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IDEOLOGY AND ETHICS SURVEY
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8.

If you feel that your place of work or even the government has become intolerably corrupt and oppressive, how should you handle this situation?
  One perspective on a ethical issue:  


An opposing perspective on the same ethical issue:
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Your first duty is to look out for your-  
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Seriously ponder resistance strategies that
self, avoid hassles, and conform    
might overcome the problem; find allies
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We must always try to be more sensi-  
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Resistance should be part of ongoing
tive and appease your adversaries  
struggle to enhance local sovereignty
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Leave things alone and they take care  
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If the opposition ups the ante, be pre-
  of themselves. Walk away from fights.    
pared to retaliate and even go to war

Sample argument: Your first duty is to take care of yourself and let others worry about fighting "city hall." Remember, the nail head that sticks up gets hammered down. We all have to compromise and make do with what we have to get by. You need to learn how to relax and smile more. Listen to others more carefully to learn how to say things that risk hurting their feelings. If you just leave things alone and mind your own business, other people will take care of themselves. If your boss is a unreasonable and nasty man, just remember "The boss may not always be right, but he is still the boss." Figure out what he wants and give it to him. If you look around you, life is all about conformity. This is how most people survive. You have to learn how to make yourself upbeat and attractive so that you are always "popular" with your peers and do not risk making the wrong kinds of waves. Accept the fact that the world has always been a mess and there is nothing you can do about it or should do about it, even on a personal incremental level.
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Sample argument: Even if you are too weak to come out in the open with your grievances, you still need to start formulating some kind of resistance strategy. You need to find people you can trust to discuss the situation and get their ideas. You may need to start hunting for an alternative job or social situation where you are less dependent on adversaries and more economically and politically tied in with supportive, like-minded people. You also need to find ways to expose and punish bad people. In extreme cases where the central government is headed towards irrevocable, intolerable tyranny, you may need to start caching food, arms and ammunition. You may need to start raising political consciousness in your community to gain support from influential people. An important overall long term objective is to find ways to increase the popular sovereignty of your own people. (see question 27). If all else fails, in really extreme cases, you should support a separatist shadow provisional government that serves the most fundamental interests of your own people against oppressors.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTARY:

Left hand statement: This Caspar Milquetoast mentality described here may not seem particularly remarkable to the contemporary reader, since unfortunately most Americans today have been cowed into adopting it. However, if you start to think hard about what it really implies, it clearly shows a strong affinity to the "parasite" as opposed to the "mutualist" position.

Admittedly we are not dealing with black and white issues here. On the one hand, often we have to pick our battles wisely. We may have to compromise some of our standards in the short run in order to fight a more important battle over the long run.

However, this example is intended to portray a Caspar Milquetoast who has learned to love Big Brother. He is willing to be a marsh mellow to support his selfish interests for his entire life. He is also willing to be a perpetual "free rider" on society. He seeks to enjoy the benefits of living in America without undergoing any of the risks and sacrifices involved in preserving individual liberty. The following diagram from my mutualism vs parasitism discussion helps to illustrate what side of the fence we are talking about here:

Productive Citizen
("republican virtue")
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Parasite "Citizen"
(de facto "enemy alien")
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Provides value for value received. Economic activity provides net benefit for not only self and but society as a whole   Monopolizes economic and political power for self, steals opportunities and resources from others while giving relatively little in return, leaving the overall society poorer
Supports rational behavior required for technological progress   Encourages irrational, superstitious, or greedy behavior
Resists enemies   Aids enemies who seek to ruthlessly exploit or maliciously destroy society
Activities can survive honest disclosure and rational explanation and maintain standing in community. Promotes honesty and full material disclosure with others.   When honestly disclosed or fully explained, their activities consistently earn them universal contempt and hatred. They feel they must habitually engage in deception to survive.
Capable of self-restrained, far-sighted, socially conscious behavior   Characterized by extreme pettiness that always places selfish interests above broader long term interests of society
Rewards and incentivizes productive people   Cheats productive people and consistently shifts resources to nonproductive people
Supports motherhood, family, and other institutions required for long term genetic, cultural, and ethnic survival   Thwarts motherhood, disrupts and destroys family, undermine genetic interests, fosters dysgenic decay, turns basic moral values of society on their head. Promotes homosexuality over heterosexuality.
Honors agreements, creates a stable framework for incubation of entrepreneurial enterprises with a real value proposition   Frequently breaks agreements, regardless of costs to other parties, in order to create own short term gains. Habitually strings people along, creates false expectations, and creates massive wastage and dislocations

There are a lot of important issues involved here:

a) A public misperception that libertarianism equates to pacifism
b) A need to settle for incrementalism and compromise in the near term in order to merely survive or damage control bad situation as opposed to a long term requirement to openly state and pursue clear objectives.
c) The "free rider" problem
d) The "incredible truth" problem
e) Stress management problems

Let me deal with each area separately:

a) A public misperception that libertarianism equates to pacifism. As much as I admire the late Harry Browne for so many of the excellent points that he made in his book Why Government Does Not Work and his other writings, one area where I must sharply disagree with him is when he stated that he never came across a fight he could not walk away from, and it is no use explicitly identifying conspirators because libertarianism will solve the problem of conspiracy anyway.

