12 January 2015

2015: The Year Liberty Is Born Again?

("Tytler Cycle" Alexander Fraser-Tytler 1747-1813)

The cycle depicted above is probably somewhat inaccurate and misleading, but as certain as Newton's three laws of motion, cultures do move through political cycles. When liberty is generally taken for granted, deep in the womb of a culture the acceptance of dictatorship grows as an embryo. When dictatorship is widely acceptable as the order of things, liberty in utero starts causing morning sickness. Political cycles can be resisted or flowed along with, but they cannot be stopped any more than Al Gore can stop the periodic climatic changes of the planet earth.

Insightful political observers can foresee changes in a culture's political climate just as astute investors can predict with decent approximation the cyclical highs and lows of stock and bond markets. At market bottoms there is a time when not a lot seems to be happening, yet underlying strength is being built which will form a base for a rally. Such has been the last 40 years of the liberty movement. The actual birth comes with a burst.

As we head into 2015, apologists for dictatorship can no longer abort the liberty pregnancy. The labor pains are increasing in strength and occurring every minute now.

How will the liberty birth show itself to the world? Will there be a brand new Liberty Party like there was in 1840, only this time to advocate the abolition of today's more disguised slavery? Will the Libertarian Party grow into a new maturity and quit sabotaging their cause? Will the Republican Party cleanse itself of sycophants and become a solid and dependable scaffolding for building liberty?

Our guess is "none of the above." But it will happen. Liberty will be born again.

There is one possibility we can watch for during 2015. Great political turning points happen when one unique man or woman says to himself or herself, "I feel the spirit! I cannot resist! I surrender my ego and let myself be used as an instrument!" Suddenly there are no more sterile intellectualized arguments, but fiery inspiring speeches which reach inside of people and awaken their spirit as never before. Suddenly there are no more "careful political considerations," but rather "I'm being moved by the spirit of liberty ... so I trust." Suddenly there is no more "what will happen to me?" or "what's in it for me," but only "this is what I must do, no matter what." Suddenly there is no more doubt or hesitation, only certainty and action.

Such a true champion of liberty may or may not be guided to use a political party label, but will certainly not be bound by any party rules or party peer pressure. To the willfully blind observer, it might seem like such a champion stands alone. But inside himself or herself this champion will be far beyond standing alone, moved by the power of every human being's liberty impulse, feeling the deepest heart and soul desire of all of us radiating in one body.

Such a champion will not burden listeners with gloomy grumbling about marijuana being illegal, or gay marriages being unrecognized, or the evils of corporations, or the brutality of police, or about interfering in the affairs of other countries. Instead, his or her talk will be luminous and uplifting, about the possibility of people achieving a fullness of life never before possible, a level of joy and peace only possible when government's "progressiveness" is ended.

Our champion will speak of one and only one solution to the one issue: "Do you want abundant prosperity? Do you want goodwill among all? Do you want peace? Do you want to live in a world of radiant love and joy? Then get your politicians out of our way and let us be!"

Newton's third law of motion is sometimes stated, "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." The dictatorship tendency of Democrats has found a champion. Their attitude is: "It has become too tedious to wait for majority votes to disguise our dictatorship. We have a President who can rule by executive orders and memos!" Perhaps an equal and opposite reaction would be the rising of a champion of liberty such as has never been seen since Patrick Henry or Samuel Adams.

The spirit of liberty always laughs and says, "Ye of little faith! Just wait and see!" Some of us feel we've waited long enough. Now in 2015 maybe we will see.




The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.




Also available free of charge online:
Course in Relationship Miracles

09 December 2014

The Only Way To Wake Up Your Liberal Neighbor

("Wake Up America" painting by Jon McNaughton)

We've all known friends, neighbors, relatives, or acquaintances who as if sleep-talking while dreaming rattle off a litany of seemingly good accomplishments by government, but never open their eyes to the chains of slavery we are being wrapped in by political solutions. How can we wake up these dear people?

Most of the subjugation is caused by liberal-progressive programs. Liberal-progressives mean well. Their aspirations inevitably sound appealing and are seen by many people as worthy objectives. Their political success is always in proportion to the number of voters who see their intentions as worthy, and the strength of voters' feelings about their aims. Since liberal-progressive end goals are so attractive to most people, fighting their schemes makes liberty lovers look "mean spirited," or at best "obstructionist."

