Statism “works” for a lot of people. They do well under it and may even like it. They don’t care about their liberty or the liberty of others. Just as long as nothing changes too much and they have someone else to abdicate their responsibility to and blame when that doesn’t work.
They are scared to try anything better because they fear they might lose what they already have. Humans generally fear loss more than they fear missing out on something better… sad, but true.
Statism doesn’t work well for me. I don’t thrive under it. I don’t like it. I’m perfectly willing to try something that I think could be better– even at the risk of it not being better, or ending up back at square-one. I understand the risks and I’m willing to take them.
Maybe I’m being selfish, and that’s why I dislike statism so much. Maybe it has nothing to do with the ethics of it like I imagine it does.
The thing is, I’ve always been willing to let the statists keep their statism, but just keep it off my life, liberty, and property. Live and let live. You do your thing and stop trying to force your thing on me (sounds rapish, doesn’t it).
But statism can’t permit that. The very idea scares statists too much. I say I would respect their right to defend themselves from any violations, even with police they hire, but that’s not good enough. To them, if everyone isn’t equally enslaved by their “system”, they seem to know their “system” wouldn’t work. If that’s not an admission that they already know it’s a failure, I don’t know what it is.