Fireside Chat: On Eugenics & Civil War
31 May 2015
My Friends, listen:
Fear is the common enemy of all that lives.
Fear is what causes the weak to panic, the strong to overbear.
Fear causes us to lash out, to attack what we do not understand.
Fear paralyzes us, keeps us servile. It is not the Government, but our own fear, that has led us to this point. No tyrant but what weakness dwells inside of us caused us to be slaves. No FBI agent put a gun to your head to force you to accept this system. No U.S. Marshal dragged you from your home in chains to vote for the Government’s policies. No policeman beat you senseless to keep you from running for office yourself.
We live in the freest country in the world; and yet we are slaves to our own fears. It is fear – not reason, not love of country, not enlightenment or even well-informed opinion – that has caused so many to attack their fellow Americans.
I have been attacked by members of my own Party on the basis of my religion. I have been attacked for my support of eugenics and my perceived hostility toward women & racial minorities. I have been attacked for declaring that I was born for a Great War.
These things are true; and they are not true; and they are half-true. I understand that talk of paganism & warfare is frightening to the common mind, and it is for this reason that I grant you the following explanations, that your fears may be allayed, our cause strengthened. I pray you will listen to reason, free yourselves of the chains of fear, and prove yourselves the champions of Liberty our country so desperately needs.
The first topic to be discussed is my religion. I have been a pagan since I was thirteen years of age, and I am proud of that fact. My religion is not an issue I wished to be central to my campaign, but it is an issue for which I have been the subject of much derision. And so it must be addressed.
Article Six of the Constitution of the United States prohibits a religious test as a qualification for federal office. It should not matter, legally speaking, whether a man or woman is Christian, atheist, Buddhist, or Confucian. But practically speaking, the citizens of our country are greatly concerned about the religion of their politicians. John F. Kennedy had to overcome the popular concern that his Catholicism might subject the United States to Vatican interests. Barack Obama has been derided alternatively as a Muslim, an atheist, and a pseudo-Christian. Mitt Romney is suspect for being a Mormon. It would be naïve, then, to believe that things would be any different for a pagan. In fact, we can assume that things will be even harder.
But difficulty is not problematic for the pagan. We seek out difficulty. We seek out danger & adventure. We want to scale forbidding mountains and brave monster-bearing seas. We want trials by fire & contests of strength. We want to set our will against the world, to gain honor by tribulation. The worse the odds, the better for us; and we find glory even in failure, so long as we struggled valiantly.
Paganism is not a centralized religion. There is no one Holy Book. There is no one moral code. There is no one way, no single path to the future. But I will tell you my longing and my highest virtue: What I strive for is excellence. I have delved deep into the human experience, deeper than most men dare. I have seen light that would blind and darkness that would drive to madness. I have pushed harder than many dare dream; I have plunged to depths unimaginable; I have sought heights known to be impossible.
And yet I, too, have struggled with envy & fear, had moments of weakness & self-doubt. Just as the Christian or Muslim fails time and again in his struggle to submit his will to the Will of God, so do we pagans fail time and again to achieve our lofty virtues. But whether Christian or Muslim, Wiccan or Odinist, we who are religious all share the same passion: to live by our ideals, to focus our energy on what is highest, to give worship where the world gives only mockery.
You may worship the Christ, the Father, the Spirit. I worship the Sun, the trees, the waters. I see the Holy Spirit in all things, whether in the orchid on my porch or the tree waving beyond the balcony or the softly gliding clouds above. Does that disqualify me as a politician? Does that make me unelectable? Does that mean I cannot have a firm grasp on criminal law reform or the proper conduct of foreign policy?
I see it as the opposite. I think that our politicians today are lacking precisely because they do not strive for excellence. American politics has made virtues of pettiness, of dogmatism, of shallow thinking; it has made vices of scholarship, of consideration, of nobility.
