My whole view toward interest/involvement has changed drastically since I started participating in forums some 12 or so years ago. That was before the Daily Paul of course, and there wasn't much of real value, but those political forums got me thinking. I started with the attitude that nothing could be done, there was nothing for me to do, it was just for entertainment and kind of interesting philosophically and socially. I could see the fake left/right divide in a way that was not exposed in personal interaction. (You certainly miss some things, but you can get other things.)
I'm still a little skeptical about the level of influence it has in the overall direction of society. BUT I've come to the conclusion that there is no hope to change the direction of society other than one person at a time, and it's exceedingly rare that there is any change at all anywhere else. So, I'd like to see more change, but this is to a large extent the only game in town for a lot of people.
Having said that, face-to-face networks that have arisen directly through forums or relate indirectly to them, especially the Daily Paul, are now becoming more influential (for me and others) too.
Also, reading some good books can make a difference.
Boston's Gun Bible
Hologram of Liberty (both by Boston T. Party)
Anything by Ron Paul or Wendell Berry
The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larkin Rose
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