Saturday, April 28, 2012

Hari Seldon had the right idea

For those not in the know, Hari Seldon is a main character in Asimov's "Foundation" series.  Essentially, he foresaw the collapse of a galactic civilization, and took steps to shorten the interregnum to the next civilization that would arise after the dark ages.

Conventional wisdom is that we aren't voting our way out of the current crisis, and I happen to agree.  Those don't tend to think too deeply take that statement to mean that I think it's time to start shooting.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Someone (maybe Tam, or Uncle or the Pantsless One-I can't recall) pointed out that shooting our way out will inevitably end with people having to line a subset of  their friends, neighbors and family against the wall.  I am not, and probably never will be, prepared to do that.  Calling for a violent solution to our troubles without explicitly acknowledging this reality is foolhardy at best.

I am convinced that the republic will fall in the next 100 years.  If the election of Barack Obama was a one off, if so many crucial institutions had not been infect with overt and covert statist/collectivist influences, if we had not devoted so much energy to dismantling our own liberties, then perhaps she could be saved.  The fact that after 4 years of abject failure, scandal, state facilitated murder, deliberate over-reach and blatant unconstitutional acts, Obama is looking at possibly being reelected and not jail time tells me we're done.  That anyone could consider voting for him to get a second term, let alone a number near enough to have the election in doubt, means we're nearing the end.

So, what do we do about it.  Voting isn't going to work.  Shooting isn't an option.  There's no where else to go, so leaving isn't an option.  All that is left, I fear, is planting seeds that you know will lie dormant for generations in the hope that the tree of liberty will sprout and flower again.  If that's all that is left to us, then how to set about doing it?

1 comment:

  1. I am Hari Seldon. You know nothing of my work.