I’ll Be Back.
I bet my editor over at Notes on Liberty is starting to think I’m a bum. And as the proprietor here, I’m starting to think I must be one, too. I mean, it certainly looks like I’ve been absent from the blogosphere for more than a month. And I’m sorry. But don’t worry, I’ve got half-finished drafts coming out my ears! Just been super busy and when I get the chance to rest, super lazy. You know the drill.
Oh yeah, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
Ron Paul, Change Agent.
From what I can tell, a “change agent” in the lingo of the conspiracy theorist is a person who seems alright on the surface but in reality is bought and paid for by the New World Order/Illuminati/Bilderbergs and whose primary function it to co-opt the opposition and channel their frustration into fruitless endeavors, so that the powers that be may effect the change they desire with virtually no threats to their plan. If someone like Ron Paul can be accused of this, of course, then no one is safe. Which is why using the term “change agent” in this way has little effect. But as an actual agent of change, Ron Paul’s record speaks for itself, I think. No, I don’t mean his legislative record, for this is rarely something anyone should be proud of, and at best serves only to condemn the person in question for the misdeeds they have committed in the name of making law and doing the will of the people. I refer to his other record. His list of achievements in public life outside of the halls of Congress.
The man has single-handedly convinced thousands upon thousands of people to adopt a more freedom-oriented outlook on life, if not also to utterly transform their worldview. And he continues to do so with his latest book, which I received in the mail today not more than a few hours ago. I’m already reading it and in the first chapter he is keen to stress the ideas that liberty and personal responsibility go hand in hand (one might term this a “Virtuous Voluntaryism“) and that an education’s structure and content must be consistent with one another in order to be effective.
I hope that thousands if not millions of people read this book (and/or others like it) and come away from it with a fresh or reinforced opinion on what needs to be done with our education system (hint, the bulk of the fight takes place outside of “the system”), which is in a complete shambles. Because that’s just how many people it is going to take to
reform fix restructure completely uproot the current establishment. Doing this is an end in itself, of course. But it is also a means to a far greater goal. Children raised by the state cannot help, on the whole, but to be children raised for the state. Ron Paul forcefully drives home the point that the status quo cannot be successfully challenged without first addressing the wholesale brainwashing of what many deem to be society’s greatest asset: the children. Stop the elites and bureaucrats on this front and victory over them in perhaps every other field of battle is all but assured.
So I encourage you to read this book, to suggest to others that they read it, and once done, to share (your/their) copy with still others (could be wrong, but I think it’s WAY easier to do this with a hard copy than with a Kindle or iPad). That is what I intend to do with mine. I hope and expect to be finished with it within the week.
New Tagline, In Case You Hadn’t Noticed.
Instead of Formerly “Propagating the Philosophy of Liberty”, it is now Advocating a Virtuous Voluntaryism. I had been meaning to change it for a while now. My next post will give a clue as to why I decided there was no time like the present. I hope to (in addition to other promises I have carelessly made) explain at some point exactly what I mean by “Virtuous Voluntaryism”. Please be patient.
Perhaps My Shortest Blog Post Ever.
I just realized that I never shared to this blog my brief post reacting to Michael Lind’s June 4th polemic, “The Question Libertarians Just can’t Answer”. It’s a little stale now, so rather than posting it I’ll just link to it for those who are interested.
New Name, New Feel, New Look.
Just as you were finally getting used to it all I decided it was time to change things up. As usual, it was something I had been meaning to do and finally my hand was forced. For one thing I had a $50 bing ads coupon that was expiring soon, so I figured making the site more attractive, or as fellow blogger edmundelsesser says, “refreshing“, would go hand in hand with utilizing that. A new, catchier, easier to remember name was a long time coming. I can’t tell you how many people have told me the previous name was just a little much. The blog didn’t always have that as its name. It used to just be the same as the url, which was an alias of mine derived from my real name in a reconstructed dead language, but just as with these latest changes, I was forced into giving it a name. I had a $50 facebook ads coupon that was expiring soon and I needed to come up with a facebook page quick. I decided to have the blog title and facebook page name to be the same: Propagating the Philosophy of Liberty. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to change the facebook page name, so I’m not sure what to do about that yet. I’ll keep you posted as to what else is going on around here. There’s a few more things I would like to tweak before I get the ads up and running. Maybe a post explaining the name, a new about page, reconfiguring the pages up by the header, cleaning up categories and tags. I’m taking suggestions, by the way. It’s the weekend, so let’s see if I can actually make some progress.
Somehow, I Feel Vindicated.
Back in November, just before the election, I wrote about who I was not going to vote for. With rare exception the Republicans got the knife as frequently as the Democrats. On my list of those not worthy of my consideration, I included one, Steve Daines, running for the lone Montana Congressional seat to replace Denny Rehberg (who I didn’t vote for in the Senate race even though I couldn’t stand his opponent). My reasoning was this: Continue reading