Preaching To The Choir
By Susan Callaway, Editor
February 07, 2011
I finally broke down and got a Facebook account a little while ago, just in time to read more than I ever really wanted to know about what people have for breakfast, what movies and songs they like, the economy, the latest TSA insanity, and now the newest crises in the Mideast. But I did get to talk to my grandchildren again, since they seem to have forgotten how to use ordinary email or the telephone. Unless you “text,” of course. And I don't even HAVE a cell phone. Poor granny.
But I digress – already.
The most striking thing I found about Facebook was renewed and much broader exposure to the ideas and concerns of people with a wide range of philosophies and convictions. Watching video on Al Jazeera in English was pretty shocking too.
I had to admit that I had not only been “preaching to the choir” in my writing for the last 20 years or so, but I had also mostly been listening to that same choir. We keep talking about “preaching to the choir” among ourselves, but the echo wasn't really obvious until I opened the door to (at least some of) the rest of the world.
Not that any of it is going to change my philosophy or convictions, of course. My bedrock is still the law of non-aggression, self ownership and self responsibility.
Most of those I'm talking to in this context seem to be good, honest people, with good intentions. Most do not seem to have given much thought to the incongruities of those intentions when compared to the results of the policies and “laws” so many seem to believe can and will solve the problems that surround us. The “we just need to elect the right people” syndrome that I've torn my hair out over for so long is only one of those incongruities.
I've been encouraged that so many people are asking some serious questions, even exploring the idea that their formerly beloved and benevolent government isn't quite what it's cracked up to be. And I've been asking some serious questions myself, getting some surprising answers at times.
Only you can decide for yourself if you accept the rational law of non-aggression and personal responsibility... or the role of eternal child or slave.
But here's the thing... you cannot choose for me.
[Next week I'll explore the questions in more detail. If you would like to join the discussion, go to my Facebook page. Just look for MamaLiberty Callaway.]
Some reading material
Your comments and feedback are welcome!
Links from the previous articles:
Predator Nor Prey, by Mark Spungin
Self ownership essay: http://www.mises.org/rothbard/ethics/eight.asp
The Ludwig von Mises Institute: http://www.mises.org/
What about the "poor?" - Reinventing America: http://www.mises.org/freemarket_detail.asp?control=289
Advocates for Self-government: http://www.self-gov.org/home.shtml
John Lott's "More Guns, Less Crime"
Second Amendment Sisters -- Self defense is a basic human right.
Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership -- Learn more about the real meaning of the Bill of Rights and the people who have fought to preserve it.
Keep And Bear Arms -- a grassroots movement of the people, by the people, and for the people. It is a call to action, a call for self-education, and a 21 gun salute to the many good men and women who fought and died to bring America into being.
Gun Owners of America
-- "Gun Owners of America was instrumental in mobilizing the grassroots
to fight the crime bill."
Opencarry.org - Great forum for those who open carry.
The Cornered Cat
Reality: What Every Woman Must Know
These will lead you to many others.
ArchivesThey Hate Our Guns?
Another Open Carry Day
Open Carry Challenge
Reality and Liberty
Review: A User's Manual For The Human Experience
False Guilt and The Common Good
Indy-Pindy - Book Review