November 8, 2021

Rules for Patriots - Rule #11: Participate but don't participate

 This is a continuation of my Rules for Patriots series, designed as a patriot's guide to success in fighting the creeping progressivism infecting America. It's a conservative response to Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals. This series is a lengthy read, but it is very important to understand.  This one happens to be a video, so it's more digestible. Being able to use this approach, as a team, will simplify, streamline and expedite achieving our patriotic objectives.

Links to previous rules: Rule #10Rule #9Rule #8Rule #7Rule #6Rule #5Rule #4Rule #3Rule #2 and Rule #1.

When you take a look at parents taking school boards to task for teaching things like Critical Race Theory, the obvious conclusion is that in order to affect change, you have to participate.  The recent Virginia gubernatorial election reinforces that notion too.  The same parents who were disgusted with what was being taught to their children, and were being told to butt out of the discussion, showed up to vote and made a statement that changed Virginia, at least for the time being.  Participation matters.  But it does not matter everywhere.  In fact, in some places it's better not to participate.  For example the swamp that is Twitter is a cesspool and when you get in there it it acts like quicksand; it wastes time and effort and only drags you further down without improving the political environment one iota.

When society itself has become ill, it might not be fixable, at least not within the structure of that society itself.  It's hard to recognize when that might be the case, but we have seen many signs of it:

The solution is not always to try to change the system from within, but to create a parallel structure and operate within that framework as much as possible.  In the case of the United States, that parallel structure is one that believes in the principles set out by the Founding Fathers.  The way to fix the existing society is to show an alternative that works better.  We all know that the principles in the Constitution would be a better way to govern society; with legislation that goes beyond what the founders understood but yet confined by the principles they proposed; individual liberty being paramount among those. But also important are individual responsibility and a healthy morality.

Parallel Structures
If former Czech president and former Soviet era dissident Vaclav Havel was right (and he was), the only way to stop living the lie of a corrupt system is to live the truth.  He did not say believe the truth, he said live it.  That becomes increasingly difficult in an oppressive regime and mono-culture, mono-belief society.  But, there are ways to do it.  Even in small ways, it can make a difference if enough people eventually begin to participate:

Parallel structures become parallel societies in time.  There are many ways to create parallel structures.  Home schooling or private schooling are both alternatives to public education, which has clearly become a problem.  Bitcoin and other crypto currencies are alternatives to regular government currency, not to mention woke big banks.  Gettr and Parler are alternatives to Twitter and Facebook.  These already exist.  Entertainment?  Check out some family friendly options.  Sports? Create your own if you don't like what you see in the NFL or NBA. The GOP representatives for you are establishment RINOs?  Work around them and work to replace them using means outside the party.  It can be done (just ask Edward Durr).

As these parallel societies grow they can converge and experience synergy by doing so.  The snowball effect of combining these parallel structures and societies means that over time, successful parallels will multiply, and faith in the failing and dishonest system, upheld by lies, will dissipate.  The new structures and societies can continue to grow and flourish attracting more and more adherents.  This is how the Soviet bloc collapsed.  We in the west have created an unnecessary decay by allowing socialists and communists to pervert our systems and beliefs to the point that they no longer mean what they meant and do not stand up to real scrutiny because they have been so corrupted.

Do not accept that this version of reality is the only one and it cannot be changed. Change it on  micro level and let that grow.  Help it grow to a macro level.  You can do this by engaging those who are curious and by knowing your facts and your audience (something I have discussed in other rules). Do not wait for someone else to do these things, there are micro things you can do on your own, or with family and/or friends.  The principles that made America a great nation are not lost, only fading badly.  But the time is now to act.  Yes work within the system by voting and supporting valuable candidates, but work outside of it too, because that is from where the momentum will come.

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