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.
One of the lessons of Animal Farm is: You can’t reason a pig out of its pigness. T. S. Eliot once described the folly of “dreaming of systems so perfect that no one will need to be good.” And then he adds: “But the man that is will shadow the man that pretends to be.” Citizenship is hard work. Being a subject is a lot easier. That’s part of the allure of being a subject of a totalitarian state. Under totalitarianism, the state does all of the political work, and people are just livestock to be milked, shorn, and, occasionally, slaughtered. Some people are very comfortable being livestock and really embrace that bovine-ovine role with all they’ve got. People have the power to start being human whenever they want. But work, including the work of citizenship, is a means, and people have to decide for themselves that the end is worth the work. Right now, these blackshirts and their admirers and imitators are comfortable in their intellectual sties.
No society is all livestock, no society is all citizens. Americans as a whole are more like citizens (there are some other countries which are at least in the conversation there), yet that does not mean that all Americans are like that, nor that they have ever been. Nor does it mean that all Danes or Namibians, or Japanese are likely cattle. It is a continuum, a percentage, and we are likely lucky to be descended from those who left their previous countries, for good reasons or bad. Those countries lost a bit of their adventurousness, we gained a bit.
It is sobering to think that the tipping point may never be far away.
Assistant Village Idiot
There is the ever present desire for the Philosopher King. Being a intentional and purposeful human is hard work. Not many are up to the task.