Traits of True Teachers of Liberty: #6 Tolerance

Posted by Christian Prophet | 4/12/2015

In one respect, today's libertarian movement is like the Protestant Reformation of the 16th-century.

Although the Protestant Reformation helped many, many individuals free themselves from Catholic Church oppression, some of the reformers pursued to extreme what they considered to be moral purity, and became known as "Puritans."

Puritans never attracted a widespread following for two reasons: (1) They were viciously judgmental of any who were not as "pure" as themselves. (2) They could not accept those who were less pure, join with them fully, and enjoy life fully.

Puritans eventually disappeared from history. Their stance was simply too dishonest to be perpetuated.

Are there puritans in the current libertarian movement? Oh, yes!

We know them by their manta, "Principles above political success!" as if political success would not further their principles. To see how illogical this is, imagine liberal-progressives saying, "We don't want to take over the Democratic Party because some Democrats don't really want the same dictatorship over people's lives that we want."

Because political success can further principles, and because liberty principles apply in a political context and are not furthered in the absence of political success, the mantra, "Principles above political success!" identifies a lose-lose position.

We also know libertarian puritans by their attacks on Rand Paul or any other liberty-oriented Republican who believes in expanding liberty through actual political success.

Finally, we know puritan libertarians by their refusal to join in spirit with, and work with, those who they perceive to be less pure than themselves.

As has been pointed out in previous articles here, libertarians believe in "live and let live," where "live life to the fullest" is the fundamental axiom and "let live" [the NAP] is an important corollary. The very essence of "let live" is tolerance. But questions also arise from the axiom. Is it living life to the fullest to eschew political success? Is it living life to the fullest to be on the attack rather than extending love and joy and inner peace? Is it living life to the fullest to hold oneself apart from joining with others who share extensive common beliefs?

By not being tolerant and accepting, libertarian puritans are not living the libertarian ideal.

But wait! Puritans are dishonest?

Yes, because of their fierce pre-judgment of others. Our Course in Miracles addresses such judgments this way:

"To judge is to be dishonest, for to judge is to assume a position you do not have.  Judgment without self-deception is impossible. In order to judge anything rightly, one would have to be fully aware of an inconceivably wide range of things; past, present and to come.  One would have to recognize in advance all the effects of his judgments on everyone and everything involved in them in any way.  And one would have to be certain there is no distortion in his perception, so that his judgment would be wholly fair to everyone on whom it rests now and in the future.  Who is in a position to do this?  Who except in grandiose fantasies would claim this for himself?

"Remember how many times you thought you knew all the 'facts' you needed for judgment, and how wrong you were!  Is there anyone who has not had this experience?  Would you know how many times you merely thought you were right, without ever realizing you were wrong?  Why would you choose such an arbitrary basis for decision making?  Wisdom is not judgment; it is the relinquishment of judgment."

Relinquishing judgment until the future brings proof is the wise strategy of true teachers of liberty. True teachers of liberty do not point to what may or may not actually be contradictory positions of a professed liberty candidate and say dishonestly, "This proves he is not really for liberty," or "This proves he will never learn and grow and shed seeming contradictions," or "This proves he will never change his position after becoming elected and learning new facts," or "This proves.... (whatever)." Honesty says "nothing whatsoever has yet been proven."

As the liberty movement grows, there will be many candidates who professes to be working for liberty and who are obviously sincere about liberty, but who may or may not be mistaken on some issues. A true teacher of liberty does not judge beforehand. A true teacher of liberty does not close down his or her love and joy and inner peace like a puritan ... but opens up and happily radiates tolerance.

History tells us that in the New England colonies, individual freedom only began gaining successes where Puritanism weakened. That's the way tolerance works. So you might want to join with us in declaring:

"When puritanism wanes, freedom reigns!"





To fully grasp how insane the psychology of modern "liberal progressives" really is, read Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."



"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles

 
"I think of myself as a freedom zealot."

Traits of True Teachers of Liberty: #5 Joy

Posted by Christian Prophet | 3/12/2015


"Tread on me? That's funny! I'm free!"

