“A conservative is someone who stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.” – William F Buckley, Jr, 1955
62 years down the road and still true.
That is incredibly sad to have to say.
“Probably it is true enough that the great majority are rarely capable of thinking independently, that on most questions they accept views which they find ready-made, and that they will be equally content if born or coaxed into one set of beliefs or another. In any society freedom of thought will probably be of direct significance only for a small minority. But this does not mean that anyone is competent, or ought to have power, to select those to whom this freedom is to be reserved. It certainly does not justify the presumption of any group of people to claim the right to determine what people ought to think or believe.” – Friedrich A. Hayek, 1943
“The Road To Serfdom” was published by Friedrich A. Hayek 74 years ago.
There is certain school of thought that human existence will always return to the mean – and that the mean is something akin to serfdom for a significant number of people. A great number of people are perfectly happy being told what to think and what to believe and what to do. They have no desire to question such things, let alone alter the circumstances. The American experiment in self-government, as flawed as it has been at times, represents the most significant deviation from the mean that the world has yet seen. If human existence does indeed always return to the mean then it is reasonable to expect that American self-governance, being the outlier, would have a short shelf-life.
“Freedom is not empowerment. Empowerment is what the Serbs have in Bosnia. Anybody can grab a gun and be empowered. It’s not entitlement. An entitlement is what people on welfare get, and how free are they? It’s not an endlessly expanding list of rights – the “right” to education, the “right” to food and housing. That’s not freedom, that’s dependency. Those aren’t rights, those are the rations of slavery – hay and a barn for human cattle.” – P. J. O’Rourke
Historically the “the rations of slavery – hay and a barn for human cattle” has contented the bulk of humanity over the centuries. It is what a great number of Americans are calling for today. Unfortunately the United States was not founded on the concept of “hay and a barn for human cattle” though we have increasingly slid down that slope. We are no longer all that far from the bottom. When we reach the bottom, those who despise ‘American exceptionalism’ will be thrilled – for we will no longer be any different than the rest of the world. A few elite at the top and masses of cattle awaiting hay and barn from their masters. Just like nearly everyone else throughout history.
“The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best.” – Thomas Sowell
Amazingly enough – people in both political parties are clamoring for someone else to decide what is best for them. I suppose this is the greatest self-indulgence, to be able to slough off on others the most basic decisions about your life.
If others making decisions about your life, if being human cattle awaiting hay and barn is not the future you desire for you and your children – now would be an excellent time to do something about it and not stop doing it until liberty is restored.