It seems to me, if a political party actually seeks liberty, campaigning on a platform of slavery is probably not a good idea. Of course they don’t call it slavery overtly. Those who, like Philistus, favor arbitrary rule, always couch their rhetoric in flowery phrases and spurious arguments. None of us knowingly seeks to be a slave, but many if not most, seek to be cared for, like children… or slaves. Yet a large percent of the population know the strings that are attached to government largess and refuse to be fooled. Those egoists who favor arbitrary power, their arbitrary power, pervert all political systems so there is no real choice. They claim the choice is between Marxism and Fascism, liberty is never a option. They play on the selfish wants of ignorant people to trick them into voting for their oppressors. In that way, the political elite have moved nations from liberty to tyranny, helped and aided by the very people to be subjugated!
Those who seek to be fed, clothed and housed at another’s expense, understand on some level they are giving up sovereignty for it. In wanting to be treated as a child by government one becomes childlike. A child is fed, clothed, and housed, but has no say in their lives. A child is told, and forced if necessary, to do what the parent, or government elite, tell them to. But, while a parent loves and nurtures their own child, holding the child’s interests above their own, government sees their children, the people, as mere tools to their ends, the welfare of any one person is irrelevant because there are plenty more if a few die or are broken.
A part of the population, rational maximizers, understand the reality that liberty is incompatible with government coddling. Since we are given a false choice, either Marxism or Fascism, those who understand that it is a false choice will drop out of a corrupt system, and stop voting. If there is only the choice of this dictator or that despot, there is no real choice. To vote for the one because they will manage the leviathan better is no choice if one wants liberty. Only a politician who stands for liberty will be honored with the vote of an adult. A child however, will vote for the mommy or daddy who offers the most comfort, for the least effort.
In the United States this has been the paradigm for generations. The democrats offer more government largess, and the republicans offer better management of the tyranny the democrats create. Romney care for example, worked better than Obama care, but they are both a means to slavery! That the one tyrant is better at managing the tyranny than the one who builds it, is an anathema to those of us who seek liberty, not slavery. This is why such a pathetically small percentage of the population actually cast ballots. In the 2010 US election a paltry 37% of the eligible population voted! That means, Obama was elected by less than 20% of the people! 63% of the people didn’t think they had any real choice.
Yet the republicans continue to go for the 2-8% of people in the so called “middle.” They see that as a more viable strategy, than seeking the vote of the 63%, that are so disgusted with the false choice, they sit out elections. Even someone schooled by Common Core understands, 63% of a population is nearly 8 times larger than 8%, an order of magnitude larger. Yet republicans don’t seem to be able to do the math. That 60% of people who don’t vote, aren’t seeking more slavery, to be surveilled more or to be coddled, those individuals seek liberty. It is only by offering liberty, like Ronald Reagan did, that any politician can get their vote. By eschewing those votes, the actions of the republicans as well as the democrats, belie their intentions. Democrats want arbitrary power and the republicans think they can manage that arbitrary power better.
This same paradigm works in every nation on Earth. Why do you suppose Greece is in the predicament it is? Is it because the evil big banks have stolen from the Greek people? Of course not. The Greek government has willingly taken money from those evil big banks to feed, clothe and house children, who just happen to be over 18 years old. Do you suppose Italy’s problem is the mammoth debt… or the policies that led to that debt? Those children, who have been fed, clothed and housed, when faced with the removal of that largess, like children throw a temper tantrum and riot. Those who have got the benefit of crony capitalism, will not budge, as those who play Bacci ball on the beach are irate their sugar daddy might not be able to perpetually fund their “way of life.”
The real economy of those states that coddle the people is inevitably ruined. Crony capitalism is as corrosive of an economy as sulfuric acid is to aluminum. Welfare burns the work ethic from a people as effectively as water does lithium. Both together utterly destroy a country’s economy. Since there are no jobs for those children who have been coddled by government to go to, and they have been rendered unable to participate in the economy anyway, they have no choice but to riot in the streets. When the party comes crashing down, as it must eventually, there is only one choice, outright tyranny, to quell popular distemper. Which is the ultimate goal anyway showing why political parties don’t run on a platform of liberty in the first place.