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.
"The fatal flaw of democratic systems, of course, is that people figure out they can vote themselves things."
More precisely, democracies thrive only when the majority not only refuse to dictate to the minority (or to steal from them, which is what "voting yourselves things" is all about) but also commit to passing that ethos on to their children.
The latter point is, in some ways, the fundamental problem (which is nevertheless not insurmountable) for democratic libertarians.
The current malaise, which (I fear) may prove terminal, of the USA is that the majority has lost sight of these facts.
The situation in the UK (where I live) is a little different and in someways is more amenable to correction. Here democracy has been hijacked by a small political class who happily pretend to divide on party lines. There is, therefore, little to perpetuate - and that situation is much easier to remedy.
If Congress would legislate only in line with the Constitution, the people could not "vote themselves things" because the Constitution only gives the federal government certain responsibilities. It would help a lot if voters would only vote for candidates who then follow the Constitution.
There is a role for government and the borders of that role are fuzzy. The Constitution does not allow the federal government to spend money or have authority over education or welfare or health care, except those limited areas like the military academies and health care for veterans or merchant sailors maybe.
The environment seems like a legitimate area for federal concern-- everyone does live downwind and downstream.