"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Something to Ponder (A Rant)

I have no tolerance for problems that exist solely due to a lack of information.  Likewise, I have no tolerance for people who argue false premises because of a lack of information.  The internet is an amazing tool, and one of its greatest unintended consequences is that people are no longer able to lie in public and get away with it.  I have found myself sitting in a friend's backyard at a cookout, pulling out my iPhone to fact check something during a conversation, and in the matter of thirty seconds, squashing an argument a person has been using for thirty years.  With the iPhone and the internet, I have more information available at my fingertips than the entire Library of Congress.  Ignorance should be obsolete.  But it is not.  Why?

I think the biggest factor is that people have a vested interest in preserving the status quo.  To make any kind of change on a personal or philosophical level a person has to admit that they are wrong.  Only then are they able to move forward.  The hardest thing a person will ever go through is sucking up their pride, deflating their ego, and actually admitting in public that they were wrong.  I believe this is the number one reason the liberty movement struggles.  People have too much pride.  Its really hard to get someone to admit that voting for George Bush, John Kerry, Al Gore, John McCain, Mitt Romney or Barrack Obama might have been a bad choice.  They will do anything they can and use every trick in the book to justify why their choices were right even when deep down they probably know that they were wrong.  To the trained observer, this is the point where logical fallacies flow from the mouth like water from a fountain.  This vicious cycle continues.  Libertarianism is what breaks that cycle.  It is humble.  It is the end result of a person saying "Enough is enough.  This isn't working.  What is broken?  How do we fix it?"

Sadly, blogs like this, and libertarian sites I link to are rarely viewed by the people who need to change the most.  I have witnessed people take an extremely childish approach to looking into this information on the internet.  Its like they close their eyes, stick their fingers in their ears, and sing "Na na na na na" as loud as they can.  Looking into this will prove you wrong.  Researching libertarian philosophy will shatter the illusions you hold on to so dearly.  Deep down, I think people know this.  Deep down, they don't want to admit they are wrong.

What is lacking in your knowledge base?  Do you need to brush up on economics?  Logic?  Philosophy?  What is it about this liberty thing you don't understand?  Take some time out of your day to read through some of my blog posts.  Click the links on the right hand side of this page.  I did a hatchet job on Lew Rockwell a few days ago, but I still recommend the Mises Institute as a great starting point.  Check out what the folks over at Tragedy and Hope are looking into.  Check out the School Sucks Project to get a comprehensive history on how we got to the state we are in.  Download a new podcast and listen to it on your commute to work today.  For God's sake, do something different.  What you have been doing up until now very obviously isn't working.  People are dying, and there is a good chance it is partially your fault.

See you at Galt's Gulch!


Bonnie Gadsden said...

Sgt. Jarhead,
I just found your blog. I'm adding you to my blogroll at my place.

In regards to Galt's Gulch, you may be interested in the III Pioneer Project. Take a look here: http://iiipercent.blogspot.com/p/iii-pioneer-project_17.html


Anonymous said...

Dibs on your house when you go.