In 1934, four years before Germany annexed his native Austria in the Anschluss, the economist Ludwig von Mises left Vienna for the safety of Geneva. The great enemy of socialism – his damning critique, “Socialism,” was published in 1922 – had seen clearly how the winds were blowing with the rise of the National Socialists. In 1940, he emigrated to the United States, where he warned of the rise of quasi-socialist statism in his 1944 book, “Bureaucracy.”

Unlike Mises, most people are taken by complete surprise when their government turns on them. This is the only explanation for how a person living in the 20th century was 4 times more likely to be killed by his own government than in war or civil war, and 17.3 times more likely to be legally killed by an employee acting on behalf of his legitimate government than to be murdered by a criminal acting on his own. But, as the example of Mises shows, such a fate is not unavoidable. The future is no mystery to those who see with the eyes of history.

In my unfinished book, “The Red Hand of Government,” I have developed a theory of socialist crisis. Not all governments turn on their people in a lethal manner, but 35 percent of the 191 United Nations member states have murdered at least 10,000 of their own citizens in the last century, with an average of 122,565 victims apiece. Socialist countries are particularly prone to slaughter, as 58 percent of self-identified socialist regimes have committed democide, and these socialist mortacracies are responsible for four-fifths of the 169 million victims of government murder in the 20th century.

Although the United States does not view itself as socialist, as I have previously demonstrated, it is a semi-socialist state by most measures. Furthermore, as the paper dollar approaches its 33rd year, the risk of a breakdown into the hyperinflation that has ended all previous paper money mechanisms increases. This would not be overly worrisome, were it not for the fact that constitutional protections for Americans have been egregiously weakened under the current administration.

While taking a break from destroying the social fabric of America, the United States Supreme Court has decided that there is no First Amendment protecting political speech. It has also tacitly upheld the Ninth Circuit’s decision that there is no Second Amendment guaranteeing the right to bear arms. Meanwhile, in Texas, a federal judge conducts show trials, announcing that the word of John McBryde supersedes the written law as he openly directs the verdict in what is supposedly a trial by jury.

In other words, Americans no longer have the ability to protest against their government, they can no longer expect justice in their courtrooms and they will soon lose the ability to defend themselves against their government as well.

The handwriting is on the wall. Watch Brazil as a harbinger of things to come. Only months after electing the socialist da Silva to power, Brazil has passed a law requiring the registration of all private firearms, with a complete ban to be considered next year. If the socialists manage to consolidate their hold on power, there is a probability that some level of democide will begin there within 10 years.

I am not entirely pessimistic. It is quite possible that the danger can be averted. Perhaps the paper dollar will survive another 33 years without support. Perhaps the Federal Reserve can pull another economic boom out of its hat, after all, some of the nation’s finest minds are hard at work trying to keep the machinery of the global financial system working smoothly. If there is no socialist crisis, there will be no bloody democide, merely more of the quiet drift toward total state control that we have enjoyed for the last century.

President Bush is not responsible for all of this. Indeed, it is ironic that he is attacked as a Hitler by those who advocate policies almost identical to those of the historical National Socialists. Unfortunately, George Bush has not only done nothing to reduce the danger from future Hitlers, on his watch he has allowed the danger from the enemy within to grow unchecked.

George Bush is no Hitler. But if he does not respond as vigorously to the threats posed from within the United States as he has to those without, he may prove to be Paul von Hindenburg.

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