Why the US Govenment is Persecuting Brandon Raub

Robert Wenzel of EconomicPolicyJournal.com has been staying on top of the latest developments of the Brandon Raub kidnapping. Here is a link to all of Wenzel’s articles.

Of all of the anti-liberty measures undertaken by the US government since the start of the “war on terror”, the Raub incident is the most alarming. On the surface, it appears that the government is intent on pursuing Orwellian thought crimes in the tradition of 1984 and labeling dissidents as mentally ill, a common policy of the Soviet Union. However, I believe that there may be something even more troubling that is motivating the government’s actions: fear of its own military.

Any ordinary citizen who dreams of the violent overthrow of the US government is a fool. First, as long as the military remains loyal, any group fomenting an armed revolt would be laughably outgunned. Additionally, since many members of local police are ex-military, they essentially form a ready made reserve army. Second, what would be the outcome of a successful revolt? Just as the initiators of the French revolution or the Russian revolution never anticipated the horrific outcomes, there is no guarantee that a successful revolt would result in a society better than the one it replaced. Third, as Jeff Berwick at Dollar Vigilante [1] emphasizes, the core principal of libertarianism, the prohibition of the initiation of violence, is paramount. Although the use of force is ethical when used to defend oneself against the aggression of another, violence should always be viewed as a last resort.

The first point above points the way to my interpretation of the government’s prosecution of Raub. The one force in the world that could topple the US government is its own bloated military. They are the only group that has the weaponry, training, and cohesiveness to accomplish this. It is my contention that the government is fully aware of this and may be making an example of Raub.

This contention brings to mind a few questions. Is the government worried about the loyalty of the armed forces? Is the high command of the military worried about the loyalty of their troops? If the answer to either of these questions is “yes”, is there a policy in place to counteract disaffection or promote loyalty to the government? Obviously I don’t have the answers to any of these questions. Also, I don’t even know if they are being asked in senior government and/or military circles. However, I strongly suspect that there must be rumblings along these lines and that they are playing a role in the persecution of Raub.

[1] I hesitate to link to the Dollar Vigilante site due to my disagreement with some of its content. Too often they seem to post dubious content to shock their readers and assert their radicalism. I don’t wish to promote such material on my site. However, they do post informative material about second passports, international diversification of assets, and expatriation.

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