In the second half of the 1800s, the nascent civil society in the United States, with its classical liberal worldview ~ including the understanding that society should embody both liberty and compassion ~ began giving way to the modern Left and Right.
The ongoing triumph of the coercive elite has been, first, to implant in the public mind a corrupted version of the Non-Aggression Principle, one that only applies to the little people.
"Thou shalt not aggress against others, unless thou worketh for the State."
Indeed, the State is nothing but aggression; it is an institution based on force, threats of force, and fraud.
"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence; it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master."
* . . . never enough of money, sex, power, or whatever, because the person never got enough of what they really needed (love, for the most part) in childhood – and getting it now, as an adult, does nothing to erase the trauma of that early deprivation. Developmental needs can only be met at the time they naturally occur.
Meanwhile, the elite continue to push the toxic Left/Right paradigm, which herds the public into artificial groups at war with each other, each side over-emphasizing one part of the Duality and enraged at those who over-emphasize the other.
* No, I don't think Paul will actually BE the nominee; if he is, I don't think he'll win the election; if he does win, I don't think he'll be allowed to dismantle any of the tyranny we now suffer under. Call me a pessimist – I am, actually – but I think we're long past the point where the power elite would allow any such thing. Without going into detail, I'll just say that if Paul overcomes the media's attempts to marginalize his campaign, I fear for his safety.
In 1913, however, those critical restrictions were overcome. The aggression used for funding the State was amplified exponentially with a pair of stunningly un-American tools: a national income tax and creation of a fiat-currency-creating central bank, backed up with legal tender laws requiring use of the phony money.
This stolen wealth has replaced civil society in America with an aggressive empire abroad and a shockingly blunt police state here at home, enriching the power elite every step of the way.