Actually, it is the other way around. Libertarianism does not get rid of either conflict or the responsibility for dealing with it --it merely decentralizes all these things. This includes law enforcement. In historical examples of largely libertarian societies (for example old Scotland, Iceland, and Sweden or early 19th century America), the legal functions of judge, policeman, and jury fell even more on the shoulders of the private citizen than they do today. There is much more of a burden for an individual to avenge the death of his kinsmen on his own, or to form a posse or vigilante group to enforce justice than today. The Anglo-Saxon Common Law evolved in a relatively decentralized, libertarian society where private citizens and sheriffs (the term "police" has modern connotations I will avoid here) were part of the same middle class social fabric and were typically mutually supporting and even interchangeable. Unfortunately in the 20th century Americans have been programmed by the controlled media to associate this system with barbarism, but in actuality this system was in many ways far more effective in enforcing honest standards than one we have today where individuals are taught to rely exclusively on state-run police who pretend to catch criminals and deter crime, but in actuality rarely do either of these things.

In a true libertarian state, the burden is even more on the shoulders of the private individual to remain eternally vigilant towards conspiratorial predators and parasites and take the initiative to actively keep these threats in check. Let us recollect the "republican virtue" concept embraced by leaders of the Roman Republic and America's Founding Fathers alike in order to sustain a viable republican system. This concept absolutely requires private citizens to maintain a strong sense civic duty and voluntary initiative

b) A need to settle for incrementalism and compromise in the near term in order to merely survive or damage control bad situations as opposed to a long term requirement to openly state and pursue clear objectives. .On this issue Harry Browne made a point where I agree with him. He said that in an election you should always vote for the candidate you really agree with, even if he appears to be a weak third party contender, rather than choose one of the two top contenders from the major political parties who might reflect the lessor of evils. He observed that one you always chose the lessor of evils, you are still only choosing evil. Conversely when you vote for who you really like, you are giving that person more political strength that he might be able to parlay into success the next election even if he does not win in the current election.

One of the "principles of war" taught in military academies is the concept of the "principle of the objective." (That's one of the "O's" in the acronym MOOSE MUSS used for military strategy pointers). The idea is that it is hard to win a war if the troops and generals do not have a clear idea of what is required to achieve victory.

One of the major points made by the radical right in America is that conservatives can never hope to win if they do not explicitly identify what should be their ultimate objective (ie. full white self-determination or white sovereignty, which may under certain circumstances necessarily entail white separatism and a separatist white ethno-state) and also explicitly identify their enemies (ie. below zero white birth rates that may ultimately imply white self-genocide and Jewish supremacist domination of the Federal Reserve, major national media, America's foreign policy, etc).

c) The "free rider" problem: The preservation of liberty ultimately involves fighting as a counter predator in a continuous predator vs. counter predator conflict. On the "predator" side are sociopaths, greedy opportunists, alien special interests (not the least of whom are the Jewish supremacist malefactors identified in many of our books such as Final Judgment, High Priests of War, and Viper's Venom), and other irresponsible people who are continually looking for ways to exploit individuals and society. They must be continuously identified and actively opposed.

Casper Milquetoasts who shirk their citizenship responsibility simply transfer a greater burden on to responsible citizens. If a society accumulates too many Caspar Milquetoasts, and conversely leaves too many criminals unchallenged, this can ultimately lead to the kind of dangerous situation we face in America today where criminals openly rule the roost in many places and even dare to attack honest citizens for simply being honest. As two examples, Ernst Zundel was unjustly deported from America and given a five year prison sentence in Germany for simply voicing his views regarding irresponsible Holocaust exaggerations; also, according to Michael Collins Piper in his article "Capitol Hill Hypocrisy" former Ohio Congressman James Traffic ant was unjustly framed and imprisoned under a seven year sentence as a consequence of daring to oppose the tyrannical Jewish Lobby.

d) The "incredible truth" problem The "incredible truth" is a truth that is so far outside the belief system, values, and expectations of an individual that he is unable to accept it. A colorful example is the story of "Sagdluk the Liar" about an eskimo who became dishonored for telling too much truth about his trip to New York City to his fellow villagers in Greenland. Psychologists use the term "cognitive dissonance" to describe how people have problems assimilating information that is too different from what they expect. Interestingly enough, the U.S. Army psychological operations manual. No. 33-1 discusses ways to overcome obstacles to sharing incredible truths.

In my environmental vs. genetics discussion, I talk about Everett M. Rogers' diffusion of innovations theory. This helps us understand what percentage of the population might be most receptive to hearing incredible truths. Rogers that the overall population bell curve (presumably for white people) could be divided as follows: innovators (2.5%), early adopters (13.5%), early majority (34%), late majority (34%) and laggards (16%).

e) Stress management problems When people become stressed out, they may experience substantial prolonged increases in the hormones cortisone and adrenaline that reflect a "fight or flight" reaction. Cortisone not only elevates blood pressure, but also suppresses the immune system. Obviously, it is not healthy to stay stressed out for too long. Therefore it is wise for patriots to find a balance where on the one hand they try to avoid going overboard in holding grudges and try to think positive thoughts, while at same time avoid becoming Pollyannas.

Summary remarks

I wish to refer to the wisdom of Thomas Paine, Edmund Burke, Ben Franklin and Sam Adams:

Thomas Paine: "...it is easy to see that when the republican virtue fails, slavery ensues." (Common Sense).

Edmund Burke: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

Benjamin Franklin (He published this phrase, although technically it may have been originated by someone else) "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

Sam Adams: "If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."

Right hand statement:

Many readers may react to this statement by thinking that it is a great way to bring serious trouble into ones life. In some ways they are right, but in more important ways they are wrong.

It is true that if one has a militant attitude, and furthermore if one walks into situations blindly where one can find oneself overwhelmed by enemies, one can definitely waste ones life fighting the less important battles.

However, if one weights in advance the costs of fighting over principle, this can motivate someone to be that much more careful about the kinds of persons and situations he gets himself involved in. One of the biggest problems in America today is that so many white Americans are brainwashed by modern liberal propaganda that rails against any form of "discrimination" that they wind up prostituting themselves for bad people while simultaneously neglecting persons of good character.

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