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com·mu·ni·ty noun, often attributive \kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē\
: a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood)

: a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc.

: a group of nations

Or as Wiki puts it:

The term community has two distinct meanings: 1) Community can refer to a usually small, social unit of any size that shares common values. The term can also refer to the national community or international community, and 2) in biology, a community is a group of interacting living organisms sharing a populated environment.

In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.

Since the advent of the Internet, the concept of community has less geographical limitation, as people can now gather virtually in an online community and share common interests regardless of physical location. Prior to the internet, virtual communities (like social or academic organizations) were far more limited by the constraints of available communication and transportation technologies.

The word "community" is derived from the Old French communité which is derived from the Latin communitas (com, "with/together" + munus, "gift"), a broad term for fellowship or organized society.[1] Some examples of community service are to help in church, tutoring, hospitals, etc.

I had an exchange with another fellow DPer this morning discussing the DP as a community. She was intent on telling me that the DP is not a community and insisted it is rather cultish to think otherwise. For her...perhaps it is not. And that is alright. It doesn't have to be your community. It could be just a news source for you. It could be your favorite place to "troll". It could be your source of inspiration. What ever it is...you make it it what you want it to be.

For me...maybe it's not so much a community as it is like a diner. A diner you ask? Yes, the Daily Paul Diner. I'm a regular here. I come in daily to interact with "the locals". Sometimes we talk about the weather, sometimes we talk about religion, sometimes we talk about music at the local "jam session", but mostly we talk politics...just like any old diner would. Some days I don't "check in" but I'm still here so to speak...I'm just checking out the daily specials.

You see...a community does not mean you have to be physically present. Community means connection. And since the birth of the Internet, the world has suddenly become smaller. People who otherwise would never have a chance to meet, can now connect from across the world and our community has evolved to places we have never been before.

As I told another fellow DPer, we all have stories...every one of us. And we are all real, not just some electromagnetic pulse on the other side of your computer. Every encounter you have here is just as real as if we had bumped into each other on the street. If we can all realize this...than maybe we can turn this diner into something more than Michael Nystrom had ever imagined when he created this place.

Amor Vincit Omnia

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PR: Public Relations.

When any group for liberty becomes more than 1 the biggest problem is that the government, fed, and theurgical powers seek the groups registration in their forums to dual and co-op ideologue.

Once they register your group they use the power of many to confuse the one.

A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.

"This community is the only

"This community is the only place I ever feel like I am home."

Submitted by P. Nicholson on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 21:03. Permalink

You are always a bell toll to common sense and humanity. I appreciate all of your contributions to my threads. Truly.

I apologize for blowing the steam off here. This community is the only place I ever feel like I am home.

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I feel like Charleton Heston in Soylent Green: "Soylent Green is people!"


It is people getting together, congregating, commiserating, laughing, crying. We all have a collective experience, but we are having it individually.

We all have our own experiences here. There are some people who have never been to the Jam Session. But for that young man, the Jam Session saved his life.

There is something here for everyone. We all come here, hopefully because we like it here and we get something from being here.

BTW - there is an offline community as well. Sometimes, like today, the DP arrives in the mail. That's called a 'private chat.' LOL!

But what that helps to show me is that behind every screen name here, there is a person.

That is the one thing that I hope people here never forget. To just hold that presence of the other person in your heart.

I think it is hard to do on the internet, especially on comment sections "out there" - it is so anonymous and so brutal.

That is part of the reason I closed the door. I think that makes it even more of a community.

A gated one! Muhahahhahahahahahahahaa.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

way to stand your ground old friend

empathy is not as rare as "we" let on. Only until recently can I hold a Japanese farmer in my heart with the same understanding as I can empathize with my American colleagues. The internet has graced us with the truth of I from We and people like you came first... just goes to show God is on our side.

Cafe Con Leche Cheers for Liberty!

A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.

how many of us have you met?

Live and in person?
I have met either 7 or 9.
I highly recommend it. all of them were like meeting and old friend that you have not seen in years.

In person, One for sure.

Steve0 sent me this today.
How wolves change rivers

I talked to a lot of Ron Paul supporters at 5 MI conventions. Some is suspect are DP users.

Free includes debt-free!

Who knows. Some day we may

Who knows. Some day we may all meet in a camp. Let's hope not. But if we do, you will be known as Hvactech.

I got a pm today from

I got a pm today from someone. It was the most heartfelt message I've ever had. The kindest words. And from a complete stranger. I wanted to cry today...so emotional. Such beautiful exchanges.

Do you know what other word

Do you know what other word comes from community? Unity. Interesting.

Thanks for your thoughts on this. I was inspired today.

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One more thing

I think of the DP as a very, very, very, very primitive version of 'The Construct' from the Matrix:



I was inspired today too.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

What is real?

Love is real, gold is real , and fellowship with your brethren beings is REAL.
Everything else is BS.

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people that pay no price for being wrong.
Thomas Sowell

"Guns. Lot's of guns."

"Guns. Lot's of guns."

Michael Nystrom's picture

Thank you too

I was inspired today too. Your post inspired me.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

Amor Vincit Omnia It's a

Amor Vincit Omnia

It's a beautiful thing!

I freqent this site the most

out of all the websites I have favorited in my broswer, which is upwards of fifty. If I belong to any community, it is this one.

