By Chris Rossini
As wonderful as it is to be an American, and to live in a nation born in the spirit of individual liberty, to be an American in modern times is to be amongst the most lied to people on the planet.
Every empire is built on lies. It can be no other way. So the bigger the empire, the bigger the lies that need to be told. Today, the U.S. is the biggest empire to ever exist, so do the math to figure out the level of lies that Americans are routinely fed from every 'official' direction.
The good news is that ever since President Trump's election in 2016, and the hysterical reaction to it for four solid years, tens of millions of Americans have come to see that they live, not so much in the 'land of the free,' but in a land of massive propaganda and lies.
There has definitely been an awakening. The last four years have exposed the vastness of the propaganda apparatus. It's no longer hidden in plain sight. It's in plain sight, and so many Americans have been thrown into shock.
First, the mainstream media showed its cards, and President Trump never let them off the hook. But the media was followed, like falling dominoes, by hyperbolic and hysterical celebrities, major corporations, universities, Governors, Mayors, and bureaucrats of every stripe.
Everywhere you turn, you see the same repeated lines, like they're all reading a script. It has become obvious, to even the casual observer, that something is really wrong here.
No one knows what the future holds, but an opportunity for those who are interested in the truth (and that means any truth, whether it be political, economic, scientific, medical, spiritual, etc.) has opened up.
It's human nature to be open to new ideas when pain arrives.
Do you think pain has arrived in 2020?
If not, where on Earth have you been?
When people are in pain, they look for new ideas to remove the pain.
In America, the silver lining is that many realize that Liberty did not bring about the pain.
50 million Americans were not thrown into unemployment by Capitalism. Small businesses did not close forever because of free markets.
In this corner of the Internet, we are interested in sharing the ideas of liberty, private property, voluntary interactions, and peaceful relations with others. This is what we believe to be the truth and the superior way to arrange, not only one's own individual life, but also a great suggestion for others as they arrange their own lives.
Just because Americans are in pain doesn't mean they'll automatically flock to the ideas of freedom. There is no automatic. They can just as easily be duped into accepting even greater doses of tyranny in the hopes of pain alleviation. Our opponents are certainly counting on that.
But they have the uphill battle.
Liberty and individual responsibility is in the American "DNA," so to speak. So sharing the ideas of liberty with other Americans is not like sharing an idea that is totally foreign to them.
America does not have a history of authoritarian rule. America does not have a history of always looking for a top-down one-size-fits-all solution (that never works). Americans do not have a history of bowing and living in subservience to an aristocracy.
So, if you value your freedom, that seems to be shrinking by the day, now is your opportunity to speak.
You'll find listeners. Your neighbors are searching for answers right now.
The goal is not to "convert" or beat them over the head with the ideas of freedom. Those are the tactics of our opponents. The goal is to just tell others the ideas of liberty and let them make up their own minds.
Liberty is a one-by-one process. It's not like the propagandists who try to blast their ideas through every means that they can get their hands on. That's the artificial and non-viable way of doing things. People catch on to it, just like they're catching on right now.
Liberty is one-by-one.
You to your neighbor ... Your neighbor to his wife ... His wife to her girlfriends ... That's how the ideas that stick are spread.
The ideas of Liberty are spread in a decentralized fashion. Again, the exact opposite way of our opponents.
Your mouth can end up saving you. Your silence can leave you in despair and filled with regrets for not speaking when liberty was being ripped away.
An intellectual battle is at hand, and we're all in it, whether we want to be or not.
Let's take advantage of the opportunity, seize the moment, and speak!