The anti-intellectual climate we see in politics today is not the result of any Government policy. It is the result of weak stomachs and rash tempers, of soft spines and mediocre minds – not in Government agents alone, but in the citizenry itself. The renaissance of paganism is not a part of my campaign platform – but when my religion is attacked I am honor-bound to point out that a return to the virtues of courage & excellence & love & community would do the world some good.
The second topic to be discussed is my position on eugenics. While in law school, I wrote a paper in which I stated that we as a society have a duty to implement a state-sponsored eugenics program. I argued that the implementation of such a program would be the most humane approach to mental and physical handicaps, incurable diseases, and other such ills afflicting humankind.
What my critics fail to take notice of is that this paper was written between five and six years ago. I wrote the paper as a staff writer for a journal at my law school. It is, of course, a cardinal sin of politics for a politician to change his mind about something, but that is the case here.
I have been asked whether I regret writing the paper. Now, I despise the politician without backbone enough to stand by what he has said; and I loathe the political culture in which we find ourselves, the culture in which we treat our speech as being free only if it does not offend someone. On the other hand, for a man to say he regrets shooting someone is not an abandonment of his Second Amendment rights. Likewise, for a man to say he regrets a writing is not an abandonment of his First Amendment rights.
It is not a vice to strive for excellence. What is vicious is the petty members of Government ruling over a free people. As a piece of legal scholarship, my paper on eugenics is still valid. Until the United States Supreme Court overrules its prior eugenics legislation, it will still be legal to implement such a program.
But as public policy, I have changed my mind in the past six years. I regret the writing for the simple fact that some petty, bureaucratic tyrant might get ahold of the paper and take it as his plan. God forbid the bureaucrats, the low-minded, the unintelligent, come to head a eugenics program: the individualistic, the high-minded, and the intelligent among us would be bred out in a generation. It does not matter how high our aims; the fact is that a eugenics program, in the wrong hands, would be a monstrosity.
Again, it is not the love of excellence that poses the danger; it is the pettiness of men in government. And for this reason, a eugenics program would be far too dangerous to implement.
The third topic to be discussed is my position on the right to vote. It has been repeated ad nauseam that I do not want women or racial minorities voting. As for women, I am a pagan and worship the Goddess; so my feminist credentials are above reproach. As for racial minorities, my children are half Puerto Rican, and I can assure you that I consider them more qualified to vote than my Libertarian critics, who, by the way, all happen to be white.
But leaving aside obvious logical inconsistencies, let us examine what I actually said, rather than parroting internet tabloids. The smear itself comes from a short piece I wrote in 2010 titled “On Democracy & the Rule of Law.” The paper is a tract on political philosophy, not a position paper.
Even so, the excerpt in question reads as follows:
Certainly there are some positive aspects of democracy, generally conceived. For one, the likelihood of violent revolution is lessened – at least in Western countries. It is also true that many gifted statesmen have thrived in democratic government, including Pericles, Alexander Hamilton, and Abraham Lincoln – though the great men are always the least democratic. And yes, it is true that women and racial minorities have been allowed to participate in the processes of government to an extent previously denied categorically – though it cannot be said that this has ever made government “better.” We must ask ourselves: Do these meager benefits outweigh the chaos and disorder, the cultural degradation and political mediocrity, which are characteristic of democratic government?
And this is why scholars do not run for office. Taken in context, it should be clear that this is a critique of mass democracy, not a rant against women & racial minorities. And yet my opponents have used a deliberate misquotation as a smear. They do not even need to bother with citing the paper: all they need to do is paraphrase it, and the uncritical will believe it.
Now let me tell you a brutal truth, which all politicians know but none dare say: Men are not equal. To think that the illiterate laborer is as well-informed about foreign affairs as the political scientist is an absurdity. To think that the bureaucrat is as well-educated in realpolitik as the Army general is equally absurd. And with each mounting absurdity we fall further form the democracy of our forefathers into mindless egalitarianism. The United States has devolved from a Republic into mob rule under our very noses; and yet we still blame either the liberals or the conservatives without looking first into the mirror.
