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A brilliant article on the psychology of statism

Chris L.
Maximum_Liberty
Allen, TX
Post #: 1
Dan Klein wrote a brilliant piece of speculative analysis entitled "The People's Romance: Why People Love Government (as Much as They Do." It helps explain why policiticians love to (over-)use the word "we."

The link is here: http://www.independen...­.

Chris
Chris L.
Maximum_Liberty
Allen, TX
Post #: 2
Here is why I think this article matters. One of the conclusions of the article is that people who believe in liberty have a hard time attracting political followers because various forms of statism give people attract something bigger than themselves. Believers in liberty can't give that because liberty is primarily a neegative concept -- the government shouldn't mess with people.

Objectivism has the potential to fill part of that gap because it is a full-blown philosphy, not just a political movement. It can provide the sense of community that libertarianism, as a political movement, cannot. But objectivism generally doesn't seem to have developed the kind of institutions that supporters of statist philosophies have. These are usually voluntary organizations of various kinds: churches, environmental clubs, chartities, etc. The campus objectivist clubs are the closest widespread thing that objectivists have.

That's what makes NTOS important.

Chris
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