The freedom-loving Libertarian Party has been active 46 years, yet manages to gather only a minuscule percentage of the vote. Many would say this is pathetic.

The Republican Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives heroically saves America from a disastrous re-application of the ObamaCare premise that dictatorship of people's health insurance is government's business ... a rescue effort for which they should be presenting themselves as national champions. Instead they allow themselves to be portrayed as villains. Maybe not pathetic, but a mixed bag.

It's not that freedom is no longer considered a value among Americans. It's that modern freedom lovers haven't yet learned how to win fully, completely, without limitation. Liberty lovers achieve only partial victories because we do not have a winning mindset.

To achieve complete and lasting victory liberty lovers need to transform their minds and think like winners.

To do this we must first train ourselves to thoroughly understand that thoughts held in mind produce after their kind. This is not some pie-in-the-sky philosophy. It's reality. Our mind radiates energy of success or failure, and there is an extremely powerful level of our subconscious mind which works to support what our conscious mind believes, whether we believe ourselves 100% winners or half capable of losing.

If Libertarians, for example, consider themselves a minor party, that's all they will ever be. Republicans started a new party in 1854, considered themselves winners, and won seats in the House of Representatives that very year. Six years later (not 46 years), Republicans riding the wave of their winning mindset won the presidency.

Libertarians of course have their excuses ready. "But nowadays there are ballot restrictions and mega-donors who block our success."

If we blame others for our lack of success, then lack of success is in our mind, and lack of success is what we'll create. Every football team faces other teams doing everything possible to block their success, but every coach will tell you the ball always finds a way to bounce in favor of those who thoroughly and deeply believe they cannot lose.

Other freedom lovers try other excuses. "But even if we are wise enough to get elected as Republicans, the odds are against us."

Nonsense. A winning mindset creates odds in one's favor. Just look with honesty at Donald Trump's campaign to win the Republican nomination. During that campaign he projected himself as a winning winner who doesn't lose, and voters who aren't themselves addicted to a losing attitude found his winning attitude very attractive.

In addition to developing a winning attitude we must train our minds to set aside ego-vested interests and listen inside to deeper wisdom. Ego is not who we really are, but false self-identification. A politician or activist who is pursuing ego-vested interests is perceived as fake, not real. Such a person is felt as lacking integrity. It is impossible to sense Nancy Pelosi or Hillary Clinton as real. The reason the two have been able to win elections is another story, but it has not been because of any projected integrity.

Rand Paul projects integrity. He actually tries to listen inside and follow a deeper wisdom than the usual "conventional wisdom."  Sometimes he takes an unpopular stand joined by no one else. Other times he is willing to compromise because his inner wisdom guides compromise. Either way, he is acting from a deeper place inside, not from ego. Therefore he is seen as real, not fake. Rand Paul's championing of liberty will have far deeper and longer lasting effects than Nancy Pelosi's championing of liberal-progressive dictatorship.

Notice that non-compromising stances are sometimes guided by inner wisdom (Rand Paul), and are other times nothing more than ego satisfaction (Nancy Pelosi, as well as too many liberty lovers). We must not fall into the trap of satisfying our ego with self-righteous non-compromising stances which sabotage ourselves in the long run. We must learn to quiet our ego's intellectual self-righteousness and listen deep inside before taking our stances and before deciding which issues to focus our energies on. It's called "choosing one's battles wisely."

In the words of one of the world's great teachers, "All experiences are preceded by mind, having mind as their master, created by mind." It's about transformation in our mind. If we train our mind to banish all excuses and see ourselves only winning ... and if we train our mind to listen deep inside to the guidance of inner wisdom ... liberty is assured of victory.




fas-cism
noun
a socialist governmental system led by a dominant elite which seeks to control industry and commerce, and uses legislation and governmental decree to force Utopian programs on people.


free-dom
noun
one's natural state of being; a governmental system reflecting one's natural state, including voluntary funding and voluntary willingness to join and cooperate with minimal intrinsic rules, but with no programs of "good intention" forced on people "for their own good."



If you are newly waking up to your innate libertarian core and want to investigate deeper the underlying nonsense of the liberal-progressive religion of government worship, give yourself the pleasure of reading Ayn Rand's epic and masterful 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


Interesting factoid: for the last election year studied (1998) some of the highest percentage of votes for Libertarian Party candidates were for candidates who had been studying free of charge the lessons of: Course in Political Miracles

For a great discussion on Christianity vs. State Socialism see: Christianity vs. State Socialism



“I did not understand what made me free, nor what my freedom is, nor where to look to find it. Father, I have searched in vain until I heard Your Voice directing me. Now I would guide myself no more. For I have neither made nor understood the way to find my freedom. But I trust in You. You Who endowed me with my freedom as Your holy Son will not be lost to me. Your Voice directs me." (Prayer from A Course in Miracles)


One who follows the Liberty Way with people, 
does not use weapons to enforce his will. 
Initiating force always leads to pain and suffering. 

