"It [government] covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting: such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd." ~ Alexis de Tocqueville
To be a liberal is to oppose collectivism, but to oppose leadership, i.e. to be an anarchist, is silly. Without leadership one could not manage a children's basketball team.
Born in the City of Detroit. Raised in the Holy Roman Ecclesia and for almost thirty years a believer, but not now. Experienced in business development and product management. Not a physicalist. Disdains fideism, multiculturalism, relativism, subjectivism,...
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I'd like to add a few remarks about a claim made by Henry D. Thoreau. He claimed that "[i]t is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right." I won't quarrel with his disdain for the law, in the sense of a government's proclamations. However, how can belief that one has a right establish that one, indeed, has such a right? Do not aggressive, malevolent do-gooders who call theirselves progressives think that they have the right to assault, to batter, and to rob a stranger and to give some of that person's wealth to others merely because they think it right?
Mr. Thoreau would have been better off to believe and to promote that the first obligation he had was to discover what is right. This obligation entails only as much authority as is necessary to discover what is right. The subtle but important change would have tended to undermine the license which a subjectivist is likely to infer from the quote handed down to us. Further, it would have worked against another common problem: craving for activity.
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