Wednesday, December 15, 2004

To Freedom Activists

I’ve done some time as a freedom activist, in several arenas, and with some wonderful people.

So lately, when I notice articles or forum posts that detail some new gummint abuse, and then whine that “no American even blinked when news of this travesty got out,” I have one simple, angry answer.

Bullsh*t!

Lots of us Outlaws did, and are doing, lots more than that. But perhaps not in obvious ways or through noisy, visible political means.

Whatever the latest news story, when we heard about it, some of us renewed – or discovered – our determination to build personal freedom, because that most recent crackdown was the one that finally crossed our line in the sand, made us ready to do whatever it takes to taste real freedom. Some of us crossed that line years ago.

But whatever stage we’re at in our Outlaw development, we’re almost certainly expressing it on the quiet. Living free is not a popular or safe topic these days, and martyrs or stupid we ain’t.

Few writers and journalists today have the vision to grasp the contradiction between America as she once was, and as the Powers That Be have made her. Those who do, likely have yet to break away from the din of modern media long enough to learn that the chirping of crickets they mistake for silence and apathy is really the intense buzzing of many swarms of focused, determined, pissed-off worker bees.

The Libertarian Party, with many good people under its banner, remains after thirty-two years of existence a political joke in the eyes of nearly everyone. Misguided, quaint, Constitution-waving crackpots. (No pun intended.)

And this is, in a way, a good thing. Because we gulch-builders remain camouflaged.

I honor the good work done by freedom activists, the devotion that keeps them coming back for more abuse and heartbreak every election cycle and protest day. My heart goes out to you honest, decent folk. So to you who are still actively working against the system, you dedicated political types: it's not that no one cares about your hard work. We do – most of us have been where you now are.

Rather, it's that we’ve understood we can't fight the massive beast on his turf.

We're not apathetic; we're quietly and privately preparing for the real fight.

You’ve all read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. And like Hank Rearden, you might have wished that someone would come to you and sweep you away to a safe, free place like Galt’s Gulch.

My friends in liberty…Gulches exist!

But you will need to find or make yours. You will need to earn your place in it. You “Libertarians” who have government jobs, for instance (unless you’re truly working as a mole and helping freedom in a tangible way), will not be near the top of anyone’s membership list – except the LP’s, because you and your ilk have the means to make big donations.

You will need to make yourself someone worth saving. Which means you must save yourself first. We can’t and won’t do it for you. You’re the one who has to wake up. To take the red pill, as Neo in The Matrix, if you will.

Directive 10-289 has been issued, many times over. The most recent form it took is the National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004. Can you imagine Dagny Taggart sticking around the railroad, instead of throwing the newspaper in Jim’s face and quitting on the spot? Do you really think you’ll accomplish anything in a government run by Wesley Mouches and Floyd Ferrises? We cant and don’t. We’ve quit, as much as each of us can.

When you realize that you, too, are ready to live free, you will find us. We are here. We are leaving breadcrumbs along the trail for you.

We want your kind of passion. We want real ability. But we want it pointed in the right direction. Not fighting against, but fighting for. Not crying “if only they’ll let us!”, but rejoicing “they can’t stop us!”

And for those of you who aren’t with us yet: Thank you, for serving as what the statists see as harmless, ineffective camouflage for the bigger group of freedom fighters. I'm serious. No insult. Maybe this will help keep you going. You’re playing a part in something constructive for freedom, whether you know it or not.

And when you’ve decided not to go that route of activism any longer, but to pursue your own happiness, we are here – at least for some time to come - when you are ready to join us.

2 Comments:

Blogger ghetto puppet said...

awesome. I always like Atlas Shrugged references, and Matrix allusions are also a big plus!

I've been thinking. The whole "no one batted an eyelash" thing. It's because no one bats one PUBLICLY, it's so disheartening. And no one wants to be the first to do something.

I think we need to make our liberty actions more visible. Not just liberty gaining, but holding the line, which is why more and more lately I find myself siding with the ACLU. Sure they pick battles in accordance with their ideology, but in recent cases (PATRIOT Act for example) they line up just fine with me and it's good to have such a powerful ally.

12/15/2004 9:24 PM  
Blogger UziSpray said...

Where is the gulch?

4/01/2005 9:35 PM  

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