Why I'm still excited & what we can do.Submitted by Silk Shirt on Wed, 12/12/2012 - 12:00
I'm still excited about libertarian thought.
I discovered Ron Paul in 2011 while trying to understand how banks work after learning that banks create credit and then charge interest on that credit. I am not sure what speech it was but I could not believe a politician saying things critical of government and appearing to speak for the average man (and woman).
Since then my life has been preoccupied (obsessed my girlfriend would say) with libertarian thought. I am sure that this has made me a better and happier person but these are side effects of discovering liberty.
One thing led to another and the Daily Paul became my chief filter through which to view the world (along with a couple of major newspapers that I read very cynically). I appreciate the honesty of the posters and the sometime very politically incorrect material that is not filtered for its content. Sometimes it can stray to areas that I don't agree with but I honestly think it tempers some peoples emotions to be able to discuss topics with absolute freedom. What I am trying to say is that I enjoy reading them.
Lately things have quietened down politically on the DP and in general life but don't find my enthusiasm sapped. I am still very excited to discuss where we can move these ideas and how popular they can be.
Thinking about this has made me realise that we must not let up our pressure and the airing of our views to a wider audience no matter what reaction this generates. I know from personal experience as I have been shot down for disagreeing with spending money on social programs that I believe to be a waste of money (olympic funding is one that wound me up why do we have to fund sportspeople doing a past-time for their own personal gain) that this can be hard but it is necessary. People's minds have been swayed I know this as they grudgingly say I was right.
Well the following are a few minor areas that I think we can improve on. Maybe you have some ideas for me - I know I have learned a lot about life off posters on the DP so please share if you have ideas.
Anyway key areas that I believe we can focus on are;
Make sure you engage people about current event and government policy but you have to do it in the right way.
No-one likes to be lectured. Make sure you hear them out and then some. Take a deep breath and quietly explain your point of view. Be humble about your opinions and respect theirs. This has won many people over before.
2. Become Involved;
There is no point sitting back and expecting political parties to change to suit your viewpoints. It is time for us to get involved in the running of political parties and take them over. There will be initial resistance but we can shame our enemies and beat them with sheer weight of numbers.
3. Take the high moral ground;
We should always try to be fair and honest even against our enemies. No-one likes someone who does not play fair. If our opponents make a good decision lets praise them for it, if not humble disagreement will win people over to our side. We cannot however compromise our principles.
4. Make changes step by step;
Some will say that this is a contradiction of the previous point but I think it is a sensible position. Most libertarian thought is foreign to a large mass of people who look to the government to solve their problems. We should slowly move towards a liberty minded government over time inch by inch never losing sight of the end goal of liberty for all people.
This is an overlooked part of liberty that I think is very important. We should all try to give something to charity or political organisations. If we have a libertarian government then charity will become even more important as those who have fallen on hard times will not be supported without our help.
The great thing is that giving is fun, it makes you feel good and it spreads goodwill throughout the community. The great thing about libertarian thought is that giving is voluntary therefore it is meaningful and honest. It is not forced on people to support dubious schemes. Giving will be good for our cause and good for others.
I am very excited about where this movement can head.
Thing are quiet now so what better time to push ahead with our ideas?
Get excited and if we keep together slowly with honesty and resolve we can turn the tide and make people see that they should have the power to control their own lives, not government.
Please share any ideas to further this movement below.