On OUTLAWISM and the next phase of liberty’s defense
Per Ric Locke’s advice, I’m elevating what was a comment to its own post. Here are the essential bits:
I was serious last night. I want out of the ridiculousness that the conservative blogosphere is becoming. I want to evolve into something more useful. Last night's surreal encounter hammered that point home to me even more forcefully.
I have no desire any longer to debate people like Patterico, who can somehow get away with not having to answer a single point -- and yet still have defenders worried about my tone rather than his inability to muster a cogent rebuttal.
Instead, I want to take these arguments out of the realm of personalities so that they reach a wider audience. If I'm right for part of that job, I'm willing. If not -- if I'm too poison a commodity -- somebody else can do it. The important thing is that the arguments be made and the message delivered. If we don't stop the assault on language, we will necessarily drift toward totalitarianism and liberal fascism. NECESSARILY. Meaning, it's built into the premises we are accepting.
I have a strategy --” a shame strategy, one that plays to the constitutional weaknesses of the entitlement generation, that I think will resonate and could turn the tides. It also has the practical effect of turning the indoctrination strategy of the left against them. And I want to begin getting the word out.
Doing it on a blog that is reviled by the left (when they talk about me, they use an alternate spelling of my name, "Godlstein," and never link my actual posts) and ignored by many high traffic sites on the right for the dual crime of being unconventional and having taken some of them on in a way that hurt their feelings, is no way to get things done.
This site has to change. The OUTLAW thing -- which daleyrocks suggested over at Patterico's is really just my cry for attention -- needs to take on a life of its own, whether I'm around to steward the thing or not.
To get that rolling, we'll need everyone who is interested to use the entirety of his or her networking skills. We'll need to set up some sort of foundation and portal. We'll need to organize events, host debates and speeches, and -- most importantly -- remain honest and true to our principles.
happy is right: people can present me as a whining attention whore, but in truth, I am as I am because, as time has gone on, I've watched the online classical liberal / conservative / libertarian movement head backwards, to the point where the GOP ran John McCain, Roger Simon is now responsible for shaping the "voice" of conservatism, and Patterico and Allah are arguing that Rush Limbaugh's provocateurism places an undue burden on conservatives and politicians hoping to win over the soft middle (who, we're told, don't understand nuance in the first place), making it impossible to win the kinds of elections that would give the GOP power, even if said iteration of the GOP would of necessity be no different, really, than the Democrats they'd be replacing -- and it literally hurts me.
I care, but I do so poorly -- in such a way that I get depressed or angry or bitter, which unfortunately means that I alienate people online on occasion. My wife would much prefer I just quit altogether, and I've come close on several occasions. She knows me for who I am. So it hurts her to see me railing against what it is clear, given the present layout of entrenched power players, I have no hope of changing should I just stay with the status quo.
But the problem is, how can I stay away when I know what's happening, and when I feel that, given the opportunity, some of the arguments I've articulated here over the years really could make a pivotal difference?
The real truth is -- and I said this earlier -- I don't much care how the message gets out, or who gets the credit. I've only complained about being frozen out because it means the arguments are being frozen out.
And it's time to change that.
OUTLAWISM doesn't have its own PJM. It doesn't have a Vanity Fair. Or a Media Matters. Or $8 million in seed money to be squandered turning an Army of Davids into a collection of hoary Goliaths. But that doesn't mean it can't have an impact.
Email me if you have any desire to sign on to the next phase of PW. If you are prepared to work, so am I.