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Sunday, 30 April 2006

Eric the Red

Had another letter to the editor published in this week’s AlibiEric the Red

[Sidenote here: My original title was “Thought-Food Poisoning.” Aside fromthe title change, placing the name of the column I was responding to at the top as opposed to in the text, and the omission of a few spots of italics, it was printed unedited.]

Once again, Mayor Griego is preaching his religion of socialism – “Thou shalt worship Government as The One True God, and I am its prophet” – as the “solution” to a perceived “problem” here in Albuquerque. This week (Punchline, 20-26 April, “Food for Thought”), it’s the lack of an “international” dining scene.

First, Mayor Griego needs to put down The Communist Manifesto long enough to skim through the “Restaurant” section of The Yellow Pages, and He’ll see plenty of ethnic restaurants – Arabic, Cajun, Chinese, Cuban, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mexican, Native American, Persian, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese, not to mention various styles of American (that does still count, right?).

But since Eric the Red sees this “lack” of “international” restaurants as a”problem,” what does He propose as a solution? Simple – provide a bit of subsidies, tax breaks and regulatory relief to those kinds of placesthat He supports (provided that they’re politically-connected, ofcourse) to give them a leg up on the competition. As for the “lack” of a “decent transit system” to get people to these places, that’s the easy part – simply throw a few more million at SunTran. Someday it will break even, and maybe even show a profit, right?

I as a libertarian have a simpler, less expensive, more fair solution: relax the tax and regulatory burdens across the board for eateries of all types, and let the scene grow on its own. As it has been doing despite the existing burdens of The State. Then maybe Eric the Red can quit playing Mayor, open his own restaurant, and show the world how it’s done.

As for Ethiopian cuisine, that’s an easy one, too – show up and sign up for the Ethiopian Communist Party. Then you get to eat. Refuse to do that, and maybe they’ll let you eat. If they don’t decide to use you for target practice with their AK-47s first.

Mike Blessing,
Chair, Bernalillo County Libertarian Party

Originally posted here, along with the responses

I noticed that there were two responses to my letter that the Alibi published – I’ve posted my rebuttals here, as the Alibi site has a link that goes nowhere where it says “Add a Comment”:

Mayor Red Peril

Dear Alibi,

Just wanted to drop a quick note to thank you for printing Mike Blessing’s delightful letter [Eric the Red, April 27-May 3].

Mr. Blessing’s misidentification of former Council member Eric Griego as mayor cheered me greatly, and his view of tax breaks for locally owned businesses as equal to advancing socialism as a state religion made me smile.

Further, his evocation of both the communist red peril and armed violence in response to an op-ed piece about taxes and restaurants in Albuquerque, N.M., made me laugh out loud.

Mr. Blessing’s histrionics demonstrate clearly why the Bernalillo county Libertarian Party has such a robust and dynamic role in New Mexico politics.

Rob Moore

That’s exactly what using the tax and regulatory system to give one group a leg up over others is – socialism. Mr. Moore needs to read some of Bastiat’s The Law

Legal Plunder Has Many Names

Now, legal plunder can be committed in an infinite number of ways. Thus we have an infinite number of plans for organizing it: tariffs, protection, benefits, subsidies, encouragements, progressive taxation, public schools, guaranteed jobs, guaranteed profits, minimum wages, a right to relief, a right to the tools of labor, free credit, and so on,and so on. All these plans as a whole with their common aim of legal plunder constitute socialism.

Now, since under this definition socialism is a body of doctrine, what attack can be made against it other than a war of doctrine? If you find this socialistic doctrine to be false, absurd, and evil, then refute it. And the more false, the more absurd, and the more evil it is, the easier it will be to refute. Above all, if you wish to be strong, beginby rooting out every particle of socialism that may have crept into your legislation. This will be no light task.

As for my “misidentification” of Eric Griego as “Mayor,” it wasn’t misidentification at all. It’s called being a smart-ass.

And for my “evocation of … armed violence,” well, that’s what happens when you do things that socialists in power don’t approve of. You don’t like what they do, you get to vote and write letters (and they’ll try to restrict your options there). They don’t like what you do, they send out SWAT.


Dear Alibi,

[RE: Letters, Eric the Red, April 27-May 3]

I am writing to warn you that Mike Blessing may be masquerading as a Libertarian. It is clearly Mr. Blessing’s intent to give people the impression that Libertarians haven’t read a newspaper since Joe McCarthy’s day. His anticommunist rhetoric ignores that there are only three communist regimes in the world, and we have strong words for the two tiny ones and many thanks for the big one buying all our debt.

If you see Mr. Blessing, calmly back away and do not risk antagonizing him by pointing out that, left unregulated, the sacred Market will work you to death, pay you nothing and sell you products that don’t work but kill you. Do not mention that the self-professed antigovernment “starve the beast” crowd has given everything to their corporate masters while funneling money to evangelical causes and claiming unlimited authority.

To waste a single breath against communism or socialism today is to be completely out of touch with the times. Where are the Libertarians against American Christian Fascism? Where are the Libertarians against the national debt? Where are the Libertarians against the politics of fear and loathing? Anti-communist? Where are the anti-Republican Libertarians?

Mark Justice Hinton

I’ve seen Mr. Hinton’s previous letters to the Alibi – he’s always wanting to spend other peoples’ money and regulate their lives, using government force as the collection or enforcement agency. Will he ever display the backbone to impose upon others on his own, as opposed to having The State be his proxy?

As for the “sacred Market” that will “work you to death, pay you nothing and sell you products that don’t work but kill you,” never mind the facts that governments have killed over 169 million people in the 20th century.

Where are these “‘antigovernment'” folks that give “everything to their corporate masters while funneling money to evangelical causes and claiming unlimited authority”? How does sanctioning that kind of power make anyone “‘antigovernment'”? I think that would make the person in question rather pro-government.

Hinton’s last attempts at questions are particularly amusing –

Where are the Libertarians against American Christian Fascism?

True Christians, in my opinion, don’t forget those principles that Christ promoted just because “their guy” is occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW:

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
“Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

Anyone who claims religion as a basis for their using government force against others is a socialist and a theocrat.

Where are the Libertarians against the national debt?

Where are the Libertarians against the politics of fear and loathing?

What about the “the politics of fear and loathing” that socialists such as Hinton have promoted against people who carry weapons for self-defense?

Where are the anti-Republican Libertarians?

Right here, Bubba. I didn’t vote for Dubya in 2000 or in 2004. I was telling Republicans back in the 2000 primaries that Dubya wouldn’t stand up for the Second Amendment, limited government, limited spending, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, etc.

1 September 2006 – Just found this one – hate “mail” from a “libertarian” – Another reason I am often loathe to admit that I am a (small-l) libertarian:

I posed some questions to “Garth” when I saw the blog posting that I linked to above, and this was the response –

A response for Mike Blessing

5 October 2007 – It’s been over a year since he posted that, and almost a year since I challenged him to put on a cable-access TV show of his own, to show Bill and I how it’s done. So far, I haven’t seen any attempt on his part to take me up on that challenge.

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs – Myspace / Xanga

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