Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Burning of Washington

Who knew that in the War of 1812, the British were doing Americans a favor — trying to make their society libertarian?
The Burning of Washington was a battle that took place on August 24, 1814, during the War of 1812 between the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The British Army occupied Washington, D.C., and set fire to many public buildings following the American defeat at the Battle of Bladensburg. The facilities of the U.S. government, including the White House and U.S. Capitol, were largely destroyed, though strict discipline and the British commander's orders to burn only public buildings are credited with preserving the city's private buildings.
This is the way this country should be: all “public” buildings privatized and institutions destroyed¹ and replaced by private institutions.

It is an important cautionary tale to the student of history. “Nations” don’t wage wars on each other (for the most part). Governments do.

¹ For the FBI agents reading this blog: this is not a call to violence. The transformation should happen peacefully, with support of the public, and without any loss of life or private property.

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