The libertarian core lifestyle is "live and let live," where "let live" is one of the main corollaries to the fundamental axiom "live life to the fullest." [See Traits Of True Teachers Of Liberty #2] Therefore to really recognize those who are truly teaching liberty it is necessary to understand what it means to live life to the fullest.

Ayn Rand did her best to portray fictional heroes who lived life to the fullest. Her novel The Fountainhead begins with the words, "Howard Roark laughed." Then a few paragraphs later in her narrative: "He laughed at the thing which had happened to him that morning and at the things which now lay ahead." That morning Roark had been expelled from Architectural school. The authorities were doing their best to tread on Roark and squash his future. But Roark could only feel the laughter of his deep-seated inner joy. His freedom did not depend on any authorities.

In Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged, liberal-progressive dictatorship has caused the country to fall apart, all hell has broken loose, and Dagny Taggart has dedicated herself to the impossible task of saving Taggart Transcontinental Railroad or die trying. Her assistant, Eddie Willers, is in emotional chaos and he finds his occasional cafeteria acquaintance, John Galt, the novel's hero, sitting at a lunch table. Eddie joins Galt and begins venting his troubles and frustrations, rambling on. Galt listens, saying little. Suddenly Eddie focuses on Galt:

"You know, I never thought you cared whether you saw me or not, me or anybody, you seemed so complete in yourself, and that's why I liked to talk to you, because I felt that you always understood, but nothing could hurt you - and it made me feel free, as if ... as if there were no pain in the world. Do you know what's strange about your face? You look as if you've never known pain, or fear, or guilt."

Did you catch Eddie's admission? "And it made me feel free." Do you see how Galt was a true teacher of freedom? He taught wordlessly by being free of pain, or fear, or guilt inside himself.

Later in their conversation Galt laughs joyously. Willers responds, "Stop it, will you? Why do you laugh like that?" It doesn't take much for a joyous laugh to erupt spontaneously from Galt.  Without pain, fear or guilt, his inner natural joy is always happily percolating just beneath the surface ready to burst forth.

Our true nature is joy. When we are free, we can't help feeling joy. Yes, we can imprison our joy, lock it down, hold it captive inside ... by creating pain, by thinking there is something to fear, or by letting guilt grip us. And such pain, fear, or guilt would teach bondage to the world. But our joy teaches freedom ... and our joy attracts people to us to learn from us.

It is impossible to truly teach liberty without joy because those who are not experiencing joy are in some way restricting themselves inside, and those who restrict themselves are teaching restriction to the world, not liberty.

Some libertarians like to think of themselves as porcupines. But true teachers of liberty do not get their quills up and squeal "Don't tread on me!" True teachers of liberty are more likely to laugh with joy like Howard Roark, and with sparkling eyes pronounce something like:

"Tread on me? 
That's funny!
I'm free!"





To fully grasp how insane the psychology of modern "liberal progressives" really is, read Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."



"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles

 
"I think of myself as a freedom zealot."

Traits of True Teachers of Liberty #4: Patience

Posted by Christian Prophet | 2/11/2015


The Spirit of Liberty speaks to us in a half-whispered voice: "If you patiently build it, they will come."

It's hard to say if our dear friends in the Free State Project are patient. Because they advertise themselves as an effort to encourage thousands of liberty loving people to immigrate to New Hampshire in the hopes of creating an intense focus of education and influence toward their goal: Liberty In Our Lifetime.

"Liberty In Our Lifetime" is an appealing mantra which can sound less like fantasy, maybe even realistic, to young people who have many years yet to live. In their minds it is a heroic goal which subconsciously engenders a sense of urgency similar to "A Worldwide Caliphate In Our Lifetime" for young Islamic radicals, or "A Utopian Dictatorship In Our Lifetime" for Liberal-Progressive Democrats. We all appreciate the motivation of: "Let's get it done ... now!"

