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Matthew Mcconaughey Told Us About the Best Way To Resist Tyranny in 1993

Matthew Mcconaughey's Character David Wooderson told us how to resist tyranny in the 1993 movie 'Dazed and Confused'.

"You know if it ain't that piece of paper it's some other decision they're gonna try to make for you. You've gotta do what Randall 'Pink' Floyd wants to do man. And let me tell you this, the older you do get, the more rules they're gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin' man. L I V I N"

I think sometimes the answer really is that simple. For example, if a police officer detains and questions you demanding that you relinquish your rights and submit to their requests I think the best action is to not answer any questions. Instead, ask hard questions yourself like:

"Am I being detained? What crime am I suspected of committing? Do I not have Constitutional rights anymore? Did you swear to uphold the Constitution under oath?"...etc.

Lock the doors and don't open them, don't willingly get out of the car, don't consent to any searches or seizures. Simply resist peacefully by answering tough questions with tougher questions on film. Make them take your rights instead of willingly giving them up.

Remember to be polite and do your best to make the officer understand why you are resisting. Let him know that it isn't a personal issue. Police officers are people too, and most people like freedom if you give them a reason to like it. Being a rude smartass and arguing with the cop isn't going to help you or the cause of liberty and will only encourage the officer to abuse his power in the situation and justify himself. However asking hard questions while politely, peacefully resisting an invasion of Constitutional rights might earn a valuable ally to liberty in uniform.

I believe the option of ignoring and nullifying unconstitutional laws is a thousandfold better approach than the "only violence will our liberty" approach. I would much rather peacefully resist unjust laws than be involved in violence. I do not wish to harm anyone else because it is likely that I would be the same way they are under similar circumstances. The people who say the solution is to defund the system, stop participating, and starve the Government out of power are on to something. We just have to keep on living.


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We would be lost if we had no tv or movie stars

The wisdom they bestow is beyond compare. Thank you hollywood for giving us a culture!

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You can tell people they are stupid for watching TV

Or you can find the few good examples available and show why liberty is important in a friendly way.

Insulting others and making fun of their bad habits isn't going to make them want to like liberty. Doing so will only make them resent you and seek to justify themselves.

Libertarians can continue to search for theatrical victories of logic and those Libertarians will continue to fail, lose elections, and make enemies.

Wouldn't it be better to relate to people and make them want to support freedom? Would more people vote Libertarian if they were insulted and teased or if they were kindly shown how freedom is good through things they are interested in?

Most people are bored by politics but they might be more interested if shown the few good examples from Hollywood. I am certain teasing most Americans isn't winning any friends to liberty.

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

...and then the cops say 'march' and they march.

Another reason why I can't stand this bs propaganda piece of a film. Cash in on the pot culture then turn it into a violence-filled prescriptions for conformity.

9-11 was a panda job.

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You're lying if you can't relate to Dazed and Confused

How is the movie propaganda????

I think the movie is a very accurate portrayal of teenage life in America.

The movie ends shortly after this scene with Pink throwing the paper in his coaches face and heading off to Houston to buy Aerosmith tickets. The coaches harass Pink throughout the movie for "running around with that other crowd" and try to tell him who he is allowed to be around and what he is allowed to do. Pink doesn't conform, he does his own thing.

I hardly see how Dazed and Confused is a "violence filled prescription for conformity"

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

Just rewatch the last 10 seconds of the clip...

All the 'good' stuff in the movie is just a 'smokescreen' for the underlying message - your youth will be over soon and it will be time to forget all that freedom junk and go to work.

And isn't throwing something in someone's face a violent act?

9-11 was a panda job.

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No, throwing wadded paper is not violence.

Is pointing a toy gun and yelling bang a violent act??? Seriously???

You're one of the kids whose mom got Dodgeball outlawed in certain schools because it's violent and hurts your self confidence aren't you?

It's a friggin movie, were they supposed to ask if they were being detained and protest???? lmao

Do you think you're going to wake up any common people up by making fun of them and hating the things they are interested in?

I think you'll find it much easier to introduce someone to liberty by finding it where they are interested. Don't you think it would be better to win friends to liberty by finding good examples in the pop culture they love than teasing them?

Making fun of people only makes them resent you, and by association the things you represent. Since you often represent the liberty movement by the stances you take, I would think you wouldn't want to make others resent the cause of liberty.

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

I invented Gloveball.

One rule of which involves a consensual punch in the balls for penalty violations such as not cheating when given the opportunity.

p.s. Dazed And Confused is lame. You should never have made that film.

9-11 was a panda job.

I am all for peaceful resistance when practicable

But history demonstrates that it is sometimes necessary for people to defend themselves against tyranny with deadly force. There are times when simply politely and peacefully resisting is not sufficient to secure liberty. When King George sent the redcoats to Lexington and Concord to confiscate the arms of the local militias, the minutemen aggressively resisted, violently defending their rights. There must be a line in the sand somewhere.

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!"
-Patrick Henry

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You're right, there is a line.

I will only relinquish guns or gold 'from my cold dead hands'.

I do think that every peaceful option must first be exercised and plentiful warning given to whomever is trying to take your rights. I think that violence in defense of rights is only necessary in a situation where Government attempts to take citizens means to defend themselves and their wealth. Any other invasion of rights doesn't deserve a violent response in my opinion.

Violence is almost always futile and should be avoided with great effort. I would rather peacefully resist and give them no other option but to take liberty. At that point we begin to approach the line where physical resistance and eventually violence become the only options to retain freedom.

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

Every tribe or government originated

with geographical concentration.

The reason is the same reason empires have fallen ... the more spread out, the more expensive defense is. It's also the reason in a world that fundamentally operates on geopolitical anarchy nation states have been what appears to be a preferred natural market solution for group defense. Apparently tribal or group defense in the natural market is cheaper or more efficient when it is geographically concentrated.

Geographical organization is not only a solution, it is a solution that has repeatedly been successful throughout history.

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I agree, Liberty can emerge in small communities everywhere

and has in rural farming communities since the colonists first settled here.

Whether they faced Native American threats, British invasions, Northern aggression, or Federal intrusion of fundamental rights. The 'klanish' communities in America have always held together and defended one another.

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson