7 Feb, 2015
Here’s a great article on the problem, and maybe some solutions to what ails the “Community”. Here’s an interesting quote:
In my time in the movement, I have seen relatively good men with sound ideals exhibit insane behavior and absurd motives when exposed to a mere 15 minutes of fame. Ego is truly the greatest Achilles’ heel of any activist organization. This is a fact that corrupt governments are highly aware of.
If you look into the history of the FBI’s subversive Cointelpro efforts from the 1950s onward, you will find a common tactic used to dismantle anti-establishment groups, which is to sow discord among organizers and coordinators by feeding egos and turning them against each other. Like the ring of power in the “Lord of The Rings” books, the desire for leadership can blind people to the greater cause. They develop delusions of grandeur, thinking they are the next guru, the next prophet, the next man to lead the charge to permanent historical stardom. Each person believes that if only hehad the ring, if only he were the leader, he could resist the temptations of power and achieve what others could not. And so he refuses to work with others or to share the stage, or he even attempts to subvert or co-opt the legitimate accomplishments of more capable men.
The only solution is to cast off the ring forever, to care nothing for the supposed glories of leadership and to work only for the betterment of others.
I have also seen people within the movement fall victim to the admiration of their own fan base. Positive feedback from readers is certainly helpful, but I would be writing everything I write now even if every email I received were laced with vitriol (sometimes they are). The truth does not require fans; it functions fine without them. Liberty champions do, on occasion, receive letters of adoration — from being compared to Thomas Paine all the way to being labeled the next Jesus (the former being flattering and the latter being just plain weird). The problem is not public appreciation; it is the cult of celebrity that many Americans have grown too attached to, as well as the fact that some activists in more public positions have a hard time handling positive attention without their heads expanding 10 sizes too big.
The fact is I don’t matter, liberty leaders and personalities don’t matter, the limelight doesn’t matter, and the level of our fan base doesn’t matter. All that matters is how effectively and efficiently we can get the facts to the public. Organization suffers when the cult of celebrity takes over, whether in the minds of activists or in the minds of the people who represent them in the media.”
I see this as one of the biggest problems that plagues the patriot movement (and have for the last 28 years I’ve been involved in it). These types are only made worse by those that idolize them (above all others) and don’t give their edicts and “advice”due scrutiny, simply because they are “The One”, and are “In the know”. Resist the urge to assign any one person that (“The One”) label. If you do that, you will keep the weaker minded among us from going “full retard”, simply due to their inability to handle their new found fame and popularity. There are a number of people that have fit this description over the years (I’ve dealt with a few of them). It’s disheartening to see people you put trust in, reveal a side that you’d never have thought possible, and make you question if the signs were there, and you just chose not to see them.
There are a number of good trainers and bloggers out there. On the blogger side, you have Sipsey Street Irregulars, III Percent Patriots, Guerrillamerica, WRSA, Dan Morgan76, etc. and on the trainer/blogger side you have Mosby, Sierra12, Max Velocity, Sparks31, DTG, etc. just to name a few. NONE OF US ARE IMMUNE TO THIS FLAW IN HUMAN NATURE! If you know someone that has acted like this, go to them, tell them what you’ve observed (have proof), and tell them it’s unacceptable, and time is too short to muddy the water with this shit. It’s that simple. We have a responsibility to police ourselves. If we do not. we will continue to give off the image of an ineffective, infighting, unorganized group of overweight, pompous rednecks. At that point, the only thing we will “resist” is success in the most important endeavor imaginable, the freedom and liberty of our children.
American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE