With respect, many of us older folk were called classical liberals by our philosophy professors when we were in college. My views have not changed, but the views and ideals of many of my college friends certainly have blown with the wind. Today, college professors call me right wing. Politicians call me libertarian, though I have never voted or registered for that party. I seem to be walking in the same direction as before, but most people are now coming at me instead of walking alongside.
I and most of my friends in college and grad school and even several years later at war or working, we knew that the federal government had no role in drugs, sex or rock n roll. We knew that any war should be declared by Congress. The government tear-gassed us, shot at us, trampled us with horses, drafted us or made it difficult to find work, and then they tried to recruit us for CIA. And the government went ahead and did what it wanted, whatever enriched them. We knew those government folk should follow the Constitution, which they all swore to protect and defend. Or so almost all of us flower chillun’ believed.
During our lifetime, these technologies called propaganda, bureaucracy, “education,” social media, etc were developed and became very sophisticated. The cold war was psychological and sophisticated and targeted teachers. Morals became relative. Cultural differences had to be tolerated. The ends justified the means, or so we were told.
Congress passed the Administrative Procedures Act so that it no longer had to do its Constitutionally-prescribed job. The country was and is now on automatic pilot.
In the words of philosopher Allan Bloom, the American mind was closed, intentionally closed by educational processes and mass media. Citizens became slaves and 50%+ hoped for change. The processes were so sophisticated that today many of us can no longer recognize or converse with people whom we shared ideas, dorm rooms, apartments and houses.
Today, there is only one party, the party of government, and then there are the rest of us, the 50%, who don’t work for the government or live off welfare.
Lighting fires will not stop the government juggernaut. I have tried. We, and especially you millennials, have to organize a new party before it’s too late.