With the Liberty Way where armies once gathered,
briars and brambles now blossom. 

A liberty leader exercises his leadership, 
and that is all. 
If he uses force, it is not to seize for himself. 

He skillfully overcomes liberty's enemies, 
but is not proud. 
His progress might be admired, 
yet he is not boastful. 
His work may even win accolades, 
still he does not brag. 
He fulfills his purpose for liberty, 
because he knows he has no other choice. 

The Liberty Way is fulfilling one's purpose without using force. 

The above is a liberty interpretation of a passage from the ancient spiritual classic Tao Te Ching.  As in all spiritual works which have been venerated worldwide down through the centuries a difference is recognized between (1) the use of force by ego determination for ego purposes, and (2) the use of force in defense of the freedom to act according to one's deeper inner nature.

Notice that living the Tao means not attempting to force one's will on others. Jesus Christ, in his modern revelation explaining his teachings, A Course in Miracles, states the same idea this way:

Freedom cannot be learned by tyranny of ANY kind, and the perfect equality of all cannot be recognized through the dominion of one will over another.

This is the essence of the Tao. ("Tao" is translated as "The Way." Early followers of Jesus called themselves "followers of the Way" before outsiders eventually started calling them "Christians.") And this spiritual teaching can easily be seen as also being the essence of the Liberty Way ... having no interest in one's will ruling even one other person.

While this essence of the Liberty Way can easily be seen, it is much harder to see that liberty cannot be permanently secured by intellectualism alone, intellectualism divorced from other aspects of one's true nature. Without going into a lengthy study of the dynamic between who we think we are (ego) and who we really are (a study which can be pursued in A Course in Miracles), suffice to say that the intellect is very often a tool commandeered by ego ... and we are far, far more than merely ego.

Ayn Rand understood this. She kept within reach at all times a note to herself (which she used as an ironclad daily reminder while writing) to constantly verify that her intellectualism wasn't contradicting her inner being. In another note to herself she wrote:

Concentrate on the concrete physical events-- but don't forget to keep in mind at all times how the physical proceeds from the spiritual.

Our intellect divorced from our inner being becomes a tool of ego. Allowing the intellect alone to guide one's actions without looking inside to verify that one's true nature feels no contradictions can easily lead to unimaginable pain, suffering and death (witness the history of Marxism).

Liberty does not and cannot rest on a foundation of intellectualism alone. Using one's intellect in the service of one's true innermost nature rather than in the service of one's ego, one is living the Liberty Way.

A person living in ego is easily detected as "fake" or "phony" or even "mentally unbalanced" like Karl Marx, while an individual living naturally is said to appear "real." The Liberty Way is not the way of the ego, but the way of who we really are. Because of this, the Liberty Way is extraordinarily attractive and influential.

The Tao Te Ching and other spiritual classics are worth studying. They teach us that living in ego is destructive and self-sabotaging, while the Liberty Way is the winning way.



fas-cism
noun
a socialist governmental system led by a dominant elite which seeks to control industry and commerce, and uses legislation and governmental decree to force Utopian programs on people.


free-dom
noun
one's natural state of being; a governmental system reflecting one's natural state, including voluntary funding and voluntary willingness to join and cooperate with minimal intrinsic rules, but with no programs of "good intention" forced on people "for their own good."



If you are newly waking up to your innate libertarian core and want to investigate deeper the underlying nonsense of the liberal-progressive religion of government worship, give yourself the pleasure of reading Ayn Rand's epic and masterful 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


Interesting factoid: for the last election year studied (1998) some of the highest percentage of votes for Libertarian Party candidates were for candidates who had been studying free of charge the lessons of: Course in Political Miracles

For a great discussion on Christianity vs. State Socialism see: Christianity vs. State Socialism



“I did not understand what made me free, nor what my freedom is, nor where to look to find it. Father, I have searched in vain until I heard Your Voice directing me. Now I would guide myself no more. For I have neither made nor understood the way to find my freedom. But I trust in You. You Who endowed me with my freedom as Your holy Son will not be lost to me. Your Voice directs me." (Prayer from A Course in Miracles)


How often do we hear the word "libertarian" being used in contexts relating to politics or some kind of political understanding? Even most dictionary definitions of "libertarian" emphasize political implications.

