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If You Watch Nothing Else This July 4th

Unfortunately, I can’t embed the video, but go watch this symposium between Prof. Robert Churchill, author of To Shake Their Guns in the Tyrant’s Face: Libertarian Political Violence and the Origins of the Militia Movement, and Joshua Horwitz, co-author of Guns, Democracy, and the Insurrectionist Idea, and also Executive Director of CSGV. This is great insight into the kind of philosophy Horwitz promotes. He is truly an enemy of liberty.

UPDATE: The more I look at Horwitz’s insurrectionist idea, the more I’m impressed at his straw working abilities. This is one of the most elaborate and impressive straw men I’ve seen erected. The idea he’s arguing against isn’t even really something most of us believe. It’s a caricature erected only in Horwitz’s mind.

4 Responses to “If You Watch Nothing Else This July 4th”

  1. I love this video. Churchill (Robert, not that excrable clown Ward) cuts off Horwitz’s ass, gift wraps it, and hands it to Horwitz.

    Money quote (50:30 mark) “The term ‘innsurrectionist’ gets thrown around, and it gets thrown around in your book so that it refers to Timothy McVeigh, it refers to the NRA, it refers to Sanford Levinson and David Williams and if their ‘innsurrectionists’ then so am I.”

    There’s nothing sadder than a political hack trying to fake him some historical justification for his profoundly anti-American program and then getting smacked soundly by a real historian. That had to hurt badly. Luckily for Joshie, he has no shame, so he was able to shake off the criticism and continue with his anti-rights crusade despite finding out that everything he argued in his book was totally false.

  2. My favorite part came at the end of this 62-second segment, when Churchill showed which side is really about “non-violence,” leaving Josh sputtering, while the audience clapped.

  3. Nathaniel says:

    Horowitz isn’t all wrong on his constitutional history, however: the founders did crush legitimate rebellions (Shays’ and Whiskey), and how can one be in support of insurrection and rebellion without rejecting Lincoln’s “the Union is perpetual” theory?

  4. Nate says:

    I do reject Lincoln’s “the Union is perpetual” theory. A union (of any sort) that’s made up of coerced entities is no union at all, it’s a prison.

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