“Important thing to keep in mind, the main difference between a safety net and a leash is who is in control of it. If you are in control of it, you can use it as a safety net. If you give control of it to an authoritarian power, it isn’t a safety net anymore, it’s a leash. Its not that hard for a leash to become a noose” —Karen Straughan (Honey Badger Radio October 22, 2020)
The warning I posted above was not specifically in regard to politics or libertarianism, but I feel like I was justified to use the quote. The sentiment rests. My idea is that you shouldn’t put your faith in amoral parties that don’t have your best interests at hand.
The best idea is that you should govern your own behaviors and enjoy/suffer the results of your own actions. (And arguably suffer the results of your inaction).
If we do not govern ourselves first (and do our damnest to ensure our own survival), we should not expect others to do so for us. And we shouldn’t expect others to do a good job at it.
I made the argument that you might be your brother’s keeper. But you shouldn’t let a faceless man with no common bond with you be your brother.
You will not see the prosperity with another man at your helm. You will find the limitations. You will never see the palace. The best you can pray for is mediocrity and the secondhand ruins from someone that dared to thrive.
If I may part with a few words of advice, the only cost being that you live a free life, is that you voluntarily make associations. Do the work and don’t take the lazy man’s way out of life by throwing your responsibilities at despots. Feed yourselves, feed your souls, live free or die.