There are a bunch of people in a boat. One of them starts drilling a hole in the boat under his seat and everyone screams, “What are you doing?!?”. The man drilling the hole says, “What business is it of yours? I’m doing this under MY seat. It doesn’t affect you.”
It’s a dance between freedom and power. Freedom becomes power in the above example. If one is for the maximization of freedom at the least concentration of power, then the above example doesn’t hold water so-to-speak, but the hole does. This requires some “Law”, or restraint on power, however the core issue issue then becomes how to prevent this “Law” from representing power itself rather than restraining it. I’ve attempted to sum up the dynamics here. I’ve found that most political stances boil down to a bias towards, or against, one or more of the following 6 points, and rarely to the relationship as a whole.
1. People seek freedom. Freedom is progressive by virtue of self-subsistence.
2. Freedom produces power. Freedom begets power through divergence between two or more competing states of freedom.
3. Power produces tyranny. Propagation in the accumulation of power over others is exponential to the degree in which disparity increases.
4. Tyranny justifies government. Government is justified as a medium to mitigate the effects of power only when the tyranny it prevents is greater than the tyranny it brokers.
5. Government is subject to power. Power seeks first to prevent that which deters its advancement, and second to corrupt its function to be used as its agent, of which legalization of its own tyranny is paramount. A corrupt government represents the tyrannical disposition of the centers of power; it does not produce them of itself.
6. Power reserved is freedom preserved. Not the expansion or contraction, nor the abolition of government is tantamount to consummating freedom or securing its equality, but rather the preclusion of power itself. The highest degree of freedom in which equanimity is achieved implies the curtailment of power, and its effects, as cardinal.