Why We Let Them

She’s right.

Thus, agencies like the Food and Drug Administration are not only credited with “producing” food safety but also with reining in an irresponsible free market that would otherwise sell poisoned baby food.

Wendy McElroy


I hold an opinion. I think that people will not give up their State-issued chains until they fear government more than anarchy. As long as people think that we can throttle back our government to it’s Constitutional limits, we will remain slaves and government will only grow more brutishly powerful.

Even when we reach North-Korean/Cuban poverty levels, people will still be convinced that anarchy would worsen their condition. The farther into slavery a society sinks, the less rebellion.

The answer lies not in revolution–that’ll never happen–but in escape. Escape will require a new, hitherto undiscovered frontier. And the escapers will be people who are far more afraid of government than the unknown.


Posted by Dave


4 Comments on “Why We Let Them”

  1. Art says:

    They hardest space to free is the one betwixt the ears.

    written a long time ago, truer today than ever …

    “Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.”
    — Alexis de Tocqueville

    • Hi Art,

      Yep, and a good Tocqueville quote. I suppose how we value freedom is, in every case, an opinion. But it feels like more than just an opinion to me. It seems like truth and beauty of the highest order.

      I just noticed yesterday that WordPress, for some damn reason, held your comment on Tipping Point for moderation. I released your comment from captivity. Sorry about that.


  2. Art says:

    No problems Dave … and thanks.

    re: Freedom
    One of my favorite reads on the topic;
    From Freedom to Slavery, The Rebirth of Tyranny in America by Gerry Spence

    You may remember Mr. Spence as the attorney that defended Randy Weaver of the Ruby Ridge Standoff in 1992

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