Lutrin was hard to find. Having served out his single term after
shepherding Idaho from the corrupt and tyrannical claws of the rulers
in DC and their agents throughout the land, he had quietly retired
to his ranch near Sandpoint, ID in the northern panhandle in Year
One of the Free State Alliance (FSA). The Alliance had expanded
to embrace the former states of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Eastern
Washington, Nevada and British Columbia joined two years later by
Saskatchewan, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.
The Alaskan Republic maintained very close ties with the FSA. Utah
had gone her own way and established a Mormon theocracy. The West
Coast states formed Pacifica but the Green Coalition which maintained
tight control on the economy caused a brain-drain and economic collapse
that splintered the coalition.
break-up of these united States, all of California south of San
Francisco had become part of the pan-Mexican rump state in Atzlan
along with most of the American Southwest. Mexico has splintered
into approximately ten separate states with alliances between the
various 31 states that comprised Mexico ebbing and flowing on a
daily basis. The decriminalization of drug laws in Pacifica and
the Free State Alliance significantly weakened the strength of the
Mexican drug cartels to finance their activities and the pan-Mexican
economy started to flourish after nearly a century of economic and
in force in the major cities like Portland and Seattle but had lost
total control of the countryside in what had formerly been Washington
and Oregon. The Dakotas finally allied with the Midwestern Alliance.
South had settled into an uneasy alliance with the United States
Socialist Republic (USSR) which maintained their capital in the
District of Columbia. Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire eventually
broke away from the USSR to establish a system of Swiss-style cantons
which the USSR battered for the first two years but eventually exhausted
their ability to fight once the USSR economy collapsed into a miserable
shambles that made Cuba look like 1990s Hong Kong.
conceded defeat in an indirect fashion after assumption of his lifelong
appointment at the circus-like Constitutional Convention in the
USSR in 2012. The massive government intervention and adoption of
total central planning had predictable results: the world’s first
100% marginal tax rate on the top fifty percent of earners had only
surprised the Premiere’s Economic Council but no one else with the
results. Tax receipts were down by 80% in the first year and disappeared
in the second. Paul Krugman, the chairman of the council, was quoted
as saying "[that] greed would be eliminated and a new man would
emerge from the bold experiment." The only thing that emerged
were the tens of miles of refugees attempting to flee the USSR in
the first year after which the borders were sealed and all the government’s
guns were trained inward to prevent the citizens from escaping the
latest economic nostrum – permanent employment in a government job
assigned to you whether you liked it or not.
It is difficult
to gauge how bad conditions are in the USSR. Like the Soviet Union
during the twentieth century and Cuba afterwards, rumors were rampant.
Gulags, reeducation camps, mass disappearances, famine and disease
outbreaks were apparently the order of the day. Some of the crueler
pundits referred to the Premiere as Kim Jong Obama and Barak Mugabe.
Like the former northern part of the Koreas, it remains a rather
strong military power but an economic basket case.
Fears of meddling
on the part of China, Russia and Middle Eastern states proved to
be unfounded as those nations grapple with their own economic and
social collapse difficulties. While all manner of economic nonsense
were the "wave of the future" in the twentieth century,
the twenty-first century is seeing a veritable renaissance in the
works of Hayek,
Rothbard and Bastiat.
almost as if the entire human race has finally awakened from the
fever dream of the government supremacists who have inoculated them
against freedom for five millennia and opened their eyes to the
new possibilities" Mr. Lutrin insists as we gaze out over the
huge forested valley outside his home near Sandpoint. He is fit
and tanned and still participates in what some would term adrenal
sports. He remains a devout Senior Instructor on the Appleseed Trail
for the Revolutionary
War Veterans Association teaching weekend marksmanship clinics
throughout the FSA when he is not globetrotting. We are comfortably
seated in a veranda near his workshop. Since retirement he has found
lucrative work as a consultant around the world "deprogramming
and devolving state industries into private hands" with his
new venture firm, The Spooner Group. Asked if he misses being the
governor of a state, he merely smirks and claims he would rather
work for a living.
