FATAL BLINDNESS

America's Decades of Declining Freedom and The Rise of its Dictators

An important, forthcoming book.
An impassioned defense of your right to life and liberty.
A warning no American can afford to ignore.

by

FULTON HUXTABLE

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Antitrust
THE SILENCE OF THE DAMNED
Potomac guns take aim at Microsoft--and at you.
IN MY DREAMS
Statists will not state to your face what they say in public and their victims will not state in public what they think in private.
SWISH!
Intel, and other computer-related companies, are providing the rope for their own hanging--and for yours.
IT'S THE PRINCIPLE, STUPID!
This development has made it imperative for me to speak out about--and, this time, against--Microsoft.

Crime
If you want to understand why children are killing others in our schools, then read the articles with the asterisks.

HATE CRIME

Making ideas criminal.
IDEAS THAT KILL  **
As long as this idea remains the common currency of modern education, we will continue to see students kill others.
CRIME'S FINAL CAUSE **
For those that go over the edge and become criminals, there is a final idea that must take hold in their minds, a final ingredient that turns them into depraved fiends.
PUNISHING THE INNOCENT
For decades, statists have been preaching that you are responsible for others.  Now, this notion is on the verge of taking a vicious and ugly turn: you are going to be held responsible for the criminal actions of another, if statists have their way.

Foreign Policy & Defense
FOREIGN IDEALS Part 1
Our reckless foreign policy has left America vulnerable to an attack of terrifying proportions.
FOREIGN IDEALS Part 2
The basic principle that should guide our foreign policy is the same one that should guide our actions domestically.
FOREIGN IDEALS Conclusion
Without shedding a drop of American blood, the United States could eliminate the only kind of government that is a military threat to you: totalitarian regimes.

Freedom: Common Questions
PREVENTION VERSUS PROTECTION 
Prevention leads to totalitarianism.  Protection leads to freedom.
HELPLESS IN FREEDOM 
What happens to the helpless in a free society?
WHAT IS A STATIST? 
Statists seek to forcibly impose on you the worldview of a child.
WHAT IS A RIGHT? 
A right is the sovereignty to act without the permission of others.
GUNS AND RIGHTS  We need gun control, but not the kind most think.
OUTLAW THE INITIATION OF FORCE
Force should only be used in self-defense and only in retaliation against those who initiate it.  This goes double for the state.

Freedom of Speech
FORBIDDEN WORDS
America takes yet another step toward the suppression of freedom of speech.
TURNING MEN INTO FROGS
Why statists' incremental approach has been so successful.
TERMINAL CONTROL
Statists move to restrict your access to the Internet.
CRIMINAL KNOWLEDGE
Capitalizing on the hysteria over juvenile violence, statists are proposing new legislation to make it illegal to disseminate certain kinds of information.
SILENT SCREAM
A sea change in public opinion has emboldened statists to go after their ultimate goal: to silence their opponents--and you.
LOST CONCEPTS
Lost concepts result in lost rights and freedom.

Health Care
A BILL OF GOODS
Patients' bill of "rights" will violate actual rights.
CREATE A MONSTER, THEN "RESCUE" ITS VICTIMS
Americans continue to fall for this statist trick.

Hope For The Future
FROM LIGHT COMES HOPE
Why there is hope for the future.
COURAGE
Ideas created the possibility of America.  Courage made America a reality.
DEFEAT BY SURRENDER
Giving up isn't a plan for success, but a prescription for failure.
HOW TO DEFEAT STATISM
The key to defeating statism is simple.  By focusing on a single issue, statists will be put on the defensive and ultimately defeated.
WHY I AM VOTING LIBERTARIAN
As long as the debate is just a family squabble between statists, America's freedom will continue to decline.

Law
THE LITMUS TEST OF LAW
All law must pass a single test.
THE RULE OF MEN, NOT OF LAW America is going to reap a terrible harvest, if it continues to approve of liars.
ONE NECK, ONE NOOSE
The creation of the omnipotent government is a key to statists' ultimate goal.
TYRANNY BY TORT
Statists prepare to move against gun manufacturers--a move fashioned after the attack on tobacco companies.

Social Security
IT'S YOUR MONEY
This idea attacks the Achilles' heel of statism and promises to turn the tide in favor of freedom.
UNEARNED MONEY
America's largest welfare program is well on the way to taking it to the brink.
SOCIALIZED SECURITY
Statism's biggest pyramid scheme is a triumph over self-reliance.

Taxation

LIFE ROBBERY

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If you want to defeat statism, you must work for the day when no one has the power to take your money by force.

 

The immoral and reckless indifference of so much of the American public to statists obliterating freedom in one area after another brings to mind the quote attributed to Protestant minister Martin Neimoller, who reflected upon Germany’s fall to the Nazis: "In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up."

