Very few people are actually passionate about liberty, and like Bill3 said, history has shown this to be the case.
Human beings, by our very nature are 'herd' animals. There have always been, and for the foreseeable future, will always be a large majority of followers, with only a small number of leaders. Fewer still choose to 'opt out' entirely. Just look at how we put each other into groups constantly, even especially when we're trying to *not* put people into groups. It's almost as if we as a species go out of our way to create problems for ourselves, just to see who, if anyone, can solve them.
For all the negatives (often rightly) attached to it, groupthink is part of the reason why our species has been able to go form being hunter-gatherers to thriving the way we have. As bad as the world may seem today, even the poorest people in the U.S. live better than medieval royalty could've dreamed of. In fact, I can't think of a single point in human history where the average person could be considered individualistic (at least not in any political sense).
As much as I'm always telling people to be their own leader, I never fool myself into thinking that more than 1 or 2 percent will actually do it. Most people tend to just "go with the flow", regardless of *where* they happen to be flowing.
The revolutionaries will eventually become the establishment, and the cycle will repeat just as it always has. Maybe it's just a part of who-- and what we are. Maybe it's simply a reflection of our own existence and inner conflicts...or something deep sounding like that. I really don't know. What I believe, however, is that this cycle is an inevitability.
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