(Pointed out on a Usenet Newsgroup. Thanks, Gunner.)
I’m not sure what I think about this piece just yet. I know I like it, but that’s an emotional response. I’m not sure what I think about it.
Two quotes stand out, though, in my mind:
“If every Jewish and anti-Nazi family in Germany had owned a Mauser rifle and twenty rounds of ammunition AND THE WILL TO USE IT (emphasis supplied, MV), Adolf Hitler would be a little-known footnote to the history of the Weimar Republic.” – Aaron Zelman, JPFO
“Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” – Winston Churchill
Ponder on those statements, then read the essay.