Abolishing America (contd.): Thoughts On the Guilt Lobby On The Anniversary Of Columbus` Discovery



Libertarians And
Immigration Archive

By   L.
Neil Smith


[VDARE note:
Award-winning science fiction novelist and
arch-libertarian L. Neil Smith says he is the
libertarian movement`s "most prolific and
widely-published living writer."It may be true. You
can buy copies of his books in stores or

online
from
his website. His latest,

The American Zone
,
soon to be published by Tor, is unfortunately
prescient: it involves a terrorist attack on a
mile-high building.


In honor of

Christopher Columbus
,
who Eurocentrically "discovered" America on this day
in 1492, we run Smith`s thoughts on the racial guilt
lobby. Of course, it also shows how tolerant we are
because Smith says he`s in favor of open immigration
–but hedged about with crippling conditions. We don`t
agree
anyway, but it`s just a phase some thinking libertarians
go through.


Note Smith can
definitely say "I told you so" on one point: long before

September 11th,
he was

calling
for Americans to be allowed to carry

guns on planes.
]

My nearly infinite tolerance for
the foolishness of my fellow humans sometimes exhausts
itself, and I find myself making statements that begin,
“It`s a good thing I`m a libertarian, because otherwise

One thing that
gets to me is the trendy notion that descendents of
slaves ought to be paid

reparations

by descendents of those who owned slaves—one of the
dumber ideas ever to boil out of the repellent porridge
professional parasites call their brains.

Some of my
ancestors from the Old South owned slaves. My mom tells
stories of her great-grandmother`s “mammy”, a

role
we
associate today with young Irish or Hispanic immigrants
working at

minimum wage
. Others were slaves themselves, Polish
serfs who belonged to whatever genetically impoverished

Cossack
claimed the land they farmed—imagine
Fiddler on the Roof
being Catholic instead of
Jewish. They wisely “followed the Drinking Gourd” to
Pennsylvania, where they clawed coal from the ground
under conditions that speak eloquently of how they`d
hated being some inbred aristo`s property.

If this
reparations stuff ever gets beyond mere salivation and
I`m forced to fork over, to my great-great-grandmother`s
mammy`s great-great-grandchildren, hard-earned wealth
they don`t deserve, for something I never did, does that
mean some Russian owes me, or is this just a black
thing? This nation literally

tore itself to pieces

trying (so many believed) to end slavery. If reparations
are called for, they were paid in full by 620,000
victims of

the War Between the States
.

Another thing
that gets to me: there are few Star Trek fans
more enthusiastic than I am. Despite its drooling
Utopian fascism, it`s held my interest from the first
time Jim Kirk told us the stardate to the moment
Voyager
came home. But one thing that never fails to
blow my cork is the collection of stupidities
represented by Kathryn Janeway`s “native
American
” first officer.

I`ve never
chosen my friends—or enemies—on the basis of their
color. A Canadian magazine once

accused
me of racism. I extracted their intestines
as they watched and broiled them over the World Wide
Web. I choose my friends—and enemies—on the basis of
their commitment to the Bill of Rights, the
Non-Aggression Principle, and above all, to reason.

I even favor
open immigration, provided that the third of
America—half the west—held illegally as “public land” is
surrendered to individual ownership;

welfare
is extirpated root and branch; and newcomers
are required to sign off on the first ten amendments to
the Constitution. (If they later advocate violations of
those amendments … well, it`s a good thing I`m a
libertarian.)

So spare me
the bilge about the wisdom and spirituality of those
it`s politically incorrect to call Indians. If I hear
the words “spirit guide” or “vision quest” once more,
especially on a series about a 24th century
interstellar spacecraft, I`m going into warp
myself—backwards—propelled by vomit. The Soviets
collapsed because their ideas—Hegel, Marx, Lysenko—were
crap. It may be impolite to say so, but more than
Springfields or Winchesters, it was the

nonsense Indians believed
that defeated them.

These were
folks so “close to nature” they ran

herds of buffalo off a cliff
so they could butcher a
couple for lunch, so “in tune with the environment”
that, despite claims they “used all of the buffalo”
(something packing plants are vilified for), their
pre-Columbian movements about the continent can be
tracked by following a trail of their garbage heaps.

True, my
ancestors—the slaveholders; the serfs hadn`t arrived
yet—weren`t nice to Indians. They gave them blankets
from smallpox fatalities. It`s claimed my folks

taught theirs
to scalp enemies. But even if that`s
true, it`s also true that although

Robert Heinlein
taught me, in a couple of books, how
to cut up a dead body in a bathtub, I`ve never felt
obliged to try it.

Moral
enlightenment is an invention, as surely as penicillin,
plutonium, and the Pentium. If we don`t condemn our
ancestors because they died like flies from diseases
that could have been cured with a spoonful of bread mold,
or because, lacking nuclear power, they burned every
tree in Europe, or because, failing to create word
processors, a million monks got writer`s cramp, does it
make sense to revile them for not having stumbled across
the

Non-Aggression Principle
?

If there`s
anything more insane than holding ancient people to
moral standards that hadn`t been invented yet, it`s
holding modern people responsible for the acts of
ancients who didn`t know any better. Next time I run
into one of those professional “Native American”

crybabies
, it`s going to be hard to resist grabbing
him by the squash blossoms and saying, “My ancestors and
yours both believed in the right of conquest. Yours
lost. Get over it!”

A final
embarrassing historic—make that prehistoric—fact is that
they`re not native Americans. There are no native
Americans. They may have arrived here thousands of years
before my ancestors, but there`s growing evidence that
somebody got

here first
.

Ancient
remains have been found in the Pacific Northwest, the
Carolinas, and South America, of non-Indian people.
Attempting to preserve its victim status, today`s Indian
political establishment struggles to claim these remains
and

literally bury
them before they get full scientific
scrutiny. Maybe what I oughta yell at Mr. Squash Blossom
is, “What did you do to Folsom Man, you genocidal
monster?”

What I`d
rather do—what anybody rational would rather do—is learn
from the past and set it aside. It has much to teach
us—it informed the Founding Fathers—and heaven knows we
have much to learn from it. But we aren`t going to learn
anything from spirit guides or

racial demagogues
.

That`s why
it`s imperative to tell the

Guilt Lobby

to get a life, and convince every senator, congressman,
legislator, councilman, commissioner, and dogcatcher
that any who vote for reparations will be found the next
morning – well, won`t be re-elected.


L. NEIL SMITH is
the award-winning author of more than 20 novels about
individual liberty and the right to own and carry
weapons.  You can read his

essays
, or check out his

books
at the

Webley Page
.

October 12, 2001