The Counter-Offensive That Needs to Be Launched Now Against Socialists and Other Lefties
By Robert Wenzel
It is pretty obvious that the socialists are gaining ground in America. They are very shrewd political strategists. See my post from yesterday, The Brains Behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
So the obvious question at a time like this for those who are anti-socialists and pro-liberty is a question that has been asked in other periods by two very different people, with two very different philosophies about the world, Murray Rothbard and Vladimir Lenin: What is to be done?
The answer is not an easy one. It is a complex situation which requires thought at many levels.
At the pinnacle, the intellectual battle must continue. But this battle is only for a small percentage of the people. The thinkers. They are not large in number, far less than 1% of the population, but they are the great long-term influencers.
Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Rothbard, Ayn Rand and, yes, Lenin understood this. They all wrote about it. Even John Maynard Keynes showed he understood this when he wrote:
Practical men who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back.
For liberty lovers, we, fortunately, have the intellectual liberty flame that is kept burning through the Mises Institute, the Independent Institute and the Freedom Foundation, among others.
These institutions provide the support material in terms of access to the great libertarian thinkers such as Mises, Hayek and Rothbard. They will never reach the masses, but they shouldn’t try. Their goal should be to reach the up and coming intellectuals so that the names of the liberty greats are brought to their attention.
By reaching such intellectuals, a future generation of liberty advocates can be well armed to do battle. I would be happy to see even just 100 strong intellectual battlers who can take what Mises, Hayek and Rothbard taught us and use it in high-level battles against the lefties. And I hope that these institutions provide by their seminars, or perhaps just by individuals reading online and their books, the introduction to liberty to the next powerful original thinkers of the quality of Mises, Hayek and Rothbard. I know many think that most of the heavy lifting has been done in economics but I see some glaring holes where a powerful thinker can come along to fill the gap on economics and about society in general. Here, I am thinking of perhaps only one, two or three great future thinkers but they will most likely be introduced to liberty by these institutions.
But this is a very long game. The Frankfurt School, which is responsible for most of the political correctness nonsense that is popular in schools and amongst a good chunk of the masses today had its origin just short of 100 years ago in 1932 and is only now gaining powerful influence.
Despite the very long gestation time, the high-level intellectual effort is the foundation. It must be supported and continued, otherwise, we are liberty soldiers without a supply line.
A notch under the original thinkers and top intellectual battlers are the professional liberty advocates via books, podcasts, blogs, whatever, they spread the word that introduces segments of the general population to liberty. These introductions will result in funnelling a few upstream to the greater intellectual level but also create a growing quantity of those who spread an appreciation of liberty amongst all sorts of people.
These authors, podcasters, bloggers, etc. are very important. They are playing more of a middle game. They can be comfortable in the higher level intellectual circles but also have more ready reach downstream than the thinkers and the intellectual battlers.
Finally, there are the ground troops, the sons of liberty, they are more important than is often realized. They can harass politicians, post comments on blogs, tweet out. In short, they can attack, attack and attack with the liberty message.
These attacks can take many forms but it should never be forgotten that we do have the upper hand against the lefties if we handle it properly.
I have often seen written in the comments here that the Left has an edge because they are promising giveaways, but we have something much more powerful, we can promise freedom. Presented properly to the masses, the Left is no match. Tomorrow, I will present several “Freedom Proposals” that should be promoted to everyone. Every politician should be asked how much of the “Freedom Proposals” they support. They are radical proposals but should be discussed with everyone because they are about returning freedom to the people.
Finally, when the Left makes a mistake, the mistake should be pounced on. Yesterday, I wrote that the AOC team poll tested every proposal before it was made public but they made a big mistake in their launch of the Green New Deal.
It provided great talking points for us, even President Trump knew instinctively they erred and he dove right in….
This is no time for weakness and wimpy positions. It is a time to be libertarian bold to stop the socialist advance and change the framework of discussion.
(TLB) published this article from Target Liberty with our gratitude to Robert Wenzel for this coverage and commentary.
[Photo Illustration of “AOC” by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast]
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