What is to be done?
facing liberty-minded people almost 100 years later is the same.
But our answer should not be Lenins answer violent
I get e-mails
from readers who are frustrated rightly about the
state of things. About how Ron Paul was treated by the GOP apparat.
About the seemingly relentless increase in (and brazenness of) state
thuggery. They ask, when do we do something?
How much more do we take?
And most of
all: What is the point of just bitching about things?
Some urge action
taking the proverbial stand. But just as the time for action
(physical action) had not yet come for our forefathers circa
1770, so also the time has not yet come for us. The issue, then
as now, is whether intellectual action is to be preferred
over (and as the necessary prelude to) physical action. Whether
we as isolated individuals go out in the proverbial
and pointless blaze of glory
. Or, whether
we bide our time while we work to increase the number of people
who get it and thereby, increase the number of people
who are on our side. Such that if it becomes necessary to
act, we will not be acting alone and not acting suicidally.
As in the 1770s,
opponent of the current status quo have to have that critical mass
of like-minded people on our side before we can hope for change
we can believe in. Otherwise, we are just tilting at windmills.
We risk losing
everything to gain nothing.
No one can
say for sure what the critical mass percentages are, but 20 percent
seems about right to me. Five percent wont do it. Ten percent
might be sufficient. But were not going to get anywhere
until enough people share our views and far more importantly
reject the views that have led us to the current state of
And the only
way to achieve that is by talking/writing about things from a liberty-minded
Bear in mind
that the vast majority of people operate unconsciously on
the implicit assumptions of collectivism and authoritarianism
because thats all theyve been exposed to since childhood.
It is all they know. The state has been monstrously effective in
programming people or rather, logjamming their brains with
statist preconceptions they never even think to question. Because
theyve been systematically brain-raped into not questioning
anything. Many of these people cannot be reached. Theyre
either too far gone, or simply too invested in the system as it
there are millions of people who can be reached. In particular,
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