(he insists he not be referred to as governor), five years have
passed since the first crisis which set the nation asunder and broke
up the most powerful nation on the globe. On reflection, would you
have done anything different?"
only regret is that I was left with a task that should have been
done ten or a hundred years before me. I was asked recently who
my favorite President was during the twentieth century and the only
one I could come up with was Coolidge and possibly Harding. No one
else even came close. The rest of the rascals were simply well-dressed
pirates. Barry, a close economist friend of mine, claimed there
was no such thing as governments, only interests…there is plenty
of truth to that."
the bloodshed and misery which followed the wholesale destruction
of the former Union when secession spread like wildfire…"
on, I am not the author of the naked aggression and sheer lunacy
that emanated from the Federal government for most of its history
after the War Between the States in the 1860s. What happened five
years ago was inevitability and just so happened to occur on my
watch. I take umbrage at your comparison because you are quite literally
insisting that if a man sees a serial killer discharging his duties,
I have an obligation to cower instead of cowboy up and stop it.
Look, I come from five generations of Westerners who not only earned
their living the hard way but tended to be resentful of any authority
outside of the family. You could almost surmise that my Celtic blood
gave me a predisposition to anti-authoritarianism. There are lines
in the sand…"
are justifying the civil war which broke out across the country?"
an old-school libertarian, not a pacifist. I believe in the non-aggression
axiom. No man has the right to start a fight but the aggrieved
party damn sure has the right to put a stop to any visited upon
him. You see, that may be one of the worst pathogens or memes the
political class and its apologists has convinced people to believe
– that they are utterly incapable of helping themselves unless they
surrender their rights to a violent elite. John Wayne said it best
if I recall: ‘I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't
be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I
expect the same from them.’"
is rather simple…"
like you to consider something. Imagine a society in which everyone
took that to be the way proper folks behave. But think that there
may be people who would ask themselves how they could take advantage
of that. I am not talking about the entrepreneur or small business
owner, I’m talking about the natural cross-section of humanity in
which you have a certain group of folks for whom criminality and
even psychopathy is simply the way they are wired or nurtured. Now
some of those men would ask themselves how can I minimize risk and
maximize gain? Here’s a pop quiz: what is the only group of criminals
who have consistently evaded responsibility for their misbehavior,
garnered tremendous rewards in money and prestige and, excepting
rare instances like Nicolae
Ceausescu, die abed fat and happy?
Throughout history with rare exceptions, they have been the decadent
and greedy agents of death and destruction on humanity. 262
million corpses outside of warfare alone in the twentieth century
stacked up as a paean to the Cult of the Politician. Hundreds of
millions of humans hoodwinked into thinking that if only they would
remit their fates to enlightened strangers, all the roads would
be paved with gold and manna from heaven would provide succor for
eternity. I think you would have to be a sociopath in the first
place to want to rule over others."
were a politician. You were the governor of a state. Isn’t that
certain extent you are right. I compromised with the system and
thought the only way to change it would be to wreck it from the
inside. I did not enter office with the intention of secession and
starting the whole ball of wax. Frankly, once I was in office, I
could almost feel the sickness creeping over me. The feeling that
maybe I could make a positive difference by punishing my fellow
citizens to influence their behavior or using carrots and sticks
on them as if they lab rats, as if I had the right to do
so in the first place. Shame on me.
I had a constituent
come to me one day and he and I had coffee together. Old and weather-beaten
rancher who had seen the hard side of seventy years who put salt
in his coffee. He was quite articulate and related a story to me.
He asked me if I had ever had a difficult family member: alcohol
or drug abuse, mentally retarded or a Down’s syndrome child. We
both agreed we had. He made a very simple point: he said he would
move heaven and earth to help his blood kin but even then a solution
may not be available. In the end, no cure for Down’s or the son
is not willing to give up his drink. No solution. Yet the politician’s
siren song is that a group of disinterested strangers in a far-off
castle will cure all these ills if the rancher would simply surrender
a sizable portion of his wealth at gunpoint and be sanctioned by
tens of thousands of laws he would have to obey on pain of death
ultimately. Yet in the end, the politicians always make you worse
food for thought…"
we may be entering a new age here hundreds of years before I envisioned
it possible. Men and women all over the globe may be waking up to
the simple observation that empowering others to engage in violence
or the threat of violence over their family and neighbors may be
a distinctly unhealthy way to live."
you, Governor Lutrin…"
call me Mr. Lutrin."
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