Robert LeFevre was one of the bright stars of the freedom movement before his death, but whose legacy remains. He once said when most people feel threatened that their freedom may be taken away, they try to take away the freedom of those they fear.
In other words, in their fear they become the thing they were afraid of and become the embodiment of the opposite of freedom. This is what people who really love freedom and liberty need to guard against in their own lives.
I would imagine that everyone is afraid of something. Many people live under the belief that if just the right laws are passed and enforced, life will be safe. They believe they will be protected from those things they fear.
This has never been the case in the history of civilization, but hope springs eternal. Those who wish to rule the rest of us feed on this hope.
A while back someone wrote, “We wouldn’t need so many laws if there weren’t so many idiots.” This is apparently a common opinion, but it ignores reality and the law of unintended consequences.
Laws create idiots by protecting people from the full consequences of their actions, and by giving a false sense of security to others. The result is people are not encouraged to take responsibility for their actions.
The existence of these idiots and the tragedies that inevitably result are then used as justification for more laws, which in turn create more idiots and more tragedies. It’s the same old drama that has played out for thousands of years all over the globe.
What is the cost of safety? You could reduce the frequency of hangnails by cutting off every finger to ever develop one, but most people would recognize the price as too high. You might make life safer by outlawing liberty, too, but that cost is immeasurably higher.
The reality is that bad things happen. You could criminalize every last shred of liberty and freedom, and even if you refused to admit this is a bad thing in itself, other bad things would still happen every single day without fail. No laws can change this. There is no utopia. No one is able to guard you from harm better than yourself.
Accept your responsibility, for it lies with no one else.