One thought I want to add, though, is that I do think it takes some strong ethical principles to resist the growth of the state (and associated destruction of capitalism) -- that the US went for over a century with very limited government seems to be evidence of strong ethics.
The West has become a great pity where suicidal lemmings run toward a cliff disguised as a voting booth. - James Miller
Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. - Sallust