I shall outline in this post the two personality types that I believe are antithetical to liberty and actively encourage the rise of an intrusive and fascist government.
1. The Lazy Bum
“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” (Mark Twain)
The lazy bums of the world feel a sense of entitlement to other’s property. They loudly proclaim “human rights”, which in their view includes such items as the right to “free” education and health. Of course, nothing is free. Somebody, usually other taxpayers, bear the costs. This is justified, in the view of the lazy bums, because it is heretical to suggest that rather than robbing Peter to pay Paul, we should minimize re-distributional transfers and cut out the bureaucratic middle-men.
Example: the Australian Council of Trade Unions, who believe employers owe their members a secure, well-paid job, as part of their God-given rights. One could also add the members of the academic-cartel, who feel guaranteed funding for their research projects should be the natural state of affairs.
2. The Busy-Body
“Politicians are always interested in people. Not that this is always a virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs.” (P.J. O’Rourke)
This category includes every single Australian Member of Parliament. Once in office, it’s not enough for busy-bodies to manage existing government programs and ensure they are operating adequately. Nay, busy-bodies feel a compulsive need to appropriate money for new programs, even if they conflict with existing policies, and even if they make the task of managing government agencies unnecessarily complex. These people have a mental defect that prevents them from minding their own business, and they spend much of their time prying their noses into everyone else’s sex life and recreational hobbies.
If you find yourself falling into either of these personality types, I strongly suggest you seek treatment!