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A*holes, Part of Why Liberty Evades Us

Hi again DP,

Tman2000 here.

I'm this guy who spends a lot of time reading books and the internet. A lot like you. One thing I love about reading Daily Paul is that it seems to be on the front lines of information when it comes to the progress of the liberty movement. I'll admit that I'm sort of new to the movement, but I've been drifting over this way for a long time. I did get to vote for Ron Paul this last time, so I made it just in time so to speak. I also donated far more money to his campaign than I am happy about in hindsight (having received mountains of unsolicited Romney mailers thanks to the great campaign sell-out).

For me, liberty is about independence, and thinking outside-the-box. It's about the little people, whose ideas aren't necessarily as refined as those put forth by senior level federal policy experts, or even seasoned liberty-loving academics. But that's what's great about the internet because you can read all kinds of crazy ideas, and even put out a few of your own.

DP has helped push me over the edge into trying out bitcoin, and among other things I can't wait until I move into a bigger place soon so I can play around with aquaponics. That's what's great about DP!

...So, the other day I had this 'epiphany'. I was thinking about all the institutional roadblocks to liberty. I was also thinking about political theory.

I thought: why do we rely on state and media to provide us the means to organize as a society? Without their support, we're forced to remain compartmentalized. Obviously, this makes anti-centralization movements impossible to sustain. So, I thought, we need to create an independent social organization for political matters. A self-organized, voluntary government.

Why, how is this different than the campaign for liberty, or even just working within existing political parties? Well, both those efforts are aimed at gaining positions within the apparatus of state. Like I said, the state keeps us compartmentalized, fighting over power. An inclusive, voluntary, independent political forum could dramatically change the way society, media, and the state deal with politics.

Well, swell idea maybe, but so what? It's just an idea? But you know what, if anyone might take an interest in it, it would be liberty-minded folks - those sympathetic to voluntarism and/or minarchy. And you know what, liberty-minded folks are organized into countless little groups and bodies. How easy would it be for them to start communicating?

This is what happened prior to 1776, with various committees of correspondence. This is self-government!

So, I thought I needed to share my idea, and I am convinced it's what we need to do to ultimately win.

I spent the better part of my spare time over 2 weeks creating videos - knowing that I myself will put something on in the background to listen to while I surf the web - that people could check out in their spare time. Yeah, they were long, but I felt like - were one to listen to them - their messages came across clearly.

I also created an example of a type of 'handout' that could give consistency and unity to such a movement.

My goal was to spread an idea, get it out there. Not quite start a movement. Like I said, I just don't have time to polish all my ideas up, all by myself. And what's the incentive if no one even likes the idea.

So I put out there what I could, in case, and hoping, some people might be interested.

The topic was dense and abstract - but that's because it's a rewriting of the rules! I used provocative language to attract attention, but nothing severe.

...

And then my only response was from some a**hole. This guy, very ironically and cleverly, wrote a thousands of words response mocking what I had written.

Point taken. Some topics are too dense, no matter what their alleged value. Maybe I could have refined it, but I'm not trying to publish here, just spread an idea. I tried to highlight the key points so somebody could get the point and only have wasted 5 minutes of their time.

See, even though this guy viciously deconstructed my suggestion of a 'radiant government' by proceeding to mock my delivery, I can take the content of his argument, and the fact that he did what he did, and construct something useful out of it.

I'm flattered that my labors have provoked such a lengthy response, no matter how ironic that response was intended to be. But whatever, beyond that I don't care.

What really bothers me is that of ALL THE POSSIBLE RESPONSES TO MY IDEA, which I think would be really good for all of us, there's this incredible amount of effort put in to deconstruct and mock.

I don't want to sound like a whiny bitch. OH yeah, I do right now. But it doesn't matter, because I promise you there will never be liberty if the liberty-promoters are better at deconstructive behavior than constructive behavior.

The state is a wonderful tool for a**holes. Everyone's sH**ting on everyone else, so the guy with the biggest gun steps in to set things strait.

Freedom requires something different.

For reference, here's my original post:
http://www.dailypaul.com/271276/finally-this-is-how-we-rewri...

And here's that guy's post:
http://www.dailypaul.com/271539/please-read-epiphany-the-sec...

Really, it's very clever.

Still, on the theme of constructive behavior, I do like his idea of voluntary charity helping the situation. I think he's serious about it, but I also think his post is meant to be total bulls**t overall.



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always remember

There are provocateurs in our midst.
Maybe, in this particular case, your critic simply lacks necessary skills for providing painless constructive criticism. Or, maybe this person was actually applying pressure with intent to discourage. Whatever the case may be, as has been expressed earlier today, lower your expectations of others, especially strangers. For every person who does not appreciate your efforts, though you may not always encounter them as readily, there will be others who do. Provocateurs, on the other hand, will pursue you.