Today’s protests are lodged on behalf of the state;** their purpose is to defend the state against the people, to maintain unbearable taxation and intrusive bureaucracies, and to block reform by moving legislators to foreign jurisdictions.
In the 1960’s, large-scale protests were organized to fight against coercion – the war, the draft, discriminatory laws, voter disenfranchisement, drug prohibition, and other institutional deprivations of individual rights.
Today’s large-scale protests are organized to protect coercion – compulsory unionization, confiscatory taxation, overreaching regulation, and voter disenfranchisement by legislative abdication.
Four decades ago, the generation that is now marching to protect its state-monopoly privilege was marching against the ever-expanding power of the state; today they are the state.
The state is not some inanimate object; a set of books and buildings separate and distinct from the people in its employ; the state is nothing more than the people it employs. Our liberty can’t be confiscated by vans with state-owned on the license plates; it is the people in the vans who do the taking. When the vans are empty, they cannot hurt us. It is the people who left them to march that intend to do us harm. Anyone who still doubts that has not been paying attention.
Thomas Sowell called it “the right to win”, when he described the perverse and unshakable belief on the left that they are entitled to rule over us. That is the only “right” that is being fought over on the streets of our capitals this winter.