Yet libertarians will never experience the full personal benefit of their libertarian impulse, and never be completely successful in any political activism they undertake, unless they understand the Libertarian Way is much deeper and more basic than concern with political conditions.

Before there is politics ... before there are relationships ... there is life. When human beings feel their deepest-rooted inner desires (as opposed to addiction to intellectualism for the purpose of avoiding the depths of their being), they sense inside themselves a yearning for the fullness of life to shine forth and be experienced.

"Fullness" is the key. Liberal-progressive dictators will tell you their programs and agendas help people have a better life, but they really don't mean very much more than material life ... food, shelter, a good wage, health care, bicycle trails, a little comfort, a measure of politically correct happiness. All these things are well and good (liberal-progressives mean well), but liberal use of government dictatorship denies people the true fullness of life, a supreme fullness which includes spirited exercise of one's sovereign will and freedom to experience the results of one's choices so life's lessons can be thoroughly learned.

Notice that extravagant exercise of free will is not the primary goal, but merely one of the necessary conditions of the very natural ultimate human goal ... complete experience of the fullness of life.

What about the NAP, the vaunted libertarian Non-Aggression Principle?

Just as individually our deepest impulse is to live fully, so in relationships our natural impulse is to let live because we would have to close down our own fullness of joy and love and inner peace in order to feel the urge to abort or inhibit another's possibility of living fully. This natural impulse to live and let live we call the Libertarian Way, in which live fully is the overall objective and let live is a necessary sub-intention (resulting in the conceptualization of the NAP as a corollary principle).

But if live and let live is so deeply natural why do so many people favor dictatorship to achieve their goals? Why do husbands sometimes seek to control their wives, or mother-in-laws try to insert themselves into the children's married lives? Why do the rules of some employers seem overly dictatorial? Why do politicians make laws containing "mandates," a deceptive word for blatant dictatorship?

The answer is lack of trust. If husbands truly trusted their wives, they would not seek to control. If mother-in-laws really trusted the children in marriage, they would not try to insert themselves. If employers fully trusted their employees, they would feel no need for excessive rules. If politicians actually trusted people's deepest instincts, there would be no attempts to force people to operate according to political mandates.

Lack of trust arises from fear, and fear is not our natural state of being. Fear closes down the full expression of life. Attempted dictatorship rising from fear (in any relationship) is the opposite of the Libertarian Way.

"Well almost everything has to do with relationships, so what's wrong with focusing only on the NAP?"

If every issue is evaluated only in terms of the question "Does this violate the NAP?" it is easy to fall into the trap of evaluating issues solely intellectually divorced from one's full being. This can lead to observers forming the impression that we are dispassionate and uncaring regarding anti-life activities such as convenience-favored abortion, dangerous drug use, police being murdered, or carnage and genocide in foreign lands.

To honor the true and natural libertarian impulse, the deeper question which a libertarian must ask when evaluating any issue is: "Does this serve the fullness of life?" 

Yes, the Libertarian Way is observing the NAP ... but it is so much more! The Libertarian Way is honoring, supporting, and celebrating the fullness of life.



fas-cism
noun
a socialist governmental system led by a dominant elite which seeks to control industry and commerce, and uses legislation and governmental decree to force Utopian programs on people.


free-dom
noun
one's natural state of being; a governmental system reflecting one's natural state, including voluntary funding and voluntary willingness to join and cooperate with minimal intrinsic rules, but with no programs of "good intention" forced on people "for their own good."



If you are newly waking up to your innate libertarian core and want to investigate deeper the underlying nonsense of the liberal-progressive religion of government worship, give yourself the pleasure of reading Ayn Rand's epic and masterful 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


Interesting factoid: for the last election year studied (1998) some of the highest percentage of votes for Libertarian Party candidates were for candidates who had been studying free of charge the lessons of: Course in Political Miracles

For a great discussion on Christianity vs. State Socialism see: Christianity vs. State Socialism



“I did not understand what made me free, nor what my freedom is, nor where to look to find it. Father, I have searched in vain until I heard Your Voice directing me. Now I would guide myself no more. For I have neither made nor understood the way to find my freedom. But I trust in You. You Who endowed me with my freedom as Your holy Son will not be lost to me. Your Voice directs me." (Prayer from A Course in Miracles)


The Libertarian Party has historically avoided taking personal responsibility for poor vote percentages. LPers seem to be experts at projecting their failures away from themselves and onto the other guys. "They won't let us in debates." "They control a rigged system." "They won't cover us in the media." "They...." "They...." "They...."

