OPINION


02-10-2010 

Jet Lacey
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Why I’m Considering a Retreat to the Fringes of the Freedom Movement - Hard Words for Hard Times  
 

 Part I " The Cons

 
Some of you may remember an article I wrote in March of 2009 entitled “How I Joined the Freedom Movement.”  When you compare the excitement and promise in that title to today’s article, it begs the question; “What has changed so much in a year’s time?”

The short answer is; while the global situation continues to deteriorate, it has also remained largely the same; but for how long cannot be said.  Through countless hours of research and speaking with many different pundits and experts about the ins and outs of the New World Order, I have begun to arrive at some profound realizations.  Ironically, these realizations have little to do with either the geopolitical climate or the global elite.  They are about me, the freedom movement itself, and deciding how much (or little) I want to continue participating. 

Anytime you undertake a new and time-consuming project, especially one of this magnitude, it would be insane not to take a step back once in a while for the purposes of taking emotional and personal inventory.  That is the intent of this article; to put the pros and cons of the situation as I see it on paper, and when it is laid out in black and white, I hope the readers will assist me in hashing it out from there.

So, what’s the foremost reason I can see for scaling back activist operations?  Because I get it

In the time I’ve spent in the freedom movement, I have developed a deep understanding about what’s going on in the world, why it’s happening, and what’s to come of it.  What I can assure you is that the process in motion at this hour, it has been for quite some time, and we are powerless to stop the destruction.  What we are witnessing is the New World Order’s endgame plan coming to fruition. 

If I were a betting man, I would wager that the USA’s entire house of cards will be coming down around us, and much sooner than later.  The “if “is not the question; it’s the when.  If that’s true and the collapse of American society is imminent and unavoidable, then why in the hell am I still at the “talking” stage?  Aren't the activist's hard work and efforts only serving to prolong the agony which could be better spent on their own preparedness?  Instead of fighting the new food tax in the city of Phoenix, why don't we instead advocate for a 500% tax on food.  I think that would move things along nicely, don't you?   

You see, I’m not the only one who believes that the government’s scope of operations has gone far afield, way past the intention of the Founders’ social contract between Americans and their government. I also believe that the birthing pains of a very necessary revolution are well underway to boot.  

So, since this is how I believe, what would be the best course of action for me to take right now?  Is it time, as Pastor Lindsey Williams so aptly puts it, to get my own house in order?  If not, when is it time to stop bleating like the sacrificial lamb and go Galt so that I might optimize my family’s chances for survival?  Furthermore, and this weighs heavily on my decision, the truth is that I’ve done much more talking the talk than I have walking the walk with regard to self-sustainability for me and my family, and time is running out. 

Secondly, there are many aspects of the freedom movement itself that I find troubling.  While one of the wonderful attributes of the movement is that it attracts people from all walks of life, I couldn’t help but notice that many, including myself, are quite obviously fractured in some way.  What is it that draws people, especially troubled ones, to the freedom movement? I’m not 100% sure.  Could it a perceived (yet false) expectation of universal acceptance?  Who knows? As much as I malign my own species, I find the study of the human experience and of human nature endlessly intriguing.  So, the fact that weirdoes like me gravitate toward the freedom movement, in and of itself, is not an issue.  What is of concern is that the percentage of severely fractured individuals seems significantly higher than what would be classified as “normative.”

I have also noticed that a surprising number of people, including self-described Libertarians, Objectivists, Agorists, Anarcho-capitalists, and others who are exploiting the inherent beneficence, openness, and honesty of the liberty movement for their own personal, financial, and/or political gain. 

"But hey Big Guy, relax man, chill.  It’s ok if it’s done in the name of freedom, you big silly.” 

How fucked up is it that someone’s activism efforts might end up benefitting one individual far more than the volunteer himself? When put down on paper it all seems so crazy, I know.  Still, whether we want to admit it or not, it happens on a daily basis.  On top of that, in the past year I have noticed a marked increase in the co-opting of events and ideas, flagrant character assassination, smear campaigns, tantrums, and bountiful amounts of good old fashioned assholery.  I have also come to loathe how large sections of the movement will turn on someone if they do something even remotely questionable, or if the person’s views diverge from the collective’s to any degree.            

Have I become jaded?  No, I don’t think so.  Wiser?  Definitely.  Jaded? No Way.  After adolescence, I lost any taste I had for bitterness, so long ago I 86’ed it from my emotional menu. 

The point is, even though the large majority of activists are honest and well-intentioned people who are fomenting real and positive change, the garden-variety human ugliness that all-too-frequently rears its ugly head is just a crying shame.  And, since these types of behaviors occur at least semi-regularly, whether it’s at the Freedom’s Phoenix workshop, on people’s Facebook pages, or anywhere else activism happens, why on earth would I want to give up my free time for that type of negativity?  Again, I can assure you that I’m not alone in feeling this way.  Life is way too short, especially in these dark times.    

Lastly in the “cons” category, there is a part of me that sincerely believes that America is, by and large, getting exactly what it deserves.  The average “Joe-bag-of-donuts” doesn’t give a rat’s ass about what’s happening, and there are many who not only accept it, but outright support it.  It would appear that a large percentage of Americans sincerely believe in what the Federal government has been doing; you know, the unending wars, the torture, the theft and graft, the trading of liberty for security, the police and surveillance state, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. 

I have lost much if not most of my faith in the United States and in Americans.  We have become a nation of lazy, dumbed-down, scummy assholes who somehow feel, which is beyond my realm of comprehension, entitled to an epic life at someone else’s expense.  Americans, by and large, have become a sub-par and unethical people who have actively promoted the current climate of corruption. 
 
As far as I'm concerned, they should hang a sign around the Statue of Liberty’s neck that reads: 

“Welcome to Douchebagville " Population: 300 Million”

 

Stay Tuned for Part II " The Pros (I saved the best for last)