April 27, 2012
I have been focused more on national politics and on spreading Nonviolent Communication (NVC). A principle NVC shares with Libertarianism is that we want people to do things for intrinsic (their own) reasons rather than to appease or protect the feelings of others. Here is a chart I made to show what I'm talking about: http://www.clearsay.net/nvc_v_nice_talk.asp. Notice in the chart the parallels to Libertarian ideals? If you really want to spread Libertarianism, I have a suggestion that will improve all your relationships as well as it make it easier to show people how and why freedom is the choice that serves them best. If you want to help people understand why Libertarianism leads to prosperity for all, it is much easier for people to see first how NVC works because it is "closer to home". *It is much easier to understand the principles of freedom when applied on a personal level* Out of characters. Continued below.
And from there it is natural to expand: "I see how it is impractical for me to be responsible for other peoples' feelings or have expectations of other people other than that they do not attack me..." a next logical step is to understand how those exact same principles can be applied on a larger scale for positive effect. When you talk with liberals and conservatives about Ron Paul, showing respect (not agreement) for their ideas is the only way you are going to get respect for your ideas. NVC is a tool that fits this purpose very well. I made a site that has NVC resources. I recommend the many animations I've made that show characters resolving conflicts using NVC. Http://www.clearsay.net/videos.asp. Notice the freedom-respecting language used by the characters. Notice how, when using NVC, they are comfortable asking for what they want and standing their ground? In conflict, if the traditional paths are attack and defend, NVC offers a third path and it leads to liberation.
Libertarian since 1995. Now I spend many hours per day promoting Ron Paul. I make funny pro-Ron Paul animations you can find here: http://www.clears.... Also, I teach Nonviolent Communication, the language of freedom.