When I look at the above image of the protests going on in Egypt, the words "What a shame" come to mind.
What a shame that people still believe the fable that government is there to take care of them, to "represent" them, and to "serve" their interests.
What a shame that people must go to such extraordinary lengths to maybe get some kind of token reform. All the productivity that could have occurred during that same time has now gone down the drain.
What a shame that people (all over the world, not just in Egypt) keep chasing the impossible goal of "making government work."
Every combination imaginable has been tried: Monarchies, Dual Monarchies, Parliaments, Congresses, Constitutions, Separations of Powers, Socialism, Fascism, Full Democracy, Representative Republic, Military Dictatorship, Bills of Rights...
Yet the verdict is still the same: State Power (in every form) is the enemy of humankind.
Sadly, the human animal is a very slow learner. Humans will touch that hot stove, get massively burned, and then go back to touch that stove again.
Governments, in the 20th century alone, killed hundreds of millions. No other organized group of men could possibly accomplish such a feat...Yet, here we are putting our hands on that stove and hoping for a different outcome.
Meanwhile, Liberty, which is the alternative to this madness, just sits there, patiently waiting for man to fully comprehend and embrace it.
With liberty, majorities don't matter. If you do not wish to associate with a particular person, company, or group, you simply abstain.
We see examples of how this works in our daily lives right now. When was the last time you saw a Jiffy Lube tear gas everyone who refused to stop in? Have you ever seen a Chiropractor driving down the street shooting water cannons at people who refused his services?
Every single person could make a decision that "I'll never go to Jiffy Lube as long as I live," and Jiffy Lube could do nothing about it. Should that decision be made by everyone, it would have no choice but to close its doors.
No pickets....No chants....No fairy tales like "making your voice heard" or "the will of the people". No injuries, arrests or tanks trampling over bodies. Just a simple decision not to interact...not to exchange...not to associate.
What a shame that such a world is just sitting there and waiting.
Let's all do our part to shorten that wait.