Hearing this, many older men and women peacefully smile. Their lifetime has taught them it will be done when the universe is darn good and ready. They know impatience actually holds their goal off at arm's length, so to speak, and often creates serious problems. Impatience is a self-imposed bondage which these older and wiser folks do not experience. They feel free. Feeling free, they are extending freedom to the world.

This series of articles has repeatedly emphasized that every moment we are teaching what we are experiencing inside. To really teach freedom, we must be free. To the degree men and women are free inside themselves of ego bondage, they are teaching freedom to everyone.

"But how can a liberty lover be patient when every day brings more slavery to liberal-progressive Utopian fantasies and heightened threat from radical Islamic insanity?"

We are patient because we know the final result. We know liberty is our natural condition, and unnatural circumstances carry the seeds of their own destruction.

Men and women need political liberty to experience the fullness of life. They need to be free to follow the guidance of their spirit to their highest well-being. They need freedom to experience the consequences of their mistakes so their lessons become integrated deep inside themselves. Nothing is more sure than mankind's progress depending on liberty.

Likewise, nothing is more certain than liberty ultimately prevailing. The natural condition cannot be ignored forever. We can speed up the time it takes to build liberty by reconsidering all past habits, abandoning those which are actually self-sabotaging, and adopting wiser and more efficient strategies. But we cannot change the end result. The social expressions of the nature of mankind cannot fail to evolve to a mode of liberty.

Those who understand the certainty of the liberty outcome have no fear of liberal-progressive Utopians. Any such forced Utopian system is destined to self-destruct, as Ayn Rand showed in her novel Atlas Shrugged. Although the strategy John Galt used in Atlas Shrugged did indeed serve to speed up the downfall of the story's liberal-progressive rulers, when John is compared to his buddies Francisco d'Anconia and Ragnar Danneskjöld ... we see John lived in supreme patience.

Neither is there any fear of Islamic militants in one who is certain liberty will prevail. The worship of death is unnatural, so those Muslims who worship death merely defeat their own life. Life always prevails ... patience always prevails.

A man or woman who is free of the self-imprisoning ego device of impatience is a true teacher of liberty.

Our dear friends in the Free State Project ... do they feel the peace and joy and love and freedom of patience? Hopefully. Because a true teacher of liberty understands with his or her entire heart and soul that liberty is inevitable, and therefore any piece by piece steps taken in building liberty are experienced as the happy peace by peace steps of patience.





To fully grasp how insane the psychology of modern "liberal progressives" really is, read Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."



"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles

 
"I think of myself as a freedom zealot."

Traits of True Teachers of Liberty: #3 Good Will

Posted by Christian Prophet | 1/12/2015


This series of articles has shown that the primary foundation principle of the liberty movement is man's right to live life to the fullest, while an accompanying (but corollary) principle is letting others live life to the fullest. We even define a true teacher of liberty by his or her adherence to live and let live. (See Who Are the True Teachers of Liberty?) But there is more. There are other secondary principles.

It is possible to let live in the sense of not forcing or defrauding my neighbor, while yet holding something against him in my mind. I may still be judging him negatively, attacking him in thought, holding a grievance against him. Psychologically, attack thoughts and holding grievances are a way of holding my neighbor in my mind as if in a jail without bail. I am not teaching freedom to the world.

Who could be set free while he imprisons anyone? A jailer is not free, for he is bound together with his prisoner. He must be sure that he does not escape, and so he spends his time in keeping watch on him. The bars which limit him become the world in which the jailer lives, along with him. And it is on his freedom that the way to liberty depends for both of them. Therefore hold no-one prisoner. Release instead of bind, for thus are you made free.
- Jesus Christ in his modern day revelation, A Course in Miracles

To really teach liberty to the world my mind must be free of attack thoughts, which means I must live with goodwill toward everyone. I must hope everyone finds the fullness of life. A true teacher of liberty is infused with goodwill toward others, because simply letting live in the physical sense (although a prerequisite) is not all that goes into my own living life to the fullest.

Some might ask, "But what if your neighbor thinks it's okay to rule your life as long as it is majority rule? Why would you want to wish the best for him?"

