Some claim that the President of the United States of America is the ‘leader of the free world’ (Google News) . How can this be? How can an entire society of free people have only one leader? Surely free people can follow other leaders!
Consider that the winner in a political election is not the chosen leader of all voters. Some people voted for other candidates while others did not vote at all, yet the winning candidate is imposed on them all. In addition, states gather resources from taxation, a compulsory payment their subjects are certainly not free to refuse. States also compel their subjects to obey rules not agreed to by contract.
In a free society, every person is free to choose their own leader, living according to the example set by people they consider great, and giving money to people and businesses of their choice. Indeed each person may follow many leaders depending on the leader’s area of expertise and influence. In the area of business, one could follow Henry Ford or John D Rockefeller. In computing, Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. In philosophy, Aristotle or Plato. In economics, Ludwig von Mises or John Maynard Keynes. In charity, Mother Teresa or William Booth.
Politicians do not lead free people, but rather subject them to theft and directions. A society of free people has not one leader, but many leaders, chosen voluntarily.
© Danny Haynes