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We Are NOT Winning.

Reality check, our movement is huge, and I mean HUGE.....on facebook.

However, I went to my local county Republican committee meeting today, and all I saw was the same old, old-guard Republicans there.

I am a Ron Paul Republican, and with any luck, I'll have a great candidate to support in 2016 for president, and other great candidates for local and national offices in 2014. However, if I continue to be the minority in my county, and if liberty loving people continue to be content winning battles on facebook, youtube, and other marginal formats, rather than becoming fully, and I mean FULLY engaged in the party, then we aren't going to win anything.

If you don't know how party politics work, you need to start asking those people who are involved. If you think winning debates on facebook is helping our cause, well....you are right, it is, but just not that much. We need to control our local Republican committees.

If you don't think that our best chance for liberty is moving through the Republican party, then ignore everything I've said.

If you agree that our best shot is through the GOP, then let me repeat myself just once more: We need to control our local Republican committees. The only way that happens is for us all to be involved, to become PC's, to attend the meetings, to get elected to local positions, etc.

We have to do it and we have to do it now, because as it stands, we are not winning.

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There is still such a thing.....

...as a Ron Paul Republican, and many of us do still have the will to engage.

Free market capitalism isn't right for America because it works better. It's right because it's free (and it works better).

This is a war of ideas...

and the philosophy of liberty is now more popular than it has ever been.

If you think you can reverse the growth of the state through the ballot box, then you are sadly mistaken.

Check out the Laissez-Faire Journal at LFJournal.com

"The State is a gang of thieves writ large." - Murray Rothbard

Says the guy......

....posting on a website named after a politician. I fully understand that our chances are slim. If I was a betting man, I'd bet on bullets being the solution, not ballots. However, I'm also a peace loving man, and if there is any chance to reverse course without resorting to violence, then I'm all for it. I don't know who you're planning on shooting first in order to get your liberty back, but I'd ask you to spend a little time trying to work through the system peacefully first. We can always rebel later if the ballot box doesn't work. Once the bullets start flying though, you can't take them back and try it another way.

Free market capitalism isn't right for America because it works better. It's right because it's free (and it works better).

Ron Paul sees himself as a teacher, not as a politician.

"My Influence comes through education, not the usual techniques of a politician." - Ron Paul

"Ideas are the only things that count." - Ron Paul

Ron Paul understands and had been very clear that his mission is to educate, not to gain political power.

He used congress as a platform to spread his ideas, he doesn't measure his success in congress by bills passed, he measures his success in the amount of people he's been able to educate.

"The world, at least in the long run, is governed by ideas; and it seems clear that libertarianism is only likely to triumph if the ideas spread to and are adopted by a significantly large number of people. And so “education” becomes a necessary condition for the victory of liberty—all sorts of education, from the most abstract systematic theories down to attention-catching devices that will attract the interest of potential converts. Education, indeed, is the characteristic strategic theory of classical liberalism." - Murray Rothbard

Our mission is to educate, to spread the philosophy of liberty, so that someday enough people will be informed to begin mass individual secession from the State.

Voting, and violent revolution are not the only options.

If enough people were to simply remove their consent from the State, it would be rendered irrelevant and ineffective.

This may give you an idea of what I'm talking about:

Check out the Laissez-Faire Journal at LFJournal.com

"The State is a gang of thieves writ large." - Murray Rothbard

About "The Tiny Dot"

Hi, Josh. Much as I love Larken Rose, I have to say that his argument in that video sucks. Here is a little story by David Friedman, (from his book Price Theory) illustrating why Larken is wrong:

Conan the Barbarian is being pursued across the desert by a hundred savage tribesmen, all armed with swords and spears. Conan has only a bow and arrows. All of them are afoot. How does Conan escape? Friedman gives an economic answer: Conan shoots the first/fastest pursuer. Then he shoots the next first/fastest pursuer. And the next. Soon the tribesmen begin to compete with one another NOT to be the first/fastest pursuer, and Conan walks away.

Larken correctly argues that most people "obey the law" because they've been trained to be unquestioning, obedient slaves in our wonderful free gunverment schools. But there is also REAL danger in being the first/fastest protester, when you go up against the real sociopaths who call themselves "government." Ask Irwin Schiff. Ask Larken himself -- he spent 15 months in prison for tax "crimes."

Larken says that a few thousand IRS agents can't possibly control millions of determined tax-resisters. But he's wrong. All the IRS has to do is SMASH the first/fastest tax-resister. And the next, and the next. And pretty soon nobody is in a hurry to become the next. They don't have to smash millions of us -- just a few hundred of the loudest and most prominent.

The IRS will continue to win until their victims learn the tricks of financial invisibility. Private markets and currencies like Bitcoin may prove impossible for the IRS to crack, and economic activity will migrate into private, encrypted cyberspace. I'd say that's the best hope for freedom in the real world. Fact is, unhappily, most people don't WANT all the responsibilities that come with freedom; they prefer paying taxes and letting government "run things" like education, roads, military, police, health care, etc.

Private markets and currencies allow those who do want freedom to have it. Making the IRS irrelevant is much to be preferred over the other practical option: implementing the "Conan strategy" against tax collectors themselves. Just a few irate folks hunting and killing random IRS employees for sport would very quickly result in mass resignations among the cowardly bullies, I figure. The problem is, simply getting rid of the IRS won't free people who don't want to be free. Violence will only beget more violence -- and people will demand MORE government for protection, not less.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose

I see you got downvoted.

I think what you said has merit, its called the uncomfortable truth.

I think the downvotes come

from people who are either clinging to the hope of a political solution (another White Knight like Ron Paul will come along to save us . . . absolving us of the responsibility of saving ourselves), or who don't see the potential of private markets to make government irrelevant.

I don't like the downvote feature. Upvotes for comments worth reading are great, but folks with criticisms to make ought to voice them, rather than voting them in secret. (Then people could upvote the criticisms to express disapproval.)

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose

In 40 years of Ron's "teaching"...

...the value of my dollar has continued to fall, and my country continues to wage endless war. I love teachers, but I need leaders. I know Ronny had a tough battle to fight, but I personally believe he wanted to do more than just teach. I think he knew the road was tough for him, but if he traveled it, he could pave an easier road for Rand. I respect the teaching he has done, and the accomplishments he's had, but I want change. If Ron didn't think anything could change in DC, he'd have "taught" just like Milton Friedman, who never ran for office. Ron knew change can happen, and that is why he went back to the GOP. I believe change can happen, and that is why I joined the GOP. Not because I like it, I loathe it in fact, but I don't want to be the guy standing on the sidelines bitching about them, but not doing anything productive about it.

Free market capitalism isn't right for America because it works better. It's right because it's free (and it works better).

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