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 problem is, people vote for it, and we live in a democracy. Perry de Havilland has also called the process "Democratic totalitarianism":
...a total state really is what a great many people have in mind for us all. They seek a sort of 'smiley face fascism' in which all interactions are regulated in the name of preventing sexism, promoting health, and defending the environment. The excuses will not invoke the Glory of the Nation or the Proletariat or the Volk or the King or the Flag or any of those old fashioned tools for tyrants, but rather it will be "for our own good", "for the Planet", "for the whales", "for the children", "for the disabled" or "for equality".
But if they get their way it will be quite, quite totalitarian.
It would be an error to dismiss such warm and fuzzy totalitarianism as the product of top-down rule by a Leviathan state. Pliant and well-meaning citizens (some of whom I suspect in my darker moments are wannabe eunuchs) voluntarily condition themselves first to accept self-imposed limitations, following which it becomes easy to impose them on others.
Re: Neutering and Sid Sawyer and wannabe eunichs...
I had a 'darker moment' because of a haircut once. heh. I had requested a soft, pretty cut, not too short and not "sporty". So the very gay hairdresser feathered my hair three inches long and then applied the must have product, "Bed Head".
Some hairdressers really just do whatever they want once they have you in the chair. Was I violated? Were my verbal instructions weak? The cut framed my face okay so no big deal. I left a big tip (?) and scrammed.
A few weeks after I was 'perusing' a celeb mag where I saw an article about the bed head look and how passť it was. The article featured many pictures of famous bed heads like Johnny Depp and Jude Law, etc. etc.etc. WTH!? I had Johnny Depps' old haircut. Sheesh.
Now the voices in my head were wondering about a few of the people, including one brother, who had complimented the haircut. Maybe the only one NOT gay or neutered was the old friend (who was in my grade 7) who growled, "I
prefer women to never cut their hair."
Later I stopped at a rest area on the Thruway and there were three bathrooms, Men, Women and Unisex. First time I have ever noticed a Unisex bathroom sign. I forgot to check if there was a universal symbol and I am still curious about that. I vaguely recall the 80's when all kinds of groups lobbied for third bathrooms for all kinds of reasons. Unisex. I guess that is meant to cover everybody.