Indeed, since the
development of the political state, human history is incomprehensible
on any hypothesis other than that people hate and fear their freedom.
On the hypothesis that everyone aspires to freedom, it is difficult to
explain why we are continuously subordinated.
We want the
government to guarantee our health, deflect hurricanes, educate our
children and license us to drive; we want to be told what to eat, what
to smoke and whom to marry. We are justly proud of the fact that no
enduring society has ever incarcerated more of its people. Noting that
the policeman has a pistol, a club, a stun gun, a can of pepper spray
and a database that includes us, we feel happy and secure.
Our submission is absolute: We want to be operated like puppets and provided for like pets.
(via Radley Balko, who adds a thing or two)