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Austin Liberty Coalition Message Board › Organizing the Youth-my letter to Glenn Beck

Organizing the Youth-my letter to Glenn Beck

Jason R.
user 9542332
Austin, TX
Post #: 19
Hey guys,

I am new here, so I apologize that my first post will be a long one. I have been thinking long and hard about how to organize the youth, because I realized that the youth are essential to fight back against tyranny which is creeping across our nation.

I wrote this email to Glenn Beck, and have yet to receive a response. I know that there are a lot of younger people here, and I would love to here your ideas, and to begin brainstorming specific actions that we can take to organize effectively and then to act in like manner.

"Mr. Beck,

I know that you are a very busy man, especially lately, and so would like to apologize in advance for my long email. I have been thinking long and hard about how to organize the youth, and have a few ideas which I assumed you might find interesting.

My name is Jason Roberts, and I am a 22 year old college student living in Austin, Texas. Having been involved in the Tea Party movement (I was at the San Antonio Tea Party Rally on April 15th), I have noted with wonder that I was of a very small minority. Every Tea Party rally that I have been to has consisted predominantley of older individuals, and has been particularly devoid of youth. This problem has troubled me since my first Tea Party rally, as I realized that the youth are a vital part of a coalition that is being developed to fight back against the change which Obama is bringing. I truly believe this absence to be philosophical in nature, and is due in large part to the liberal domination in the education system and in entertainment.

The far left has successfully misdirected the current youth away from the realm of ideas and politics through three main philosophies: cynicism, nihilism, and hedonism. The current entertainment for youth, especially from channels like Comedy Central, have all created a sense of cynicism within the majority of young people today. They feel cynical about the world around them, about their elders, about politicians, about the United States, etc. This cynicism has now become a requirement for participation in youth culture, and is driven by derisive humor. The youth are told to laugh and make fun of serious ideas and of serious issues: values and virtue have become the fodder for cynical derision, and the youth have become masters at laughingly destroying anyone who has values or virtues (think of the treatment that Sarah Palin gets from people like John Stewart, and how the youth now mock, ridicule, and make fun of her because of her virtues). The dangers of cynicism lie in its ability to undermine any pursuit of virtue, its destruction of morality, its subversion of the idea "right and wrong". Saul Alinsky knew this, which is why he stated in his opening chapter in "Rules for Radicals" that, "The prerequisite for an ideology is possession of a basic begin with, he does not have a fixed truth-truth to him is relative and changing; everything to him is relative and changing. He is a political relativist." (italics original, pg. 11). The entertainment industry and the education system have embedded this concept into the youth to the point to where it is now the accepted cultural norm, and those youths who disagree with this view become chastised and ostracized out of the general youth culture, this furthering the drive for "conformity".

Going hand-in-hand with cynicism is nihilism, the belief that nothing has any meaning or value. Notice the massive decline in religiosity amongst the youth, and the now all-pervasive belief that actions are truly worthless, that no belief system or morality is superior to another-in fact, that all morality is meaningless. Once again, the far left have used laughter and cynicism to destroy any system of value or virtue, any belief in proper action or conduct. The youth are now led to believe that they only actions that truly have any meaning are actions which get them by, day-to-day. Long range goals, long-term thinking, honor, or any kind of truly glorious life are now seen as meaningless activities in a meaningless world. Thus the youth have, en mass, abandoned the liberal arts (history, philosophy, etc.) in favor of the "practical and pragmatic" fields which will gain them the income necessary for the most destructive of all ideas, and the most widely cherished by the youth: hedonism.

