Are You Governed?
Ed Cline in an essay titled A Brief Aside on Power.
But free, independent men are truly hated by our “leaders,” who are power-lusters first class. “Governing” otherwise free men—making them think and act in ways free men might not otherwise think or act—is their chief and principal end. If the element of compulsion or force were not woven into their laws, they would have no interest in such legislation—they would have no reason to act, no reason to seek office, no reason to persuade their future serfs and slaves that it is in their best interests to become serfs and slaves.
I choose to be hated, rather than governed.