The Contemporary Paradoxical Protest Movement: Trading Liberty for Magic Beans
Will the real voice of freedom and liberty please stand up!
Woe, you protesters, [from the toxic movements of Antifa to the politically (in)correct social justice warriors and disillusioned ‘marchers for life’], caught in a perpetual tailspin of deception: You fill the air with noise, create a camouflage of chaos with a partisan spin and somehow call it a mission. You fabricate a warped philosophical smokescreen of political motives and call it your cause.
Realize that protest without principal is plain pandemonium, and while you’re figuring out what side of the blade to sharpen, you continue to weaken and hijack the values to which true lovers of liberty have fought for daily.
Woe, you protesters, caught in a perpetual tailspin of oblivion: You continue living on the frills of unawareness, trading in your common sense for magic beans. Your minds have been ideologically raped with reckless and oblivious information. You’re fighting for a cause that doesn’t exist, and you’re on a mission to nowhere fast! You want transparency, but you yourself aren’t transparent.
You want to debate, yet you bring no dialogue.
You want answers to questions you don’t believe in, and you question things you have absolutely no understanding of.
You have turned protest and free speech into a carnival sideshow.
You profess to free one hand from the bondage of fascism but would perniciously handcuff the other to the tyranny of communism. You have no clue which direction your moral compass is pointing, but yet you still try to be the “cause of an effect,” except you’ve become an “effect that was caused,” caused by confusion and animation, while you show only contempt for freedom and liberty!
Woe, you protesters, caught in a perpetual tailspin of insanity: You protest the unlawfulness of the current administration, yet you break more laws in the process than those to whom you accuse of breaking in return. You protest how much the “hate-filled rhetoric” of the “fascist” president is so confusing to citizens and the young, yet violently bash out the windows of buildings and cars belonging to the innocent, all while claiming to be proponents of peace and liberty. That seems pretty confusing to me!
You claim to fight for the rights and freedoms that individuals are losing throughout the country, yet your protests have led to people’s inability to exercise their own individual rights and freedoms.
As libertarians, we are certainly no strangers to challenging public policy and outside thinking.
There is nothing wrong with disagreeing and deepening political competition, for those are the forces that hold government’s feet to the fire.
However, you cannot foster hope with hypocrisy. You cannot foster freedom with force. It will take more than clicking your heels together three times, repeating hollow words and chanting pithy expressions.
So please take that energy and time you seem to have so much of and fight against the growing hand of government that continues to strangle and choke productivity and progress, and quit biting the hand of liberty that protects people like us, who are all benefactors of the rights and freedoms you keep disregarding.
* Gwayne Gautreaux works full time in the aviation industry and has studied international political economy at Penn State University. He has been a life-long passionate researcher in the field of political economy which is referred to as politiconomy. Looking to government as the solution to every problem has kept us in a perpetual mode of dependency for too long. So, Gwayne is also eager about promoting the concepts of a truly unfettered free market, individualism, and limited government through the principals of libertarianism.
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