Elections matter, but the contest for individual liberty is a long game. As Friedrich Hayek put it in 1949: "We need intellectual leaders who are willing to work for an ideal, however small may be the prospects of its early realization. They must be men who are willing to stick to principles and to fight for their full realization, however remote. The practical compromises they must leave to the politicians." Politics may be a "team sport," writes Gene Healy, but the battle for limited, constitutional government is not.
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