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Know Thy Enemy

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“A flourishing libertarian movement, a lifelong dedication to liberty can only be grounded on a passion for justice.”
Murray Rothbard, Egalitarianism As a Revolt Against Nature

For those who have been at this political stuff for a while, you already know what I’m talking about. Chances are that you are reading this because you want to change unfair drug laws, be part of that “reform movement” you’ve heard about, reduce property taxes, etc…, but you are unsure how to begin. Chances are you or either someone you know was affected in some manner and it made you realize that something wasn’t right and it inspired you to get involved.

My own experiences have taught me three important lessons: First, real change begins with you.

Be your own leader. Be yourself even as you work with like-minded people or work to hash out differences that you have. I’m a Christian who is single, has no kids, and a college student to put it in a nutshell. Yet I have worked with atheists, Jews, homosexuals, democrats, republicans, blacks, women to name a few where we had an issue or several issues in common. My way of looking at it is that it won’t make much of a difference what your label is when in the end, we are rounded up and sent to a death camp. Some people prefer the terms concentration camp or reservation. It is merely a matter of semantics. Just as real change for the better doesn’t happen all at once, tyranny doesn’t come in a single night either.

Second Think Globally, Act Locally!

Today, it is easier to find people with common interests all over the world and locally to get involved by simply joining a social networking site like Facebook or Meetup. It is very much the technology of our time much like the telegraph and printing press were in another era. Through the use of these technologies which are more cost-effective and easier to operate, it enables the average person on the street to get more involved in the process whereas creating and owning a television network, a newspaper company or radio station generally takes a bit more investment and capitol which may not be readily available.

Thirdly, understand what we are going up against.

We are literally going up against a system, an entrenched bureaucracy that is hell-bent on complete and utter control of the entire planet. The people who run the system are unlimited in their desire for power. When it becomes necessary to shoot and slash in order to defend ourselves against death squads or armed mercenaries such as Xe (formerly Blackwater), we will have plenty of opportunities.

As Ludwig von Mises put it:

“In America there were no such remnants of the Dark Ages. It was in this sense a young country, and it was a free country. Here were neither industrial codes nor guilds. Thomas Alva Edison and Henry Ford did not have to overcome any obstacles erected by shortsighted governments and a narrow-minded public opinion.

But it is quite a different thing under the rising tide of bureaucratization. Government jobs offer no opportunity for the display of personal talents and gifts. Regimentation spells the doom of initiative. The young man has no illusions about his future. He knows what is in store for him. He will get a job with one of the innumerable bureaus, he will be but a cog in a huge machine the working of which is more or less mechanical. The routine of a bureaucratic technique will cripple his mind and tie his hands. He will enjoy security. But this security will be rather of the kind that the convict enjoys within the prison walls. He will never be free to make decisions and to shape his own fate. He will forever be a man taken care of by other people. He will never be a real man relying on his own strength. He shudders at the sight of the huge office buildings in which he will bury himself.”

We can find even disgruntled government workers to spread the message of liberty too. They see themselves as just doing a job for a paycheck. They have no moral compunction when they file papers.

We tread lightly and distribute literature to them including at post offices, county commission meetings, police stations, etc… You won’t get the majority of them, but even if you can get 1% to rethink their position or to resign from their cushy government job, that is a start.

What we are dealing with is the old order of elites that date back 5,000 years. They just rearranged the chairs on the decks from kings, emperors and religious advisors to bankers, bureaucrats and “economic” advisors. The Classical liberalism of the 16th-19th century no longer made rule by kings and emperors fashionable. So they had to change the melodies while keeping the lyrics.

Written by chrisforliberty

November 6, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Posted in General, U.S. History

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  1. […] now that you know what you are going up against is an entrenched bureaucracy that has been in place for a long time, what is an individual to […]

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