Dťjŗ Vu In France: What Both The British Empire And The French Empire Had Produced
13 January 2015
By Jacob G. Hornberger
Iím getting a big dťjŗ vu feeling in
the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo killings in France.
The French government is declaring war on terrorism.
Itís militarizing French society. Itís proposing a
Patriot Act. Itís supporting a mass surveillance
scheme. Itís advocating killing more people in the
Middle East. There is even talk of using military
tribunals to try terrorism cases.
Hey, those were all things that U.S. officials did
after the 9/11 attacks. No wonder Iím getting a dťjŗ
Iíll bet the German people are getting a bit of dťjŗ
vu too. Thatís because their former president, Adolf
Hitler, took the same sort of measures after the
terrorist attack on the Reichstag. Thatís what the
Enabling Act was all about.
After the terrorists firebombed the Reichstag, Hitler
told the German representatives that it was imperative
that he be granted special powers to wage the war on
the terrorism. Just before the vote on whether to
grant Hitler extraordinary powers, he reassured the
The government will make use of these powers only
insofar as they are essential for carrying out vitally
necessary measures. The number of cases in which an
internal necessity exists for having recourse to such
a law is in itself a limited one.
In a 441-84 vote, the Reichstag gave Hitler his
extraordinary powers to wage the war on terrorism. As
part of his plan to defeat terrorism, Hitler organized
special tribunals to try cases involving terrorism. He
called it the Peopleís Court. Thatís where Hans and
Sophie Scholl and the members of the White Rose were
put on trial, convicted, and executed.
This quote by Hitlerís Nazi cohort Hermann Goering is
It is always a simple matter to drag the people
alongÖ. the people can always be brought to the
bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to
do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce
the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing
the country to danger. It works the same in any
Indeed it does. The last thing people want to do is
confront the notion that their very own government is
at the heart of the problem. Their government is their
everything. It is their provider. It is their papa.
This is especially true in France, where the
government takes care of people by providing them with
their retirement pay, healthcare, job protection,
economic regulations, and education. The last thing
people are going to do is point to the governmentís
very own policies abroad as the root cause of the
anger and hatred that drives people to commit acts of
After all, what if the government were to get angry
and terminate the dole on which people are dependent?
The situation is akin to a child who throws temper
tantrums but never challenges his parents at a
fundamental level for fear that his parents will no
longer take care of him.
Itís much easier for the French people, like all too
many Americans after 9/11, to swallow the governmentís
line hook, line, and sinker ó that the terrorists just
hate France for its freedom and values and that the
anger and hatred have nothing to do with all the
people that the French government, in combination with
the U.S. government, has been killing, maiming, and
torturing in Afghanistan and the Middle East for the
past 13 years.
Whatís this much-vaunted free society that French
officials say the terrorists have attacked?
Well, letís see.
There are the laws that criminalize the questioning of
the Holocaust. If you do that in France, they will
take you into custody, prosecute you, and jail you,
even if you are a foreigner. What they mean by freedom
of speech in France is the freedom to say whatever you
want so long as itís approved by the government.
There is strict gun control in France. The idea is
that if guns are made illegal, there wonít be anyone
being killed by guns. Just think: Every one of those
people at Charlie Hebdo was legally prohibited from
defending himself from murderers who obviously didnít
give a hoot about Franceís gun-control laws.
There is the welfare state, a socialist economic
system that plunders and loots people with income
taxation and other taxes in order to provide a dole to
people. The welfare state, combined with Franceís
highly regulated economic system, is the reason that
the country has been mired in an economic morass for
When they established the United States, our American
ancestors fully and completely rejected European
statism. But our ancestors werenít naÔve. They knew
that the federal government would inevitably attract
statists, just like those in France and other parts of
Europe. Thatís why our ancestors ensured the passage
of the Bill of Rights ó protect our rights and
freedoms from American statists within the federal
Itís also why Americans lived without income taxation,
welfare, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public
schooling, gun control, fiat money, a central bank,
and all the other attributes of European statism for
more than 100 years. Our ancestors had had enough of
And thatís not all. Our ancestors also rejected the
old, bankrupt ideas of empire, militarism, standing
armies, secret police, and foreign interventionism.
They had seen what both the British Empire and the
French Empire had produced: endless terrorist blowback
arising from anger and hatred for imperialism as well
as ever-increasing expenditures, taxes, and borrowing
and ever-growing infringements on the rights and
liberties of the citizenry, including such things as
warrantless searches, mass surveillance, gun
confiscation, taxes, and fiat money. Thatís in fact
why the British colonists in America seceded from the
British Empire in 1776.
Itís time for the American people to wake up and
rediscover their roots and their heritage. Itís time
to reject European statism, just as the Founding
Fathers and the Framers did. Itís time to dismantle,
not reform, the American welfare-warfare state,
including the income tax, the IRS, and the Federal
Reserve, which provide the revenue for this
monstrosity. It would be the best thing we could ever
do for ourselves and for the world.