The theory of modern government is fundamentally Hobbesian in its insistence that where political obedience is demanded, that demand must be satisfied lest we regress into bellum omnium contra omnes. I myself am of the view that there is a great deal of real estate between complete submission and civil war, and that acts such as Mr. Bundy’s are not only bearable in a free republic but positively salubrious. Unhappily, those views are not shared by many in Washington, and, if I were a wagering sort, my money would be on Mr. Bundy ending up dead or in prison, with a slight bias in the odds toward death.
I would further submit that there’s a good bit of real estate between the Hobbesian War of All Against All, a fancy term for pure anarchy, and a civil war. And more than a few observers might find it difficult to swallow the notion that the American Civil War and the Revolutionary War were identical in nature and intent. Although some die-hard confederates and libertarians might find the idea congenial. I am, however, not one of them.
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