erne lewis

An Act of Self Defense

Erne lives, writes, and sails in Port Ludlow, Washington.

I am intrigued and disturbed by a moral and political quandary. Assassination of political leaders is treated by most people as a loathsome act, one far worse than murder. But would it have been loathsome in the case of Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, Stalin or many other tyrants who caused hundreds of millions of their own citizens to die? An Act of Self-Defense is a serious—and sometimes humorous—novel that examines the issue through the lives of its protagonists.

If our liberties—our right to own ourselves and make our own choices in life—are diminishing with every year, if our politicians sometime in the future become tyrannical, if voting them out becomes impossible, is deadly force against politicians then justified as a matter of self-defense?

If not how do we ever regain the natural rights won for us in the American Revolution?

See my Blog for more controversial such subjects.


About the Author: Erne Lewis

Erne's early years were in Hobart, Oklahoma, a small town in the southwest corner of the state. He moved to Seattle after graduating from the University of Oklahoma. His professional life, until 1974, was as an architect in the Seattle area. In 1974 he and two associates began a new aquaculture venture that grew to become a major source of salmon for the Oregon and Washington coast. Erne was its president for many years. In 1990 he and Marti purchased and outfitted a 48 foot ketch and sailed the Caribbean for a year. Erne has been sailing and writing since then.

Philosophically, Erne has been an Objectivist since reading Atlas Shrugged in 1963, and politically a libertarian. He was active in the Washington State Libertarian Party from 1992 until 2002. He helped write an initiative to stop the use of asset forfeiture by Washington state and local government and then led a signature drive sponsored by the Libertarian Party. He co-hosted a weekly libertarian television program where he interviewed many knowledgeable and eloquent libertarians.

He was a candidate for Congress in 2000. His candidacy was intended to educate the voters as to the differences between the Libertarian Party and the other political parties. In a public debate with the incumbent Democrat and his Republican opponent, Erne first described the two-headed monster in terms similar to those he used in An Act of Self-Defense. The audience of 400 Democrats, independents, Republicans and libertarians roared in approval. The description and approval seemed to shock the incumbent as well as the challenger.

In 2002 he and Marti took another travel break. They sold their home of 17 years, put everything in storage and traveled with backpacks through Italy. Eventually they reached Taormina, Sicily where they stayed for a year and where Erne began An Act of Self-Defense. They eventually returned to the Pacific Northwest after living a few months in Hawaii.

Erne believes a third political party cannot influence politics in any substantial way because of the political stranglehold of the two-headed political monster. He does believe libertarians are favorably influencing the course of our nation and may even succeed in restoring individual liberty.

Erne also recommends

For those who are concerned about trade imbalance I strongly recommend "Don't Worry about the Yuan" an article in June 2011 The Freeman by Robert P. Murphy  Try the link 

And for those who questioned my description of those organizations in An Act of Self-Defense, I strongly recommend an article by Jane Mayer in the New Yorker. In it she describes in detail the coercive un-American acts that were and are committed daily by the National Security Agency, the FBI and the past federal administrations in an attempt to crush anyone who would dare to expose them. Find the article at

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