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Professor Jared Diamond
UCLA Geography Professor Jared Diamond is considered something of an intellectual heavyweight, with a Pulitzer Prize for one of his books, and a reputation as "America's best-known geographer." In an op-ed appearing in the Los Angeles Times last Friday, Diamond warned of the "enemy within," who threatens to destroy our "democracy" (Diamond's and other "progressives'" term for our Constitutional republic).
The danger, we're told, is that the nation has become so polarized that we can agree on nothing, and so nothing gets done politically, which will (somehow) prompt "decent Americans" to tolerate "authoritarian government" as the lesser of evils, thus ushering in tyranny:
Diamond seems particularly worried about gridlock, using the term six times in the single article--it's almost as if he has identified it as the biggest problem in the U.S.:
He apparently sees the passage of "fewer laws than [by] any Congress in decades," as a problem. Think about that. We are rapidly approaching the end of the 113th Congress--226 years of Congress passing hundreds of laws every year. Every year, for two and a quarter centuries, hundreds of new "you must not do this" strictures, and "you must do that" mandates. Not just Congress as a whole, but individual legislators--"lawmakers" in common parlance--are often measured by their "productivity"--the number of bills they introduce that eventually become law. The most "productive" legislator is the one who pushes through the most laws, the most restrictions on, and requirements for, the people's behavior. Sure, some bills that pass actually repeal old laws, or impose new restrictions on the government, rather than on the citizenry, but I trust no one thinks of that as the rule, rather than the exception.
And sure, as technology advances, and as social mores evolve, some new restrictions on what kinds of behavior society accepts are necessary--but hundreds per year, for centuries? Technology isn't moving that fast. At what point will we decide we finally have just about enough laws, that our freedom has been sufficiently curtailed? The more closely we approach that point, the better "gridlock" looks.
But in the meantime, who are these "extremists" pressuring politicians into refusal to compromise, who is this "enemy within"?
Yep--open carry demonstrations have brought us just one step away from provoking "decent Americans" into demanding a military coup to come in and get things done, apparently. The fact that private citizens are providing the border security that the federal government refuses to provide is an indictment of the people, and not the government. That armed private citizens thwarted the government's intention to enforce cattle grazing fee laws with paramilitary force is a call for more "active" government.
Our only hope, according to Diamond, is for the people and the politicians to find a willingness to "compromise," in order to end the gridlock:
Well . . . perhaps. Perhaps, on the other hand, as the late Andrew Breitbart once noted, "we have the guns," and rather like our chances "if events turn violent." He continues:
And that's another problem for your side, Diamond--the principles on which our republic (as opposed to your "democracy") was founded are indeed worth dying for, in the eyes of many of us, and perhaps an even bigger problem for you, worth killing for. So if you and your "decent Americans" decide to appeal to "authoritarian government" to deal with us, bring it.
A former paratrooper, Kurt Hofmann was paralyzed in a car accident in 2002. The helplessness inherent to confinement to a wheelchair prompted him to explore armed self-defense, only to discover that Illinois denies that right, inspiring him to become active in gun rights advocacy. He also writes the St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner column. Kurt Hofmann Archive.