Classic Wally Wood illustration from the EC Portfolio vol. 6, published by Russ Cochran, 1977.
Soldier of the Revolution (1876), George Willoughby Maynard
"Wenn Du ein Schiff bauen willst, dann trommle nicht Männer zusammen um Holz zu beschaffen, Aufgaben zu vergeben und die Arbeit einzuteilen, sondern lehre die Männer die Sehnsucht nach dem weiten, endlosen Meer."
"If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Three accusations about racism are being hurled at libertarianism. As libertarianism ascends in political prominence, the accusations will get louder.
Libertarianism cannot eliminate racism from society. This is true. But the demand for a racist-free society is a totally unreasonable demand and cannot be used as a gauge of failure. Racism is an idea, and no political system can remove a thought from society or from man’s mind. The most common (and non-libertarian) approach is to punish or confine people who come to the ‘wrong’ conclusions. That is, to impose thought control. Censorship usually backfires, however, because ideas are like springs; the more force presses down on them, the stronger they become.
By contrast, freedom of speech exposes the ugliness of racism whenever a racist speaks. Freedom of speech offers the only effective ‘cure’ for a bad idea: namely, a good one. Those who would ban thoughts through government or other force reveal an utter lack of better or good ideas. In fact, they display an intolerance for ideas that is as deep as and more harmful than the intolerance of those they attack for being ‘wrong.’ -
"Emperor Norton in carriage of state", 1869
Joshua Abraham Norton (c. 1819 – January 8, 1880), the self-proclaimed Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, was a celebrated citizen of San Francisco, California, who in 1859 proclaimed himself “Emperor of these United States” and subsequently “Protector of Mexico”.
Born in England, Norton spent most of his early life in South Africa. He immigrated to San Francisco in 1849 after receiving a bequest of $40,000 from his father’s estate, arriving aboard the steam yacht Hurlothrumbo. Norton initially made a living as a businessman, but he lost his fortune investing in Peruvian rice.
After losing a lawsuit in which he tried to void his rice contract, Norton left San Francisco. He returned a few years later, laying claim to the position of Emperor of the United States. Although he had no political power, and his influence extended only so far as he was humoured by those around him, he was treated deferentially in San Francisco, and currency issued in his name was honoured in the establishments he frequented.
Though some considered him insane, or eccentric, the citizens of San Francisco celebrated his regal presence and his proclamations, most famously, his order that the United States Congress be dissolved by force and his numerous decrees calling for a bridge crossing and a tunnel to be built under San Francisco Bay. Similar structures were built long after his death in the form of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge and the Transbay Tube, and there have been campaigns to rename the bridge “The Emperor Norton Bridge”. On January 8, 1880, Norton collapsed at a street corner and died before he could be given medical treatment. At his funeral two days later, nearly 30,000 people packed the streets of San Francisco to pay homage. Norton has been immortalized as the basis of characters in the literature of writers Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Christopher Moore, Maurice De Bevere, Selma Lagerlöf, and Neil Gaiman.
a personal hero of mine. I can only hope that if I go crazy it is half as cool as Emperor Norton. (Emperor of the United States and protector of Mexico)
At the peremptory request and desire of a large majority of the citizens of these United States, I, Joshua Norton, formerly of Algoa Bay, Cape of Good Hope, and now for the last 9 years and 10 months past of S. F., Cal., declare and proclaim myself Emperor of these U. S.
NORTON I, Emperor of the United States.
"so what are your plans for after college?"
i will dismantle the establishment board by board