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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Are Sanders and Jeffords Really Independents?

My home state of Vermont is represented in the House by Bernie Sanders and in the Senate by Jim Jeffords, both of whom style themselves as "independents". But are they really?

Here's what Lew Rockwell says about the two main parties
(http://www.lewrockwell.com/rockwell/iraq-democraticempire.html):

In American political culture, which is dominated by the competitive interest groups we call the two main political parties and their ideological compatriots, we are asked to choose between two false alternatives.

In the first, as that offered by the Left and the Democrats, we are asked to think of the state as an expansive Good Samaritan who clothes, feeds, and heals people at home and abroad. They completely fail to notice that this Samaritan ends up not helping people but enslaving its clients and leaving the rest of us like the robbery victim on the street.

In the second, as offered by the Right and the Republicans, we are asked to think of the state as an expansive Solomon with all power to right wrong and bring justice and faith to all peoples at home and abroad. They completely fail to notice that Solomon ends up behaving more like Caesar Augustus and his successors, sending all the world to be counted and taxed and then plotting to kill any competitive source of authority.

Are you independent minded? Reject these two false alternatives. Do you love freedom? Embrace peace. Do you love peace? Embrace private property. Do you love and defend civilization? Defend and protect it against all uses of Power, the evil against which we must proceed ever more boldly.


I think both Bernie and Jeffords fit snuggly into the first camp. If so, are they really independents?

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