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.
"But, by an inference as false as it is unjust, do you know what the economists are now accused of? When we oppose subsidies, we are charged with opposing the very thing that it was proposed to subsidize and of being the enemies of all kinds of activity, because we want these activities to be voluntary and to seek their proper reward in themselves. Thus, if we ask that the state not intervene, by taxation, in religious matters, we are atheists. If we ask that the state not intervene, by taxation, in education, then we hate enlightenment. If we say that the state should not give, by taxation, an artificial value to land or to some branch of industry, then we are the enemies of property and of labor. If we think that the state should not subsidize artists, we are barbarians who judge the arts useless."
That essay ("The Law") is one of the best essays of political philosophy ever written.
It's not a bad example of the art of the essay in general, either. The pacing starts out slow and conversational -- almost languid. It gradually picks up until, by the end of the essay, he's hammering his main point like a fire-and-brimstone preacher on the last day of a big tent revival.
He's built his case as thoroughly and flawlessly as any man can and now he's hitting you over the head with the plain truth until you either accept it in all its glorious rectitude or run away like some sniveling intellectual coward -- in the full knowledge that doing so is a deliberate choice to embrace a pernicious lie.