Thursday, July 17, 2008

Guessing game: who wrote these?

Tom always gets to these first and fastest, and always spoils my fun.

So this time I have used quotations I am pretty sure are not on the Web, just to raise the stakes a little.

Here are the quotes:

Number one:

If we go it alone and depend on ourselves to defend ourselves we must be prepared permanently to surrender that democratic freedom of action which we habitually enjoyed in peace time. We must resign ourselves to becoming a socialist, largely authoritarian police state, with freedom of speech, freedom of occupation, and freedom of movement subordinated to military necessity, as defined by those in charge.

Number Two:

If you enter politics with honesty, ordinary sense, and a hope in your heart that you can help out, I am willing to trust my own future and the future of our children to the evaluations you will form and the actions you will take. Whenever the American people take their affairs in their own hands, instead of letting them go by default, I have no fear of the outcome.

We need never be afraid of the vote of informed Americans. It is only the ignorant voter we have to fear, ignorant politically, no matter how fine his house or how expensive his schooling. Such people have never experienced democracy; they have merely enjoyed its benefits. It is hard to explain what democracy is; it is necessary to participate in it to understand it.

Number Three:

From politics I have come to believe the following:

(1) Most people are basically honest, kind, and decent.

(2) The American people are wise enough to run their own affairs. They do not need Fuehrers, Strong Men, Technocrats, Commissars, Silver Shirts, Theocrats, or any other sort of dictator.

(3) Americans have a compatible community of ambitions. Most of them don’t want to be rich but do want enough economic security to permit them to raise families in decent comfort without fear of the future. They want the least government necessary to this purpose and don’t greatly mind what the other fellow does as long as it does not interfere with them living their own lives. As a people we are neither money mad nor prying; we are easy-going and anarchistic. We may want to keep up with the Joneses—but not with the Vanderbilts. We don’t like cops.

(4) Democracy is not an automatic condition resulting from laws and constitutions. It is a living, dynamic process which must be worked at by you yourself—or it ceases to be democracy, even if the shell and form remain.

(5) One way or another, any government which remains in power is a representative government. If your city government is a crooked machine, then it is because you and your neighbors prefer it that way—prefer it to the effort of running your own affairs, Hitler’s government was a popular government; the vast majority of Germans preferred the rule of gangsters to the effort of thinking and doing for themselves. They abdicated their franchise.

(6) Democracy is the most efficient form of government ever invented by the human race. On the record, it has worked better in peace and in war that fascism, communism, or any other form of dictatorship. As for the mythical yardstick of “benevolent” monarchy or dictatorship—there ain’t no such animal!

(7) A single citizen, with no political connections and no money, can be extremely effective in politics.

I will give you two hints:

a) Upton Sinclair

b) All three were written c. 1946

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Here is my guess.

In 1946, Heinlein wrote TAKE BACK YOUR GOVERNMENT: A Practical Handbook For the Private Citizen Who Wants Democracy To Work. It was published after his death. In it he wrote 7 paragraphs, 3 of which you quote above......

That was fun. On a side note, Upton Sinclair lived for a brief time in Arden, Delaware, causing that locale to become the Socialist center of America. After his wife left him, he moved to California.....

Secondly, he ran for governor of California twice. The first time as a Socialist, and the second as a Democrat. He had some advice for third party candidates based on his own personal experience.......

Of his gubernatorial bids, Sinclair remarked in 1951: "The American People will take Socialism, but they won't take the label. I certainly proved it in the case of EPIC. Running on the Socialist ticket I got 60,000 votes, and running on the slogan to 'End Poverty in California' I got 879,000. I think we simply have to recognize the fact that our enemies have succeeded in spreading the Big Lie. There is no use attacking it by a front attack, it is much better to out-flank them." ^ United States Socialism Spartacus Educational

Exchange the word Socialism with Libertarianism, and this accurately portrays the battles Libertarians are having all across thie country. The "Big Lie" in this case, is that third parties are a joke. Adjust tactics, and you might get your views propelled into mainstream where they belong.

(Ha, Tyler argued this against me long ago.)

The fight which Libertarians are having just to become recognized this year, is indicative of American's distaste for labels... Even though they love Libertarian's ideas.