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By: L. Neil Smith

There ought to be a bumper sticker: "CONSPIRACIES HAPPEN".
Even though a lot of "authorities" in media, government, and
academia don't want you to know or believe it, history is replete with
conspiracies, some successful, some unsuccessful, some good, and some

The American Revolution, generally regarded as a good thing by
all but a handful of British sore losers, began as a conspiracy
whispered over in taverns from Maine to Georgia. The Jeykll Island
conspiracy of 1913 gave us a graduated income tax and the Federal

The Libertarian Party -- a development on which the jury is still
out -- first saw light as a conspiracy in Dave Nolan's living room in

Most people think that conspiracies have to happen in the dark,
preferably deep in cellars, over candles guttering in wine bottles.
But that kind of conspiracy went out with anarchists in trenchcoats,
carrying little round bombs. Today, the most dangerous and successful
conspiracies take place in public, in plain sight, under the clear,
bright light of day -- usually with television cameras focused on

The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, the nautical event that kicked off
U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, comes to mind. Some historians
maintain that it never really happened, but it did -- not in the Gulf
of Tonkin, but in the Hall of Lies that we call Congress, carefully
explained to us all in black and white by Walter Cronkite, "the most
trusted man in America" and his prevaricating buddies on the other two
networks -- the same scum who had already conspired not to reveal that
the sainted John F. Kennedy was, in fact, a filthy, cheating, ratbag

No matter how you slice it, no matter who you believe the real
badguys were, the murders of Jack Kennedy, his brother Bobby, and
Martin Luther King, Ruby Ridge, Waco, and the Oklahoma City bombing
all reek of conspiracy, as do the events of September 11, 2001. None
of it is new. Other historians are convinced that Abraham Lincoln was
assassinated at the order of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, as
part of an attempted coup that fell flat, thanks to the heroic Andrew

For a great many "older, wiser heads", in academia and elsewhere
-- Lincoln worshippers, Roosevelt worshippers, Kennedy worshippers,
and worshippers of government in general -- the accusation that what
you've come, often through arduous study and thought, to believe about
the world is "only a conspiracy theory" is a cheap, mindless way to
shut you up and switch off your listeners' brains, the equivalent of a
"progressive" claiming you're a racist if he doesn't like what you're

But the absolutely incontrovertible fact is that government --
from its very nature, and doubtless from the time of the ancient
Sumerians -- is built of little but conspiracies, of secrets and lies,
and its principal concern, beyond getting, keeping, and expanding its
power, is how to keep the public from discovering what it's really up

Nearly a decade ago, I gave a speech to the Libertarian Party of
New Mexico, in Albuquerque, in which I urged that all government lies
and secrets, no matter what they may consist of, must be outlawed, and
that any government employee, from the President right down to the
lowliest municipal filing clerk, convicted of telling a lie or keeping
a secret, should be subject to public hanging, carried on network

I think there's a fairly reasonable precedent. We raid dairy farms
that sell unpasteurized milk, don't we, and even search from house to
house to confiscate it from the miscreants who've purchased it? We
send thugs to smash down little girls' lemonade stands that lack the
extremely expensive, enterprise-killing stamp of government approval,
employing the excuse that these things might be dangerous to public

But government lies and secrets, concealing the imbecilic bungling
of generations of "statesmen", starting in the 19th century, resulting
inexorably, step by idiotic step, in the Obama-like rise of Hitler,
World War II, and the deaths of 60,000,000 individuals, we do nothing

Sixty million -- it's almost impossible to get your head around a
number like that. That's seven New York Cities. It's the population of
almost forty-two Phoenixes. And at the bottom, each of those deaths
was the result of the ultimate conspiracy: government secrets and

Since the second World War -- in about the space of my lifetime --
we have come from an era in which the criminal dictators of a couple
of rogue nations were militarily defeated, tried, and executed for
attempting to wipe out the practitioners of a single lifestyle and
religion, to an era in which the power elite of the entire world are
planning -- not all that secretly -- to convert the entire planet into
a concentration camp, and liquidate no less than nine tenths of the

For the children.

The fact that prominent members of this government (like Audrey F.
Tomason, Barack Obama's Director for Counterterrorism for the National
Security Council) are openly among that power elite -- which almost
certainly includes numerous Presidents, First Ladies, Cabinet members,
Congressman, Senators, and others playing a more duplicitous part --
only adds to the horror of the thing. Take a good, hard look at your
own City Council, where this evil notion has most thoroughly taken

The good news, for individualists and freedom fighters, is that
the enemies of liberty are comparatively feeble, taken one at a time.
That's why they desperately need to bunch up. The competent aspire;
the incompetent conspire. The question is, what are we gonna do about

In the words of a famous salsa commercial, "Get a rope".

L. Neil Smith is the award-winning author of 33 freedom-oriented books, including The Probability Broach, Ceres, Sweeter Than Wine, and DOWN WITH POWER: Libertarian Policy In A Time Of Crisis. Visit his webpage at LNeilSmith.Org
* Attributed to Benjamin Franklin

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