That’s about the size of it

Indeed, since the
development of the political state, human history is incomprehensible
on any hypothesis other than that people hate and fear their freedom.
On the hypothesis that everyone aspires to freedom, it is difficult to
explain why we are continuously subordinated.

We want the
government to guarantee our health, deflect hurricanes, educate our
children and license us to drive; we want to be told what to eat, what
to smoke and whom to marry. We are justly proud of the fact that no
enduring society has ever incarcerated more of its people. Noting that
the policeman has a pistol, a club, a stun gun, a can of pepper spray
and a database that includes us, we feel happy and secure.

Our submission is absolute: We want to be operated like puppets and provided for like pets.

(via Radley Balko, who adds a thing or two)

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  1. Richard Nikoley on March 31, 2006 at 18:15

    To be perfectly honest, this is how I approached "libertarianism" from the beginning, back in 1990–owing to the influence that awakened my mind.

    I saw it not so much as a required evolution in "practical politics," as society has it currently arranged, but more as a need to “evolve” )or motivate) the "practical mind" to the next stage of its necessary development.

    Understand: human consciousness (conceptual, integrative) is the greatest power in the universe, per se. In fact, it is the only power capable of _purposefully_ controlling all of existence/the universe (think about it: on what foundation does _knowledge_ rest?).

    We already have human consciousness. We've had it for about 3,000 years or so (if the late Princeton psychologist Julian Jaynes in _The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bi-Cameral Mind_ is to be believed). So, all the potential is there.

    But I see "children" raising their fists in the streets all over the world, demanding "their fair share." I'd love to be on the verge of concluding that the problem is existential, metaphysical. But, I'm talking about things so fundamental that we're not dealing with a "bug" in consciousness. That's impossible. There are only "bugs" in individuals.

    What it all comes down to, and what it means, is that everyone living today has missed the wondrous ride awaiting us in our dump-God, dump-State, guiltless human future–a future of complete and total individual achievement through conceptual and integrated knowledge of reality.

    When you consider the human potential, very few human being currently alive on this planet Earth have anywhere near what it will take. Compared with the eventual destiny of fully-integrated, honest dealing with reality, humans today are but days away from being apes.

    The loss of potential is staggering. Human beings are wasting time worshiping fairy tales they are stupid enough to believe in, literally, when they have the tools at their disposal to see to their own subversion mortality, eventually.

    Concepts; Integration; Knowledge; Reality.

    The stupidity is mind boggling (for me, anyway).

  2. Bob V on March 31, 2006 at 17:18

    Isn't it possible that people do in fact love and seek their freedom, but that others love and seek to control others more effectively?

    Despite my question, I have to agree. I would suspect that large swaths of the population fears freedom. They seek structure that allows them to measure their own accomplishments with regularity. Heck, it's the same reason people like video games.

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