A Quick Thought on Climate Change and Gun Control

Climate change comprises one of the greatest threats to humanity today.

Remembering past generations, we can see the massive effects that humans can have on the environment, with entire species being wiped out, ecosystems destroyed, air and water polluted to the point that they are lethal, etc. However, even that is nothing compared to what could come.

There is much debate about the extent to which our current trend of wanton consumption and pollution will take us. Naysayers point to the limited nature of past events – and nature’s resilience even after environmental catastrophe – as reason not to fret, but they do not understand that we actually are venturing into unfamiliar territory. Due to increasing technological and economic developments, there is no precedent for the breadth and depth of destruction of which society is now capable. At this rate, we may live to see a day in which there is simply not enough forest and ocean to balance out against the onslaught of pollution. The tide could be turned once and for all, bringing about a fundamental change in which, at some point in the future, any life that exists will be a miraculous exception.

And so, we must act now. We must make hard decisions. We must forcibly maintain control of the industrial machine, as it rarely respects anything other than force. To some extent, we must accept the fact that people will suffer – particularly those in lower economic strata – because of the fact that, when regulations, taxes, and other such tools are used, unintended consequences always occur, and corrupt leaders always profit. We must accept this fact to reverse the current trend toward annihilation. We will empower government to do such things not because we like multiplied commodity costs, unemployment, and economic waste, but because we cannot accept any possibility – however uncertain – that the natural world we know could pass away and never return.

The environment is a fragile thing, and it is always only one careless generation away from destruction. You may not agree that the threat exists, and you may detest our rhetoric, but due to the magnitude of the danger that lies just around the corner, even the slightest possibility that we could be right validates our actions. Your grandchildren will sing our praises – if they have clean air with which to do so. We fight for your world, even as you fight against us.

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Tyranny comprises one of the greatest threats to humanity today.

Remembering past generations, we can see the massive effects that tyrannical governments can have on society, with entire nations being wiped out, cultures destroyed, corrupt leaders empowered to the point that they may kill on a whim, etc. However, even that is nothing compared to what could come.

There is much debate about the extent to which our current trend toward statism and dependence will take us. Naysayers point to the limited nature of past events – and humanity’s resilience even after pogroms and other atrocities – as reason not to fret, but they do not understand that we actually are venturing into unfamiliar territory. Due to increasing technological and economic developments, there is no precedent for the breadth and depth of oppression of which governments are now capable. At this rate, we may live to see a day in which there are no more bastions of liberty to balance out against the onslaught of absolutism. The tide could be turned once and for all, bringing about a fundamental change in which, at some point in the future, any freedom that exists will be a miraculous exception.

And so, we must act now. We must make hard decisions. We must forcibly maintain control of the government machine, as it rarely respects anything other than force. To some extent, we must accept the fact that people will suffer – particularly those in lower economic strata – because of the fact that, when the people are armed, some of them will use their weapons for evil. We must accept this fact to reverse the current trend toward totalitarianism. We will arm the people not because we like having the power to kill and maim, but because we cannot accept any possibility – however uncertain – that the liberty we know could pass away and never return.

Liberty is a fragile thing, and it is always only one law, one executive order, one ruling away from abrogation. You may not agree that the threat exists, and you may detest our rhetoric, but due to the magnitude of the danger that lies just around the corner, even the slightest possibility that we could be right validates our actions. Your grandchildren will sing our praises – if they are allowed to learn of who we were. We fight for your freedom, even as you fight against ours.

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