If that wasn't bad enough, liberty advocates have often focused on one or another of the seemingly endless number of liberal-progressive programs and tried to fight it on its merits. Fighting individual liberal-progressive projects is like trying to defeat a many-headed hydra. Cut off one, and two more (or ten more) grow.  The number of schemes liberal-progressives can come up with is infinite. And because they invent new causes far faster than anyone can keep up with, they will always be ahead of liberty defenders who would like to slow them down.

It would seem that trying to defend against liberal-progressives is a losing battle. But it need not be. There is a wake-up-call way to answer your friends and neighbors who support liberal-progressive causes.

In the old way of arguing politics we would announce that we disagree, and then attempt to argue our case. In other words, we would set ourselves up as adversaries. The adversarial relationship is felt by the other as resistance. Resistance invites the liberal-progressive supporter to put up defenses and resist back. Due to his defenses, even if our arguments are heard by his ears they do not settle into his mind. Not only do our arguments fail to reach inside him, but his need to reflect resistance back to us only serves to reinforce his inner mindset.

There is a better way. Since we want to reach him, his defenses must first be forestalled. This is accomplished by agreeing with him at first. "I agree with the result you would like to achieve. It would be good if your dream came to pass." In most situations, our agreement will be easy because the causes of liberal-progressives are usually worthy. In some cases, our agreement will feel more like "walking for a moment in the other's shoes" in order to neutralize his defenses.

With defenses down, he is in rapport with us and the next part of our answer will reach him. But the next part of our answer will also shock him and wake him up: "But it's very nasty of you to try to reach your goal by dictatorship."

This will not change the Karl Marx marionettes who believe their ends justify their means. These are the ones who justify dictatorship by blocking out of their minds the nonsensical nature of their self-contradictory announcements: "It's dictatorship by the people." "It's dictatorship for everyone's good."

But the vast majority of people who support liberal-progressive causes simply have never given thought to the deleterious evil of the dictatorship of liberal-progressive programs.

Liberal-progressives constantly throw in our face all the "good" their dictatorship has accomplished. For example, the below quote from a liberal television series:

Here's the way liberty lovers must answer in principle:

"The Civil Rights Act has opened many doors for people. A wonderful cause, increasing possibilities, providing opportunities! But why did you feel the need to sell your soul to the devil by becoming a dictator? Wouldn't there have been a better way?"

"Social Security is a marvelous program with sometimes lifesaving results. Too bad you couldn't have worked out voluntary implementation. You've destroyed your honor by using dictatorship."

"Medicare is really helping many people, which is a great outcome. It's just unfortunate you have become no better than a highway robber by funding it through dictatorship."

"Clean air is so healthy for people! Clean air is a worthwhile achievement to rejoice about. But now you've sabotaged your own integrity by becoming a dictator. Wouldn't there have been a moral way to achieve the same goal?"

Maybe the wording of these examples isn't the best, but there are many, many ways to word an answer which first disarms the defenses of liberal-progressive supporters and then points out how depraved they have made themselves with their dictatorship. In fact, if we held a contest for the most powerfully effective wording, we could probably create some truly eye-opening phrases.

But you get the idea. First agree.... then shake them awake.

"I'm with you, respecting your dream.... 
your dictatorship is evil!"





The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.




Also available free of charge online:
Course in Relationship Miracles

03 November 2014

Important Election Results Not Reported by the Media



"I vote for peace and joy and love in my society!"

Once upon a time in storybook land there was a population ruled by leaders of two political parties. The people of this fictional society were slaves, but they rarely sensed they were slaves because the leaders of the two political parties were chosen by election. Occasionally someone felt like a slave, but was immediately told, "You can't be a slave because a slave doesn't have an opportunity to choose his master. So just be a good citizen and vote."

Once accustomed to voting, most "good citizens" accepted the master-slave atmosphere and used their voting in the hopes of being masters rather than slaves.

Beneath all the hyped surface justifications about good citizenship people sensed only two bottom-line reasons for voting: they either wanted to use majority rule to impose their values and schemes on others, or they hoped a majority of voters would side with them in defending themselves against those who would force on them values and schemes they would not have chosen for themselves. In reality, both motives were present at the same time in most voters. Most wanted to be dictators in some ways, and in other ways they wanted to defend themselves from the dictatorship of other voters.

