…in a comment in this post.
“I’ve tried. I’ve written to my MP, I’ve commented on the blogs of councillors, I’ve told my local councillors on the rare occasions that they actually appear in public, I’ve discussed it endlessly with coleagues in work and friends in the pub, but to what effect? Nothing changes, no-one who is in a position to change anything is listening. Perhaps my only option is to start lobbing grenades at the powers that be. I can’t see any other way of getting my message across”
A very fair question and it got me thinking. So here’s my two cents. Violence is immoral and you can’t build a non-violent society with a gun. Also it’s impractical as they have all the guns, so;
Recommendation one ~ Tell people the guy interested in voluntary trade with you is not your enemy. He is not your controller. He wants to sell you coca-cola or bananas, buy them or don’t. Those who counterfeit your money, propagandise your kids, take your cash, murder people, kidnap you for doing stuff they don’t like, demand your fealty and lie, lie and lie again whilst taking your cash to enrich themselves, they are the problem. It is not voluntary trade that harms you, it is coercive violence or the implied threat thereof. Tell them it is not criticising war that is the problem, it is the almost psychotic way the media ignore this and refuse to even show footage of dead bodies because that would upset the reality TV audience. The TV won’t show a picture of one dead kid, yet this is the day to day reality. Talking about this, criticising this, is not the problem. Ignoring it is the problem.
Tell ‘em “no matter how peaceful, humanitarian and tolerant you are, no matter how well-meaning and honourable your goals - if you ask for a new government law, program or plan, ultimately that program will be paid for with property taken by force from others and the law will be enforced at the point of a gun”
Get the fundamental point about the violent nature of government across at every opportunity. Advertisers tell us it takes about seven repetitions of a message for people to get it. Start repeating.
Recommendation two ~ Ostracise people who work for the state. This is socially powerful. Explain why. Say “sorry, but whether you realise it or not, you are part of a system which relies on violence and coercion, and I cannot tolerate this, you are welcome in my house when you get a job which does not involve the threat of violence and you would probably be happier and more fulfilled”
Recommendation three ~ Minimise your contact with the state. Not easy I know but so far as possible, ignore them. I’m not saying don’t pay your taxes, you are just inviting violent retribution. But ignore their edicts so far as you reasonably and practically can so long as this doesn’t hurt anyone or land you in jail.
Recommendation four ~ Don’t vote for an establishment party and don’t listen to their lies. Accept that you have no control over the current elite and democracy as practiced in the West is a suggestion box for slaves and a little pantomime you are allowed to watch every few years.
Recommendation five ~ Explain to people why the government is going bust and when the crunch comes, they will blame all and sundry (bankers, greedy capitalists, gold hoarders, foreigners, petrol companies, big supermarkets, you name it) but the fault lays squarely at the door of the government stooge on TV that night trying to explain where the money has gone. Tell them that merely putting a different sociopath in charge will change nothing and that’s why we debate gay marriage and other utter trivia but not whether it’s okay to take most of your cash at gunpoint. When the end comes you will have credibility. When they can no longer borrow or effectively print and have to massively reduce spending then it begins.
Recommendation six ~ Be a peaceful parent. If you smack your kids or scream at them, the lesson they learn is that top-down coercive authority is fine and it’s not. If the model in your home is top-down, implied threat of violence to ensure compliance, don’t be surprised if they grow up to accept the statist model based on the same principle. Change what you can change.
Recommendation seven ~ Get some food and precious metal. Revolutions start and violence kicks off when people are hungry. You might also be wise to think how to protect yourself as calling 999 won’t do it in those times. The cops will be busy protecting the politicians; you will be left to fend for yourself. We saw a tiny snapshot of this in the Tottenham riots. Expect much more in the coming times.
Recommendation eight ~ You have to get your hands on the reins of power to dismantle the apparatus, so I disagree with many voluntaryists and libertarians in this one last issue. If a libertarian stands, vote for them. It’s the only way we will ever abolish tax and the state along with it. Otherwise, even if the major parties are swept away, the same old faces just re-badge and resume business as usual.
Spinny, I hope that helps and know you are not alone. When you can rouse people, a great many agree with us. We will need them all to change things.