On March 23, 1933, the German Parliament (the Reichstag) passed the "Enabling Act," officially entitled the "Law for Removing the Distress of the People and the Reich". The Enabling Act was in response to the burning of the Reichstag building, seat of the German government, which caused panic and outrage. The "terrorist" attack was blamed on the extremist opposition, but history has shown that Hitler's own forces contrived the act as a pretext to secure power. The law effectively established a "legal" dictatorship for Adolf Hitler.
Hitler promised that "The government will make use of these powers only insofar as they are essential for carrying out vitally necessary measures ... The number of cases in which an internal necessity exists for having recourse to such a law is in itself a limited one."
|Letters to the Editor
The following is an excerpt from a much longer message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why do so many people in the Middle East hate us?
Most people in the Middle East hate us and why wouldn't they? There has been conflict between the Middle East and the West since fifty years after the death of Muhammad in 632 CE, conflict in which we are now on the ascendancy, while they seem mired in the past. But it wasn't always so. A vigorous and sophisticated Muslim society in the Middle Ages made Western Europe look like a barnyard. Muslims invaded Spain early on and occupied it for eight hundred years. We defeated them at Tours in Northern France in 732 and pushed them out of Spain in 1492. We invaded the Middle East three times during the Crusades between the years 1000 and 1300. Eventually, they chased us out. The Ottoman Turks invaded Europe during the Renaissance and were stopped only at great cost. We destroyed the Ottoman Empire during World War I and replaced it with states whose borders were chosen by us for our own benefit incidentally, breaking our word, given during the War, to grant them independence in return for their support.
We have planted a colony Israel in their midst and continue to guarantee its permanency. We support repressive, corrupt and undemocratic client regimes that serve our strategic and economic interests rather than the interests of their own people. We perpetually deny them self-determination. We garrison troops in Saudi Arabia, the sacred Muslim homeland. With the help of our client governments, we profit hugely from their oil and they do not. To make matters worse, the corrupt regimes we support propagandize their citizens against us in order to deflect the anger that might otherwise be directed toward them. Well organized Islamic fundamentalists incorporate hatred of the West, which they feel for the above mentioned reasons, into the religious ideology that they convey very successfully to the Middle Eastern masses.
But, don't they hate our values and our love of freedom, modernity, etc. as we have been told.
No doubt many of them do, but it is well to remember that, while we often exemplify these values at home, we usually don't overseas at least not toward people unlike ourselves; i.e., those who aren't prosperous, urbane, well-to-do, well-educated and English-speaking. As for modernism, they simply haven't enjoyed its benefits and have only seen the damage it has done to their culture and their environment.
Why are Islamic fundamentalists so successful in garnering popular support throughout the Middle East and the Muslim world?
Our corrupt client regimes have abandoned their own populations to lives of poverty and misery. Islamic fundamentalists succeed with these populations because they have created a welfare system, in most cases the only welfare system, that tries to meet their material needs and to provide them with a modicum of well being. They succeed because they provide the usual message of religious solace that at least offers some hope and a "rationalization" of their misery. They succeed because they organize schools which indoctrinate the children of the poor in their radical religious ideology.
name withheld at author's request
Sam Another excellent issue [November 2001], and I particularly enjoyed the review by Don Cormier. He is an outstanding writer. Hopefully we'll see more of his writing in future issues!
Tom; Redwood Shores, California
The following is in response to my article "Shameful Surrender", November 2001.
I recently read an article where airport security is having trouble finding a home for confiscated metallic objects like eyelash curlers and nail clippers as well as scissors and pocket knives. I thought that a pencil would make a better weapon than some of the confiscated items, yet pencils are not on the banned list. What the charitable agencies will not take are destined to become land fill. The article did mention that the return of the confiscated objects to their rightful owners would be a hardship on the government [double whoopee ding ding editor]. I presume that none of the objects were labeled with the owner's name and address. At the very least, the materials to ship the confiscated materials home could have been made available for a fee. A shipping company could have made a fortune by setting up shop next to the checkpoints.
If you include all the wars, police actions, and internal disputes, the total [number of Americans who have sacrificed themselves for the sake of their liberty] is in the millions, not the tens of thousands. If you include those that tried to resist government oppression, the total may even be in the tens of millions.
Sir James the Bold
|United Nations Agenda
The Freedom 21 group is a local response to United Nations Agenda 21 the UN blueprint for world governance in the 21st century. Agenda 21 is hammering away at top speed in Santa Cruz county [California], propelled by the fascist Santa Cruz bureaucracy.
It affects me personally. That's why I'm getting involved. My little community has its own private water company serving 17 houses. The water comes from a spring that runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We pump water from the spring to a holding tank on top of a hill, then gravity feed to the individual houses. We use only a small portion of the water from the spring, and the rest flows down a creek to the ocean. Of course, this is wasteful, but the spring has been flowing like this for millions of years.
United Nations Agenda 21 mandates a world-wide goal of reducing water consumption from the present 70 gallons a day per person to 10 gallons a day per person. In line with this mandate, implementing U.N. treaties, completely circumventing U.S., state, and local law, Santa Cruz County is requiring us to put water meters on our spring-fed supply lines. The county intends to monitor our water consumption, eventually limiting us to 10 gallons a day per person. We are being targeted first because we are highly visible, but this same fascism is coming soon to a faucet near you.
The consequences are far greater, however, than 10 gallons for you and me. Agriculture, for example, requires a lot more than 70 gallons a day per person; think of the disruption. But disruption is the intent disruption, devastation, chaos, leading to total world-wide fascist control. A liberal utopia. If Hitler had been a little smarter, he would have said "Today the water, tomorrow the world." Simple. Effective.
The Galaxian Lesson
Sam Aurelius Milam III
Back during the early and middle 80's, I spent a bit of time in the video arcades. My favorite game was Galaxian. While I wasn't by any means an expert, I could at least play the game well enough that it didn't seem like a complete waste of a token. I usually reached maybe level 3 or 4 before the machine got me.
One day, I strolled into the arcade and observed that my favorite console was occupied by some young fellow who I discovered, after a minute or so of observation, was far and away a better player than I would ever be. His cool command of the game was a marvel to behold. His play was flawless. With a sure eye and a quick hand, he obliterated every target that appeared on the screen. The machine couldn't touch him. He had reached a level that I hadn't even dreamed existed.
I had just about decided that the guy would be able to continue indefinitely when a fetching young lass about his age drifted over and placed a token on the console, just below the screen. For the briefest instant, his eyes flicked her direction. That one glance was all it took. His concentration was totally shattered. She had rendered him utterly incompetent. Within 15 seconds, he was out of the game and ....
... THAT is a good example why men and women should not be expected to work together in the same workplace.
Liberty Video Mighty Joe Young
Buck Hunter Shoots Off His Mouth
What do you think of the current state of world-wide commercial intercourse in today's globalized marketplace?
Dear Alan G.
If they catch you doin' that kinda thing for money, they're gonna put you in jail.
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