Everyone makes memes about it… be a part of the first step.
“What country before ever existed a century & half without a rebellion? & what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms… What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”- Thomas Jefferson
This quote has become nothing but an empty threat in our culture of docile humans who yearn for freedom… According to the principle author of the Declaration of Independence (TJ), everyone in government needs to know that the “people preserve the spirit of resistance”. We all want change; we all know that civil disobedience in hiding and sharing dreams of revolution through memes and comments won’t accomplish anything; yet that’s all we do. Our community needs to work together if we’re going to be successful in reducing government power in any way, and we CAN work together, it’s just a matter of whether we will or won’t.
The absolute first step is forming groups that will force the power to shift away from government/law enforcement and towards the average civilian/ community, this way if a law/tax is unconstitutional, fear cannot be used as motivation to obey. With the ideas and support of self-labeled libertarians (who I have been led to believe ultimately want their right to life, liberty, and property protected), I’d like to form a solid system of communication, with the ultimate goal of forcing our government to unquestionably protect our inalienable rights. There are many different approaches we can take, so I’d like to share some of my ideas and ,of course, take in a lot of yours. This is the broadest libertarian sub so I understand there are many different beliefs among us, but we have to be civil and work together. I will almost certainly say something you disagree with, that doesn’t mean you should close your mind or give up on this idea. It shouldn’t matter how seemingly radical or normal my views are; ultimately, we all want freedom, and communication is a step in that direction.
“A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.”- GW
This is the end goal. In order for the government to fear and respect its citizens, we have to be a force to be reckoned with; in order for that to be true, we (neighborhoods/ towns/ cities/ states) need to be independent of others for essential supplies. That includes big businesses. Our community focuses so much on capitalism, liberty, and guns that we forget the burden it takes to maintain liberty. We need to be independent of anyone outside of our surrounding neighborhoods ,we need to communicate, we need to share civil disobedience and protest plans, we need to be well armed and trained, and we need to have a plan for when shtf. A local online community would make all of these things easier. We ALL absolutely have to stick together in order for us to hold the power.
To be frank, I think Keybase is our best option as a main line of online communication. Deterrence Dispensed (a pro 1A and 2A organization) is based in Europe and is considered extremely illegal to be a part of, yet they’re thriving online because of Keybase. We cannot place our only lines of communication in anyone else’s hands. Ultimately we need a way to communicate that doesn’t rely on social media or the internet, but it all has to start somewhere and keybase is a small platform that focuses on protecting the user, rather than censoring the user. Using Keybase to communicate locally and Instagram and Facebook to represent ourselves to the public seems like the best course of action.
Within that comes the way Keybase is organized, the name of the community/movement, and a mission statement. Keybase allows you to create a team (like a sub) and channels (to talk about different topics). Should we create one big channel for each topic (“protests”, “food”, “ammunition”, “shtf”)? Should we make a channel for each state? Should we make multiple channels per state? Im siding with a combination of big channels and state channels, kinda like federal and state governments I suppose. The whole goal is to promote local communications, so I don’t think it’d do much good to just have one big glob for everyone to talk on, but I’m a little afraid the same could end up true about channels based on states; I just figure if it grows that large we’ll address then. As for names, I have no shortage of names, they’re just all corny Patriot stuff. Something all inclusive and catchy, with initials that aren’t derogatory… Tree of Liberty, Liberty/Justice For All, All Are Not Dead/ Nil Desperandum (Samuel Adams Quote)… Furthermore is the mission statement. Without a clear mission we can be mislabeled or dominated by other ideologies (Trump supporters or antifa or white supremacists). Anyone is allowed to communicate with their community and anyone is allowed to join the fight against government overreach, but our culture cannot be of any one ideology. We need something new entirely; we need to leave all of our old politics behind and focus on our inalienable rights period.
Examples to learn from: Boogaloo, with all of its faults, was the only movement promoting unity in arms and governmental fear of the people, but it allowed its name to get attached to racism and often openly incited violence, and now it’s basically been banned from the internet. The two (obviously huge) mistakes I think we can learn from are the vulgar jokes about killing politicians/ promoting violence online and allowing white supremacists to attach themselves to the movement. If a movement is going to work it’d better not openly incite violence and it has to be clear that it’s open to everyone. I’m not sure if the racism was something the movement itself did wrong or if it was just something the media claimed that people bought, but it cannot be allowed to happen. Second one is Black Lives Matter; it promotes outrage and even makes calls to action and vague threats to the physical, but it doesn’t openly incite violence (perhaps sometimes it does and just gets away with it since it’s minority based) and it has gained a lot of support from everyone. The anger with our rulers is understandable, but harsh comments like “I can’t wait to hang these policians” can’t be openly chanted by our groups. That approach will only close the mind of the average American and get us kicked off of our communications or labeled a terrorist organization. If people in our communities are going to make vulgar jokes they need to keep them private. Violence can’t be our goal, we have to be focused on social justice and community, not the means to it. Speak softly and carry a big stick.
This should not be a strictly libertarian movement in fact we shouldn’t say it has anything to do with libertarianism because that title brings along stigmas and a tribal mindset. We need to stop promoting parties and start attacking all parties. We want to wake everyone up so. We need to focus on the fact that no party cares about anyone and politicians today just want to win elections; “If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.” -Samuel Adams
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” This applies to everyone who read this post. If you’re not willing to put in time, effort, life and limb for freedom then remove it from your vocabulary. I will be going along with this idea with or without the support of this sub; but support would certainly make it easier and more likely to succeed.
Article from r/Libertarian: For a Free Society