Freedom is never a 'one and done' type of thing. It must be watched over, cherished, & defended. The gradual movement away from personal liberty toward statism has not happened in a vacuum, but right under the noses of the citizens. I think the ruling elite have convinced us there is nothing we can do.. it is out of our control, & money is power. If we are not part of the moneyed elite, we do not have any political power. We have let them convince us there are many interest groups, with major differences in agenda & ideology. We have let them split us into ethnic & racial groups.. & convinced us that we should be loyal to our own kind. They have convinced us that our individual freedom is not the most important thing.. it is now social justice, or world leadership, or military dominance.
But i say that we the people do not have to submit. We can take away the power of the statists. We can regain & protect our personal liberties. We can remove the moneyed & political elite & get those in power who will speak for the people.
Yes we can.
If people really understood the consequences of statism, they would not want it. But we don't. We let the ruling elite convince us they have divine right as kings, or they can bring peace & prosperity to the people, or social justice. No one stands up & says, 'I want to be oppressed by a totalitarian state!' But throughout history, we have been, & continue to be.
We the people need to see that we can rule ourselves, with a representative republic. But we are like the israelites of old, who after escaping slavery in egypt, want a king to rule over them.
This is in 1 Samuel 8.
11 He said, "This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day." 19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles."
Just from an historical perspective, this illustrates the way we are. We are not really happy with freedom, but want a king.. a ruler ordained by God... a messiah or anointed one. We want someone who gives us a thrill up our leg when he speaks.
It is hard for us to see that we can do it without the ruling elite. We don't need divinely inspired ordination for our kings. We can do it ourselves, with honest representatives who will speak for us. If they don't, we need to fire them asap & find someone who will. Grassroots works.