Here are 10 important reasons the Libertarian Party is its own worse enemy.

1. The LP does not take a strong enough stand for life in all stages. The LP abortion position needs to state something like: " Life is our standard. We recognize all human life in every stage of development from initial inception to old age has a right to choose it's own destiny. We see abortion as a violation of this freedom of choice and seek to end all government support of abortion."

2. The LP does not take a strong enough stand for life in other lands. The LP foreign policy position needs to state something like: "Life everywhere is our standard. We support efforts to preclude and prevent violations of life regardless of borders, regardless of the rank or prominence or entrenchment of the violators. It is not our government's business to police the world, but our government must always encourage voluntary aid to those fighting against violations of life."

3. The LP does not take a strong enough stand for life at its healthiest. The LP position on self-ownership needs to state something like: "Life at its healthiest is our standard. We support efforts to encourage maximum health. It is not our government's business to prevent people from making life-style choices which may be unhealthy. Nor is it our government's business to save people from the lessons of the bad choices they have made. But our candidates always encourage the healthiest choices."

4. The LP does not take a strong enough stand for life in its fullness. The LP position on religion needs to state something like: "Life in it's fullness is our standard. We support any efforts to help people express maximum love and joy and inner peace, whether those efforts are made by religions or secular organizations. Our candidates always encourage and never in any way hamper such efforts.

5. Over-yapping the NAP (Non-aggression principle). Our deepest natural impulse is to live. But we are not living life to the fullest unless we let live. Thus the Libertarian Way: live and let live, of which the NAP is the "let live" portion. But constantly yapping about "let live" without first and foremost standing strong for "live" invites people to interpret the LP as favoring "anything goes." In other words voters very easily see the LP as libertine, which to their everyday common sense is repulsive.

6. Insulting voters. Most people have voted in the past, many of them having supported either the Republican or Democratic Party. People who have supported these parties may have been mistaken, but they don't want it rubbed in their faces. They are not won over by calling the parties they have supported "evil." When libertarians label Republicans "evil," or Democrats "evil," those who have sided with Republicans or Democrats feel insulted and can hardly be blamed if they respond: "These libertarians think themselves so holy? I don't think so!"

7. Attacking others verbally. People sense at some deeper than surface level that we are all in this together. They vaguely feel that an attack on any human being is on some level an attack on each of us. Certainly holding attack thoughts in mind sabotages one's own love and joy and inner peace. LP supporters extending love would be attractive. LP activists expressing joy would be fun to be around. Libertarians feeling inner peace would be magnetic. But LPers who attack are ugly and repulsive. Who would want to support ugly and repulsive?

8. Holier than thou "we are the party of principle." All political parties have their principles. The Green Party, the Democratic Party, the Republican party ... they all publish a statement of principles they stand for. There is no party that is not a party of principle. The LP should declare itself not the party of principle, which begs the question of which principles, but the party of life in it's fullness. Then they can explain that the human spirit is free and cannot express life in its fullness without political liberty. People deep down really, really want life in its fullness.

9. Intellectual arrogance. Voters are intelligent men and women who are at least somewhat in-touch with the wisdom of their deepest inner life force. In other words, they enjoy some degree of balance between their intellect and what might be called "common sense." So when libertarians seem to act as if mental masturbation provides all their pleasure, but what common people do is outmoded, voters look away. To most voters sterile intellectualism is as much a turn-off as spinelessness, wishy-washiness, flaunted ego masquerading as individualism, or pot-headedness.

10. Avoidance of brutally honest self-examination. What the LP offers needs to be the most appealing alternative available in politics. Otherwise, why bother? But if the LP had been offering the most appealing alternative in the most appealing way, it would not have been floundering for over 40 years. It would have long ago become the most prominent and influential political party on the scene. LPers simply do not honestly with wide open minds ask themselves, "how are we sabotaging ourselves?" Their holier than thou attitude more often has them saying something like, "you tell us how we are sabotaging ourselves, and we'll argue that you are wrong."


fas-cism
noun
a socialist governmental system led by a dominant elite which seeks to control industry and commerce, and uses legislation and governmental decree to force Utopian programs on people.


free-dom
noun
one's natural state of being; a governmental system reflecting one's natural state, including voluntary funding and voluntary willingness to join and cooperate with minimal intrinsic rules, but with no programs of "good intention" forced on people "for their own good."



