The Meaning of Nagasaki
least 75,000 innocents were killed, instantaneously, 59 years ago.
had plans to manufacture dozens more nukes, and to use them. I’m
if individuals can be wiped out – if their dreams, families, homes and
life savings can be completely disintegrated in an act later rationalized
as “necessary” by the power elite – what limitations are there on
how government behaves toward people? None, really.
don’t have a “limited government” by any true meaning. If a
government can kill entire cities full of people, no “limits” are
truly in place, at least in the constitutional or legal sense.
how we’re seen: vessels from which revenue can be squeezed, sponges that
soak up wealth to be squeezed dry to fund the building of prisons, bombs,
and social “services” so as to keep us all passive and compliant.
no mistake about it. It is government’s nature to exercise as much power
over people as possible.
it’s not just the
back to liberals and Harry Truman, I must admit I’m confused when they
admire this war criminal. I read somewhere that Dennis Kucinich considered
Truman one of the best presidents of all time. Some “peace candidate”
Trent Lott said that Strom Thurmond should have defeated Truman in 1948,
there was an uproar among liberals and conservatives. Thurmond believed in
segregation. How can anyone have preferred him to win?
I am no fan of Thurmond. He had a terrible voting record and he may well
have been just as racist that many suspected him to be. I think government
segregation is a terrible policy, and that the government, so long as it
exists, should be completely color blind. I deplore racism, and especially
dislike racist politicians.
what could be more racist than murdering hundreds of thousands of innocent
people because of their nationality? What could be more insensitive and
antithetical to so-called “liberal values” than what Truman did?
Truman did twice.
meaning of Nagasaki is that governments will do to human beings what they
can get away with, as long as it is in the interest of the state, and will
only stop when people make them stop, or when they run out of the
necessary tools to continue treating human beings as worse than garbage.
lesson to be taken from it is that people will bend over backwards to
defend what their governments have done, no matter how terrible, so long
as the misdeeds are done in their name.
look forward to the day when
is a writer and musician who lives in Berkeley, California. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history at UC Berkeley, where he was president of the Cal Libertarians. He is an intern at the Independent Institute and has written for RationalReview.com, the Libertarian Enterprise, LewRockwell.com and Antiwar.com. See his webpage, AnthonyGregory.com, for more articles and personal information.