April Freeman Banner 2014

ARTICLE

The United Nations or

NOVEMBER 01, 1959 by H.P.B. JENKINS

 

Economist at Fayetteville, Arkansas

It was a cold November day

At story-telling time.

Old Kaspar closed the windows tight

and poured a rum-and-lime,

While Peterkin and Wilhelmine

Warmed up the television screen.

 

They saw a straggling line of men

Who toiled with bleeding hands

To build a lofty, solid wall

Across the shifting sands;

While men in red from foot to crown

Worked just as hard to tear it down.

 

And sweeping in against the wall,

Like waves upon the shore,

Came lines of howling men in red,

And more and more and more;

Until the wall began to rock

And fall apart beneath the shock.

 

"Now tell us what it’s all about!"

Cried little Peterkin.

"It’s the United Nations, dear,"

Said Kaspar with a grin;

"They’re building walls against the Reds,

So we’ll sleep safely in our beds."

 

"Then why do they allow the Reds

To work upon the wall?"

"To chase them off," Old Kaspar said,

"Would never do at all;

For then they never would agree

To help us build Security!"

ASSOCIATED ISSUE

November 1959

comments powered by Disqus

EMAIL UPDATES

* indicates required
Sign me up for...

CURRENT ISSUE

April 2014

Around the world, people are struggling to throw off authoritarianism, with deeply mixed results. From Egypt to Venezuela, determined people build networks to overthrow their regimes, but as yet we have not learned to live without Leviathan. In this issue, Michael Malice and Gary Dudney discuss their glimpses inside totalitarian regimes, while Sarah Skwire and Michael Nolan look at how totalitarian regimes grind down the individual--and how individuals fight back. Plus, Jeffrey Tucker identifies a strain in libertarianism that, left unchecked, could reduce even our vibrant movement to something that is analogous to the grim aesthetic of architectural brutalism. The struggle for our lives and freedom is a struggle for beauty; it begins inside each of us.
Download Free PDF

PAST ISSUES

SUBSCRIBE

RENEW YOUR SUBSCRIPTION