Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

A Year Later, and Nothing Much has Changed.

Last March and April I had a sort of negative epiphany. I wrote the three peices of The Courts Will Not Save Us trilogy (see left side column for the links). In the middle of that, I also wrote Hoist the Black Flag!, which I had cause to re-read just a couple of days ago. It pretty much presages the conclusion of The Courts Will Not Save Us, but reading it again, I find no cause to change. I'm still willing to try to teach the horse to sing, and I still appear to have a stay of execution, so I think I'll be doing this a while longer yet.

I've found over the last year that I'm often repeating myself, but I tell myself that I'm doing it for a larger, newer audience. Someone advised me once that, when lecturing (and really, that's the best description for this blog that I can come up with) the best tactic to get your message through is:

Tell them what it is you're going to tell them

Tell them what you told them you'd tell them

Tell them again what you just told them

Repetition seems necessary.

I'd like to reach a broader (read: fence-sitting) audience, but I'll settle for what I've got for now. I'm pleased when, from time to time, I see that someone has spent an hour perusing the "Best Posts" or the archives, but I find it a little disappointing that my (on average) 600 visitors a day leave (on average) three or four comments, tops. And it's generally the usual suspects - there are six or eight of you who consistently comment (and I'm not complaining about that!) I don't get too many questions, and almost no outraged protest (Michael Klein being the one major anomaly to date.)

(Poor, poor pitiful me.)

Ah, well. I do this because I enjoy it, as much as posts like the one below piss me off. Perhaps it's just catharsis, but I think I'll keep on doing it. Hopefully it'll keep on drawing an audience.

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