It seems as if, during our current debate over gun control, there is a growing number of people who are incredulous about the notion that they need to be concerned about defending themselves against the government. They view people who have such a concern as conspiracy theorists and out-right lunatics. What do we have to fear from our government? Our government would never turn against us!
My question is: do these people choose to ignore history or are they genuinely ignorant of it? History provides one example after another of governments attacking their own people! It staggers the mind that anyone could ignore this!
I used to think that Hegel was just being pessimistic when he said, “what experience and history teach is that peoples and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.” Now, I think he was on to something.