If an individual is born with the obligation to obey, who is born with the right to command?
They desperately wanted something different from what they had.
Equality of rights means that some people cannot simply impose obligations on others, for the moral agency and rights of those others would then be violated.
Most Europeans have no idea how wild life can be in north America.
The government has become a mechanism for distributing largess, and your census form is your ticket.
The reason the government sells the census as your ticket to getting goodies - rather than as your civic duty - is that distributing goodies is now all the government does.
It is precisely because neither individuals nor small groups can be fully self-sufficient that cooperation is necessary to human survival and flourishing.
Libertarians recognize the inevitable pluralism of the modern world and for that reason assert that individual liberty is at least part of the common good.
To repeat, communitarians maintain that we are constituted as persons by our particular obligations, and therefore those obligations cannot be a matter of choice.
But there is no obvious reason for holding that some normal adults are entitled to make choices for other normal adults, as paternalists of both left and right believe.
Guardians are necessary for children and abnormal adults, because they cannot make responsible choices for themselves.
Libertarians argue that no normal adult has the right to impose choices on other normal adults, except in abnormal circumstances, such as when one person finds another unconscious and administers medical assistance or calls an ambulance.
Abstraction is a mental process we use when trying to discern what is essential or relevant to a problem; it does not require a belief in abstract entities.
What libertarians assert is simply that differences among normal adults do not imply different fundamental rights.
Libertarians typically argue that particular obligations, at least under normal circumstances, must be created by consent; they cannot be unilaterally imposed by others.