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Who are our enemies?

I watched a movie last night involving the left wing radical group the weather underground called "The company you keep". While it was an average film (I gave it 2 stars for those who are interested) it made me question just who our political enemies are.

The characters in the film are anti-government and understand the role government plays in oppressing freedom (at home and abroad) and end up resorting to organised violent resistance (always the worst idea you can have) which puts them on the run for years to come.

They are so called marxist terrorists and while I do not agree with political views of this nature the idea of being anti-government is similar to a classical liberal idea of minimal government.

We all have friends and family who hold what we would consider socialist views but it is important to emphasize that these people are not our enemy but maybe they just need a little reasoned discussion to bring them around to the idea that big government is the main problem.

Maybe we just need to talk about how government tries to control every aspect of our lives and how we can reduce that (which almost everyone agrees with when you talk rationally with them) instead of fighting over who is voting red and who is voting blue.



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This Interview With Aaron Russo Should Make That Crystal Clear

Ron Paul has been fighting them since day one. Watch this interview and you'll have no doubt who our enemies are.:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGAaPjqdbgQ

-Bloatedtoad

Our "enemies"

are fear and ignorance, and not other groups of people. I honestly believe that virtually everyone in America, if they had true knowledge of the extent political coercion harms every honest person in society, would give up on the idea of creating "Heaven on Earth" through expanded statism. Call me naive, but I honestly don't believe most people actually wish to create the "Hell on Earth" we have now, and in greater amounts in the future.

Well put.

But how do we get others to understand how controlled we are?

Lord Acton, Lord Chief Justice of England, 1875 - "The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the People v. The Banks."

I wish I knew the answer.

I alternate between optimism and pessimism constantly, although my pessimism is tempered with a type of serene acceptance. There really are a lot of bright spots in the news. But the fact that the whole system can, at any time, change the rules up on us before we make too many gains is quite frightening. The talk of confiscating guns and outlawing home schooling is particularly frightening to me.

My best response to your question is: Follow the Golden Rule in all your dealings with people, and other people will be more open to your ideas about liberty. Many of the people in power simply aren't nice people, and when it comes time for someone to make a decision about who is correct, you, or the government, they will be swayed more by your example than by your preaching.

education

As parents we need to educate our children on how to recognise good from evil. anyone trying to control your life is evil and those who teach you to empower yourself is good . It is a start. Read to your children.

I think this is a big responsibility

It is very easy for young people to be influenced in the wrong direction.

Lord Acton, Lord Chief Justice of England, 1875 - "The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the People v. The Banks."