My views may not be in line with those of everyone here, but I still find it enjoyable to contribute information, give a comment from my perspective and view content others have posted.

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Thank you. I hope no one's views are in line with everyone here


LOL! That would make it a very boring place.

Likewise, I enjoy sharing, and learning from others here.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

Amor Vincit Omnia...

Love conquers all. Thanks for that.

Don't feed the pandas. Ever.

I had already up voted you earlier

And was out for a bit doing life things.
I noted that you had made a very nice comment on my thread " why I love the DP....." , and as per your invite decieded to " join the discussion."

Things about community, extemporaneous of the DP, in other words in my community, that are " varied or different " than they are on the DP.

I, I think, am likely the only one of my neighbors, on my block to know, and have met and spoken too nearly everyone else living near me. I don't see my other neighbors interacting on a neighborhood scale. I observe the ones with kids of a like age interacting on children's play level, but I don't observe any familiar action between the adults in that dynamic whatsoever. I also sense a form of " prejudice " towards one family in particular, living kantycorner to. Y home, a elderly Asian couple, sweet as can be, she barely speaking any English, he none at all; yet we communicate about gardening, weather, family..but no one else has ever so much as waved to them as they do their daily routine of walking the neighborhood, strange, sad.
I thought about sponsoring and hosting a neighborhood party, a BBQ, a meet and greet, after all if SHTF then we are it, and in it together....good luck I guess. My wife, who's lived here far longer than our mere Five year marriage has existed, laughed at my idea. It seems some of these people I've met have done some personal harm to my wife that I had not know about prior, and I won't go into it here.

To me God comes first, Family second, friends are counted as family to me, neighbors, and lastly myself.

Oh, today I quit smoking, keep me accountable, please ! See, having asked this I know that here it will happen, and I am not at all sure why. Not because I don't desire it, but because the " world " in which I dwell isn't at all like my experience here at the DP. Like I pondered, and am still pondering on my thread " is there a correlation between liberty and empathy?" , that is do humans get an exponential increase in the willingness to express empathy for their fellows as they become more free from constraints placed upon them by Government ? If this is an actuality, then I feel we've discovered a selling point for liberty, for whom in their heart does not desire goodness towards others?

I also tried to find the Greek derivative for community: dialaleō : dee-al-al-eh'-o, to talk throught a company, i,e. converse or ( gen ) commune.
Homileō: hom-il-eh'-o; to be in company with, i.e., ( by implication ) to converse:- commune with

God bless

Drew, by the very grace of GOD through the blood of Christ Jesus.
"there shall come after us men whom shall garner great wealth using our system, and having done so shall seek to slam the door of prosperity behind them." George Washington

Thanks for your contribution

Thanks for your contribution to my post.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Thank you for this

I was the magic elf that came through and did a little reformatting on your thread :).

Thank you so much for posting this. This is something that I'm very interested in - community. Virtual communities. Technology. The internet.

I have to go now, but I'm going to think about it and respond later.

Have a great day!


To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

See? I told you Nystrom is clueless.

Now he's going to think about a community -- A virtual community -- technology -- THE INTERNET!

You already did community.
You already created a virtual community.
You already are leaps and bounds ahead with technology and exploiting the internet.


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He's clueless. Poor guy.

It'd be sad if it wasn't so endearing.

Hahaha! Is that Meg as in Meg

Hahaha! Is that Meg as in Meg from Walking Dead? I think she or Glen are next.

I don't know who Meg is

I just liked the graphic.

Walking Dead is a great show.

Walking Dead is a great show. I recommend binging on the first 3 seasons on Netflix. Meg is for sure next.

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And you expect me to pull some meaning out of that?


It made me laugh.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

I don't expect much from you Nystrom

You've already exceeded all my expectations.

This guy makes difficult subjects fun.
You do it just by allowing people to express, test and learn for themselves in a community.


Expectations Exceeded


Lol! Awesome! Thanks for your

Lol! Awesome! Thanks for your help. At least you got the "gist" of what I was trying to communicate.

Speaking of communicate. The word sounds an awful lot like community. Hmmmm....something to ponder.

com·mu·ni·cate [ kə myni kàyt ]
exchange information: to give or exchange information, e.g. by speech or writing
convey feeling or thought: to transmit or reveal a feeling or thought by speech, writing, or gesture so that it is clearly understood
understand one another: to share a good personal understanding
Synonyms: converse, talk, speak, commune, be in touch, correspond, write, be in contact

Did you know that plants also communicate? Via volatiles when exposed to herbivory attack behavior, thus warning neighboring plants.

There is so much we can do with this topic!

*edit* I'm adding on to this. Also the word communion.

com·mun·ion [kuh-myoon-yuhn] Show IPA
1.( often initial capital letter ) . Also called Holy Communion. Ecclesiastical .
the act of receiving the Eucharistic elements.
2. a group of persons having a common religious faith; a religious denomination: Anglican communion.
3.association; fellowship.
4. interchange or sharing of thoughts or emotions; intimate communication: communion with nature.
5. the act of sharing, or holding in common; participation.

This community will be part of my recovery.

The response I have received after sharing my story has lifted my spirit. I now want to interact and be social again. These past few hours have been so inspirational I decided to donate to the DP even though I am broke. Money well spent as this site is an absolute gift.

"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good."
Thomas Paine