By Chris Rossini
Liberty is the natural condition of every individual. Liberty is concentrated and "located" in the individual mind ... in the unseen, in the untouchable, in the unmeasurable.
The individual mind thinks and chooses.
Man is inherently free.
Man is not like a blade of grass, or a stone, or a planet. These do not think or choose. They do not say "yes" or "no". They do not act in order to achieve desired ends. Man does think. He values, forms opinions and preferences, and chooses how to act to achieve his desired ends.
It's easy to see the similarities between individuals. Most of us have two arms, two legs, ten fingers and toes, dress ourselves in the morning, and put on one shoe at a time. The similarities are easy to spot.
However, our major differences are located in the unseen, the untouchable, and the unmeasurable. It is here that you find the true and genuine uniqueness of each and every one of us.
Imagine being able to take each thought that you have and line them up, one after another, in front of you. Every second you add to this unique "train of thought" that would stretch far beyond where your eyes could see.
Your "train of thought" is one-of-a-kind. It is not, and cannot be the same as anyone else who has ever lived in the past, who lives today, or who will live in the future. It's you and you alone, and you're 100% responsible for it.
The libertarian idea was stated brilliantly by Murray Rothbard:
"Libertarianism, therefore, is a theory which states that everyone should be free of violent invasion, should be free to do as he sees fit, except invade the person or property of another...Libertarianism does not offer a way of life; it offers liberty, so that each person is free to adopt and act upon his own values and moral principles."
In other words, live your life as you please, just do not use aggressive force against another individual's person or property. Force is for self-defense only, in the case for when someone else decides to be aggressive.
This libertarian idea accepts the fact that each and everyone of us are unique and endowed with individual liberty.
Now let's bring in the tyrants...
These are the misguided individuals who desire power over others. "Live and let live" is not a part of their credo. Instead, you are to live as they tell you to live. They're all about using violent force, or the threat of violent force. Their quest is to force everyone to conform to their image.
Tyrants completely disregard and even hate individual liberty.
Let's go back once again to our imaginary "train of thought" that we laid out in front of us .. one thought after another ... out into the distance ... Our own unique experience of Life.
The tyrants want to take these individual "trains of thought" and make them exactly the same!
The tyrants want everyone to hold the exact same opinions about everything, to value everything the way they value them, and to act as they believe everyone should act.
The tyrants seek unity of thought. They want to dictate and everyone obeys. They want to turn humanity into a robot army that does nothing but obey their commands.
The tyrants are in a perpetual fight against reality. They're trying to control the unseen, the untouchable, and the unmeasurable. They try to control 7 billion individual and unique minds.
It should be obvious to anyone without the desire for power, as to why this is impossible. But power messes people up. In their minds, it is they who decide what is possible.
In striving for this delusion, tyrants throughout all of history are willing to use whatever violence they deem necessary, whatever surveillance, censorship and propaganda that they feel is necessary to reach this unity of thought.
Alas, the only thing that the tyrants accomplish is death and destruction on an astronomical scale. They always go down, and they take their believers with them.
Individual Liberty remains...and Life goes on.
Individual Liberty always thwarts the tyrannical desire for unity of thought.