“Do you know what it takes to unite 90 clans, half of whom want to massacre the other half for one insult or another?”
“I told them we were all going to die if we don’t get south. Because that’s the truth.”
Outside of Westeros, Mance Rayder might have been describing the state of the modern liberty movement. Or since many individualists bristle at the idea of being lumped in with any “movement,” we might pop a few antacids and call it an alignment of efforts toward a common goal. Whatever the label, things are not going well for liberty lovers lately:
- Libertarians quarreling with conservatives over piddling social issues like same-sex marriage.
- Anarchists feuding with minarchists over the conceivable value of a public road.
- Objectivists denouncing everyone – especially themselves – over who is the purist heir to kingdom of Ayn Rand.
Meanwhile, a tireless coalition of progressive politicians, appointees, and social-interest groups – backed by the ever-expanding legions of zombie voters – decisively expands the size and scope of government like clockwork.
So what does the tally look like in 2014?
The national debt is larger than ever before. The federal government is larger and more powerful than ever before. The District of Columbia suburbs are the wealthiest in the country. Workforce participation is at its lowest level since the Carter administration. Disability claims are at an all-time high. Food stamp dependency is at an all-time high. More laws and regulations are on the books this year than ever before, and the same is projected to hold true next year, and the year after that.
This much is abundantly clear: if a united front does not form against the progressive tide, this country and what freedoms it still offers are going to die.
Shall we get moving?