On doffing your hat to the king and concrete shoes
December 15, 2015 § 189 Comments
I made a comment, which frankly I thought to be unexceptional, almost routine, that I would rather die than doff my cap to a king, since I am a Virginian.
This issue is not one open to debate, for debate is the province of free men. Free men by rights must kill those who attempt to enslave them. We do not attempt to persuade the slaveowners to let us be free, as a gift from the royal hand.
I see no need to answer such questions, as well-meant as they might be, because if they are meant frivolously, there is no need; and if they are meant seriously, the only proper answer comes from the muzzle of a gun.
If you’ve been following along with what I write here, and have recognized Mr. Wright’s commitment to classical liberalism, then none of this should be surprising. Mr. Wright’s insults and contempt directed at his own commenters, at people who like and appreciate him, people who are fans of his work and view him as a decent man, are an inevitable product of his liberalism. It is a necessary concomitant of liberalism – all varieties of liberalism – that anyone who stands in liberalism’s way, or who questions liberalism itself, is the Low Man. The Low Man is contemptible, slave by nature or by choice, less than fully human, an impediment to the political liberty of the free and equal emancipated new man: a superman self created by reason and will, subject to no earthly authority other than his own will.
Liberals, including the classical variety, carry with their commitment to liberalism an insufferable sense of entitlement. Scratch a classical liberal and you’ll find an SJW. Perhaps this latest kerfuffle has demonstrated all of this concretely for a few folks who might have previously though it only abstract and theoretical.
Most of the interesting aspects of the incident have already been discussed elsewhere, but I wanted to focus on one which has not been discussed. After all of his incontinent grandstanding, refusal to engage, insulting of his own fans and readers, and, some would argue, blasphemy, Wright apparently backpedaled to the following position:
I hate to say it, but a king who kills those who do not bow to him was what the original statement was about, and the only thing it was about.
That was the only kind of king ever under discussion, a tyrant: the oxbow in the discussion of King Arthur was to say that the only danger there was that there was no legal restraint on his becoming a king of like type.
I already answered to this in another place, in reference to the king of Liechtenstein: A king who merely imposed a light fine for my not doffing my cap places me in no danger whatsoever, nor does my defiance of him mean anything.
All defiance of authority can end in death, if the person engaging in the defiance persists. Suppose the classical liberal does not doff his cap, and is fined. He refuses to pay the fine, and the king’s men come to collect it. He meets the king’s men with resistance, and violence ensues. One of the king’s men is killed. The classical liberal is tried for murder and hanged, all because of his petulant refusal to doff his cap to the rightful king and his persistence in this defiance.
All liberals – including the classical variety – have, concomitant to their liberalism (and to the extent of their commitment to liberalism), an insufferable sense of entitlement and a view of authority as tyranny. Part and parcel to that sense of entitlement is begging the question in favor of their own preferences and refusal to take responsibility for the consequences of their own actions; in this case vitriolic defiance of rightful authority.