This notion of absolute equality is the foundation of communism. Despite what the egalitarians among us think, we do not live in a mass democracy: we live in a Democratic Republic. As citizens in this Republic, we have the duty to educate ourselves and to participate in the conduct of the Government. Reading blogs does not count as education; we do not fulfill our civic duty by watching Fox News or MSNBC; we are not participating in the conduct of Government by complaining day and night on the Internet.
I am attacked for critiquing mass democracy – and yet what have you done lately to ensure that the rights so hard won by Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King, Jr. are actually being used? We can debate philosophy until we are all blue in the face; but none of it matters if we fail to act.
This brings us to the fourth & final topic to be discussed: an open letter I wrote in April 2013. In that letter I renounced my life and prophesied a Great War. I said that I would disappear into the Wilderness and that I would return bearing Revolution. To say that many have taken issue with the letter would be an understatement.
Lawyers have taken issue because I called them worms.
Schoolteachers have taken issue because I said I was better at English.
German Shepard lovers have taken issue because I bragged of my poodle.
And that was just the satire.
The FBI & the U.S. Marshals took issue because they thought me to be a threat.
The Florida police departments thought I was a threat.
Both of my graduate universities thought I was a threat.
I wear that as a badge of honor. Who among you has caused the beast to take notice? Who among you has words with power enough to rouse this monster? Which of you is a threat to the system you claim to abhor?
For if you are not a threat, then you are nothing. The Government cares nothing for the voice of slaves; it listens only to free men & women dangerous enough to keep it in check.
I have been asked many questions about the letter in the past two weeks of campaigning:
Did I write the letter? Of course I did. And I stand by it.
Do I regret the letter? Absolutely not. It was the beginning of my real life.
Do I believe a War is coming? I would not have written it otherwise.
Why did I write the letter? Now there is the question that matters; and yet it is always the least & the last of the inquiries.
One of the greatest moments in a man’s life is the moment of mystic renunciation. The Buddha, forsaking family, palace, and rank, left for the Wilderness and found enlightenment. The Christ, leaving for the Wilderness, was tempted by Satan; there He found Himself. Countless millions of us have followed in that tradition, so essential to the human experience. It is the day a man makes his choice to worship the Spirit over the material, the reality over the illusion, God over man.
This sort of talk upsets modern Americans. We are now too secular, too agnostic, too enlightened, to bother ourselves with such foolishness. And should God give us visions of war, then God Himself must be banned from our polite society.
I am not ashamed for having followed my visions. I will not backpedal to make myself more appealing to the materialists. But aside from these personal revelations, it should be clear to anyone with eyes open that America is headed toward Civil War. Look at the cops holding assault rifles on American streets; look at the military-grade trucks & helicopters in our cities; look at the riots of the voiceless, sick of waiting for the weak-willed politicians to do something about police brutality and Government overreach. Look at this and tell me you are blind to what comes.
This will be not a war of race or of class, of North and South or Republican and Democrat. This will be a war of all against all. The question is not whether it will come; the question is whether you will fight, and what you will fight for.
Will you fight for the freedom we have so long said we wanted? Or will you hide in your house?
Will you fight for the land our forefathers settled? Or will you complain on the internet?
Will you fight for the future of your children? Or will you tell them it is safer to do nothing?
The fact that I am neither a pacifist nor a coward does not make me less a Libertarian than my fellows. My ability to say aloud what others only dare whisper in their living rooms does not make me a terrorist or a lunatic. I would point out to you all that we would still have a monarch were it not for the Civil War of 1776. Perhaps our descendants will point out to their detractors that they would still have the FBI, the IRS, the DHS, the DEA, the ATF, and a hundred other agencies, were it not for the valor of our generation.
Or will they say we failed? Or will they say we lacked the courage to stand up for ourselves? Or will they say we gave lip service to freedom while bowing to the Government? Or will they say we feared the President’s men more than we loved our country? The choice is in each one of us. Search your heart, you who are listening to this message. Discover whether you are slave or free.