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-Lew Rockwell
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What Drives the Lust for Power?

by Kevin Duffy

"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground."
   ~ Thomas Jefferson

Perhaps the two longest and most intractable trends in this country are the growth of the state and the receding of liberty at least since the days of the Lincoln administration. For over a century and a half, the accumulation and centralization of power have been driven by at least five factors: ignorance, greed, fear, envy, and fantasy.


Sadly, most Americans are ignorant of their own heritage. They confuse freedom with democracy when the Founders knew these were mutually exclusive. "Democracy was the right of the majority to choose its own tyrants," according to Madison. How many references are there to "democracy" in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution? None. The Founders handed us a foreign policy of free trade and neutrality. Avoid "entangling alliances," advised Washington. Do not go abroad "in search of monsters to destroy," warned John Quincy Adams. "If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy," predicted Madison, well in advance of the Patriot Act. Where have their words of wisdom gone? Right down the memory hole...

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