Thursday, June 30, 2011

Episode 72. What We Are Facing (Some day)


All around us, a continuous erosion of our standards and norms for living is clearly underway. Nothing can stop it, though unpredictable events will occasionally make things chaotically worse. Day by day the sea nibbles away the foundation of the oceanfront home, until it is swept away by a sudden violent storm.

Tom Baugh's recent essays on the liberty movement are brilliant, provocative and poignant. I talk about two of them in this episode, The Least You Can Do and Fourth Generation Rhinocerous Warfare. In them, he properly chastizes the liberty community for flaws that could prove fatal in the struggles to come. In the current "Gandhi phase" of our movement, we need to mentally prepare to do things in the future that mere dabblers and academics would abhor.

In terms of what's coming, although the timing of "the collapse" is impossible to predict, it is possible to chart a variety of trends likely to impact us economically and socially.

Time again to face the likely facts, and get ready for the trials ahead. Things will get a lot worse before they get better, but our founding principles (before the Hamiltonian corruption, if you please) will again be the prize.

And with the Independence Day holiday approaching, remember: "Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed."

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