A few saw the system as simply an insane electoral battle for power and made the choice to forgo voting altogether so they could feel the ego-satisfaction of moral smugness and the partial temporary peace of not being a combat participant. Another few saw voting as solely for self-defense, not wishing to dictate to others in any way, and made the choice to support the least dictatorial of the two ruling parties, seeing their choice as the greatest good between the only two logical alternative outcomes, the greatest good realistically available. These non-voters and totally defensive voters still found it very hard to experience deep and long-lasting peace, because they were very acutely aware that all around them was a would-be dictators' war zone, a battlefield of competing slave masters.

In this society at election time the focus of most voting men and women was pulled away from their natural inclination to live and let live, away from their natural feeling of brotherhood, replacing natural good will with the temptation to believe it's alright to rule over others through elected representatives. The practice of voting in elections was considered justification for being blind to the reality of dictatorship and slavery behind the disguise.

During election season, brothers often found themselves pitted against brothers, mothers against daughters, husbands against wives, neighbors against neighbors. This rarely broke out into a bloody shooting war, because people were told to be "civil," but a civil war it was. Very few recognized consciously that a war by any other name, such as "election," was still a war. Some relished the battle, but even these (along with everyone else) could not escape feeling on a deeper level the ugly climate of war.

Elections often had the effect of bringing out the worse in people. It was not uncommon for men and women to lie, cheat, steal and destroy the property of others at election time. Human beings became monsters.

In this society at election time very few people stayed totally at peace, totally in love, and totally in joy. People who couldn't care less about elections found it hard to not be frustrated with all the mailings, phone calls, billboards, television commercials and other forms of electioneering pushed into their lives. Some people who valued facts and logic even became outright furious at all the demagoguery. Election winners experienced merely short-lived surface joy, always in their honest moments too well aware that their victory was only for a while and quite fragile.

Another strange feature of this society: all this misery which was the result of elections was never reported by their media.

Good thing this was only a storybook society, wouldn't you say?





The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.




Also available free of charge online:
Course in Relationship Miracles

05 October 2014

Advanced Training For Freedom Guardians



"I WILL train myself ... and I WILL preserve freedom! "

From Lesson 5: "The day is past for lying, cheating, stealing political candidates and petulant, whining, fit-throwing political activists. These habits will still be seen in some circles, especially among government worshipers as they continue to lose control, but they no longer have much effect on the voting public looking for solutions which 'ring true' within themselves."

From Lesson 12: "Motivated by fear, men and women set up governments because they think they need protection or help. The more a man is immersed in limitation-thinking the more fearful he will be and the more government he will call for. As Ayn Rand so clearly pointed out, one who feels hopelessly terrorized will call for very expansive and expensive government ... and be willing to terrorize others to pay for it."

From Lesson 13: "With trust there is nothing I cannot achieve, including a near 'miraculous' change in the way people think politically. Without trust I cannot even change my own mind."

From Lesson 19: "The fact that love attracts people is of primary importance to me in achieving my political goals. In a democratic political realm I could have all the most wonderful intellectualized premises and conclusions anybody ever came up with, but if people don't sense that I am loving then I am not going to be supported by vast numbers of people and my ideas are going to be sold short."

From Lesson 20: "None of us following our inner spiritual nature would steal, or murder, or enslave others. Yet we allow governments to commit these acts because we have been convinced by split minds that there is a difference between our own good and society's good as a whole. In the 180 degree backward thinking of today's world, it is not always easy to see that government interference in people's lives beyond the very basic laws of existence is actually based on fear and hatred of man's free spirit." (See The Spiritual Foundation of Liberty)

From Lesson 25: "There is no one more inspiring than a man who is free of pain, fear, and guilt. Such a man was Ayn Rand's ideal, so it's no wonder that dwelling on her fictional heroes is such an uplifting experience. No one teaches freedom more effectively than one who lives free of pain, fear, and guilt."

From Lesson 26: "Even though mankind has experienced extreme growing pains, the overall consciousness of mankind is evolving to higher levels. Peace is now more than ever valued over war, and people are beginning to see more clearly than ever that governments or ruling elites are the cause of mankind's ills, and cannot be a solution. Such clear valuing and clear seeing can only lead to greater good than ever."




The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.




Also available free of charge online:
Course in Relationship Miracles