Any non-US Daily Paulers out there? World Liberty ForumSubmitted by jg10289 on Thu, 11/29/2012 - 14:19
I saw a video on DP today about repression in China:
Watching the video caused me to think about something I have been considering for a while. Why are we not fighting for liberty in the global arena?
Presumably, most of us would be skeptical of a global movement. After all, ours is a grassroots movement. Most of us acknowledge the critical importance of localizing authority as much as possible. We put the individual or family unit first. Then we put our local communities and free associations ahead of local government, local government ahead of the city, the city ahead of the state and the state ahead of that monster residing in the District of Columbia. We are justifiably and laudably skeptical of the increasing trend towards global centralization of government, since the architects of this trend are the types of people would presume to be in a better position to solve my problems than I am (tyrants of varying shades and severity, but tyrants nonetheless).
Yet would any of us deny the benefits of an overarching network, such as the network here at the Daily Paul? Did the recent GOP primary not provide us with an amazing opportunity to extend our connections beyond our own towns and cities and states? Broader, wider and bigger networks will serve to further our cause if we build and maintain them from the bottom-up rather than the top-down. In this architectural detail lies the difference between our grassroots movement and the dangerous centralization of national and global governments. If we could only brush aside our skepticism of that which is bigger and broader for a moment, we might consider how many times have we have read, on this very site, that someone from another country wishes they lived in America so that they could vote for Ron Paul.
Why have we not taken this movement global? Would it be so daunting to host a Global Liberty Forum? I’ll start with a proposal. Locate and meet with all of the Anti-Tyrants (that’s my new name for Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, INFORMED Occupiers and TEA Partiers, etc) in your community. You probably already know them and meet with them. Reach out to other communities in your state using the infrastructure already available through websites like the Daily Paul and coordinate a state-wide Liberty Congress. Elect a delegate or two from each community and run with it. Think about how you hope to achieve the goal of liberty, and exchange ideas nationally at a National Liberty Congress with delegates from each of the state congresses. This goes for you international Daily Paulers, too. In the end, I see no good reason why we cannot establish an International Liberty Congress (maybe we can call it something snazzy like the Free United Nations, or FUN or F-UN!).
The concept of global government scares me as much as it should schare the next person, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't be taking the fight for liberty to the global stage. If anything, it should be obvious that a global network is precisely what we are missing. Why are more of us not working to spread the message of liberty to oppressed populations in places like rural China? Instead, we waste time, money and energy trying to win over the political class of the United States. HINT: it ain’t gonna happen, folks. Members of the elite political class have achieved their status because of the system. The less elite recipients of the government dole do not want to hear about the luxuries they have to give up in the name of the freedom of strangers. In short, the marginal probability of awakening the next person in the United States is quite slim because life is presently too convenient, while liberty requires effort.
Relative to current circumstances, a free society would likely require that many Americans do more and receive less for a time. Does anyone disagree with that? If you do, then you must not believe that our government is too bloated or that our way of life (consuming more than we produce) is unsustainable. Imagine how much more powerfully the message would resound with those whose lives are being destroyed by their rulers in their own plain sight. This destruction is subtle in the U.S., and it occurs very gradually. Hence a woeful percentage of U.S. citizens kiss the hand that feeds them out of fear that, were they to disobey, the same hand might slap them. While I don’t wish to give up on anyone, I have also grown tired of relying on facts and reason in to battle to convince a complacent populace that we need to be better. Perhaps we should focus on building the type of movement that would allow us to reach those people who long for the chance to be better if only they could throw off the yoke of tyranny?