The Number 1 Thing You Can Do To Ensure "the r3VOLution" Lives OnSubmitted by Riles Drey on Mon, 04/09/2012 - 17:02
Have more kids... ;)
Actually I'm quite serious. Most people begin to form their political opinions at a fairly young age. I remember in 1984 thinking, "that Ronald Reagan sure is cool". I was 8 years old, but my parents liked him, so I did too. We often underestimate the influence our parents have on us. However, the only plausible explanation for the existence of traditions of any kind is the influence of those we're closest to. It is certainly true that many rebel against their parents. I like to think that the most common form of rebellion is against coercion. Teenagers, like adults, don't like to be controlled. They want to be persuaded. The gospel of liberty is all about persuasion. The non-agression principle is fundamentally opposed to control. If ever there was an ideology that could survive the generation gap it is one that respects every individual.
Many closed groups have used procreation as a means to swelling their numbers and influence within a larger population. Conquering armies have used intermarriage and procreation to wipe out subservient populations. Catholics and Mormons use it as a tool to swell their ranks and "raise up a generation unto the Lord". Why not use it to raise up a generation of liberty loving patriots? On the flip side we see that many countries in the West are not even replacing their populations (Germany, Norway, etc). We have to face the fact that revolutions are not born overnight. Just like building a championship sports franchise or setting the stage for cultural advancement, there is a lot of groundwork that needs to be done first. The conditions have to be right and a people have to be prepared.
If you are contemplating joining the long-term revolution by bringing more freemen into the world, I would recommend getting your house in order. As a father of six I will attest that it takes dedication and hard work, but the payoff is huge. Make study of our liberty traditions a staple of your household education. Consider homeschooling if you're able to dedicate the time. Turn off the electronics and talk to your kids about the things that inspire you.
I realize some people will scoff at this suggestion, but before doing so, remember how excited you get when you bring someone into the liberty fold. Now multiply that by your posterity. Now multiply that by a couple generations. Now multiply that by the network effect of each of those children evangelizing dozens, perhaps scores, of new liberty proselytes.
This, of course, is not the only way to win. We should actively spread the message wherever we are, but let us not forget that there are many ways to get to the goal, and none of them are as rewarding as raising a family. Just ask the good doctor.