People continue to vote for this candidate or that one, hoping beyond hope that one of them will change the destructive course their country is on but is there any hope?
We are told by our fellow citizens, especially in the United States, that “if you don’t vote you can’t complain!” But isn’t this really a misnomer? When one considers that it is those who are elected who are the source of our problems that would mean that those who vote are, at least indirectly, responsible for our current situation.
And why is this the case I ask you? The answer, in part, I believe, is due to the fact that the candidates who are presented for consideration are all cut from the same piece of statist cloth and are appealing, in some way, to an audience who, though they are inclined towards libertarian ideals, continue to support statism due to the cumulative influences the state has inculcated in them over many years and decades. The quote below from a Lew Rockwell article titled “The Libertarian Paradox” puts it this way:
Why is it so difficult to persuade people of what they implicitly believe already?
The reason is not difficult to find. Most people inherit an intellectual schizophrenia from the state that educates them, the media that amuses them, and the intellectuals who propagandize them.
Mr. Rockwell further says:
What we are taught, therefore, from all official channels, is something like the following. For the sake of mankind’s well-being and improvement, some individuals need to exercise power over others. On our own, we would have little if any philanthropic instinct. We would commit the vilest of crimes. Commerce would grind to a halt, innovation would cease, and the arts and sciences would be neglected. The human race would descend to a condition too degraded and appalling to contemplate.
Therefore, a single institution needs a monopoly on the initiation of physical force and on the ability to expropriate individuals. That institution will ensure that society is molded according to the proper pattern, that “social justice” is achieved, and that mankind’s deepest aspirations have some chance of fulfillment.
So entrenched in our minds are these ideas that it would hardly occur to most people even to think of them as propaganda. This is simply the truth about the world, people assume. It is the way things are. They cannot be otherwise.
“But” as Lew iterates, “what if they can?” What if things could be different? What if we didn’t need this parasitical entity called “the State” to hold society together and create, so called, equality or all the other things we are told “they” necessarily provide.
If you really care about real liberty and real freedom for yourself and your posterity it is expedient that you learn how things could, would and frankly, should work in a libertarian society. There is, in my opinion, no hope in supporting the current, irreparable system.