The answer is because what is best for him is not what he thinks in this case. He may be unaware that his ego-desire to rule is actually hurting him, not serving him. Wishing him the best means wishing him what is really good for him. In this circumstance, his true good is giving up his addiction to majority rule dictatorship (democracy).

Our goal in the liberty movement is to help people get in touch with their natural but possibly deeply buried desire for liberty. When we attack others or see them as unworthy of good, we are actually sabotaging the achievement of our goal. Only our goodwill frees others to let down their defenses and experience the freedom we would experience with them. Liberty thrives on goodwill.

"To teach liberty ... extend goodwill to all!"




To fully grasp how insane the psychology of modern "liberal progressives" really is, read Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."



"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles

 
"I think of myself as a freedom zealot."


We have seen that the cornerstone principle of true teachers of liberty is live and let live. (See Who Are the True Teachers of Liberty?) Yet the two parts of this principle are not on the same level. Live is deeper and constitutes the reason for let live. A true teacher of liberty is primarily moved by a strong inner desire to live freely in the way the depths of his heart and soul guide him to live. And only because he is in touch with his desire to live as his free spirit wants him to live does he then feel an accompanying desire to let others live as so guided ... to let live.

"Let live" in a more complex society is also known as "political liberty." Our inner spirit (life force) is already free and guides us in any particular outer context to the maximum happiness possible under the circumstances. But our spirit wants for us political liberty because if freedom in society is at its greatest then our spirit can give guidance for the greatest creativity, the greatest lessons, the greatest fulfillment.

This desire to let live is felt at a deep heart and soul level because at this level we intuitively know we are all in this together, really all one in spirit. (Christians will recall the words of Jesus: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." --Matthew 25:40)

But in situations where there is a collision between the two parts of live and let live ... live takes precedence. If someone is shooting at him with a gun, a man in touch with his deepest desire adheres to the principle of live, and in this instance acts against the principle of let live. Philosophers might argue that let live is a corollary which only applies in a context of two or more, and it is the attacker who abandons the principle of let live.

Expanding this logically, because political dictatorship is an attack on one's freedom to live life to the fullest, a man in touch with his heart and soul does not let live when responding to political dictatorship. His heart and soul does not want dictatorship to live. Such a man may feel guided to speak for political liberty, teach political liberty, market political liberty, and in the United States maybe even run as a Libertarian Party or Republican Liberty Caucus candidate to gain leverage in influencing for political liberty. In other places or times he may even take up arms and fight for political liberty. In doing his part to end dictatorship he is being loyal to his deep desire to live life to the fullest.

By way of contrast, consider a liberal-progressive who is willing to be a dictator (or vote for a dictator) to achieve his Utopian ideals. His ideals seem to him and many others to be beneficial, so why is he willing to be a dictator? Because his agendas and schemes are intellectually derived, constructed in his brain, rather than heard from (or felt from) the depths of his heart and soul. They are goals based on spiritless brainy cleverness rather than on the infinite volcanic power of heart and soul, so he doesn't trust they can be achieved without dictatorship. He is afraid of what would happen if he totally let live. Feeling such fear, and the accompanying impulse to control others, he is not living life to the fullest. It is impossible to find a liberal-progressive who feels truly deeply fulfilled ... because there are none.

To a human being living among others, liberty is a deep natural desire. Those who have not used ego-intellectualism to block out, bury, and deny this natural desire feel its power in their heart and soul moving them. At one time in history it was called the "spirit of liberty" and recognized as infinitely more powerful that any possible intellectual justifications for dictatorship or for submitting to dictatorship.

To our heart and soul, life is the expression of our spirit not the movement of our physical body. So there may be severe conditions under which without freedom our spirit is so closed down that it's not even worth going through the motions of physical life. In the film "Braveheart," William Wallace rallies an entire army by putting them in touch with their heart and soul desire:

"Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you'll live... at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM!"




To fully grasp how insane the psychology of modern "liberal progressives" really is, read Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."



"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles

 
"I think of myself as a freedom zealot."