I know that part of being young, throughout all of history, is a wild countenance and a "party" spirit. The youth have always partied, and always will. But the degree to which they do it, and more importantly, the almost sacred nature that it has gained, is the most vile cancer upon the minds of the youth. Drinking, partying, drugs, and the immediate pursuit of instantaneous gratification have destroyed the psychologies of the youth. Is it any wonder that they no longer think of virtue or value, that they disregard long-term thinking and goals, when they have been led to believe that everything is meaningless and the only happiness possible on earth is the immediate gratification of their desires? I used to work for a professor who has been teaching since the 1970s. He told me that, especially since the 1990's, he is shocked at how hedonistic students have become. It is now expected that Fridays are "hangover and recuperate" days at school. It is now expected that the professor forgive students and allow them to retake tests if they missed it because they partied too hard. It has now even reached the point to where Wednesday night is the beginning of the weekend! Once again, these kind of actions are reinforced in the popular media and entertainment industry. All one has to do is watch the music videos of the top 10 songs on any given week to see that a large majority of them display the lifestyle that the youth are so eager to emulate: party, party, party! Relationships are crumbling, marriage has become meaningless, and now the human bond has devolved into "one night stands", "sexcapades", competitions amongst who can sleep with the most people. At the same time, STD rates and teen pregnancy rates have skyrocketed, and less and less youth are becoming married, choosing instead the "bachelor" lifestyle of multiple parties and multiple sex partners.

pt. 2 coming...
Jason R.
user 9542332
Austin, TX
Post #: 20
pt. 2 of letter...

These three philosophies go hand in hand, and the far left knows it. Karl Marx was wrong when he said that "Religion is the opiate of the masses." The truth is that pleasure is the opiate of the masses, and the far left have utilized this to misdirect the youth away from any concern for real world issues. Notice even that the most popular source for news amongst the youth is John Stewart, whose entire job is to ridicule (cynically) the current issues as jokes (nihilism) for the amusement (hedonism) of the young.

Does it come as any wonder or surprise, then, that the youth have by and large exited the public sphere and show little concern for any of the actions going on? They don't care about Capitalism or Socialism-they don't care about tax hikes or Cap and Trade. As long as they have "Bread and circuses", they are content! Science Fiction author Robert Heinlein, in "To Sail Beyond the Sunset", once said:

""The America of my time line is a laboratory example of what can happen to democracies, what has eventually happened to all perfect democracies throughout all histories. A perfect democracy, a ‘warm body’ democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction. It depends solely on the wisdom and self-restraint of citizens… which is opposed by the folly and lack of self-restraint of other citizens. What is supposed to happen in a democracy is that each sovereign citizen will always vote in the public interest for the safety and welfare of all. But what does happen is that he votes his own self-interest as he sees it… which for the majority translates as ‘Bread and Circuses.’

‘Bread and Circuses’ is the cancer of democracy, the fatal disease for which there is no cure. Democracy often works beautifully at first. But once a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader—the barbarians enter Rome."

Thus the left have used these philosophies to guide the voting habits of the youth. Looking only at the range-of-the-moment, whim-worshiping gratification of desires, the politician who is most popular will be the politician who most gratifies (or sustains) the availability of desires.

So what do we do? How do we mobilize the youth? This problem seems almost insurmountable, and in many ways, it is. Yet nothing is impossible, no cause too great, and never before has time been more important.

One approach would be to fight on all fronts: to topple the entertainment industry and retake the education system. These indeed must be done, if only to create a new generation of youth who are capable of maintaining the mantle of the Republic. Yet this process is long, and will take a considerable amount of time, money, and energy, to effect change. Thus I have been looking, as I see that you have too, at "community organization". I have read Saul Alinsky's "manual" 3 times already, and have been studying in depth how such a small group of people have been able to capture such large amounts of power. While his tactics are vile and immoral, a lot of his methodology can be used effectively to mobilize the youth.

The youth have always found radicalism appealing. This is how the far left was able to mobilize so many young individuals during the 1960's-capitalism and freedom were seen as the status quo, while socialism was seen as "radical". We must steal the radical mantle from the left. Liberty and capitalism must become the new radical phenomena. If the youth can be convinced that a true dedication to capitalism and liberty is the most radical approach that they can take (for truly, except for Ronald Reagan, the 20th century was nothing more than a long march towards socialism), then I truly believe that we can begin to mobilize them. Indeed, we must begin painting the picture in a different light. The US is not currently "changing" into a socialist nation-it has been a mixed socialist nation for quite some time, as history has proven. Thus the youth must learn that capitalism is not the status quo, but instead is a radical idea that has only partially been tried. One need only look at the success of Ron Paul and the Libertarian party amongst the youth to realize that this approach is possible, and that there are youths out there willing to be "radicals for capitalism".

