Seneca the Younger wrote: � It is a mistake to imagine that slavery pervades a man's whole being; the better part of him is exempt from it: the body indeed is subjected and in the power of a master, but the mind is independent, and indeed is so free and wild, that it cannot be restrained even by this prison of the body, wherein it is confined.�
Well, we have certainly made great progress since Seneca's day!
The techniques of the mass info-tainment media, government propaganda, religion, "public relations," advertising, subliminal manipulation, etc. etc. now make it possible to bend the minds of modern "consumer-units" [George H. W. Bush's phrase] to whatever shape is desired, as easily as a Roman slave-master bent the bodies of his slaves to his will.
Oh, and by the way, how is libertarianism going to deal with this aspect of the modern world?