We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one's government is not necessarily to secure freedom.
(Related, via Politico: "a recent CBS News poll show(ed) 72% of Republicans worried over the growth of government as opposed to 58% of Democrats who want more of it." What sort of red-blooded American would want "more government"?)
Hayek observed the growth of socialism when it took hold in the UK after the conclusion of WWII. He wrote:
The most serious development is the growth of a measure of arbitrary administrative coercion and the progressive destruction of the cherished foundations of British liberty, the Rule of Law . . . [T]he attempts at economic planning under the Labour government carried it to the point where it is doubtful whether it can be said that the Rule of Law prevails in Britain. . . . It is a despotism exercised by a thoroughly honest and conscientious bureaucracy for what they sincerely believe is the good of the country. . . .
Watching Obama with TARP, Chrysler, unions et al, I get the feeling reading Hayek that history is indeed repeating itself. And we do ourselves a great disservice by failing to note how disastrous was that experiment economically for the UK until it was finally jettisoned in the most part by Thatcher.