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.
"I canít understand how these same people who distrust the power of large corporations tend to throw all their trust and faith into government. The government tends to have more power (it has police and jails after all, not to mention sovereign immunity), is way larger, and the control mechanisms and incentives that supposedly might check bad behavior in governments seldom work."
Coyote,in his And People Trust Government?. Well, the polls say most people do not. However, America is divided between those who want to be left alone and those who want stuff. At present, that is the gist of what Vanderleun terms The American Argument.
Similarly, Betsy addresses the two visions of government. In my view, too few Americans today see liberty as something precious, and I often wonder how many people would prefer to be slaves and serfs (as long as those terms aren't used) in exchange for life's necessities.
I don't know how old the term "wage slave" is but it's been around a long time. Only a small number of people are effective leaders and entrepreneurial types. This works out well; if we all try to be dominant, nothing gets done (too many Chiefs, not enough Indians). I'm a do-er and not a leader myself. I expect my boss to do the things I would do poorly and I perform my duties loyally and well.
This can slip into a docile dependent personality only too easily. The line between follower (which is not a pejorative) to dependent (which is kind of pejorative) is hard to define.
I agree too many people seem to want to vote themselves into dependency and to drag me with them.
There is no difference between government and corporations. Corporations were created by government, are regulated by government and used by government.
I'm reminded of the movie "The Exorist" when the younger priest is telling the older priest about the numerous demons possessing the young girl. The older priest dismisses the younger priest by saying there is only one.
It's really very simple. There are two classes of voters who consistently vote Dem. The bottom in education, for the goodies. And the top (graduate degrees), becuase they like the idea that they (or people like them) will get government jobs where they can tell people what to do. The great middle (some college, college grads) vote Republican. You can look it up. All the liberals I know fit into the graduate degree paradigm perfectly. They love the idea of bossing people around w/out the hassle of starting a company.