Freedom Fred wrote:
>I would like to respond to this article in depth, but don't have the time. So
>I will make a few "counterpoints:"
>Firstly, I take it this article is suppose to serve as a "kick in the butt"
>for those libertarians that have not taking the action of moving to New
>Hampshire. As they say, you attract more flies with honey. I would prefer to
>see a strongly positive article rather than a strongly negative, sarcastic
>one. In this article I read: frustration. While that may be the case, I
>don't think that will exactly engender other like-minded individuals to
And there are dozens of articles like that available. Some even written
by Tim Condon. :-)
Fact is, the FSP has written many, many articles, letters to the editor,
editorials, and analysis all touting the FSP, New Hampshire, and our
mission. Practically the entire FSP (save the forums, which are like
most forums outlets for venting) is positive.
Every once in awhile, though, a good kick in the ass does wonders for
the spirit, especially one based on facts. Not everyone is going to
respond positively to this. Doubtlessly some will use this as an excuse
to (ah, further) take no action. But then again, they weren't serious
about liberty anyway.
>Secondly, the Free State Project is really supposed to be politically neutral
>from what I understand, even though its members are predominately
The fact is, Freedom Fred, this country is sliding deeply into
slavery/sefdom and the fact is, liberty-minded people have had very
little impact on the disasterous direction this empire -- er, sorry,
country -- is taking. Amazingly enough, all the good words of Robert
Heinlein, Ayn Rand, L. Neil Smith, Vin Suprynowicz, Neal Boortz, and
literally hundreds of other thinkers, writers, speakers --- for nearly
Whether RLC, Libertarian Party, Democrats, Republicans, Indies, or
whatever - nothing has particularly "worked." The LP is a shambles and
is now considered to be a failure by many libertarians and all
Republicans (Democrats just sneer at it, erroneously calling it a
right-wing club). So Tim used the small-"l" term libertarian. Do you
run away from it? Would you prefer classical liberal? Because I'm SO
over the label argument I could just retch at the mere hint that there
is anything worth taking offense to any longer. But that's just me.
>Thirdly, we do not need "large numbers" or "the majority" to accomplish our
>goals. Personally, I consider the current political infrastructure in our
>country antithetical to libertarianism due to is very nature. No "winner
>takes all" system can be said to be conducive to libertarianism. Tyranny of
>the Majority is still tyranny, no matter how you shake it.
Tim made that point, clearly. He said that if only 5000 people up and
moved, and were activists, big things would happen.
>What we need, instead, is a means to deconstruct the current political
>infrastructure and replace it with a better one -- one conducive to
>libertarianism. How we achieve that is, of course, open to debate -- and we
>should debate it.
Tim suggested one method. The best deconstruction is, of course, armed
revolution with a side of rope. Since that is even less likely to occur
than a huge influx into the FSP, perhaps you'd like to start with a
suggestion? :-) I know you are going to write a nice long piece, but
when you do, please realize we're all on the same side. Way, way to the
side ... of American politics in general.
>In the mean time, IMHO, we should seek more positive messages to cajole
>like-minded people around the country to participate. After all, it is not a
>small decision to decide to relocate. And negativity is not likely to
>engender the thousands we desire to become a part of New Hampshire and our
I too thought, "gee, Condon is doing his usual carrot and stick schtick,
his usual "get up off your asses" repartee. And then I realized,
"ignoring the tone of voice, is he right?" You decide if he is, or isn't.
Meanwhile, I fully expected that if and when the FSP started to feel the
pressure of the 2006 "deadline" we'd see articles like this one -
chastizing, cajoling, wheedling (I dare say it! Wheedling!). That Tim
wrote one was inevitable. That he did such a good job should be commended.
>My 2 cents. Take it for what it's worth.
Feel free to write a positive one, Fred. Just get it published!
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