All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy. Stay away from easy. – Scott Alexander
Oft times when I sit down after a day at work and begin writing, I do so with a particular question in mind. Who will this help? Despite the success I have been granted approaching things in a more measured way, I suspect in the current culture we live in that had I chosen to curse a little more, dumb down issues to an 8th grade level and 500 words, make outlandish claims of grandeur and throw some kitchy phrases out there, I might have a morning radio show and a couple of lackeys where I can dunk my face in Cheetohs and work on my terminal obesity. Clean cut is the new punk rock and Patrick Henry, or maybe Mises, is the new Karl Marx. In these surreal times, the population has been driven to political, economic and social extremes. Never have the capitalists, in the Adam Smith sense of the word, held more sway over our economy, and despite being the most educationally acommplished generation on paper, the Millennials stand a worse chance at the American dream than their parents ever did. A self-proclaimed ‘faggot’ is now held up as a scion by those seeking a return to traditional Western values. Populism is in the White House and communism is on the streets, while true freedom dies on the vine.
Sometimes at night I wonder if I’ll wake up and be in college again, the last decade just a MSG-fueled nightmare. Either way, those clamoring for me to do the heavy lifting in between their ears will continue to be disappointed, as I will continue to admit I do not have the ability to answer those nagging questions lodged in the deep recesses of your mind. You know what they are, the ones that peer back at you out of the darkness when you’ve finally run out of distractions and your only recourse is to listen to that quiet voice who’s very existence poses terrifying implications. Ideals are fun to contemplate, but history is violent, unfair and often the innocent and weak are the first to taste the edge of its blade. Horrific things will be done on both sides of the coin. How far will you go to keep your family and culture alive? I don’t have the answers for you, and I won’t ever tell you that I do. What I can offer is the answers I’ve been able to arrive at for myself, and maybe give you a little more ammunition when confronting what stares back at you from the void.
We as a movement have sat at a crossroads for some time now. By our actions, many have been merely content to debate in the echo chamber, throw accusations at each other and generally do anything but productive work towards a goal. Rather than simply ask the question, ‘Does this move us away from statism and toward a more self-sufficient and free people?’ we demand a 300 page action plan, footnoted and then proceed to critique the formatting style and how one of those footnotes is the proof that the author is a socialist provocateur. In a sense it is the same vote-and-complain-when-it-doesn’t-do-anything attitude that we mock other people for having. Case in point, a few months ago I asked for contributors, thinking someone, somewhere would have experience and knowledge that I didn’t. Those who have corresponded with me know I am more than willing to post things I disagree with, provided it is a cogent argument. About .0005% of my monthly readership could be bothered to lift a finger to their keyboard (shoutout to the several who did and still do), most of whom have likely spent hours harassing each other in the comments on one blog or another. I have a hard time believing that out of all those people there isn’t a few more who are too slow to run in the woods but have the wisdom of several decades doing something useful. It’s not about whether someone thinks I’m a hack and wouldn’t have their name on this site if I paid them. I do this in my spare time and pony up what little money it costs to do so because there was a need. The point here, lest people accuse me of getting offended over trivial matters, is that if we cannot do simple things like that as a movement…how are we going to do the hard things? There are plenty in my neck of the woods that cannot be bothered to show up to improve or create something together, PT, do boring things like create an organizational structure or demonstrate the leadership necessary to train those looking to improve. I’ve cajoled, begged, organized things and done just about everything I can think of to get the talkers to do something other than talk. I know other ‘household names’ in the movement have voiced similar experiences to me as well. I’ve come to realize it’s the unversal metric of 10% doing the work and 90% diluting the brand and texting you excuses about how the dog ate their homework so they don’t have to bother to show up. What good is it to be among like-minded individuals if they put forth no more effort than the clueless ones? If we cannot conceive of sacrificing in our daily lives to build a better future, then we are absolutely no threat to anyone whatsoever.
Without a solution this becomes just another rant. The purpose of this is not an indiscriminate finger pointed at everyone from my multicam ivory tower. Evaluate yourself, your behavior and what you’re spending your time on. We all have obligations, familial and otherwise, so what time you do have needs to be spent wisely. You can’t run? Can you teach someone else what you know? There’s an awful lot of Baby Boomers in this movement and that insight and knowledge needs to be transferred to the younger generation or we risk dying as a movement. I’ve driven hours to train or meet up with people because I want this to develop into a true counter-culture. That doesn’t happen unless we stop the childish sniping and actually start working together. There will never be a right time. There will never be a hero. There is only you, and your choice whether to want this to work or not. It takes more than the handful of people who are actually making it happen. We can hang out and talk, and in five years have just what we have now to show for it. If that’s the case then the last one out turn off the lights. If that’s not the outcome we want, then we need to seriously reconsider what we are doing. One day sites like this are going to be yanked off the internet and the only people you have are going to be the one’s you have met, helped, trained with and built a community together. It’s your choice to do the hard thing or just keep treading water. My email is below and if you’ve got a better idea, a subject that needs to be covered or want my help in making something happen, then I will do everything I can to make it so. Let it never be said that all I did was talk.
Edit: Of course I would post my email address incorrectly the one time I do so in a post…Murphy and all that. If you sent an email to .som then I didn’t get it. The rest of you I will reply to ASAP, given my work schedule and hatred for doing so on my tiny phone screen when I’m not at home.