RE: [lpsf-discuss] Interesting perspective

This kind of thinking assumes everything stays the same and everyone
will continue to think and act in the same manner they do today. This is
not true. History is filled with situations where the race didn't go to
the fast and strong. Time, circumstances and chance have their way with
everything. These kinds of "Practical thinkers" like Doug Power are our
movements "middle managers". They have roles to play, perhaps in the
manner that Doug described in his article. But they are not capable of
leading because they don't have vision or confidence in the power of
simply doing what is right and good. We shouldn't look to them for
leadership, inspiration and certainly not for commitment to our cause or
for a validation of our own activities. Any publication that prints
articles like this doesn't deserve the time of day from us. That's why I
stopped reading WND a long time ago.

Goethe said "Until someone is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance
to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative
there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless
ideas and endless plans: That the moment one definitely commits oneself
then providence moves to. All sorts of things occur to help one that
would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues
from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen
incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have
dreamed would come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin
it! Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."

Whether the LP ever makes it big of not in our lifetimes, people who
think like Doug Powers will never be remembered for anything. In the
end, it is the masses of people who will have to change for the LP to
win. I trust that the people will change and for the better. If they
don't in the short-term, they will suffer and it would be best for us to
just take care of ourselves and allow them to experience the full horror
of what their false thinking will bring upon society. But once the
people have learned their lesson and are ready to make the needed
changes, we will be there for them. If we act in the manner described by
Doug Powers, they won't recognize us when they will need us the most.

Isaiah told the people that they must give up their sinful ways and
repent. For this, he was cut in half with a saw. Being a visionary has
never been easy. And selling out one's values for short-term expedience
has never changed the world. To all those Libertarians who think like
Doug Powers, I say make a clear choice. Is it the way of Doug Power, or
the Libertarian path for you? As Jesus said, "Be thou either hot or
cold. But if you are lukewarm, I shall vomit thee from my mouth."

Let's not have this discussion on this list. Those who want to discuss
this kind of thing can setup their own list. This list should remain
exclusively for committed activists who come here for inspiration and
support. Doubters and weavers of political webs of intrigue need not
apply. IMHO

Michael F. Denny

Libertarian Candidate for San Francisco Mayor

Ph: (415) 986-7677 x123

Fax: (415) 986-4004


Just the answer I was looking for. :slight_smile:

Thanks for taking the time to write it. I feel the same way, but other than
screaming "TRAITOR!", I wasn't sure how to respond. Anyway, Mike, do you mind
if I cross-post your response to the Gays and Lesbians for Individual Liberty
(GLIL) list where I saw this article first posted? I'll of course give you
full credit.


P.S. To make sure that nobody confuses us, I'll edit the couple of instances
where you left the "s" off the end of his last name. :wink: