Lee Wrights: They’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught To Kill

BURNET, Texas (March 10) – One point I’ve repeatedly emphasized during this campaign is that you can’t teach people that it’s wrong to kill people by killing people. I’ve said this so often that I almost forgot what it really means. A good friend of mine recently brought me back to reality. He asked simple, “Well, then, if you don’t teach people that it’s wrong to kill by killing people, then how do you do it.”

When he asked that question, I was briefly stumped. I had to think about how to answer for a while. Then the answer came to me: you don’t. You really don’t have to teach people that it’s wrong to kill because they know it already. It’s instinctive. It’s a basic part of human nature. People know that taking someone’s life is wrong.

In America, it’s a fundamental principle of our Judeo-Christian heritage: Thou shalt not kill. But it’s equally important in most other cultures, belief systems and philosophies all over the world as well. The problem, of course, is that what a person believes, or what they learn from their culture, society and upbringing, is not always reflected in how they act.

This is not to say that human beings are naturally pacifists. They are not. Some people, not everyone, will kill to defend themselves, or others. But for most people, that’s generally as far as they’ll go. In fact, the mark of an advanced civilization is that people don’t arbitrarily kill one another. They voluntarily follow informal rules of society or enact the formal rule of law to handle disputes.

If you want to get someone to kill other people on a large scale, you have to work on it. People have to be taught to kill. They have to be taught to hate and fear. They have to be indoctrinated with the belief that their lives, the lives of their loved ones, or their very existence, are in mortal danger. It requires a careful, deliberate and methodical lesson plan, like that used in military basic training, to overcome a person’s natural instinct to leave others alone unless they’re personally threatened.

Throughout history, ruling elites have manufactured fear and hate to manipulate people into acting contrary to their natural, peaceful instincts. They start by dehumanizing and demonizing the intended enemy, and anyone who opposes them in their own country. They wrap their arguments in the flag, proclaiming that it’s right, it’s noble, it’s patriotic to kill in the name of the Fatherland, the Motherland — or the Homeland. This evil subterfuge is an essential tool for the ruling elites. Without it, they would not be able to wage war.

We don’t need to teach people it’s wrong to kill, because they already know that. What we have to do is teach them that it’s not right, or noble, or patriotic to kill someone who has done you no harm, or who does not directly threaten you. It’s not your duty to kill merely because your so-called leaders tell you to.

On the contrary, we must teach them that it’s just as wrong to kill someone next door to you merely because they said something nasty about your grandmother, as it is to kill someone in another country who the president labels as an enemy. We must all say, “I am not at war.” If enough of us say it, they can’t have them anymore.

R. Lee WrightsR. Lee Wrights, 53, a libertarian writer and political activist, is seeking the presidential nomination because he believes the Libertarian message in 2012 must be a loud, clear and unequivocal call to stop all war. To that end he has pledged that 10 percent of all donations to his campaign will be spent for ballot access so that the stop all war message can be heard in all 50 states. Wrights is a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party and co-founder and editor of the free speech online magazine Liberty For All. Born in Winston-Salem, N.C., he now lives and works in Texas.

Lee Wrights for President
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18 thoughts on “Lee Wrights: They’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught To Kill

  1. Thane Eichenauer

    Johnson/Wrights? I don’t see that happening.
    Gary/Wrights? I don’t see that happening.
    Harris/Wrights? It is an interesting world, who is to say it wouldn’t happen.
    Sam Sloan/Lee Wrights? That sounds conceivable.

    I haven’t been to a convention but I imagine many combinations are possible.

  2. ralph swanson

    I love Wrights but we need to put people with some public office experience to the fore in these nominations.

    We’re attracting people from other parties. That’s great. LNC should also encourage people from the LP who’ve had some public office and achievement.

  3. John Balzer

    As news of his sorted past is becoming known, R.J. Harris will not be on anybody’s ticket. He is turning out to be a one-man wrecking crew who will destroy the chances of the Libertarian party. Lee Wrights should stay clear of him so it doesn’t rub off.

  4. Darcy G Richardson

    R. Lee Wrights is one of the most decent individuals to ever seek the presidency. The vice-presidency — an office that should be abolished — is way below his pay grade, at least in an ideal world.

    In a sane world, Americans would never be at war.

    Having held public office is hardly a qualification in a bankrupt country battered by a 5-year economic depression resulting in record foreclosures and more than 30 million unemployed or under-employed citizens, while enduring a series of foreign wars with at least two more needless and imbecelic AIPAC-driven conflicts to come…

  5. Darcy G Richardson

    On foreign policy, Lee Wrights, speaking calmly and from his heart, might come across a little better than the bug-eyed Johnson, who — as Justin Raimondo reminded us early last spring — might have a less-than-stellar devotion to the time-honored libertarian principle of non-intervention in the affairs of other nations, particularly when it comes to the pathetically paranoid and war-mongering Israel, an arrogant and repulsive rogue nation with an insatiable appetite for violence.

    Despite his lack of public experience, Wrights, at the very least, will give peace a chance.

  6. Darcy G. Richardson

    Sorry, NF, my computer was malfunctioning…then again, it might have been a user error.

  7. NewFederalist

    I’ve read your books, Darcy. I was certain that was NOT your writing style! 🙂

  8. Darcy G. Richardson

    Thanks, NF. You’re too kind. Then again, you’re from the greatest state in the country, so it’s sort of expected.

    In any case, I do have a habit of repeating myself — that’s the only way I can remember what I said — so thanks to the gentle soul who deleted my repetitious messages!

  9. paulie

    Akismet sent it to spam by mistake.

    I fished it out of spam but did not read the comments so I did not realize they were identical.
    When NF put up his comment I noticed that and deleted the duplicates.

    Darcy is still signed up for IPR as of the last time I checked, so if it happens again check the spam and you can approve it yourself. You then have to go into pending and approve it again. Then it shows up.

  10. Jill Pyeatt

    Perhaps Mr. Wrights hasn’t held public office, but he articulates the Libertarian message more than any of the other candidate; in fact, just about more than anyone. I really hope delegates to the convention really listen to what he has to say.

  11. Darcy G. Richardson

    Thanks, too, Paulie for your willingness to help with petitioning in Pennsylvania and Montana.

    I’m sorry things didn’t work out as originally planned, but my campaign’s fundraising dried up almost entirely after the New Hampshire primary in early January when one needed a magnifying glass to read my returns.

    We haven’t completely thrown in the towel, however, and we’re waging low-key write-in efforts against President Obama in California and Pennsylvania, as well as conducting a spirited, volunteer-led petition drive in New Jersey, where we’re hoping Gov. Chris Christie doesn’t skip breakfast one morning and eat our nominating petitions.

    We’re also on the Democratic primary ballot in Louisiana on March 24 and in populous Texas on May 29th.

    As you know, I haven’t been excited about a Democratic candidate for the presidency since 1972 — and my own candidacy is no exception.

    The highlight of my campaign, incidentally, occurred this past Tuesday when an elderly, white-haired woman in Oklahoma’s Garfield County [Precinct 107] cast the lone Democratic vote in her precinct, giving me a 1-0 victory over President Obama in her polling station. It reminded me of the time little-known Rabbi Nathan Wolf — the only registered voter who went to the polls in his tiny New York City precinct — cast his vote for the Prohibition Party’s Roger W. Babson in the 1940 presidential election, providing the dry standard-bearer and well-known economist who had accurately predicted the Great Depression with his one and only electoral majority on Election Night.

    News of my supporter’s dissenting vote even made the local newspaper.

    She might have been a bit on the conservative side.

    “Take that, you Wall Street whore and foundation-financed poverty pimp,” she allegedly mumbled under her breath while leaving the voting booth.

    Love changes everything.

    In any case, some of Lyndon LaRouche’s folks are helping with my petition drive in the Garden State.

    Needless to say, I’m honored to have their help…unlike most Democrats, they’re among the few party activists who clearly recognize President Obama as a post-modern fascist, which is precisely — and sadly — what his Goldman Sachs-occupied administration has become.

    Amerika is great.

    FWIW, we plan to stay in the race all the way through Obama’s coronation at the Charlotte convention…

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