But the youth, especially under the onslaught of the three destructive philosophies (cynicism, nihilism, and hedonism), will not be organized and mobilized on words alone. They are individuals of action, and they need to feed upon action in order to sustain their short-range interests. Thus the youths must become the "shock troops" for capitalism. This does not mean violence in the streets, or any kind of destructive action. It is here again that we can learn from Saul Alinsky-actions can be taken which are neither illegal nor harmful to individuals, yet which can institute massive change (think of the scenario in his book where he describes how he fed a large group of African-Americans massive quantities of beans, and then bombarded the stuffy "rich, white" people with their stench during an opera in up-state New York). These kind of actions are what the youth will flock towards, if only we can "radicalize" them towards capitalism and liberty. The catalyst which ignited action during the American Revolution was very, very small: the Boston Massacre. In our own way, we need to engineer (as did Samuel Adams) our own "Boston Massacre". We need to begin strategizing certain actions which might appear to be small and insignificant, yet which will institute mass change.

I will admit that I am still "stumped" as to what such actions will be, yet I have had no help in trying to discover these. I do know, however, that these actions will only be possible when we have recruited and organized enough of a youth base to enact such tactics. Thus part one of this plan must involve organization and mobilization around a central idea or premise: the radicals for capitalism. Once we have organized even a small body of youths, we can work in conjunction with the tea parties, adults, and the elderly (the "voices", or the "brains", for the "actions", or the "muscles") in a coordinated policy. Threats must be targeted, separated, and acted against. While the adults and the elderly speak out against ACORN, let the youth act out against ACORN. While the adults and the elderly speak out against GM, let the youth act out against GM.

pt. 3-final part...
Jason R.
user 9542332
Austin, TX
Post #: 21
pt 3...

I know your concern for being viewed as one who is insinuating violence and building an army, and I do not think that either are valid nor necessary. As you know, Gandhi gained freedom for India through passive resistance. It is the same kind of passive resistance that can be used, whatever the tactic may be, to target and bring down the left. If ACORN is the shock troops for the socialist, let us develop our own organization as shock troops for capitalism. If ACORN is going to intimidate and scare banks, let the radicals for capitalism intimidate and scare ACORN. If the far left is going to riot outside the homes of executives, let us riot outside of the homes of any treacherous and treasonous politician, or "community organizer". It is imperative that the ball change courts. For too long, the capitalist have been passively in fear of socialism. It is now time for liberty and capitalism to go on the offensive: it is now time for socialism to be the one who is afraid.

I will continue to brainstorm specific tactics and actions which can be taken. Having listened to your radio show and watched your television program, I know that you are currently in the process of brainstorming ideas as well (ie., your Constitutional Watchdogs). When I think up tactics, I will gladly and whole-heartedly share them with you.

Like I said, I apologize for the length of my email-I felt like I had a lot to say, and I also felt like you were the only individual who would be interested in it. If you have read this far, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading it. I am ready, and I am motivated. I hope that what I had to say will not fall upon deaf ears, but will be appreciated for the amount of time I have invested in this venture.

Thank you very much, and please continue the good work,

Jason Roberts"
user 10241484
Hutto, TX
Post #: 2
Glenn Beck is not a good person despite the fact that he says so many liberty minded views. He compared 9-11 truth to James von Brunn with no fact only angst. He is the controlled opposition to the administration. I admit I have a deep hate for media in general though I have my own guilty pleasure....Judge Andrew Napolitano.

From my view point Glenn Beck is trying to hijack the awakening.
Jason R.
user 9542332
Austin, TX
Post #: 26
This might be true, and I will not really argue against it. As an Objectivist myself, Beck does not fully represent my views. I think that it is important, however, to organize all liberty-minded people together in order to overcome our current problem. A large majority of the people who watch Glenn Beck are disenfranchised conservatives who are backing away from the Christian Fundamentalism that ushered in the Bush era and are beginning to move more towards a Libertarian basis. This is the audience that I want to target.
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