On Power

Without regard to intentions, what one is seeking when he is seeking political office is power. Whether it’s for dismantling the state or expanding it, power is seen by the office-seeker as necessary to obtain. They want something done that they are currently powerless to do. They believe that with enough power, they can finally move society in the direction they want. But power easily corrupts even the most righteous of wielders. The easier it becomes to get what they want, the greater their list of wants becomes. Sooner or later, those wants will be less about what they believe (right or wrong) is best for everyone, and more about what’s best for themselves. And that’s today’s two cents.


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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.