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.