I’ve had folks e-mail me now and then complaining about my too-shrill tone here as regards this sort of thing, saying that FederalGovCo shouldn’t be regarded as tyrannical because “nobody is actually going into gulags yet,” and that “it’s not as if we’re actually like Nazi Germany, with people being sent to the ovens” and such-like. If that’s the standard by which tyranny is to be measured–rather than the one laid out by the Founders, say–then it’ll be a very long time indeed before any real changes are demanded. And an awful lot of us are going to be way too quiescent, so to speak, to demand it.
I pay such people no attention. They are the ones who will eventually slink away, to Canada or somewhere else, hoping their chains will continue to rest lightly on their bowed shoulders.
In their own way they are worse than the active, obvious tyrants, because they enable such monsters in the name of pragmatic reason. They are both cowardly and stupid, and the penalty for both crimes against nature is often, as it should be, death or enslavement.
Some people lust for the whip, but that doesn’t mean I have to respect their peculiar desires. They are cattle waiting for the slaughter. Fat, sleek, stupid cattle, to be sure, but still: Cattle.