On Rejecting the Dear Leader

Writing on the Ron Paul newsletter mess, Wirkman Virkkala writes a reminder worth remembering:

It is an odd thing, trying to be a civilized person in the libertarian movement — or in modern society. You have to keep some independence of mind. You cannot allow yourself to become part of any cult. For all the leaders will betray you. All the prophets will prove false. All the gems will prove brummagem.

There’s probably some valid expansion on that idea about the individual not seeking to lead is the leader to “follow”, but for now, I just like that quote. No leader can effectively manage the individual’s life. It’s the skepticism inherent in what libertarianism rejects.

Link via Publius Endures, via Timothy Sandefur.