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Ask a kid to choose between chocolate and vanilla, and the answer will come immediately. Offer them 32 flavors of ice cream, and they are locked in indecision.
Adults are no better.
Most Americans – and the vast majority of humanity – like to be told what to do. They invariably prefer to work in a “plug-and-chug” job rather than one that requires initiative and the risks and responsibilities that come with them. Initiative is hard and it is scary.
This is why most people go-along to get-along. Why they follow masking mandates and vaccine mandates. Why they are content to be miserable in the herd.
As I have written many times, this is a basic problem for libertarians: most people are terrified by choices.
The only saving grace is that, in times of crisis, the majority is irrelevant. The only people that matter are those who are willing to put their energy where their mouth is. Hitler and Lenin never won a majority – but their followers were more committed. The American Revolutionaries could not count on the majority of the colonists to be enthusiastic about the cause: they led, rather than followed, the majority.
Right now, we need passionate leadership for a new direction in America. We need it desperately. And we do not need it to be backed by a majority – just an energetic and risk-tolerant minority. Because the majority just want to be told what to do.Published in