By Chris Rossini
Frustrating election isn't it? Heads, we lose. Tails, we lose. The ideas of liberty are nowhere to be found in American government. It's all power, all the time. The only difference is in who will wield the power, and who will be the victims.
How did it get so bad, so fast? Well, as always, the outside world is a servant to the inside world of ideas. In the year 2016, Americans believe passionately in government power and don't really mind the abolition of freedom.
It's quite astonishing considering the fact that government fails at every single thing it sets out to achieve. Government merely piles one failure on top of another, decade after decade, century after century.
Remember "making the world safe for democracy"? How about the "War on Poverty" or the "War on Drugs", and the "War on Terror". It's fascinating that when government declares war on something, it ends up making it worse!
And yet, the belief that government can solve this problem, or that problem, persists. That's the power of ideas. Once something is accepted as true, even though it's false, people will tend to hang on until the pain is completely unbearable.
The Declaration of Independence made mention of this characteristic with the following words: "all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed."
Apparently, Americans believe that the evils are still sufferable at the moment. So naturally, power will continue its march. The 2016 election shows that power is marching on.
Elections cannot and will not change this. For a people that believe in power will continually elect those who promise to wield it.
There is only one antidote and that is for enough Americans to hold different beliefs about liberty and government. There are no shortcuts. The outer world will remain a servant to the inner world. So it is the inner world of ideas that must change.
If you're a person that understands the ideas of liberty, private property, voluntary transactions, voluntary interactions, non-aggression, sound money, and peace, an implicit responsibility comes with your understanding. And that is to share what you have learned in your own unique way.
You're in the minority. You're one of the lucky ones.
The great Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises captured the responsibility with the following words:
“Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders; no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way out for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle. None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of everyone hang in the result. Whether he chooses or not, every man is drawn into the great historical struggle, the decisive battle into which our epoch has plunged us.”
In other words, if the ship sinks, we all go down with it. It's one thing to be oblivious and go down with the ship. But it must be a special kind of pain to know better, to know what the solutions are, and to go down with it too.
So how does someone anchored in the ideas of liberty share what he or she understands? The ways are as numerous as the individuals involved. If you're a writer, write. If you're an orator, speak. If you're on Twitter, tweet.....YouTuber? Podcaster? It's endless.
Just get the good ideas between your ears out there!
Pretend that Americans are drowning in a government ocean and your job is toss as many life jackets as you possibly can. Many will choose to drown anyway, and that's a shame. Many others will think you're ridiculous and will curse you for throwing the jackets out to them. But there will be those that will grab on. Of that, you can be sure.
The more that grab on, the better the chance to turn "the land of the free" around. A majority of people isn't necessary, just a critical minority. The majority always follows the minority. The horrendous ideas that the majority holds onto today were all cooked up by a handful of ivory tower elitists.
The critical minority is crucial.
They're out there.
Speak up and reach as many as you can.