We have learned from history that the state is not a conscious entity -- it can provide the individual with freedom and opportunity, but also perform great atrocities at home and abroad. Its leaders can be brilliant or absolute idiots. In the twinkling of an eye, an oligarchy of political leaders can plant the seeds that will totally destroy freedom, as well as threaten the very existence of the nation-state. Every generation must fight these forces if they are to insure their own freedom. When they look the other way to enjoy their privacy or their wealth, they have become gutless, and they will never be a great people.