If you are like most Americans, you didn’t bother to notice that when statists came for the owners of "public buildings," violating the property rights of these owners, that, in principle, your rights were undermined, undermining what you may do in your own home. You didn’t speak out because you are not an owner of one of these "public buildings."

When statists came for the owners of tobacco companies, infringing on their right of ownership and restricting their freedom of speech, you didn’t speak out because you are not one of the owners of a tobacco company or you are not a smoker or you consider smoking to be an evil which must be wiped out at all costs, even at the cost of your freedom, your freedom to follow your own judgment.

When they persecuted and imprisoned innocent individuals for "abuse," you didn’t speak out because you were not the one being persecuted. When they imprisoned those individuals for disturbing the "wetlands," you said nothing because you thought it would never affect you, oblivious to the fact that your backyard is a "wetland."

When they searched, without warrant, the private property of business owners, you said nothing because these were only business owners and you are not a business owner. When they seized property without due process, you said nothing because it wasn’t your property being seized, even though it could be and will be tomorrow. When they imposed arbitrary fines, you said nothing because you were not the one victimized. When they kicked in the door of the home of someone suspected of drug possession and killed the innocent owner, you said nothing because your loved one was not the one killed and because you believe anything goes when it comes to fighting drug use. When they drove an innocent man to suicide in their attempt to collect taxes never owed them, you said nothing because the victim was not someone you knew and valued.

When they bullied television network executives into accepting a ratings system, you said nothing because you are not an owner of a television station. When they, in the name of children, came for the producers of children’s television programs, making it criminal to express certain ideas, you did not speak out because you believe anything can be sacrificed in the name of children, even though these children will not be free when they become adults. When they suspended the right to trial by jury for accused "deadbeat dads," you said nothing because you are not a deadbeat dad.

Even though you oppose socialized medicine, when they passed legislation further regulating doctors, you said nothing, dismissing it as only a "small step," perhaps hoping it would not affect you in your lifetime, hoping that "somehow" it would not result in socialized medicine. When they got you to accept the idea that your money is not yours, that they may forcibly take "your" money and dictate to you how much you may keep for your own needs, you said nothing because you consider taxation to be a necessary evil. When they came for the online news organizations, you said nothing because you are not a user of online services.

And when they and their evil finally come for you—and they will, if America continues down this road to hell—will there be enough left who will care about your plight, will there be anyone left to speak out for you, to defend you? You already know the answer: there won’t be, if this country continues to sink into the cesspool of statism, if most Americans continue to maintain an indifferent silence about freedom’s decline. And if you are one of those who have said nothing, then your silence and the logic of your bad premises will finally avenge themselves on you in practice…when they finally come for you.

From the final paragraphs of Chapter 7 of FATAL BLINDNESS, by Fulton Huxtable.

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CHAPTERS OF FATAL BLINDNESS AVAILABLE ONLINE

INTRODUCTION
The basic premise: if freedom continues to disappear, it will eventually disappear altogether.

1. HITLER WON, AFTER ALL
Hitler's ideas, the philosophy of statism, have survived and are flourishing in America.

2. DISHONOR AMONG THIEVES
The idea you must not fend for yourself is one of the central ideas behind freedom's decline.

3. THE CRADLE OF CRIME
The cause of crime: the ideas of statism. This is why we have children killing others.

4. IN THE NAME OF CHILDREN
Statists use their feigned interest in children to augment their power.

5. JUST WHOSE MONEY IS IT?
Your money is yours.  Here is the revolutionary idea about how government is financed in a free society.

6. HEALTHCARE'S PARADISE LOST?
Incrementalism has been one of the keys to destroying individual freedom.  Here is how it has worked in health care.

7. WHEN THEY COME FOR YOU
The assault against tobacco companies and smokers is an attack against the rights of all.

8. THE FOLLY OVER GUNS
There should be no law against the possession of objects, only against actions--actions that exert, or threaten, the initiation of force.

9. STATISM'S DREAM PROBLEM
The drug problem has been a bonanza for statists.  It has enabled them to enact Draconian laws that have destroyed freedom in one area after another.

REMAINING CHAPTERS

(Not available online)

10. BETRAYAL OF GENERATIONS
11. THE STATE OF YOUR WELFARE
12. AMERICA'S INVISIBLE MAN
13. KILLING YOU SAFELY
14. ENDANGERED SPECIES: YOU
15. KIDS GOING STUPID
16. AN EGG IS NOT A CHICKEN
17. LICENSE TO KILL
18. KEEPERS AND BROTHERS
19. THE VIRTUE OF LIES
20. WHILE PREDATORS LAUGH
21. THANK YOU FOR MY LIFE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS & RECOMMENDATIONS


GUEST COLUMNIST


JOE BURCIAGA, III

A VOTE FOR BUSH IS A VOTE FOR GORE

A vote for Bush is a vote for statism and Gore's philosophy.


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