It is somewhat terrifying to realize that the totalitarian leaders of our day, in recognizing this source of desperate courage, made use of it not only to steel the spirit of their followers but also to break the spirit of their opponents.
-Eric Hoffer, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements
This is a human condition that I find terrifying. Have we undertaken an impossible challenge? Is it possible to create a mass movement dedicated to saving individual liberty? Is the inherent contradiction between enlightened self-interest and altruism insurmountable? How do we found the “church of the desperate following?”
What is the answer to a demoralized democracy voting its self out of existence? Is it possible to have a cosmic bake sale for liberty?