“It may be that he who bestows the largest amount of time and money on the needy is doing the most by his mode of life to produce that misery which he strives in vain to relieve.” – Thoreau
“Eternal vigilance,” we have been told, “is the price of liberty.” Americans have heard this for generations, but the true meaning of the statement is seldom understood. The institution of liberty removes all necessity for movements in its favor, and in a truly free environment, the only political movements that develop must aim to reduce liberty in some way. A truly free society must remain vigilant against all political activists.
Unfortunately, humankind has never known a truly free society, so liberal activism has always been in need. Liberal activism brought slavery to an end and made equal rights human social institutions. Activists of liberal movements are inspired to fight for liberty and equality, but once their aims are met, their necessity dissolves. Success did not bring an end to the women’s rights and civil rights movements, however. Remnants remain, the prominent of which are not at all liberal, but harbor within themselves, and unpardonably perpetuate and instill in society, the very qualities that they claim to despise.
The vast majority of civil rights activists, who so admirably stood for freedom in the 1960s, discontinued activism upon the realization of equal rights and equal opportunity. The same can be said of many women’s rights activists. Can there be greater evidence of the success of these movements than the Democratic Presidential primary of 2008?
Because blacks and women now hold legal equality (and even certain legal advantages) in this country, the need for activism in their favor has all but disappeared. True advocates of liberty wish only to be treated fairly as individuals, and those that continue to fight for a freedom already attained, are either swinging at windmills or seeking personal gain at the expense of liberty and those that believe in it. Remnants of successful rights movements must re-invent inequality, or re-define equality, in order to survive. It is as if Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson miss the dissolved external hatred that they once found both real and profitable. These men, formerly revered as civil rights activists, are merely opportunistic businessmen. If the likes of Jackson and Sharpton come to believe, as most Americans do, that a person is a person, regardless of superficial qualities, they lose all marketability; so, in the absence of injustice, they re-invent a collectivist mentality that should have faded away, and they are the true believers and sowers of racism in America today.
If sexism and racism make a comeback in this country, it will be the work of the feminist and racial rights “leaders.”