Get Serious

This is not a game. This is not a hobby. This is not a pass-time, weekend interest. This is not a quiet discussion every so often amongst friends. This is not a phase. When I communicate what I stand for I do so because not only do I think these ideas are the correct course for my life and probably yours, but I also, with every fibre of my being want to see them put into action as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

It should be noted that I do enjoy this. Indeed, if I did not enjoy doing what I do as much as I do, I would not do it. There is however a large portion of people involved in the ‘liberty’ and the ‘truth’ ‘movements’ that seem to treat this all as a hobby. To them it seems to be nothing more than an interesting side-topic. Others, who have been active for many years, see ‘the movement’ as a ‘lifestyle’ and an opportunity to create ‘social capital’ in a tighter nit ‘community’ than the mainstream ‘society’.  For some, it is just another popularity contest, with all of the vapid, symbolic and ultimately meaningless output associated with that.

So many people have become comfortable in the ‘movement’, to the point where there is little movement from them in the literal sense. Comfortable in their armchairs of social identity, what need do they have to struggle for anything more? So many are happy to click ‘likes’, up-voting agreeable comments and down-voting those by the people they see as ‘enemies’ and nothing much more than that. The majority of these people don’t even bother to respond and share their thoughts in the most basic sense. They act merely as pure consumers, not as creators – which is almost as useless as them not being involved at all.

It is concerning that, in times like these – of awful economic and political news, with a clear and continuing downward trend in fortunes – that there seems to be little to no urgency of action amongst so many people, not only outside (where ignorance is understandable) but within the ‘freedom’ ‘movement’ itself (where there really is no excuse).

The ‘movement’ has ‘matured’ and thus it has developed its own ‘established’ organisations and ‘high-profile’ individuals that almost all members identify with. The people who look on at this, for the most part, become comfortable with this and are willing to associate merely within the closed-confines of a particular sub-group they identify with or with particularly active personalities.  They thus are able to push their responsibility on to those active personalities and allow themselves to be deluded in thinking that anything else other than their own real and committed action will save them from their own destruction.

A ‘leisure time movement’ has never and will never achieve anything.

I am not doing this for just a few laughs. I hope you are not either.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Commentary, Philosophy, Politics and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

11 Responses to Get Serious

  1. myrthryn says:

    It is serious… that is true. I used to feel comfortable where I was. Then, an acquaintance of mine posted an article in the local paper, commenting on a piece of legislation that could label his letter as treason. He threw the coward label as those who claimed to love freedom and do nothing about it. That’s when I began to write things that stood out from the crowd of complacency. That’s also when I started painting a target on myself, too; but, Entito, my friend, we do what we have to do. Keep up the work.

  2. I just participated in the Iowa convention this past weekend, and many people don’t realize that it’s not just about presidential politics: it’s about changing the way our government works. We have had to fight and claw our way through this process, since we are blocked at every turn…and we’ve done it! This is only the beginning.

    • consentient says:

      I really think you’ve missed the point. The political process is a complete waste of time.

    • CanadianWoodcock says:

      We have no power to change the way politics works, and even if we did, it wouldn’t necessarily accomplish anything. We need to first change the way people think. If all humans were into autonomy instead of the desire to have their choices made for them without thought, the government would no longer have any credibility (and neither would religion).

  3. Anon says:

    Part of the problem is that we don’t know what to do. If there was a clear path to get the free society we wanted, then the energy of this movement would have carried us there already. But we don’t know how to get there. That’s why we sputter along and can’t devote ourselves to it entirely.

    • pandeter says:

      I used to think the same thing. But after some reflection, I decided that the best way to achieve this way of life is to start living as much as you can outside of the state. I’ll let each figure out what this exactly means. Some call it agorism. The first step is always the hardest.

    • pandeter says:

      I think the first step is learning to live without the state. Agorism might be something that would interest you. Stop asking permission from the state to live your life. Stop allowing the state to control your every move. Find people with similar desires and form groups. Start influencing others.

  4. markgomez369 says:

    What exactly are u talking about? The ‘freedom movement’ is what? Lots of rhetoric but not much of anything else.. are u advocating something specific?

  5. Pingback: The psychopathy of control | Consentient

  6. Pingback: Internet libertarians and Ancaps: If you SERIOUSLY want freedom, you must change your methods | Consentient

  7. Pingback: Open letter to online libertarians | Consentient

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s