No free power lunches
December 3, 2015 § 20 Comments
Modern people have a terrible attitude of entitlement, of which they are mostly unaware. Sure, they can see where those bad people over there feel entitled; but they don’t see it in themselves. It may be obvious to other people, but to the entitled the world just looks so unfair and wrong when it doesn’t hand them what they want on a silver platter.
The form taken by this entitlement attitude depends on the person and what he takes for granted. Modern sluts feel entitled to free contraception and the right to murder their own children as a ‘backup’; baby mommas feel entitled to promiscuous sex with bad boys and food, shelter, education, domestic safety and HDTV for their fatherless children; college girls feel entitled to have ‘safe spaces’ and to punish their mutually drunken lovers as ‘rapists’ when they regret their hookups; libertarians feel entitled to functioning sovereign marketplaces and communities with low or nonexistent taxes; usurers feel entitled to profits without the concomitants of investment in property; and in general people who are terrible followers feel entitled to good leaders.
I’m sorry to inform all of these entitled modern people that there is no free lunch. Liberals feel entitled to the benefits of living under authority without actually having to live under real authority; as a result they are ungovernable and get the lousy leadership they deserve.
Every man is both leader and follower. It is important to be a good follower: not a yes-man toady, which is a form of cowardice, but loyal — even when leadership is bad. The form of this loyalty will vary based on the institution in question and the circumstances, and like all things it has its limits. But we didn’t get to where we are today through an excess of good followership and loyalty.
I don’t speak for other men, but being under my authority is a privilege that is offered to very few people. Only very particular circumstances can result in someone being under my authority. When those circumstances obtain, my subjects get my total commitment to their well being. If my authority is challenged – not particular judgments, mind you, since I am as fallible as the next guy, but the legitimacy of my authority per se – then that follower is out. That person and their issues are not my problem anymore. Living under my authority is a privilege: a privilege which can be revoked.
No self-respecting man is interested in leading ungovernable people. Liberals believe in non-authoritative authority, non-governing governance, non-discriminating discrimination. Liberals are inherently ungovernable.
Leadership is like any other human activity; which is to say, it is subject to all of the flaws associated with human beings. It isn’t always true that “you get what you pay for.” Being good followers doesn’t guarantee good leadership.
But being bad followers does guarantee bad leadership.