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Mon, 05 Nov 2007

Don't Celebrate Today

Today is Guy Fawkes Day. Please don't celebrate it.

For some bizarre reason, libertarians have adopted this day as their own. I'm not sure they know what it means. For several centuries in England, it was an anti-Catholic holiday. Then along came the graphic novel and movie , "V for Vendetta", and suddenly Guy Fawkes became a libertarian hipster. His attempt to blow up parliament would have killed many innocents not party to any wrongs he had suffered. This is what many misguided libertarians are celebrating, violent nihilist revolution.

It is justified to meet violence with violence. One may legitimately use force to defend themselves against government tyranny. But the force of the defense must be proportional to the force of the offense! If we want to change our government, we must do it at the ballot box and with the soapbox. Not by murdering people with bombs.

Celebrating Guy Fawkes Day is as stupid as celebrating Timothy McVeigh Day.