Ayn Rand literally wrote novels to glorify her heroic sense of life and perhaps as an unintended service "sell" liberty, the political condition required by true heroes. Future libertarian fiction writers also will probably "sell" the ideas of liberty in novels for a long time to come.
But libertarians who do not write fiction can still listen inside to their inner voice and come up with a million and one novel ways to sell liberty.
One valuable way to sell liberty is to float proposals which sound reasonable to the public but would surely have the old-guard going on defense. Remember, whoever is defending is really attacking oneself.
James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg floated such a proposal in their book "The Sovereign Individual". It was a proposal to pay all political office holders straight commission based on the growth of after-tax per-capita income.
If libertarians were to introduce this proposal in Congress or even into campaign debates, the old-guard would surely scream and cry, tear their clothes, throw fits and fly into temper tantrums.
Is it to liberty's advantage for the public to watch the old-guard acting this way in the face of a reasonable sounding proposal?
I'm hearing inside, "Yes!" Anytime one goes into resistance against a reasonable sounding idea, or even against a cherished traditional idea, the resistor loses. The old-guard screaming and crying, ranting and raving about school vouchers has worked in liberty's favor.
What about "selling" liberty in other realms besides art and politics?
What if an insurance salesman included a paperback copy of something short and easy to read such as Ayn Rand's "Anthem" as a complimentary gift to his customer with each policy delivered?
What if one sold a product that included in the packaging a short, easy to read, non-offending primer on freedom ideas like the truth that taxation is immoral?
What if someone sold small business owners on the idea of reprogramming their sales receipts printout so that the line after the subtotal which for years has said "Sales Tax" now says "Government Theft"?
What if one came up with a product priced to appeal to minimum wage earners and at the same time serve as an entry point or "foot in the door" to the longer-term creation of individual sovereignty?
What if marketing schemes of various freedom technology products included this Course in Political Miracles as part of their distribution?
When it comes to novel ideas which promote liberty ... the sky is not the limit. There are no limits.
This week I give myself an assignment to use my meditations constructively ... coming up with 25 novel ways to sell or promote liberty.
Each night before retiring, I ask my inner self very seriously, and with great desire, to give me during my sleep some wonderful novel ideas in selling liberty.
I go to sleep with a notepad and pencil nearby, happy in the knowledge that losing a few minutes sleep in the middle of the night is a small price to pay for establishing liberty.
Each morning with great gratitude I review the ideas given to me during the night and ask that even more good ideas be given during the day.
During my 20 minute or longer daily meditations this week, I specifically ask to be shown novel ways to sell liberty.
Some of these ideas will make me a great deal of money and work toward assuring my own individual sovereignty. Some ideas I will share with others and everyone will make money.
I will be happy in the knowledge that whether the novel ideas make money or not, all will promote liberty. And because we are all connected on psychic levels, the ideas will have their effects in the minds of others.
Throughout this whole week I remember that an idea held in mind produces after its kind. I remember that novel ideas selling liberty are infecting all minds very powerfully.
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.
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Course in Relationship Miracles
21 October 1995