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.
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." -- C.S. Lewis
”One of the overriding points of Liberal Fascism is that all of the totalitarian ‘isms’ of the left commit the fallacy of the category error. They all want the state to be something it cannot be. They passionately believe the government can love you, that the state can be your God or your church or your tribe or your parent or your village or all of these things at once. Conservatives occasionally make this mistake, libertarians never do, liberals almost always do.” -- Jonah Goldberg
Leftists do dream of a utopia, a Garden of Eden where dreams come true and wants are met - according to their wants for us. They forget what messed up the Garden of Eden: humans. God felt lonely, but was disappointed by his creations. Real humans even rejected God's utopia because we have minds of our own.
Human nature continues to mess up utopian fantasies. Our Dr. Bliss has taught us countless times that utopian ideas are regressive, infantile fantasies, and that life is difficult and challenging. That's why we offer charity to the faint of heart and the terribly-damaged, so their families won't have to bear the burden alone and the government gets the credit (and the votes), thus taking over the role of America's magnificent and munificent tradition of private charity.
America is not designed for the faint-hearted, but the welfare state enables faint-heartedness and often, I see in my rambles in life, encourages it. Spends lots of taxpayer money, in fact, to encourage people to work the system. However, the vast majority of us are capable of, and desiring of, independence and accomplishment. We take pride in a "can do" attitude, and feel pity for those lacking in American vigor and uninterested in their opportunities which exceed those anywhere else on the planet except, maybe, Singapore.
Nobody can feel dignity without contributing to life, without being useful and productive. It's depressing and degrading not to contribute, even if you are getting free stuff. Why design an entire government-driven society around the few who cannot or will not negotiate life in an independent manner? Just give them money to survive, let them do what they will, and forget about them unless they break laws. It's not realistic to expect everybody to be a noble and honorable pillar of society.
Does "history" inevitably lead to serfdom to government? Are freebies and benevolent control and humble serfdom the future for America, under the dominion of our moral and intellectual superiors?
Liberals dream of one day seeing all Americans permanently locked in the smothering, cradle-to-grave death grip of the nanny state. Nothing excites a liberal more than the idea of controlling where you go to school, regulating your work and play, deciding what type of health care you're going to have and then deciding when you get to retire and how much money you have when you do. Even if you want to choose, you can't. Even if you want to break free, you're stuck. You're not allowed to make different choices because liberals have made it illegal.
Why do they want this "for me"? Why do they want to control things? I hate it, and it was not what I was raised for. I was not raised to be a recipient of "services" or insane regulations designed by people who have never done my work. We the people are not stupid, and just want to be left alone. Trust me, Lefties: We can figure out what is best for ourselves, our families, and our communities. We're adults, proud citizens. We just ask for freedom from the heavy hand of intrusive government like the rebels in 1775.
"Does "history" inevitably lead to serfdom to government?"
Show me one country that has not without outside interference turned away from ever increasing government control of the lives of its subjects.
One country where no revolution or foreign conquest was needed to accomplish freedom for its citizens.
One country that not, after accomplishing that, slid back down that path, and rather rapidly.
The U.S. twice elected to the presidency an a constitutionally-unqualified oddity who was immersed in Islam (America "a Muslim nation"), communism, collectivism, black liberation theology (TUCC as the flagship church for James "destruction of the white enemy" Cone), sick leftist political manipulation (Alinsky), and contempt for the Constitution and U.S. sovereignty.
This is on top of accepting a radical shift in power in favor of the central government fundamentally at odds with the Constitution once honored by the Supreme Court.
This is hardly a nation that exhibits a visceral understanding of liberty or a scintilla of determination to preserve it.
The U.S. has proved to be decidedly unexceptional.
Its one of the things that irked me about Star Trek - a totally magnanimous society, that 'gave up' a lot. I never understood Roddenberry's thoughts on this, because it was utopian, and, will never work in the real world. Great TV show - interesting premise, but it will never work in the real world.
I think about the only society that came close was the Spartans of Greece, and see how well that worked out. VDH had a talk on this subject a while back, and it was fascinating, and he also commented that the Utopians hold onto the image, but present logic knows it cannot be inacted.
And the dreamers will still dream, while the rest of the world toils onward...
Might be a bit too harsh. A lot of them would have simply lacked the skills to survive where they ended up, having gone over on a whim and an ideal without making sure they knew things like how to tend a farm, build a log cabin, or gut a rabbit.
A remote colony farming village only needs so many lawyers, priests, and disgraced courtiers after all.
Same would happen today if we shoved a few thousand random MF readers in a boat and stranded them on some uninhabited island with just a few primitive tools (say an axe, a shovel, and a saw).
Here in the UK, the BBC recently broadcast a thought provoking programme (sorry) about Machiavelli. It explained the context in which he wrote 'The Prince', and argued (convincingly) that its ideas are still 100% relevant in business as well as politics. Those who want you to believe that the State loves you and is a moral actor are following Machiavelli's advice to the letter. My own definition of a politician has long been, 'One who tells you what you want to hear until his/her preparations to screw you are complete'.