—detailed and nuanced based on the most logical of rules and as internally consistent as a political philosophy can be. But logic makes up less than 10 percent of human experience. I say this well aware that as an industrial controls designer, I make my living from logic. So the Libertarians have logic in spades. But it is a cold, heartless logic—a pocket book-oriented logic. And if you look over the mass of the party and especially its local expression, they do not have the courage of their convictions. The party’s support for Dr. Dunkel and the Libertarian tax protesters and E.J.’s run-in with the law over marijuana sales have been less than courageous. In fact, they have been for the most part cowardly. This is especially galling to me in E.J.’s case, since he gave his heart to advancing the cause of the party.

Thus, I find that although I am in the main in philosophical agreement with many of the party’s positions, I can no longer affiliate myself with such a group. There are still individuals that I can support and I will. There are still party positions I can support and I will. But from here on, the party no longer gets my blanket endorsement. As of now, consider me an independent political activist.

Let me close with a quote from John Stewart Mill:

“War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”

Don’t forget to ask a politician: Do you favor drug prohibition because it finances criminals, or do you favor it because it finances terrorists?

This week’s politician is:

Senator Dave Syverson – District 34

200 S. Wyman Suite 302

Rockford, IL 61101

M. Simon is an industrial controls designer and independent political activist.

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