In 10,000 years of human civilization, 99.9% of humans have lived in subjugation. The natural state of civilization is that the vast majority of people are and have always been serfs, subjects, vassals, servants, and slaves. Seldom in human history have large numbers of people been truly free. Freedom and liberty for the masses are, frankly, historical aberrations. We are in the midst of a movement from aberration to normalcy. We are returning to the natural state of civilization.
American freedom was always supported by an gigantic frontier and an empty continent. Those who needed to breathe free or desired elbow room were always free to make their way West. It was the pressure release and it was the solution to all manner of social problem. It was the basis for American freedom and the American exceptionalism. There was always room for expansion.
The closing of the frontier at the beginning of the 20th century began the long slide toward the end of the American experiment with liberty and the return to civilization’s natural state. First it was the fascism friendly policies of the Wilsonians. This was followed closely by the socialistic policies of FDR. From there the march was fast and furious. Income taxes, Social Security and a growing Leviathan state closed a soft despotism around Americans. It was predicted by Alexis de Tocqueville in 1840.
After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.
Each step of the way, more and more people were made dependent on the state. The closing of the frontier meant that there was no way to escape the rising waters of state control over lives. Once the dike was breached, the waters of state influence began to fill every nook and cranny of the lives of the citizenry. There was no place to escape it. A greater and greater share of the people became compressed, enervated, extinguished and stupefied. More and more were reduced to dependent serfs numbed by an entertainment culture and addled with idiotic diversions. Greater and greater numbers submitted to the Leviathan and even embraced its principles. For these people and their decedents, bread and circuses from the state were far more desirable than the danger and toils of freedom.
Step by step, law by law, liberty was eroded. Each step was embraced by a growing subset of the citizenry. With each step a a growing debt was to be paid. More liberty was surrendered in exchange for more security. The people had become timid. They became fearful. They became easily scared by tales of sickness, poverty and financial challenges. They begged to trade all upside for minor securities against the downside. They elected representatives who assuaged their fears and promised security at all costs.
Last night was a natural step in this process. Millions of Americans would prefer not have to worry about taking care of themselves and their families. In exchange for the removal of this worry, they are willing to submit to and become dependent on the state. They voluntarily surrender their liberties and look naturally to the state for their needs. They have become the serfs of the soft despotism of a Leviathan state.
Some of us have fought this and will continue to fight it. We will throw tumblers of water on the raging inferno of statism while our subservient fellow Americans luxuriate in the bosom of the Leviathan. We will fight and, ultimately, we will lose. The natural state of civilization will return and Americans will join the 99.9% of humanity who have lived since the dawn of civilization: as serfs, subjects, vassals, servants, and slaves.
Does this mean we should surrender? Never! We should continue to fight the inferno of the Leviathan. Still, we should not deceive ourselves. We are fighting against millions of our fellow Americans to extend the life of an aberration. They are fighting hard for a return to the natural state of human civilization. We may postpone the inevitable, but it is inevitable. They have the natural state of civilization on their side and we are fighting for something that, while beautiful, was an aberration made possible by a frontier and empty continent. Last night was just one more in a hundred years of lost battles. There will be more. History is not on our side.