If you are newly waking up to your innate libertarian core and want to investigate deeper the underlying nonsense of the liberal-progressive religion of government worship, give yourself the pleasure of reading Ayn Rand's epic and masterful 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


Interesting factoid: for the last election year studied (1998) some of the highest percentage of votes for Libertarian Party candidates were for candidates who had been studying free of charge the lessons of: Course in Political Miracles

For a great discussion on Christianity vs. State Socialism see: Christianity vs. State Socialism



“I did not understand what made me free, nor what my freedom is, nor where to look to find it. Father, I have searched in vain until I heard Your Voice directing me. Now I would guide myself no more. For I have neither made nor understood the way to find my freedom. But I trust in You. You Who endowed me with my freedom as Your holy Son will not be lost to me. Your Voice directs me." (Prayer from A Course in Miracles)

Probably everyone has experienced moments of the fullness of life: the enthralling love that radiates from our heart when it seems we have met our destined soulmate, the joy that explodes out of our being when at the very last split second our team scores the improbable win of the century, the peace that flows from the depths of our soul when the sunrise suddenly bathes our mountain fishing lake and all seems momentarily "on earth as it is in heaven."

The fullness of life is within us, but doesn't too often emanate from most of us because our minds employ many devices for closing down our being. Yet there is a Way which leads us to constant heart and soul opening and nearly uninterrupted experience of the fullness of life. In common street language this Way is often called "live and let live." Although this encompasses all areas of life, when practiced in the context of people's political interactions it is called The Libertarian Way.

Notice that when we are in resistance to how others live our resistance serves to close us down. While we are in resistance we are neither radiating love, nor expressing joy, nor enjoying peace. By resisting we have limited the flow of the spigot of our being. Thus by not "letting live" we are not experiencing life in its fullness. If "live" (within the "live and let live" frame of reference) refers to pursuing life in its fullness, then "let live" (the libertarian NAP) is seen as an indispensable aspect of "live."

Consider the logic:

Deep inside, below all the devices our minds use to close down our being, we all really want the fullness of life.

The Way allowing for the fullness of life when living among people is "live and let live."

Therefore deep inside, below all the devices our minds use to close down our being, we all really want merely to live and let live.

In a political context "live and let live" is The Libertarian Way.

Therefore deep inside every one of us human beings, we truly want to live The Libertarian Way.

"Deep inside" is an important caveat. Until we get in-touch with what we really, really want deep inside ourselves we spend a great deal of our lives focusing mostly on surface needs, seeing others as different from ourselves, generating a sense of separation, creating fears, choosing resistance to others, experiencing conflict.

But let's assume we are beyond any sense of separation, fears, resistance and conflict. Assume our lives are already well into The Libertarian Way. How do we then help others let go of their surface focus and begin feeling more fully their true heart and soul desire? The answer is not intellectual arguments about surface conditions, because intellectual arguments are a form of resistance containing the potential for disagreement and conflict.

There is only one answer. People need to experience our own freely extended love, our own freely released joy, our own freely flowing out and permeating peace, an experience which is felt much deeper inside themselves than any surface argument. In feeling our effulgence of freedom, their mostly sleeping innate inner desire for freedom glories in recognition, and awakens as never before.

There is an old spiritual truth which states we teach what we are showing others. If we are resisting, we are teaching resistance. If we are in conflict, we are teaching conflict. If we are fearing, we are teaching fear. But if we are simply living fully, which includes letting live, we are teaching and lifting others into The Libertarian Way.



fas-cism
noun
a socialist governmental system led by a dominant elite which seeks to control industry and commerce, and uses legislation and governmental decree to force Utopian programs on people.


free-dom
noun
one's natural state of being; a governmental system reflecting one's natural state, including voluntary funding and voluntary willingness to join and cooperate with minimal intrinsic rules, but with no programs of "good intention" forced on people "for their own good."



If you are newly waking up to your innate libertarian core and want to investigate deeper the underlying nonsense of the liberal-progressive religion of government worship, give yourself the pleasure of reading Ayn Rand's epic and masterful 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


Interesting factoid: for the last election year studied (1998) some of the highest percentage of votes for Libertarian Party candidates were for candidates who had been studying free of charge the lessons of: Course in Political Miracles

For a great discussion on Christianity vs. State Socialism see: Christianity vs. State Socialism



“I did not understand what made me free, nor what my freedom is, nor where to look to find it. Father, I have searched in vain until I heard Your Voice directing me. Now I would guide myself no more. For I have neither made nor understood the way to find my freedom. But I trust in You. You Who endowed me with my freedom as Your holy Son will not be lost to me. Your Voice directs me." (Prayer from A Course in Miracles)