We tout “The R3VOLUTION” — a revolution of love. But let us remember what that means.
When we offer our solutions to the problems of society, we must first state our opposition to the status quo. If we don’t do that then we have no credibility.
Libertarianism is not and should never be an endorsement of the system that exists now.
That means that if people are suffering under the current system, we must acknowledge that suffering. Only once we have done that will they listen.
For someone who is starving, or is sick and dying from lack of proper health care it does not matter how they get food or care — especially if their suffering is not acknowledged first.
If libertarianism is not an answer to suffering then it is meaningless. Fortunately, it is an answer, but we as a movement often forget to stress this point.
We must create a world where the stitches that seam the planet together are love, compassion, and friendship — rather than fear and threats of force. We as a movement must do this personally and politically.
Why? Because a world of love is the only one that can sustain a free market worth having. If we do not rebuild the mutal aid societies, charity networks, and help everyone we can simply because we can — if we do not do this — the statist critique of the free society would be true.
Compassion is what makes markets work. When people demand a world where people pick each other up when they fall, then they will have it.
So what is my point? What’s all this cliche mumbo jumbo about love and compassion?
You see, we must play our cards right because have a unique task that no other political philosophy has really tried to do: Our mission is to build a mass movement based on individualism rather than collectivism.
We must feel and listen to people’s rage and discontent with the way things are first.
Only then will our solutions have credibility. Mass movements have always appealed to popular dissatisfaction with the current regime, but we have to do more than that.
We have to inspire a population that has lost hope in their neighbors, their country, their government. We have to inspire them to believe again in themselves as persons and as communities.
This is something that the mass movements of the right and left that led to totalitarianism never dared to try — because it would undermine their perverse collectivist philosophies. We are the movement of empowerment, of voluntary aid, of building a better world with our own hands — not someone else’s. We are water to the thirsty, and the cause of the draught is the State-Corporate system that we live in.
We must never ever come close to appearing to endorse the system that leaves people underemployed even though they can and want to support their family. We must never appear to endorse the system that simultaniously destroys the environment and produces people that can’t care about their world, their community, or themselves.
The liberty movement, as I see it, is the movement to upend the Bread and Circuses. It is the movement to restore balance to the realm of the living.
We are not out to merely free a people who can not handle freedom. We are out to also liberate their hearts, minds, and souls from the poisonous psychology of “pass the buck,” “someone else will take care of it” statism. We cannot succeed if we do not do both.
So remember that, and remember also that it all begins with listening — to youself and to the oppressed.