I begin with my best recollection of a quote by a highly educated man whom has spent many years in leadership.
“The choice in life in not between obscurity and fame, nor, between poverty and wealth. The choice in life is between good and evil.”
I offer a modification of that premise for strictly social/political perspectives.
Individual liberty is present in a person that accepts authority, responsibility, and accountability for their life. Individual libertarians profess and acknowledge that they have the sole authority to make decisions about their present and their future. When faced with any choice, they claim that they and they alone possess the power and right to make a decision.
Further, an individual libertarian holds themself alone responsible for the outcome of the use of that authority. When they take upon them a decision through their authority they acknowledge the they have a duty to follow through to the responsible end of that decision. They do not have obligation to applaud others nor blame other for the outcome. They acknowledge that they and they alone hold the full weight of responsibility for the outcome.
Lastly, an individual libertarian recognizes that they are account able for the outcome of their responsibility. They own both failure and success.
Servitude is just the opposite of individual liberty. The authority for decisions rest outside the person and with another. The responsibility is defined by another. Accountability is exacted by another.
Now, in the course of life an individual libertarian may choose at various times and circumstances when they subject themselves to the authority of other. Yet, in doing so they are exercising their authority to choose to be subject to another. The consequence of responsiblity and accountability flow therefrom.
Framers of the Constitution and other forefather of our nation recognized virtually every generation must reaffirm the authority they will retain and that which they will surrender. That is the essence of willing subjection.
It is only when an ad hoc government perpetuates force of authority that a people enter servitude.
We live in a time when nearly all governments operate under the presumption perpetual authority. Rather than recognizing every man’s individual liberty governments are overbearing. Such governments have contempt for liberty. Now, I use the government maybe too loosely. Governments are inanimate object of social construct. They simply mechanism, nothing more. The real and absolute culprit in the theft of authority are in the elected and appointed representatives. It rest in the hearts and minds of those that will recognize every individual as having liberty…or that every man should be in servitude.
The choice in social life for every man is this, “Am I entitled to liberty, or, shall I go gracefully into the night of servitude?”